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December 17, 2012
The Associated Press

Inouye remains in hospital, stable

WASHINGTON - A spokesman for Sen. Daniel Inouye said the Hawaii Democrat is stable but there is "no timetable" for his release from a Washington-area hospital.

The 88-year-old Inouye is the country's longest-serving senator, now completing his 50th year in the chamber.

Spokesman Peter Boylan said Sunday that the senator remained hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he was taken this month so that doctors could observe him and monitor his oxygen intake.

Boylan says Inouye was "fighting respiratory complications" but was in stable condition and communicating with his doctors and family. Boylan adds: "At this time, there is no timetable for his release."

Inouye is a decorated World War II veteran and has long been a force in Hawaii politics. He serves as chairman of the Appropriations Committee and is the Senate's president pro tempore, third in the presidential line of succession.


Girlfriend pleads no contest in crash

HONOLULU - An Australian tourist, whose boyfriend pleaded no contest in the personal watercraft death of a California teen in Hawaii, has pleaded no contest to misleading police in the criminal investigation of the collision.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that Natasha Ryan could have her misdemeanor case dismissed if she stays out of trouble for six months. She must pay a $1,000 fine. Ryan didn't appear in court, but submitted a plea by mail in November.

Ryan told investigators that boyfriend Tyson Dagley was sitting on his rented personal watercraft and that she didn't see the crash that killed 16-year-old Kristen Fonseca, of Vacaville, Calif., in August. However, two deleted videos were later recovered from her camera showing the crash and Dagley standing on the watercraft.

Dagley pleaded no contest to third-degree homicide in September and was sentenced to 12 days in jail that he had already served.


Electoral college convening today

HONOLULU - Presidential electors around the country will meet today to cast their votes for U.S. president and vice president.

The electoral college convenes after each presidential election.

Hawaii has four presidential electors, who will cast their votes during a ceremony at the state Capitol today.

President Barack Obama carried his home state during last month's election.


Fishing closing for a year off Wakiki

HONOLULU - State officials are closing fishing areas in Waikiki and Diamond Head for one year to allow populations to replenish themselves.

It's part of a regular closure every other year by the Department of Land and Natural Resources.

The plan will allow no fishing between shore and 500 yards into ocean waters from the Diamond Head Lighthouse to the Ewa wall of the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium.

Those who fish in the restricted area are subject to fines and being charged with a petty misdemeanor.



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