October 10th, 2013
09:24 PM ET

Hospital fire kills 10 in Japan

A fire broke out Friday at a hospital in Fukuoka, Japan, killing 10 people and injuring five, a fire department spokesman said.

The fire at the orthopedics hospital started early in the morning and burned for roughly 2 1/2 hours.

Four of the injured suffered serious injuries, the spokesman said.

The cause of the blaze was not immediately clear.

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September 4th, 2013
03:00 AM ET

Radiation reading spikes near Fukushima tanks

Radiation readings near tanks holding toxic water at Japan's crippled nuclear power plant have jumped to a new high, the plant operator said Wednesday.

Tokyo Electric Power Company, which has been struggling to deal with a series of leaks at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, said it detected a radiation level of 2,200 millisieverts near the tanks on Tuesday. That's up from a previous high of 1,800 millisieverts on Saturday.

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Japan OKs 787s to fly again
Japan's two largest 787 operators reportedly have begun installing modified lithium ion batteries on their 787 jets.
April 25th, 2013
10:31 PM ET

Japan OKs 787s to fly again

Japan has authorized passenger airlines to resume Boeing 787 flights in the country starting Friday, the ministry of land, infrastructure, transport and tourism said.

The move follows the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's posting of the Airworthiness Directive for Boeing's 787-8 online Thursday. The directive goes into effect upon publication Friday in the Federal Register.

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March 19th, 2013
03:29 AM ET

American convicted of murdering Irish student

A Japanese court on Tuesday found a 19-year-old American man guilty of murdering an Irish student in a Tokyo hotel room last year.

The Tokyo District Court recommended that Richard Hinds, a musician, be sentenced to no fewer than five years and no more than 10 years in prison.

Nicola Furlong, the 21-year-old Irish woman, died in the presence of Hinds in May 2012, police said.

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December 3rd, 2012
08:31 AM ET

9 bodies recovered from vehicles crushed by tunnel collapse in Japan

Nine bodies - eight of them burned - have been pulled from vehicles crushed in a tunnel collapse about 80 kilometers (50 miles) west of Tokyo, highway police said Monday.

The disaster has prompted Japanese authorities to order emergency checks on dozens of other tunnels across the country that have a similar design, as questions were raised about whether aging parts may have contributed to the collapse.

Five of the bodies were recovered in one charred station wagon, and three others were in another burned vehicle, according to a police spokesperson. The other fatality was in a truck.

The Sasago tunnel on the Chuo Expressway remained closed Monday morning, one day after the cave-in occurred on the highway's Tokyo-bound lanes, police from the nearby city of Otsuki said.

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November 14th, 2012
02:04 AM ET

Toyota recalls more than 2.7 million cars

Toyota says it is recalling a total of 2.77 million cars worldwide and that figure includes 670,000 Prius vehicles in the United States.

Some of the recalls in the U.S. involve safety issues dealing with steering, Toyota officials said.

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On the Radar: Obama in Puerto Rico, 'Spider-Man' opens, help for Japan kids
President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign event in Miami on Monday night.
June 14th, 2011
06:04 AM ET

On the Radar: Obama in Puerto Rico, 'Spider-Man' opens, help for Japan kids

Three things you need to know today.

President visits Puerto Rico: President Barack Obama makes a rare presidential visit to Puerto Rico on Tuesday, spending about five hours there on a trip aimed as much at Puerto Ricans on the mainland as those on the island.

The roughly 4 million residents of the U.S. Caribbean territory are American citizens but can't vote for president, while the almost 5 million Puerto Ricans living in the 50 U.S. states have full voting rights, and Obama needs strong support in 2012 from what traditionally has been a largely Democratic constituency.

In particular, an influx of Puerto Ricans has moved in recent years to central Florida, a key swing state in Obama's re-election campaign. Other states with large Puerto Rican communities include New York and Connecticut.

Obama's trip, the first official presidential visit to Puerto Rico in 50 years, shows "the importance the Hispanic vote has in his re-election campaign," said political analyst Angel Rosa.