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Woman Charged With Sexually Assaulting Exchange Student

Authorities say 16-year-old was incapacitated by head injury at the time

(Newser) - A woman who recruited international students for study programs in Hawaii has been charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old Japanese exchange student, authorities said. An Oahu grand jury on Thursday indicted 36-year-old Rika Shimizu on five counts of second-degree sexual assault and four counts of fourth-degree sexual assault, the AP... More »

School Hid Sex Abuse for Decades. Now It's Paying Up

Hawaiian school reaches massive $80M settlement with 32 victims

(Newser) - For 27 years, Dr. Robert Browne drugged, raped, and psychologically tortured students of Hawaii's Kamehameha Schools under the guise of psychiatric care, the Washington Post reports. Now 32 of his victims and their families have been awarded what is believed to be the largest personal injury settlement in Hawaiian... More »

Idyllic Hawaii Has a Gross Problem

Cesspools of untreated human waste

(Newser) - If you heard that one US state has a problem with thousands of cesspools filled with untreated human waste, would Hawaii come to mind first? Brace for the gross, hidden reality of the Aloha State. It seems that Hawaii has about 88,000 such cesspools, and the seeping sewage is... More »

Man Behind False Missile Alert Explains What Happened

Says the speakerphone option wasn't chosen initially

(Newser) - A former Hawaii state worker who sent a false missile alert last month said Friday he's devastated about causing panic but was "100% sure" at the time that the attack was real. The man in his 50s spoke to reporters on the condition that he not be identified... More »

Snorkel Mask Criticized After Spike in Hawaii Drownings

9 have died off Maui in 2 weeks

(Newser) - Hawaiian authorities are urging swimmers and snorkelers to stay safe after what they describe as an "unprecedented" spike in drownings off the coast of Maui. Nine people, including at least three tourists from California, drowned near several beaches on the island between Jan. 14 and Jan. 27, ABC News... More »

She Was Accused of Murdering Her Twin. Now, a Verdict

Alexandria Duval acquitted of killing her sister, Anastasia Duval, in Hawaii

(Newser) - A woman accused of deliberately driving off a Hawaii cliff and killing her identical twin sister was acquitted of murder Thursday. Second Circuit Judge Peter Cahill found Alexandria Duval not guilty after a trial that started Monday , the AP reports. The sisters were seen arguing on the narrow, winding Hana... More »

Report: Test of Hawaii's Missile Interceptor Was a Flop

Sources say SM-3 missile failed to hit incoming target

(Newser) - Hawaii now has fresh worries about its missile defense system on top of its concerns about its emergency warning system. Defense sources tell NBC and the New York Times that the latest test of the SM-3 Block IIA interceptor missile, designed to knock out incoming missiles, was a flop. The... More »

Woman Charged With Killing Twin Goes on Trial

Her lawyer says it was a tragic accident

(Newser) - A murder trial began this week for a woman accused of deliberately driving off a cliff in Hawaii and killing her identical twin sister. The 2016 crash was a tragic accident, Alexandria Duval's defense attorney, Birney Bervar said in his opening statement Monday. There's reasonable doubt of any... More »

A Single Word Led Worker to Send Hawaii Missile Alert

Drill said it was 'not' a test

(Newser) - At the root of the false ballistic missile alert in Hawaii were just three little letters: N-O-T. The FCC on Tuesday released the results of its preliminary investigation into the Jan. 13 mishap, and found that the issue was not that a worker mistakenly selected the incorrect item from a... More »

Worker Who Sent False Missile Alert Is Refusing to Cooperate

'We hope that person will reconsider,' FCC says

(Newser) - The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency worker who caused panic by accidentally sending an incoming missile alert earlier this month has clammed up, officials say. Lisa Fowlkes, the chief of the Federal Communication Commission's Homeland Security Bureau, told a Senate hearing Thursday that the "button pusher" responsible is no... More »

After Hawaii Missile Alert Goof, a Password Problem

Gov. David Ige forgot his Twitter password, delaying his tweet until 8:24am

(Newser) - It happens to the best of us: a total inability to remember a password when we need it most. Hawaii Gov. David Ige apparently found himself in that situation in the aftermath of the false ballistic missile alert that was sent out on Jan. 13. Ige was on Monday asked... More »

Oops: Photo Reveals Password at Hawaii Emergency HQ

Yes, the same office that sent out the bogus missile alert

(Newser) - The emergency warning officer who accidentally sent Hawaii an incoming missile alert has been receiving death threats and is "not doing well," says the executive officer of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency. Toby Clairmont tells the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that the employee, a 10-year agency veteran, has received "... More »

Hawaii: Employee Sent False Missile Alert With 2 Clicks

Worker has been 'temporarily reassigned'

(Newser) - After Saturday morning's missile scare , Hawaii says it's changing procedures so that it's no longer possible for an employee to accidentally terrify the entire state with two clicks of a mouse. Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Administrator Vern Miyagi explained Sunday that the inbound missile alert was sent... More »

Sheriff Joe Uses Hawaii's Text Error to Renew Birther Claims

'There's something wrong with that government,' says the Senate candidate

(Newser) - Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, now a candidate for Senate , used the massive text-alert gaffe in Hawaii over a nonexistent missile to dredge up the controversy over President Obama's birth certificate. "There's something wrong with that government," Arpaio said of Hawaii, per ABC News . "I know... More »

Hawaii's Missile Scare: 'The System Failed Miserably'

FCC says it will investigate what went wrong

(Newser) - "This system failed miserably and we need to start over." Those are the words of Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz in the wake of a false alarm broadcast Saturday warning residents of an incoming missile . The FCC apparently agrees and says it will open an investigation into the incident,... More »

Hawaii Officials Mistakenly Warn of Incoming Missile

'Seek immediate shelter; this is not a drill'

(Newser) - A tourist in Waikiki tells Hawaii News Now it was "the biggest fright of my life." On Saturday, residents and visitors in Hawaii got an emergency alert on their phones reading, in all caps, "Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a... More »

These States Have Made Most Racial Progress

Wyoming, Texas, and Georgia are the top 3

(Newser) - Black History Month is fast approaching, and while much progress has been made since Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech, discrimination, segregation, and systemic racism still remain. WalletHub wanted to acknowledge the US states that have made strides in both current integration and racial... More »

Longtime Friends in Hawaii Are Closer Than They Thought

After a 60-year friendship, Alan Robinson and Walter Macfarlane learn they're brothers

(Newser) - They've been buddies for six decades now, ever since meeting in sixth grade, but it turns out that two Hawaii men are even closer than they thought. Alan Robinson and Walter Macfarlane are, in fact, brothers, reports KHON2 . The discovery came when Macfarlane used Ancestry.com to look up... More »

2 Charged in Horrific Murder of Hawaii Teacher

She was killed in vacation home she was cleaning

(Newser) - Two suspects have been arrested in the horrific murder of a teacher in Hawaii who was cleaning vacation homes for extra income. Police say the body of 51-year-old Telma Boinville was found inside a vacation rental in Pupukea on Oahu's North Shore Thursday. She had been beaten to death,... More »

Lava Kept Rolling. So Did His Camera

Erik Storm recalls his '$400 mistake' in Hawaii, but the footage is mesmerizing

(Newser) - Placed in a crevice at Hawaii's Volcanoes National Park, the camera recorded a lava flow drawing near, nearer, and then too near. In the video , sudden flames spout at the bottom of the screen before obstructing the view as the GoPro Hero4 is swallowed. A year after the video... More »

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