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The Yakuza Are Running Japan’s Hollywood

The Japanese mob has been trying to dominate Japan’s talent agencies for years. Now one yakuza has stepped forward to tell the story.<p>TOKYO — Japan’s …

Japan

3 guns stolen from FBI vehicle in Benicia

Three handguns were stolen from a secured FBI vehicle parked in a Benicia neighborhood, officials announced Friday.<p>The theft occurred between 9 p.m. Thursday and 8:15 a.m. Friday in the Waters End neighborhood of Benicia, said Lt. Scott Przekurat, a Benicia police spokesman.<p>An FBI badge and …

Russia’s Gays Go Back in the Closet

Even in Putin’s favorite resort, which used to be a safe haven for homosexuals, the most famous gay bar is shutting down.<p>SOCHI, Russia — Most Russian …

LGBTQI

This Guy Wants Popcorn Banned Inside Movie Theaters

Would you sign Mike Shotton's petition?<p>Enough is enough for a frustrated movie fan who's calling for popcorn to be banned from theaters because he says it's too noisy.<p>Mike Shotton, 39, from Newcastle in northeast England, says his enjoyment of films is constantly ruined by others chomping down on …

Popcorn

Marchers in Hong Kong Demand Answers from Beijing Over Missing Publishers

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South Korea resumes anti-North Korea propaganda broadcasts

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea warned of war as South Korea on Saturday continued blasting anti-Pyongyang propaganda across the rivals' tense border in retaliation for the North's purported fourth nuclear test.<p>North Korean propaganda is filled with threats of violence, but the country is …

Keystone pipeline company files NAFTA lawsuit

The Canadian company behind the Keystone XL pipeline filed two legal challenges against President Barack Obama on Wednesday, contending he violated NAFTA and the U.S. Constitution when he rejected the project in November.<p>The legal challenges are unlikely to undo the rejection by Obama, but they may …

Obama Administration

Astronomers Detect Visible Light From Black Hole for First Time

For the first time, astronomers have seen dim flickers of visible light from near a black hole, researchers with an international science team said. In fact, the light could be visible to anyone with a moderate-size telescope.<p>These dramatically variable fluctuations of light are yielding insights …

Universe

Chinatown racketeering, murder trial goes to jury

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An attorney for a man charged with murder and racketeering in an organized crime case centered in San Francisco's Chinatown …

Corruption

Gambia bans female circumcision and then orders women to cover their hair at work

Gambia has banned the female genital mutilation (FGM) and set penalties of up to life in prison for offenders of the new law. The country’s parliament passed a bill criminalizing FGM, which usually involves the removal of a young girl’s labia and clitoris, on Dec. 28th, a month after president …

Gender

Reddit wants to glitter bomb the militants in Oregon

Militants who took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters in Burns, Oregon on Saturday said they could be there for "years" trying to …

FBI: No foreign direction in San Bernardino attack

The FBI has found no sign that a foreign organization ordered the terror attacks in San Bernardino, California, last month.<p>“As of today, we do not see any indications of a foreign-directed terrorist act; this seems to be an inspired terrorist act,” David Bowdich, assistant director in charge of the …

California

Car Salesman Attacked and Kidnapped During Test Drive

A car salesman was beaten, kidnapped and held in the trunk of a vehicle during a test drive that took a wrong turn in Houston.<p>According to police, …

U.K. Parliament Will Debate Banning Donald Trump From the Country

The United Kingdom Parliament will debate banning GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump from the country later this month.<p>Ministers will consider …

El Niño flooding made worse by garbage, debris dumping

El Niño hit Southern California on Tuesday morning and is already causing minor flooding on some roads and sidewalks.<p>Flooding prompted officials to close roads in the Sepulveda Dam area, and motorists reported some roadway flooding on the 101 Freeway between Ventura and Santa Barbara.<p>The storm is …

Weather

Missouri lawmakers propose racial bias training for police | Reuters

(Reuters) - Two Missouri state lawmakers, along with the American Civil Liberties Union, said on Tuesday they proposed legislation that would require police be trained to avoid racial bias, aiming to stop the unfair targeting of minorities.<p>Amarion Allen, 11-years-old, stands in front of a police …

Justice

House GOP: First task sending White House bill repealing ObamaCare, defunding Planned Parenthood

Congressional Republicans are vowing that the first action upon returning to Capitol Hill will be to send a bill to President Obama that repeals his health care law and defunds Planned Parenthood.<p>“We were sent to Congress to fight for the American people,” Missouri GOP Rep. Vicky Hartzler said …

Stephen Colbert on his reaction to the Charleston church massacre

Comedian Stephen Colbert, the host of "The Late Show," grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, and he told "Face the Nation" host John Dickerson in a …

Baby Goes All Homer Simpson While Tasting Bacon For The First Time

It's clearly his new favorite food.<p>This baby didn't need telling how tasty bacon is when he tried it for the first time.<p>An adorable video going viral online shows Easton Beach in absolute ecstasy while chowing down on a rasher.<p>"Bacon," he repeats, with a delightful smile and glazed look across his …

The Simpsons

Thousands queue in Australia to smell flesh-odoured corpse flower which blooms every 1000 days

The rare corpse flower, or Amorphophallus titanum, which lasts only 36 hours and has an odour of a “smelly bag of rotten fish” is in a botanic garden near Adelaide<p>Thousands of people have queued in Australia to smell a rare six-foot “Corpse Flower”, which took almost ten years to grow and is known …

Firefighters Gaining Control Over Explosive Ventura, California, Fire

Heavy winds whipped a brush fire in Southern California on Saturday into a near-1,250 acre blaze overnight, and while officials said it could take three days to completely control, firefighters were able to stop the fire from spreading significantly on Saturday.<p>About 600 Ventura County firefighters …

California

'Hello is this planet Earth?': Tim Peake apologises for 'prank' calling woman by mistake from ISS

Britain's 'first' spaceman Major Tim Peake has apologised for accidentally misdialling a woman and asking her 'is this planet Earth?'<p>Britain's first atronaut Tim Peake has apologised for accidentally misdialling a woman and asking her 'is this planet Earth?'.<p>Major Peake quickly took to Twitter to …

Correction: GOP 2016-Carson's Enterprises-ABRIDGED story

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Dec. 25 about Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson's business enterprises, The Associated Press reported …

Government