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Tokyo Celebrates Win to Host 2020 Olympics

Updated: 09/09/2013 - Tokyo residents were elated on Sunday after it was announced the Japanese capital had beaten out rivals Istanbul and Madrid in the race to host the 2020 Olympics.

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Syria Update: Germany, EU Agree Assad to Blame, But Want UN Report First

Posted: 09/08/2013 - Obama Still Seeks Syrian Military Strike... Germany joins US in blaming Assad for attack... U.S. official releases a DVD showing video of chemical attack victims... Paper: UN team could submit Syria report within a few days... EU: All info on Syria gas attack points to Assad (but that any potential military attack against it should wait for a U.N. inspectors' report)... Syria forces possible GOP candidates to pick sides... Looming Syria vote prompts protests... Vatican: 100,000 attend Syria peace vigil

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Pakistan Militants Prepare for War in Afghanistan

Posted: 09/08/2013 - Militants in Pakistan's most populous province are said to be training for what they expect will be an ethnic-based civil war in neighboring Afghanistan after foreign forces withdraw in 16 months, according to analysts and a senior militant...analysts accuse the government of lacking the political will to go after the militants...Pakistan doesn't want to see Afghanistan return to the 1990s, when civil war destroyed the country and gave rise to the repressive Taliban regime which in turn strengthened Pakistan's militants..."We know where they are. We could bomb the whole area, flatten it. That would solve Afghanistan's problem but what would that leave for us? . We might solve the Afghan problem but our problem would be far worse. We would suffer for the next 40 years."

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Fla. Teen Helps Nicaraguans with Clean Water

Posted: 09/08/2013 - ...there's a village in a remote region of Nicaragua -- you need a rental vehicle, horses and river-forging pangas to reach it -- with dreadful drinking-water and sanitation conditions. And the 2012 Pine View School graduate has given villagers her word that she will return, with water purifiers, in January.

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Today in History: St. Augustine; Galveston Hurricane; Nixon Pardon; Monster Mash; Star Trek

Posted: 09/08/2013 - On September 8 - In 1565, a Spanish expedition established the first permanent European settlement in North America at present-day St. Augustine, Fla. In 1900, Galveston, Texas, was struck by a hurricane that killed an estimated 8,000 people. In 1974, President Gerald R. Ford granted an unconditional pardon to former President Richard Nixon. In Entertainment history - In 1962, "Monster Mash" by Bobby "Boris" Pickett made its debut on the charts. In 1966, the television series "Star Trek" premiered on NBC. It ran for three years.

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Second Tornado Hits Tokyo, Japan

Posted: 09/05/2013 - Tornadoes, a rare event in Japan, have struck twice in as many days north of Tokyo, the latest one on Wednesday (September 4).

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The Smart Watch is On The Way

Updated: 09/04/2013 - Now that so many people carry around smartphones, retailers are looking for the next big product in technology to create growth in their industry.

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Man from Singapore Has 6000+ Barbie Dolls

Updated: 09/04/2013 - The white exterior and spartan gray staircase of Jian Yang's tidy rowhouse give no hint of the shock that lies within - a pink living room floor and his collection of more than 6,000 Barbie dolls.

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300+ Foot Basketball Trick Shot

Updated: 09/04/2013 - Australian trick shot artists "How Ridiculous" have done it again -- breaking their own record with a shot tossed from more than 320 feet atop the Euromast in Rotterdam.

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Obama Administration Still Trying to Persuade Congress to Strike Syria

Updated: 09/03/2013 - Congress holds its first public hearing Tuesday as lawmakers decide whether to back President Obama's resolution to attack Syria. Across the Capital, the Obama Administration is blitzing lawmakers with briefings and meetings to sell the plan.

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Malala Honored at Library Opening

Updated: 09/03/2013 - The Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban was the guest of honor at a library opening in England Tuesday.

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Tornadoes Touch Down in Japan

Updated: 09/03/2013 - Emergency officials believe two tornadoes likely struck north of Tokyo.

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US News: Western Fires Continue; NJ Newborn Found in Trash; Alaskan Quake

Posted: 09/01/2013 - UPDATE: Smoke from Sierra fire reaches Yosemite Valley... Prosecutors: Newborn boy found in NJ trash pile... Dozens of aftershocks expected on Alaskan island... Feds study humpback whale endangered list removal... Okla. woman, pet kangaroo find new home at zoo...

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Syrian Update: Obama Allows Congress to Weigh In; Putin, UN Already Doing So

Posted: 09/01/2013 - Congress receives White House draft resolution on Syria... Obama made last-minute decision on Syria congressional approval... Lawmakers begin to grapple with Syria question... France to await US congressional decision on Syria... Putin urges US to hold off on striking Syria... UN: Syria attack timing idea 'grotesque'...

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World News: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, NKorea, Australia Updates

Posted: 09/01/2013 - Attacks in southern Afghanistan kill at least 18... Suspected US drone kills 3 militants in Pakistan... Protesters rally over lawmakers' pensions in Iraq... Yemen premier unharmed after attack by gunmen... NKorea blames US threat for aborting envoy's trip... Change of Guard coming in Australia?... Czech train collides with cows, killing 17 of them...

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