Nahaku lava tube reopens

A popular lava tube in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has reopened following data monitoring and inspection of a fracture near a large overhanging rock slab at the apex of the lava tube.

DLNR: Leilani Fire 90% contained

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources said Wednesday a multi-agency firefighting effort has resulted in 90% containment of the Leilani Fire in West Hawaii.

Obituaries for August 18

Lisiate “Richard” Kaufusi Apina, 64, of Kailua-Kona died July 25 at home. Born in Nukunuku, Tongatapu, Tonga, he was an electrician for Lindo Electric and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Visitation 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Kealakekua/Keei Ward. Funeral service at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Kona Memorial Park in Holualoa. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Beverly Apina of Kailua-Kona; daughter, Nanea Mangauil of Kailua-Kona; sons, Christopher Apina and Seichi Apina, all of Kailua-Kona; brothers, Paea (Pele) Apina, Ului (Siosi) Apina, all of Mesa, AZ., Salesi (Angie) Apina of Kailua-Kona; sisters, Sela (Ahofono) Aholelei of Kailua-Kona, Moli (Maea) Mafi of San Francisco, CA., Lute (Tauga) Lelenoa of Sydney, Australia and Ana (Losipini) Tafisi of Ocean View; granddaughter, Laila P Manguail; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Yellen tells IRS to develop modernization plan in 6 months

WASHINGTON — Now that President Joe Biden signed Democrats’ expansive climate, tax and health care bill into law, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has directed the IRS to develop a plan within six months outlining how the tax agency will overhaul its technology, customer service and hiring processes.

Trump supporters’ threats to judge spur democracy concerns

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of federal judges face the same task every day: review an affidavit submitted by federal agents and approve requests for a search warrant. But for U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart, the fallout from his decision to approve a search warrant has been far from routine.

Blasts in Crimea underscore Russian forces’ vulnerability

KYIV, Ukraine — A spate of explosions and fires has turned Russian-occupied Crimea from a secure rear base into a new battleground in the war, demonstrating both the Russians’ vulnerability and the Ukrainians’ capacity to strike deep behind enemy lines.

Kids-for-cash judges ordered to pay more than $200M

Two former Pennsylvania judges who orchestrated a scheme to send children to for-profit jails in exchange for kickbacks were ordered to pay more than $200 million to hundreds of people they victimized in one of the worst judicial scandals in U.S. history.

Planned Parenthood to spend record $50M in midterm elections

WASHINGTON — Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading reproductive health care provider and abortion rights advocacy organization, plans to spend a record $50 million ahead of November’s midterm elections, pouring money into contests where access to abortion will be on the ballot.

WHO chief: Lack of help for Tigray crisis due to skin color

NAIROBI, Kenya — The head of the World Health Organization described the ongoing crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region as “the worst disaster on Earth” and wondered aloud Wednesday if the reason global leaders have not responded was due to “the color of the skin of the people in Tigray.”