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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 | 7/11-7/170 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

JACL statement on Emilie Grace Olsen’s suicide

JACL statement on Emilie Grace Olsen’s suicide

By Japanese American Citizens League The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) is deeply troubled by the circumstances and investigation surrounding the tragic death of Emilie Grace Olsen, a Chinese American student at Fairfield Middle School in Fairfield Township, Ohio. In a letter to parents in December 2014, Fairfield superintendent, Paul Otten, stated that bullying was […]

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

Asian groups file complaint over Harvard admission

By Jesse J. Holland Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — An alliance of Asian American groups on Friday filed a federal complaint against Harvard University, saying that the school and other Ivy League institutions are using racial quotas to admit students other than high-scoring Asians. More than 60 Chinese, Indian, Korean, and Pakistani groups came together […]

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Posted in National News, Vol 34 No 22 | 5/23-5/290 Comments

In US-Japan talks, China’s leader a factor

In US-Japan talks, China’s leader a factor

By Jim Kuhnhenn and Matthew Lee Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met last Tuesday, a major subtext of their discussions was the world leader not in the room — Chinese President Xi Jinping. China’s rise underlies both the economic and security discussions that will highlight […]

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Posted in National News, Vol 34 No 19 | 5/2-5/80 Comments

US lifts sanctions on prominent Myanmar businessman

By Matthew Pennington Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury on Thursday removed a prominent Myanmar businessman from a blacklist that had barred him from doing business in the United States. The beneficiary, Win Aung, is president of Myanmar’s main business association. Treasury also removed two companies of the Dagon Group that he heads off […]

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Posted in National News, Vol 34 No 19 | 5/2-5/80 Comments

Lead found in herbal compound — Washington State Dept. of Health warns not to use Bo-Ying products

Lead found in herbal compound — Washington State Dept. of Health warns not to use Bo-Ying products

  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent out an alert regarding Bo-Ying Compound after lead was found in the product. Bo-Ying Compound is an herbal product used to treat a wide variety of conditions in infants and children. The Washington State Department of Health wants people to be aware about the lead found in […]

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Posted in National News, Vol 34 No 18 | 4/25-5/10 Comments

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