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'Electronic Heroin' Spawns Chinese Internet Addiction Camps

A Chinese teen receives treatment at an Internet addiction camp in a still from the new documentary "Web Junkie."

By Sarah Williams - They call it “electronic heroin,” and China feels it’s the biggest threat to its teenagers. In 2008, China, which has over 20 million Internet addicts, became one of the first countries to declare the affliction a clinical disorder. Internet addiction has spawned the creation of over 250 camps within China designed […]

August 26th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

US: 7 European States to Arm Kurds in Iraq

Kurdish Peshmerga troops participate in an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants in a village on the outskirts of the province of Nineveh near the border province of Dohuk, Iraq, Aug. 9, 2014.

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says seven European governments have agreed to join the United States in supplying weaponry to Kurdish forces battling Islamic State extremists in northern Iraq. A Pentagon statement Tuesday said Britain, Canada, Albania and Croatia will join Denmark, Italy and France in providing "urgently needed" arms and equipment to the Kurds. […]

August 26th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

After Disasters, Stricken Malaysia Airlines Staff Brace for Job Cuts

Ground crew work among Malaysia Airlines planes on the runway at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, July 25, 2014.

Reuters - KUALA LUMPUR— As bodies from downed Flight MH17 were brought home last week, a group of Malaysia Airlines flight attendants, in black mourning headscarves contrasting with their pink and turquoise uniforms, sobbed and clung to each other in grief.The 19,500 staff of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) now face a new ordeal - a quarter […]

August 26th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Obama Warns of Expanding Battle Against Islamic State

In undated image posted by Raqqa Media Center, Islamic State militants parade in Raqqa, Syria, June 30, 2014.

By Jeff Seldin - PENTAGON—The United States is preparing to extend its reach in the effort to contain the group known as the Islamic State. Officials say Washington will do what it needs to do in order to protect American citizens.Underscoring the possible internal threat in the United State from IS, a White House spokesman […]

August 26th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Molokai ex con who used investors' money for virtual games, girls, sentenced to prison

Kawika Buchanan declines to speak to or look at reporters as he leaves the federal court house May 8

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU – David “Kawika” Buchanan lived a life of fantasy. That is until his virtual house of cards came crashing down in U.S. District Court Monday, Aug. 25, when he was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison for fraud. The 47-year-old isn’t employed, lives with his parents and reportedly is […]

August 26th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

First of trio of credit union thieves sentenced in Honolulu U.S. District Court

US District Court - Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU - The financial safeguards at the OTS Employees Federal Credit Union were so weak, three of its four employees, including the chief executive officer, were stealing from the federally-insured financial institution. Ironically, the three employees, Dona Takushi, Jenny Nishida and Nicole Cheung, who were caught embezzling a combined total of […]

August 26th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Hawaii commission opens investigation into election day debacles

Hawaii Chief Elections Officer Scott Nago

HONOLULU — Three Hawaii lawmakers called on the State Elections Commission to fire Chief Elections Officer Scott Nago Friday during a standing room-only commission meeting. They were among several people outraged over recent debacles surrounding Hawaii Island’s primary and special elections. “The decisions made in this election were just pitifully poor. Frankly, Mr. Nago needs to […]

August 26th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Pflueger's sentencing in Ka loko dam breach case delayed a third time

James Pflueger

Retired auto dealer James Pflueger was scheduled to be in court Thursday, Aug. 28, to be sentenced in Kauai’s Fifth Circuit Court for recklessly causing the deaths of 7 people when his Ka Loko dam breached on March 14, 2006. However, his attorneys successfully negotiated yet another delay in the case, which has dragged on […]

August 25th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

ACLU sues state so Hawaii Island residents impacted by storm can vote

Hawaii Supreme Court

HONOLULU — The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Thursday on behalf of potentially thousands of Hawaii Island residents asking the Hawaii Supreme Court to allow them to participate in the election after the fact. Hawaii’s Primary Election was scheduled to wrap up Aug. 9, but Tropical Storm Iselle slammed into Hawaii Island the […]

August 22nd, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Former Hawaii Island Legislator Robert Herkes Dies

Robert Herkes

Long time legislator Robert Herkes has died at the age of 83. The former Democratic member of the Hawaii House of Representatives, represented District 5 on Hawaii Island since 1992. Previous to winning a state House seat, Herkes appointed to the Hawaii State Senate in 1988, and served on the Hawaii City Council in 1984. […]

August 22nd, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

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