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Japan's defense minister visits controversial war shrine after Pearl Harbor trip

Japan's defense minister has visited a shrine to the country's war dead after taking part in a historic trip to Pearl Harbor. South Korea has …

Obama expands environmental legacy with 2 Western monuments

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — President Barack Obama expanded his environmental legacy in the final days of his presidency with national monument …

Japan defence minister prays at controversial Yasukuni war shrine day after historic Pearl Harbor visit

Japan's hawkish defence minister prayed Thursday at a controversial war shrine in Tokyo, the day after accompanying prime minister Shinzo Abe on a highly symbolic visit to Pearl Harbor.<p>Yasukuni Shrine honours millions of mostly Japanese war dead, but is controversial for also enshrining senior …

Obama Administration Preparing Retaliatory Steps Against Russia Over Hacks

U.S. news<p>The Obama administration is preparing retaliatory actions against Russia for its alleged involvement in cyber-attacks on Democratic Party institutions in order to interfere in the presidential election, two senior U.S. officials confirmed to NBC News.<p>As early as Thursday or Friday, a 2015 …

Obama Administration

The winter solstice is today: 7 things to know about the shortest day of the year

The winter solstice is upon us: Thursday, December 21, will be the shortest day of 2017 for anyone living in the Northern Hemisphere. If pagan rituals are your thing, this is probably a big moment for you. If not, the official first day of winter is neat for other reasons too.<p>Technically speaking, …

Astronomy

Government Goes After Insurance Payout Of San Bernardino Shooter

Federal prosecutors are trying to confiscate the payout from life insurance on Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the San Bernardino shooters. On Dec. 2, 2015, Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, opened fire on a holiday party attended by his co-workers, killing 14 people and wounding some two dozen …

'Nightmare Bacteria' Superbug Found for First Time in U.S

Health news<p>A drug-resistant “superbug” that doctors have been dreading has shown up in the U.S. for the first time, researchers reported Thursday.<p>The bacteria has genetic changes that make it resistant to a last-ditch antibiotic called colistin and while it had been seen in Europe and China, no one …

Public Health

Satellite, missile test or space junk? North Korea readies launch

SEOUL (Reuters) - The satellite that North Korea launched into space three years ago circles the earth every 95 minutes at an altitude of about 540 km (335 miles), its orbit decaying.<p>North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) provides field guidance at the newly built National Space Development General …

Texas police chief fires officer who killed unarmed college football player

A police officer who killed an unarmed college football player during a suspected burglary at a Texas car dealership was fired Monday for what the city's police chief said were mistakes that caused a deadly confrontation and put him and other officers in danger.<p>Arlington Officer Brad Miller, 49, …

Kids killed in shooting had been taken from home by state

HOUSTON (AP) — Six children who were fatally shot in their Houston home along with their mother and her husband were temporarily removed by Child …

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