Dec 27, 2014

Will 'The Interview' change how Hollywood does business?

“The Interview” was never supposed to be a paradigm-shifting film. But unusual doesn’t even begin to describe the series of events that transpired over the past few weeks, culminating in the truly unprecedented move by a major studio to release a film in theaters ...

Dec 26, 2014

Abe snubs Okinawa's new anti-base governor

In a veiled attempt to put pressure on Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did not meet the newly elected anti-base leader during his three-day visit to the capital. Onaga, who opposes the government’s push to move a contentious U.S. military base ...

Freighter sinks off Aomori; three crew members dead

Dec 26, 2014

Freighter sinks off Aomori; three crew members dead

Three crew members died after a freighter registered in Cambodia sank Friday in the Sea of Japan off Aomori Prefecture, Japan Coast Guard officials said. The 1,915-ton Ming Guang sank in stormy waters about 18 km off the town of Ajigasawa at around 6 ...

Dec 26, 2014

Interest in Japan-South Korea isle dispute on wane in Japan: poll

Public interest in the sovereignty dispute involving a tiny pair of Korean-controlled outcroppings Japan claims as the Takeshima Islands but South Korea calls Dokdo has fallen to 66.9 percent from 71.1 percent in June, a Cabinet Office survey said Thursday. Meanwhile, a separate survey ...

Prayers as Asia mourns tsunami dead 10 years on

Dec 26, 2014

Prayers as Asia mourns tsunami dead 10 years on

Prayers, tears and solemn visits to mass graves marked commemorations Friday across tsunami-hit nations for the nearly 230,000 people who perished when giant waves decimated coastal areas of the Indian Ocean a decade ago. On Dec. 26, 2004 a magnitude-9.1 quake off Indonesia’s western ...

Xbox, PlayStation game networks felled by known hacker group

Dec 26, 2014

Xbox, PlayStation game networks felled by known hacker group

Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox Live and Sony Corp.’s PlayStation Network, Internet services that video gamers use to play online, were hit by connection failures Christmas Day, with the hackers Lizard Squad claiming responsibility. The group, which took credit for an attack on Sony earlier this ...

Heat spoil LeBron's return

Dec 26, 2014

Heat spoil LeBron's return

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade wrapped each other in a pregame embrace, chatted and laughed at halftime, then hugged again after the final buzzer. Just like old times. Only this time, just one got to enjoy a victory. James’ return to Miami as an ...

Hirai giving more input at Sony Pictures in wake of hack

Dec 26, 2014

Hirai giving more input at Sony Pictures in wake of hack

Sony Corp.’s Tokyo headquarters is changing its usual arm’s-length relationship with its U.S. studio following a massive cyberattack and the controversy over the comedy “The Interview,” with the group CEO being consulted on key decisions, company officials said. Before the devastating hack, Sony Pictures ...

McCullum dominates Sri Lanka

Dec 26, 2014

McCullum dominates Sri Lanka

New Zealand’s big-hitting skipper Brendon McCullum was hailed Friday for his rollicking 195 to dramatically turn the opening day of the first test against Sri Lanka. His dominating 134-ball performance which led New Zealand to 429-7 at stumps also carried special significance for the ...