Aug 19, 2014

Family sues school over son's suicide

The parents of a high school student who leaped to his death after an allegedly violent dressing down in class are suing the school. The family is seeking ¥140 million in damages from the private high school in Ishikawa Prefecture, for the 15-year-old boy’s ...

Aug 7, 2014

Lightning kills Aichi youth on pitcher's mound during game

A high school student died after being struck by lightning Wednesday during a baseball game at a school in Fusocho, Aichi Prefecture, police said. Shoki Ando, 17, a pitcher for the private Seishin High School, was on the mound when he was struck by ...

Jul 30, 2014

Liberians in U.S. worry about Ebola outbreak

An outbreak of Ebola in West Africa may seem like a distant threat to many Americans, but it is stirring fear in Minnesota, home to thousands of Liberian immigrants. The potentially Ebola-related death last week of a Liberian government official whose wife and children ...

Death of Archie will send a message to fans of comic

Jul 15, 2014

Death of Archie will send a message to fans of comic

For the fans of Archie Andrews, his impending death marks a fitting end for the do-gooder comic book icon. The famous 73-year-old red-headed comic book character will die in Wednesday’s installment of “Life with Archie” when he intervenes in an assassination attempt on Sen. ...

Jul 14, 2014

Conductor Lorin Maazel dies at 84, festival organizers say

Conductor and composer Lorin Maazel has died at the age of 84, organizers of a festival he founded said Sunday. Maazel — whose career included stints at the New York Philharmonic and the Vienna State Opera — died in Virginia from complications of pneumonia, ...

Jul 10, 2014

Boy dies in Nagano mudslide, after record downpour

A boy was killed in a mudslide caused by torrential rain in Nagiso, Nagano Prefecture, on Wednesday, local police and firefighters said. According to the prefectural government and other authorities, the mudslide occurred at a tributary of the Kiso River in the late afternoon, ...

Fukushima boy drowns trying to rescue girl, 3

Apr 17, 2014

Fukushima boy drowns trying to rescue girl, 3

A 6-year-old boy died attempting to rescue a 3-year-old girl who had fallen into the Abukuma River in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, on Wednesday, police said. Manato Tatsuta was among some 10 children playing by the river Wednesday afternoon when the 3-year-old girl fell into ...

Feb 24, 2014

Worker burns up in deluge of molten metal in Shikoku

In a freak accident, a young Nippon Denko worker was killed in Shikoku over the weekend when 13 tons of a molten ferroalloy were dumped on him, police said Monday. The deceased, Kazuki Tada, 23, was working Saturday morning beneath a huge bucket of ...

Feb 20, 2014

Fukushima stress deaths top 3/11 toll

Stress and other illnesses related to the 2011 quake and tsunami has killed 1,656 people in Fukushima Prefecture, outnumbering the 1,607 whose deaths were directly tied to disaster-caused injuries.