FEMA: Hawaii didn’t need approval to retract missile alert

Sen. Mazie Hirono D-Hawaii, questions Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Washington. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

HONOLULU — The Federal Emergency Management Agency said the state of Hawaii didn’t need federal approval to retract a cellphone alert mistakenly sent over the weekend warning of a ballistic missile attack.