Hilo hotel fire causes $2M in damage

The Hawaii Police Department has assumed the investigation of a Friday morning fire that caused an estimated $2 million damage to the shuttered Uncle Billy’s Hilo Bay Hotel on Banyan Drive.

Capitals snap 3-game skid behind Ovechkin’s 763rd goal

WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored on the power play, Vitek Vanecek stopped all 36 shots he faced and the Washington Capitals snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Eastern Conference-leading Carolina Hurricanes 4-0 Thursday night.

Purdue Pharma, US states agree to new opioid settlement

Purdue Pharma reached a nationwide settlement Thursday over its role in the opioid crisis, with the Sackler family members who own the company boosting their cash contribution to as much as $6 billion in a deal intended to staunch a flood of lawsuits facing the maker of OxyContin.

Biden plan would tackle chronic gaps in mental health care

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s new plan to expand mental health and drug abuse treatment would pour hundreds of millions of dollars into suicide prevention, mental health services for youth, and community clinics providing 24/7 access to people in crisis.

Editorial: Testing positive for incompetence: The federal government’s free at-home COVID tests arrived way too late

On Jan. 18, the day the federal government’s website allowing Americans to order free at-home COVID tests opened (one day before its official launch, and the only time anything in this story happens ahead of schedule), we requested ours. At 1:44 p.m. came the U.S.P.S. order confirmation email, which added: “At home COVID-19 tests will ship free starting in late January.”