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Trump pays surprise visit to his Washington hotel

President-elect Donald Trump boards his airplane at LaGuardia Airport Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)WASHINGTON (AP) He just couldn't stay away.

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:05:21 -0500
China says can resolve trade disputes with new U.S. government

Boeing Co's logo is seen above the front doors of its largest jetliner factory in EverettChina and the United States can resolve any trade disputes through talks, the government said on Thursday, as a Chinese newspaper warned U.S. business could be targets for retaliation in any trade war ushered in by President-elect Donald Trump. Trump, who is sworn into office on Friday, has criticized China's trade practices and threatened to impose punitive tariffs on Chinese imports. Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross, Trump's choice for commerce secretary, voiced sharp criticism of China's trade practices on Wednesday, telling senators he would seek new ways of combating them.

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:01:17 -0500
North Korea preparing to test new missiles: report

North Korea test-fires a strategic submarine-launched ballistic missile at an undisclosed location in August 2016, in this official government media photoNorth Korea is preparing to test new rockets, a report said Thursday, after its leader Kim Jong-Un said the country was in the final stages of developing inter-continental ballistic missiles. Pyongyang's missile programme and its pursuit of nuclear arms have seen it repeatedly sanctioned by the UN Security Council. Quoting high-level South Korean officials and South Korean and US military sources, the South's Yonhap news agency said two new missiles had been loaded onto mobile launchers.

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:59:18 -0500
Virginia executes man convicted of slaying of family of 4

Virginia executes man convicted of slaying of family of 4A man convicted of killing a family of four, slashing their throats and setting their home ablaze after they left their front door open while preparing for a New Year's Day party in 2006, was executed ...

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:54:58 -0500
Samsung chief allowed home, prosecutor vows to keep chasing

Samsung Group chief, Jay Y. Lee, leaves after attending a court hearing to review a detention warrant request against him at the Seoul Central District Court in SeoulA South Korean court on Thursday denied a special prosecutor clearance to arrest the head of Samsung Group [SAGR.UL], the country's largest conglomerate, amid a graft scandal that has led to the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye. The pre-dawn decision by the Seoul Central District Court to allow him to go home was welcomed by Samsung Group. The 48-year-old left the Seoul Detention Centre carrying a white shopping bag and climbed into a car without talking to reporters, having been held overnight as the court deliberated whether to grant the arrest warrant.

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:49:17 -0500
Vegemite goes home: Oreo maker sells to Australia's Bega

This Aug. 11, 2015 photo shows a jar of Vegemite purchased in Australia on a breakfast table in Tokyo, Japan. Vegemite, the salty spread beloved in Australia, is being sold by the maker of Oreo cookies to an Australian dairy company. The spread and other grocery products are being sold by Mondelez to Bega Cheese in a deal worth about $345.3 million. Mondelez International Inc. said Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, it is selling most of its grocery business in Australia and New Zealand to focus on snacks like Oreo cookies and chocolate like Cadbury. (AP Photo/Hiroshi Otabe)CANBERRA, Australia (AP) Vegemite, the salty, brown spread beloved in Australia, is going home, purchased by an Australian dairy company from the maker of Oreos.

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:46:40 -0500
Trump to name ex-Georgia Governor Perdue as agriculture secretary

Former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue speaks to the news media after a meeting at Trump Tower with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in New YorkU.S. President-elect Donald Trump will name former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as his nominee for secretary of agriculture on Thursday, a senior transition official said on Wednesday. By nominating a former governor from a Southern state, Trump eschewed candidates from major Farm Belt states in the Midwest that produce the bulk of crops such as corn, soybeans and wheat which dominate agriculture exports. While Georgia governor, Perdue had to handle a severe drought in 2007, during which he took steps to cut water usage and at one point led a service outside the state capitol to pray for rain.

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:45:58 -0500
Asian shares mixed, Japan's Nikkei gains on weaker yen

A man looks at an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. Most Asian stock indexes lacked direction Wednesday following a sharp correction overnight in the dollar that sapped investor momentum. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO (AP) Shares were meandering in sluggish trading in Asia on Thursday as investors awaited the inauguration of Donald Trump as president. Japan's benchmark rose after the dollar slipped against the yen.

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:40:56 -0500
Longtime Astros slugger Bagwell elected to Hall of Fame

Former Houston Astros first baseman Jeff Bagwell speaks to reporters Wednesday Jan. 18, 2017, in Houston, after his election to baseball's Hall of Fame was announced. (Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle via AP)HOUSTON (AP) Jeff Bagwell struggled to describe how he felt soon after being elected to the Hall of Fame in his seventh year on the ballot.

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:32:22 -0500
Pentagon chief says he opposed cutting Manning's prison term

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter holds a Marine Corps Ka-Bar knife while being interviewed in his Pentagon office, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, in Washington. Carter said Wednesday he had opposed commuting the prison sentence of convicted leaker Chelsea Manning, who was convicted in 2013 of espionage and other crimes for leaking classified information while deployed in Iraq. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday he had opposed commuting the prison sentence of convicted leaker Chelsea Manning, who was convicted in 2013 of espionage and other crimes for leaking classified information while deployed in Iraq.

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:29:21 -0500
Pliskova, Konta continues winning runs in Australia

Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic makes a forehand return to Russia's Anna Blinkova during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) U.S. Open finalist Karolina Pliskova has carried her title-winning form in the warmup tournament into the season's first major, dropping just four games en route to the third round at the Australian Open.

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:23:56 -0500
Toshiba dives on reported nuclear power losses

Toshiba shares fell over 17 percent on the Tokyo market following media reports of expanding losses at its US nuclear power businessThe stock dived more than 17 percent to 238 yen after the Nikkei newspaper said the conglomerate could book losses of more than 500 billion yen ($4.4 billion) in its nuclear reactor business. Toshiba said in a statement that the exact figure of the potential write-down was still being worked out. Toshiba stock has fallen about 45 percent since the company, which makes everything from nuclear reactors to laptops, warned last month of a possible one-time loss on its US nuclear business.

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:22:07 -0500
Wall Street getting scant guarantees as Trump takes office

Since Donald Trump's victory, major New York stock indices have experienced two phases: rallying for a month, smashing records, and then stalling toward the New YearWall Street caught fire following President-elect Donald Trump's shock White House win in November, but will this largely speculative run fizzle out after Trump takes office on Friday? Since Trump's victory, major stock indices in New York have experienced two phases: they rallied for a month, repeatedly smashing records, and then stalled toward the New Year, though holding on to unprecedented gains.

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:14:43 -0500
Trevor Hoffman misses Hall of Fame election by 5 votes

FILE - In this July 25, 2008, file photo, San Diego Padres closer Trevor Hoffman throws in the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a baseball game at Pittsburgh. Tim Raines and Jeff Bagwell are likely to be voted into baseball's Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, when Trevor Hoffman and Ivan Rodriguez also could gain the honor. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)SAN DIEGO (AP) Well, Hells Bells, Trevor Hoffman didn't make baseball's Hall of Fame for the second straight season.

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:14:29 -0500
AP Source: Trump picks former Ga. Gov. Perdue to lead USDA

AP Source: Trump picks former Ga. Gov. Perdue to lead USDAPresident-elect Donald Trump intends to nominate former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to serve as agriculture secretary, according to a person familiar with the decision but not authorized to speak publicly ...

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:14:23 -0500
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