Revisiting WWII: Encounters with the enemy

In this March 22, 2015, photo, Yoshiko Shimabukuro, a survivor of the Himeyuri Student Nurse Corps 70 years ago, points to a photo of the First Surgical Cave where she stationed in the battle of Okinawa during WWII at Himeyuri Peace Museum in Itoman on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa. Shimabukuro, head of the museum, who experienced the wars darkest moments, its never been easy to reconcile the hatred of the past with the peace of the present. It took decades for Baker to open up about his experiences. Shimabukuro has spent her life teaching children the horrors of her personal battle and praying for the day when the 20,000 U.S. troops still based on her island will leave, once and for all. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

ITOMAN, Japan (AP) — In Norman Baker’s mind, the Japanese were fanatical, brutal animals with no respect for life.

Visiting the new Las Vegas: More than gambling

In this April 15, 2015, photo, the Shake Shack is seen in front of the New York-New York hotel and casino in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Remember when a visit to Las Vegas was all about gambling? Massive, windowless casinos with air-conditioning and free drinks kept guests oblivious to the passage of time while they sat at slot machines and card tables for hours on end.

Diet Pepsi dropping aspartame on customer concerns

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2009 file photo, Pepsi drinks are on display at JJ&F Market in Palo Alto, Calif. PepsiCo says its dropping aspartame from Diet Pepsi in response to customer feedback and replacing it with sucralose, another artificial sweetener commonly known as Splenda. The decision to swap sweeteners comes as Americans keep turning away from popular diet sodas. Coca-Cola said this week of April 20, 2015, that sales volume for Diet Coke fell 5 percent in North America in the first three months of the year.(AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

NEW YORK (AP) — PepsiCo is dropping aspartame from Diet Pepsi in response to customer worries and replacing it with sucralose, another artificial sweetener commonly known as Splenda.

Seriously silly, Monty Python reunites for a weekend tribute

FILE - In this June 30, 2014 file photo, from left, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones of the comedy troop Monty Python pose for photographers during a photo in London. A 40th anniversary screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail will take place during the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday, April 24, 2015, at the Beacon Theatre in New York. (Photo by John Phillips Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Today they reign as elder statesman of cerebral silliness, these alumni of the Monty Python comedy troupe and, some would argue, the funniest men who ever lived.

Sandler film sparks debate over American Indian images

FILE - In this June 22, 2013 file photo, Johnny Depp attends the world premiere of "The Lone Ranger," with background images of him as Tonto, left, and Armie Hammer in the title role, at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, Calif. A group of American Indian actors walking off the set of an Adam Sandler movie has sparked a debate over why Native American stereotypes in media have endured. It also shows that more Native Americans are voicing their opinions. This week, eight Indian actors quit the northern New Mexico production of the satirical Western "The Ridiculous Six" over complaints about offensive names and religious scenes.(Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — When a group of American Indian actors walked off the set of an Adam Sandler movie this week, their decision generated praise and scorn on social media.

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