Air carriers are watching the situation at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant closely, making contingency plans and routing adjustments to keep operations running smoothly and protect passengers and crew from radiation risks.
The phrase "normal is an allusion" is written upside down on the front door. Colorful Harajuku Tutu skirts, a Japanese fashion staple, and salvaged denim fills the funky space inside the store called Fearless Weirdos.
The Beijing games beckoned, far in the distance, as three sprinters aligned themselves last winter for a run at the grandest title in track and field -- Olympic 100-meter champion. They had clearly defined roles: the favorite, the record holder, the upstart.
Here was movement sweeter than beautiful music or fine wine, a combination of speed and style that ever so briefly transcends sport. We see it rarely in person and squeeze our eyes shut to remember it in ways that YouTube cannot convey.
Earlier this week, I climbed onto a shuttle bus from the U.S. team hotel at the world track and field championships, where I had been doing an interview with an athlete. The bus idling at the curb was the most efficient way to get the meandering 60 minutes through rush hour traffic to Osaka Nagai Stadium. Sitting three rows back along the aisle was 24-year-old U.S. 1,500-meter runner Alan Webb, who would run that evening in the semifinals of his event.
Here is what the young man told his coach two years ago: I took care of myself. I'm fine. And so the coach let an ugly controversy drop. He pulled back and allowed the young man to grow and Tuesday night on a running track halfway around the world from home, Kerron Clement won the gold medal in the 400-meter hurdles at the world track and field championships.
A sprinter writes his legacy in contrary moments, trying to mix desperate athletic passion with the calm required to sustain perfect running technique. The body wants to thrash like a child on the playground, flailing toward the finish line. The mind must make it chill, for thrashing is slow and inefficient and leads to defeat. In fractions of a second, champions are divided from the merely swift.
On a Sunday afternoon in the spring of 2001, Alan Webb ran a mile faster than any other U.S. high school runner in history. More than 11,000 spectators rose in a frenzy to cheer the epic performance at Oregon's Hayward Field, and many more embraced it from afar. Webb clocked 3:53.43 that day, nearly two seconds faster than Jim Ryun had run 36 years earlier. World-record holder and race winner Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco invited Webb to share his victory lap. David Letterman invited him to share his stage.
New technology may be on the verge of providing us with the ability to store and file details of our lives far beyond our natural capacity to remember, creating the possibility of personal "Black Box"-style recorders capable of chronicling entire lives.
The vodka may be cheap, but according to the latest cost-of-living survey from Mercer Consulting, Moscow now ranks as the world's most expensive city, edging out Tokyo, which held the No. 1 spot for four straight years.
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - It's hard to make New Yorkers feel good about the absurd amounts of money required to live comfortably in Gotham. But a survey out this week might at least make them feel a little better.
In Japan's deadliest rail accident in more than 40 years, a commuter train went off the tracks during Monday morning rush hour outside Osaka in central Japan, killing 49 people and injuring more than 200 others, many seriously, authorities said.