Japan's young fret as unexpected recession hits

In this Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 photo, Mai Yamaguchi, a 29-year-old trading company employee heading into the gaudy Shibuya shopping area for an outing with her 4-month-old son and two other young moms and babies, poses for a portrait at a scramble crossing in Shibuya in Tokyo. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s choice last week to postpone a sales tax hike to help fend off recession comes less as a relief than as cause for greater concern over how the country will cope with its ballooning national debt. Yamaguchi was unimpressed by Abe’s decision. “I’m grateful to Mr. Abe for his policies to improve childcare, but putting off the tax increase, well, they say the pension system is on the verge of bankruptcy. I think it would have been better to go ahead and raise the tax as planned,” said Yamaguchi. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO (AP) — When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decided last week against walloping Japanese with another tax hike, it was cause for worry not celebration among the country's young.



Kerouac letter discovery shows poet didn't toss it

This image provided by the Profiles in History auction house shows the cover of an auction catalog, featuring several pages of what has become known as "The Joan Anderson Letter," some 16,000 Benzedrine-fueled, stream-of-consciousness words written by Neal Cassady to his friend Jack Kerouac in 1950. The letter, Kerouac said shortly before his death, would have transformed his counterculture muse Cassady into a towering literary figure, if only it hadn't been lost. As it turns out, the letter wasn't lost, just misplaced, and it's scheduled to go on sale Dec. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Profiles in History)LOS ANGELES (AP) — When a letter credited with inspiring Jack Kerouac to create a new literary genre suddenly surfaced, no one was happier than an 86-year-old poet and playwright from New Jersey.



St. Louis awaits grand jury decision on Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A grand jury has reached a decision about whether to indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
Red Sox spend on Sandoval, Ramirez to shake cellar

FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2014, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers' Hanley Ramirez follows through after hitting an RBI-double against the San Diego Padres during the third inning in a baseball game in San Diego. The Boston Red Sox expect to finalize the signing of Ramirez on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, file)BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox are hoping to spend their way out of the AL East cellar with two big free agent signings.



Browns QB Manziel involved in hotel scuffle

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2014, file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel warms up before an NFL football game against the Houston Texans in Cleveland. Police were called to The 9, where Manziel has a luxury apartment, after a fight broke out at 2:25 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21. According to a police report, Chris Conos told police he was assaulted by “Johnny Football and his entourage.” The 33-year-old fan said he and his girlfriend approached Manziel while waiting for an elevator and he told the popular first-round draft pick: “I’m the biggest Browns fan ever. I love you. I want to give you a hug.” (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)CLEVELAND (AP) — A Browns fan who says he wanted to give Johnny Manziel "a hug" was struck by the rookie quarterback's entourage at a downtown hotel and was left with a swollen eye and lip, police said.





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