More volatility: US stocks wobble on another turbulent day

U.S. stocks wavered between small gains and losses Friday, struggling to maintain the momentum from a two-day winning streak following a week of volatile trading. Energy companies led a broad, late-afternoon slide. Smaller company stocks were outgaining the rest of the market.

EPA targets Obama crackdown on mercury from coal plants

The Trump administration on Friday targeted an Obama-era regulation credited with helping dramatically reduce toxic mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants, saying the benefits to human health and the environment may not be worth the cost of the regulation.

Syria claims it has entered key Kurdish-held town

Syria’s military said Friday it had entered the key Kurdish-held town of Manbij in an apparent deal with the Kurds, who are looking for new allies and protection against a threatened Turkish offensive as U.S. troops prepare to leave Syria.

Thousands demonstrate in Sudan against Bashir’s rule

Thousands demonstrated Friday in nearly two dozen neighborhoods of the Sudanese capital of Khartoum, calling for President Omar Bashir to step down, according to activists, keeping up the pressure on the autocratic general-turned-president who has been in power for nearly 30 years.

Vatican hears testimony from alleged McCarrick abuse victim

The Vatican has taken testimony from a man who says ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick sexually abused him for years starting when he was 11, evidence that the initial case against the retired archbishop has expanded to include serious allegations of misconduct.

Protests as Congo leader warns of Ebola election ‘disaster’

Congo’s leader is blaming a deadly Ebola virus outbreak for the last-minute decision to bar an estimated 1 million voters from Sunday’s long-delayed presidential election, claiming it would be a “disaster” if someone infects hundreds of people. Protests exploded again on Friday in response as health workers suspended efforts and warned that new cases could sharply rise.

Red Cross at Kukui Grove

The American Red Cross will have a table at Kukui Grove Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. People can stop by and sign up to become Red Cross Disaster Services volunteers or sign up for free smoke alarm installations.

Volunteers free animals, clean beaches and ocean

Turtles, starfish, crustaceans and other fish were all freed from a floating mass of net and rope at Poipu’s Koloa Landing recently, just one of several large masses that have landed on the radar of Surfrider Kauai’s Net Patrol in December.

North Shore highway could reopen early next year

Two more convoys have been added on Kuhio Highway for access between Waikoko and Wainiha for the New Year’s holiday, and the state Department of Transportation says repairs to the severely damaged road are on schedule.

Kauai shrugs off shutdown

While some federal programs are screeching to a halt as a result of the ongoing government shutdown, life on Kauai is pretty much business as usual.

Increased suicide rate needs closer look

The Garden Island recently editorialized on how the suicide rate is the highest it’s ever been. They went on to say: “The suicide death rate last year was the highest it’s been in at least 50 years, according to U.S. government records. This is an area of huge concern on Kauai, where young people can be overwhelmed with hopelessness.” May I add not only of grave concern to the young but our middle-aged and kupuna populations, as well.

Ministry and watercolor

For years painting watercolors of Hawaii’s flowers kept the Rev. Alan Akana connected to his home, even though he was traveling all over the United States working in ministry.