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16 U.S. states sue Trump administration in showdown over border wall funds

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A coalition of 16 U.S. states led by California sued President Donald Trump's administration on Monday over his decision to declare a national emergency to obtain funds for building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Joining California in filing the lawsuit are the attorneys general of Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii,… Read

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Longtime Trump confidant Stone apologizes to judge for Instagram post about her

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President Donald Trump's longtime confidant Roger Stone has apologized to the judge presiding over his criminal case for an Instagram post featuring a photo of her with what appears to be the crosshairs of a gun. Stone and his lawyers filed a notice Monday night saying Stone recognized "the photograph… Read

Business

Honda to close UK car plant in 2022 with loss of 3,500 jobs

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Japanese car maker Honda is set to announce it's closing its only British car plant in 2022 with the loss of 3,500 jobs, a lawmaker told Reuters, in the latest blow to the UK car industry as Brexit approaches. A closure of Honda's Swindon factory in southern England would be… Read

Politics

Trump visit to Japan eyed for May 26; may be 1st guest to meet new emperor

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U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to be invited to Japan for around three days from May 26, possibly making him the first foreign state guest to meet Crown Prince Naruhito after his planned accession to the throne, Japanese government sources said Monday. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government is apparently… Read

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Gov't approves test using iPS cells to treat spinal cord injuries

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A team of Japanese researchers will carry out an unprecedented trial using a kind of stem cell to try to treat debilitating spinal cord injuries, the specialists said on Monday. The team at Tokyo's Keio University has received government approval for a trial using so-called induced Pluripotent Stem (iPS) cells… Read

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Video of Ootoya restaurant employee exposing himself posted online

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The restaurant chain Ootoya Holdings has apologized after a video showing one of its employees, wearing a mask and naked from the waist down, was posted online. The video footage depicted the employee wearing an extraterrestrial mask while naked from the waist down and fooling around with a metal tray… Read

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Sailor in iconic V-J Day Times Square kiss photo dies at 95

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The ecstatic sailor shown kissing a woman in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II died Sunday. George Mendonsa was 95. Mendonsa fell and had a seizure at the assisted living facility in Middletown, Rhode Island, where he lived with his wife of 70 years, his daughter, Sharon… Read

Entertainment

'Terrace House' announces new series in Tokyo, debuting this May on Netflix

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In the final episode, no sooner than the panelists on "Terrace House" waved the audience goodbye, the next series was announced in a chalk-written message on the communal blackboard. The Japanese reality show from Netflix and Fuji TV has captured audiences worldwide with its unique insight into the lives of six young… Read

Politics

No need for Abe: Trump already nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is not saying whether or not he nominated Donald Trump for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, but the question may be moot: the U.S. president has been put forward by others for the prestigious award. During a White House news conference on Friday, Trump said… Read

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Japan upgrades downpour forecasts before Tokyo Olympics

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With an eye on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Japanese researchers are developing a new system to accurately forecast torrential downpours -- known in Japan as "guerrilla rainstorms" -- 30 minutes before they strike. Scientists have created a high-tech radar capable of producing a three-dimensional map of a rain cloud in… Read

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