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Air pollution monitors placed around lava flow

The Hawaii State Department of Health has installed three temporary particulate monitors to measure and inform residents on the Big Island of the air quality levels from the lava flow from Kilauea volcano. Two monitors are currently located in Pahoa and one in Leilani Estates.

New council members to consider GMO

With three new council members weighing in for the first time, the Hawaii County Council on Wednesday is scheduled to decide whether to appeal a federal court ruling overturning the county’s ban on growing genetically modified crops in open-air conditions.

Two to stand trial on meth trafficking charges

A Big Island man and woman will stand trial on charges of meth trafficking, among other drug offenses, after being arrested last week allegedly in possession of more than a pound of illegal narcotics at Kona International Airport.

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House approves $1.1T bill financing government

WASHINGTON — Swapping crisis for compromise, the House narrowly approved $1.1 trillion in government-wide spending Thursday night after President Barack Obama and Republicans joined forces to override Democratic complaints the bill would also ease bank regulations imposed after the economy’s near-collapse in 2008.

CIA chief challenges Senate torture report

WASHINGTON — CIA Director John Brennan threaded a rhetorical needle in an unprecedented televised news conference at CIA headquarters Thursday, acknowledging that agency officers did “abhorrent” things to detainees but defending the overall post-9/11 interrogation program for stopping attacks and saving lives.