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North Korean missile launch another terrifying wake-up call for Japan

National Sep 15, 2017

North Korean missile launch another terrifying wake-up call for Japan

"Missile launch! Missile launch! A missile appears to have been launched from North Korea. Take cover in a building or underground," the alert blared. To the accompaniment of blaring sirens and emergency phone alerts, that was the terrifying loudspeaker message that jolted millions of Japanese ...

Spurred on by uproar over satellites, Iran relaunches manned space program

World Sep 15, 2017

Spurred on by uproar over satellites, Iran relaunches manned space program

Iran's on-off space program has received a boost from Washington's irritation at a recent satellite launch by the middle eastern nation, with Tehran dusting off plans for a manned mission, perhaps with Moscow's assistance. "Ten skilled pilots are currently undergoing difficult and intensive training so ...

Is your chocolate craving destroying forests in West Africa?

World Sep 15, 2017

Is your chocolate craving destroying forests in West Africa?

Your afternoon chocolate craving may be fueling climate change, destroying protected forests and threatening elephants, chimpanzees and hippos in West Africa, research suggests. Well-known brands, such as Mars and Nestle, are buying through global traders cocoa that is grown illegally in dwindling national parks and ...

Views both old and new of Aomori's Tsugaru

Travel Sep 15, 2017

Views both old and new of Aomori's Tsugaru

by Davey Young

Cut off by the Ou Mountains to the south and far removed from any center of power, Aomori Prefecture's remote Tsugaru Peninsula was largely left to its own devices until the Azuchi-Momoyama Period (1573-1603). In the Battle of Sekigahara (1600), different factions of the Tsugaru ...

Goeido outfoxes Onosho, ties for tournament lead at 5-1

Sumo / Basho Reports Sep 15, 2017

Goeido outfoxes Onosho, ties for tournament lead at 5-1

Ozeki Goeido seized a share of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament lead on Friday, when he improved to 5-1 by knocking off previously unbeaten Onosho. The 21-year-old Onosho, fighting as a No. 3 maegashira in just his third tournament in the elite makuuchi division, showed ...

'Moneyball' executive Beane joining group to purchase Barnsley

Soccer Sep 15, 2017

'Moneyball' executive Beane joining group to purchase Barnsley

"Moneyball" baseball executive Billy Beane is joining a consortium including Chinese businessman Chien Lee and American investor Paul Conway to acquire English soccer club Barnsley, a source told Reuters on Friday. The consortium will pay £20 million ($26.78 million) for a 98.5 percent stake in ...

Uno, Higuchi take leads with personal-best scores

Figure Skating Sep 15, 2017

Uno, Higuchi take leads with personal-best scores

World silver medalist Shoma Uno began his Olympic season by scoring a personal best of 104.87 points at the Lombardia Trophy in Bergamo, Italy, on Thursday. Uno will take a massive lead of more than 20 points over second-place American Jason Brown (83.01) into Saturday's ...

Kato storms into semifinals at Japan Women's Open

More Sports / Tennis Sep 15, 2017

Kato storms into semifinals at Japan Women's Open

Qualifier Miyu Kato stunned Serbia's Aleksandra Krunic in straight sets to reach the semifinals of the Japan Women's Open on Friday. Kato, the world No. 171 and the only local player left in the singles draw, was in total control at Ariake Tennis Forest Park, ...

Indians stretch epic streak to 22

Baseball / MLB Sep 15, 2017

Indians stretch epic streak to 22

On a winning streak that just won't stop, the Cleveland Indians have posted shutouts, blowouts and routine wins. All that was missing were a walk-off victory and extra innings. "Check those two off," closer Cody Allen said. "We're checking all the boxes." And check this out: 22 ...