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This Is the Least Diverse State in US

West Virginia's 'diversity score' is lowest: WalletHub

(Newser) - West Virginia trails behind all other US states when it comes to diversity, according to WalletHub . The site's ranking doesn’t simply apply to racial diversity. WalletHub gave all 50 states a "diversity score" out of 100 based on the diversity of residents' ethnicity, religion, marital status, birthplace... More »

The 5 Richest, Poorest US States

Maryland's median household income is $37K more than Mississippi's

(Newser) - The median household income in the US climbed more between 2014 and 2016 than in any other two-year period on record. But that doesn't mean all Americans shared equally in the gains. Maryland residents enjoy a median household income that is almost twice that of people in Mississippi, per... More »

Want to Buy Pot in Hawaii? Your Cash Is No Good

State wants to reduce robberies by making all sales cashless

(Newser) - Hawaii says it aims to be the first state to have marijuana sales handled without cash, saying it wants to avoid robberies and other crimes targeting dispensaries. All of Hawaii's eight licensed dispensaries have agreed to go cashless by Oct. 1, the governor's office said. The dispensaries will... More »

10 Best, Worst States for Women's Equality

Hawaii and Utah are polar opposites

(Newser) - The US still has a lot of work to do when it comes to gender equality. The World Economic Forum ranks the US all the way down at 45th in the world when it comes to gender equality, pointing to gaps in wages and unequal representation in business and political... More »

Army Helicopter Goes Down Off Hawaii With 5 Aboard

Coast Guard and military crews are searching the ocean

(Newser) - US Coast Guard and military crews are searching the ocean off Hawaii for five crew members of an Army helicopter that reportedly went down during a training exercise, authorities said Wednesday. Officials at Wheeler Army Airfield near Honolulu reported losing communications around 10pm Tuesday with the crew of a UH-60... More »

Thinking About Retirement? Here's the Best State for It

Surprise, surprise, it's Florida

(Newser) - If you have the luxury of deciding where to retire, consider WalletHub's list of 2017's best and worst states in which to do so. The site investigated which states "[let] you keep more money in your pocket without requiring a drastic lifestyle change," looking at factors... More »

Critics Say eBay Founder's Hawaiian Plan Literally Stinks

Pierre Omidyar wants to build a dairy on Kauai

(Newser) - The smell of cow dung and the sting of biting flies—it's not exactly what one dreams of when dreaming of a Hawaiian getaway. But it's the reality eBay founder/Honolulu resident Pierre Omidyar is hoping to create on Kauai. With an eye toward sustainability, Omidyar is looking to... More »

'Big Milestone' for Medical Marijuana in Hawaii

State allows first lab to begin testing it, 17 years after its use was approved

(Newser) - Hawaii approved its first laboratory to begin testing samples of medical marijuana 17 years after use of the drug was legalized in the state, the AP reports. On Monday, the state Department of Health certified Honolulu-based lab Steep Hill Hawaii. That brings Hawaii closer to the long-awaited date when dispensaries... More »

Honolulu Takes Big Step to Combat 'Smartphone Zombies'

Law bans looking at smartphone, texting while crossing the street

(Newser) - You won't find padded lampposts in Honolulu. That's because the Hawaiian city hopes to discourage pedestrians from "distracted walking" altogether, notably with one piece of legislation its mayor signed into law late last week, Reuters reports. Per the new mandate to combat "smartphone zombies," pedestrians... More »

US Army Sgt. Indicted for Allegedly Trying to Help ISIS

Ikaika Kang is scheduled to appear in court Monday

(Newser) - A US Army sergeant arrested July 8 for allegedly attempting to give classified military documents, a drone, and more to the Islamic State has been indicted and will appear in court Monday to faces charges of trying to provide material support to a "foreign terrorist organization," Reuters reports.... More »

Hawaii Starting to Plan for North Korea Nuke Strike

'Get inside, stay inside, and stay tuned'

(Newser) - The antics of North Korea's Kim Jong Un are officially no longer funny in Hawaii. State officials are rolling out a civil-preparedness campaign in case of a nuclear attack by North Korea, reports Hawaii News Now . Part of that means public-service announcements about what people should do if Pyongyang... More »

Hawaii Family Starved Girl to Death Over a Year: Charges

Dad, mom, grandma arrested Friday

(Newser) - A Hawaii father, mother, and grandmother are charged with murder after allegedly starving a 9-year-old girl, the AP reports. Police on Hawaii's Big Island on Friday arrested 49-year-old Kevin Lehano, 33-year-old Tiffany Stone, and 59-year-old Henrietta Stone. Hawaii County Prosecuting Attorney Mitch Roth, reading from a grand jury indictment,... More »

Hundreds Flee Blaze in Hawaii Condo With No Sprinklers

3 Dead and 12 injured in fire ‘like a horror movie’

(Newser) - A raging fire in a Honolulu high-rise that authorities say had no sprinklers left three dead, 12 injured, and sent hundreds fleeing as smoke billowed from the upper floors, the AP reports. The dead were found on the 26th floor, where the fire broke out around 2:15pm and then... More »

Students Carry on Epic Tinder Exchange for 3 Years

And now it's scored them a trip to Hawaii

(Newser) - Michelle Arendas and Josh Avsec have kept up an epic Tinder conversation for nearly three years—and after it recently went viral, their story scored them a free trip to Hawaii. BuzzFeed details how it all started for the Kent State University students when they matched on the dating app... More »

Man Dies in Fall Into Hawaii Volcano

Leo Adonis, 38, believed to have committed suicide

(Newser) - A 38-year-old California man was found dead Sunday morning in a Hawaii volcano, apparently having jumped in an act of suicide. The father of Leo Adonis, born Gregory Michael Ure, says his son left a note in a backpack that was found by hikers on the Crater Rim Trail Saturday... More »

Hawaii Soldier Allegedly Tried to Give ISIS a Drone

Ikaika Kang arrested on terrorism charges

(Newser) - An active-duty soldier who said he wanted to kill a "bunch of people" has been arrested on terrorism charges after allegedly trying to provide assistance to ISIS, the FBI says. FBI spokesman Arnold Laanui says Ikaika Kang, a 34-year-old air traffic control operator at Hawaii's Wheeler Arm Airfield,... More »

Travel Ban Takes Effect With Last-Minute Change

Hawaii files legal challenge

(Newser) - The latest version of President Trump's travel ban took effect Thursday evening with a last-minute change: Fiances have been added to the list of people considered "close" relatives, the BBC reports. But grandparents, aunts, and uncles, among others, aren't considered close enough—and without what the administration... More »

An Epic Voyage: 3 Years, 40K Miles in Canoe With No GPS

Traditional voyaging canoe Hokulea returns to Hawaii, ends trip around the world

(Newser) - No modern navigation instrumentation guided a Polynesian voyaging canoe as it followed the horizon on a three-year journey around the globe. About a dozen crewmembers for each leg of the voyage relied only on nature's cues—ocean swells, stars, wind, birds—and their own naau, or gut, to sail... More »

Hawaii Passes Law Committing to Paris Agreement

It's the 1st state in the US to do so

(Newser) - States are continuing to fight back against President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, with Hawaii becoming the first state to pass a law adopting the goals of the accord. NPR reports the bill was signed Tuesday by Gov. David Ige. He was joined by mayors... More »

Tourists Returning 'Cursed' Lava Rocks to Hawaii Volcano

Thousands of stolen rocks are sitting in a pile in Hawaii

(Newser) - It may seem like a harmless souvenir, tucking a lava rock from the Big Island into your pocket. But many tourists apparently believe that Hawaiian memento comes with weighty baggage: a curse warning that Pele, the volcano goddess, will have her revenge. The Wall Street Journal reports that hundreds of... More »

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