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Apr 30, 2013

Jackson's last tour promoter sued for billions

In a trial over Michael Jackson’s 2009 death, lawyers for the pop star’s mother will launch their case Monday for massive compensation from the promoter of his last doomed tour. Opening statements at the wrongful death trial in Los Angeles will pit Katherine Jackson ...

Pakistan's late Bhutto still leads her party in campaign

Apr 30, 2013

Pakistan's late Bhutto still leads her party in campaign

The most popular politician in Pakistan’s largest party won’t be staging any rallies or participating in debates as May’s historic national election nears. The reason: She’s dead. Yet Benazir Bhutto, assassinated more than five years ago, is still the standard bearer of the Pakistan ...

English bubblies challenge rivals

Apr 30, 2013

English bubblies challenge rivals

Blessed with soil similar to France’s Champagne region, vineyards in England nevertheless produced decades of low-grade goop that caused nary a Frenchman to tremble. But a Great British fizz boom is under way, with winemakers crediting climate change for the warmer weather that has ...

Siting for renewables needs bottom-up approach

| Apr 30, 2013

Siting for renewables needs bottom-up approach

If post-Fukushima nuclear disaster crisis Japan chooses to fill its energy needs with renewable energy sources, the nation will still face the same NIMBY (not-in-my-backyard) resistance to building large numbers of new facilities in the densely-populated country, an American expert said at a recent ...

Apr 30, 2013

Emergency hoaxes fool authorities

Police in Montgomery County, Maryland, received an urgent message about 6:25 p.m. Saturday saying someone had been shot at Wolf Blitzer’s home in Bethesda. Officers streamed toward the CNN host’s residence near Congressional Country Club. They set up a perimeter. But a dispatch supervisor ...

Apr 30, 2013

California refines way to gauge water supply

Like a pitcher taking the mound on opening day, Frank Gehrke gets the media spotlight in California every April, when the otherwise obscure state water official trudges into the Sierra Nevada mountains and plunges aluminum tubes into the snow. With those snow samples — ...

Apr 30, 2013

Chilean cult members surrender

Three members of an alleged cult accused of sacrificing a baby to save the world ahead of December’s supposed Mayan apocalypse surrendered Saturday, Chilean police said. Police Sunday were still hunting for the alleged leader of the cult, who is believed to have fled ...

Apr 30, 2013

Libyan gunmen surround ministry

Gunmen on Sunday surrounded Libya’s Foreign Ministry, demanding it be “cleansed of agents” of ousted dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said the Interior Ministry was also attacked, and that gunmen attempted to storm the headquarters of Libyan state television. Armed men encircling ...

Apr 30, 2013

UNESCO candidate backs Fuji bid

Djibouti diplomat Rachad Farah, who is running for UNESCO’s top post, expressed hopes that Mount Fuji will be listed as a World Heritage site. The registration of Mount Fuji will help the world know more about Japan and its culture, Farah, the Djibouti ambassador ...

Apr 30, 2013

Tokyo tackles fire risks in old houses

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is speeding up efforts to prevent quake-sparked fires in areas crowded with old wooden houses. The metro government last year designated 4 sq. km in 12 areas as special zones eligible for tax breaks and other preferential treatment designed to ...

Apr 30, 2013

Peru balloon falls in sea; two missing

Five women who were riding in a hot air balloon were found Sunday after being rescued from the Pacific Ocean, while workers searched for two male passengers who were still missing, officials said. Interior Minister Wilfredo Pedraza sharply criticized balloon owner Globos Peru SAC, ...

Apr 30, 2013

Body with N.K. photos found in sea

The body of a man with a metal tube containing photos of late North Korean leaders was found drifting in the Sea of Japan off Akita Prefecture, the Japan Coast Guard said. The coast guard believes the corpse, found Sunday, is from North Korea. ...

Apr 30, 2013

China's ships shadow Senkakus again

Three Chinese maritime surveillance vessels steamed Monday around the Senkaku Islands just outside Japan’s territorial waters, the Japan Coast Guard said. It was the 10th straight day that Chinese vessels have been spotted around the islet chain in the East China Sea. The coast ...