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Troubled waters: Open water swimming faces do-over of 2016

Dec. 6, 2019 2:36 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Haley Anderson has been through this before. In the lead-up to the Rio Olympics, all the talk about open water swimming focused on the conditions rather than the competition. Now, it's happening again with the Tokyo Games less than a year away. This time, there is concern about the...

Japanese court reduces Peruvian’s death sentence to life

Dec. 5, 2019 7:10 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese appeals court reduced on Thursday the death sentence of a Peruvian man convicted of killing six people to life in prison. The Tokyo High Court issued the ruling in the case of Vayron Jonathan Nakada Ludena, a court official said on customary condition of anonymity. The Saitama...

Shinto festival carries on centuries-old tradition in Japan

Dec. 5, 2019 2:36 AM EST

CHICHIBU, Japan (AP) — As fireworks light up the winter night, scores of men, women and teenagers crying “washoi, washoi” haul the last of six towering, lantern-covered floats up a small hill and into the town center, the culminating moment of a Shinto festival that has evolved from a harvest...

Global stocks turn higher on renewed trade hopes

Dec. 4, 2019 8:29 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets turned higher on Wednesday on hopes that negotiations toward a U.S.-China trade deal are proceeding despite tough rhetoric from U.S. President Donald Trump. Sentiment improved during European trading hours, with indexes and Wall Street futures pushing higher. Trump said...

Hot Water: Pressure to move Tokyo Olympics open-water venue

Dec. 4, 2019 4:02 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The IOC moved next year’s Tokyo Olympic marathons and race walks out of the Japanese capital to avoid the stifling heat and humidity. Now some swimmers and an 11,000-member coaching body are asking that something similar should be done with the distance-swimming venue in Tokyo Bay....

Asian stocks follow Wall Street lower on trade worries

Dec. 4, 2019 12:11 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets followed Wall Street lower Wednesday after President Donald Trump cast doubt over the potential for a trade deal with China this year. Benchmarks in Tokyo and Hong Kong fell more than 1% while Shanghai and South Korea also retreated. Trump said he has "no deadline" for a...

Golf Glance

Dec. 3, 2019 9:33 AM EST

PGA TOUR HERO WORLD CHALLENGE Site: Nassau, Bahamas. Course: Albany Golf Club. Television: Wednesday-Thursday, 1-4 p.m. (Golf Channel); Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon (Golf Channel), noon-3 p.m. (NBC). Purse: $3.5 million. Winner’s share: $1 million. Defending champion:...

Global markets steady at start of busy economic data week

Dec. 2, 2019 8:19 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Global stock markets traded in fairly narrow ranges Monday as investors awaited developments on the U.S.-China trade talks front and a raft of economic data this week that culminates with monthly U.S. jobs figures. In Europe, Germany’s DAX was down 0.2% at 13,205 while the CAC 40 in...

Reports: Japan tech worker accused of taking $5M found dead

Dec. 2, 2019 12:38 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A Japan Display employee accused of taking 578 million yen ($5.4 million) of company money through fake deals has been found dead, according to Japanese media reports. Police and Japan Display Inc. declined to comment on the reports Monday. NHK and other outlets cited unidentified...

Asian stocks rise after China factory activity improves

Dec. 1, 2019 11:59 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Monday after Chinese factory activity improved ahead of a possible U.S. tariff hike on Chinese imports. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong advanced. Monthly surveys showed Chinese manufacturing output rose in November, defying expectations of a decline. That...