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Japanese suspect steals sneakers, flees police station

Aug. 13, 2018 8:19 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese police have launched a massive manhunt for a robbery and rape suspect who fled from a police station after reportedly stealing an officer's sneakers. Junya Hida fled Sunday from a consultation room at the Tondabayashi police station in Osaka after meeting his lawyer, and was still at...

Brooks Koepka wins PGA Championship; Tiger Woods second

Aug. 12, 2018 9:59 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Brooks Koepka is impossible to overlook now, winning the PGA Championship on Sunday with machine-like precision to go with his back-to-back U.S. Open titles. And it still felt — and sounded — like he was playing second billing to Tiger Woods. With roars for Woods unheard...

US beats Japan 7-6 in final of softball world championship

Aug. 12, 2018 11:42 AM EDT

MAKUHARI, Japan (AP) — Kelsey Stewart drove in the winning run in the bottom of the tenth inning as the United States beat Japan 7-6 in the final of the women's world softball championship on Sunday. Stewart's single down the third base line scored the runner from third as the defending champions rallied...

Tens of thousands rally for removal of US base off Okinawa

Aug. 11, 2018 11:32 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tens of thousands of protesters in Okinawa vowed to stop the planned relocation of a U.S military base, saying they want it off the southern Japanese island entirely. Opponents of the relocation say the plan to move U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma from a crowded neighborhood to a less...

Pan Pacs: Ledecky, Dressel get wins; Ikee pleases home fans

Aug. 11, 2018 9:47 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — For Americans Katie Ledecky and Caeleb Dressel, Saturday was a better day at the Pan Pacific Championships after unexpected losses earlier at the four-day meet. The Pan Pacs are the biggest meet of the year for countries bordering the Pacific, and a dry run for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics....

Japan checking report of Japanese man held in North Korea

Aug. 11, 2018 6:03 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government said Saturday that it is looking into reports that a Japanese citizen was detained this month in North Korea. A report from the broadcaster NTV said the man is a 39-year-old self-claimed "video creator" who was on a group tour in the North and was supposed to return to Japan...

All 9 aboard rescue chopper crashed in Japan confirmed dead

Aug. 11, 2018 2:41 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — All nine people aboard a Japanese search and rescue helicopter that crashed into the central mountains were confirmed dead Saturday, authorities said. The Bell 412EP helicopter carrying seven local rescue workers from the Gunma prefecture and two from a flight service company lost contact...

World markets unnerved by Turkey's financial turmoil

Aug. 10, 2018 7:36 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — World stock markets fell Friday, particularly in Europe, as investors worried about the financial stability of Turkey, where the currency has nosedived. KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX fell 1.7 percent to 12,466 and the CAC 40 in France fell 1.2 percent to 5,436. Britain's FTSE 100 sank 0.6...

Japan queries all medical schools on gender discrimination

Aug. 10, 2018 7:11 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese government launched an investigation Friday into whether the nation's medical schools have discriminated against female applicants, following revelations that one had done so for more than a decade. The Education Ministry sent a questionnaire to all medical schools asking them for...

2 dead as rescue chopper with 9 crashes in central Japan

Aug. 10, 2018 6:04 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — At least two people were confirmed dead after a Japanese search and rescue helicopter with nine people aboard crashed Friday in central mountains hours after it lost contact. Rescue aircraft dispatched by the Defense Ministry found eight of the crewmembers at the site. Two of them were later...