Ukraine says 9 Russian warplanes destroyed in Crimea blasts

KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine said Wednesday that nine Russian warplanes were destroyed in a deadly string of explosions at an air base in Crimea that appeared to be the result of a Ukrainian attack, which would represent a significant escalation in the war.

North Korea claims disputed victory over virus, blames Seoul

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has declared victory over COVID-19 and ordered preventive measures eased just three months after acknowledging an outbreak, claiming the country’s widely disputed success would be recognized as a global health miracle.

Rhine River could fall below critical mark, risking industry

COLOGNE, Germany — Water levels on the Rhine River could reach a critically low point in the coming days, German officials said Wednesday, making it increasingly difficult to transport goods — including coal and gasoline — as drought and an energy crisis grip Europe.

Firefighters subdue deadly blaze at key oil facility in Cuba

HAVANA — A deadly fire that consumed at least half of a large oil storage facility in western Cuba and threatened to bring more power failures to the island’s already fragile electricity system was largely controlled Wednesday after nearly five days, authorities said.

Japan PM purges Cabinet after support falls over church ties

TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida reshuffled his Cabinet on Wednesday in an apparent bid to distance his administration from the conservative Unification Church over its ties to the assassinated leader Shinzo Abe and senior ruling party members.

Slippah Drop offers Vegas vacation; Visitor Industry Charity Walk fundraiser on now

Las Vegas? The Cosmopolitan hotel? The lure was too strong for Jade Wai‘ale‘ale Battad Tuesday morning as she rushed into the Kukui Grove Center office of the Hawai‘iUSA Federal Credit Union to pick up her “slippahs” that could earn her the grand prize of the trip for two to Las Vegas that comes with a three-night stay at the Cosmopolitan.

Red-flag warning today; outdoor burning restricted

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the leeward areas of Kaua‘i County to be in effect on Aug. 10, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The warning may be extended, dropped or modified as conditions develop.

ERSOY: Salt‚ we can’t survive without it

Sodium is an essential nutrient, which means that it’s something that our body can not produce on its own, so we need to consume it. Sodium plays a vital role in the regulation of many of our body’s functions, including fluid balance and acid base balance.

Golfers remember Sandy G; YWCA readies for Mana Wahine Mural

LIHU‘E — Lawrence Mendonca, the father of Sandy Mendonca Galas, whom the golf tournament is named for, wanted to sit out playing golf Sunday during the YWCA of Kaua‘i Never Forget Sandy G golf tournament that was sold out at 144 golfers at the Ocean Course at Hokuala.