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5 Most, Least Diverse States

WalletHub considers race, religion, politics, and more

(Newser) - The same three states leading the country in racial diversity also lead the pack when it comes to socioeconomic, cultural, economic, household, religious, and political diversity, according to WalletHub . The site considered a host of metrics from race and language to educational attainment for its ranking of all 50 US... More »

Judge Has Bad News for Hawaiian Princess

Abigail Kawananakoa is deemed mentally incapable of managing her trust

(Newser) - A judge ruled this week that Hawaiian "princess" Abigail Kawananakoa isn't mentally capable of handling her $215 million fortune—the latest development in a saga of aging royalty and alleged abuse, the Guardian reports. Kawananakoa, 92, who descends from the royal family that once ruled the Hawaiian kingdom,... More »

This Is the Happiest State in the Union

Congratulations, Hawaii

(Newser) - It may be tough to measure happiness, but WalletHub took a crack at it by crunching data on 31 factors from depression to income in each state of the union. Your happiness winner is perhaps not a shocker: Hawaii. On the flip side, West Virginia fared worst. One big factor... More »

After 'Biblical' Rains, Hawaii Breathes a Sigh of Relief

Hurricane Lane dumped almost 4 feet of rain on some parts of the islands, but moves off

(Newser) - A once-powerful hurricane twisted and drifted away from Hawaii, leaving behind heavily saturated ground on the Big Island and many residents on other islands relieved it didn't wreak more havoc. Firefighters on the Big Island rescued 39 people from floodwaters through early Saturday as the island grappled with the... More »

Barreling Toward Hawaii, Hurricane Lane Now a Category 5

Residents are preparing

(Newser) - Hawaii residents rushed to stores to stock up on bottled water, ramen, toilet paper, and other supplies as they faced the threat of heavy rain, flash flooding, and high surf as a strengthening hurricane continued to churn toward the state. On Tuesday night, the National Weather Service announced that Hurricane... More »

Hawaii Soldier to Plead Guilty to Trying to Help ISIS

Kang offered to become suicide bomber

(Newser) - A Hawaii-based Army soldier accused of attempting to support ISIS will plead guilty, one of his lawyers tells the AP . Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang has agreed to plead guilty, but Alexander Silvert, an assistant federal defender representing him, won't say what charges he'll be pleading to. "... More »

She Was Relaxing in Hawaiian Waters. Then, 'Blood Everywhere'

Experts think Kristen Porter was bitten in Waikiki by a moray eel

(Newser) - On one side of the US, beachgoers have been contending with shark attacks ; on the other side, at least one tourist has had a confrontation with what appears to have been an eel. Maryland resident Kristen Porter was vacationing in Waikiki, and on Sunday she was kicking back in a... More »

Remains From N. Korea Are Now Back on US Soil

The identification work is about to begin

(Newser) - The US military is beginning the painstaking process of analyzing remains said to be from the Korean War now that they're back on American soil after having been handed over by North Korea last week. Vice President Mike Pence and the top commander of US forces in Asia, Adm.... More »

A Big Move for False Killer Whales

Waters to be protected around Hawaii, where 150 of these rare dolphins live

(Newser) - A federal agency will designate waters around Hawaii as protected critical habitat for endangered false killer whales. About 17,500 square miles of ocean habitat will be protected under a new rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service, reports the Honolulu Star-Advertiser . The rule... More »

Hawaii Manhunt Underway After Cop Killed Near Lava Zone

Bronson Kaimana Kaliloa first officer to be fatally shot on Big Island

(Newser) - A suspect wanted in the killing of the first police officer to be fatally shot on Hawaii's Big Island likely remains hidden on the mostly rural eastern side of the vast island, authorities said Thursday. A manhunt has been underway since Justin Waiki allegedly shot and killed Officer Bronson... More »

Hawaii Has a Brand New Peninsula

Lava flows have added 700 acres of new land in all

(Newser) - If there's an upside to the ongoing and dangerous eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, it's perhaps plenty of new land. Lava flowing from fissures on the Big Island has expanded the coastline by some 700 acres, the equivalent of more than 500 football fields, reports CBS News... More »

5 Most, Least Violent States

Louisiana and Maine are on opposite ends

(Newser) - The most violent US states tend to be in the South. They also tend to have the least restrictive gun laws in the country. That's according to 24/7 Wall St. , which determined the most and least violent of all 50 states based on the rate of murder, other violent... More »

Lava Bomb Leaves 23 Injured on Hawaii Tour Boat

The smoldering chunk of rock went through the vessel's ceiling, authorities said

(Newser) - A Hawaii boat tour was cut short when a lava bomb punctured the vessel's roof on Monday morning. The smoldering hunk of rock, presumably from the island's erupting Kilauea volcano, left 23 people injured, per CNN . While a woman in her 20s reportedly suffered a fractured femur and... More »

Hawaii's Largest Freshwater Lake Is No More

Evaporated by lava flow, Green Lake may be gone for good

(Newser) - Kapoho Bay's famous tidal pools, eaten up by lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano this week, were apparently only dessert. On Saturday, Hawaii's largest freshwater lake disappeared in hours as lava rushed into it, reports NPR . On its way to the ocean, the lava flow sent a plume... More »

117 Homes Had Been Lost to Lava. Now, Hundreds More

'It's not our land,' says one resident of Vacationland

(Newser) - Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano destroyed hundreds more homes, overtaking two oceanfront communities where residents were advised to evacuate last week, officials said Tuesday. No injuries were reported as most residents had left. The lost homes were in addition to at least 117 others destroyed since lava began spilling... More »

USGS: Please Don't Roast Marshmallows Over Kilauea

Unless you want to see a 'spectacular reaction,' and not in a good way, USGS warns

(Newser) - It's officially barbecue season, though one place you shouldn't plan on making s'mores is over the lava-spurting Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island. It's hard to believe the US Geological Survey should have to say this, but the agency issued just such a warning Monday... More »

Dangerous 'Vog' in Hawaii is Creating Stunning Sunsets

The mix of Kilauea's gases and particles is dangerous but can be beautiful

(Newser) - Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island has had it all over the past three weeks: molten rock shooting toward the sky, lava oozing from the ground and ash clouds rising miles into the air. You can also add "vog" to the mix, per the AP . Scientists say higher... More »

Danger at Hawaii Geothermal Plant More Real Than Ever

Officials fear an explosion could occur should the lava reach the plant's wells

(Newser) - Lava from the Kilauea volcano reached a geothermal power plant on the Big Island on Sunday, approaching wells that have been capped to protect against the release of toxic gas should they mix with lava, per the AP . The lava breached the property overnight and was within 200 yards of... More »

This Is a Street in Hawaii

Big Island has lost about $3M in tourism so far after 3 weeks of volcanic eruptions

(Newser) - Hawaii County officials say the number of structures lava has destroyed on the Big Island is now 82, including about 37 homes, reports the AP . The number will surely rise: Firefighters were going door to door in the Leilani Estates urging residents to evacuate, reports CNN . The Kilauea volcano has... More »

Video Shows 'Very Eerie' Blue Flames in Hawaii

Rare images show blue flames burning from cracks made by erupting volcano

(Newser) - Scientists in Hawaii have captured rare images of blue flames burning from cracks in the pavement as the Kilauea volcano gushes fountains of lava in the background, offering insight into a new dimension in the volcano's weeks-long eruption. Volcanos produce methane when hot lava buries and burns plants and... More »

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