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Suspect in Japan anime studio arson reportedly had grudge

Jul. 20, 2019 12:54 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The man suspected of setting ablaze a beloved Japanese animation studio, killing 34 people, was raging about theft and witnesses and media reported he had a grudge against the company, as questions arose why such mass killings keep happening in the country. Police only have said the suspect...

Sun's doping case looms over start of world swimming meet

Jul. 20, 2019 12:27 AM EDT

GWANGJU, South Korea (AP) — Nothing like a long-simmering feud to get the world swimming championships off to a bang-up start. The mere presence of Chinese star Sun Yang has drawn the ire of some swimmers, including his rival Mack Horton of Australia. Sun is the heavy favorite to win his fourth consecutive...

Japan vows action if S. Korea hurts companies in trade row

Jul. 19, 2019 11:18 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's foreign minister said Tokyo will take "necessary measures" against South Korea if interests of Japanese companies are harmed in an escalating dispute over World War II forced labor. The neighboring countries and U.S. allies are quarreling over South Korean court decisions ordering...

Pulisic makes 1st appearance for Chelsea, in exhibition

Jul. 19, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

Christian Pulisic made his first appearance for Chelsea, entering in the 65th minute of a 1-0 exhibition loss to Kawasaki Frontale in Yokohama, Japan, on Friday. The 20-year-old American midfielder was acquired by Chelsea in January from Borussia Dortmund for a 64 million euro (then $73 million) transfer fee,...

Instagram expands hiding 'likes' to make you happier

Jul. 19, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Instagram is expanding a test to hide how many "likes" people's posts receive as it tries to combat criticism that such counts hurt mental health and make people feel bad when comparing themselves to others. The Facebook-owned photo-sharing service has been running the test in Canada...

Swim star Sun Yang wants CAS public hearing over WADA appeal

Jul. 19, 2019 11:51 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — China's star swimmer Sun Yang wants a public trial at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in September to defend himself against alleged doping rule violations that risk a ban from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In a statement provided to The Associated Press on Friday, lawyers for Sun said he will...

10 Things to Know for Today

Jul. 19, 2019 5:51 AM EDT

Your daily look at late breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. IRAN DENIES US DESTROYED ONE OF ITS DRONES NEAR PERSIAN GULF Tehran refutes Trump's statement that a U.S. warship destroyed one of its drones in the Strait of Hormuz after it threatened the ship. 2....

South Korean dies from self-immolation near Japan's embassy

Jul. 19, 2019 5:38 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A 78-year-old South Korean man died hours after setting himself ablaze near the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on Friday, police said, at a time of worsening tensions between Seoul and Tokyo. The man, surnamed Kim, ignited a fire inside his car parked in front of the building where the...

The Latest: S. Korean man dies of burns near Japan Embassy

Jul. 19, 2019 1:56 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on a South Korean man who set himself on fire in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul (all times local): 2:50 p.m. Police say a 78-year-old South Korean man who set himself ablaze near the Japanese Embassy in Seoul has died. The incident comes amid rising trade and...

A different era: Oda wins Japan's first Olympic gold in 1928

Jul. 19, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Few paid much attention when Mikio Oda won Japan's first Olympic gold medal — and Asia's first individual gold medal — way back at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics. There was no podium ceremony. That protocol was introduced in 1932 at the Winter Games in Lake Placid and the Summer...