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Guitar maker to stars dies at 81

Mar 10, 2014

Guitar maker to stars dies at 81

Guitar builder Kazuo Yairi, whose instruments were favored by musicians ranging from Paul McCartney to Carlos Santana, has died at a hospital in Gifu Prefecture at 81.

Malaysia launches terror probe over vanished jet

Mar 10, 2014

Malaysia launches terror probe over vanished jet

Malaysia on Sunday launched a terror probe into the disappearance of a jet carrying 239 people, investigating suspicious passengers who boarded with stolen passports, as relatives begged for news of their loved ones. The United States sent the FBI to investigate after Malaysia Airlines ...

New map shines light on Tokyo air raid horrors

Mar 10, 2014

New map shines light on Tokyo air raid horrors

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In an attempt to preserve people’s fading memories of the World War II air raids on Tokyo, scholars and citizens have drawn up what is considered the most comprehensive map so far of their efforts to escape from U.S. bombs. In the largest air ...

The 'Goblin' king: Crimea leader's shady past

Mar 10, 2014

The 'Goblin' king: Crimea leader's shady past

Two weeks ago, Sergey Aksyonov was a small-time Crimean politician, the leader of a tiny pro-Russia political party that could barely summon 4 percent of the votes in the last regional election. He was a little-known businessman with a murky past and a nickname ...

Faraway black hole spins at half the speed of light

Mar 10, 2014

Faraway black hole spins at half the speed of light

A supermassive black hole inside a distant quasar spins at about 336 million mph (540 million kph), roughly half the speed of light, according to research published in the journal Nature. Scientists have measured the spin rates of black holes before, but never one ...

WWI training trenches rediscovered in southern England

Mar 10, 2014

WWI training trenches rediscovered in southern England

Two lines of trenches face off across no man’s land. A soldier marches, rifle in hand, along a ditch. These are instantly familiar images of World War I — but this is Britain, a century on and an English Channel away from the battlefields ...

Rare fish sheds light on surviving in the deep

Mar 10, 2014

Rare fish sheds light on surviving in the deep

They may look like guts stuffed in cellophane, but five fish hauled up from near-record depths off the coast of New Zealand are providing scientists with new insights into how deep fish can survive. In a paper published last week in the Proceedings of ...

Malaysia launches terrorism probe over vanished jet

Mar 10, 2014

Malaysia launches terrorism probe over vanished jet

Malaysia on Sunday launched a terrorism probe into the disappearance of a passenger jet carrying 239 people, investigating suspect passengers who boarded with stolen passports, as relatives begged for news of their loved ones. The United States sent the FBI to investigate after Malaysia ...

Mar 10, 2014

The Ukraine balancing act

The crisis in Ukraine appears to be receding and morphing into a balancing act between the interests of Russia and the West, with Crimea set to vote on its future in a referendum.

I hereby take myself as my lawfully wedded <I>yome</I>

| Mar 10, 2014

I hereby take myself as my lawfully wedded yome

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I was trudging home the other night with a dōryō (同僚, colleague) after another in a series of sābisu zangyō (サービス残業, unpaid overtime) sessions, debating whether to skip dinner or stop off at the nearest 24-hour sūpā (スーパー, supermarket). Out of the blue, my ...

Kakuryu opens promotion bid with hard-fought win

Mar 10, 2014

Kakuryu opens promotion bid with hard-fought win

Ozeki Kakuryu got on the war path in his first yokozuna promotion bid, dispatching rising star Endo on the opening day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday. It was far from pretty as the ozeki nearly found himself on the losing end, ...

Nishikori, big guns move into 3rd round at BNP Paribas

Mar 10, 2014

Nishikori, big guns move into 3rd round at BNP Paribas

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Stanislas Wawrinka won their opening matches Saturday in the BNP Paribas Open. Federer, the four-time champion seeded seventh, beat French qualifier Paul-Henri Mathieu. The Swiss star was coming off his 78th career title last week in Dubai. ...

Panasonic tops Toshiba to complete league and cup double

Mar 10, 2014

Panasonic tops Toshiba to complete league and cup double

Panasonic Wild Knights completed the league and cup double on Sunday when they beat Toshiba Brave Lupus 30-21 in the final of the All-Japan Championship. In the last domestic rugby game played at National Stadium before it is demolished to make way for a ...

Spurs notch 6th straight win

Mar 10, 2014

Spurs notch 6th straight win

Coming off their most exhilarating victory of the season, the San Antonio Spurs admitted they had a letdown against the Orlando Magic. A veteran roster enabled San Antonio to make that admission after escaping with a 121-112 victory over Orlando on Saturday night. Tony ...

Mar 10, 2014

Akita clinches playoff spot with win over Niigata

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For the second game in as many days, the Akita Northern Happinets topped the century mark in points. Richard Roby and Shigehiro Taguchi both scored 23 points on Sunday, leading the Happinets to a 101-94 home victory over the Niigata Albirex BB. Roby was ...

Miller powers Blues past Avs

Mar 10, 2014

Miller powers Blues past Avs

Ryan Miller used his head with the game on the line. No, really, his head. Late in the game, the St. Louis goalie craned his neck into the air to block a shot, taking a puck square in the mask. Anything for a win, ...

Reed leads at Cadillac; Tiger 3 back

Mar 10, 2014

Reed leads at Cadillac; Tiger 3 back

Patrick Reed had a 3-under 69 in tamer conditions to take a two-shot lead on Saturday into a Cadillac Championship final round that will prominently feature Tiger Woods for the first time this year. Reed rolled in a 40-foot eagle putt on No. 8, ...

49ers coach Harbaugh content with where he is

Mar 10, 2014

49ers coach Harbaugh content with where he is

San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is ready for a busy week ahead with the start of free agency and is moving forward from the recent news that the Cleveland Browns inquired about trading for him. Harbaugh, attending the Utah-Stanford men’s basketball game Saturday ...