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2 Women Are Unaccounted For in Honolulu Tragedy

Jerry Hanel presumed dead after incident that left 2 police officers dead, 7 homes destroyed

(Newser) - In the wake of the Hawaii shooting and subsequent fire that left two police officers dead and destroyed seven homes in Honolulu's Diamond Head neighborhood, details are coming out about suspect Jerry Hanel. The 69-year-old was being evicted by his landlady Sunday morning when he allegedly attacked her, stabbing... More »

Passenger Dies on Plane

Plane bound for Australia diverts to Honolulu

(Newser) - An Air Canada flight bound for Australia diverted to Honolulu over the weekend after a passenger died on the plane. Christopher Woodgate, 38, was pronounced dead when the flight landed in Honolulu on Saturday, said the Honolulu medical examiner's office. An autopsy will be conducted, the AP reports. The... More »

He Proposed While They Surfed. Then the Ring Fell In

Chris Garth proposes to girlfriend Lauren Oiye in Honolulu

(Newser) - A Hawaii man was surfing with his girlfriend when, instead of hanging 10, he knelt down on one knee on his board and proposed, per the AP . Hawaii News Now reported that Lauren Oiye said yes just before Chris Garth dropped the ring in the ocean. Multiple photographers nearby captured... More »

This Is the Best Big City in the US

Virginia Beach is No. 1 in WalletHub ranking

(Newser) - All big cities have problems. Some are just able to "tackle their problems and emphasize their strengths more efficiently than others," according to WalletHub , which rounds up the best US cities to call home with populations over 300,000. Three of the top 10 cities—based on affordability,... More »

America's 10 Best Cities for 'Staycations'

Honolulu is No. 1

(Newser) - Looking to start your vacation as soon as you clock your last hour at work? WalletHub looks at the best cities for "staycations," looking at more than three dozen metrics in the "Recreation," "Food and Entertainment," and "Rest and Relaxation" categories. Virginia Beach,... More »

10 Best Big US Cities to Call Home

The West Coast looks good

(Newser) - Thinking of setting down roots and only a major metropolis will do? WalletHub took a close look at the 62 biggest cities in the US (those with at least 300,000 people) to see which ones offer the most attractive options, pitting the pros against the cons of urban living.... More »

As of Today, You Can't Do This Anymore on Honolulu Streets

No more looking at phones, electronic devices while crossing; fine will go up to $99

(Newser) - Visiting Honolulu? Better get out of the habit of texting while walking, or at least while walking across a street. In a new law that took effect Wednesday, the Hawaiian city has banned looking at your phone (or any mobile electronic device) while crossing a street or highway. Anyone who... More »

The 10 Greenest Cities in the US

San Francisco comes out on top

(Newser) - Which US cities do best at promoting eco-friendly lifestyles? To answer that question, WalletHub looked at the 100 biggest cities in the country and compared 22 "green" indicators, ranging from greenhouse gas emissions and clean-energy policies to urban agriculture, water quality, number of commuters, and "green" job opportunities.... More »

10 US Cities With the Highest Exercise Rates

3 of the top 4 are in Colorado

(Newser) - Colorado is home to not one, not two, but three of the 10 US cities with the highest rates of exercise in the country. California also counts three cities on the top 10 list, based on the percentage of people who said they'd exercised for at least 30 minutes... 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 »

City Could Ban Looking at Phone While Crossing Street

Honolulu legislation passes city council

(Newser) - People in one Hawaiian city may have to say "aloha" to texting while crossing the street.* CNN reports the Honolulu City Council voted 7-2 Wednesday to bar pedestrians from looking at their mobile devices while crossing the street. The legislation applies to cellphones, tablets, video games, digital cameras,... More »

10 Cities With Worst Murder Clearance Rates

Just 17.5% of murders solved in Flint over a decade: 24/7 Wall St.

(Newser) - Police solved 61.5% of all reported murders in 2015—but that means 38.5% of homicides went unsolved. So where were people most likely to get away with murder? 24/7 Wall St. rounds up the metropolitan areas, using FBI crime data from 2005 to 2015. The worst 10, with... More »

Fighter Jets Scrambled After 'Disturbance' on American Flight

Sources say passenger tried to enter cockpit during flight out of Los Angeles

(Newser) - An American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu was escorted by two F-22 fighter jets Friday after a passenger tried to get into the cockpit, ABC News reports. American Airlines characterizes it as a "disturbance." A source at the TSA says a passenger with a laptop was... More »

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 »

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