Ned Parker
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A man wearing a t-shirt in support of QAnon, participates in a 'Back the Blue' rally in New York on Aug. 9, 2020.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 16, 2023
U.S. political violence driven by new breed of 'grab-bag' extremists
Such radicals eschew firm creeds. Instead, they embrace notions, no matter how divergent, that blends with their particular grievances.
Japan Times
Nov 21, 2021
Burnout: Firefighter trauma rises in American West
Climate change has ratcheted up the pressure on firefighters, who face lengthier wildfire seasons and blazes that have devoured forests and rural communities.
Japan Times
Jan 24, 2021
How U.S. CDC missed chances to spot COVID-19's silent spread
At a key moment in the pandemic when Americans were quarantined after possible exposure to the virus, the CDC resisted studying if the disease could be spread by those without symptoms.
Japan Times
Jan 12, 2021
How Trump’s pied pipers rallied a faithful mob to the Capitol
The backers were inspired by conspiracy theories and whipped into action by Trump's desperate calls to 'save” democracy by reversing his loss to Democrat Joe Biden.
Japan Times
Nov 1, 2020
As election looms, U.S. authorities seek to separate bluster from threats
Law enforcement, which has warned of potential violence around the Nov. 3 vote, must prepare for a range of potential threats, officials say.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jul 27, 2020
The U.S. has more COVID-19 testing than most. So why is it falling so short?
As infection rates spike nationwide, many labs aren't running anywhere near capacity because of supply-chain bottlenecks.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jun 15, 2014
Iraq military meltdown blamed on graft, politics
The Iraqi Army that disintegrated under an onslaught by Islamist fighters last week was a hollow force, riven by corruption, poor leadership and sectarian splits — a shadow of the military Washington had hoped to leave in the war-ravaged country.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 29, 2014
Before Iraq polls, Shiite militias unleashed war on Sunni insurgents
The Sunni militants who seized the riverside town of Buhriz late last month stayed for several hours.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on