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5 Most and Least Blissed-Out States

West Virginia needs to spend a little more time in Hawaii

(Newser) - Gallup is out with its annual poll trying to rank that most intangible of factors—a sense of "well-being"—in the US states. To do so, it questioned more than 177,000 people on topics ranging from having a sense of purpose to community to physical and... More »

12 Missing Marines Declared Dead

Search off Oahu has been called off after 5 days

(Newser) - The Marine Corps says the 12 Marines who were in two helicopters that crashed off Hawaii are considered dead. The status of the missing Marines changed to deceased on Wednesday after five days of searching for them, and the Marine Corps says casualty assistance calls officers personally notified each family... More »

12 Missing After 2 Military Choppers Collide in Hawaii

Coast Guard search underway

(Newser) - Twelve people are missing after two US military helicopters collided off the coast of Hawaii's Oahu island, reports ABC News . Coast Guard and Navy search teams have spotted the debris field—including an empty life raft—about 2 miles off the coast, reports the network and CNN . The first... More »

Humpbacks Are Late in Hawaii

It could be a sign of success, experts say

(Newser) - December usually marks the start of humpback whale season in Hawaii, but experts say the animals have been slow to return this year. The giant whales are an iconic part of winter on the islands and a source of income for tour operators. But officials at the Humpback Whale Marine... More »

Guy's Views on Sex Disqualify Him as Teacher

He thinks it's fine for adults to have relationships with minors

(Newser) - The University of Hawaii didn't violate First Amendment rights when it denied a teaching certificate for an aspiring high school teacher who expressed views condoning adults having sex with minors, says a federal court ruling. Mark Oyama enrolled in the secondary education certification program at the University of Hawaii'... More »

Drone Gets Too Close to Obama Motorcade

The Secret Service stepped in

(Newser) - A drone nearly crashing into a champion skier is one thing; one coming perilously close to President Obama's motorcade—definitely not cool. That's what the Secret Service is miffed about after an incident in Hawaii Monday, in which a drone cruised next to the convoy— CNN says the... More »

Hawaii Has Only Named a Snowcone After Obama

Plans to rename beaches, parks have been shot down

(Newser) - The end of President Obama's time in office is in sight and Hawaii still hasn't named anything much after the only US president born in the state. Over the last few years, efforts to name holidays, beaches , and schools after Obama have failed, as has an attempt to... More »

Obama Back in Hawaii for Annual Christmas Vacation

President expresses optimism for the upcoming year

(Newser) - After a somber start to his vacation, President Obama arrived in Hawaii on Saturday to celebrate Christmas and ring in his final year as president. Air Force One carrying Obama and his family landed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in the wee hours of the first day of his annual... More »

In Milk Drinkers, a Scary Link to Pesticide, Parkinson's

Study finds traces of heptachlor in brains of dairy consumers in Hawaii

(Newser) - Scientists are urging people to watch what they eat—and drink—in a new study linking a pesticide with Parkinson's disease. Researchers note that, for a time, cattle in Hawaii were likely fed a gruel containing traces of heptachlor, used by American pineapple farmers before it was banned in... More »

Dramatic Rescue After Pro-Surfer Goes Under at Deadly Spot

Body-boarder Andre Botha pulled unconscious man to surface

(Newser) - Florida pro surfer Evan Geiselman, 22, was riding a 20-foot wave at Hawaii's Pipeline—one of the world's deadliest surfing spots—on Sunday when he disappeared as the lip curled over him. The Pipeline off Oahu's North Shore delivers breakers that can force a surfer underwater until... More »

Glitch Causes Bank Customers to See Billions in Charges

'My wife is going to kill me'

(Newser) - A technical glitch meant some First Hawaiian Bank customers logged on to their accounts to find that they appeared to be billions—or sometimes more than a trillion dollars—in the red. KHON-TV reports that bank officials say the glitch was visible to customers who logged on to their accounts... More »

Supreme Court Justice Blocks Controversial Hawaiian Vote Count

Temporary stay stops the certification of any winners

(Newser) - A US Supreme Court justice on Friday issued a temporary stay blocking the counting of votes in an election that would be a significant step toward Native Hawaiian self-governance. Justice Anthony Kennedy's order also stops the certification of any winners pending further direction from him or the entire court.... More »

Dengue Fever Outbreak Hits Hawaii

10 cases reported so far

(Newser) - Bad news for anyone planning to escape the cold weather in Hawaii: The Big Island has seen 10 confirmed cases of dengue fever recently, West Hawaii Today reports. Both residents and visitors have been afflicted, with symptoms coming on any time from mid-September through last week. Dengue fever is not... More »

Big-Wave Surf Legend 'Ace Cool' Is Missing

Coast Guard has called off Hawaii search for Alec Cooke

(Newser) - Big-wave surfer Alec Cooke cheated death countless times in more than 50 years of surfing, but friends fear the legend known as "Ace Cool" may have finally met his match. The 59-year-old was reported missing on Wednesday when he failed to return from a surfing trip on the north... More »

Women's Suit: Kiss Got Us Arrested, Stranded in Hawaii

A vacation in Hawaii turned into a forced six-month stay on Oahu after a kiss

(Newser) - When Courtney Wilson and her girlfriend Taylor Guerrero visited Hawaii from California for the first time on vacation last March, they didn't realize they were about to be trapped on Oahu for six months. But on their second day, they went grocery shopping at Foodland Pupukea—and "we... More »

Boy Seriously Injured in Apparent Shark Attack in Hawaii

It would be Hawaii's 7th recorded attack this year

(Newser) - Officials are investigating another possible shark bite in the waters off Hawaii that left a 10-year-old boy seriously injured. Officials said Thursday they are still waiting to hear from doctors and the victim to confirm whether it was a shark bite. (A man was injured when he was bit by... More »

Hawaii Surfer Bitten ... in Eel Attack?

Officials say it might be a first in the state

(Newser) - A surfer is recovering from serious injuries after he fell off a wave in Hawaii and was possibly bitten by … an eel. Yes, humans should apparently fear the creatures' teeth as well as their zapping ability . The 33-year-old local man was surfing at Waikiki Beach on Saturday when he... More »

Hawaii Declares Emergency Over Soaring Homelessness

State has highest rate in the US

(Newser) - Hawaii has declared a state of emergency to deal with a homelessness problem that has exploded over the last couple of years. With an estimated 7,620 homeless people amid a population of 1.36 million, the state has the worst homeless problem per capita in the US, according to... More »

ABC News Doctor Drowns in Hawaii

Jamie Zimmerman was 31

(Newser) - ABC News doctor and reporter Jamie Zimmerman packed so much into her short life it was "as if she knew her time was limited," her mother says in a moving Facebook post . Dr. Zimmerman, who was 31, was on vacation in Hawaii and drowned after being swept out... More »

Boater Rescued After 5 Days Stranded at Sea

He finally got close enough to land to call for help

(Newser) - The Coast Guard says a man who had been adrift for five days on a storm-damaged catamaran was rescued near the Hawaiian island of Kauai on Sunday. The agency says the man was picked after it received a mayday call late Saturday afternoon. The man reported that a storm destroyed... More »

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