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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden salutes upon arriving at the Tokyo International Airport in Tokyo Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Biden is in Tokyo to meet with Japan's prime minister and lawmakers for the first leg of his Asia tour that includes China and South Korea. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

VP Biden opens weeklong Asia trip with Tokyo stop

TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has opened a weeklong trip to Asia aimed at showing the U.S. is still committed to increasing its engagement and influence in the region. Arriving in Tokyo […]

12/02/2013

Penny and Phil Sound Bite

US bombers cross China’s claimed air defense zone

The airspace over some uninhabited islands that are controlled by Japan but claimed by China is the subject of heightened tension this morning between the US and China. Lisa and Phil spoke with AP’s National […]

11/27/2013

AP map shows South China Sea area of disputed claim.

US bombers fly over China air defense zone

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two U.S. B-52 bombers flew over disputed islands in the East China Sea during a training mission Tuesday, defying new territorial claims laid out by Beijing over the weekend, according to several […]

11/26/2013

Smoke billows from a new island off the coast of Nishinoshima, a small, uninhabited island in the Ogasawara chain, far south of Tokyo Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. The Japan Coast Guard and earthquake experts said a volcanic eruption has raised the new island in the seas to the far south of Tokyo. The coast guard issued an advisory Wednesday warning of heavy black smoke from the eruption. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

Volcano raises new island far south of Japan

TOKYO (AP) — A volcanic eruption has raised an island in the seas to the far south of Tokyo, the Japanese coast guard and earthquake experts said. Advisories from the coast guard and the Japan […]

11/20/2013

Two of the four surviving members of the 1942 raid on Tokyo led by Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle, Edward Saylor, center, and Richard Cole, right, are thanked by Gen. Mark Welsh III, Chief of Staff of the US Air Force, and Eric Fanning, left, acting Secretary of the US Air Force, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at a monument marking the raid at the National Museum of the US Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

WWII Doolittle Raiders making final toast

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The surviving Doolittle Raiders, all in their 90s, considered their place in history for their daring World War II attack on Japan amid thousands of cheering fans, as they prepared for a […]

11/09/2013

Caroline Kennedy introduces her uncle, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., during the Democratic National Convention in Denver on Aug. 25, 2008. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

JFK’s Caroline: keeper of family flame, diplomat

WASHINGTON (AP) — She is the little girl riding her pony Macaroni around the White House lawn, the big sister hiding under the Oval Office desk with her little brother John. And in a heartbreaking […]

11/07/2013

This photo provided by the U.S. Customs & Border Protection shows a recently recovered a 1953 Triumph motorcycle which was stolen more than 46 years ago from its owner’s backyard in Omaha, Nebraska in 1967. (AP Photo/U.S. Customs & Border Protection)

Man glad stolen motorcycle found after 46 years

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Donald DeVault wonders what kind of memories his Triumph motorcycle helped make in the 46 years since it was stolen. The 73-year-old Omaha man learned last week that California authorities had […]

11/06/2013

Participants in zombie costumes, perform during a Halloween event at Tokyo Tower in Tokyo, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

‘Zombies’ swarm Tokyo Tower in Halloween stunt

TOKYO (AP) — A zombie swarm in Tokyo? Why not, it’s Halloween. Led by a former sumo grand champion, about 1,000 beauty schools students and Halloween fun-seekers descended on Tokyo Tower — the Japanese capital’s […]

10/31/2013

This undated image made available by Audi shows the 2014 Audi Q5 TDI. (AP Photo/Audi)

Lexus, Toyota top auto reliability survey

DETROIT (AP) — Japan’s lock on Consumer Reports’ vehicle reliability rankings is starting to ease. Three Japanese brands — Lexus, Toyota and Acura — took the top spots in this year’s survey, and seven of […]

10/28/2013

Map locates where a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan

7.3-magnitude quake rocks Japan

TOKYO (AP) — An earthquake of magnitude 7.3 struck Saturday morning off Japan’s east coast, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Japan’s emergency agencies declared a tsunami warning for the region that includes the crippled Fukushima […]

10/25/2013

First graders in Kathleen Thames' class rush to get under their tables on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, as St. James Elementary School students and staff join millions in the world's largest earthquake drill called The Great Shakeout. (AP Photo/The Sun News, Janet Blackmon Morgan)

Californians ‘drop, cover, hold’ in quake drill

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Many Californians dove under desks and tables at midmorning Thursday in a major drill of the “drop, cover and hold on” earthquake survival skill. Organizers said 9.5 million Californians signed up […]

10/17/2013

A woman looks at the aftermath of landslides in the rubble of smashed houses in Oshima after a powerful typhoon hit Izu Oshima island, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) south of Tokyo Wednesday morning, Oct. 16, 2013. Typhoon Wipha triggered landslides and caused multiple deaths on the Japanese island, before sweeping up the country's east coast, grounding hundreds of flights and paralyzing public transportation in Tokyo during Wednesday morning's rush hour. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

Typhoon, mudslides kill 17 in Japan; 50 missing

TOKYO (AP) — A typhoon caused deadly mudslides that buried people and destroyed homes on a Japanese island Wednesday before sweeping up the Pacific coast, grounding hundreds of flights and disrupting Tokyo’s transportation during the […]

10/16/2013

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