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Dutch to debate 'pink family' kids

Feb 11, 2013

Dutch to debate 'pink family' kids

“I think my friends are a little jealous, because I’ve got two mommies and two daddies and they’ve only got two parents,” said Simon, 6, squirming with his 3-year-old brother, Joaquin, on the knees of their four gay parents. While Britain and France in ...

U.S. top court to weigh biotech patent limits

Feb 11, 2013

U.S. top court to weigh biotech patent limits

Farmer Hugh Bowman hardly looks the part of a revolutionary who stands in the way of promising new biotech discoveries and threatens Monsanto’s pursuit of new products it says will “feed the world.” “Hell’s fire,” said the 75-year-old self-described “eccentric old bachelor,” who farms ...

Streaming firms use original series to muscle into TV market

Feb 11, 2013

Streaming firms use original series to muscle into TV market

The big-budget “House of Cards” original series launched this month on Netflix highlights the growing importance of streaming video, which is ramping up competition against traditional television. With stars including Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, the new 13-episode series, estimated by some to have ...

Keidanren to tap execs from Toyota, Toshiba, Nippon Steel

Feb 11, 2013

Keidanren to tap execs from Toyota, Toshiba, Nippon Steel

The influential Keidanren business lobby will name Toyota Motor Corp. Vice Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada, 66, as one of its deputy chiefs, sources familiar with the matter said Sunday. Two others slated to become vice chairmen at the business group, also known as the Japan ...

Feb 11, 2013

An American risk to the world

The Obama administration is walking a financial tightrope as long as Democrats and Republicans fall short of overall agreement on U.S. fiscal reform.

Feb 11, 2013

Cues from Germany and France

The recently celebrated half-century-long Treaty of Friendship between Germany and France has a lesson for Japan concerning reconciliation in Asia.

'King of the Trees' fights for the forests of Taiwan

Feb 11, 2013

'King of the Trees' fights for the forests of Taiwan

With his blue Stetson and thick gray jacket, Lai Pei-yuan looks like a modern-day cowboy. But rather than raising cattle, he grows trees. The 57-year-old Taiwanese entrepreneur made his fortune in transportation and property, but his real mission in life is to reinstate at ...

Strong field assembles for Qatar Total Open

Feb 11, 2013

Strong field assembles for Qatar Total Open

by Jack Gallagher

Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams headline a strong field for the WTA’s Qatar Total Open that features 17 of the top 18 players in the world beginning here on Monday. Belarussian Azarenka, fresh off her second straight title in ...

Evessa gather steam with win over HeatDevils

Feb 11, 2013

Evessa gather steam with win over HeatDevils

by Ed Odeven

The Osaka Evessa do not look like a championship contender. And it will probably take a minor miracle for the Western Conference club to qualify for the playoffs this season. But this much is certain: The Evessa are headed in the right direction under ...

Feb 11, 2013

Morita beats Marakova; Japan evens Fed Cup tie

Ayumi Morita stunned world No. 20 Ekaterina Marakova 6-2, 6-2 to pull Japan level at one rubber apiece in its Fed Cup World Group first-round tie against Russia on Saturday. The pressure was on Morita, ranked 57th in the world, to beat Marakova after ...