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38 articles published/printed


Wing walker, pilot die in biplane crash at Ohio air show

Jun 24, 2013

Wing walker, pilot die in biplane crash at Ohio air show

A plane carrying a wing walker crashed at an air show and exploded into flames Saturday, killing the pilot and stunt walker instantly, authorities said. The crash of the Stearman biplane happened at around 12:45 p.m. at the Vectren Air Show at Dayton International ...

Abe vows at rites to ease Okinawa pain

Jun 24, 2013

Abe vows at rites to ease Okinawa pain

Residents and government officials marked the 68th anniversary Sunday of the end of the World War II Battle of Okinawa, which left more than 240,000 people dead, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledging to ease the concentration of U.S. bases in the prefecture. A ...

Lure of free threads gets Tokyo shoppers to strip down for Desigual

Jun 24, 2013

Lure of free threads gets Tokyo shoppers to strip down for Desigual

Tokyo shoppers stripped down to the bare essentials Saturday hoping to win free clothing as part of a promotional giveaway. The “semi-naked party” was hosted by Barcelona, Spain-based retailer Desigual, which handed out free clothes to around a hundred customers dressed in swimsuits and ...

Baby names by red and blue, not pink and blue

Jun 24, 2013

Baby names by red and blue, not pink and blue

by John Sides

Republicans and Democrats don’t seem to agree on very much these days. They are divided on the kinds of television shows they watch, cars they drive and beers they drink. And now research by political scientists at the University of Chicago adds one more ...

Man falls to death from plunging balloon in Gunma

Jun 24, 2013

Man falls to death from plunging balloon in Gunma

A man was killed Sunday after he fell out of a hot air balloon before it crashed into a lake in Gunma Prefecture, police said. Takuo Hayasaka, 70, was thrown out as the balloon fell into Lake Yanaka at around 7:10 a.m., the police ...

South African party to challenge ANC launched

Jun 24, 2013

South African party to challenge ANC launched

A renowned South African anti-apartheid activist launched an opposition party Saturday to challenge the ruling African National Congress in elections next year. Hundreds of supporters gathered in Pretoria for the formal inauguration of Agang SA by Mamphela Ramphele, 65, a respected academic who fought ...

| Jun 24, 2013

China's slump puts U.S. economy at risk

Concerns are growing about China’s economy as the country’s new leadership tries to get a handle on deep problems that experts say have been years in the making. There was a record spike Thursday in rates banks charge when they lend to one another, ...

Jun 24, 2013

A moderate wins in Tehran

Hassan Rowhani's victory in Iran's presidential election was a surprise, but don't expect this "moderate" to radically alter the country's course.

Malaysia chokes as air pollution hits 16-year high

Jun 24, 2013

Malaysia chokes as air pollution hits 16-year high

Malaysia’s government Sunday declared a state of emergency in two southern districts choked by smog from forest fires in Indonesia as air pollution levels reached 16-year-highs. Environment Minister G. Palanivel said the air pollutant index (API) hit 750 in the town of Muar — ...

Jun 24, 2013

Migratory birds starving to death

At the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge, the tiny bodies of Arctic tern chicks have piled up. Over the past few years, biologists have counted thousands that starved to death because the herring their parents feed them have vanished. Puffins are also having ...

Marinos claim first-leg advantage over Antlers

Jun 24, 2013

Marinos claim first-leg advantage over Antlers

Brazilian striker Marquinhos put a significant dent in his former club’s bid for a third consecutive Nabisco Cup title as Yokohama F. Marinos beat Kashima Antlers 2-0 away in the first leg of their quarterfinal meeting on Sunday. Former Japan playmaker Shunsuke Nakamura put ...

Gold Ship gets revenge at Takarazuka Kinen

Jun 24, 2013

Gold Ship gets revenge at Takarazuka Kinen

Second favorite Gold Ship won the Takarazuka Kinen, upstaging top pick Gentildonna, to earn his fourth career Grade 1 victory on Sunday. The 4-year-old colt ridden by Hiroyuki Uchida finished the 2,200-meter race at Hyogo Prefecture’s Hanshin Racecourse in 2 minutes, 13.2 seconds and ...

Japan beats U.S. to finish fourth at Pacific Nations Cup

Jun 24, 2013

Japan beats U.S. to finish fourth at Pacific Nations Cup

Asian champion Japan scored five tries to beat the United States 38-20 on the final day of the Pacific Nations Cup rugby tournament on Sunday, finishing fourth in the five-team competition. Japan, champion in 2011, ended with two wins against two defeats for nine ...

LPGA rookie Arimura tied for lead in Arkansas

Jun 24, 2013

LPGA rookie Arimura tied for lead in Arkansas

Chie Arimura fired a bogey-free 65 to take a share of the lead after the second round of the NW Arkansas Championship on Saturday. LPGA Tour rookie Arimura, who started the day in a tie for fourth, reeled off six birdies to reach 10-under ...