Groups claim insurance discrimination

WASHINGTON — Ending insurance discrimination against the sick was a central goal of the nation’s health care overhaul, but leading patient groups say that promise is being undermined by new barriers from insurers.

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HVO back to being fully operational

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said in a written statement Tuesday it became fully operational Aug. 13. The federally operated observatory had been less than fully operational since the previous Friday morning after Tropical Storm Iselle directly hit the Big Island on Aug. 7.

Medical marijuana task force coming to Big Island

Almost half the state’s 13,115 medical marijuana patients live on Hawaii Island, but it took a request by state Sen. Will Espero for a medical marijuana task force to schedule a public hearing here.

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Lyman Museum to host special exhibit on Kalaupapa

Friday, August 29 will be the opening date for a new special exhibit at the Lyman Museum — “A Source of Light, Constant and Never-Fading,” opens in November, presented by Ka‘Ohana O Kalaupapa.

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Spending too much, too fast in Afghanistan

In the wake of its initial military action in Afghanistan, and in spite of then-President George W. Bush’s prior opposition to “nation-building,” the U.S. embarked upon a large-scale effort to help reconstruct the war-torn nation. While there have been some successes, the Afghanistan reconstruction effort has been plagued by boondoggles and other forms of government waste, detailed in the most recent reports from a series of inspector general audits.

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US changing no-fly list rules

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel.

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