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Wozniak says Jobs film got it wrong

Jan 26, 2013

Wozniak says Jobs film got it wrong

Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak said Friday that a new film about the late Steve Jobs is factually “wrong,” judging by a recently released clip of the movie. Wozniak, who quit Apple in 1987 after 12 years, said a scene depicted in the clip from ...

Jan 26, 2013

Appointments during recess ruled violation

  A U.S. appeals court dealt a blow Friday to President Barack Obama, ruling he violated the constitution when he made recess appointments to fill administration vacancies. The decision focuses on the validity of three appointments to the National Labor Relations Board that were ...

Gun owners urged to  protect women

Jan 26, 2013

Gun owners urged to protect women

Gun owners should roam the streets at night and use their weapons to prevent crimes against women, Delhi’s lieutenant governor has said in the wake of the brutal gang rape and murder of a student in the capital, according to a report Saturday. Tejendra ...

Jan 26, 2013

Iran reformists, hardliners debate 'free' elections

A heated debate about who will be allowed to run in Iran’s presidential election has erupted five months before the vote, stoking concerns about a repeat of the protests that followed the contested 2009 poll. At the heart of the controversy is whether the ...

Jan 26, 2013

Carbon 'rock fix' impractical: study

Claims that global warming can be braked by dissolving huge quantities of rock in the sea to absorb carbon emissions are laden with flaws, a study argues. The analysis is the latest scientific appraisal into geo-engineering, or techniques that are being promoted as quick ...

Still-weak Clinton sports nerd specs

Jan 26, 2013

Still-weak Clinton sports nerd specs

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has been a noted trailblazer in her lengthy political career — but now she is joining the growing fashion for cool nerd glasses. Many have been surprised to see the top U.S. diplomat sporting black, thick-framed glasses ...

Obama's chief of staff one of his oldest aides

Jan 26, 2013

Obama's chief of staff one of his oldest aides

President Barack Obama announced a reshuffling of his top White House personnel Friday, naming Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough as his new chief of staff and saying goodbye to longtime senior adviser David Plouffe, a key architect of his political strategy. Obama promoted ...

| Jan 26, 2013

Festival celebrates international cooperation

The One World Festival will take place Feb. 2 and 3 in Osaka to raise awareness of international cooperation through education, interaction and mutual assistance. During the festival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, NPOs and NGOs based in the ...

Jan 25, 2013

Japan to launch radar, optical satellites Sunday

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. said Friday they will launch an information-gathering radar satellite and an optical satellite, using an H-IIA rocket, this weekend. The liftoff is slated for between 1:40 and 1:53 p.m. Sunday from JAXA’s Tanegashima Space ...

Jan 25, 2013

Xi vows to better ties despite isle row

Chinese leader Xi Jinping expressed his willingness Friday to improve relations with Japan despite the strain over the Senkaku Islands. In a meeting with visiting New Komeito chief Natsuo Yamaguchi, Xi said he would “seriously consider” Yamaguchi’s proposal that Japan and China hold high-level ...

Jan 25, 2013

Man handed 5½-year prison term for scamming Asashoryu

A 78-year-old Japanese businessman was sentenced to 5½ years in prison Friday for swindling former Mongolian yokozuna Asashoryu out of $1.1 million. Takeo Kikuchi conspired with an associate in 2009 to cheat the then-champion, whose real name is Dolgorsuren Dagvadorj, by saying they needed ...

Jan 25, 2013

Shirakawa says BOJ alone can't attain inflation target

by Jun Hongo

Reaching the newly adopted 2 percent inflation target will require a “substantial effort,” including government policies that will boost economic growth, Bank of Japan Gov. Masaaki Shirakawa said Friday. Pointing out that the economy has averaged about 0.5 percent inflation over the last 20 ...

Jan 25, 2013

Consumer prices sank 0.1% in 2012

Consumer prices declined 0.1 percent in 2012, completing a fourth consecutive year of decline and showing the nation remains mired in deflation amid falling durable goods prices. The core consumer price index, excluding fresh foods, stood at 99.7 against the 2010 base of 100, ...

Jan 25, 2013

Theater film imports plunged in 2012 amid digital cinema onslaught

Japan’s imports of theater films have been plummeting, according to Tokyo Customs data collected on trade through Narita airport last year. This is because the number of theaters showing digital movies has been rising since the release of the three-dimensional U.S. hit “Avatar” in ...