U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, speaks to staff members at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013. The Obama administration hasn't sent its top diplomat to Pakistan since 2011, and Kerry's trip is a chance for the former senator to get to know the newly elected prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, who came to power in Pakistan's first transition between civilian governments.

US issues global travel alert over al-Qaida threat

The United States issued a global travel alert Friday, citing an al-Qaida threat that also caused the State Department to close 21 embassies and consulates this weekend in the Muslim world.…
Beach

Dealing with erosion at Kailua Beach

Viewers wanted to know what is being done to protect a popular beach on the windward side of Oahu that is noticeably fading away. State legislators have plans to step it up.…
Zippy's

Zippy’s opens in Hilo

The Big Island's first Zippy's opened Thursday at Prince Kuhio Plaza in Hilo. …
John Freudenberg

Serial rapist just needs work furlough for parole

The man known as the "Manoa rapist" is up for parole and could be just one step away from being back in the community. John Freudenberg has been considered for release from his life sentences just about every year since 1996, denied each time. The only hurdle left before his hearing next month is for him to get on work furlough. …
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Researchers conducting Mars food study on the Big Island

Six researchers are on a mission to Mars, without ever having left Earth. They're living and working like astronauts in a simulated martian base on the Big Island, cooking meals from a list of dehydrated and shelf-stable food items.…
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Obama taps childhood friend for diplomatic post

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is nominating a childhood friend to represent the U.S. at the United Nations office and other international organizations i...…
Evonne Cashman

Calif. woman recovers after shark attack on Maui

A visitor from California is recovering at Maui Memorial Medical Center after being bitten by a large shark Wednesday morning in Wailea. The attack comes less than a month after a massive shark was spotted and photographed in the same area.…
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AAA Hawaii: Gas prices inch up

Local gas prices held steady or increased slightly in the surveyed areas of the state compared to last week, according to the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch. …
U.S. Postal Service

AP Interview: USPS eyes alcohol deliveries

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special delivery from the post office — beer, wine and spirits, if Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has his way. In an interview with The Associate...…
FILE - This Sunday, June 9, 2013 file photo provided by The Guardian Newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, in Hong Kong. Snowden has left Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport and entered Russia his lawyer said on Thursday Aug. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Guardian, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, File)

Snowden walks free in Russia to US anger

Defying the United States, Russia granted Edward Snowden temporary asylum on Thursday, allowing the National Security Agency leaker to slip out of the Moscow airport where he has been holed up for weeks in hopes of evading espionage charges back home.…