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'Obamacare' ruling likely to haunt Trump in 2020

World / Politics Dec 20, 2019

'Obamacare' ruling likely to haunt Trump in 2020

While the eyes of America were on the House vote to impeach President Donald Trump, a court ruling to leave the fate of the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," up in the air may be a bigger risk to his 2020 re-election ...

334 rounded up in Italian 'ndrangheta mob sweep

World / Crime & Legal Dec 20, 2019

334 rounded up in Italian 'ndrangheta mob sweep

Police have arrested 334 people in one of the largest anti-mob operations ever seen in Italy, highlighting the growing reach of the 'ndrangheta mafia, prosecutors said on Thursday. The 'ndrangheta is based in the southern region of Calabria, the toe of Italy's boot, and has ...

U.S. House approves North America trade deal

Business Dec 20, 2019

U.S. House approves North America trade deal

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a new trade deal for North America on Thursday that includes tougher labor and automotive content rules but leaves $1.2 trillion in annual U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade flows largely unchanged. The House passed legislation to implement the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or ...

Japan expands swine fever vaccinations to seven more prefectures

National Dec 20, 2019

Japan expands swine fever vaccinations to seven more prefectures

The government said Friday it will expand vaccinations of pigs against hog cholera to cover Tokyo and seven prefectures adjacent to the 12 prefectures with confirmed cases of the deadly virus. The vaccinations may start later this month in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Niigata, Kyoto and Nara, ...

Boeing faces huge test with Friday's launch of Starliner to ISS

Business Dec 20, 2019

Boeing faces huge test with Friday's launch of Starliner to ISS

NASA's effort to resume flying American astronauts on American spacecraft — something that hasn't happened since the Space Shuttle program ended in 2011 — faces a major test this weekend. Over the past decade, a lot of attention has been paid to billionaire space entrepreneurs ...

Readers' choice: Tokyo's best ramen shops

Food & Drink Dec 20, 2019

Readers' choice: Tokyo's best ramen shops

Last month, The Japan Times published its curated list of Tokyo's five best ramen shops. But Japan's capital city is a truly massive metropolis boasting restaurants galore, so we wanted to know: What did we overlook? And where are your favorite ramen shops? Many readers ...

Alvark whip Susanoo Magic

Basketball / B. League Dec 20, 2019

Alvark whip Susanoo Magic

by Ed Odeven

The Alvark Tokyo outplayed the Shimane Susanoo Magic on Friday night and earned an 89-55 series-opening victory on the road. Tokyo led 19-13 after the first quarter. Coach Luka Pavicevic's team increased its advantage to 35-23 by halftime in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture. The Susanoo Magic (7-15) ...