July 31, 2015

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New Toyota robot can pick up toys, help sick

YOKOHAMA, Japan — Toyota’s new robot that glides around like R2-D2 is devoted to a single task: picking things up. HSR, short for “human support robot,” comes with a single mechanical arm that can grasp objects of various shapes and sizes and also pick up smaller items with a tiny suction cup. It doesn’t have Read More…

Toshiba CEO, eight other execs resign after billion-dollar book-cooking scandal

TOKYO — Toshiba’s CEO and eight other executives resigned Tuesday to take responsibility for doctored books that inflated profits at the Japanese technology manufacturer by $1.2 billion over several years. Toshiba Corp. acknowledged a systematic cover-up, which began in 2008. Various parts of the Japanese company’s sprawling business including computer chips and personal computers were Read More…

Women’s World Cup: U.S. looking for redemption in another finals matchup with Japan

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Abby Wambach remembers the date by heart: July 17, 2011. That was the day the United States lost to Japan in the Women’s World Cup title match in Germany. The Americans get a rematch today when the teams meet again in the final, this time in Canada. The U.S. women are Read More…

Women’s World Cup: Japan reaches final against U.S. with lucky late goal versus England

EDMONTON, Alberta — Laura Bassett scored into her own net during second-half stoppage time, giving Japan a 2-1 victory over England in a Women’s World Cup semifinal. The decisive goal Wednesday came when Japan’s Nahomi Kawasumi drove up the right side and sent a cross into the middle for Yuki Ogimi. Bassett reached out with Read More…

10 things to know, Tuesday, June 30

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Crunch time arrives for Greece With the European part of its international bailout expiring Tuesday, Athens might lose any possible access to the remaining rescue loans it contains. 2. Which states move quickly to resume lethal injections Read More…

Two dead after man self-immolates on Japanese bullet train

ODAWARA, Japan — A man riding a Japanese high-speed bullet train set himself on fire Tuesday, killing himself and another passenger as the coach filled with smoke, a fire official said. At least 26 other people were injured, three seriously, mostly from smoke inhalation, Odawara Fire Department official Ikutaro Torii said. The man’s motive wasn’t Read More…

Solar Impulse back in the air for record quest

TOKYO — A solar-powered plane took off from Japan early Monday to attempt a five-day flight over open water to Hawaii, the eighth leg of its bid to fly around the world without fuel. Its long wings lighting up the night sky, the Solar Impulse 2 departed at 3:03 a.m. after an unscheduled, month-long stop Read More…

Patriots, not fanatics: Kamikaze pilots debunk myths

KASAMA, Japan — The pilots filed into the room and were presented with a form that asked if they wanted to be kamikaze. It was multiple-choice, and there were three answers: “I passionately wish to join,” ”I wish to join,” and “I don’t wish to join.” This was 1945. Many were university students who had Read More…

Climate change, terrorism among topics for day two of G-7 summit

ELMAU, Germany — After spending much of the first day talking about Ukraine, leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy democracies shifted their focus Monday to global issues including climate change, terrorism and the threat from diseases such as Ebola. German Chancellor Angela Merkel aimed to get backing for a strong agreement on cutting back Read More…

Fresh admonition of Russia expected at G-7 summit

WASHINGTON — A summit of President Barack Obama and other Western leaders this weekend in Germany is expected to produce new condemnation — but not more punishment — of Russia for its suspected role in the escalating violence in Ukraine. Ukraine is pleading for a response from the Group of 7 leaders meeting Sunday and Read More…