Breaking overnight, At least 14 bombings that appear to have been coordinated have killed at least 60 people in Baghdad. The worst violence in Iraq for months comes just days after the last U.S. troops left the country.
House Republicans stand their ground. Congress is still bickering over how to extend the payroll tax cut that expires at the end of the year. Your taxes will go up, unless Congress can reach an agreement to extend the tax cut. President Obama is working the phones with the leaders of the House and Senate trying to at least get a temporary extension. Representative Colleen Hanabusa is already back home in Hawaii. She'll join us live with the latest at 7:10 on Sunrise.
A second landslide on the Big Island closed Kaawalii Gulch overnight. Taizo is tracking work to clear the road and other hot spots. He'll have traffic updates every 10 minutes on Sunrise.
Happening today, Norm Chow will formally be introduced as the new UH Head Football Coach at 3 this afternoon. We'll have live coverage streaming from the Stan Sheriff Center on KGMB, KHNL, KFVE and HawaiiNewsNow.com.
Santa Claus is working around the clock to get ready for Christmas. This morning on Sunrise, we'll have a live report from the North Pole to see how he's handling the holiday hustle and bustle.
Santa should feel right at home when he gets to Hawaii because of the cooler winter weather pattern taking hold this week. Gusty tradewinds will pick up a notch to 15-25 mph with higher gusts. We will also see scattered showers in windward areas, occasionally drifting to leeward neighborhoods. A High Surf Advisory is in effect for most east facing shores through Saturday. Malika will sort it all out for us.
Christmas travelers in several nations across Europe have had travel plans disrupted by strikes. Walkouts in France and Belgium and pending ones in England and Spain promise days of holiday headaches.
Also ahead this morning on Sunrise, gift ideas for children, Malika tries out tantra yoga, and Lehua Kalima from Na Leo sings for us from her solo album debut.
Hope you can join us. Aloha!