Parole granted for two Kona men

A Kona man sentenced to up to a half-decade behind bars for a 2019 shooting that injured one and triggered an 11-day manhunt was granted parole by the Hawaii Paroling Authority on Wednesday.

HVNP guided tours return

Dozens of visitors endured the cold wind and rain Saturday to participate in the first ranger-guided tours at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in more than two years.

‘No surrender’: Ukrainians fight on in Mariupol steel plant

KYIV, Ukraine — Braced for an all-out Russian assault in the east, Ukraine vowed to “fight absolutely to the end” in strategically vital Mariupol, where the ruined port city’s last known pocket of resistance was holed up in a sprawling steel plant laced with tunnels.

North Korea tests new weapon bolstering nuclear capability

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea has test-fired a new type of tactical guided weapon designed to boost its nuclear fighting capability, state media reported Sunday, a day before its chief rivals the United States and South Korea begin annual drills that the North views as an invasion rehearsal.

Pope makes Easter plea for Ukraine peace, cites nuclear risk

VATICAN CITY — On what is supposed to be Christianity’s most joyful day, Pope Francis made an anguished Easter Sunday plea for peace in the “senseless” war in Ukraine and in other armed conflicts raging in the world, and voiced worry about the risk of nuclear warfare.

Biden moves forward on gun violence

After much talk and little action on guns, President Joe Biden finally took a few small steps forward this week. Actually getting a handle on the country’s epidemic of gun violence will require Congress to do its job.