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Ka‘u buy moves ahead

If the county moves ahead with the purchase of more than 1,200 acres of Ka‘u coastline, as the County Council’s Finance Committee recommended Tuesday, it will create the largest beach park in the state, Lehua Lopez-Mau said.

Waipio group rejects bill

The new Waipio Community Ohana voted to kill a senate bill establishing a temporary working group to help the state acquire lands in Waipio Valley during a meeting on Sunday.

Hundreds of Hawaii homeowners affected by mortgage rescue scam

Hundreds of distressed homeowners facing foreclosure in Hawaii were likely misled by a loan modification program operated by the Homeowner Legal Assistance Association, a Florida corporation, for approximately 17 months in 2009 and 2010, according to an investigation conducted by the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ Office of Consumer Protection.

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Truck on fire before deadly bus crash

ORLAND, Calif. — A couple said a FedEx tractor-trailer was already on fire when it careened across a median, sideswiped their car and slammed into a bus carrying high school students, adding a new twist to the investigation of a crash that killed 10 people.

Obama names budget chief as new health secretary

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama named White House budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to take over the Department of Health and Human Services on Friday, saying there was “no manager as experienced and as competent” to oversee the next phase of his signature health care law.

Recalls this week: children’s pajamas, tool chests Recalls this week: children’s pajamas, tool chests The Associated Press Recalls this week: children’s pajamas, tool chests The Associated Press Recalls this week: children’s pajamas, tool chests

Children’s pajamas that fail to meet flammability standards are among this week’s recalled consumer products. Other products recalled include tool chests sold at Costco that pose a laceration hazard.