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Strong quake hits Japan, triggering tsunami

TOKYO (AP) — A 6.8-magnitude earthquake has hit Japan’s northern coast near the nuclear power plant crippled in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Japan’s Meteorological Agency says the quake struck early Saturday 10 kilometers (6 […]


Kevin Whitney is show in this Tuesday, July 8, 2014 handout photo provided by Whitney from Chickasha, Okla. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Kevin Whitney)

Farmer loses phone, returned 8 months later

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma farmer Kevin Whitney thought his iPhone was lost for good when it fell into a grain elevator last year. Eight months later, his phone was returned unscathed after a trip […]


In this Monday, July 15, 2013, file photo, the American flag and a sign for Wall Street are shown outside the New York Stock Exchange. With Europe floundering, China facing slower growth and Japan struggling to sustain tentative gains, the U.S. job market is humming, and the pace of economic growth is steadily rising. Five full years after a devastating recession officially ended, the economy is finally showing the vigor that Americans have long awaited. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

What’s making US economy a world beater? 5 factors

WASHINGTON (AP) — How does the U.S. economy do it? Europe is floundering. China faces slower growth. Japan is struggling to sustain tentative gains. Yet the U.S. job market is humming, and the pace of […]


A fan with the colors of the Japanese flag painted on his face reacts as he looks at a smartphone photo before the group C World Cup soccer match between Japan and Colombia at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

BRAZIL BEAT: Japan fans wave blue garbage bags

CUIABA, Brazil (AP) — Forget banners. Many Japanese fans were waving bright blue garbage bags at the group stage finale against Colombia. The Japanese have touched spectators around the world by cleaning up their trash […]


FILE - In this March 17. 2014 photo, President Barack Obama speaks about Ukraine in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington.   Obama travels across the Atlantic next week and will seek a cohesive stance from European leaders unnerved by Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.   (AP Photo/ Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama opens Japan trip at famous sushi restaurant

TOKYO (AP) – President Barack Obama opened a trip to Japan Wednesday with a close-up look at the art of sushi making at a tiny Tokyo restaurant with hard-to-come-by reservations and a hefty price tag. […]


Self defense volunteers line up outside the Parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, March 17, 2014.  (AP Photo/David Azia)

Japan imposes sanctions on Russia over Crimea

TOKYO (AP) — Japan on Tuesday imposed some modest sanctions on Russia for its recognition of Crimea as an independent state — suspending talks on relaxing visa requirements between the two countries and talks on […]



Japan: Won’t change apology on forced prostitution

TOKYO (AP) — Japan said Monday it is not planning to change its 1993 apology over a system of forced prostitution for its military during World War II, but will continue to re-examine a study […]


A C-130 transport plane takes off from the U.S. Marine Corps base in Futenma, in Okinawa, Japan. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)

Okinawa governor gives go-ahead for new US base

TOKYO (AP) — The governor of Okinawa gave the go-ahead Friday for land reclamation to begin for a new U.S. military base, advancing the effort to consolidate the massive American troop presence on the southern […]


Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Better news on US job market sends stocks higher

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are higher in quiet trading on Wall Street as traders return from the Christmas holiday. Investors were encouraged by a sharp drop last week in the number of Americans applying […]


Humanoid robot Kirobo talks with Fuminori Kataoka, project general manager from Toyota Motor Corp., during a press unveiling in Tokyo.  (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)

Robot chats with astronaut on space station

TOKYO (AP) — The first humanoid robot in space made small talk with a Japanese astronaut and said it had no problem with zero gravity on the International Space Station. Footage released by the robot’s […]




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