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Japanese resort to launch search for new geisha

A small hot spring resort in eastern Japan plans to recruit three women to become geisha in an effort to preserve a tradition and to boost tourism, a local official said on Friday. Shimoda city, 130 kilometres (80 miles) southwest of Tokyo, has set aside 5.23 million yen ($68,000) for…

Police investigating noose, hanging doll found outside African American church

Police in Laurel, Maryland are investigating a doll hanging from noose found outside an African American church over the weekend. A maintenance employee found the doll with racial epithets written on it at about 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 31, according to church officials. “I called the police immediately and they…