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Bullet train bulldozes car in Yamagata, killing driver

Dec 30, 2013

Bullet train bulldozes car in Yamagata, killing driver

A bullet train from Tokyo hit a car Sunday at a crossing in Takahata, Yamagata Prefecture, killing its female driver, the police said. One of the 290 passengers on the train, bound for Shinjo, suffered a minor neck injury during the accident, the police ...

Egyptian rapper speaks for women

Dec 30, 2013

Egyptian rapper speaks for women

As soon as the beat started, the young veiled woman bobbed her head to the rhythm, raised her hands to get the crowd clapping and then unleashed a flood of rap lyrics that tackled some of the biggest social challenges women in the Arab ...

Century after WWI, Europe divided

Dec 30, 2013

Century after WWI, Europe divided

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Europe, badly shaken by a faltering economy and rising populism, is preparing to commemorate the centenary of World War I, the conflict still known as the Great War, which scarred the continent and shaped the 20th century. Commemorations for the 1914-18 war are planned ...

Minicar driver killed in Fukushima

Dec 30, 2013

Minicar driver killed in Fukushima

Amid the end-of-year traffic rush, the driver of a minicar was killed on the Tohoku expressway in Fukushima Prefecture after a truck rammed it from behind, police said Saturday. A total of five vehicles were involved in the accident, which took place around 2:40 ...

Turkish leader traces turmoil to ex-ally in U.S.

Dec 30, 2013

Turkish leader traces turmoil to ex-ally in U.S.

Faced with a deepening political crisis, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his allies have been squaring off with courts, police and prosecutors. But behind it all, Erdogan’s government largely sees the hand of Fethullah Gulen, a charismatic religious leader and former ally ...

Hungry animals, people use 'Levy walk'

Dec 30, 2013

Hungry animals, people use 'Levy walk'

Imagine you are a member of a hunter-gatherer tribe living in a remote part of the sprawling African plains, and your stomach is growling. How do you search for something to eat? According to a new study, chances are you would use the same ...

Grave project honors forgotten blues musicians

Dec 30, 2013

Grave project honors forgotten blues musicians

Blues guitarist Tommy Bankhead rubbed shoulders with some of the genre’s royalty, from Howlin’ Wolf and Elmore James to Albert King and Sonny Boy Williamson. But visitors to the overgrown St. Louis cemetery where Bankhead was buried more than a decade ago would never ...

Indigenous woman inspired Chile in trying to stop dam

Dec 30, 2013

Indigenous woman inspired Chile in trying to stop dam

In the end, indigenous leader Nicolasa Quintreman was buried apart from the plot of land where she had lived nearly her entire life. Her decadelong battle against the construction of a 155-meter-tall dam on the Bio Bio River in south-central Chile was lost years ...

Science Club leaving schools behind

Dec 30, 2013

Science Club leaving schools behind

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Mio Kawamura spends much of his free time differently than his elementary school classmates. Instead of learning piano or English, or practicing popular sports like baseball and soccer, science lessons have become a hobby for this 8-year-old infatuated with the enigma of space. “Science ...

Companies cash in on women's fear of stalkers

Dec 30, 2013

Companies cash in on women's fear of stalkers

With the number of crimes involving stalking on the rise, a variety of new services and goods are targeting women who fear they might be attacked. Tokyo Safe Guard, which holds self-defense classes combining martial arts with combat sports in the Akihabara district and ...

Dec 30, 2013

Candle-light vigils as India remembers gang-rape victim

India on Sunday marked 12 months since the death of a student savagely gang-raped on a Delhi bus — an episode that sparked nationwide protests — with candle-light vigils and prayers. The 23-year-old physiotherapy student died on Dec. 29 last year, nearly two weeks ...

Dec 30, 2013

Gridlock at Isahaya Bay

The government had better take the initiative to break the legal gridlock over the Isahaya Bay dike in Nagasaki Prefecture. Fishermen seek to open the floodgates while farmers try to keep the floodgates closed. Courts have handed down conflicting rulings.

Dec 30, 2013

Drones getting closer to home

Japanese should not assume that remotely controlled unmanned aerial vehicles for military purposes, otherwise known as drones, are being used only in remote parts of the world.

Sanfrecce, Marinos book places in Emperor's Cup final

Dec 30, 2013

Sanfrecce, Marinos book places in Emperor's Cup final

Japan international Shusaku Nishikawa produced three clutch saves in the shootout as J. League champion Sanfrecce Hiroshima reached the Emperor’s Cup final with a 5-4 victory on penalties over FC Tokyo on Sunday. With Sanfrecce down 3-1 in the shootout following a 0-0 draw ...

Hachimura powers Meisei High to Winter Cup title

Dec 30, 2013

Hachimura powers Meisei High to Winter Cup title

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Freshman sensation Louis Hachimura scored 32 points to guide Sendai’s Meisei High School to its second-ever Winter Cup title with a 92-78 victory over Fukuoka University Ohori in the boys’ final of the 44th All-Japan High School Tournament on Sunday. “I was so moved,” ...

Zetterberg returns from injury to lead Wings past Panthers

Dec 30, 2013

Zetterberg returns from injury to lead Wings past Panthers

Henrik Zetterberg didn’t wait long to make an impact in his first game back from injury. Zetterberg scored a goal in the first period to lift the Detroit Red Wings over the Florida Panthers 4-3 on Saturday night. Zetterberg returned after missing 11 games ...

Cavs suspend Bynum indefinitely for disruptive conduct

Dec 30, 2013

Cavs suspend Bynum indefinitely for disruptive conduct

The Andrew Bynum experiment appears over for the Cavaliers. The team indefinitely suspended the enigmatic center Saturday for “conduct detrimental to the team” and banned him from all team activities. Bynum, who signed a two-year, $24 million contract with the Cavs in July, did ...

Nole triumphs in Abu Dhabi

Dec 30, 2013

Nole triumphs in Abu Dhabi

Novak Djokovic saw off David Ferrer 7-5, 6-2 in the final of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship on Saturday and wasted no time looking forward to the season ahead with his new coach, Boris Becker. The world No. 2 was just too strong for ...

Notre Dame downs Rutgers in Pinstripe Bowl

Dec 30, 2013

Notre Dame downs Rutgers in Pinstripe Bowl

This nicely sums up Tommy Rees’ Notre Dame career. The senior threw for 319 yards and no interceptions in his final college game, leading No. 25 Notre Dame to a 29-16 victory against Rutgers that was far from pretty but ultimately successful — and ...