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Pope Urges Philippine Leaders to End Corruption, Poverty

Pope Francis meets with Philippine president Benigno Aquino III, Jan. 16, 2015.

Pope Francis has told Philippine leaders to reject the endemic corruption that has plagued the island nation for decades and instead work to end what he called the "scandalous" poverty and social injustices that afflict its people. Francis made the comments Friday during a speech to President Benigno Aquino and other officials on his first […]

January 16th, 2015 | Posted in News | Read More »

Belgium Arrests 13 in Anti-terror Raids

Belgian police officers guard a street in Verviers, Belgium, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015.

Belgian prosecutors say they have arrested 13 people in a series of raids across the country, saying the suspects are believed to have been members of an Islamic group planning attacks on police officers. Officials told reporters Friday there is no apparent link to last week's terror attacks in Paris. However, two suspects were arrested […]

January 16th, 2015 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

'Fat Leonard' Pleads Guilty in US Navy Bribery Scandal

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mark Pletcher, left, and Robert Huie, talk outside the federal courthouse, about the guilty plea of Leonard Francis, known in military circles as Fat Leonard, on bribery charges involving U.S. Navy officials Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015

VOA News - A Malaysian military contractor at the center of a corruption scandal rocking the U.S. Navy has pleaded guilty to bribery and fraud charges, admitting he presided over a decade-long conspiracy involving scores of U.S. Navy officials, tens of millions of dollars in fraud, and millions of dollars in bribes and gifts, including […]

January 16th, 2015 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Hawaii Obamacare exchange projected to be financially viable — in 2022

Hawaii Health Connector is Hawaii's Obamacare exchange

By Malia Zimmerman | Watchdog.org HONOLULU — Hawaii’s Obamacare exchange, Hawaii Health Connector, has been under fire for being the most costly in the nation, and a new report from the Hawaii Commerce and Consumer Affairs Department shows the Connector won’t be fiscally sustainable until 2022. That’s based on an enrollment of 70,000 to 80,000, said […]

January 16th, 2015 | Posted in Hawaii Politics,Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Hawaii financial advisor who targeted elderly sentenced to federal prison

US District Court - Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU - Kevin Alan Loux, owner of the Loux Financial Group, was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison and 5 years of supervised yesterday despite a tearful plea for mercy to U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway. The 63-year-old licensed independent life insurance and annuity broker, who operated in Hawaii […]

January 13th, 2015 | Posted in Business,Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Former Portlock madam convicted on federal drug charges

Malia Arciero

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU – The former Porlock madam who said she ran an elite prostitution business for 10 years servicing celebrities, politicians and law enforcement, has been convicted on federal drug charges. A federal jury on Jan. 9 found Malia Elena Arciero guilty of one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with […]

January 9th, 2015 | Posted in Special Investigation,Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Undocumented Immigrants Apply for Driver’s Licenses in California

Immigrants brave cold weather as they line up outside a Department of Motor Vehicles office to register for drivers licenses, Stanton, Calif., Jan. 2, 2015.

By Elizabeth Lee - LOS ANGELES— The line at the driver’s license office in Los Angeles is so long it goes out the front door and wrapa around the building. But many of the people waiting don’t mind, including Christian Alvarado. “It is so exciting,” he says. “For a long time I have been waiting for a license.” Originally […]

January 9th, 2015 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Pentagon Announces European Base Closings

FILE - Soldiers from the U.S. 173 airborne brigade, who are among the troops participating in the exercises in western Ukraine, are seen exiting a C-130 transport plane.

The United States says it will close more than a dozen bases in Europe in a move the Defense Department expects to save $500 million per year when fully implemented, with no impact on the military’s ability to respond across Europe. The list of European base closures announced Thursday includes operations at Royal Air Force […]

January 9th, 2015 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Searchers Detect Signals from AirAsia Plane's Black Boxes

Indonesian navy divers prepare operations to lift the tail of AirAsia Flight 8501 in Java sea, Indonesia Friday, Jan. 9, 2015.

Indonesian authorities say searchers have detected ping signals from the black boxes of AirAsia Flight 8501, which crashed in the Java Sea on December 28. An official said Friday the pings appeared to be coming from an area on the sea floor separate from the tail section where the voice and data recorders were located. […]

January 9th, 2015 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

French Police Kill 3 Gunmen to End Hostage Crises

French Police Kill 3 Gunmen to End Hostage Crises

By Lisa Bryant - PARIS—French authorities say the two suspects in Wednesday's Charlie Hebdo attack have been killed and their hostage freed during a police raid north of Paris. A separate raid in the capital killed another gunman holding multiple hostages at a kosher supermarket. Explosions and gunfire sounded as police moved in Friday on the warehouse […]

January 9th, 2015 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

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