US: Ex-FBI counterintelligence agent aided Russian oligarch

NEW YORK — A former high-ranking FBI counterintelligence official who investigated Russian oligarchs has been indicted on charges he secretly worked for one, in violation of U.S. sanctions. The official was also charged, in a separate indictment, with taking cash from a former foreign security officer.

HFD seeks OK to hire grant manager

The Hawaii Fire Department is seeking County Council approval to hire a consultant to manage a nearly half-million dollar federal grant recently awarded to the county.

Obituaries for January 24

Jose Renato “Rey” Agpaoa Agbayani, 76, of Pepeekeo died Jan. 9 at home. Born in Claveria, Cagayan, Philippines, he was a retired equipment operator for the former Hilo Coast Processing Co., retired farmer and member of Episcopal Church of the Holy Apostles. Visitation 9-10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Burial 1 p.m. at Homelani Memorial Park, Lehua Section. Casual attire; face masks requested. Survived by wife, Thelma Martinez Agbayani of Pepeekeo; sons, Richard (Melodie) Agbayani and Rey (Haley) Agbayani of Pepeekeo; daughter, Therelyn Agbayani of Keaau; father, Celso Agbayani Sr. of Hilo; brothers, Salvador (Juliet) Agbayani of Mountain View, Jimmy (Theresa) Agbayani of North Carolina, JC (Lindsey) Agbayani of Honokaa and Steven (Sheena Kobayashi) Agbayani of Keaau; sisters, Nancy Carpio of Delano, Calif., and Rose Agbayani of Hilo; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Could AI help decide Baseball Hall of Fame inductees?

Today the new members of the Baseball Hall of Fame will be announced, and the debate will ensue as to who does or does not belong, who has been unjustifiably snubbed and how banned substances should be factored into the decision. Around 400 sports writers determine who will be enshrined among baseball’s all-time greatest players in Cooperstown, New York, on July 23.

The debt-ceiling nonsense has gone on long enough

The recurring farce of lifting the US government debt ceiling began again this week. As total debt surpasses $31.4 trillion — the current statutory limit — the Treasury is undertaking a series of bookkeeping maneuvers to disguise new borrowing and keep the government operating. At some point, these methods will be exhausted. If Congress doesn’t vote to increase the limit, new borrowing could be halted and outright debt default is possible.

Let’s Talk Food: Star anise: A star for fighting a flu

Star anise, or Illicium verum, has antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory properties and has been used in Ayuveda and Chinese medicine for thousands of years. The compound shikimic acid in star anise is the active ingredient in flu medications such as Tamiflu.

Police: 2 students killed, man hurt in Des Moines shooting

DES MOINES, Iowa — Two teenage students were killed Monday and a man was seriously injured in what police said was a targeted shooting at an alternative educational program designed to keep at-risk youth away from trouble. The injured man was identified as the program’s founder — a rapper who left a life of gangs and violence and has been dedicated to helping youth in Des Moines.