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Democratic Rep. Castro says Tillerson should have scheduled NATO, China meetings better Click Here to Open in a New Window

Democratic Rep. Castro says Tillerson should have scheduled NATO, China meetings betterRep. Joaquin Castro questioned Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s decision to skip a NATO meeting but go to Russia, in an interview Tuesday.



Franken calls Gorsuch dissent in trucker case ‘absurd’ Click Here to Open in a New Window

Franken calls Gorsuch dissent in trucker case ‘absurd’Minnesota Sen. Al Franken recalled his comedic past in a contentious exchange with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch Tuesday during the judge’s confirmation hearing. Franken was questioning Gorsuch on the case of Alphonse Maddin, a trucker who was fired after his trailer broke down in subzero temperatures. Gorsuch concluded in a dissent that it wasn’t illegal for the company to fire Maddin for seeking safety, writing that “it might be fair to ask whether TransAm’s decision was a wise or kind one, but it’s not our job to answer questions like that.



House Intel Cmte. Creates Confusion As Chairman Releases New Trump Details Click Here to Open in a New Window

House Intel Cmte. Creates Confusion As Chairman Releases New Trump DetailsHouse Intel Committee Chairman Devin Nunes made revelations concerning "incidentally collected" intelligence related to the Trump campaign, triggering confusion about why he revealed the information.



London attack: 5 dead, 40 injured in ‘terrorist’ incident on Westminster Bridge Click Here to Open in a New Window

London attack: 5 dead, 40 injured in ‘terrorist’ incident on Westminster BridgeFive people were killed and 40 others injured after an attacker plowed a car into a crowd of people on Westminster Bridge in London on Wednesday afternoon in what U.K. officials are investigating as an act of terrorism. British police are treating the incident as terrorism. London Mayor Sadiq Khan released a video statement condemning the attack.



Father of Missing Tennessee Girl Holds On to Hope for Her Safe Return Click Here to Open in a New Window

Father of Missing Tennessee Girl Holds On to Hope for Her Safe ReturnIt has been eight days since Elizabeth Thomas disappeared. Police and Thomas' family believe her teacher, Tad Cummins not only kidnapped the teen but that the pair may now be married.



4 Killed Including A Police Officer In Wisconsin Click Here to Open in a New Window

4 Killed Including A Police Officer In WisconsinPolice confirmed that the suspect was taken into custody. However, they did not release the names of the people involved and killed during the shootings in Wisconsin.



First U.S. bumble bee added to endangered species list Click Here to Open in a New Window

First U.S. bumble bee added to endangered species listThe rusty patched bumble bee became the first wild bee in the continental United States to gain federal protection on Tuesday when it was added to the government's list of endangered and threatened species. The bee, once widely found in the upper Midwest and Northeastern United States, was listed after U.S. President Donald Trump's administration lifted a hold it had placed on a plan for federal protections proposed last fall by the administration of former President Barack Obama.



Thailand's coin-eating turtle dies of intestinal blockage Click Here to Open in a New Window

Thailand's coin-eating turtle dies of intestinal blockageBANGKOK (AP) — Tourists used to toss coins at a green sea turtle that lived in a pond in eastern Thailand, wishing for luck and longevity. But swallowing the shiny tidbits turned out to be a death sentence for the reptile.



US suspects N Korea in $81 mn Bangladesh theft: report Click Here to Open in a New Window

US suspects N Korea in $81 mn Bangladesh theft: reportUS federal prosecutors suspect the North Korean government directed last year's theft of $81 million from Bangladesh's account at the New York Federal Reserve Bank, according to a media report Wednesday. Citing unnamed sources, The Wall Street Journal said prosecutors were developing cases showing Chinese middlemen helped the North Korean government orchestrate the enormous theft from the Bangladesh central bank. In February 2016, thieves transferred the funds from Bangladesh's account at the New York Fed to accounts in the Philippines using authenticated international bank access codes in the SWIFT system, not by hacking the bank.



Investigation continues after 8-alarm fire destroys multiple homes in Kansas Click Here to Open in a New Window

Investigation continues after 8-alarm fire destroys multiple homes in KansasABC News' Alex Perez joins from the scene of the fire that destroyed multiple homes in Overland Park, Kansas.



Pelosi on health care fight: ‘Next 48 hours will be all hands on deck’ Click Here to Open in a New Window

Pelosi on health care fight: ‘Next 48 hours will be all hands on deck’House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was asked by CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday whom she considers the current leader of the Democratic Party. “Well, President Obama was the president of the United States until a matter of weeks ago.



Gorsuch calls same-sex marriage decision ‘settled law’ Click Here to Open in a New Window

Gorsuch calls same-sex marriage decision ‘settled law’Judge Neil Gorsuch referred to the Supreme Court’s recent same-sex marriage decision as “settled law,” using a stronger phrase than he has for other legal precedents. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., asked Gorsuch to explain how his views on marriage equality have changed since 2004, when the George W. Bush administration was pushing for ballot initiatives that banned the practice in states. Gorsuch replied that sharing his “personal views” would send a misleading signal to the American people that he might be inclined to rule one way or another on future cases that come up on the subject.



Trial and error: North Korea determined to strike U.S., but its missile launch attempt fails Click Here to Open in a New Window
PYONGYANG, North Korea - A day after North Korea issued another terrifying warning to the U.S. through a propaganda video, on Wednesday, the reclusive nation is said to have launched a missile, tha
North Korea doesn’t mince words: Shows troops blowing up a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier in terrorizing propaganda video Click Here to Open in a New Window
PYONGYANG, North Korea - In a new fiery propaganda video released by North Korea’s main propaganda outlet Uriminzokkiri TV - the country makes its intentions clear. The video show
Japan's Abe accused of giving cash for nationalistic school Click Here to Open in a New Window
PanARMENIAN.Net - The head of an ultra-nationalistic Japanese school operator at the center of a land and political scandal testified in parliament Thursday, March 23 that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe do
Netflix debuts 'Death Note' teaser, gets accused of whitewashing Click Here to Open in a New Window
PanARMENIAN.Net - Netflix comes under fire over its anime adaptation Death Note. Backlash is flooding the internet soon after a teaser trailer is released. Just like Manga adaptation Ghost in the S
Japanese Netflix original 'Jimmy' to open Okinawa Fest Click Here to Open in a New Window
PanARMENIAN.Net - An episode of an upcoming Japanese-made Netflix series will get a theatrical world premiere next month as the opening film of the Okinawa International Movie Festival, Variety report
Lifetime sets Oscar-winner Anjelica Huston movie Click Here to Open in a New Window
PanARMENIAN.Net - With upfront season now beginning in earnest, Lifetime has unveiled its upcoming programming slate, which includes a new original movie starring Anjelica Huston and directed by Melis
Japanese companies make inroad into Thai market Click Here to Open in a New Window
Bangkok [Thailand], Mar. 22 (ANI): Storage of data is an essential part of digital transformation in modern era. NTT Communications, one of the largest IT service providers in the world, runs system i
South Koreans Could Raise Sunken Ferry If Test of Lift Goes Well Click Here to Open in a New Window
Bereaved families have been calling for the ship to be raised and for a more thorough investigation into the disaster. Officials also hope to find the last nine missing bodies. The disaster was a blo
Sweet-toothed Japan thief nabbed after binge Click Here to Open in a New Window
Tokyo - A hapless Japanese thief has got himself into a sticky spot with police after being arrested for breaking into offices and raiding refrigerators to binge on sweet treats. Yasuhiro Wakashima,
Cherry Blossoms Herald Spring's Arrival in Japan Click Here to Open in a New Window
Visitors were busy taking photos of the cherry blossom flowers, but trees were still looking rather bare. The beginning of the cherry blossom season in Tokyo came before anywhere else in Japan, and a
U.S. edges Japan, will meet Puerto Rico for WBC title Click Here to Open in a New Window
LOS ANGELES -- Adam Jones bobbled ground ball drove in Brandon Crawford with the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning, and the United States advanced to its first World Baseball Classic title game wi
China threatens American B-1 bomber flying off South Korea Click Here to Open in a New Window
Chinese military officials have accused US bombers of flying too close to the country and operating in its airspace during a training mission with the Japanese Air Force off South Korea.


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910 AD Fujiwara no Asatada, a Japanese poet, designated one of the 36 Immortals was born.

1596 AD there was an earthquake in Japan; several cities made ruins, and thousands perished.

1792 AD - in Kyushu Island, Japan: collapse of old lava dome during eruption of Unzen volcano caused avalanche and tsunami that killed an estimated 14,300 people. (Most were killed by the tsunami.) Japan's greatest volcano disaster.

1896 AD - an earthquake and tidal wave killed 27,000 in Sanriku, Japan

1923 AD - in Japan: magnitude 8.3 earthquake destroyed one-third of Tokyo and most of Yokohama. More than 140,000 killed.

1995 AD - a magnitude: 6.9 earthquake hit Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe, Japan


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