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South Korea's Park would leave economy mired in challenges

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:10am

The heir to the Samsung empire and other tycoons took a public drubbing by lawmakers Tuesday over deep-rooted ties between politics and business that helped drive South Korea's economic ascent but are central to its political crisis.

Court: Star Chinese investor pleads guilty in stock case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:00am

A celebrity Chinese stock trader who was arrested after last year's market collapse has pleaded guilty to insider trading and manipulating share prices, a court announced Tuesday.

German court paves way for nuclear compensation claims

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:40am

Germany's highest court has opened the way for compensation claims from electricity companies over the government's abrupt decision in 2011 to shut down several nuclear reactors and accelerate the closure of the rest.

Longtime Lego CEO to be replaced

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:20am

Lego, the Danish company famous for its popular colored toy blocks, says its top boss for the past 12 years will be replaced by the group's current chief operating officer.

UK finance minister stresses London's importance to EU

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:20am

Britain's finance minister says the country may continue paying into European Union coffers for access to the single market after leaving the bloc.

LA authorities boost security after threatened rail attack

John Rogers, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:20am

The threat of a terror attack against a busy commuter rail station in the Los Angeles area has prompted authorities to increase security throughout the region and urge commuters to report any suspicious behavior they see.

Stopgap spending bill to be unveiled as Congress finishes up

Andrew Taylor and Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:53am

Congress is quickening its pace toward adjourning late this week, marching toward a final vote on legislation boosting medical research and speeding drug approvals and readying a separate stopgap spending bill to prevent the government from shutting down this weekend.

Indonesia takes new step to combat loss of forests, fires

Stephen Wright, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:40am

Indonesia has strengthened its moratorium on converting peat swamps to plantations in a move a conservation research group says will help prevent annual fires and substantially cut the country's carbon emissions if properly implemented.

Tech companies move to target terrorist propaganda online

Tami Abdollah, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:30am

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube are joining forces to more quickly identify the worst terrorist propaganda and prevent it from spreading online.

German factory orders beat forecasts, up strongly in October

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 12:50am

German factory orders were up a far stronger-than-expected 4.9 percent in October compared with the previous month, led higher by orders for cars and vehicle parts.

Chinese volleyball game in the crosshairs of development

Philip Marcelo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 12:11am

A modest asphalt court that served as a nursery for a unique style of volleyball played by Chinese immigrants across the country now stands in the way of development, touching off a battle over preservation.

Federal judge to get update on Ferguson's progress

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 11:10pm

One day after Ferguson residents heard an update on racial reform efforts in their community, a federal judge will get an update of her own.

Ikea to offer expanded parental leave in stronger job market

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 10:15pm

Ikea's U.S. division is offering longer parental leave to employees who are new parents, following similar overtures from tech companies like Netflix as it strives to keep good workers in an improving job market.

Live on TV: Samsung heir grilled by South Korean lawmakers

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 10:00pm

It's a rare moment of public reckoning for South Korea's most powerful business leaders and possibly the worst day for Samsung's billionaire heir, courtesy of the country's biggest political scandal in years.

Indians look for solutions only when toxic pollution soars

Muneeza Naqvi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 10:00pm

The truth of New Delhi's toxic air finally hit home for Rakhi Singh when her 3-year-old son began to cough constantly early this year. She bought air purifiers for her home. When a thick, gray haze turned the view outside her home into a scene from a bad science fiction film last month, she bought pollution masks.

China appeals to US to stop disrupting acquisitions

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 9:11pm

China has urged Washington to stop disrupting its foreign corporate acquisitions after President Barack Obama blocked the purchase of a German maker of semiconductor manufacturing equipment as a security risk.

UN says dairy a potential ally in Asia nutrition challenges

Dake Kang, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 9:00pm

An apple a day kept the doctor away — but now in Asia, a cup of milk might do the trick.

Rolling Stone challenges verdict in UVa defamation case

Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 8:41pm

Rolling Stone magazine urged a federal judge on Monday to overturn the verdict of a jury, which found that the publication and a reporter defamed a University of Virginia administrator with their botched story about a gang rape on campus.

Bill speeding federal drug approvals clears Senate hurdle

Alan Fram and Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 8:41pm

A bipartisan bill to speed government drug approvals and bolster biomedical research cleared its last procedural hurdle in the Senate on Monday in an emotional moment for outgoing Vice President Joe Biden.

11 trapped in China's latest coal mine accident

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 8:32pm

A gas explosion has trapped 11 Chinese coal miners underground, in the latest in a string of deadly accidents striking the industry after 53 miners were killed in two similar blasts last week.