13 Killed in California Tour Bus Crash

A tour bus traveling along a California highway slammed into a tractor-trailer early Sunday, killing 13 people and injuring at least 31 others. The bus, operated by USA Holiday, was returning to Los Angeles from the Red Earth Casino in Thermal,
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US Women Beat Japan to Win World Cup

VOA News Captain Carli Lloyd had a sensational hat trick (3 goals), including a goal all the way from the halfway line, as the United States roared to a shocking 4-0 lead in the Women's World Cup and easily held on to beat defending champion Japan, 5-2, in Vancouver, (more...)

Press Conference by Obama, Japanese PM Abe

Remarks By President Obama And Prime Minister Abe Of Japan In Joint Press Conference Akasaka Palace Tokyo, Japan PRIME MINISTER ABE: (As interpreted.) On behalf of the Japanese people, I would like to express my heartfelt welcome to President Barack Obama, who is in Japan as our state guest. Barack and (more...)

Hague Declaration in Support of Ukraine’s Sovereignty

The Hague, The Netherlands 1. We, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission met in The Hague to reaffirm our support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and (more...)

Kick Off 2014 Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 from 10 a.m.to 11 a.m. Shofuso, the Japanese House and Gardens Lansdowne and Horticultural Drives (West Fairmount Park) Within the Horticultural Center A traditional Japanese tea ceremony will take place and officially launch the 17th annual festival and two weeks of cultural events which conclude with (more...)

U.S. Aid Pouring into Philippines

Fulfilling President Obama’s promise to President Benigno Aquino “to deliver whatever help we can, as quickly as possible” to the Philippines, four more U.S. V-22 Osprey aircraft have been deployed from the U.S. Marine Corps air station in Futenma, Japan, to support relief operations in areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. The (more...)

NASA to Beam Data from Space with Laser

NASA will use the International Space Station to test a new communications technology that could dramatically improve spacecraft communications, enhance commercial missions and strengthen transmission of scientific data. The Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) could improve NASA’s data rates for communications with future spacecraft by a (more...)

Economic Growth and Jobs Top G8 Meeting Agenda

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer Global economic growth and expanded employment will be a significant part of the agenda at the annual summit of the Group of Eight major industrialized nations in Northern Ireland on June 17–18, a White House economic adviser says. Coupled with economic growth, the (more...)

Travelers Visiting U.S. in Growing Numbers

A new forecast suggests continued strong growth in travel and tourism to the United States through 2018, following a record-breaking year in 2012. International travel and tourism spending reached a record $168.1 billion, up 10 percent from 2011, the U.S. Commerce Department said in a June 10 (more...)

IMF Projects Modest Global Growth in 2013

By Kathryn McConnell Staff Writer The global economy is expected to grow a modest 3.3 percent in 2013 and a slightly improved 4 percent in 2014, the International Monetary Fund reports. In its World Economic Outlook released April 16, the IMF warns that old dangers to advanced economies remain as (more...)

U.S. Negotiators Discuss Issues in Trans-Pacific Partnership

“Twenty-first century issues” in the Trans-Pacific Partnership were the topic at a panel discussion hosted in Washington March 28 by the Washington International Trade Association. Jonathan McHale was one of four negotiators from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) who spoke at the panel. He discussed (more...)

Japanese Students Visit California to Say Thanks

By Christopher S. Johnson U.S. Navy Public Affairs The Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana hosted the Tomodachi in San Diego 2013 event at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot on March 26 to provide an opportunity to thank the sailors and Marines who provided humanitarian aid during the (more...)

16th Annual Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia

16th Annual Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia: April 1 – April 26, 2013 Whether it’s enjoying the fragile pink blossoms of 1,000 cherry trees, listening to the thundering beat of a giant Taiko drum, creating origami masterpieces or honing your sushi-making skills, the Subaru Cherry Blossom (more...)

To Require Labeling Of Genetically Engineered Food

State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) held a press conference to announce the introduction of legislation that would require the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) food in Pennsylvania. If passed, Senate Bill 653 would become the first law of its kind in the United States. It has already received (more...)

U.S. Rebalances Strategic Focus Toward Asia-Pacific

By Phillip Kurata Staff Writer The Obama administration is shifting the focus of long-term U.S. foreign policy to the Asia-Pacific region with the aim of restoring U.S. economic strength, the foundation of U.S. global leadership. “After a decade defined by 9/11, two wars and a financial crisis, President Obama took (more...)

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