Fraud overwhelms pandemic-related unemployment programs

With the floodgates set to open on another round of unemployment aid, states are being hammered with a new wave of fraud as they scramble to update security systems and block scammers who already have siphoned billions of dollars from pandemic-related jobless programs.
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Mo. girl finds parents dead in bed reportedly from COVID-19

St. Louis County police say the 11-year-old made the discovery on Thursday.

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Hilo man charged, accused of beating, threatening girlfriend

  J&J’s 1-dose shot cleared, giving US 3rd COVID-19 vaccine

The U.S. is getting a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19, as the Food and Drug Administration on Saturday cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two.
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Biden team readies wider economic package after virus relief

Looking beyond the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill, President Joe Biden and lawmakers are laying the groundwork for another top legislative priority — a long-sought boost to the nation’s roads, bridges and other infrastructure that could run into Republican resistance to a hefty price tag.

Team of Oahu students wins an award for a device that helps those in need

Nonprofit questions why HECO’s profits jumped in 2020 as customers struggled to pay bills

Hawaii reports 2 additional COVID deaths and 106 new cases

Unstable weather lingers, prompting flood advisories, watches

Pedestrian in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle in Barbers Point area

Apparent transformer explosion triggers large power outage in Moiliili

  In internal video, police chief says 263 officers abused overtime policy

Hawaii gets $87M to open multiple community vaccination sites

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Pharmacist drives through snow to deliver COVID-19 vaccine to disabled woman, family

For five weeks, the mother of a disabled woman in Pennsylvania searched for a vaccine appointment, reaching out to state and local leaders with no luck.

SPORTS

Rainbow Warriors basketball sweep Long Beach State in final homestand

The University of Hawaii men’s basketball team completed the weekend sweep against Long Beach State in a pair of down to the wire showdowns.

Punahou’s Tafiti first local player selected to 2022 Polynesian Bowl

he Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announced on Friday the first local player selected to the 2022 Polynesian Bowl, with Punahou’s Tevarua Tafiti set to join some of the best prep football players in the nation in the 2022 game.

UH swimming and diving look ahead to National Tournament and the Olympics

The weekend’s rewards, a sweet treat for the ‘Bows who had to navigate competing during the pandemic, but according to head coach Elliot Ptasnik, the MPSFP Championship will serve as a spring board or a diving board for whats next for his athletes.

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Big Island couple is fined more than $200K for illegal aquarium fishing

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  Forecast: Wet and windy weekend ahead

  Health officials detect worrisome Brazil mutation of COVID-19 in Hawaii

The state Department of Health said the P.2 variant, which contains the E484K mutation, was found through surveillance testing on Oahu.
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  Biden hails House passage of $1.9T virus bill, now to Senate

The overall relief bill would provide $1,400 payments to individuals, extend emergency unemployment benefits through August and increase tax credits for children and federal subsidies for health insurance.

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  Hawaii Strong: A year ago, this theater didn’t own a camera. Now they have a streaming service.

  Famed Buffalo Soldiers built the Mauna Loa Trail with only hammers and their hands

Hundreds have accepted DUI plea deals aimed at easing court backlog