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Man pulled out alive after Taiwan quake, more than 130 people still trapped

3 hours 22 min ago

By Yimou Lee TAINAN, Taiwan (Reuters) - Rescuers in Taiwan pulled a young man alive from a collapsed apartment tower on Sunday more than 24 hours after a strong earthquake shook the island, and kept searching for more than 130 people believed trapped in the ruins of the building. The 20-year-old was identified by Taiwan media as Huang Kuang-wei.


Burning Man tickets to include live entertainment tax

3 hours 23 min ago
RENO, Nev. (AP) — People buying Burning Man tickets later this month will also pay live entertainment tax for the first time.

N. Korea triggers fresh fury with space rocket launch

3 hours 25 min ago

North Korea said Sunday it had successfully put a satellite into orbit, with a rocket launch widely condemned as a disguised ballistic missile test for a weapons delivery system to strike the US mainland. The launch, which violated multiple UN resolutions, amounted to the North doubling down against an international community already struggling to punish Pyongyang for its nuclear test a month ago. In a special state TV broadcast, a female North Korean announcer, wearing a traditional Korean hanbok dress, hailed the "epochal" launch, personally ordered by leader Kim Jong-Un.


Rubio under fire in GOP debate after rise in polls

3 hours 27 min ago

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Marco Rubio, a first-term senator on the rise in the presidential race, faced a barrage of attacks in Saturday night's Republican debate, with rivals vigorously challenging his readiness to be president and the depth of his expertise as they sought to salvage their own White House hopes.


The Latest: Seoul restricts entry to joint park with North

3 hours 29 min ago

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket (all times local):


Wife says singer and band leader Dan Hicks dies at age 74

3 hours 34 min ago
MILL VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Dan Hicks, a musician whose work in the 1960s helped define San Francisco's psychedelic sound, has died. He was 74.

Police officer killed in roadside bombing in Afghanistan

3 hours 48 min ago
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says one policeman has been killed in a roadside bomb explosion in the country's east.

Chinese market electrifying for 'green' cars

3 hours 52 min ago

Government subsidies are fuelling a boom in electric vehicles in China, driving hopes for the industry's global future as the world's biggest car market offers economies of scale that could make the technology mainstream. Sales of electric cars, though still modest, have rocketed four-fold in a year -- thanks in part to lavish government handouts -- as Beijing looks to cut down on dangerous air pollution that shrouds urban areas. The sector has been a contrast with the rest of the market for cars in China, where growth has slowed markedly alongside the wider economy.


Malaysia's new Twitter police target critics of PM Najib

3 hours 57 min ago

By A. Ananthalakshmi KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Digitally savvy Malaysian police have been taking to social media to issue warnings to critics of scandal-hit Prime Minister Najib Razak in an unusual online campaign that critics say is unlikely to work. Najib is facing the biggest political crisis in his seven-year premiership over a multi-billion dollar scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and over deposits of $681 million in his private bank account. Najib, chairman of the 1MDB advisory board, has denied any wrongdoing and says he did not take any money for personal gain.


Rubio falters in presidential debate, offering hope to rivals

3 hours 58 min ago

By Steve Holland, Emily Stephenson and James Oliphant MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) - Republican contender Marco Rubio struggled at a presidential debate on Saturday at the worst possible time, potentially confounding his bid to emerge as Donald Trump's chief rival in New Hampshire and giving hope to three rivals desperate for a strong showing. Under assault from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie over his level of experience as a first-term U.S. senator from Florida, Rubio retreated time and again to canned statements from his stump speech and looked uncomfortably rattled for the first time after seamless performances at seven prior debates. "Marco, the thing is this," Christie said during one heated exchange early in the night, "when you're president of the United States, when you're a governor of a state, the memorized 30-second speech where you talk about how great America is at the end of it doesn't solve one problem for one person." While Rubio recovered later in the debate, the timing of his performance was terrible, coming three days before New Hampshire Republicans register their choices on Tuesday in the nation's second nominating contest.


North Korean rocket puts object into space, angers neighbors, U.S.

4 hours 5 min ago

By Ju-min Park and Shinichi Saoshiro SEOUL/TOKYO (Reuters) - North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Sunday carrying what it has called a satellite, but its neighbors and Washington denounced the launch as a missile test, conducted in defiance of U.N. sanctions and just weeks after a nuclear bomb test. The U.S. Strategic Command said it had detected a missile entering space, and South Korea's military said the rocket had put an object into orbit, quashing earlier media reports indicating the it might have failed in flight. North Korea said the launch of its satellite Kwangmyongsong-4, named after late leader Kim Jong Il, was a "complete success" and that it was making a polar orbit of the earth every 94 minutes.


Rubio wilts, Trump strong in Republican debate

4 hours 6 min ago

Surging Republican hopeful Marco Rubio wilted under sustained attack in the latest US presidential debate, denting his stature going into Tuesday's New Hampshire primary dominated by frontrunner Donald Trump. The telegenic, 44-year-old Florida senator -- who polls suggest has the best change of winning the White House for the Republicans -- was savaged by his rivals late Saturday for his lack of experience, floundering on a debate stage where he often shines. A strong showing in New Hampshire would confirm Rubio as the establishment candidate-of-choice for the nomination after his strong third-place finish in Iowa, behind Trump and evangelical US senator Ted Cruz.


New Year's fireworks a little quieter in Chinese capital

4 hours 11 min ago

BEIJING (AP) — Much of China's population can expect sub-standard sleep after the country starts ringing in the Year of the Monkey. The rat-a-tat snaps of firecrackers, whistling rockets and mortar-like fireworks with possibly enough gunpowder to down a small aircraft will make sure of that.


Iraq's Abadi dismisses Baghdad wall plans

4 hours 17 min ago
BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi Prime Minister is dismissing plans to build a wall around the Iraqi capital, according to a statement released by his office Saturday night.

Warriors win 41st straight home game, 116-108 over Thunder

4 hours 18 min ago

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — With a Super Bowl-sized stage, a celebrity-filled crowd and two championship contenders on the floor, it felt more like late May in Oracle Arena than early February.


France's Cahors wine is new frontier for Argentina, China

4 hours 29 min ago

France's southwestern Cahors region is a new frontier for foreign investors, from Argentine winegrowers doing the "Malbec tango" to potential investor "ambassadors" from China. Cahors is the new go-to destination for foreign investors as wine-growing land is becoming scarce -- and therefore exorbitantly expensive -- in other French regions. "You can't afford anything in Bordeaux or the Rhone or even in the Loire anymore," says Chilean specialist Pedro Parra, who works for Argentine wine firm Altos Las Hormigas.


Clinton seeks to cut into Sanders' New Hampshire advantage

4 hours 37 min ago

HENNIKER, N.H. (AP) — Trailing rival Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton sought to summon another New Hampshire comeback on Saturday but faced blunt questions about her trustworthiness and explanation of the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi.


Drivers beware: Famous LA bridge has begun coming down

4 hours 50 min ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The end has begun for a downtown bridge that played a supporting role in many Hollywood chase scenes down the concrete-lined Los Angeles River.


Republican U.S. presidential hopefuls say Zika quarantine may be needed

5 hours 15 min ago

Two Republican U.S. presidential hopefuls said on Saturday they would implement quarantines of travelers if necessary to stop the spread of the Zika virus. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who garnered international attention in 2014 when he quarantined a nurse who returned to the United States after treating Ebola patients, said he would not hesitate to do it again. "You bet I would," Christie said during a debate in New Hampshire with other Republican contenders for the White House.


MVP Newton, Watt, Rivera, Berry big winners of NFL awards

5 hours 16 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Cam Newton is now a Super Bowl quarterback with an MVP award.