• Japan PM says may drop direct apology in WWII statement

    Japan's leader Shinzo Abe risked Chinese and Korean ire on Tuesday by sending an offering to a controversial war shrine, and saying he may not repeat a formal apology for the country's World War II rampage. Abe, an unabashed nationalist, made a symbolic donation to Yasukuni Shrine, the supposed repository of the country's war dead, including 14 of the most infamous war criminals. The gifting of a sakaki tree -- sacred in native Shintoism -- appeared to indicate that Abe would not visit Yasukuni during the three-day Spring festival, which begins Tuesday.

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  • Balotelli removed from Liverpool Player of the Year vote after prank

    Liverpool temporarily removed Mario Balotelli from the club's Player of the Year website vote after a prank from rival fans saw the Italian streaking away with the award. Supporters of Manchester United and Arsenal gleefully hijacked the public poll intended to honour the Reds' star performer, creating the Twitter hashtag #VoteBalotelli to encourage others on social media to follow their example. As a result, the mercurial 24-year-old was removed from the running while youngsters Jordan Rossiter, Jordan Williams, Jon Flanagan and Danny Ward remained on the list - though he has since been reinstated.

  • Manny Pacquiao teleconference call terminated early

    Manny Pacquiao's teleconference call on Monday was abruptly halted just minutes after it began with promoter Bob Arum delivering an obscenity before telling organizers to shut it down. "Oh (expletive)," Arum said after the moderator said the first question would come from Michael Marley of Examiner.com. Let's reorganize and do this call some other time, please." Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach commented briefly before the call was taken over by Arum who had said earlier he wasn't happy with the idea of it.

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  • Dempsey’s on set ‘diva antics’

    Patrick Dempsey is reportedly in hot water with Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes due to his “diva” antics. The 49-year-old actor, who has played Dr Derek ‘McDreamy’ Shepherd since the show began in 2005, is said to be appearing in less and less episodes of the medical drama after being “suspended” due to ongoing conflict with Shonda. “Patrick has been acting like a diva and has clashed with Shonda.

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  • US warship heads to Yemeni waters; could block Iran weapons

    The Navy aircraft carrier, USS Theodore Roosevelt is steaming toward the waters off the country to beef up security and join other American ships that are prepared to intercept any Iranian vessels carrying weapons to the Houthi rebels. Navy officials said Monday that the Roosevelt was moving through the Arabian Sea. The Navy has been beefing up its presence in the Gulf of Aden and the southern Arabian Sea in response to reports that a convoy of about eight Iranian ships is heading toward Yemen and possibly carrying arms for the Houthis.

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  • South Korea PM tenders resignation over bribery scandal

    South Korean Prime Minister Lee Wan-Koo was left in political limbo on Tuesday after offering to resign over a scandal involving bribery allegations against senior members of President Park Geun-Hye's administration. The prime minister is a largely symbolic post in South Korea, where power is concentrated in the executive.

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  • How football coach Simeone painted Madrid red

    In the dying moments of Diego Simeone's second Madrid derby in charge of Atletico, a banner was lowered behind the goal his side was defending to display a stinging message: "Wanted: A dignified rival for a decent derby". The display by the Real Madrid ultras had more truth to it than the usual chutzpah exchanged between rival fans. It had been 13 years since Atletico had beaten Real, a run that would stretch into a 14th year and 25th match when Real's reserves won out once more at the Vicente Calderon five months later.

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  • Marvel's current and new TV series

    Not to be left behind in the dust with predictable plots, hackneyed TV tropes and clichéd dialogues, Marvel Studios has been secretly and wisely shifting its formula to set its new live-action shows apart from the other superhero series we've seen thus far - to go back to being faithful to the true nature of their comics - which over the years had been toned down for a much wider TV and movie market. Enter their latest online streaming series for the Playstation Network, "Powers", and the more recent "Daredevil", developed for the on-demand streaming media service, Netflix.

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  • Football: Premier League, FA 'fight' hurts England - Eriksson

    Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson says in-fighting between the Football Association and the Premier League is holding the national side back in the cradle of the game. The Swede was speaking after he and four other former England bosses backed FA chairman Greg Dyke's plan to force English clubs to give homegrown talent more opportunities. The proposal to raise clubs' minimum number of domestic players from eight to 12 could put the FA at loggerheads with Premier League clubs, with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger -- the first top flight boss to field an all-foreign 16-strong matchday squad in England -- recently voicing his opposition.

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  • Shanghai auto show bans skimpily clad female models

    The Shanghai Auto Show banned female models and automakers responded with dancers and fresh-faced young women holding tablet computers. Organizers of China's biggest auto show announced in February that models in slinky dresses who usually adorn the stands of some auto brands would be banned. The use of female models at Chinese auto shows already had dwindled as automakers tried to set themselves apart.

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  • China: Bamboo bicycle workshop puts new spin on Beijing's traditional cycling culture

    Not more than a decade ago, the streets of Beijing were clogged by traffic from millions of bicycles, and few cars could be seen on the roads. Today, the opposite is true and China's capital city has practically become a graveyard for rusty bicycles. The bicycles still in use must now compete for space alongside the thousands of electric bikes and cars that also use the city's famous cycle lanes that line both sides of most roads.

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  • 3 New Chilling Posters for 'Jurassic World'!

    These three new posters for Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World are simply mind-blowing! Think the great white shark is your biggest nightmare? Wait till you meet the monstrous Mosasaurus! We're nearing blockbuster season with a slate of big movie titles

  • IBM: We are KILLING it in our hottest, most important markets

    IBM has historically lumped a lot of other stuff into “cloud” when it reports that number, including “private cloud” — that’s when businesses still buy their own software and servers to run in their own data center, but with special software that lets them run more efficiently. Because that involves buying expensive equipment, lumping “private cloud” sales into an overall cloud business can vastly bump up the revenue figures. Analytics is the hot thing these days because mobile devices, big data, and cloud computing have made it easier for any size company to capture data and analyze it.

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  • Utah woman gets up to life in prison in deaths of 6 newborns

    A mother who killed six of her newborn babies and hid their bodies in her garage was sentenced to up to life in prison Monday at an emotional hearing in which a prosecutor depicted her as an "incredibly indifferent and callous" murderer. The judge imposed a sentence against Megan Huntsman that went beyond what was called for in a plea deal because he was so repelled by the killings. Huntsman, 40, told police she was too addicted to methamphetamine to care for more children during the decade when the babies were killed.

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  • Halliburton says has cut 9,000 jobs in wake of oil's drop

    Halliburton Co. has cut 9,000 jobs — more than 10 percent of its workforce — in about six months and is considering more cost-cutting moves as falling oil prices sap demand for its drilling help. Halliburton executives disclosed the job cuts Monday on a conference call with investors. Oil prices plunged starting last summer, leading to a decline in drilling activity.

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  • Charlize Theron: Motherhood gave me new outlook

    Charlize Theron thinks becoming a mother has given her "perspective".The 39-year-old actress adopted son Jackson in 2012 and is very rarely spotted out and about without the adorable tot.Before taking on the role of a parent to the little boy, who is

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  • McDonald's faces 'cockroach burger' claim in New Zealand

    Fast food giant McDonald's said Monday it was aware of a New Zealand woman's allegation she found a half-eaten cockroach in a hamburger bought at one of its South Island restaurants. Annah Sophia Stevenson told Fairfax New Zealand that she bought a Big Mac meal on Saturday night then found the cockroach when she was back at home and part-way through eating the burger . McDonald's said that its franchisee in the town of Blenheim contacted Stevenson as soon as it became aware of the allegations on social media.

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  • Mata thanks Chelsea fans… & congratulates them on title early!

    Juan Mata has thanked Chelsea for his reception during Manchester United's 1-0 loss on Sunday and congratulated them on their imminent Premier League title win. The Spaniard was named club player of the year two years in a row before but was sold to United after being demoted to a bit-part role under Jose Mourinho. Eden Hazard was the difference on Sunday, settling a tense game with the only goal as Chelsea opened up a 10-point lead at the top of the table and Mata wrote of frustrations but an overriding sense of pride.

  • Egypt's Morsi faces likely death penalty in first verdict

    An Egyptian court could sentence deposed president Mohamed Morsi to death Tuesday in the first verdict against the Islamist nearly two years after the army ousted him. The Cairo court will deliver its verdict on charges of inciting the killing of protesters in December 2012, when Morsi was still in office. A death penalty against the country's first freely elected president would be a symbolic blow against his Muslim Brotherhood movement -- target of a brutal government crackdown after then army chief and now president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi overthrew him on July 3, 2013.

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  • California boy found asleep in car that was stolen

    Brock Guzman was found safe about 2 miles away in the abandoned car following an hours-long search. A thief likely happened upon the 2001 Toyota Corolla when the boy's father left it briefly unattended, police said. Paul Guzman, the boy's father, had placed the sleeping boy in the Corolla around 4:45 a.m., started the engine and went back into the house in Fairfield to get some belongings and his older son, who attends school 40 miles away in Napa.

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