Emperor performs ritual to report abdication to Shinto gods

TOKYO (AP) — Emperor Akihito is praying at a Japanese shrine in a ritual to report his upcoming abdication to the Shinto gods. The 85-year-old emperor will retire on April 30 in the ...

Stars, Predators ready to build a rivalry in playoffs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The NHL could not have planned this any better. The Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars are due to meet in the next Winter Classic but first the two Central ...

AP PHOTOS: Horses race in Nepal capital to keep devils away

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's president, top officials and diplomats gathered recently at army grounds in central Kathmandu for an annual horse festival that marks the slaying of the Hindu Gurumapa ...

Exuberant Met exhibit explores the art of rock 'n' roll

NEW YORK (AP) — Museum exhibits tend to be quiet. Not this one. In "Play It Loud," an exuberant show that can be heard as well as seen, the Metropolitan Museum of Art takes on the hi...

Review: How sweet the sound is in Aretha doc 'Amazing Grace'

After many dangers, toils and snares, the long-lost Aretha Franklin concert film "Amazing Grace" has finally seen the light, and good Lord is it good. Filmed over two sessions in Jan...

Harrell, Clippers stay hot in 132-108 win over Cavaliers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Montrezl Harrell scored 23 points, rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 22 points and eight assists, and the playoff-bound Los Angeles Clippers beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-108 ...

Today in History

Today in History Today is Friday, March 29, the 88th day of 2019. There are 277 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 29, ...

Def Leppard's Joe Elliott nervous about rock hall speech

NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Elliott has no problem addressing huge crowds at concerts and festivals. But when his band Def Leppard gets inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Friday, it's the speec...

Williamson, Duke survive UCF's late misses, reach Sweet 16

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Zion Williamson took on 7-foot-6 Tacko Fall at the end and won. So did top-seeded Duke — barely — when two last-ditch shots by UCF rolled off the rim. Williamso...

Emoji gods approve skin-tone options for couples of color

NEW YORK (AP) — In the world of emojis, interracial couples had virtually no options in terms of skin tone. But the emoji gods, otherwise known as the Unicode Consortium, recently rectifed that, appro...

The Shoushan National Nature Park

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- The Shoushan National Nature Park (壽山國家自然公園), located in Taiwan’s southern port city of Kaohsiung, is the first national nature park in Taiwan. Rich in historic and na...

Communist party members in Tibet irk Beijing by engaging with religion

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – According to reports, the Chinese communist party is having trouble trying to keep party members in Tibet from engaging in religious activities and adopting attitudes symp...

Lillard and McCollum lift Blazers to 132-105 win over Jazz

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — On a night in which they were without starting center Jusuf Nurkic, everything else went right for the Portland Trail Blazers. Damian Lillard had 36 points and ...

Officiating helps determine Super Bowl teams

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The last thing the NFL would ever want is for an officiating mistake to decide the Super Bowl. On Sunday, the league might have gotten enough errors to determ...

Blown call stands out, but Rams are still amazing LA Story

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An egregious mistake by the refs overshadowed the Los Angeles Rams' moment of triumph. Too bad. This is one amazing L.A. Story. ...