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AP EXPLAINS: What we know about S. Korean political scandal

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 3:00am

To outsiders, the frenzy that has erupted here may not seem to match this week's acknowledgment by South Korean President Park Geun-hye that she got help, including the editing of some of her speeches, from a mysterious woman outside of the government.

Pokemon Go boost limited as Nintendo cuts profit forecast

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 2:30am

Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co. has slashed its operating profit and sales forecasts for this fiscal year, despite the global success of "Pokemon Go."

EU chief says trade deal with Canada still possible

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 2:20am

The president of the European Union still hopes that a free trade between the bloc and Canada can be signed at a summit this week despite Belgium's refusal so far to sign on.

Trump touts hotel as Pence heads to Utah in waning days

Will Weissert and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 2:10am

Donald Trump is taking a break from campaigning Wednesday to formally open his new hotel in Washington, while dispatching his running mate to play political defense in Utah — which hasn't backed a Democrat for president in 52 years.

Q&A: New sign-up season; new woes for Obama health law

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 2:00am

President Barack Obama is leaving the White House in a few months, but the troubles of his signature health care law continue to make headlines. With premiums rising by double digits and many consumers scrambling to replace coverage because their insurer bailed out, the 2017 sign-up season that starts Nov. 1 looks challenging.

Hobbit-fueled tourism New Zealand's top foreign-cash source

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 2:00am

In New Zealand there are twice as many cows as people, but it's the hobbits that are really making hay.

Germany: Union calls cabin crew strike Thursday at Eurowings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 1:50am

A union representing cabin crew in Germany says it plans a strike at Lufthansa's budget offshoot Eurowings on Thursday in a dispute over pay and conditions.

Ericsson appoints new CEO amid decline in networks industry

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 1:42am

Ericsson has appointed longtime board member Borje Ekholm as the new CEO as the Swedish networks operator struggles to improve earnings amid a decline in the industry.

Appeals court to review ex-coal CEO Blankenship's case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 1:41am

Attorneys for former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship are hoping to convince an appeals court their client was wrongly sent to prison.

Workplace shooting suspect described as 'perfect neighbor'

Alanna Durkin Richer and Ben Finley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 1:21am

The man authorities say killed a former co-worker and wounding three others at a rail car factory in Virginia was described by neighbors as a good friend and hard worker who showed no signs of violence.

The Trump-Clinton Twitter war: Bludgeon vs. stiletto

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 1:20am

Back in June, when Donald Trump slammed President Barack Obama's endorsement of Hillary Clinton on Twitter, the Democrat's campaign was quick to tweet back a chilly three-word response: "Delete your account ."

Hyundai Motor blames strike as profit hits 7-year-low

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 12:50am

Hyundai Motor's third-quarter profit fell to its lowest level in nearly seven years, well below forecasts, due to a strike that dented production and weak demand in emerging markets.

Wyoming sees another drop in unemployment rate

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 11:40pm

Wyoming's unemployment rate fell in September for the second consecutive month.

AP News Guide: New phase for Dakota Access pipeline protest

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 11:11pm

Activists who have been protesting the nearly 1,200-mile Dakota Access oil pipeline for months ratcheted up the pressure this week by moving onto private land owned by the pipeline developer. Here's a guide to the latest developments and key background about the protest:

Asian shares hit by gloom on Wall Street, lower oil prices

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 10:30pm

Shares fell broadly in Asia on Wednesday after a gloomy session on Wall Street, where shares of household names like appliance maker Whirlpool and athletic apparel maker Under Armour suffered their worst declines in years. Weaker oil prices also cast a pall.

Company asks pipeline protesters to leave North Dakota land

Blake Nicholson and James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 10:02pm

The developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline said Tuesday that the dozens of protesters who have camped on company-owned land since the weekend are trespassing and that "lawless behavior will not be tolerated."

Chinese firm says it did all it could ahead of cyberattack

Gerry Shih, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 9:33pm

A Chinese electronics maker that has recalled products sold in the U.S. said Tuesday it did all it could to prevent a massive cyberattack that briefly blocked access to websites including Twitter and Netflix.

Report: Gunmen still control metals mined for modern gadgets

Brandon Bailey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 8:31pm

Violent gunmen still menace pick-and-shovel miners in eastern Congo, a new report finds, despite years of efforts to loosen their grip by local reformers, Western activists and companies like Apple and Intel that use minerals from the African region in their products.

Police: Refugee kills former co-worker, self; injures 3

Alanna Durkin Richer and Ben Finley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 7:13pm

A refugee from Kenya killed one former co-worker, wounded three others and then killed himself Tuesday in a workplace shooting that authorities are still trying to unravel in Virginia, police said.