Kona man dies in Puna crash

Hawaii Island police are investigating a single-vehicle traffic crash in Puna that resulted in the death of a Kailua-Kona man.

Stocks slump 3% as worries grow over higher interest rates

NEW YORK — A sharp sell-off left the Dow Jones Industrial Average more than 1,000 points lower Thursday, wiping out the gains from Wall Street’s biggest rally in two years, as worries grow that the higher interest rates the Federal Reserve is using in its fight against inflation will derail the economy.

‘Seemed like goodbye’: Mariupol defenders make their stand

LVIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian fighters in the tunnels underneath Mariupol’s pulverized steel plant held out against Russian troops Thursday in an increasingly desperate and perhaps doomed effort to deny Moscow what would be its biggest success of the war yet: the complete capture of the strategic port city.

Obituaries: May 6, 2022

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UH puts brakes on astro leases

The University of Hawaii will suspend all sublease negotiations with the Maunakea Observatories as Gov. David Ige considers whether to sign or veto a bill that could change the future of astronomy on the Big Island.

Taimane rips and roars with entrancing set

It’s been three years since ukulele virtuoso Taimane has graced the Kahilu Theatre’s stage, and Waimea welcomed her back last Saturday with a warm round of cheers and applause. She took the opportunity to debut new material from her upcoming album “Hawaiki” and revisited some classics that are always crowd favorites.

WHO: Nearly 15 million deaths associated with COVID-19

LONDON — The World Health Organization estimates that nearly 15 million people were killed either by coronavirus or by its impact on overwhelmed health systems during the first two years of the pandemic, more than double the current official death toll of over 6 million.

Marcos redux? Dictator’s son may win Philippine presidency

MANILA, Philippines — Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte smile and chat of their love of burgers and mango shakes on the election trail in a carefree YouTube video before breaking into a short rap penned for their campaign for president and vice president of the Philippines by a popular singer.