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BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS

July 8, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO AIRLINER CRASH

SAN FRANCISCO — The pilot at the controls of the flight that crash landed in San Francisco was guiding a Boeing 777 into that airport for the first time, and authorities also are saying one of the two Chinese teenagers who died might have been run over by a rescue vehicle. By Jason Dearen and Joan Lowy. AP Photos, Video, Interactive.

SAN FRANCISCO CRASH-ASIANA AIRLINES

SEOUL, South Korea — Asiana Airlines says the pilot in control of the Boeing 777 that crashed in San Francisco had little experience flying that type of plane and was landing one for the first time at that airport. AP Photos.

SAN FRANCISCO AIRLINER CRASH-SURVIVORS

SAN FRANCISCO — As Asiana Flight 214 was coming in low over San Francisco Bay, Fei Xiong and her 8-year-old son looked at each other, sensing something was wrong. By Jason Dearen. AP Photos.

SAN FRANCISCO AIRLINER CRASH-VICTIMS

BEIJING — The two Chinese teenagers who died in an Asiana Airlines plane crash in San Francisco were student leaders who excelled in their studies and in the arts — one was a calligrapher and the other a pianist. By Gillian Wong. AP Photos.

CHINA-RAILWAYS CORRUPTION

BEIJING — China’s former railways minister Liu Zhijun was given a suspended death sentence for bribery and abuse of power in one of the country’s highest-profile corruption cases in years. By Gillian Wong. AP Photos.

JAPAN-NUCLEAR

TOKYO — Japan moved a step closer to restarting nuclear reactors as four utility companies applied for safety inspections of 10 idled plants, the clearest sign of a return to atomic energy nearly two and a half years after the Fukushima disaster. By Mari Yamaguchi. AP Photos.

AP IMPACT: MIAs IN LIMBO

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon’s effort to account for tens of thousands of Americans missing in action from foreign wars is so inept, mismanaged and wasteful that it risks descending from “dysfunction to total failure,” according to an internal study suppressed by military officials. The report says the decades-old pursuit of bones and other MIA evidence is sluggish, often duplicative and unscientific. In one example, it was snookered into digging up remains that the North Koreans apparently had taken out of storage and planted in former American fighting positions, the report said. By National Security Writer Robert Burns. AP photos, interactive.

THAILAND-SLAIN AMERICAN

BANGKOK — Thai police arrested a Bangkok taxi driver accused of stabbing an American passenger to death with a machete in an argument over a fare worth less than $2.

MYANMAR-OBIT-FORMER DRUG KINGPIN

YANGON, Myanmar — A man dubbed the “Godfather of Heroin” by the U.S. government and slapped with financial sanctions for allegedly helping prop up Myanmar’s brutal former military junta through illegal business dealings died over the weekend. Lo Hsing Han was 80 years old. By Aye Aye Win.

SINGAPORE-AMERICAN’S DEATH

SINGAPORE — A judge ruled that an American engineer who was found dead in his apartment in Singapore last year killed himself, rejecting suspicions by the man’s parents that he was murdered because of research into sensitive technology. By Heather Tan.

BUSINESS:

WORLD MARKETS

BANGKOK — Concern over China’s slowdown weighed on Asian stock markets after the head of the International Monetary Fund warned of a loss of momentum in emerging economies. By Kay Johnson.

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CASINOS’ MACAU HEADACHE

LAS VEGAS — The center of the U.S. gambling industry is no longer in glittering Las Vegas, but in a tiny Chinese territory on the other side of the world. Macau’s stunning growth in a decade is changing the balance sheets of U.S. corporations, but corruption allegations are raising the specter of the bad old days of Sin City. By Hannah Dreier. AP Photos.

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