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In first, U.S. adds 'low-yield' nuclear weapon to its submarine arsenal

World Feb 4, 2020

In first, U.S. adds 'low-yield' nuclear weapon to its submarine arsenal

The U.S. military has deployed a new addition to its nuclear arsenal — a long-range missile armed with a nuclear warhead of reduced destructive power. The so-called low-yield missile joins other, more powerful weapons aboard stealthy submarines prowling the oceans. The debut deployment aboard long-range ...

National Feb 4, 2020

Maebashi Station gives students tickets to school of their dreams

With many students busy with last-minute efforts to pass entrance exams, Maebashi Station of East Japan Railway Co., or JR East, is attracting attention for distributing replica tickets bound for a person's first-choice school. The idea of making such tickets to show support for students ...

Democrats lay a big caucus egg: No results from Iowa election

World / Politics Feb 4, 2020

Democrats lay a big caucus egg: No results from Iowa election

The Iowa Democratic Party said Monday night that results from the state's first-in-the-nation caucus were indefinitely delayed due to "quality checks" and "inconsistencies" in some reporting, an embarrassing complication that added a new layer of doubt to an already uncertain U.S. presidential primary season. The ...

National / Crime & Legal Feb 4, 2020

Yomiuri Shimbun reporter arrested for alleged stimulant use

A Yomiuri Shimbun reporter has been arrested by Tokyo police for allegedly using stimulant drugs, police sources said Tuesday. Takeharu Ishibashi, 34, a Yomiuri reporter based in Chitose, Hokkaido, was arrested by the Metropolitan Police Department. Ishibashi is suspected of using stimulants in Tokyo or surrounding ...

China plant-closing cascade may cost automakers 1.7 million cars

Business Feb 4, 2020

China plant-closing cascade may cost automakers 1.7 million cars

Forget about clinging to hopes that China, the world's largest car market, will recover from its unprecedented two-year slump anytime soon. Expectations were already bleak as the year began, with IHS Markit predicting a 10 percent drop in first quarter production. Now, the influential research ...

F-35's flaws include a gun that can't even shoot straight

World Feb 4, 2020

F-35's flaws include a gun that can't even shoot straight

Add a gun that can't shoot straight to the problems dogging Lockheed Martin Corp.'s $428 billion F-35 program, including more than 800 software flaws. The 25 mm gun on U.S. Air Force models of the Joint Strike Fighter has "unacceptable" accuracy in hitting ground targets ...

Air transit hub UAE to suspend China flights, excluding Beijing

Business Feb 4, 2020

Air transit hub UAE to suspend China flights, excluding Beijing

The United Arab Emirates, a major international transit hub, on Monday suspended flights to and from China, except for Beijing, following the outbreak of the new coronavirus in China. It was not immediately clear if the UAE suspension, which cuts most air links with one ...

Unexploded WWII bomb sparks evacuation in London's Soho

World Feb 4, 2020

Unexploded WWII bomb sparks evacuation in London's Soho

Police have cordoned off one of the busiest areas of central London after what's thought to be an unexploded World War II bomb was dug up at a construction site. The Metropolitan Police force said "suspected World War II ordnance" was uncovered in Dean Street ...

YouTube to ban 'manipulated' content linked to elections

Business / Tech Feb 4, 2020

YouTube to ban 'manipulated' content linked to elections

YouTube said Monday it would remove election-related videos that are "manipulated or doctored" to mislead voters, as part of its efforts to stem online misinformation. The Google-owned video service said it was taking the measures as part of an effort to be a "more reliable ...

Business Feb 4, 2020

U.S. manufacturing rebounds but construction spending falls

U.S. factory activity unexpectedly rebounded in January after contracting for five straight months amid a surge in new orders, offering hope that a prolonged slump in business investment has probably bottomed out. A rebound in business investment is critical to keeping the longest economic expansion ...

U.K. and EU clash over trade with 11 months to make a deal

Business Feb 4, 2020

U.K. and EU clash over trade with 11 months to make a deal

Britain and the European Union set out clashing opening gambits Monday on striking a trade deal, making it clear that each side is willing to walk away without an agreement rather than compromise on key issues. U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent a bravado-filled salvo ...

Eight Turkish personnel and 13 Syrian troops killed in north Syria clash

World Feb 4, 2020

Eight Turkish personnel and 13 Syrian troops killed in north Syria clash

Turkey hit targets in northern Syria, responding to shelling by Syrian government forces that killed at least eight Turkish soldiers and civilian contractors, Turkey's president said Monday. A Syrian war monitor said 13 Syrian troops were also killed. Syrian activists said airstrikes in the country's ...

'Konnichiwa Akachan' singer Michiyo Azusa dies at 76

Entertainment News Feb 4, 2020

'Konnichiwa Akachan' singer Michiyo Azusa dies at 76

Michiyo Azusa, known for singing "Konnichiwa Akachan" ("Hello Baby") among other hits, has died. She was 76. Azusa, whose real name is Michiyo Hayashi, was found dead when her manager visited her home Wednesday, according to her management office. She made her debut after graduating from ...

French skating chief grilled over sexual assault claims

Figure Skating Feb 4, 2020

French skating chief grilled over sexual assault claims

The head of the French skating federation has been asked to resign by the country's sports minister after she grilled him over a string of accusations of sexual abuse and rape against a coach of underage skaters. Federation head Didier Gailhaguet was not directly targeted ...

Underdog Sheffield United eyes Champions League spot

Soccer Feb 4, 2020

Underdog Sheffield United eyes Champions League spot

by Steve Douglas

When it comes to the Premier League's greatest underdog tale, nothing can top Leicester winning the championship at odds of 5,000-1 in the 2015-16 season. There's another unlikely story brewing, however. Another "how are they doing this?" run that shows no sign of ending. It could ...

Reverting to past program was Hanyu's choice

Figure Skating Feb 4, 2020

Reverting to past program was Hanyu's choice

Yuzuru Hanyu's bid to recapture the world title he last won in 2017 meant turning back the clock and being himself, one of his coaches, Ghislain Briand, said Monday ahead of this week's Four Continents Figure Skating Championships. After runner-up finishes at the Grand Prix ...

Tight end Vernon Davis retires after 14 NFL seasons

More Sports / Football Feb 4, 2020

Tight end Vernon Davis retires after 14 NFL seasons

Vernon Davis announced his retirement after 14 NFL seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins that included winning a Super Bowl title. The 36-year-old said Monday he decided to retire because of the wear and tear on his body. Davis said ...

Staples Center removes public's massive Kobe Bryant memorial

Basketball / NBA Feb 4, 2020

Staples Center removes public's massive Kobe Bryant memorial

A massive memorial created by the public outside Staples Center after the death of former Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant was being dismantled Monday, with an official saying some of the items would go to Bryant's widow and other family members. The cleanup of flowers, balloons, ...