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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford takes leave after new video report

May 02, 2014

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford takes leave after new video report

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford began a leave of absence Thursday to seek treatment after a report surfaced about a second video of him apparently smoking crack cocaine, but he did not abandon his bid to seek a second term as mayor of Canada’s largest ...

Yanukovych 'mafia' stole $100 billion

May 02, 2014

Yanukovych 'mafia' stole $100 billion

Ukraine’s chief prosecutor has accused Viktor Yanukovych of heading a mafia-style syndicate whose crimes cost the former Soviet republic up to $100 billion and said some of the stolen money is now being used to fund Russian-backed separatists. The former president fled to Russia ...

Hiroshima vows central role in anti-nuke push

May 02, 2014

Hiroshima vows central role in anti-nuke push

Hiroshima Prefecture is aiming to promote efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons by becoming a hub for international peace, Gov. Hidehiko Yuzaki said. “Destruction by nuclear weapons does not stop at physical damage, such as death and structural damage, but literally wipes out the entire ...

Sweaty workers ditch ties as Cool Biz enters 10th year

May 02, 2014

Sweaty workers ditch ties as Cool Biz enters 10th year

The annual Cool Biz energy-saving campaign kicked off Thursday, allowing employees to dress more casually to stay cool and help reduce corporate air conditioner use. As the Environment Ministry-led campaign enters its 10th year, an increasing number companies and government entities are allowing employees ...

A-bomb survivors tell stories

May 02, 2014

A-bomb survivors tell stories

by Mami Maruko

Documentary filmmaker Shizu Azuma wants to send a message through her latest film, “Utsukushii Hito”: Just as we should never forget those who lost their lives in the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we should not forget those who survived, either. Completed ...

Austrian drag queen to contest Eurovision crown

May 02, 2014

Austrian drag queen to contest Eurovision crown

Drag queen Conchita Wurst will take to the European stage as Austria’s contender for Eurovision, the song contest that pits nation versus nation and launched the global careers of ABBA and Celine Dion — Wurst’s idol. Sporting high heels, butterfly eyelashes and a full ...

Team to hunt shipwreck gold off U.S. coast

May 02, 2014

Team to hunt shipwreck gold off U.S. coast

A deep-sea exploration company is seeking to recover a lucrative haul of gold aboard the shipwreck of the SS Central America nearly 160 years after it sank off the coast of South Carolina in a hurricane. The work that began this week follows a ...

Suntory swallows Jim Beam maker

May 02, 2014

Suntory swallows Jim Beam maker

Suntory Holdings said Thursday it had completed its nearly $16 billion buyout of the company behind Jim Beam bourbon, creating the world’s third-largest maker of high-end spirits and giving it a foothold in the U.S. liquor market. Suntory has acquired all outstanding shares of ...

Floating lab finds 'aliens of the sea'

May 02, 2014

Floating lab finds 'aliens of the sea'

Researcher Leonid Moroz emerges from a dive off the Florida Keys and gleefully displays a plastic bag holding a creature that shimmers like an opal in the seawater. This translucent animal and its similarly strange cousins are food for science. They regrow with amazing ...

Floods batter U.S. Southeast reeling from deadly tornados

May 02, 2014

Floods batter U.S. Southeast reeling from deadly tornados

The worst floods in decades deluged roads and engulfed homes and cars in the Florida Panhandle and coastal Alabama on Wednesday, the latest mayhem created by a tornado-packing storm system that has killed at least 34 people this week. Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared ...

May 02, 2014

Beyond the OECD challenge

As Japan celebrates 50 years of membership in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which has seen Japan rise to one of the world's largest economies, the nation needs to respond to some tough challenges of its own.

May 02, 2014

Wild animal population control

Deer and wild boar are having such a serious impact on Japan's agriculture and ecosystems that the government is proposing to control their rapidly expanding populations by hunting and other means.

Will Tokyo go nuts for frozen yogurt?

May 02, 2014

Will Tokyo go nuts for frozen yogurt?

by Angela Erika Kubo

Frozen yogurt is taking off in Tokyo as a healthy alternative to ice cream in an effort to beat the heat. Made from milk instead of cream, frozen yogurt packs far less fat and more nutrients. Woodberry’s (1-4-1 Kichijoji-minamicho, Musashino-shi; 0422-48-3315; woodberrys.co.jp) uses freshly ...

This tale of brutal vengeance is no fantasy

May 02, 2014

This tale of brutal vengeance is no fantasy

by Kaori Shoji

A thousand things can go wrong in a kidnapping investigation, and “Prisoners” goes through about 100 of them before you lose count. After that it’s easy to blackout under the chokehold of desperation that defines both the film and its protagonist, Keller Dover (Hugh ...

'Live'

May 02, 2014

'Live'

by Mark Schilling

When I was 12 I thought the movie parodies in “Mad” magazine were hilarious. Now I suppose I’m harder to please — or just older — but parodies that self-consciously mock their source, while cutely paying homage to it, quickly put me in a ...

'Withnail & I'

May 02, 2014

'Withnail & I'

by Giovanni Fazio

Kichijoji’s storied Baus Theater will be closing its doors on June 10, but it is going out with a bang, reviving a bunch of its most popular hits from the past three decades, including “El Topo,” “Sid & Nancy,” “Picnic” and “Dark Star.” The ...

Hula into the long weekend

May 02, 2014

Hula into the long weekend

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Hawaiian culture experienced a bit of a boost recently as the denizens of Tokyo’s trendy Harajuku neighborhood began snacking on the U.S. island’s foods. Not to be outdone, Osaka will be hosting a three-day festival this weekend, which should get Golden Week off to ...

Swap carps for pinatas on Children's Day

May 02, 2014

Swap carps for pinatas on Children's Day

by Sang Woo Kim

Children’s Day in Japan is known for its koinobori (carp streamer) decorations, but perhaps this year you’d like to celebrate with a pinata instead. The annual Latin American festival Cinco de Mayo occurs on May 5, the same day as Children’s Day. This year, ...

'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' actor Bob Hoskins dies at 71

May 02, 2014

'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' actor Bob Hoskins dies at 71

Bob Hoskins never lost his Cockney accent, even as he became a global star who charmed and alarmed audiences in a vast range of roles. Short and bald, with a face he once compared to “a squashed cabbage,” Hoskins was a remarkably versatile performer. ...

A powerful look at 'exotic' and 'primitive' artworks

May 02, 2014

A powerful look at 'exotic' and 'primitive' artworks

by C.B. Liddell

The “Power of Images” exhibition at the National Art Centre Tokyo is nothing less than an assault on the senses — a barrage of exotic and vivid anthropological oddities from the collection of the National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka. Garish, fantastic, ghoulish and ...

Carp rookie Osera goes distance in win over Tigers

May 02, 2014

Carp rookie Osera goes distance in win over Tigers

Rookie Daichi Osera (3-1) came within three outs of his first shutout but settled for his first complete game as the Hiroshima Carp avoided a three-game sweep on Thursday night by beating the Hanshin Tigers 6-1. Osera, the Carp’s top draft pick last autumn, ...

D'Antoni done with Lakers

May 02, 2014

D'Antoni done with Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni resigned Wednesday after less than two seasons on the job. Team spokesman John Black confirmed D’Antoni’s resignation, ending the brief tenure of the Lakers’ fourth head coach in less than three years. D’Antoni won 67 of 154 games ...

Toyama's Joho named league MVP

| May 02, 2014

Toyama's Joho named league MVP

by Ed Odeven

Shooting guard Masashi Joho and forward Ira Brown form a dynamic one-two punch for the Toyama Grouses, a partnership that has helped the Hokuriku-based team make significant improvements — notably a steady increase in wins — in each of their three seasons together. Here’s ...

Fazekas named NBL MVP

May 02, 2014

Fazekas named NBL MVP

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Toshiba Brave Thunders center Nick Fazekas was voted the NBL’s Most Valuable Player for the 2013-14 regular season, the league announced on Thursday. The 210-cm Fazekas led the 12-team league with 26.4 points and 13.5 rebounds per game for the Brave Thunders, who had ...

May 02, 2014

Brave Blossoms make changes ahead of Asian 5 Nations

Japan open their Asian 5 Nations campaign on Saturday against the Philippines with a starting XV that shows nine changes and one positional switch from the team that played last weekend’s warm-up game against Asia Pacific Dragons. The Brave Blossoms may have lost 35-29 ...

Kings cruise to series win

May 02, 2014

Kings cruise to series win

Even when they found themselves in a 3-0 series deficit to San Jose, the Los Angeles Kings never doubted they had what it took to mount a memorable comeback. That’s what winning a Stanley Cup together two years earlier can do for a team’s ...

Heisman winner Winston accused of stealing food

May 02, 2014

Heisman winner Winston accused of stealing food

Florida State’s Heisman Trophy quarterback Jameis Winston was issued a civil citation after sheriff’s deputies say he walked out of a supermarket without paying for $32 worth of crab legs and crawfish. Leon County Sheriff’s Maj. Michael Wood said Wednesday that the 20-year-old Winston ...

Howard, Lin come up big as Rockets down Blazers

May 02, 2014

Howard, Lin come up big as Rockets down Blazers

Jeremy Lin was so unhappy with his performance in Houston’s Game 4 loss to Portland that he hardly slept at all after the game. Lin should sleep like a baby after his work in Game 5. Dwight Howard had 22 points and 14 rebounds, ...

D-Backs stop skid on Montero's walk-off home run in 10th

May 02, 2014

D-Backs stop skid on Montero's walk-off home run in 10th

Miguel Montero took two mighty swings, trying to end the game on both. He failed, so for the third, he shortened up, trying to protect the plate. That ball ended up going out and, boy, did the Arizona Diamondbacks need it. Montero hit a ...