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March 17, 2013
The Associated Press

'Cupcake Wars' to air episode with Hawaii theme, Yamaguchi

HONOLULU - There's a cupcake war brewing in the Aloha State.

Four bakers, incorporating Hawaii as a theme, will square off in the kitchen on an episode of the Food Network competition show "Cupcake Wars."

Set to air today, the episode will reveal who will win the opportunity to travel to Oahu and serve their cupcakes at the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. On each show, competitors are rated on taste and presentation and the winner is decided by a process of elimination.

Chef Roy Yamaguchi, co-chair and co-founder of the event, will be featured as a guest judge. The other two judges include Sprinkles Cupcakes founder Candace Nelson and Mad-Mac chef and co-owner Florian Bellanger.


Boy, 3, dies after being run over by pickup on Big Island

HILO - Authorities said a 3-year-old boy died on the Big Island after he was run over by a pickup truck.

Hawaii News Now reports that the accident happened Friday afternoon on Ohia Avenue in the Eden Roc Subdivision.

Police said the toddler was playing in the parked truck when it got into gear and started to move. The boy jumped out of the truck, and it rolled over him.

Paramedics rushed the child to the Hilo Medical Center, where he died.

Investigators said the incident occurred when the boy's parents were working and he was being watched by his grandfather.


Japan gives $5 million to U.S. for removal of tsunami debris

SEATTLE - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Japan had provided $5 million to help pay for removing and disposing of debris from the March 2011 tsunami.

NOAA said it plans to give $250,000 each initially to Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California and Hawaii. NOAA's Marine Debris Program will hold the rest in reserve as needs arise.

Japan also gave Canada $1 million to help clean up debris on the West Coast.



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