Airport improvements continue

KAILUA-KONA — With a new year just around the corner, improvements at the Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole continue.

NFL: Ravens, Eagles, Colts squeeze into playoffs

BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Ravens squeezed past the Browns and into the playoffs, using two rushing touchdowns by rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson and a late defensive stand to beat Cleveland 26-24 Sunday and claim the AFC North title.

AP top sports story of 2018: Nassar abuse, gymnastics turmoil

The depths of Larry Nassar’s depravity began to emerge some 15 months before the calendar flipped to 2018 — when reports of his sexual abuse first appeared in newspaper stories that would eventually lead to a trial and, ultimately, to the doctor’s imprisonment.

Tutu’s House

Caregiving Conversations will gather from 11 a.m.-noon this Wednesday led by professional caregiver Karyn Clay. Whether you are a caregiver by heart, hire or relationship, join fellow caregivers in sharing stories, support and inspiration.

Robbery suspect charged

KAILUA-KONA — Police have arrested and charged robbery suspect Kyle Arellano, 22, with several offenses, the department said Saturday.

Nunes KOs Cyborg in 51 seconds, Jones wins at UFC 232

INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Amanda Nunes knocked out Cris “Cyborg” Justino 51 seconds into the first round at UFC 232 on Saturday night, ending the featherweight champion’s 13-year unbeaten run with one of the most surprising victories in mixed martial arts history.

NBA: Harden scores 41 as Rockets keep rolling, beat Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS — James Harden scored 41 points, becoming the first NBA player since Oscar Robertson to record at least 35 points and five assists in seven consecutive games, to power the Houston Rockets to a 108-104 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night.

Congo faces a troubled, long-delayed election

KINSHASA, Congo — Congo’s presidential election takes place today after more than two years of delays. Protests, an opposition outcry and the surprise barring of 1 million voters from the polls over an Ebola outbreak marked the final days of preparations.

Trump’s loneliness of leadership in an uncertain 2019

In the days before Christmas 2018, President Donald Trump was alone in his home/office at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Someday, future historians will picture Trump sitting at his desk and perhaps commiserate if he felt those oval walls of his famous office were closing in on him.

Crackdown on squatters

HILO — Trespassers squatting in vacant homes has long been an issue in Puna, and residents of one subdivision have decided they won’t take it anymore.