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HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers are pushing for tougher laws to curb tobacco use in the Aloha State. State Sen. Rosalyn Baker wants to prohibit tobacco use and possession for people under age 18. By Anita Hofschneider.
HAWAII SOLAR TAX CREDITS
HONOLULU — The solar industry has been booming in Hawaii but state officials are worried that the industry's tax credits are too generous. Representatives in the House committee on the environment met Tuesday to consider a bill to cut the state's renewable energy tax credit by more than half. By Anita Hofschneider.
SYDNEY — A powerful earthquake off the Solomon Islands on Wednesday generated a tsunami of up to 1.5 meters (about 5 feet) that damaged dozens of homes and left at least four people missing and presumed dead in the South Pacific island chain. Authorities canceled tsunami warnings on more distant coasts. By Kristen Gelineau.
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HONOLULU — Hawaii coach Norm Chow announces his 2013 recruiting class for the Warriors. By Oskar Garcia.
ST. LOUIS — A former fire chief has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $500,000 from the St. Clair Fire District in eastern Missouri.
— HAWAII BEETLE — Hawaii lawmakers want $1.3M to combat beetle.
— BOY RUN OVER-INDICTMENT — Grand jury indicts father in son's death.
— HAWAIIAN AIRLINES — Hawaiian Airlines reports passenger increase.
— FIFTH PERSON DROWNS — Fifth person drowns off Kauai.
— SOUTH PACIFIC EARTHQUAKE-AMERICAN SAMOA — Park temporarily closed because of tsunami threat.
— SOUTH PACIFIC EARTHQUAKE-GUAM — Tsunami watch canceled for Guam.
— DIAMOND HEAD — Diamond Head park to close for road repaving.