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Survivors still overwhelmed by 3/11 losses

Mar 12, 2014

Survivors still overwhelmed by 3/11 losses

The staggering loss of life and property still overwhelms people who were caught up in the historic magnitude-9.0 earthquake and tsunami that hit the northeast coast three years ago, and for many of the survivors, rebuilding their lives has been a slow process. The ...

Reactors still feared despite new rules

Mar 12, 2014

Reactors still feared despite new rules

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The cost of restarting Japan’s nuclear power plants: ¥1.3 trillion and counting. That is the amount power companies have committed so far on thousands of tons of reinforced concrete and steel, armies of workers, tsunami walls and seismic tests. It has all been to ...

Quake coverage to cost 15.5% more

Mar 12, 2014

Quake coverage to cost 15.5% more

Earthquake insurance premiums will rise by an average 15.5 percent in July as a result of a rethink after the March 11, 2011, catastrophe. Seismic insurance covers damage inflicted on houses and household goods by quakes and quake-triggered disasters such as tsunami. As fire ...

Mt. Gox safe from U.S. suits in bankruptcy case

Mar 12, 2014

Mt. Gox safe from U.S. suits in bankruptcy case

Mt. Gox Co., the bitcoin exchange that filed for bankruptcy in Tokyo after millions of dollars’ worth of virtual currency vanished from customer accounts, won a temporary halt to lawsuits it faces in the U.S. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Harlin Hale in Dallas agreed Monday ...

Despite ongoing civil war, Assad readies for election

Mar 12, 2014

Despite ongoing civil war, Assad readies for election

After three years of grinding conflict, the destruction of whole city districts and an exodus of refugees all triggered by an uprising against his rule, President Bashar Assad is quietly preparing to be re-elected. The Syrian president has not yet officially announced whether he ...

U.S. blacks find social media voice

Mar 12, 2014

U.S. blacks find social media voice

When a U.S. jury convicted Michael Dunn of attempted murder, but not actual murder, in the shooting death of a black teenager, the hashtag #dangerousblackkids popped up on Twitter. Users posted photos of black babies and toddlers, making fun of the fear that Dunn ...

Top U.S. court throws out 'boobie' bracelet appeal

Mar 12, 2014

Top U.S. court throws out 'boobie' bracelet appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from a school that tried to ban students from wearing “I (heart) Boobies!” bracelets to promote breast cancer awareness, ending a case that began more than three years ago with the suspension of two middle-school ...

Mar 12, 2014

Combating bullying at school

While statistics show that police in Japan are taking action in more bullying cases, teachers must remind themselves that it is their job to keep watch — and not ignore — the signs of bullying.

Mar 12, 2014

No need to break the budget

Consumers would be wise to resist the urge to break their household budget with high-end purchases before the sales tax rises by three percentage points April 1. That's because manufacturers are likely to remain as keen as ever to keep their prices competitive after ...

Darvish solid against Reds; Bonds works with Giants

Mar 12, 2014

Darvish solid against Reds; Bonds works with Giants

Yu Darvish pitched five positive innings and Jurickson Profar homered as the Texas Rangers beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-2 on Monday. Darvish allowed two runs and five hits, striking out one without a walk. Darvish retired the first nine batters he faced before yielding ...

Nadal ousted at BNP Paribas

Mar 12, 2014

Nadal ousted at BNP Paribas

Defending champions Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova were upset in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday. First, Sharapova went down to qualifier Camila Giorgi, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, giving the young Italian her first victory over a top five player. Then, ...

Kakuryu beaten by Okinoumi

Mar 12, 2014

Kakuryu beaten by Okinoumi

Ozeki Kakuryu’s yokozuna bid took a dent on Tuesday as he was handed a first defeat at the hands of rank-and-filer Okinoumi on the third day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. Yokozuna Hakuho, meanwhile, feted his 29th birthday in style with a demolition ...

Mar 12, 2014

JAFA names candidates for worlds

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The Japan American Football Association began the first step for the 2015 world championship in Stockholm, announcing the 85 candidates to make the national team on Monday night. The Fujitsu Frontiers, who made the X Bowl last season, led the all X League teams ...

Canucks fall apart in third

Mar 12, 2014

Canucks fall apart in third

The New York Islanders’ big comeback over the Vancouver Canucks in a seven-goal third period even caught them by surprise. After all, in recent days it has been the Islanders who have let teams rally late to beat them. Matt Martin scored the winner ...

Sixers lose 17th consecutive game

Mar 12, 2014

Sixers lose 17th consecutive game

Carmelo Anthony had plenty of help against the struggling Philadelphia 76ers. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 28 points as the New York Knicks had four players score 20 or more points and defeated Philadelphia 123-110 on Monday night, sending the 76ers to their 17th straight ...