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European stock markets pick up after losses in Asia

Aug. 16, 2018 7:31 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Stock markets are higher in European trading as Turkey's currency crisis abated somewhat and after a downbeat day in Asia. Benchmarks in Germany and France rose Thursday while shares in Tokyo, Shanghai and Hong Kong declined. KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX added 0.5 percent to 12,221 and in...

WWII POWs buried as unknowns in Hawaii get memorial marker

Aug. 16, 2018 1:12 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Nancy Kragh grew up without her father, who was among 400 prisoners of war killed when a ship taking them from the Philippines to Japan was bombed. On Wednesday, she and other family members of prisoners on that ship dedicated a memorial stone to their loved ones. The marker lies within a...

Asian stocks slide as investors fret over China's economy

Aug. 16, 2018 12:48 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares fell Thursday after deepening worries about global economic growth, particularly in China, set off a rout on Wall Street. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 index fell 0.2 percent to 22,158.75 and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong lost 0.6 percent to 27,155.66. The Shanghai Composite...

The Latest: POWs killed on Japan ship honored with memorial

Aug. 15, 2018 10:10 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on a new memorial marker honoring World War II prisoners of war (all times local): 4:10 p.m. Dozens of relatives of Allied servicemen who were killed in January 1945 as prisoners of war held by Japan are dedicating a memorial stone to their loved ones. The memorial at a national...

Japanese emperor tries to make amends for his father's war

Aug. 15, 2018 8:40 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — For his last time, Japan's Emperor Akihito addressed a memorial service Wednesday marking the end of World War II. Once again, he expressed "deep remorse" for the war. It was in keeping with what by all appearances has become a mission for Akihito over his 30-year reign: to make amends for a...

Nervous? Not Japan's big bats chasing Little League repeat

Aug. 15, 2018 3:39 PM EDT

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — People in the Japanese city of Kawaguchi have long memories. They still recall the last time a team from this town north of Tokyo made it to the Little League World Series, ultimately losing to Georgia in the 2006 final. "A lot of people (in Kawaguchi) say '2006. Don't forget...

Alert level raised for tiny volcanic isle in southern Japan

Aug. 15, 2018 6:06 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan raised alert levels on a small southern volcanic island on Wednesday, urging its 105 residents to prepare for an evacuation amid growing risks of an eruption. Japan Meteorological Agency raised the warning for Kuchinoerabu island from two to four on a scale of five. The agency said it...

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...