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Taichung factory fire leaves three adults, one child dead
One child and three adults were killed early Wednesday in a factory fire in Taichung, fire officials said.
 
The wife and daughter of Kang Yu-hsun (康育薰), the driver of a bus that crashed and killed both himself and 32 passengers last month, has slammed his employer for failing to provide compensation.
 
The Labor Ministry was under fire again Wednesday as lawmakers identified additional loopholes in the administration's workweek law that they say enable employers to continue exploiting their workers.
 
The Defense Ministry on Wednesday issued a rare threat to sue a journalist over a report it says could hurt the unity of the armed forces, triggering outrage and fears that the move could harm press freedom.
 
Prosecutors in an alleged corruption case against Former Academia Sinica President Wong Chi-huey (翁啟惠) said Wednesday that they were seeking to revise the charges, which could lead to a life sentence if Wong is convicted.
 
First day of school
A dog is seen at a public shelter in this undated photo provided by the Taichung City Animal Protection and Health Inspection Office. In an attempt to help dog owners communicate with their pets better, Taichung animal authorities have opened a series of free-of-charge training lessons. The classes instruct owners on areas such as enhancing their relationship with their canine friends and developing correct living habits. Taichung citizens or those who adopted their dogs from public shelters will get top priority in securing class spots.
 
New bloom
Visitors walk on the Alley of Cherry Blossoms in the Alishan National Scenic Area on Wednesday, March 22. The Forest Bureau said Wednesday that the Alishan National Scenic Area had welcomed roughly 30,000 visitors in the past weekend as the cherry blossoms season started. There are more than 3,000 cherry trees of 30 types in the national park. Approximately 40 to 50 percent of trees of the most popular type -- Yoshino cherries -- have flowered, with this variety expected to peak by the Tomb Sweeping Festival on the first weekend of April.
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Fresh perspective
This photo capturing the natural green flash phenomenon in Taitung has been featured on the U.K.'s renowned "Atmospheric Optics" website. The photo, picked as the site's "Optic Picture of the Day," was displayed to numerous photography lovers worldwide. The picture was taken by Hualien-based physician Chen Jr-Shiung (陳志雄), who said he took the photo with an iPhone.
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We didn't plagiarize KMT's infrastructure plan: premier
Premier Lin Chuan (林全) and his spokesman on Tuesday rebutted claims that the government's newly announced infrastructure plan had plagiarized proposals made by the preceding Ma Ying-jeou administration.
 
Taiwan shares end higher, edging in on 10,000 point mark
Shares in Taiwan closed higher but remained just short of the 10,000 point mark on Tuesday after Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC, 台積電), the most heavily weighted local stock, led an upturn throughout the session, dealers said.
 
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