Zelenskyy to address U.S. senators for support

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will address U.S. senators by video Tuesday during a classified briefing as the Biden administration urges Congress to approve the White House’s nearly $106 billion request for funds for the wars in Ukraine, Israel and other security needs.

Court wrestles with OxyContin bankruptcy deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Supreme Court on Monday wrestled with a nationwide settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma that would shield members of the Sackler family who own the company from civil lawsuits over the toll of opioids.

County of Kaua‘i aims to recoup search and rescue costs

LIHU‘E – Following a number of recent rescues on the island, the Kaua‘i County Council is working to pass a bill that aims to make it easier to charge people for the cost of being rescued, as well as establish a donation fund to assist with paying for the county’s search and rescue operations.

House votes to prevent a government shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to prevent a government shutdown after new Republican Speaker Mike Johnson was forced to reach across the aisle to Democrats when hard-right conservatives revolted against his plan.

Biden goal to get U.S.-China communications back to normal

SAN FRANCISCO — President Joe Biden said on the eve of his much-anticipated meeting with China’s Xi Jinping that his goal for the talks is simply to try to get U.S.-Chinese communications back on stable ground after a tumultuous year.

Advocates say millions are booted off Medicaid

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Up to 30 million of the poorest Americans could be purged from the Medicaid program, many the result of error-ridden state reviews that poverty experts say the Biden administration is not doing enough to stop.

Bringing awareness to hunger and homelessness

LIHU‘E — Kaua‘i County Council Chair Mel Rapozo, one of more than a handful of representatives of groups seeking solutions to hunger and homeless, said on Thursday that although November is recognized as being Homeless and Hunger Awareness Month — homeless and hunger awareness should be every day.

Nonprofit details ‘youth mental health crisis’ on Kaua‘i

LIHU‘E – The head of a community initiative for youths detailed how high schoolers and middle schoolers on the island are “really struggling” with issues, including poor mental health, substance abuse and loneliness, in a presentation to Kaua‘i County Council members this week.

Trump’s civil fraud trial will continue

NEW YORK — Donald Trump’s lawyers were thwarted Thursday in their longshot bid to immediately end the New York civil fraud trial that threatens the former president’s real estate empire.

Biden: Workers need ‘a fair shot,’ celebrates labor deal

BELVIDERE, Ill. — President Joe Biden put on a red United Auto Workers shirt on Thursday as he celebrated a labor deal that will reopen the Stellantis plant in Belvidere, Illinois, treating the factory’s salvation as a vindication of his decision to stand with striking union members as they demanded higher wages.

Judge upholds massive Willow oil-drilling project

JUNEAU, Alaska — A federal judge on Thursday upheld the Biden administration’s approval of the massive Willow oil-drilling project on Alaska’s remote North Slope, a decision that environmental groups swiftly vowed to fight.

First-of-a-kind nuclear project is terminated

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A project to build a first-of-a-kind small modular nuclear reactor power plant was terminated Wednesday, another blow to the Biden administration’s clean energy agenda following cancellations last week of two major offshore wind projects.

Election offices are sent fentanyl, other substances

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Authorities were hunting Thursday for whoever sent suspicious letters — including some containing fentanyl — to elections offices in at least five states this week, delaying the counting of ballots in some local races in the latest instance of threats faced by election workers around the country.

County passes resolution in support of Filipino social studies course

Following the announcement that two high schools on O‘ahu are set to become the first public schools in the country to offer a course on Filipino history and culture, Kaua‘i County Council member Addison Bulosan introduced a resolution last week in hopes of getting a course started on Kaua‘i.

House approves aid for Israel, Biden vows to veto

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House approved a nearly $14.5 billion military aid package Thursday for Israel, a muscular U.S. response to the war with Hamas but also a partisan approach by new Speaker Mike Johnson that poses a direct challenge to Democrats and President Joe Biden.

Eric Trump testifies, emails show involvement

NEW YORK — Eric Trump, one of two sons entrusted to run Donald Trump’s real estate empire, swore Thursday that he was never involved with financial statements that New York state lawyers say fraudulently puffed up the ex-president’s wealth and the worth of the family business.