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Chiba backs out of bidding to host one of Japan's first casinos

National Jan 8, 2020

Chiba backs out of bidding to host one of Japan's first casinos

The city of Chiba said Tuesday that it will not seek to host a casino resort, citing its priority on reconstruction following natural disasters. The central government plans to open "integrated resorts" at up to three locations and Chiba was considering a bid. "Campaigning to host ...

Iran strikes back at U.S. with missile attack at bases in Iraq

World Jan 8, 2020

Iran strikes back at U.S. with missile attack at bases in Iraq

Iran struck back at the United States early Wednesday for killing a top Revolutionary Guard commander, firing a series of ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq that house American troops in a major escalation between the two longtime foes. It was Iran's most ...

Japanese media denied access to Ghosn news conference

National / Crime & Legal Jan 8, 2020

Japanese media denied access to Ghosn news conference

Most Japanese media organizations have been denied access to fugitive automotive executive Carlos Ghosn's news conference, set to be held in Beirut later Wednesday. More than 100 reporters from nearly 50 news organizations have been invited to the closely watched event, but most are from ...

IT giants renew commitment to privacy and security amid concerns

Business / Tech Jan 8, 2020

IT giants renew commitment to privacy and security amid concerns

Information technology giants such as Google LLC and Amazon.com Inc. are striving to reassure consumers of their commitment to privacy and security, emphasizing related features while rolling out new products at the CES electronics trade show in Las Vegas. Google announced Tuesday that it had ...

Trump donor charged with obstructing inauguration inquiry

Business Jan 8, 2020

Trump donor charged with obstructing inauguration inquiry

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday charged a major donor to President Donald Trump's inaugural committee with obstructing a federal investigation into whether foreign nationals unlawfully contributed to the inaugural celebrations. The donor, Imaad Zuberi, recently pleaded guilty in a separate case in Los Angeles to campaign ...

France and U.S. set two-week target for digital tax deal

Business Jan 8, 2020

France and U.S. set two-week target for digital tax deal

Paris and Washington have set a two-week deadline to end a row over a French proposal to tax multinational tech giants, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Tuesday. President Donald Trump last month unveiled sky-high retaliatory duties on $2.4 billion of French products from ...

In U-turn, Boeing recommends 737 Max simulator training for pilots

Business / Tech Jan 8, 2020

In U-turn, Boeing recommends 737 Max simulator training for pilots

Boeing Co. said on Tuesday it was recommending that airline pilots undergo simulator training before they resume flying the 737 Max, a shift from its previous position that pilots only needed computer-based training on new software following two fatal crashes. "This recommendation takes into account ...

Alitalia bleeds around €300 million a year, administrator says

Business Jan 8, 2020

Alitalia bleeds around €300 million a year, administrator says

Struggling Italian carrier Alitalia is burning through its cash resources at the pace of around €300 million ($334 million) a year, its new temporary administrator, Giuseppe Leogrande, told members of a parliamentary committee. In November, after months of talks, railway group Ferrovie dello Stato, U.S. ...

'Garden'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Jan 8, 2020

'Garden'

by Yukari Tanaka

Jan. 11-Feb. 23 After graduating from Tokyo Polytechnic University with a degree in design, Akiko Ando began her career as an illustrator. She has contributed to shop displays at the Lumine department store in Ikebukuro, illustrated books and created designs for CD sleeves. Combining bright watercolors ...

'The Appeal of Ko-Imari and Nabeshima'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Jan 8, 2020

'The Appeal of Ko-Imari and Nabeshima'

by Yukari Tanaka

Jan. 10-March 29 Ko-Imari and Nabeshima porcelain items have both been highly valued by powerful historical leaders. Characterized by a gold-painted style called kinrande (gold brocade), Ko-Imari was perfected during the Genroku Era (1688-1704). Its popularity quickly spread throughout Japan and it became a style coveted ...

Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki win another doubles match in Auckland

Tennis Jan 8, 2020

Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki win another doubles match in Auckland

Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki prolonged their one-time-only doubles partnership Wednesday when they advanced to the semifinals of the ASB Classic. Playing together for the first time in their careers, Williams and Wozniacki beat top-seeded Johanna Larsson and Caroline Dolehide 6-2, 6-1. The pair will not ...

MLB to investigate reports 2018 champion Red Sox stole signs

Baseball / MLB Jan 8, 2020

MLB to investigate reports 2018 champion Red Sox stole signs

Major League Baseball says it will investigate allegations the Boston Red Sox illegally used their video replay room to steal signs between opposing pitchers and catchers during their 2018 World Series championship season. The claims were made Tuesday in a report by The Athletic. The ...

Anthony Davis bruises back in Lakers' win over Knicks

Basketball / NBA Jan 8, 2020

Anthony Davis bruises back in Lakers' win over Knicks

The Los Angeles Lakers gathered around Anthony Davis while the six-time All-Star writhed in pain on the Staples Center floor. Another breezy blowout win had just become much less fun for the Lakers and their superstar big man, although it's too soon to say just ...

Leagues sell data to cash in on legal betting

General Jan 8, 2020

Leagues sell data to cash in on legal betting

U.S. professional sports leagues struck out in their quest for a cut of sports betting money by claiming they needed payments to help protect the integrity of games. They also fumbled an attempt to claim a share of betting proceeds by saying the games are ...

City humiliates United in first leg of League Cup semifinal

Soccer Jan 8, 2020

City humiliates United in first leg of League Cup semifinal

Trailing 3-0 at home to their fierce local rivals in a cup semifinal, Manchester United's players were jeered by their own supporters as they traipsed off at halftime. It was — as United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer attested afterward — the team's worst 45 minutes ...

Court date set for UAE appeal against Qatar's Asian Cup win

Soccer Jan 8, 2020

Court date set for UAE appeal against Qatar's Asian Cup win

A legal challenge by the United Arab Emirates soccer federation that threatens Qatar's 2019 Asian Cup title will be heard at sport's highest court. The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Tuesday it will hear the UAE's appeal on March 12 in a case that ...