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Fukushima, Beaten Down by Nuclear Disaster, Takes Big Typhoon Hit

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KORIYAMA, Japan — For Hiroyoshi Yaginuma, the typhoon may well be the straw that breaks his back. On Monday, Mr. Yaginuma, 49, a third-generation owner of an auto body shop in Fukushima Prefecture, was cleaning out the wreckage from Typhoon Hagibis, which battered Japan over the weekend a...read more

First He Acquitted 5 Men of Murder, Then He Shot Himself

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YALA, Thailand — The Thai judge’s verdict was not guilty, five men spared the death penalty or life imprisonment. Then the judge reached into his robes, pulled out a gun and shot himself in the courtroom. In a 25-page manifesto that he read aloud to the courtroom on Oct. 4, Kanakorn Pianc...read more

Revealed: Cameron and May lobbied Bahrain royals for Tory donor's oil firm

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Two former Conservative prime ministers lobbied a Middle Eastern royal family to award a multi-billion dollar oil contract to a company headed by a major Tory donor, the Guardian has established. In March 2017, while in Downing Street, Theresa May wrote to the Bahraini prime minister to s...read more

Kimono runway show lights up Tokyo fashion week

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Rock met kimonos as Tokyo kicked off its fashion week with a dazzling runway show that put a modern twist on the traditional Japanese garment. Models hit the runway in kimono-inspired outfits ranging from colorful shoulderless minidresses with tall boots to full-length ani...read more

Hong Kong: Carrie Lam hints at further measures to suppress protests

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Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam has hinted at further measures to suppress the increasingly violent protests in the financial hub ahead of her annual policy speech, which will launch economic but not political measures in an attempt to douse widespread discontent. Lam told a press briefing ...read more

Man burying daughter finds newborn alive in Indian grave

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A man digging a grave in northern India found a newborn girl buried alive, police have said, in the latest case to shine a spotlight on female infanticide in the country. Hitesh Sirohi had gone to bury his own daughter, who died a few minutes after birth on Wednesday, when his spade hit an ...read more

Will Congress finally fulfill a 200-year-old promise to the Cherokee people?

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The 1835 Treaty of New Echota precipitated tens of thousands of Cherokee joining the infamous Trail of Tears – giving up their ancestral homes in the south-east, to trek to what is now Oklahoma. In a minor concession to the Cherokee people, buried within the treaty was a promise that the ...read more

Why the battle for the suburbs is Democrats’ key to winning 2020

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After presidential debates in Miami, Detroit and Houston, the leading contenders for the Democratic nomination will face off once again on Tuesday night, not in a big city or a sprawling metropolis, but instead in Westerville, Ohio, an affluent suburb north-east of the state capital, Columbu...read more

When kids are threats: the assessments unfairly targeting students with disabilities

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Jamari Nelson likes action figures and video games – the “usual kid stuff,” as the 7-year-old put it. One of his favorite activities is making slime out of glue, laundry detergent, and other household chemicals. “I sort of really recommend this one for stress and stuff,” he said, showing of...read more

California legalized public banks. But can they work?

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San Francisco and Los Angeles are moving forward with plans to create their own public banks following the passage of historic legislation that made California the second state in the continental US to legalize the financial institutions. Experts say their success and that of other Califo...read more

The New Makers of Plant-Based Meat? Big Meat Companies

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Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, scrappy start-ups that share a penchant for superlatives and a commitment to protecting the environment, have dominated the relatively new market for vegetarian food that looks and tastes like meat. But with plant-based burgers, sausages and chicken incre...read more

AMC Theater Chain Gets Into Streaming With On-Demand Movies

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LOS ANGELES — In a sign of just how much streaming is changing Hollywood, movie fans will soon be able to rent and buy films for viewing at home — from a movie theater chain. AMC Entertainment, the largest multiplex operator in the world, will introduce an iTunes-style online video store ...read more

British police order a halt to climate change protests in London

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FILE PHOTO: Climate change activists attend an Extinction Rebellion demonstration in London, Britain, October 12, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls LONDON (Reuters) - British police have ordered a halt to Extinction Rebellion protests in London after a week of civil disobedience by climate cha...read more

Rescuers slog through mud as Japan typhoon death toll rises to 66

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KORIYAMA, Japan (Reuters) - The death toll in the worst typhoon to hit Japan for decades climbed to 66 on Tuesday as rescuers slogged through mud and debris in an increasingly grim search for the missing, and as thousands of homes remained without power or water. A rescue worker wades in wa...read more

Japanese storm shelter faces outrage after turning away two homeless

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TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese evacuation center turned away two homeless people as a deadly typhoon approached on the weekend, prompting widespread criticism and a promise from the prime minister on Tuesday that it would not happen again. FILE PHOTO: Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks ...read more

Deadly Los Angeles wildfire began near base of electrical tower, company and fire officials say

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A deadly wind-driven wildfire that raged across the northern edge of Los Angeles last week started near the base of high-voltage transmission tower owned by electric utility Southern California Edison, company and fire officials said on Monday. FILE PHOTO: Firefighte...read more

LeBron James says Daryl Morey wasn't 'educated' before Hong Kong tweet

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The NBA’s most famous current player, LeBron James, has waded in to the ongoing fallout between the league and China with comments that are sure to spark controversy. Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) Lakers’ LeBron James on NBA’s China controversy: “I don’t want to get into a ... feud with ...read more

Blown calls cost Lions as Rodgers works his comeback magic for Packers

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Mason Crosby nailed a 23-yard field goal as time expired, and the Green Bay Packers benefited from some questionable officiating to edge the Detroit Lions 23-22 on Monday night. Aaron Rodgers completed 24 of 39 passes for 283 yards and two touchdowns, including a beautiful 35-yard throw to ...read more

Nationals one win from World Series after pummeling Cardinals

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Stephen Strasburg took his turn silencing the Cardinals’ struggling bats, Nationals postseason star Howie Kendrick doubled three times and drove in three more runs, and Washington moved one win from the city’s first World Series appearance in 86 years by beating St Louis 8-1 on Monday night ...read more

Violent Video Was Product of Right-Wing Provocateurs and Trump Allies

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WASHINGTON — The creator of a gruesome video that showed a fake President Trump killing journalists and political opponents and that was played at a meeting of a pro-Trump group over the weekend is part of a loose network of right-wing provocateurs with a direct line to the White House. T...read more

Bolton Objected to Ukraine Pressure Campaign, Calling Giuliani ‘a Hand Grenade’

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WASHINGTON — The effort to pressure Ukraine for political help provoked a heated confrontation inside the White House last summer that so alarmed John R. Bolton, then the national security adviser, that he told an aide to alert White House lawyers, House investigators were told on Monday. ...read more

12 Things to Know About Ohio Before 12 Candidates Debate There

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As the 2020 Democratic candidates descend Tuesday on Westerville, Ohio, a northern suburb of Columbus, for the fourth presidential debate, here are 12 fast facts about politics and the economy in the Buckeye State that could help shape the upcoming election. Ohio is a historically accurat...read more

Democratic Debate Preview: The ‘On Politics’ Guide

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Sign up here to get On Politics in your inbox. Tonight, I’m writing to you from Columbus, Ohio, where The New York Times has descended in force for the biggest presidential primary debate in history. This one is particularly exciting for those of us at the paper, since The Times is co-hos...read more

Trump ex-Russia adviser Fiona Hill testifies in impeachment inquiry

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump’s former Russia adviser testified for more than nine hours on Monday behind closed doors, the latest witness summoned in the impeachment inquiry against the U.S. president over his request that Ukraine investigate a political rival. The Democrats’ rapidly...read more

Exclusive: Trump lawyer Giuliani was paid $500,000 to consult on indicted associate's firm

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, was paid $500,000 for work he did for a company co-founded by the Ukrainian-American businessman arrested last week on campaign finance charges, Giuliani told Reuters on Monday. FILE PHOTO: Former New York Cit...read more
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