Milolii charter school wins $10K in business plan competition

KAILUA-KONA — From a new take on the auto shop to proposing a business that recycles rubbish into sports equipment, three teams of students at Kua O Ka La Public Charter School are learning to put their talents and passions to work — and getting some solid cash in return.

Islamic State kills 41 in attack on Afghan cultural center

KABUL, Afghanistan — An Islamic State suicide bomber struck a Shiite cultural center in Kabul on Thursday, killing at least 41 people and underscoring the extremist group’s growing reach in Afghanistan even as its self-styled caliphate in Iraq and Syria has been dismantled.

Obituaries for December 29

David James Boyle, 77, of Keaau died Dec. 21 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Tacoma, Wash., he was a retired high school teacher. Celebration of life at a later date. Survived by sons, Troy Boyle, Todd Boyle and David Boyle of Tacoma; daughter, Theresa Boyle of Tacoma; brothers, Art Boyle of Tacoma and Ron Boyle of Keaau; cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Open Arms MCC in Pahoa to welcome new pastor

The Rev. Pressley Sutherland, who serves as Metropolitan Community Church’s associate director of church and ministry development, will be moving from Tampa, Fla., to Pahoa to become the new senior pastor at Open Arms MCC.

Democrat Jones officially declared winner over Roy Moore

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Democrat Doug Jones’ historic victory over Republican Roy Moore was declared official Thursday as Alabama election officials certified him the winner of the special Senate election, despite Moore’s last-minute lawsuit claiming voter fraud.

In a milestone year, gene therapy finds a place in medicine

After decades of hope and high promise, this was the year scientists really showed they could doctor DNA to successfully treat diseases. Gene therapies to treat cancer and even pull off the biblical-sounding feat of helping the blind to see were approved by U.S. regulators, establishing gene manipulation as a new mode of medicine.

Give Trump credit for defying Putin

In the annals of President Donald Trump’s odd dealings with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, give Trump credit for making a straightforward decision to defy Putin by supplying arms to Ukraine.

Obama to Prince Harry: Leaders must use care on social media

LONDON — Former President Barack Obama told Prince Harry in an interview broadcast Wednesday that people in leadership roles must be careful in their use of social media and warned against spending too much time immersed in the internet at the expense of the world outside.