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26 Oct
A man suspected of killing two deputies during a shooting rampage in California was deported twice to Mexico and had a drug conviction, federal authorities said Saturday. The suspected shooter told Sacramento County Sheriff's investigators that he was 34-year-old Marcelo Marquez of Salt Lake City. However, his fingerprints match the…
26 Oct
Elizaveta Tuktamysheva of Russia topped the Skate America women's short program on Saturday. Tuktamysheva delivered a solid performance and scored 67.41 points to take the lead over countrywoman Elena Radionova (65.57). American Gracie Gold (60.81) was third. Tuktamysheva grabbed the women's lead after Yuka Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov of Russia…
26 Oct
Children participate in a Halloween costume festival at Roppongi Hills in Tokyo on Saturday.
26 Oct
Illinois joined New York and New Jersey in imposing mandatory quarantines for people arriving with a risk of having contracted Ebola in West Africa, but the first person isolated under the new rules, a nurse returning from Sierra Leone, strongly criticized her treatment. Under a policy introduced on Friday, anyone…
26 Oct
Dating these days is a complete minefield, and nowhere more so than in Japan. There’s a lot of stress put on guys to impress a girl with their choice of date spot. Sure, you can get away with cute cafe dates with yummy tea and cake during the “getting to…
26 Oct
U.S.-led warplanes bombarded the Islamic State group Saturday with new air strikes as heavily armed Iraqi Kurdish fighters were set to reinforce the besieged Syrian border town of Kobane. Kurdish forces, backed by U.S. air power, have been holding out for weeks against an IS offensive around Kobane, which has…
26 Oct
Japan Airlines and American Airlines have agreed to expand their codeshare cooperation from Oct 26, resulting in an increase in the number of JAL codeshare flights available on the U.S.-Brazil routes operated by AA. In addition to JAL's codeshare flights (operated by AA) to Brazil via New York and Dallas…
26 Oct
After the Fukushima disaster crippled Japan's nuclear energy sector three years ago, the government pledged the biggest shake up in the history of the fragmented electricity industry to boost competition and contain a surge in power prices. But a first crucial phase of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plan - to…
26 Oct
Thieves robbed a jewelry store of items worth around 2.35 million yen in Tsuchiura, Ibaraki Prefecture, early Saturday morning. According to police, thieves broke into the Sun Apio shopping center at around 2 a.m. TBS reported that they smashed through the glass doors of a high-end jewelry store and then…
26 Oct
Now in their 23rd year, the Ig Noble awards accord worldwide recognition to the efforts of mad scientists and wacky research projects that "First make people laugh, and then make them think." Japanese winners have been represented from early on, and each year's awards ceremony, held at Sanders Theater at…
26 Oct
Three teenagers were fighting for their lives Saturday after a fellow student shot each in the head, as it emerged that a staff member attempted to stop the attack at a U.S. high school. Two girls, 14, and a boy, 15, were in critical condition in the hospital after Friday's…
26 Oct
Momentum is building towards a trans-Pacific trade agreement, representatives of Australia and the United States said Saturday as talks between trade ministers began in Sydney. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which would encompass 40% of the global economy and include 12 nations, has been the subject of negotiations for years. U.S.…
26 Oct
When Americans think of flowers and Japan, we think of cherry blossoms. But to the Japanese, there's a flower for every time of year, and right now, it's the chrysanthemum, celebrated in festivals, shows and home displays. Like the cherry blossom, the chrysanthemum, called "kiku" in Japanese, symbolizes the season,…
26 Oct
A female health ministry bureaucrat, who filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the central government, saying that she has been consistently passed over for promotion after nearly two decades of service. (Asahi Shimbun)
26 Oct
Flush with a reported $5.5 million in fresh funding, upstart social network Ello has legally changed its corporate standing to back a promise to remain ad-free. Ello converted to a public benefit corporation, which it described as "a new kind of for-profit company in the U.S. that exists to produce…
26 Oct
The 19th Annual TELL Connoisseurs' Auction will be held on Friday Nov 21 from 5:30 p.m. at the Embassy of France in Tokyo. Highlights of the evening include an exclusive French wine tasting, live and silent auctions of connoisseur items, an autumn feast, entertainment, and raffles for fabulous prizes. For…
26 Oct
Japan's cabinet approved changes on Friday to a 66-year-old law that bans late-night dancing in clubs, a decision that will help businesses cash in on an expected influx of tourists ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Dancing at public venues is illegal in Japan and is only permitted until midnight…
26 Oct
Business and political leaders in northeastern Japan are betting on a casino as the brightest hope to speed reconstruction in a region battered by the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Supporters of the plan for a casino near the northeastern city of Sendai are not publicising their efforts yet, as…
26 Oct
Tokyo investors will be looking to a U.S. central bank meeting and economic data including Japanese inflation this week, amid simmering concerns about the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. The Federal Reserve starts a two-day policy meeting on Tuesday. The central bank plans to exit its massive stimulus program…
26 Oct
Song credits won't be the latest place to feature Mick Jagger's name. Instead, look to upcoming films and TV shows. The Rolling Stones frontman has been busy producing projects, from this year's James Brown biopic "Get on Up" to a not-yet-titled HBO series directed by Martin Scorsese. Jagger is also…
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