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Did Comet ISON survive? Scientists see tiny hope

Nov 30, 2013

Did Comet ISON survive? Scientists see tiny hope

Scientists were studying spacecraft images Friday to find out whether a small part of Comet ISON survived its close encounter with the sun. The comet at first seemed to have fallen apart as it approached the sun’s sizzling surface, but new images showed a ...

Thai protesters target army, ruling party headquarters

Nov 30, 2013

Thai protesters target army, ruling party headquarters

Defiant Thai opposition protesters stormed the army headquarters and besieged Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s party offices Friday, intensifying their fight to bring down her government. Boisterous demonstrators have targeted key government buildings in Bangkok in the biggest street protests since mass rallies in 2010 ...

Data signal deflation may be in mild retreat

Nov 30, 2013

Data signal deflation may be in mild retreat

The war on deflation got a boost in October with a key inflation indicator rising at its fastest pace in 15 years, new data showed Friday, as the government battles to reverse years of falling prices. Stripping out volatile food and energy prices, which ...

Of smartphones sold in October, 76% were Apple

Nov 30, 2013

Of smartphones sold in October, 76% were Apple

Apple Inc. sold three of every four smartphones in Japan in October after the largest carrier, NTT Docomo Inc., began carrying the iPhone, according to a market researcher. Apple, which released new iPhone 5S and 5C models in September, won 76 percent of Japanese ...

JAXA to send Onishi to ISS in 2016

Nov 30, 2013

JAXA to send Onishi to ISS in 2016

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said Friday that astronaut Takuya Onishi will travel into space for the first time around July 2016 in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. Onishi, 37, who will stay at the International Space Station for about six months, issued a comment ...

Inose apologizes to cantankerous assembly

Nov 30, 2013

Inose apologizes to cantankerous assembly

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Embattled Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose apologized Friday for “causing concerns and troubles” among Tokyo citizens over a money scandal but refused to step down. Inose attended a metropolitan assembly session for the first time since the scandal involving an alleged ¥50 million loan from ...

Singaporeans embrace 'Lithuanian Banksy'

Nov 30, 2013

Singaporeans embrace 'Lithuanian Banksy'

A Lithuanian artist who angered Malaysian officials with a street mural depicting a knife-wielding Lego robber has found unlikely admirers across the border in graffiti-averse Singapore for his works on a softer theme. Ernest Zacharevic, who has been likened to British graffiti artist Banksy, ...

Petroleum coke piles worry Midwesterners

Nov 30, 2013

Petroleum coke piles worry Midwesterners

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Billowing black clouds darken the daytime sky as wind-driven grit pelts homes and cars and forces residents to take cover. The onslaught, captured in photos and video footage from Detroit and Chicago this year, was caused by winds sweeping across huge black piles of ...

China warplanes patrol new ADIZ

Nov 30, 2013

China warplanes patrol new ADIZ

China says it sent warplanes to patrol its newly declared maritime air defense identification zone as a dispute over an island chain racheted up into a dangerous regional standoff.

Crowdfunding tapped for antinuclear movie

Nov 30, 2013

Crowdfunding tapped for antinuclear movie

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Film director Takafumi Ota had a problem. He needed studio financing for a film that was harshly critical of the nuclear power industry after Fukushima disaster started, but no one was interested in funding his project the traditional way. Large sections of Japan’s movie ...

Nov 30, 2013

Typhoons spread Fukushima fallout, study shows

Typhoons that hit Japan each year are helping spread radioactive material from the Fukushima nuclear disaster into the country’s waterways, researchers say. Contaminated soil gets washed away by the high winds and rain and deposited in streams and rivers, a joint study by France’s ...

Nov 30, 2013

Playing chicken in East Asia

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Just how does China intend to enforce its new "Air Defense Identification Zone" in the East China Sea? National pride and the personal reputation of new President Xi Jinping are both committed to this game now.

Aussie hotel proud of Bieber graffiti

Nov 30, 2013

Aussie hotel proud of Bieber graffiti

An Australian hotel is declaring itself a graffiti Belieber despite being at odds with the city government. QT Hotel in the Gold Coast said it gave Justin Bieber permission to spray graffiti on its wall. The Canadian singer and others posted images online showing ...

Japan dominates on Tokyo Grand Slam judo opening day

Nov 30, 2013

Japan dominates on Tokyo Grand Slam judo opening day

Host Japan got off to a perfect start at the Tokyo Grand Slam on Friday, winning all five divisions contested on the first day at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. Naohisa Takato beat South Korea’s Kim Won-jin in the men’s 60-kg final by ippon. It was ...

CSKA chief slams Milan over Honda approach

Nov 30, 2013

CSKA chief slams Milan over Honda approach

CSKA Moscow president Evgeny Giner has criticized AC Milan for deploying underhand tactics to try and lure Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda away from the Russian Premier League club. Giner admitted he is resigned to losing Honda, who becomes a free agent in the winter ...

Lions roar back, rout Packers

Nov 30, 2013

Lions roar back, rout Packers

Matthew Stafford and Reggie Bush did their part to keep the Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay Packers in the game. Stafford turned the ball over a few times and Bush did once. Instead of crumbling and losing confidence, both players bounced back and helped the ...

Goalie Bryzgalov shuts out Predators in first start for Oilers

Nov 30, 2013

Goalie Bryzgalov shuts out Predators in first start for Oilers

Ilya Bryzgalov is feeling comfortable and very welcome in the Edmonton Oilers’ locker room, and the 33-year-old goaltender just proved he still knows how to shut opponents down. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall scored 51 seconds apart in the second period, and Bryzgalov got ...

Cowboys keep focus, earn win over Raiders

Nov 30, 2013

Cowboys keep focus, earn win over Raiders

Tony Romo was sick, and it wasn’t because he had just watched the Oakland Raiders return a fumble for a touchdown on the opening kickoff. After the Dallas quarterback caught a virus the night before Thanksgiving, his top two running backs were there to ...

Nov 30, 2013

Takahashi pulls out of GP Final

Former world champion Daisuke Takahashi has pulled out of the Dec. 5-7 Grand Prix Final because of a leg injury, the Japan Skating Federation said Thursday. Takahashi, 27, the defending Grand Prix Final champion who earned the Vancouver Olympic bronze medal and the world ...