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BUDGET CUTS-HAWAII MILITARY
HONOLULU — Military leaders and contractors say automatic federal spending cuts will have a snowball effect on Hawaii businesses and taxpayers. Ben Nakaoka of Pacific Shipyard Industries told Hawaii lawmakers during a hearing Wednesday that Ship Maintenance, a military subcontractor, has already cut 60 percent of employees. By Anita Hofschneider.
BANK OF HAWAII-AMERICAN SAMOA
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa — The governor of American Samoa says Bank of Hawaii has agreed to delay shutting down both of its branches in the territory for 90 days, a plan that was set to take effect next week and would leave the island with just one bank. American Samoa Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga says he met in Honolulu with Bank of Hawaii CEO Peter Ho last week to ask for a delay of 1 year in closing the branches. Moliga says Ho told him the deal was done, but called this week to say one of the two branches would delay closing.
HONOLULU — Hawaii tourism industry officials are working to get Japan Airlines to operate 10 nonstop charter flights from Tokyo's Narita airport to Kailua-Kona this summer. Hawaii Tourism Authority officials hope the flights will demonstrate demand for a direct route to the Big Island and lead the airline to restore regularly scheduled nonstop service it operated for 14 years through 2010. By Audrey McAvoy.
OKLAHOMA CITY — More than a dozen compressed natural gas-fueled pickup trucks were delivered to state transportation officials Wednesday as part of Gov. Mary Fallin's plan to supplement the state's vehicle fleet with clean-burning, low-cost CNG vehicles. By Tim Talley.
WASHINGTON — A bid by Senate Democrats on Wednesday for fast confirmation of John Brennan's nomination to be CIA director hit a snag after a small group of Republican senators and a lone Democrat engaged in a lengthy discussion over the legality of potential drone strikes on U.S. soil. By Richard Lardner.
— CULTURAL SITE DAMAGED — 2 charged with stealing from cultural site.
— HUSBAND CHARGED — Man charged in wife's murder.
— SIDEWALK CAMPERS — Honolulu cracking down on sidewalk campers.
— DOG SHOT — Man accused of killing dog pleads not guilty.
— UH PRESS — University of Hawaii Press gets new publisher. -