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November 1, 2012
The Associated Press

Woman injured in stabbing at Diamond Head Lighthouse

HONOLULU - A woman in is serious condition after she was stabbed several times at Diamond Head Beach.

KHON reports that the incident happened just before 7 a.m. Wednesday near Diamond Head Lighthouse.

A male suspect approached a man and woman who were camping on the beach and tried to steal the woman's belongings.

Police say he then stabbed the woman several times and fled.

The woman was taken to The Queen's Medical Center.

Hawaii News Now reports that the woman is 46 years old.


Citations continue to mount despite closure of Oahu park

HONOLULU - Hawaii has issued 99 citations to people illegally hiking in Sacred Falls in the past year-and-a-half.

That's even though the state closed the once-popular Oahu park after eight people died in a landslide there in 1999.

Trespassing in the area is a petty misdemeanor. Those caught are fined $100 for their first offense, $200 for their second and $500 for their third.

Department of Land and Natural Resources Director William Aila told KHON that it's too dangerous to let people back in. He says it's narrow and confined so there's no place to hide if rocks fall.

He says it doesn't make sense to allow people to go into a dangerous place.

But he says there's a possibility that the lower part of Sacred Falls State Park could be reopened.


NASA Curiosity rover's soil sample similar to Mauna Kea

PASADENA, Calif. - Scientists say the Martian soil at the rover Curiosity's landing site contains minerals similar to what's found on Hawaii's Mauna Kea volcano.

The finding released Tuesday is the latest step in trying to better understand whether the environment could have been hospitable to microbial life.

Curiosity recently ingested its first soil sample and used one of its instruments to tease out the minerals present. An analysis revealed that it contained feldspar and olivine, minerals typically associated with volcanic eruptions. Mission scientists say the Martian soil is similar to volcanic soil on the flanks of Mauna Kea.

Curiosity landed near the Martian equator in August on a two-year mission. It'll be another month before it drills into its first rock. Then it's expected to head toward a mountain by year's end.



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