Japanese actress and singer Yoshiko "Shirley" Yamaguchi, who was nearly executed in China at the end of World War II, has died at the age of 94 after a life as dramatic as any of her films. Yamaguchi, who was born to Japanese parents in pre-war Manchuria, where her father worked for the railway, entertained Chinese and Japanese audiences posing as a Chinese under her assumed identity Li Xianglan. The actress, who formally went by the surname of her late husband and diplomat Hiroshi Otaka, succumbed to heart failure at her home in Tokyo on September 7, her family said Sunday. "She watched various DVDs including movies and documentaries from other countries like China and the United States."
U.S. stocks fell, after the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index had its best month since February, as energy producers sank with the price of crude to offset data showing U.S. manufacturing expanded at the fastest pace in three years.
Gasoline fell after a government report showed U.S. output rose before the Labor Day holiday that marks the end of the country’s peak-demand driving season. West Texas Intermediate crude settled little changed.
At 4:30 a.m. on a May morning in Hong Kong, Joseph Tsai gathered with three other executives of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. With the U.S. stock market just closed, it was time to submit the Chinese e-commerce giant’s prospectus for an initial public offering -- likely to be the largest ever in the U.S.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon ordered the state National Guard to restore peace after a third straight night of violence in the St. Louis suburb rocked by protests over the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer.
While David Cameron pledged today to take “whatever steps are necessary” to confront Islamic State after the beheading of a British hostage, no decisions are likely until after Scotland’s independence referendum.
In Australia’s remote top end U.S. fighter pilots are engaged in combat drills, while Marines sip beers at night in pubs in the tropical city of Darwin. Thousands of kilometers to the north, the U.S. finds itself in increasingly real standoffs with China’s air force.
Steve Ballmer resigned from Microsoft Corp.’s board, eight months after his departure as chief executive officer, ending more than three decades of direct involvement in the world’s largest software maker.
From the State of the Union address in January to a recent California fundraising swing, President Barack Obama has missed few opportunities to tout the nation’s use of renewable energy to fight climate change.