Lava threat downgraded

With the threat level from Kilauea volcano downgraded Wednesday, Hawaii County will consider scaling back its lava flow updates and overflights that have been a nearly daily occurrence for the past six months, said Civil Defense chief Darryl Oliveira.

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Hawaii abandons computer technology development bids

HONOLULU (AP) — The state has canceled a call for proposals for new computer technology after spending $11 million developing the solicitation, but the administration of Gov. David Ige said the money hasn’t been wasted.

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Johnson to perform at Episcopal Church of the Holy Apostles

The Episcopal Church of the Holy Apostles will host a free performance by University of Hawaii at Hilo professor of drama and chairwoman of the Performing Arts Department Jackie Pualani Johnson at 7 p.m. Sunday at the church located at 1407 Kapiolani St. in Hilo.

Five organic fruits and vegetables that might really be worth the price

(AP) Buying organic fruits and vegetables costs more, and for many shoppers, the advantage hardly seems worth the expense. But there are certain produce items for which “buying organic is a must,” according to a new release from Consumer Reports, the non-profit long-known for its product reviews.

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Spirit of Merrie Monarch

In honor of the 52nd Annual Merrie Monarch Festival, the Volcano Art Center will host three days of special arts and cultural events from April 10-12.

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Schwarzenegger’s back for high-octane ‘Terminator: Genisys’

LOS ANGELES — As promised, the Terminator and the man who originated the steely machine — Arnold Schwarzenegger — are back this summer for another go in “Terminator: Genisys,” and Paramount Pictures, eager for a blockbuster, has already fired up a machine of its own — the publicity kind.

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Get used to Obama’s swagger

WASHINGTON — Here’s some practical advice to those who didn’t like President Obama’s swagger during his State of the Union address: Get used to it.

Australia must act fast to rescue its economy

Few central bankers in modern history have had a better run than Australia’s Glenn Stevens. He steered his country around the global financial crisis, drove its currency to record highs and extended its recession-free run past the two-decade mark.

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