Jul 9, 2014

Recreational pot goes on sale in Washington state

Washington on Tuesday became the second U.S. state to allow people to buy marijuana legally without a doctor’s note as eager customers who lined up outside stores made their purchases and savored the moment. People began buying marijuana at 8 a.m. at Top Shelf ...

U.S. Mideast envoy Indyk quits after peace deal bid

Jun 27, 2014

U.S. Mideast envoy Indyk quits after peace deal bid

U.S. special Mideast envoy Martin Indyk is resigning after nearly a year of unsuccessful efforts to forge an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, Obama administration officials said Friday. The officials said Indyk’s departure, and his return to his previous job at The Brookings Institution think tank, ...

May 24, 2014

'Comfort women' memorial set to be unveiled in metro Washington

A monument to the women who were forced to work in Japan’s wartime military brothels will be unveiled in a Washington suburb this week, local authorities involved in the project confirmed. The move comes after similar memorials were set up in California and New ...

Cannabis: the healing of the nation

Apr 19, 2014

Cannabis: the healing of the nation

by Jon Mitchell

Every summer in Hokkaido and northern Honshu, platoons of police and public servants scour the countryside for cannabis. For a nation well-known for its strict drug laws, the plants are remarkably easy to find. In an average year, patrols discover between 1 million and ...

Mar 13, 2014

Maehara urges Abe to better ties with U.S., Seoul

Former Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara is calling for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to work toward more stable relations with the United States and South Korea after rifts over historical disputes. Maehara, a prominent member of the Democratic Party of Japan, the main opposition force, ...

Jan 8, 2014

Japan ramping up policy PR campaign in U.S.

The government has been expanding a program to win over public opinion in the United States on Japan’s foreign policy related to defense and the disputes with China and South Korea over territory and wartime history. The program is aimed at encouraging more Americans ...

Huskies win big in bowl game

Dec 28, 2013

Huskies win big in bowl game

When Washington started crowding the line of scrimmage in the second half, BYU had no answer. Taysom Hill and the Cougars were held scoreless for the final two quarters by the Huskies’ aggressive defense, and BYU had its four-game bowl winning streak snapped with ...

Sarkisian leaves Washington to take over at USC

Dec 3, 2013

Sarkisian leaves Washington to take over at USC

Steve Sarkisian was named the head coach at Southern California on Monday, leaving Washington to return to the Trojans’ storied football program for another run at national titles. Two days after USC’s regular season ended with a home loss to UCLA, Trojans athletic director ...

Cherry blossom festival to kick off March 20 in Washington

Mar 6, 2013

Cherry blossom festival to kick off March 20 in Washington

Washington’s annual National Cherry Blossom Festival will run from March 20 to April 14, with blossoms forecast to reach their peak blooming period from March 26-30, event organizers said Monday. This year’s event, which will mark the 101st anniversary of the planting of cherry ...

Mar 6, 2013

U.S. headed toward Italian-style politics

by Mike Lofgren

Since Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008, a recurring theme of our political discourse has been how crazy Republicans appear to have become. Birthers, death panels, shariah law, legitimate rape: The heretofore successfully repressed tendencies of the Reagan coalition blossomed like a noxious ...