Jul 2, 2015

Mariners skipper McClendon says Iwakuma moving in right direction

Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Wednesday he was pleased with the progress being made by Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma after his latest rehab start. On the disabled list since April with a strained lat muscle, Iwakuma allowed one run on five hits over ...

Australia's Great Barrier Reef stays off U.N. danger list

Jul 2, 2015

Australia's Great Barrier Reef stays off U.N. danger list

Australia on Thursday hailed a United Nations decision to keep the Great Barrier Reef off its endangered list as “tremendous,” but activists warned more must be done to improve the marine park’s health. The world’s biggest coral reef ecosystem, which has had World Heritage ...

Woman with no memory searches for her identity and family

Jul 2, 2015

Woman with no memory searches for her identity and family

A woman who couldn’t recall her identity when she was found on a Southern California street earlier this year has turned to the Internet in search of her family. “I just feel like there’s this thick fog over my mind, my memory, over my ...

Jul 2, 2015

IAEA says Iran has reduced its uranium stockpile, but questions remain

Iran’s stockpile of low-enriched uranium (LEU) gas dropped below the maximum level required under a 2013 interim nuclear agreement with world powers, a U.N. report showed Wednesday, but a U.S. think tank suggested Tehran had not entirely met its obligations. The International Atomic Energy ...

Jul 2, 2015

PayPal buys international money-sending service Xoom

Online payment titan PayPal said Wednesday it is buying international money-sending service Xoom in a deal valued at $890 million. PayPal, a subsidiary of eBay, will pay $25 per share of Xoom in what amounts to a premium of 32 percent over the stock’s ...

Ministry looks to issue 'black belts' in Japanese cuisine

Jul 2, 2015

Ministry looks to issue 'black belts' in Japanese cuisine

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry plans to establish a system to certify chefs who cook Japanese food abroad. The system will grade chefs on their cooking skills, sanitary knowledge and understanding of food culture and issue “dan” ranks like martial arts schools do ...

Jul 2, 2015

U.S. probes whether airlines collude to keep airfares high

The U.S. Department of Justice said on Wednesday it is investigating whether U.S. airlines worked together illegally to keep airfares high by signaling plans to limit flights. The Justice Department wrote to major U.S. air carriers demanding that they detail decisions to limit the ...

Jul 2, 2015

Discovery brightens solar energy's future

Scientists in Switzerland announced a clean-energy breakthrough on Wednesday; a cheaper solar technology that splits water molecules to create clean-burning hydrogen fuel. The solar panel design will make it cheaper to produce hydrogen, but a simple version won’t be available for average citizens for ...