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Bitcoin bandits do in bank in Canada

Mar 06, 2014

Bitcoin bandits do in bank in Canada

A Canada-based bank specializing in bitcoins said it has closed after computer hackers stole its digital currency. The closure of the Flexcoin bank comes only a week after the collapse of Mt. Gox, a major bitcoin exchange. The Japan-based Mt. Gox also linked its ...

In Crimea, Moscow's reality war in full force

Mar 06, 2014

In Crimea, Moscow's reality war in full force

Two days before Russian forces began the operation to seize Crimea, somebody threw two Molotov cocktails through the window of Black Sea TV. “It was a warning to us, so that we would stop,” recalls Alexandra Kvitko, editor-in-chief of the only independent television station ...

Yamagata bullet train to get foot baths, tatami

Mar 06, 2014

Yamagata bullet train to get foot baths, tatami

East Japan Railway Co. says it will introduce a train on the Yamagata Shinkansen Line with a sightseeing car equipped with foot baths and tatami areas. JR East President Tetsuro Tomita said Tuesday it will be the first “omotenashi,” or hospitality, bullet train. The ...

Toyota to hire 1,350 new grads, midcareer workers in '14

Mar 06, 2014

Toyota to hire 1,350 new grads, midcareer workers in '14

Toyota Motor Corp. plans to hire 1,350 new graduates and midcareer workers in its annual recruitment plan for fiscal 2014, maintaining the same level as this year, which ends March 31, company officials said. The automaker plans to employ 90 people for career-track office ...

LA to stamp out e-cigarette use in public places

Mar 06, 2014

LA to stamp out e-cigarette use in public places

Los Angeles is to ban e-cigarette use in public places where tobacco smoking is prohibited, including workplaces, restaurants and bars, following a vote Tuesday. The LA City Council voted by 14-0 to outlaw their use in indoor workplaces, outdoor dining areas, parks, recreational areas, ...

Agriculture minister expects structural reforms to diminish JA presence

Mar 06, 2014

Agriculture minister expects structural reforms to diminish JA presence

Structural reform will diminish the presence of the Japan agricultural cooperatives group, known as JA, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Yoshimasa Hayashi said in a recent interview. “Demand for agricultural cooperatives, which have played a key role in the Japanese farming industry, will ...

Ukraine soldiers stuck in limbo at Crimean bases

Mar 06, 2014

Ukraine soldiers stuck in limbo at Crimean bases

For Ukrainian soldiers in Crimea, it’s a bewildering time. Surrounded by Russian forces who took over much of their military air base in Crimea, some 300 Ukrainian troops made a peaceful attempt Tuesday to retake their airfield at Belbek. They were driven back by ...

Putin in running for year's Nobel Peace Prize

Mar 06, 2014

Putin in running for year's Nobel Peace Prize

Russian President Vladimir Putin is among a record 278 nominees for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, the Nobel Institute announced Tuesday. Putin is thought to have been proposed by Russian figures in October. He is credited with averting a U.S. attack against Syria by ...

Are gold coins from S.F. Mint heist?

Mar 06, 2014

Are gold coins from S.F. Mint heist?

The California couple who unearthed gold coins worth more than $10 million might have to surrender them because they may have been stolen, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The couple uncovered eight cans filled with more than 1,400 coins on their property in what ...

Trash pickers give Rio Carnival costumes new life

Mar 06, 2014

Trash pickers give Rio Carnival costumes new life

Elaine da Silva Moraes clambers up mounds of abandoned fabric, foam and feathers that minutes earlier were the essence of Rio de Janeiro’s glitzy, multimillion-dollar Carnival parades. The creative costumes on display at the all-night Sambadrome parades that ended early Tuesday have made Rio’s ...

Mar 06, 2014

Much more than mere vandalism

Although most of more than 300 copies of "Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl" and other Holocaust-related publications recently discovered vandalized in Tokyo and Yokohama libraries have been replaced, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department should leave no stone unturned in its effort ...

Mar 06, 2014

Move cautiously in TPP talks

Ministers from Japan, the U.S. and 10 other Pacific-Rim countries again have failed to reach broad agreement on terms of their Trans-Pacific Partnership, but that's no reason for Japan to become less cautious about the talks, which have the potential to change the very ...

Noh meets opera in a blend of high cultures

Mar 06, 2014

Noh meets opera in a blend of high cultures

by Bronwyn Mahoney

Bringing together the codified and traditional worlds of Japanese noh theater and European opera seems impossible. Such ostensibly different histories, sounds and visuals: How could it work? It’s a challenge that Vienna-based Japanese opera director Shugo Ikoh has been playing around with for some ...

Kinsler claims comments misconstrued after ripping Rangers

Mar 06, 2014

Kinsler claims comments misconstrued after ripping Rangers

Ian Kinsler was expecting this kind of reaction — even if he didn’t agree with the way his comments were portrayed. Kinsler, who was traded from Texas to the Detroit Tigers in the offseason, said Tuesday some critical statements attributed to him in an ...

Luongo dealt to Panthers

Mar 06, 2014

Luongo dealt to Panthers

NHL trade deadline day was widely expected to be busy. The day before might prove to be even wilder. Several big-name hockey players were on the move Tuesday, 24 hours before time for dealing runs out, including star goalie Roberto Luongo, who was ushered ...

Resurgent Federer adds to Indian Wells buzz

Mar 06, 2014

Resurgent Federer adds to Indian Wells buzz

Roger Federer will seek to back up his Dubai title win on Saturday with a record fifth Indian Wells crown starting this week which if successful would be his 79th career title. Federer, though, will face a top class field with defending champion Rafael ...

Puyol to leave Barca at end of season

Mar 06, 2014

Puyol to leave Barca at end of season

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol announced on Tuesday that he will leave the club at the end of the season after a hugely successful 15-year career at Nou Camp. The 35-year-old, who did not reveal whether he will continue playing elsewhere, has been plagued by ...