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Revisiting NYC's 1964 World's Fair

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:30
The 1964 World’s Fair was held in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in the borough of Queens, New York City, and opened on April 22, 1964. Organized by 20th Century builder Robert Moses, the The 1964 World’s Fair was dedicated to "Man's Achievement on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe." Fifty-eight countries participated in the 1964 World’s Fair as did many prominent businesses, including: Chrysler, Bell Telephone, U.S. Steel, General Electric, Ford, General Motors, I.B.M.
Obama's Japan visit kicks off with dreams of sushi
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:30
Tokyo’s sushi restaurants have been the setting for countless business deals. But for two special guests at Sukiyabashi Jiro on Wednesday evening, mouthfuls of melt-in-the-mouth tuna, squid, and octopus were the culinary backdrop to discussing urgent matters of regional security. Soon after Air Force One touched down here, Barack Obama found himself in Tokyo’s upmarket Ginza district, tucked behind the counter of arguably the world’s best sushi restaurant with his Japanese host, Prime Minister Shinzo…
Federal clemency program gets new boss
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:30
Controversial Pardon Attorney Ronald Rodgers is stepping down from his post and will be replaced by a former journalist and nonprofit executive as part of a sweeping overhaul of the federal clemency process. Deborah Leff, whose previous post at the Justice Department involved increasing access to lawyers for poor defendants, will take over from Rodgers to shepherd through the thousands of new clemency petitions from nonviolent federal inmates hoping to receive a commutation under the…
Soldier convicted in WikiLeaks case gets new name
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 11:15
LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas judge granted a request Wednesday to formally change the name of the soldier convicted of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks from Bradley Edward Manning to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning. The former intelligence analyst is serving a 35-year prison sentence for passing classified U.S. government information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. Manning is serving the sentence at the Army prison on Fort Leavenworth in Kansas. Leavenworth County District Judge David King…
Michigan man among first in U.S. to get 'bionic eye'
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 10:15
>> ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision. Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa as a teenager, Pontz has been almost completely blind for years. Now, thanks to a high-tech procedure that involved the surgical implantation of a "bionic eye," he's regained enough of his eyesight to catch small glimpses of his wife, grandson and cat. "It's awesome. It's exciting — seeing something new every day," Pontz said…
Obama wades into testy China-Japan feud
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 09:00
TOKYO (AP) — President Barack Obama confirmed Wednesday that America's mutual security treaty with Japan applies to the islands at the center of a territorial dispute between China and Japan. "The policy of the United States is clear," he said in a written response to questions published in Japan's Yomiuri newspaper before his arrival in Tokyo at the start of a four-country Asia tour. "The Senkaku islands are administered by Japan" and therefore fall under…
Dead Ukraine politician faced hostile mob, video shows
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 07:45
SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - The Ukrainian town councilor whose apparent torture and murder helped to prompt a new government offensive in the east was mobbed by a hostile, pro-Russian crowd before he disappeared, a video of the incident shows. The footage from Thursday on local news site gorlovka.ua shows angry scenes outside the town hall of Horlivka, between the separatist flashpoint cities of Donetsk and Slaviansk, as councilor Volodymyr Rybak is manhandled by several men,…
S. Korea ferry turned further than ordered, professor says
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 07:45
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — A maritime professor who spoke with the third mate who was steering the South Korean ferry before it sank said Wednesday that he suspects there was a problem with the steering gear. Professor Kim Woo-Sook of Mokpo National Maritime University is a former teacher of the third mate, Park Han-gyeol. She was arrested Saturday in connection with the accident, which left 302 people dead or missing.
Memorial for S. Korea ferry victims opens in Ansan
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 07:45
ANSAN, South Korea (AP) — The altar of the memorial is a wall of white and yellow flowers and greens, surrounding photos of 47 students and teachers whose bodies have been identified after being recovered from the ferry Sewol. There is room for many, many more pictures. The temporary memorial opened Wednesday in Ansan, the city south of Seoul that has taken the brunt of the pain from the ferry sinking last week that left…
Obama opens 4-country, Asia-Pacific trip in Tokyo
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 05:31
TOKYO (AP) — President Barack Obama is opening a four-country visit to the Asia-Pacific region in Japan, but the West's dispute with Russia over Ukraine is looming. Obama arrived in Tokyo Wednesday night on an official state visit. He was headed straight for a private dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh ah-bay) before bilateral talks Thursday. Obama also will be the honored guest at a state dinner. The situation in Eastern Europe remains…
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