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Japanese paper apologizes for writing ‘sex slaves’ instead of ‘comfort women’



TOKYO — Japan’s biggest newspaper apologized in print Friday for using the term “sex slaves” in its English-language edition to describe Asian women forced into Japanese military-run brothels during World War II.

The conservative Yomiuri said in articles in English and Japanese that it was inappropriate to have used the phrase and others implying the women were coerced to provide sex. The newspaper identified 97 articles, including 85 of its own, with “sex slaves” or similar expressions…

A little bit of gratitude can do wonders for your health



Thanksgiving may be the only major American holiday focused on giving thanks for all of life’s blessings, but gratitude isn’t just a good excuse for chowing down on turkey and pumpkin pie; it’s also a way to promote good health and well-being, experts say.

Dozens of studies have found that gratitude can improve well-being, and can even help people curb depression and anxiety, improve cholesterol and get better sleep, said Robert Emmons, a psychologist at the University of California, Davis,…

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Hot games for the holiday season: A gamers’ gift guide



Are you in the search for the perfect gift for your the gamer in your life?

This holiday season is practically sensory-overload for video game fans, as publishers crank out the big titles just in time for the shopping season. To cut through some of the confusion, we’ve compiled a handy guide of some of the best bets of the year.

These titles will fit a range of people, from younger players to more seasoned veterans, covering light party games to…

Will the sharing economy eventually turn us all into contractors?



The last few years have brought an explosion of startups, like Uber and TaskRabbit, that effectively act as middlemen. These companies don’t actually employ the workers who ferry passengers around town or assemble strangers’ Ikea furniture. Their online platforms merely connect people who want to provide these services with people who want to pay for them. As a result, the Ubers and TaskRabbits of the world don’t have to provide most of the benefits we normally associate with full-time…

Anger in Ferguson echoes across the country



Protests erupted across the country Monday night as news spread of the decision to clear Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Even as fires burned in Ferguson and President Barack Obama appealed for calm, demonstrators gathered in front of the White House, on New York City bridges, in Times Square, on California freeways and elsewhere.

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— Desire (@Desire_Renee)

The worst things people do on airplanes, ranked



The Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and the Sunday after, are typically the worst travel days in the U.S. all year. And this year is no exception. Airlines for America, an industry trade group, projects 24.6 million passengers will take to the skies between Nov. 21 and Dec. 2, 2014

Not all of them, unfortunately, will give a good accounting of themselves. But as with any kind of bad behavior, some airplane sins are worse than others


Report: Former Tinder execs launch Bumble, a dating app that looks like Tinder



A Tinder cofounder and VP who left the company is reportedly gearing up to launch a new “respectful” dating app, Bumble

Whitney Wolfe left Tinder earlier this year and sued the company’s CMO, Justin Mateen, who was also her ex-boyfriend for alleged sexual harassment. Now, she’s teaming up with two other ex-Tinder executives, Chris Gulczynski, formerly COO, and past Sarah Mick, formerly VP of design, according to a TechCrunch report.

Google is enhancing mobile search results for easier holiday shopping



Happy holidays, mobile users. Google updated its search engine on Sunday to include fancier functions for smartphones and tablets that make your Christmas shopping easier.

In time for Black Friday, your shopping on mobile devices will yield some extra information, like where the product is available and user reviews, at the top of Google‘s interface. You don’t have to use Google’s “shopping” tab, either. The details will pop up on a regular search. You’ll also have the option to use a 3D,…

Rivers of mud sweep through Morocco in deadly flooding



Days of heavy rain in Morocco, which began Nov. 20 but intensified over the weekend, have turned dry riverbeds into raging rivers, leaving dozens dead.

At least 32 people were killed and dozens of homes were swept into the torrents, the Interior Ministry said Monday. Video purportedly taken in Tantan, located in south of the city of Guelmin, shows a raging river of mud bursting through the city


People are hacking electronic transport tickets to score free rides



There’s an Opal Card rebellion going on in Sydney. A group of dedicated tightarses are using hacks on the new transport card system to save themselves $20 a week. Yep. It has come to this.

It all began when the New South Wales Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian dared Sydneysiders to try and hack the system. “I want people to beat the system,” Berejiklian said in September. “I want people to find the savings because they are there to be had.”