As illnesses spread, fake vape gear sells on LA streets

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A short walk from police headquarters in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, a cluster of bustling shops are openly selling packaging and hardware that can be used to produce counter...

Training surgeons like dogs, icky money win 2019 Ig Nobels

BOSTON (AP) — Training surgeons is as easy as training dolphins or dogs. At least according to a study that Thursday earned a 2019 Ig Nobel, the annual Nobel Prize spoof that rewards...

China likely source of pirated gold bars in global market

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Bars of gold fraudulently stamped with well-known refineries' logos are believed to be making their way to the global market, and China is allegedly the major source o...

US companies' message to Trump: Don't expand China tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — What happens if President Donald Trump carries out his threat to impose tariffs on the remaining $300 billion in Chinese goods that he hasn't already hit with 25% import taxes? ...

AP finds 13,000 asylum seekers on border wait lists

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — For thousands of desperate asylum seekers, there are many ways to wait — and wait, and wait — at the threshold of the United States. Parents and children...

China: Authorities bust fake Lego ring

Police in China have dismantled a gang accused of manufacturing and selling approximately $30 million (€26 million) worth of fake Legos, authorities said. A raid earlier this week in the souther...

USTR Special 301 Report puts China on 'priority watch list,' excludes Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- U.S. Trade Representative's Office (USTR) released its annual Special 301 Report today listing China on its "priority watch list" for Intellectual Property (IP) v...

Japan unveils new banknotes ahead of Reiwa Imperial Era

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Shortly after Japan announced the title of its new imperial era as “Reiwa” (令和), the Bank of Japan has unveiled three new currency notes to mark the occasion with t...

Japan joins Taiwan-US GCTF alliance to combat corruption in the Indo-Pacific

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Officials from the United States, Taiwan, and for the first time, Japan, served as co-hosts on Tuesday, March 26, for the Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF) on &l...

Relative of African dictator admits to counterfeiting money

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A son of missionaries who later married into the family of an African dictator has admitted to his role in an international counterfeiting operation. Ryan Gustafson...

Sports mourns 1960s touchstones: Mikita, Taylor, McCovey

They were touchstones of sports in the 1960s, and sports lost three of the best in 2018: Stan Mikita, the embodiment of powerful Chicago Blackhawks teams; Jim Taylor, the punishing Green Bay Packers f...

Sports mourns 1960s touchstones: Mikita, Taylor, McCovey

They were touchstones of sports in the 1960s, and sports lost three of the best in 2018: big-hitting Willie McCovey of the San Francisco Giants; Jim Taylor, the punishing Green Bay Packers fullback; a...

Italian Mafia, bikers, Berlin clans: Europe's crime gangs

According to the European Union, there are about 5,000 organized crime networks operating in all 28 member countries — and they have a significant effect on the bloc's economy. A 2016 report...

European Central Bank unveils new €100 and €200 banknotes

The European Central Bank (ECB) unveiled the new €100 and €200 notes to the public at its headquarters in Frankfurt on Monday. Like other bills in the second-generation "Europa" s...

New euro notes feature improved anti-counterfeit holograms

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — New versions of the 100- and 200-euro banknotes have more anti-counterfeiting features and a slimmer size that should make them easier to fit into wallets and purses. ...