GOP wins slim House majority, complicating ambitious agenda

WASHINGTON — Republicans won control of the U.S. House on Wednesday, returning the party to power in Washington and giving conservatives leverage to blunt President Joe Biden’s agenda and spur a flurry of investigations. But a threadbare majority will pose immediate challenges for GOP leaders and complicate the party’s ability to govern.

Armed robbery suspect indicted

A 27-year-old Kona man was indicted Wednesday on two dozen charges stemming from an alleged armed robbery that was followed by a car crash and the man reportedly shooting at a police officer.

Kanalani Street extension to open soon

Just in time for holiday shopping, the extension of Kanalani Street providing access to the Kaloko Light Industrial Area could be opened as early as next week, thanks to action Wednesday by the Hawaii County Council.

UH-Hilo women’s soccer knocked out in second round of tourney

The tremendous run for the back-to-back Pacific West Conference Champions came to an end Saturday afternoon as the University of Hawaii at Hilo women’s soccer team fell to Concordia University Irvine, 2-1, in overtime in the second round of the NCAA Div. II Women’s Soccer Championship West Regional at the Vulcan Soccer Field.

Hawaii seeks part of $3 billion Walmart settlement

Hawaii Attorney General Holly T. Shikada announced Wednesday that a settlement in principle was struck between Walmart and lead negotiators to resolve allegations that the company contributed to the opioid addiction crisis by failing to appropriately oversee the dispensing of opioids at its stores.

Obituaries for November 17

Elsie J. Carvalho, 92, of Hilo died Oct. 24 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Honomu, she was a retired factory worker for Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Co. and member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Visitation 8-9 a.m. Monday (Nov. 21) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Mass at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Graveside service noon at East Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2 Pavilion. Survived by daughters, Lela (Lester) Oliveira of Hilo, Yvonne Leithead of Las Vegas, Regina (Kalei) Wery of Juneau, Alaska, and Cynthia Carvalho of Kona; sons, Steven (Cleofe) Carvalho of Kona and Dwight (Kanani) Carvalho Sr. of Hilo; sister, Wilma (Tyron) Revilla of Honomu; sister in-law, Betty Rapoza of Paauilo; 11 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Man who killed 6 in Christmas parade gets life, no release

A judge sentenced a man who killed six people and injured many others when he drove his SUV through a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee to life in prison with no chance of release Wednesday, rejecting arguments from him and his family that mental illness drove him to do it.

Poland, NATO say missile strike wasn’t a Russian attack

PRZEWODOW, Poland — NATO member Poland and the head of the military alliance both said Wednesday that a missile strike in Polish farmland that killed two people appeared to be unintentional and was probably launched by air defenses in neighboring Ukraine. Russia had been bombarding Ukraine at the time in an attack that savaged its power grid.