Fukushima evacuees seek end to limbo

Jun 19, 2014

Fukushima evacuees seek end to limbo

by Mami Maruko

Japan’s economy may be picking up, but the outlook remains bleak for an often forgotten group of people: the roughly 150,000 evacuees from Fukushima Prefecture. Living in temporary accommodations, these individuals and families were either residents in the 30-km mandatory evacuation zone or those ...

U.S. pioneer living high life on retired jetliner

Jun 11, 2014

U.S. pioneer living high life on retired jetliner

Deep in the woods and rolling hills outside Portland, Oregon, where orchards dot the landscape, a Boeing 727 sits at the top of a steep dirt driveway encircled by towering pines. For Bruce Campbell, it is home. Complete with wings and landing gear, which ...

Obama sizing up new housing, budget chiefs

May 18, 2014

Obama sizing up new housing, budget chiefs

President Barack Obama plans to nominate Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan to be budget director and is considering a rising Democratic star, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, to succeed Donovan, according to people familiar with the selection process. The second-term Cabinet reshuffle would raise the ...

Chinese gobble up U.S. real estate

Apr 26, 2014

Chinese gobble up U.S. real estate

For the first time, the Chinese have become the biggest foreign buyers of apartments in Manhattan, real estate brokers estimate, taking the mantle from the Russians — whose activity has dropped off since the unrest in Ukraine and the imposition of sanctions against Russia ...

Detroit project creates 'blank canvas'

Mar 31, 2014

Detroit project creates 'blank canvas'

The families of Detroit’s Brightmoor area are delighted that bulldozers will soon level more of their neighborhood. After that, their community’s future will be like the cleared landscape — a blank canvas. For years, Brightmoor residents pleaded with the city to demolish vacant homes ...

Kin sue over tsunami deaths of 23 kids at Miyagi school

Mar 10, 2014

Kin sue over tsunami deaths of 23 kids at Miyagi school

The relatives of 23 elementary school students killed in the March 2011 tsunami in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, filed a lawsuit Monday blaming the city and prefecture for the school’s failure to evacuate them to higher ground. In the lawsuit, filed at the Sendai District ...