Earthquake at Lo‘ihi rattles Big Island

A magnitude-4.0 earthquake that struck Wednesday evening below the Lo‘ihi seamount appears to have had no impact on Kilauea or Mauna Loa volcanoes, the USGS said.

HCCC reports two dozen more COVID-19 cases

Two dozen more Hawaii Community Correctional Center inmates and staff have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases associated with the Hilo jail to 113 since May 24.

Biden touts new incentives in July 4 vaccination push

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden, facing a self-imposed July 4 deadline to have 70% of U.S. adults at least partly vaccinated against the coronavirus, tried Wednesday to rally the nation to meet that goal, announcing an offer of free child care for parents and caregivers while they receive their shots and a national canvassing effort resembling a get-out-the-vote drive.

China’s silencing of Tiananmen tributes extends to Hong Kong

HONG KONG — For years, China has quashed any discussion on the mainland of its bloody 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, nearly erasing what happened from the collective consciousness. Now it may be Hong Kong’s turn, as China’s ruling Communist Party pulls the city more directly into its orbit.

Luka Doncic, Mavs beat Clippers to take 3-2 series lead

LOS ANGELES — Luka Doncic scored 42 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. hit two free throws with eight seconds left, and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Los Angeles Clippers 105-100 on Wednesday night to take a 3-2 lead in the first-round playoff series.

Dodgers erupt for 11 runs in 1st inning, beat Cardinals 14-3

LOS ANGELES — Cody Bellinger had a grand slam and six RBIs as the Dodgers scored 11 times in the bottom of the first — their most runs in one inning of a regular-season game since moving to Los Angeles — during a 14-3 blowout over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.

Editorial: Close bankruptcy escape hatch

More than 450,000 Americans have died from opioid overdoses in less than a decade. Though the synthetic and powerful opioid fentanyl now is the leading cause of opioid overdose deaths, the epidemic had its roots in prescription opioid addiction.