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Robin Williams fondly remembered by Japan's film industry

Aug 13, 2014

Robin Williams fondly remembered by Japan's film industry

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It was an open secret among Japanese film distribution companies that Robin Williams, who died at his California home on Monday in an apparent suicide, was a “yobitai sutaa” (“a want-to-invite star”). Unlike other Hollywood celebrities, Williams was famed for two things: He never ...

China announces birth of rare panda triplets

Aug 13, 2014

China announces birth of rare panda triplets

China announced Tuesday the birth of extremely rare panda triplets in a further success for the country’s artificial breeding program. The three cubs were born July 29 in the southern city of Guangzhou, but breeders delayed an announcement until they were sure all three ...

Liberia awaits Ebola drug samples

Aug 13, 2014

Liberia awaits Ebola drug samples

U.S. authorities have approved a request from Liberia’s government for sample doses of the experimental ZMapp drug to treat Liberian doctors infected with Ebola, the Liberian presidency said. A statement on the Liberian presidency’s website said the drug would be delivered to the West ...

Actor Robin Williams dies at 63 in apparent suicide

Aug 13, 2014

Actor Robin Williams dies at 63 in apparent suicide

Robin Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63. Williams was pronounced dead ...

Aug 13, 2014

Obama goes back into Iraq

The airstrikes that President Barack Obama has authorized against the Islamic State in northern Iraq are being undertaken to avert genocide. But the only enduring answer to Iraq's problems is political, not military.

Aug 13, 2014

How vodka limits hastened the USSR's demise

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When the Soviet Union finally disintegrated at the end of 1991, Boris Yeltsin, the new Russian leader, decided not to repeat Mikhail Gorbachev's error of restricting access to vodka. Some say it was Gorbachev's sober way of life — and his attempt to impose ...

Crzkny unites artists against nuclear power

Aug 13, 2014

Crzkny unites artists against nuclear power

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Electronic-music producer Kenji Takikawa’s work took a major detour following the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. “Like many Japanese people, I feel angry about the way March 11 and the consequent events that followed regarding nuclear power was handled,” says the Hiroshima native ...

Chi-na aims to win fans over one step at a time

Aug 13, 2014

Chi-na aims to win fans over one step at a time

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For many musicians, dreams of success take the form of a big break: perhaps a major label record contract, a lucrative tour deal or a barnstorming festival set. However, a quick fix isn’t the style of Tokyo indie quintet Chi-na, who is gradually growing ...

Ninety-year-old musicians go strong

Aug 13, 2014

Ninety-year-old musicians go strong

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There’s an upcoming concert at Baruch College, but it has nothing to do with students. The performers are in their 90s, and one is even older than the Manhattan school founded in 1919. Pianist and composer Irving Fields, who turned 99 last week, was ...

'All About That Bass' gives singer breakthrough

Aug 13, 2014

'All About That Bass' gives singer breakthrough

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Not everyone was initially “All About That Bass.” Meghan Trainor, the 20-year-old who is having a pop culture moment with the song about body acceptance, said she initially wrote the track and pitched it to other artists, but was turned away. “Labels were like, ...

Verlander slowed by injury

Aug 13, 2014

Verlander slowed by injury

Justin Verlander pitched only one inning of the Detroit Tigers’ 11-6 defeat to the Pittsburgh Pirates because of soreness in his right shoulder. Despite the short outing, Verlander (10-11) took the loss after giving up five runs — four earned — four hits and ...

Stanton puts on a big show

Aug 13, 2014

Stanton puts on a big show

Giancarlo Stanton led the Miami Marlins to a victory with his bat and his glove. Stanton hit two home runs and made a spectacular diving catch in right field to help the Marlins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 on Monday night. “He was ...

Wiggins deflects questions about being traded

Aug 13, 2014

Wiggins deflects questions about being traded

When training camp begins in October, he’ll be trying to block and deflect shots in the NBA. On Monday, No.1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins was deflecting questions about precisely where he’ll be playing. Last week, Cleveland reportedly reached an agreement in principle to ...