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As robots edge into workplace, free money idea takes hold

HONOLULU — Driverless trucks. Factory robots. Delivery drones. Virtual personal assistants. As technological innovations increasingly edge into the workplace, many people fear that robots and machines are destined to take jobs that human beings have held for decades. For many affected workers, retraining might be out of reach —unavailable, unaffordable or inadequate. What then? Enter …

Fear of robots taking jobs spurs a bold idea: guaranteed pay

HONOLULU — Driverless trucks. Factory robots. Delivery drones. Virtual personal assistants. As technological innovations increasingly edge into the workplace, many people fear that robots and machines are destined to take jobs that human beings have held for decades. For many affected workers, retraining might be out of reach –unavailable, unaffordable or inadequate. What then? Enter …

Hawaii lawmakers take big step toward bailing out rail line

HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers took a big step Friday toward bailing out Honolulu’s financially troubled rail transit project, approving a funding plan critical to the project’s future. The state House of Representatives passed a bill to raise $2.4 billion in taxes for the commuter train planned for Honolulu and nearby suburbs on the last day …

Honolulu mayor blasts state Senate plan to fix rail project

HONOLULU — Officials at Honolulu’s cash-strapped $9.5 billion rail project are under pressure to deliver an adequate funding plan to the federal government. Hawaii lawmakers are meeting in a special legislative session to find a financial solution. State senators introduced a bill Monday calling for a combination of tax hikes and increased oversight after holding …

Guam’s residents feel US patriotism but growing concern

HAGATNA, Guam — The tiny U.S. territory of Guam feels a strong sense of patriotism and confidence in the American military, which has an enormous presence on the tiny Pacific island. But residents are increasingly worried over Washington’s escalating war of words with North Korea. The people of Guam woke up Thursday to another pointed …

Guam residents fear attack after North Korea statements

HAGATNA, Guam — Residents of the U.S. territory Guam say they’re afraid after being caught in the middle of rising tensions between President Donald Trump and North Korea, but Gov. Eddie Calvo reassured his constituents that there is no threat to the island. The North Korean army said Wednesday it’s examining operational plans for attacking …

First medical marijuana dispensary opening in Hawaii

HONOLULU — Dispensary sales of medical marijuana in Hawaii are beginning after patients waited 17 years for a legal way to purchase the drug. Maui Grown Therapies received approval from the Department of Health to begin selling medical cannabis Tuesday. The dispensary plans to start selling medical marijuana to patients Tuesday, said Teri Freitas Gorman, …

Hawaii allows first lab to begin testing medical marijuana

HONOLULU – Hawaii has approved its first laboratory to begin testing samples of medical marijuana. On Monday, the state Department of Health certified Honolulu-based lab Steep Hill Hawaii. That brings Hawaii closer to the long-awaited date when dispensaries can sell their products. Hawaii was among the first states to legalize medical marijuana 17 years ago. …

Hawaii bill would ban licenses for some foreign fishermen

HONOLULU –Hawaii lawmakers are considering a proposal with the potential to cripple the state’s commercial fishing industry after an Associated Press investigation found foreign fishermen confined to boats and living in subpar conditions. A 2016 AP investigation found that the fishermen earned less than $1 an hour and worked without most basic labour protections while …

Hawaii considers “safe zones” for homeless encampments

HONOLULU –Hawaii is exploring allowing homeless people to camp in designated “safe zones” or to rent space in private driveways and yards, as part of an array of offbeat solutions to its homelessness crisis, which ranks worst in the nation. The ideas run contrary to a trend among cities –including Honolulu –to pass laws criminalizing …