US News  February 23, 2017
Record damages awarded over US army base noise in Japan
Lawyers representing residents near a US airbase in Okinawa: noise is a long-term source of complaintA Japanese court on Thursday awarded record compensation for thousands of residents near a US military base over aircraft noise, but rejected their demand to suspend flights at odd hours.An Okinawa court ordered the Japanese government to pay 30.19 billion yen ($266 million) in damages to about 22,000 residents near Kadena Air Base -- more than thr...  Full Story
Chief executive out at Paramount Pictures
Brad Grey will give up his role as chief executive at Paramount Pictures, which he joined in 2005Viacom announced the departure of the top executive at Paramount Pictures, which has struggled for profit and was at the heart of a recent corporate power battle.Brad Grey will give up his role as chief executive at Paramount, remaining for a time as Viacom searches for someone to take his place, according to a release."It has been my privilege to ...  Full Story
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn to step down, stay as chairman: company
Carlos Ghosn, CEO of French automaker Renault, gestures during the presentation of the groupNissan boss Carlos Ghosn will step down as chief executive at the Japanese automaker but will stay on as chairman, the company said Thursday.Ghosn will be replaced by Hiroto Saikawa , who is the current co-chief executive, on April 1. "Having recently taken on new responsibilities at Mitsubishi Motors, and taking into consideration the upcoming Nis...  Full Story
Assault weapon fans in US are dealt legal setback
US appeals court rules hat "banned assault weapons and large-capacity magazines are not protected by the Second Amendment"A US appeals court has ruled that military-style assault weapons are not protected under the US Constitution, dealing a blow to gun rights activists."Put simply, we have no power to extend Second Amendment protection to the weapons of war," wrote Judge Robert King of Richmond, Virginia.The Second Amendment guarantees Americans the right to bear arm...  Full Story
Katy Perry skeletons resemble Trump, May at Brit Awards
US singer Katy Perry performs during the BRIT Awards 2017 ceremony and live show in London on February 22, 2017A performance by Katy Perry at the Brit Awards on Wednesday saw skeletons wearing outfits matching those of US President Donald Trump and his British counterpart Theresa May.Pop superstar Perry took to the stage at London's O2 Arena to perform "Chained To The Rhythm", surrounded by dozens of white houses.She was joined on stage by puppeteers carryi...  Full Story
Dakota pipeline protesters leave camp
Activists sit around a camp fire as it snows at Oceti Sakowin camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on December 5, 2016 outside Cannon Ball, North DakotaUS environment oil pipeline protestAfter nearly a year of occupying North Dakota prairie land to block the route of a controversial oil pipeline, many of the camp's holdouts finally marched out Wednesday to meet the federal evacuation deadline. Earlier this month US President Donald Trump signed an executive order to revive the pipeline project, and after the final permit was issu...  Full Story
New citizens breathe sigh of relief in Trump's America
Candidates for US citizenship take the oath of allegiance during a Naturalization Ceremony for new US citizens at the City Hall of Jersey City in New Jersey on February 22, 2017Overjoyed new US citizens breathed a huge sigh of relief and celebrated Wednesday, largely -- if not uniformly -- critical of the Trump administration's orders for a sweeping crackdown on illegal immigrants.US Citizenship and Immigration Services said it welcomed more than 25,000 new citizens in recognition of this year's President's Day in the wee...  Full Story
US Homeland Security chief talks migration in Guatemala
US Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly (C), waves after holding a meeting with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales at the Culture Palace in Guatemala City on February 22, 2017US plans to deport millions of Central American migrants and regional security issues dominated US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly's visit to Guatemala on Wednesday, his Guatemalan counterpart said.Interior Minister Francisco Rivas said he and Kelly discussed those issues after the US official, who arrived late Tuesday, held private talks wi...  Full Story