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Is Uber necessary?
Riding taxi in Korea is often associated with an unpleasant experience of speeding, rider hunting by taxi drivers and sometimes cheating on fares.

Healing racial divide
As I sat in the back seat of my mom's black 1956 DeSoto, I pressed my pudgy, black, 4-year-old face against a mostly rolled up window. It was lowered enough to make sure I could breathe through the Los Angeles smog and August heat of 1965, but not ..

Extra sugar problem
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is shifting its obesity focus from fat to sugar, as it should. Recent studies have provided evidence of how overconsumption of sugar, often through sodas and energy drinks, has contributed to the rise of weight..

Franco-Russian deal on Mistral ships
ST. NAZAIRE, France - As the high-speed TGV train from Paris slowed down coming into St. Nazaire passing the sprawling shipyard alongside, a little boy in in the seat in front of us became animated and exclaimed, Look, Mama, there are the big war..

Seeing helps us believe
Only on rare occasions have black Americans and white Americans been given the opportunity to see eye to eye on racial issues. Whether we've actually seized the opportunity depends on our often occluded perspectives

Military glass ceiling
U.S. Army Ranger units are an especially closely-knit bunch. Every Ranger stands ready and able to protect their comrades and carry out extraordinarily difficult combat assignments under the most grueling conditions. Close doesn't count.

Labor minister's sermon on reform
Labor Minister Lee Ki-kweon has the air of a preacher, venting his gospel irrespective of the time or place. Last week, I joined two other reporters from our newspaper to meet him and his spokesman at a Japanese restaurant in downtown Seoul.

Remember the society they built, not what they burned
As we mark 50 years since the Watts riots, expect endless newsreel footage of buildings aflame and National Guard units occupying Central Avenue, experts rattling off gruesome statistics, eyewitness accounts of that stifling hot night on Aug. 11, 1..

Fix on student loans
If it makes sense for the government to help young people pay for college - and it does- then it also makes sense for the government to help them pay it back. On Monday, Hillary Clinton endorsed an idea that would improve both sides of this bargain.

Please accept Japan at its word
TOKYO - In recent years, the number of tourists visiting Japan has been increasing rapidly, reaching a record 13.4 million last year, a 29 percent increase from 2013. Japan seems to be making great strides toward its goal of recapturing the positio..

'Sumimasen,' we can't do that
Knock, knock, is Rep. Yuriko Koike home? I am your next-door neighbor and inadvertently overheard what you were saying. Even though we are only neighbors for a day, I think it is a good neighbor's duty to talk openly about things we dont agree on.

Story about Hiroshima, Nagasaki
Seventy years ago, the United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan: Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945; Nagasaki on Aug. 9. With searing heat and annihilating force, the nuclear blasts tore through factories, shops and homes in both cities. Huge portion..

Drones deliver concerns
Amazon wants dedicated airspace for drones to deliver express packages to customers. Facebook, which gave serious thought to launching its own $500 million satellite to provide Internet access to the developing world, instead may launch huge solar-..

Predatory finance vs. productive finance
What is a more advanced economy? An answer was implicitly made by Choi Kyung-hwan, South Korea's deputy prime minister and finance minister when questioned about U.S. activist hedge fund Elliott Associate at a press conference with foreign correspo..

Excuse for President Park
Why cant we like our President more for a change? It appears that everybody loves to hate incumbent President Park Geun-hye, although it is not an isolated case, considering her predecessors had their share of public spite during their time in of..

Borderless Europe under siege
Imagine for a moment that, instead of the federally run Customs and Border Protection agency, Texas, Arizona and neighboring states were charged with patrolling the southern border, while Montana, New York and so on were responsible for guarding th..

Lessons of Ferguson
Ferguson, Mo., is under a state of emergency again. Officials are bracing for the possibility of unrest after charges were filed against an 18-year-old who was shot and critically wounded by police amid a gun battle on the periphery of a protest co..

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