Japan

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

AP Graphic shows how countries scored in international adult literacy test.

American adults score poorly on global test

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s long been known that America’s school kids haven’t measured well compared with international peers. Now, there’s a new twist: Adults don’t either. In math, reading and problem-solving using technology — all […]

10/08/2013

Moon jellyfish are pictured in an aquarium of the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)

Wave of jellyfish shuts down Swedish nuke reactor

It wasn’t a tsunami but it had the same effect: A huge cluster of jellyfish forced one of the world’s largest nuclear reactors to shut down — a phenomenon that marine biologists say could become […]

10/01/2013

(AP Photo)

Jerry Brown signs Calif. quake warning system bill

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday ordered creation of a statewide earthquake early warning system that could give millions of Californians a few precious seconds of warning before a powerful temblor strikes. […]

09/24/2013

Adak, Alaska shown on Google Maps.

Woman attempting solo row reaches Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 28-year-old British adventurer became the first woman to row solo across the North Pacific Ocean Monday, arriving in Adak in Alaska’s Aleutians after 150 days and 3,750 miles at sea. […]

09/24/2013

Hiroshi Yamauchi, (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara, File)

Nintendo’s Yamauchi dies aged 85

TOKYO (AP) — Hiroshi Yamauchi, who ran Nintendo for more than 50 years and led the Japanese company’s transition from traditional playing-card maker to video game giant, has died. He was 85. Kyoto-based Nintendo said […]

09/20/2013

A woman carrying bags with food walks along the street. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, File)

AP survey: Sluggish global economic recovery ahead

WASHINGTON (AP) — A robust recovery for the global economy remains well out of reach. That’s the view that emerges from a survey of economists just as the Federal Reserve is expected this week to […]

09/17/2013

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