Why did a Boeing 737 Max aircraft plunge into the Java Sea?

The weather in Jakarta was clear on the morning of Oct. 29 when a brand-new Boeing 737 Max passenger jet left Indonesia’s capital on a domestic hop to a nearby island. Soon after, Lion Air Flight 610 plunged into the Java Sea, killing all 189 people aboard.

Gillum concedes as Florida recount wraps up

Democrat Andrew Gillum ended his hard-fought campaign for Florida governor Saturday with just hours remaining for counties to turn in official recount results, conceding to a Republican whose party has held that office since 1999.

Obituaries for November 18

Zachary “Zack” Bradford Gibson, 52, of Honokaa died Nov. 4 at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. Born at the former Subic Bay U.S. Naval Station, Olongapo, Philippines, he was a Native Hawaiian farmer of medicinal plants for Pu‘u‘ala Farms and founder/owner of Kanaka Kava restaurant, a traditional awa bar in Kona. Celebration of life at a later date. Survived by parents, William E. Gibson and Kahala-Ann Trask Gibson; sister, Haunani Trask Gibson; brother, William Trask Gibson; former wife Johanna Gibson; extended ‘ohana. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Pence, Xi trade barbs in speeches at Pacific summit

Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence traded barbs in speeches at a summit of world leaders Saturday, outlining competing visions for global leadership as trade and other tensions between them simmer.

Search for missing diver suspended

KAILUA-KONA — The Hawaii Fire Department suspended its search Friday evening for a freediver who went missing in waters off North Kohala earlier this week.

It’s an extravaganza

From left, Donna Medeiros, owner Chanel Tabayunda and Jessica Gapusam, all of Simply Signs, on Friday during the first day of during the 31st annual Hilo Christmas Extravaganza Craft Fair at Edith Kanaka‘ole Multipurpose Stadium, sell handcrafted wood signs made in Hawaii. The craft fair continues today from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. There is a $2 entry fee and keiki younger than 12 get in for free. Entry is free for everyone the last hour of the day.

Police nab wanted man

Police said Theodore Casuga, the subject of a wanted bulletin, was arrested by the Special Enforcement Unit in Holualoa Friday afternoon.

County looking at options for Hwy 132

Lower Puna residents with properties isolated by lava might be able to return home soon as the county considers how to create an access route across the lava near Highway 132.

Final chancellor candidate makes visit to UH-Hilo campus

Ming-Tung “Mike” Lee, the fourth and final candidate for the chancellor’s post at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, visited the school’s campus Friday, where he met with community members and university employees during a public forum.

WikiLeaks’ Assange faces charges; lawyer says he’d fight

WASHINGTON — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will not willingly travel to the United States to face charges filed under seal against him, one of his lawyers said Friday, foreshadowing a possible fight over extradition for a central figure in the U.S. special counsel’s Russia-Trump investigation.

Trump says he ‘very easily’ answered Mueller questions

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Friday he had “very easily” answered written questions from special counsel Robert Mueller, though he speculated that the questions had been “tricked up” to try to catch him in a lie. He said he hadn’t submitted his answers to investigators yet.

Tijuana mayor: Caravan influx to last at least 6 months

TIJUANA, Mexico — With about 3,000 Central American migrants having reached the Mexican border across from California and thousands more anticipated, the mayor of Tijuana said Friday that the city was preparing for an influx that will last at least six months and may have no end in sight.

Fire deaths rise to 71 ahead of Trump’s California visit

CHICO, Calif. — With the confirmed death toll at 71 and the list of unaccounted for people more than 1,000, authorities in Northern California on Friday searched for those who perished and those who survived the fiercest of wildfires ahead of a planned visit by President Donald Trump.