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Park just latest South Korean president to fall from grace

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 7:14pm

South Korean presidencies have a history of ending badly — the latest is that of Park Geun-hye, arrested Friday in a corruption case that could send her to prison. Nearly all the country's former presidents, or their family members and top aides, have become entangled in scandals near the end of their terms or after leaving office. Besides corruption, there have been coups, an assassination and a suicide:

South Africa's president replaces embattled finance minister

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 6:25pm

South Africa's president replaced his embattled finance minister early Friday in an expected move that spooked investors this week and sent the currency tumbling.

Judge hears arguments over Seattle law on rideshare unions

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 6:25pm

A federal judge in Seattle says he'll try to rule Friday on whether to halt the city's first-in-the-nation law giving Uber, Lyft and taxi drivers the ability to form a union — but it might take him until sometime next week.

Vague trade plan after Trump's tough talk

Paul Wiseman and Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 6:15pm

The Trump administration has submitted a vague set of guidelines to Congress for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada, disappointing those who wanted a major overhaul of a decades-old trade deal that Trump described as "disaster" during the presidential campaign.

Judge: Arkansas too secretive about execution procedures

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 5:30pm

The Latest on a lawyer seeking to obtain information about Arkansas execution drugs ahead of an unprecedented run of lethal injections (all times local):

Illinois moves to implement internet privacy safeguards

Kiannah Sepeda-Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 5:13pm

Democratic lawmakers in Illinois are considering implementing their own internet safeguards at the state level after Republicans in Washington voted to roll back Obama-era internet privacy protections that were to take effect later this year.

Arkansas lawmakers vote to keep hybrid Medicaid expansion

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 5:10pm

Lawmakers voted Thursday to keep Arkansas' hybrid Medicaid expansion for another year as the state's governor prepares to seek new limits on the first-in-the-nation program.

Canadian court approves bid for Trump tower in Toronto

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 5:03pm

A Canadian judge on Thursday approved the sale of the Donald Trump-branded Toronto hotel and condo tower to its main debt holder after no other bids were submitted for the troubled building.

ConocoPhillips and PrivateBancorp climb; Lululemon plunges

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 5:02pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Thursday:

Trump predicts 'very difficult' meeting with China's leader

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 4:53pm

President Donald Trump is predicting "a very difficult" meeting next week with Chinese President Xi Jinping, citing trade deficits and lost jobs.

South Africa's president replaces embattled finance minister in cabinet shuffle

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 4:53pm

South Africa's president replaces embattled finance minister in cabinet shuffle.

Some Gordmans department stores bought by rival chain

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 4:36pm

Another department store operator has won the chance to buy about half of Gordmans' more than 100 stores out of bankruptcy.

Lawmaker whose son died on waterslide supports regulations

Allison Kite, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 4:27pm

A Kansas legislator whose 10-year-old son was killed on a waterslide fought back tears Thursday as he calmly urged colleagues to strengthen inspection rules for amusement parks.

Lawyer: Giuliani, ex-attorney general work for Turkish man

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 4:03pm

Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and an ex-U.S. attorney general were hired by a Turkish businessman charged with helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions, but don't expect to see them in court, a lawyer told a judge handling the case on Thursday.

Tuskegee trying to become Air Force trainer manufacture site

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 4:03pm

The home of the Tuskegee Airmen, who shattered aviation and racial barriers in World War II, is competing to become the manufacturing site of a new Air Force training jet.

Shutdown? GOP says no as it tries to save Trump priorities

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 4:03pm

The last thing President Donald Trump needs on his 100th day in office is a government shutdown.

Best friend turns on 'good old boy' accused lottery scammer

David Pitt, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 3:46pm

It took Texas businessman Robert Rhodes more than a year to turn against his "good old boy" best friend after he realized that Eddie Tipton would not do a deal and tell prosecutors about how he had created an elaborate system to rig lotteries in five states.

North Carolina is flushing its bathroom bill. What's next?

Emery P. Dalesio and Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 3:46pm

North Carolina's General Assembly passed a measure on Thursday to repeal the "bathroom bill" that has provoked an economic backlash since its hasty enactment a year ago. Republican leaders and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper reached the deal despite strenuous objections from both social conservative and gay rights advocates. Here's a look at the details:

So long, dandelion: Crayola retiring crayon color

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 3:30pm

Dandelion has gone to seed.

California court rejects city's review of coastal property

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 3:26pm

California's Supreme Court ruled Thursday that an upscale coastal city failed to adequately consider the environmental effects of a plan to build homes on a large swath of land overlooking the Pacific Ocean.