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Tokyo-Vegas investment chief gets 50 years in huge scheme

May. 23, 2019 7:08 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The former head of a Tokyo and Las Vegas investment firm was sentenced Thursday to 50 years in prison for bilking thousands of Japanese victims in what prosecutors called a $1.5 billion international Ponzi scheme that ranks among the largest-ever fraud cases in the U.S. Defendant Edwin...

Trade impasse: Trump pledges $16B to farmers; markets slump

May. 23, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump rolled out another $16 billion in aid for farmers hurt by his trade policies, and financial markets shook Thursday on the growing realization that the U.S. and China are far from settling a bitter, year-long trade dispute. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue...

Theme park attendance crosses half-billion mark for 1st time

May. 23, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Worldwide attendance at the 10 biggest operators of amusement parks increased 4% last year and crossed the half-billion-visitors mark for the first time, according to an industry report released this week. The report by the Themed Entertainment Association and the Economics Practice at...

Asian, Asian American heroes to power Marvel comics series

May. 23, 2019 2:03 PM EDT

Asian superheroes — assemble. Marvel Comics is giving ink to an unprecedented team-up of its mightiest Asian and Asian American heroes, also known as the new Agents of Atlas. Established icons like martial arts master Shang-Chi and newbies like Wave, the newest Filipino superhero, will team up in a...

Watch out: Protocol pitfalls abound as Trump heads abroad

May. 23, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was walking across the sun-splashed airport tarmac in Jerusalem with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2017 when the Israeli leader playfully warned his political ally about the confusing protocol he was about to encounter on his first visit to Israel as...

Olympic officials reassure sports federations about cuts

May. 23, 2019 9:09 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — An Olympic official made a guarantee Thursday that will please the heads of world sports federations who are concerned that Tokyo Games organizers might be cutting things they see as "decoration" but federations view as "essential." Many federations fear what happened at the 2016 Rio de...

China has more weapons in US tariff war - but do they work?

May. 23, 2019 8:34 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Looking for ways to hit back at Washington as a tariff fight escalates, President Xi Jinping and his economy czar visited a Chinese factory that processes rare earths - exotic minerals used in electric cars, mobile phones and other technology. Rare earths are "an important strategic...

Former Nissan chairman Ghosn appears in Tokyo court

May. 23, 2019 4:51 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan's former chairman, Carlos Ghosn, appeared in a Japanese courtroom Thursday for a hearing ahead of his trial on accusations of financial misconduct. It was the first of a series of hearings to iron out logistics for Ghosn's actual trial. The trial date has not been set, and experts say...

Mobile app to warn gropers, get help proves popular in Japan

May. 22, 2019 8:29 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A smartphone app developed by Japanese police is being widely downloaded by women trying to protect themselves from gropers on packed rush-hour trains. The "Digi Police" app was originally issued by Tokyo police three years ago, but a function to scare off molesters was only added a few months...

AP source: Braves draft pick Stewart reaches deal in Japan

May. 22, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After failing to sign with Atlanta and losing a grievance against the Braves, 19-year-old right-hander Carter Stewart has agreed to a six-year contract with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Japan's Pacific League that will guarantee $6 million to $7 million, a person familiar with the...