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India, China outpace Mexico on U.S. immigration

DALLAS — Siddharth Jaganath wanted to return to India after earning his master's degree at Texas' Southern Methodist University. Instead, he built a new life in the U.S. over a decade, becoming a manager at a communications technology company and starting a family in the Dallas...

Date: 08/30/2015 | Nation & World


Inslee heads out on 9-day trade mission to Korea and Japan

OLYMPIA — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has left for a 9-day trade mission to Korea and Japan.

Date: 08/28/2015 | Northwest


China’s market woes make it trickier to negotiate with

When U.S. policymakers began planning Xi Jinping's state visit to Washington next month, they must have imagined that the Chinese president would be arriving, figuratively, in a gleaming aircraft carrier with his trademark "Chinese Dream" banners flying. The challenge then...

Date: 08/26/2015 | Opinion Columnists


How long can China straddle line between capitalism, Communism?

One way to think about the recent financial turmoil in China is as a parenting dispute between "Xi Dada" and "Yang Ma" — meaning "Big Daddy Xi" (the nickname for President Xi Jinping) and "Big Mama" (a popular moniker for the...

Date: 08/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists


Indonesia rescuers head to mountains in missing plane search

By Alfian KartonoAssociated PressJAYAPURA, Indonesia — Search planes were hunting Monday for an airliner carrying 54 that went missing during a short flight in bad weather in Indonesia’s mountainous easternmost province of Papua, with rescuers...

Date: 08/16/2015 | Nation & World


N. Korea celebrates new time zone, ‘Pyongyang Time’

PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea now has its own time zone.Bells were rung in Pyongyang and celebrations held at midnight as the nation's clocks were set back 30 minutes to mark the Aug. 15, 1945 anniversary of the Korean Peninsula's liberation from colonial rule...

Date: 08/15/2015 | Nation & World


Air pollution kills 4,000 in China daily, study finds

WASHINGTON — Air pollution is killing about 4,000 people in China a day, accounting for 1 in 6 premature deaths in the world’s most populous country, a new study finds.

Date: 08/14/2015 | Nation & World


Bigger slump ahead seen for Chinese currency

SINGAPORE — Sue Trinh had to defend her sanity. Albert Edwards almost got kicked out of meetings. Kevin Lai was ignored by clients for an entire year.

Date: 08/13/2015 | Business Wire


Death toll rises to 50 in huge Chinese port blast

TIANJIN, China — The death toll from the fiery explosions at a warehouse of hazardous chemicals climbed Thursday to 50, and the Chinese government sent experts to the shattered and smoldering port to assess any environmental dangers from the spectacular blasts.

Date: 08/12/2015 | Nation & World


China auto sales slump to 17-month low despite price cuts

BEIJING — Chinese consumers bought the fewest passenger vehicles in 17 months in July, extending a slump in the world’s largest auto market as deeper discounts failed to revive demand.

Date: 08/12/2015 | Business Wire


Aerospace is a focus for state trade mission to Japan and Korea

OLYMPIA — State officials and business leaders are heading to South Korea and Japan this month to boost Washington’s aerospace industry, as well as other industries.

Date: 08/08/2015 | Business


Inslee to lead 9-day trade mission to Korea and Japan

OLYMPIA — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Friday that he’s leaving at the end of the month for a 9-day trade mission to Korea and Japan.

Date: 08/07/2015 | Northwest


U.S., Russia ease travel rules for Bering Strait natives

ANCHORAGE — The United States and Russia are in the midst of their most tense relations since the Cold War, but for a small number of residents of both countries, things are warming up a bit.It will now be easier and cheaper for Alaska and Russia Native residents to...

Date: 08/02/2015 | Nation & World


Suspected 777 part arrives in France

BALMA, France — A wing flap suspected to be from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on Saturday arrived at a French military testing facility where it will be analyzed by experts.

Date: 08/01/2015 | Nation & World


Wal-Mart helped push manufacturing overseas. Now it wants to reverse that

BENTONVILLE, Ark. - The group cheer at Wal-Mart's third annual U.S. manufacturing summit - convened to find more American-made products - was greeted with a voice from another era."Almost anything can be made by Americans, in this country, and be done...

Date: 07/18/2015 | Business Wire


Admirals rebuked in ‘Fat Leonard’ bribery probe

WASHINGTON — Three U.S. admirals were censured for dining at “extravagant” banquets in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore and accepting other gifts from an Asian defense contractor at the center of a bribery scandal that continues to rattle the highest ranks of the Navy, according to documents...

Date: 07/18/2015 | Nation & World


China unveils $483 billion fund to stem stock rout

BEIJING — China has created what amounts to a state-run margin trader with $483 billion of firepower, its latest effort to end a stock-market rout that threatens to drag down economic growth and erode confidence in President Xi Jinping’s government.

Date: 07/18/2015 | Business Wire


Typhoon pounds China; 1.1 million evacuated

BEIJING — A typhoon pounded the Chinese coast south of Shanghai on Saturday with strong winds and heavy rainfall, submerging roads, felling trees and forcing the evacuation of 1.1 million people.

Date: 07/11/2015 | Nation & World


Chinese watch in horror as investments crash

BEIJING — Tao dreamed of buying a new car with his winnings from the stock market's surge. A 32-year-old professional from Shanghai, he had been egged into investing by his friends, and then by media stories of grannies making huge killings on shares.So he became one...

Date: 07/10/2015 | Business Wire


Solar plane lands in Hawaii after 5-day flight

KAPOLEI, Hawaii — A plane powered by the sun's rays landed in Hawaii Friday after a record-breaking five-day journey across the Pacific Ocean from Japan.

Date: 07/03/2015 | Nation & World


Pilot in deadly Taiwan crash described as hasty

TAIPEI, Taiwan — A pilot described by colleagues as nervous and hasty mistakenly throttled down a still-running engine following a glitch with the other engine in an airline crash that killed 43 people in Taiwan in February, flight safety officials said Thursday.A...

Date: 07/03/2015 | Nation & World


Rights tilting to corporations in trade deal

In promoting a proposed trade pact covering 12 Pacific Rim nations, President Obama has cast the initiative as an instrument of equity. The Trans-Pacific Partnership would, in his words, "level the playing field" and "give our workers a fair shot." But critics...

Date: 06/29/2015 | Opinion Columnists


Hong Kong lawmakers rebuff China’s election plan

Lawmakers in Hong Kong rejected a proposed election plan by the enclave’s pro-Beijing government Thursday, offering a symbolic victory to pro-democracy protesters and raising the stakes for more political confrontations.

Date: 06/19/2015 | Nation & World


What’s ahead for Fukushima nuclear plant?

TOKYO — Four years after an earthquake and tsunami destroyed Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant, the road ahead remains riddled with unknowns.The government approved a revised 30-to-40-year roadmap Friday that delays by three years the start of a key initial step...

Date: 06/12/2015 | Business Wire


Death toll in China sinking passes 400

JIANLI, China — Hundreds of bodies retrieved from the Eastern Star pushed the death toll above 400, China's state broadcaster reported Sunday, as disaster teams expanded the search of the Yangtze River for dozens more missing in China's deadliest maritime disaster in nearly seven...

Date: 06/07/2015 | Nation & World


Rescuers describe gruesome recovery of capsize victims

JIANLI, China—Chinese military officials and soldiers Saturday described the grim task of removing hundreds of bodies from the salvaged wreckage of the capsized Eastern Star cruise ship, as busloads of families gathered on the banks of the Yangtze River to mourn the dead.

Date: 06/05/2015 | Nation & World


Cranes right capsized Chinese cruise ship

JIANLI, China — Top-deck cabins poked out of the water from a capsized river cruise ship on the Yangtze on Friday after disaster teams righted the vessel to quicken the search for more than 360 victims still missing.A total of 77 bodies have been found since Monday...

Date: 06/04/2015 | Nation & World


China hacks federal personnel office

WASHINGTON - Hackers working for the Chinese state breached the computer system of the Office of Personnel Management in December, U.S. officials said Thursday, and the agency will notify some 4 million current and former federal employees that their personal data may have been...

Date: 06/04/2015 | Nation & World


U.S. now working to smooth Japanese, N. Korean relations

When South Korean President Park Geun-hye visited Washington, D.C., two years ago, she spoke of "Asia's paradox" — a disconnect between the region's growing economic cooperation and its deep political and security tensions.This dissonance is still evident...

Date: 06/04/2015 | Opinion Columnists


Lead taints popular Nestle noodles in India

NEW DELHI — Indian shopkeepers withdrew a popular brand of Nestle instant noodles from their shelves Wednesday after tests revealed the snack contained unsafe levels of lead.India's states have either ordered the withdrawal of Maggi noodles from shops or are carrying...

Date: 06/04/2015 | Business Wire


McCain urges sales of weapons to Vietnam

SINGAPORE — America needs to provide Vietnam with more defensive weapons, U.S. Sen. John McCain said Saturday as tensions in the Asia Pacific region heightened over China’s expanding land reclamation projects in the South China Sea.

Date: 05/31/2015 | Nation & World


N. Korean leader’s brother an Eric Clapton megafan

Since becoming supreme leader of North Korea in December 2011, Kim Jong Un has not publicly announced any foreign trips, leading some to suspect that the young autocrat has some kind of aversion to international travel. This policy of avoiding foreign travel clearly does not extend to...

Date: 05/24/2015 | Nation & World


Senate clears trade pact, highway funding

WASHINGTON — In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House.

Date: 05/22/2015 | Nation & World


Weather traps fragile solar plane in China

BEIJING — The pilots and team prepping the Solar Impulse plane to fly around the world don’t appear to be impulsive about leaving China.

Date: 05/22/2015 | Nation & World


Asians file complaint over Harvard admissions

WASHINGTON — An alliance of Asian American groups on Friday filed a federal complaint against Harvard University, saying that school and other Ivy League institutions are using racial quotas to admit students other than high-scoring Asians.

Date: 05/15/2015 | Nation & World


No survivors in Marine chopper crash in Nepal

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Nepalese rescuers on Friday found three bodies near the wreckage of a U.S. Marine helicopter that disappeared this week during a relief mission in the earthquake-hit Himalayan nation, and officials said it was unlikely there were any survivors from the crash.

Date: 05/15/2015 | Nation & World


Vietnam turns to U.S. for weapons

HANOI — Vietnam's military is going shopping.Anxious about a more assertive China on its doorstep and frictions over territory in the South China Sea, officials in Hanoi recently hosted a group of foreign defense contractors looking to sell the Communist nation...

Date: 05/15/2015 | Nation & World


On so many points, left is wrong on trade

The left's success in denying President Obama fast-track authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership is ugly to behold. The case put forth by a showboating Sen. Elizabeth Warren — that Obama cannot be trusted to make a deal in the interests of American workers — is...

Date: 05/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists


Populists find voice in Senate trade bill vote

Could this be the populist moment?A seemingly unstoppable coalition of the powerful assembled to advance the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade bill: A Democratic president aligned with the Republican majority in both chambers of Congress and the full lobbying might of...

Date: 05/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists


New 7.3 magnitude quake hits Nepal

KATHMANDU, Nepal — A major earthquake hit Nepal in a remote region near the Chinese border on Tuesday, killing at least four people less than three weeks after the country was ravaged by another deadly quake.

Date: 05/12/2015 | Nation & World


Dems may block Obama trade deal

WASHINGTON — Democratic infighting has left in limbo President Barack Obama’s highly sought special authority to close global trade deals, with opponents believing they have the votes to block the measure.

Date: 05/12/2015 | Nation & World


Filibuster threatens trade bill

Losing the substantive argument over President Obama's bipartisan trade agenda, opponents are now resorting to procedural legerdemain. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, has declared that he'll attempt to filibuster pending trade-promotion authority legislation, which is...

Date: 05/10/2015 | Commentary


Warren ‘absolutely wrong’ on trade deal, Obama says

President Barack Obama made his case for his free trade pact with Asia by directing tough words at a traditional ally: Sen. Elizabeth Warren.“She’s absolutely wrong,” Obama said of the Democratic senator from Massachusetts in an interview with Yahoo News that was posted Saturday.

Date: 05/09/2015 | Nation & World


American's first Dreamliner starts service to Chicago

FORT WORTH, Texas — American has joined the list of airlines flying the Boeing 787 jet, which it hopes will appeal to passengers and open new, profitable international routes.Passengers boarded at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on Thursday morning for...

Date: 05/07/2015 | Business Wire


Obama, Abe face tough road to trade deal

It may not be obvious during Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's choreographed visit to Washington this week, but he's a study in contradictions. The dissonance actually helps explain how Abe is trying to revive a moribund Japan. Abe is a deeply conservative man who has become an...

Date: 04/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists


Let trade talks move forward

Let's start with why this is important. In Washington state, 4 in 10 jobs are tied, directly or indirectly, to trade, according to the Washington Council on International Trade. And the value of goods and...

Date: 04/28/2015 | Editorials


Death toll in Nepal quake rises to more than 3,300

KATHMANDU, Nepal — The death toll from Nepal’s earthquake soared past 3,300 Monday, and how much higher it would rise depended largely on the condition of vulnerable mountain villages that rescue workers were still struggling to reach two days after the disaster.

Date: 04/26/2015 | Nation & World


A fast-track to trade or a fast-track to bad deals?

Pro  (Jump to the con argument)Approval would allow the U.S. to negotiate in our best interests

Date: 04/26/2015 | Commentary


Nepal quake death toll passes 1,865

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Tens of thousands of Nepalese who spent the night under a chilly sky were jolted awake by strong aftershocks Sunday, and rescuers aided by international teams cleared rubble in search of survivors after a powerful earthquake killed at least 1,865 people across...

Date: 04/25/2015 | Nation & World


Honda shows new, U.S. built business jet

TOKYO — Honda, known for making motorcycles and cars, is showing its new sleek business jet in Japan for the first time, billing it as quiet, quick and green.The jet, on show at Tokyo's Haneda airport on Thursday, is the culmination of founder Soichiro Honda's longtime...

Date: 04/23/2015 | Business Wire


Dog flu: What should you do?

LOS ANGELES — An outbreak of canine flu has sickened more than 1,000 dogs in the Midwest, killing a handful and stirring concern among animal lovers nationwide that the highly contagious virus will sideline their pets.Experts blame the epidemic on a strain called H3N2...

Date: 04/22/2015 | Nation & World


CDC plans bird flu vaccine for humans

MINNEAPOLIS — Federal officials said Wednesday they’re taking steps to create a human vaccine for the bird flu virus that’s slammed the Midwest poultry industry, though they still consider the danger to be low and the food supply not at risk.

Date: 04/22/2015 | Nation & World


Tsunami warning lifted after quake hits south of Japan

TOKYO — School children were evacuated to higher ground on some islands and buildings swayed in Taipei after a strong earthquake struck Monday in seas east of Taiwan and south of Okinawa.

Date: 04/19/2015 | Nation & World


Philippine Consulate officials pay first visit to Snohomish County

EVERETT — Come for the passport, stay for the pinakbet.

Date: 04/19/2015 | Local News


China submarine sale raises risk of clash

HONG KONG — Soon a brash naval captain may pose a bigger risk of triggering a nuclear crisis between India and Pakistan than a religious terrorist.China is likely to conclude a sale of eight conventional submarines during President Xi Jinping's visit to Islamabad on...

Date: 04/19/2015 | Nation & World


‘Maglev’ train sets speed record at 366 mph

A Japanese company said its magnetic levitation train set a speed record this week, reaching 366 mph on a test track.

Date: 04/18/2015 | Nation & World


Philippines consulate officials to visit Everett

EVERETT — Officials from the Philippines consulate in San Francisco will be in Everett this weekend to serve residents of Snohomish and nearby counties.Snohomish County has about 13,000 Philippine-Americans residents, the second highest number in the state after King County.

Date: 04/17/2015 | Local News


Search area for 777 could expand

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will be expanded by another 60,000 square kilometers (23,000 square miles) in the Indian Ocean if the jetliner is not found by May, officials said Thursday, affirming their commitment to not give up until it is...

Date: 04/16/2015 | Nation & World


Tibetan nun sets herself on fire

BEIJING — A nun set herself on fire while crying out for the Dalai Lama to return to Tibet in the latest in dozens of self-immolations in recent years by Tibetans protesting Beijing's controls over the region, overseas rights groups said.

Date: 04/11/2015 | Nation & World


Mitsubishi stalls 1st flight of new airliner

NAGOYA, Japan — At a tightly guarded factory in central Japan, Mitsubishi, a maker of the Zero fighter planes of World War II, is launching its MRJ regional jet and aiming to fulfill Japan's long-cherished ambitions to regain status as a major aviation power.The...

Date: 04/11/2015 | Business Wire


China auto sales pick up in March

BEIJING — An industry group said China’s auto sales accelerated in March with strong demands for SUVs.

Date: 04/10/2015 | Business Wire


N. Korea deports American for plotting, making videos

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said Wednesday that an American woman who frequently visited the North over nearly 20 years had been deported for "plot-breeding and propaganda."The short announcement by the North's state media contained few details, and it...

Date: 04/08/2015 | Nation & World


Sky Net: Anti-corruption plan's unfortunate name

WASHINGTON — Last week, authorities in Beijing announced an initiative to catch corrupt officials who have fled overseas. The plan, set to be put into action next month, will better coordinate Chinese investigations into offshore funds and "underground banks" used by...

Date: 03/29/2015 | Nation & World


Tighter bonds for Japan, U.S. can aid both

TOKYO — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he wants to restore "animal spirits" in the long-moribund Japanese economy. That kind of muscular talk makes some critics anxious, but Abe gave a compelling explanation Thursday of how he's trying to push Japan out of its 15-year...

Date: 03/29/2015 | Opinion Columnists


2 termite species mate, create new menace

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Their love crossed the barrier between species, and now a new kind of termite may be chewing its way through South Florida’s houses.

Date: 03/26/2015 | Nation & World


What do leaders fear in the rise of free debate?

Lee Kuan Yew, the man who created the modern miracle of Singapore, was one of the visionary leaders of the 20th century. But as I discovered in several conversations with him, he was also a paradoxical figure who never lost his sense of vulnerability and combativeness toward those he...

Date: 03/24/2015 | Opinion Columnists


China fights to root out military corruption

HONG KONG — In the “century of humiliation” that President Xi Jinping often evokes for his goal of turning China into a great power, one particular episode resonates: The defeat of China’s navy by Japan in 1894.

Date: 03/21/2015 | Nation & World


Huge solar plane lands in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar — A solar-powered plane landed in Myanmar on Thursday night, the latest leg of a round-the-world trip aimed at highlighting clean energy.Dozens of trees had to be cleared ahead of the Solar Impulse 2's arrival at the Mandalay International Airport for...

Date: 03/20/2015 | Nation & World


Indian parents climb school wall to help kids cheat

NEW DELHI — Cheating in school tests is an old Indian problem.But the malpractice literally scaled new heights this week in the eastern state of Bihar when relatives of 10th-grade students climbed the wall of a school building and perched precariously from windows of...

Date: 03/19/2015 | Nation & World


Airbus: Asia tensions will drive military demand

Airbus Group expects to see growing demand for military aircraft in Asia amid simmering tensions in the South China Sea and other areas.The Asian market for defense and space-related business could grow to about $50 billion a year within the next five years, from $45 billion...

Date: 03/19/2015 | Business Wire


A return to Cold War for Russia, NATO?

The language of the Cold War has returned with a vengeance, with renewed talk of nuclear alerts, alleged testing of medium-range nuclear missiles and worries about NATO's defense umbrella.President Vladimir Putin's seizure of Crimea just over a year ago has now broadened...

Date: 03/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists


Vegetarian leader OKs Indian state’s beef ban

NEW DELHI — Residents of India's financial capital could be forgiven for wondering how they suddenly face five years in prison for eating beef.The bill, first passed in 1996, collected dust through five prime ministers. It became law only when Narendra Modi's...

Date: 03/15/2015 | Nation & World


Is Hong Kong’s academic freedom under attack?

BEIJING — Scholars in Hong Kong are growing concerned that the territory’s cherished academic freedom is coming under renewed attack from China in the aftermath of last year’s student-led pro-democracy protests.

Date: 03/15/2015 | Nation & World


Will Trans-Pacific pact benefit U.S. workers?

WASHINGTON — Hardware Sales Inc. of Bellingham does about 25 percent of its online business outside the United States. But going global can be frustrating. Overzealous Australian customs inspectors sometimes confiscate perfectly legal knives. Canada imposes duties that can double...

Date: 03/14/2015 | Business Wire


China pushes to cut coal use

BEIJING — As its national legislature adjourns this week, China has signaled it intends to further lower coal consumption, reducing pollution but also rocking coal-export industries from the Pacific Northwest to Australia.China is the world's largest energy user, with...

Date: 03/12/2015 | Business Wire


China’s panda numbers up but problems loom

BEIJING — It is a rare success story for environmental protection and wildlife conservation in China: the nation's once-a-decade survey has found China's wild panda population has risen by 268 animals, or 17 percent, to an estimated 1,864 in the mountainous forests of the west.

Date: 03/08/2015 | Nation & World


South Korea legalizes adultery

For the last 62 years, South Koreans could face up to two years in prison if they were found guilty of adultery. This week, the country’s Constitutional Court finally struck down the ban on extramarital sex, which dates back to 1953.

Date: 02/28/2015 | Nation & World


AirAsia posts losses in 4th quarter

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Southeast Asia’s top budget carrier, AirAsia, said Thursday it suffered a net loss of $120 million in the quarter ending in December, hit by higher costs and a weaker currency.

Date: 02/27/2015 | Business Wire


Travelers to U.S. spend record $222 billion

Neither epic ice storms, Ebola outbreaks nor rising air fares slowed travel to the U.S. last year, as international visitors spent a record $222 billion while in the country, according to a new federal estimate.

Date: 02/26/2015 | Business Wire


2014 U.S. wine exports 2nd highest on record

Exports of U.S. wine last year were the second-most valuable on record, reaching $1.49 billion in revenue, nearly all of it from California.

Date: 02/25/2015 | Business Wire


China expands presence in Spratly Islands

WASHINGTON — New satellite images show China has rapidly expanded several artificial islands it is building atop disputed reefs in the South China Sea, raising fresh concerns across the region and in Washington about Beijing's intentions.Dredging and sand reclamation...

Date: 02/22/2015 | Nation & World


Asians less likely to seek deportation protection

LOS ANGELES — In the more than two years since President Barack Obama launched his original deferred action program, offering temporary work permits and protection from deportation to immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, Latinos have signed up in large numbers.

Date: 02/21/2015 | Nation & World


Bugs slip into Western chefs' cuisine

Bugs in a gourmet kitchen are usually something to be squashed or swatted. But at Le Cordon Bleu, the esteemed French cooking school, chefs and food scientists spent a week simmering, sauteing and grilling insects to extract innovative flavors they say could open a new gastronomic...

Date: 02/21/2015 | Business Wire


A trade deal that works for all

The trick in negotiating a trade agreement with 11 other Pacific Rim nations is in securing the economic benefits of opening up trade with those countries while at the same time not weakening the environmental, labor and other laws we depend upon at home.Negotiations...

Date: 02/19/2015 | Editorials


Korean airliner clips parked plane, then takes off

SEOUL, South Korea — A Korean Air Lines Co. plane returned to Yangon International Airport on Friday after officials discovered it had clipped another aircraft while taxiing.

Date: 02/13/2015 | Nation & World


World dumps 8 million tons of plastics into oceans

SAN JOSE, California — Each year about 8.8 million tons of plastic ends up in the world oceans, a quantity much higher than previous estimates, according to a new study that tracked marine debris from its source.

Date: 02/13/2015 | Nation & World


Port shutdown looms as talks stall

LOS ANGELES — Troubles on the West Coast waterfront are getting worse.Amid an increasingly damaging labor dispute, 29 West Coast seaports which handle about $1 trillion of goods annually will be mostly closed four of the next five days.

Date: 02/12/2015 | Business Wire


White House locks up details of trade pact

The trade rules of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership between the United States and 11 Asian nations would cover nearly 40 percent of the world economy — but don't ask what they are. Access to the text of the proposed deal is highly restricted.Nevertheless, at last...

Date: 02/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists


Robot will probe melted Fukushima reactor

HITACHI, Japan — A snake-like robot designed to examine the inside of one of three melted reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant is ready to begin its expedition.Assessing the damage inside the reactors is a crucial step in the decommissioning of the plant,...

Date: 02/08/2015 | Nation & World


Taiwan tests pilots after deadly crash

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The dozens of pilots who operate TransAsia Airways' ATR propeller-jets began proficiency tests on Saturday, three days after one of the carrier's ATRs crashed into a river, killing at least 40 people.

Date: 02/07/2015 | Nation & World


McCain: Don’t let aircraft carriers visit China

WASHINGTON — As the Pentagon considers whether to allow a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier to make a historic port visit to China, the idea is drawing flak from Capitol Hill.

Date: 02/07/2015 | Nation & World


Was Taiwan airliner doomed from the start?

TAIPEI, Taiwan — From the start of the flight in Taiwan's capital, survivor Huang Jin-sun suspected trouble."There was some sound next to me. It did not feel right shortly after takeoff. The engine did not feel right," the 72-year-old man told ETTV...

Date: 02/06/2015 | Nation & World


Navy contractor in scandal aids investigators

WASHINGTON — The Navy’s sex-for-secrets corruption scandal may be about to get worse: Investigators’ prized catch has started to squawk.

Date: 02/05/2015 | Nation & World


Mayday call issued in Taiwan crash that killed 31

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The pilot in TransAsia Airways Flight 235 said "mayday, mayday, engine flameout" moments before the propjet banked sharply and crashed into a river, aviation officials said Thursday, but they declined comment on a possible cause for the accident.

Date: 02/03/2015 | Nation & World


With China, GOP on board, Obama’s big trade pact looks set

Strange bedfellows of 2015: As the Obama administration pushes toward a major new trade agreement in Asia this spring, it is developing two unlikely allies — Chinese officials abroad, who are signaling that they want in, and Republicans in Congress, who appear willing to support...

Date: 02/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists


U.S. may share aircraft carrier technology with India

NEW DELHI — India is closer to accessing the latest American technology for launching warplanes from carriers as Prime Minister Narendra Modi deepens defense ties with the United States to help counter China's growing naval power.The odds of U.S. government permission...

Date: 01/30/2015 | Nation & World


AirAsia pilots disabled flight computers

JAKARTA, Indonesia — The pilots of AirAsia Flight 8501 cut power to a critical computer system that normally prevents planes from going out of control shortly before it plunged into the Java Sea, two people with knowledge of the investigation said.The action appears to...

Date: 01/30/2015 | Nation & World


Ford expects ‘breakthrough year’ in 2015

DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford Motor Co. is putting a tough year behind it and promising big things despite a bumpy global market.

Date: 01/30/2015 | Business Wire


China's corruption crackdown sparks suicides

BEIJING — China's Communist Party is on suicide watch as President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign permeates the government and bureaucracy.The party is asking local cadres to identify the number of "unnatural deaths," including suicides, of party...

Date: 01/29/2015 | Nation & World




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