Powerful earthquake hits south Japan; no reports of damage

TOKYO (AP) — A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 struck southern Japan on Thursday, but there was no danger of a tsunami or any immediate reports of casualties or damage.


Despite court ruling, China gay rights movement makes gains

CHANGSHA, China (AP) — For years, Chen Tiantian could only read about the gay rights movement in faraway places. She knew that there were activists in Beijing and a vibrant community in Shanghai, and that in San Francisco, a distant mecca, gay pride parades took up entire streets.

  • Written by GERRY SHIH, Associated Press

Families of Germanwings crash victims sue US flight school

WASHINGTON (AP) — The families of victims killed last year when a suicidal pilot flew an airliner into a mountainside in the French Alps are suing the U.S. flight school where the pilot was trained.

  • Written by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press