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Yum Brands names new CEO of China business

Yum Brands names new CEO of China business

NEW YORK (AP) — Yum Brands, the parent of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, is naming a new CEO of its China division as it works to reverse a sales skid in a key market. The company said Tuesday that Micky Pant, 60, is now the CEO of its China division. He replaces longtime […]

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Posted in National News, Vol 34 No 36 | 8/29-9/40 Comments

Shedding light on China’s Communist Party history — An interview with Sidney Rittenberg (Part one of a three-part series)

Shedding light on China’s Communist Party history — An interview with Sidney Rittenberg (Part one of a three-part series)

By Wen Liu Special to Northwest Asian Weekly In recent months, U.S.-China relations have been described as “at a tipping point” and “stubbornly cool” by prominent China watchers like David Lampton and Orville Schell. Are their observations right? We’ve heard tough words from Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter over China’s island constructions in the South […]

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Posted in Features 36, National News, Vol 34 No 36 | 8/29-9/40 Comments

University of Illinois won’t block Wise resignation as chancellor

University of Illinois won’t block Wise resignation as chancellor

By Alan Scher Zagier Associated Press The University of Illinois has reached a new deal with departing Chancellor Phyllis Wise that provides her a tenured faculty position paying nearly $300,000 a year — just two days after seeking to fire the molecular biologist amid a series of controversies, including her use of private email to […]

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Posted in National News, Vol 34 No 35 | 8/22-8/280 Comments

South Korean students visit Larch, study inmate-cat program

South Korean students visit Larch, study inmate-cat program

By Amy M.E. Fischer The Columbian YACOLT, Wash. (AP) — A team of South Korean college students traveled to Clark County this month to study a Larch Corrections Center program that pairs prison inmates with cats, with the idea that their country’s juvenile reformatories might benefit from a similar program. It’s a mission that many […]

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Posted in National News, Vol 34 No 35 | 8/22-8/280 Comments

U of Illinois: Officials broke email rules to hide content — Former University of Washington leader resigns current post

U of Illinois: Officials broke email rules to hide content — Former University of Washington leader resigns current post

By Michael Tarm and Tammy Webber Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — The University of Illinois announced Aug. 7 that several administrators — including Chancellor Phyllis Wise, who resigned earlier this week — violated school policy by using private emails to hide sometimes sharply worded, disparaging correspondence from public view. Hundreds of pages of emails released […]

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Posted in Features 34, National News, Vol 34 No 34 | 8/15-8/210 Comments

Stir about film on white people

Stir about film on white people

By David Bauder AP Television Writer NEW YORK (AP) — One of the challenges for makers of the MTV documentary “White People” was getting folks to talk about race when they didn’t feel the issue concerned them — like those quoted as saying they consider white the “default race” or “normal.” So filmmaker Jose Antonio […]

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Posted in National News, Vol 34 No 32 | 8/1-8/70 Comments

Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors to end US production

By Alan Scher Zagier Associated Press NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Mitsubishi Motors confirmed Friday that it plans to stop production at its only U.S. factory and sell the plant in central Illinois that has more than 1,200 workers. The Japanese automaker reviewed its global supply chain and decided it was necessary to end production at […]

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Posted in National News, Vol 34 No 32 | 8/1-8/70 Comments

Official says Christian retreat heartbroken over stabbings

By David Dishneau Associated Press Operators of a rural Maryland religious retreat where a man was killed in a double stabbing are heartbroken over the weekend attack, a board member said July 28. Given the behavior of a homeless man charged in the case, the board of Anna Prayer Counseling Inc. should become more cautious […]

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Posted in National News, Vol 34 No 32 | 8/1-8/70 Comments

Malaysia taken off US human trafficking blacklist

By Matthew Pennington Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic lawmakers and rights groups on July 27 accused the State Department of politicizing its annual rankings of nations on their efforts to combat modern-day slavery, as key trading partner Malaysia was taken off a blacklist. Cuba was also given an upgrade, a week after the U.S. […]

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Posted in National News, Vol 34 No 32 | 8/1-8/70 Comments

Feds: 2 men traveled to Philippines for murder-for-hire plot

By Larry Neumeister Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Two North Carolina men were arrested July 22 on charges that they carried out a contract killing, allegedly leaving a woman dead on a garbage pile in the Philippines before each collected a portion of their $35,000 fee. An indictment unsealed in U.S. District Court in […]

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Posted in National News, Vol 34 No 32 | 8/1-8/70 Comments

Pao resigns — Controversial CEO leaves Reddit

By Marley Jay Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Reddit announced July 3 that interim CEO Ellen Pao resigned from the company, and co-founder Steve Huffman is back as its CEO. The freewheeling online discussion forum and news site, which says it had 164 million unique visitors last month, has been rocked by unrest recently. […]

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Posted in National News, Vol 34 No 31 | 7/25-7/310 Comments

Eight brought in workers illegally for Asian eateries

By Joe Mandak Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Eight men recruited immigrants who were in the country illegally to work for low wages at six Asian restaurants the suspects owned or managed in central Pennsylvania, federal prosecutors said. The suspected ringleader — 51-year-old Jing Mei “Jimmy” Jiang of Boalsburg — and the others have agreed […]

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Posted in National News, Vol 34 No 31 | 7/25-7/310 Comments

Ex-doc in Vegas hepatitis C spread sentenced

Ex-doc in Vegas hepatitis C spread sentenced

By Ken Ritter Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal judge had scathing words for a once-prominent Las Vegas doctor he sentenced to almost six years and ordered to repay $2.2 million to insurance firms and the government in a fraud case arising from the largest medical office hepatitis C outbreak in Nevada history. […]

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Posted in National News, Vol 34 No 30 |7/18-7/240 Comments

Mercer Island woman killed, 3 other Washington residents injured in head-on crash in Montana

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Two people were killed and four were injured in a head-on crash on U.S. 310 in south-central Montana. The Montana Highway Patrol says a northbound Chevy Malibu driven by a 66-year-old man from Mercer Island, Washington, crossed into the southbound lane near Bridger and crashed head-on into a Pontiac driven by […]

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Posted in National News, Vol 34 No 30 |7/18-7/240 Comments

Celebrating 40 years of teaching hula

Celebrating 40 years of teaching hula

By Melissa Tanji AP Wire Service WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — In a single-car garage on Vineyard Street in Wailuku, a young Iola Caldito learned the hula. Taught by the late Elizabeth Lum Ho, the 6-year-old found a passion and never let go. “I loved hula from the very start,” said Iola Caldito Balubar, now 68, […]

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Posted in National News, Vol 34 No 29 | 7/11-7/170 Comments

Leland Yee, ex-state senator, facing up to 20 years on racketeering

Leland Yee, ex-state senator, facing up to 20 years on racketeering

By Sudhin Thanawala Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A former California state senator — once considered a leading candidate for a statewide office — is facing up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to a racketeering charge in an organized crime case centered in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Leland Yee — an advocate […]

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Posted in National News, Vol 34 No 29 | 7/11-7/1718 Comments

The case against NYPD officer Peter Liang — Being Asian American is not a free pass

The case against NYPD officer Peter Liang — Being Asian American is not a free pass

By Jenn Fang Northwest Asian Weekly In a week that has already left me disheartened over the state of race in America today, the last thing I really needed was to read the details of the prosecution’s case against Peter Liang. The trial against NYPD officer Peter Liang, who fatally shot Akai Gurley late last […]

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Posted in Features 29, National News, Vol 34 No 29 | 7/11-7/171 Comment

Familias Unidas negotiates new pay with Sakuma Farms — Work stoppage avoided

Members of the board of the independent farmworker union, Familias Unidas por la Justicia, met June 23 with Ryan Sakuma owner of Sakuma Farms of Burlington Washington to negotiate a new pay rate. Farmworkers reported the most recent abuse against them to the union; Sakuma Farms imposed a new pay rate demanding farmworkers to pick […]

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Posted in National News, Vol 34 No 28 | 7/4-7/100 Comments

South Korean team wins $2M in disaster-response robot test

POMONA, Calif. (AP) — The robots drove, walked trough rubble, climbed stairs, turned valves and sometimes fell, amid cheers and groans from a crowd of thousands at the Fairplex in Pomona, California. After three years of research, development and an obstacle course of competition, a South Korean team on June 6 won the three-year and […]

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Posted in National News, Vol 34 No 25 | 6/13-6/190 Comments

Karen students act out their lives’ journeys

Karen students act out their lives’ journeys

By Maja Beckstrom St. Paul Pioneer Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — When it was time to choose roles in the play, Mu Pa chose the part of a Burmese soldier. “I know how to do it,” said the young Karen woman, who was a toddler when Burmese soldiers burned her village and killed her […]

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Posted in National News, Vol 34 No 24 | 6/6-6/120 Comments

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