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10 Best Big Cities in US

New York is No. 1, says 'Conde Nast Traveler'

(Newser) - Conde Nast Traveler has released its annual Readers' Choice Awards, and more than 100,000 votes came in for the best cities in the nation. The magazine broke candidates down into larger and smaller cities (larger meaning those with 150,000 or more people), and ascending to the No.... More »

10 Best US Cities for Music Fans

Madison, Wisconsin, scores surprisingly high

(Newser) - There's a reason Nashville is known as Music City. ValuePenguin ranks Nashville as the best US city for music fans based on 15 factors, broken down into three groups: The Band (number of musicians, recording studios, and record labels, per 1,000 people), The Crowd (number of radio stations,... More »

Vacationing Lesbians Arrested for Kissing Get $80K Settlement

A Hawaiian police officer didn't appreciate their PDA

(Newser) - Two women who say they were arrested for kissing in a grocery store during a Hawaiian vacation last year will settle their lawsuit against the City of Honolulu for $80,000, the AP reports. Los Angeles residents Courtney Wilson and Taylor Guerrero were holding hands while shopping at a Foodland... More »

Police Shoot, Kill Angry Escaped Cow

Honolulu police say they were 'forced to take action'

(Newser) - Honolulu police shot and killed a cow that had escaped its pasture and was wandering around the Farrington Highway, causing major delays. The brown cow was reported around 3:30pm Thursday. Drivers watched the animal cross lanes through traffic and charge at several people. Officers fired three shots at the... More »

Golfer: I Was Kidnapped, Beaten, and Robbed

Robert Allenby says bad guys may have drugged him first

(Newser) - An Australian pro golfer was allegedly kidnapped from a wine bar Friday night, beat up, robbed, and dumped six miles away in a park—for reasons that are none too clear, the Golf Channel reports. According to golfer Robert Allenby and his caddie, Mick Middlemo, the two were hanging out... More »

Hawaii Drops Plan to Name Beach After Obama

Public wasn't thrilled about Sandy Beach renaming

(Newser) - The Hawaiian beach where a young Barack Obama bodysurfed is keeping its name after a plan to name it President Barack Obama Sandy Beach Park instead of Sandy Beach Park met with what officials say was a "mixed" reception from the public. "Most of the comments have raised... More »

Cops Shoot Teen in Wrist at Hawaii School

He reportedly lunged at officer trying to arrest him

(Newser) - A police officer shot a 17-year-old runaway in the wrist at a Hawaiii high school after the teen cut one officer with a knife and punched two others, authorities said. The boy showed up this morning at Roosevelt High School, and officials there recognized him as a runaway who was... More »

Twist in Tale of Baby 'Found' on Hawaiian Beach

Woman who reported baby abandoned revealed to be its mother

(Newser) - News that an abandoned baby had been found on a beach in Hawaii (read the original account by the AP ) has taken a surprising twist: The woman who reported finding the newborn alone and crying on Honolulu's Sandy Beach on Sunday night is actually the baby's mother,... More »

Latest Occupy Arrests: Atlanta, Honolulu

Bids to occupy parks don't go over so well

(Newser) - Occupy protesters were arrested from sea to shining sea late yesterday. In both Atlanta and Honolulu, decisions to occupy parks led to fiery confrontations. Occupy Honolulu announced plans yesterday to strike an encampment in the city's Thomas Square; about 40 people were there when police arrived after the park'... More »

Chicago, Honolulu Battle to Host Obama Library

White House hasn't given it 'a second' of thought

(Newser) - President Obama is far more concerned about a second term than his legacy—but two cities are duking it out to host his presidential library, Politico reports. Four groups at the University of Hawaii, in the state where Obama was born, are already hard at work on the matter, hoping... More »

GOP Wins House Seat in Obama's Hometown

Fractured Dems confident they can retake seat in November

(Newser) - A Honolulu city councilman has defeated two Democrats to give Republicans a midterm election victory in the US congressional district where President Obama grew up. Charles Djou's win yesterday is the latest triumph for the GOP as it looks to take back control of Congress. And it came as a... More »

GOP Ditches Purity Test for Candidates

RNC waters down binding policy test to vague resolution

(Newser) - Republicans meeting in Honolulu yesterday dropped a requirement that candidates score at least 8 on a 10-point policy test in order to get party support and funding. The test was withdrawn after it was clear it lacked enough support to pass at the Republican National Committee's annual meeting, where one... More »

GOP Takes Heat for Hawaii Meeting

Choice for retreat draws fire; 'We're working hard,' says Steele

(Newser) - As we speak, the Republican National Committee is holding its winter meeting amid the “lush tropical gardens” of a resort in Honolulu, Hawaii, a fact that appears to embarrass all involved and Republicans everywhere. “We’re working hard out here,” RNC Chairman Michael Steele reasons, but many... More »

'Absolutely Nothing Wrong': Rush Limbaugh

Radio host discharged from hospital, says he's fine

(Newser) - Having seen the health care system up close, Rush Limbaugh says it's fine. "It was confidence-inspiring," he said of the hospital stay that started Wednesday when he suffered chest pains while vacationing in Hawaii. "They found absolutely nothing wrong," the talk-radio lightning rod said at the... More »

Rush Limbaugh 'Comfortable' in Hawaii Hospital

Talk-radio host suffered chest pains in Honolulu

(Newser) - Rush Limbaugh is recovering well after paramedics rushed him to a Honolulu hospital with chest pains yesterday afternoon. Rush was originally described as in serious condition, but now appears to be out of the woods and "resting comfortably," ABC News reports. A spokesman says it's not clear if... More »

Best Layover Mini-Vacations

Who needs the boring airport when you can get out and explore?

(Newser) - Stuck with a long layover? You don’t have to idle in the airport. Condé Nast Traveler presents its readers' best suggestions for killing an hour or 4:
  • Honolulu: Take a 25-minute cab ride to Waikiki Beach to enjoy the sand, surf, and views of Diamond Head crater.
  • London: Get
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Honolulu Mulls Body-Odor Crackdown

City delays vote barring smelly people from riding public transit

(Newser) - Honolulu's city council has delayed voting on a measure to bar stinky people from public transit, reports the Advertiser. The ordinance would crack down on people with “odors that unreasonably disturb others or interfere with their use of the transit system.” Part of the reason for the delay... More »

Doctor Didn't Recognize Own Dad After Beating

Only found out later she'd treated him; he later died

(Newser) - Dr. Shirley Domingo didn’t recognize the savagely beaten man she treated in the Intensive Care Unit Tuesday at Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. It wasn’t until her brother called later that evening that she realized the truth: It was her own father. “It was a shock,... More »

Hawaii Tries in Vain to Cash In on Obama Fame

Obama tour operators say business is slow

(Newser) - The Hawaii tourist trade is doing its best to spin some dollars out of Obamania, Politico reports. Tour companies are hyping visits to the president-elect's old Honolulu neighborhood, and the Baskin-Robbins where Obama worked as a teen is selling a new "Swirl of Change" flavor: chocolate, caramel, and nuts... More »

Hey, at Least Travel Costs Are Plunging

Airlines, cruises, hotels slash prices for those who can still afford it

(Newser) - There’s a spot of good news for travelers amid the barrage of dire economic reports: Those looking for a flight, cruise, or hotel stay may find surprisingly good deals. As financial woes keep many Americans grounded, the travel industry is forced to drop prices to fill space, the Los ... More »

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