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Pentagon to lift ban on V-22 Osprey flights, 3 months after fatal crash in Japan

Mar. 01, 2024 15:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon will lift the ban on flights by the grounded V-22 Osprey next week, U.S. officials told The Associated Press on Friday, following a high-level meeting where Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin endorsed the military services' plans for a safe and measured return to...

Pentagon to lift ban on flights by V-22 Osprey, 3 months after fatal crash near Japan, officials tell AP

Mar. 01, 2024 14:40 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pentagon to lift ban on flights by V-22 Osprey, 3 months after fatal crash near Japan, officials tell AP.

Shohei Ohtani stuns Dodgers -- and many around the world -- with marriage announcement

Feb. 29, 2024 17:44 PM EST

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani stunned the Los Angeles Dodgers — and many around the world — with his marriage announcement on Thursday, so manager Dave Roberts said any gift the team gives the two-time MVP would be like most of the money in his contract: deferred. “I'm...

Kishida vows no more fundraising parties at Parliament's ethics hearing over a funds scandal

Feb. 29, 2024 02:53 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s beleaguered prime minister renewed his apology over his governing party's corruption scandal, promising to not hold any more parties himself as leader during a political ethics committee Thursday. Fumio Kishida has fought against plummeting support ratings...

Yoshinobu Yamamoto throws 2 impressive, scoreless innings in MLB exhibition debut for Dodgers

Feb. 28, 2024 18:11 PM EST

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Even Shohei Ohtani was intrigued by Yoshinobu Yamamoto's exhibition debut Wednesday, making the 30-minute drive through Phoenix suburbs in a white convertible to show his support for a fellow Japanese star, even though he wasn't playing in the game. Yamamoto...

Japan defeats North Korea 2-1 to reach women's soccer tournament at the Paris Olympics

Feb. 28, 2024 16:53 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan defeated North Korea 2-1 on Wednesday to reach the women’s soccer tournament at the upcoming Paris Olympics. But not without a tiny bit of VAR controversy. The first match in the two-game series to determine one of Asia’s two qualifiers ended in a 0-0 draw on...

Zuckerberg meets LG, Samsung chiefs in Seoul as Meta ramps up AI ambitions

Feb. 28, 2024 09:10 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg discussed cooperation on extended reality devices with LG Electronics executives on Wednesday as part of his visit to South Korea that highlights Meta's ambitions in artificial intelligence. South Korea is the second leg of...

A small drone flies into a damaged Fukushima nuclear reactor for the first time to study melted fuel

Feb. 28, 2024 08:20 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A drone small enough to fit in one's hand flew inside one of the damaged reactors at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant Wednesday in hopes it can examine some of the molten fuel debris in areas where earlier robots failed to reach. Tokyo Electric Power...

Japan had the fewest babies it has ever recorded last year. Marriages dropped steeply, too

Feb. 27, 2024 21:11 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The number of babies born in Japan last year fell for an eighth straight year to a new low, government data showed Tuesday, and a top official said it was critical for the country to reverse the trend in the coming half-dozen years. The 758,631 babies born in Japan in...

Services prepare to brief Secretary Austin on a plan to get Ospreys flying again

Feb. 27, 2024 17:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The military services will take a key step toward getting the V-22 Osprey fleet back in the air as they lay out their plans Friday to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin for addressing safety concerns stemming from a fatal crash in Japan, three defense officials said. ...