Canal Rescue, Overnight Crash, Tradewind Conditions

A car crash into a wall on Kalanianaole Highway had closed 2 lanes heading eastbound at Laukahi Street this morning. It appears the situation has cleared. Watch Sunrise for traffic updates every 10 minutes.

Also new overnight, A man is in critical condition this morning after he was found unresponsive at the bottom of a Palolo Canal. Fire officials say the man in his 50's fell 15 feet yesterday to the canal floor injuring his head.

Today is an historic one. The United States officially ended its mission in Iraq, nearly nine years after the invasion began to overthrow Saddam Hussein. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is in Baghdad to personally thank U.S. troops and Iraqi security forces. The remaining 5,500 American troops must be out of Iraq by the end of the month. We'll talk back live with CBS Correspondent Susan McGinnis.

Members of Schofield's 25th Infantry Division will be the very last to leave Iraq. Our Teri Okita and photographer Brenton Awa were the only TV news crew invited to document their journey home. They filed their last report from Japan. Watch Teri's exclusive reports on and follow Teri on facebook and twitter.

"Thanks, but no thanks." That's what the veterans group the "Greatest Generations Foundation" is refusing to accept an apology from Hawaii Five-O Executive Producer Peter Lenkov. The veterans are upset because they say crew members for the show disrupted their visit to Honolulu's National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific during the 70th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks. The group's president says, "While we would like to accept the apology provided by Peter Lenkov, it seems to us to be little more than a list of excuses for CBS' actions and a couple reasons why we should either discontinue or feel guilty about making such actions known." Find out what they want from Lenkov to "make it right."  

The damp tradewind conditions will linger through the weekend. Dan says to expect scattered windward showers with possible drifting leeward. However, it looks like the heavy rainfall has ended. Light tradewinds will hold today, pick up a notch Friday, and get even stronger on Sunday.

Surf will pick up on the north and west shores today, with another swell due Friday with possible warning level waves. The next box jellyfish influx is expected to start Sunday.

Golden Globe nominations were announced just a short time ago. The awards given by the Hollywood Foreign Press honor the best in Television and Motion Pictures. We'll break down the nominations.

Also this morning on Sunrise, the Honolulu Boy Choir will give us a live preview of the Christmas Concert, Living Lei Chic Senior Editor Christi Young shows off the ultimate holiday treats, and we're on baby watch. Steve and Liz are at the hospital and their son could be a "Sunrise" baby.

Hope you can join our ever expanding Sunrise family!


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