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267,000 still evacuees three years on

Mar 11, 2014

267,000 still evacuees three years on

About 267,000 people are still living in temporary housing and other makeshift facilities nationwide as Japan marks the third anniversary Tuesday of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku that triggered an unprecedented nuclear crisis. Police and other authorities continue to search coastal ...

Kin sue over tsunami deaths of 23 kids at Miyagi school

Mar 11, 2014

Kin sue over tsunami deaths of 23 kids at Miyagi school

The relatives of 23 elementary school students killed in the March 2011 tsunami in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, filed a lawsuit Monday blaming the city and prefecture for the school’s failure to evacuate them to higher ground. In the lawsuit, filed at the Sendai District ...

Skymark's new uniform riles cabin attendants

Mar 11, 2014

Skymark's new uniform riles cabin attendants

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Skymark Airlines Inc.’s miniskirt uniform for cabin attendants has drawn fire from a group of cabin attendants who claim it will disturb operations and possibly induce sexual harassment. In December, budget carrier Skymark, which exclusively used Boeing planes, announced it would fly 10 Airbus ...

Manifest details flight's rich human tapestry

Mar 11, 2014

Manifest details flight's rich human tapestry

Numbered from 1 to 227, the passenger manifest for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet is an outwardly unremarkable document. But behind the columns of capitalized names, nationalities and ages are 227 unique stories, part of a rich human tapestry that assembles every time a ...

Current account runs up biggest deficit ever

Mar 11, 2014

Current account runs up biggest deficit ever

Japan posted a record current account deficit in January, marking four straight months of red ink for the first time as soaring demand for energy and the weakening of the yen triggered a surge in import costs, the Finance Ministry said Monday in a ...

Fourth-quarter GDP cut to 0.7%

Mar 11, 2014

Fourth-quarter GDP cut to 0.7%

The nation’s economic growth was slower than initially estimated in the fourth quarter of calendar 2013, the government said in a revision Monday, adding to concern the economy may retreat at a faster pace after the April 1 consumption tax hike. The world’s third-largest ...

Tsunami-hit fishermen tap Net to regroup

Mar 11, 2014

Tsunami-hit fishermen tap Net to regroup

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Kazuki Suzuki, a 32-year-old oyster farmer from Ishinomaki, a city washed off the coast of Miyagi Prefecture by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, has been marketing his produce through his Yahoo! page for about a year now. He is just one of a ...

'Band of Brothers' veteran William Guarnere dies at 90

Mar 11, 2014

'Band of Brothers' veteran William Guarnere dies at 90

William “Wild Bill” Guarnere, one of the World War II veterans whose exploits were dramatized in the TV miniseries “Band of Brothers,” has died. He was 90. His son, William Guarnere Jr., confirmed Sunday that his father died at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. ...

Clashes erupt across Ukraine as Putin remains defiant

Mar 11, 2014

Clashes erupt across Ukraine as Putin remains defiant

Pro-Russian activists armed with clubs and whips clashed with pro-Kiev supporters Sunday as tens of thousands rallied across Ukraine in rival protests, and Russian President Vladimir Putin dug in his heels in the standoff with the West. German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivered a strong ...

Mar 11, 2014

Rebuilding shattered lives

Three years on, life is still nowhere near back to normal for many of the people in the Tohoku coastal areas devastated by the massive earthquake, tsunami and the nuclear power plant disaster.

Mar 11, 2014

Contradictions over Ukraine

Western criticisms of Russia's move into Ukraine's Crimea region reek of double standards. Much of what is Ukraine today would not have existed if not for the creation of the Soviet Union.

Harumafuji gives Endo tough lesson

Mar 11, 2014

Harumafuji gives Endo tough lesson

Rising star Endo took a beating from Harumafuji in his first matchup against a yokozuna on the second day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday. Both Harumafuji, who missed the entire New Year meet through injury, and Endo were in meditation mode ...

Djokovic advances; Berdych bounced out at Indian Wells

Mar 11, 2014

Djokovic advances; Berdych bounced out at Indian Wells

Novak Djokovic made it safely into the third round at Indian Wells on Sunday, but said his straight-sets win over Victor Hanescu left room for improvement. The world No. 2 and second seed, a two-time winner in the California desert, saved all five break ...

Meeks powers Lakers past Thunder

Mar 11, 2014

Meeks powers Lakers past Thunder

From Jodie Meeks’ big day to the final result, this was definitely a surprise. Meeks scored 24 of his career-high 42 points in the second half, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat Oklahoma City 114-110 on Sunday despite a triple-double by Thunder star Kevin ...

Longtime Lions owner Ford passes away at 88

Mar 11, 2014

Longtime Lions owner Ford passes away at 88

William Clay Ford, the last surviving grandchild of automotive pioneer Henry Ford and owner of the Detroit Lions, has died. He was 88. Ford Motor Co. said in a statement Sunday that Ford died of pneumonia at his home in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Ford ...