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  • China tightens online video controls, jolting investors

    BEIJING (AP) — Three popular Chinese internet services have been ordered to stop streaming video after censors complained it contained improper comments about sensitive issues. The move prompted a sell-off in the U.S.-trade shares of Sina Corp. and its microblog service, Sina Weibo. Authorities said Thursday video streamed by users of Sina Weibo, ACFUN and […]
  • FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2017, file photo, Choi Soon-sil, center, the jailed confidante of impeached South Korean President Park Geun-hye, shouts upon her arrival at the office of the independent counsel in Seoul, South Korea. A South Korean court on Friday, June 23, 2017 sentenced the longtime friend of ousted President Park to three years in prison for using her presidential ties to unlawfully get her daughter into a prestigious Seoul university. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

    Friend of ousted S. Korean president gets 3 years in prison

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court on Friday sentenced a longtime friend of ousted President Park Geun-hye to three years in prison for using her presidential ties to unlawfully get her daughter into a prestigious Seoul university. The Seoul Central District Court said Choi Soon-sil “committed so many illegal activities” as she […]
  • Chinese automaker buys stake in Malaysia’s Proton

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Chinese owner of Sweden’s Volvo Cars says it has signed the final contract to buy a stake in Malaysian automaker Proton, gaining a platform to expand in Southeast Asia. Geely Holding Group’s announcement Friday gave no financial details. The company agreed in May to buy 49.9 percent of Proton […]
  • In this June 15, 2017 photo, a visitor rides a bicycle along the Han river in Seoul, South Korea. In a country where bikes are either a poor man’s transportation or a weekend workout for spandex-clad racers, the longest and most highly engineered network of car-free paths in the world is being built through dense evergreen forests, down wildflower-lined river valleys and over steep mountain crests. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    South Korea’s infrastructure boondoggle a boon for cyclists

    SANGJU, South Korea (AP) — In a country where bikes are either a poor man’s transportation or a weekend workout for spandex-clad racers, the longest and most highly engineered network of car-free paths in the world is being built through dense evergreen forests, down wildflower-lined river valleys and over steep mountain crests. “If you like […]
  • Customers take a selfie with merchandise at Line Village in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, June 22, 2017. Thailand's most popular text-messaging service will open its doors to the public Friday with an extravagant digital theme park called Line Village Bangkok. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

    Line messaging digital theme park to open in Thai capital

    BANGKOK (AP) — The text-messaging service Line plans to inaugurate an indoor digital theme park in Thailand’s capital, seeking to squeeze maximum advantage from its popularity in the country, its second biggest market after Japan. Line Village Bangkok will begin operating Friday as a retail store, selling dolls and similar merchandise, but later this year […]
  • California AG bans state travel to Texas, 3 other states

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s attorney general blocked state-funded travel to Texas and three other states on Thursday in response to what he considers anti-LGBT rights laws enacted this year. Democratic Attorney General Xavier Becerra added Texas, Alabama, South Dakota and Kentucky to the list of places where state employee travel is restricted. Lawmakers passed […]
  • FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, file photo New York Jets NFL football owner Woody Johnson speaks at the team's training facility, in Florham Park, N.J. President Donald Trump says he'll nominate New York Jets owner Woody Johnson to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

    Trump wants Jets owner, former Dodgers co-owner as US envoys

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he’ll nominate New York Jets owner Woody Johnson to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom. Johnson raised money for Trump’s presidential campaign and donated funds to help pay for inaugural festivities. Johnson is chairman and CEO of The Johnson Co., a private asset management firm in […]
  • FILE - In this May 16, 2017, file photo, several of the thousands of recovered beehives stolen in California are shown near Sanger, Calif. Prosecutors in Fresno County said that two men they've charged could each spend more than 10 years in prison, if convicted, Thursday, June 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Scott Smith, File)

    California beehive heists lead to felony charges

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Two California men have been charged with a string of felony counts stemming from a criminal case that created a buzz among beekeepers across the country, authorities said Thursday. The men charged with possessing more than 1,200 stolen beehives could each spend more than a decade in jail if convicted, the […]
  • Oracle, American Airlines gain; Steelcase, Accenture fall

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday: American Airlines Group Inc., up 54 cents to $48.97 The company said Qatar Airways wants to take a 10 percent stake in it. Oracle Corp., up $3.97 to $50.30 The business software company reported revenue and earnings for its latest quarter that were […]
  • FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, file photo, then-Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, left, and Anthony Levandowski, co-founder of Otto, pose for a photo in the lobby of Uber headquarters, in San Francisco. In a court filing on Thursday, June 22, 2017, Uber said it hired Levandowski, a former Google engineer now accused of stealing trade secrets, even though the company knew at the time that he had information that didn't belong to him. Uber hired Levandowski in August 2016 to head Uber's project on self-driving cars, something he worked on at Google. Uber is asserting that Kalanick told Levandowski not to bring the material with him and that Levandowski assured the company that he had destroyed the five discs containing Google information. Uber recently fired Levandowski. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

    Uber knew fired exec had info at center of Google theft case

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber acknowledged hiring a former Google engineer — now accused of stealing self-driving car technology — despite having received warnings that he was still carrying around some of his former employer’s property. The admission, contained in a Thursday court filing, is the latest twist in a high-profile legal fight between the […]
  • Driver rescued after van gets stuck in Wisconsin drawbridge

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Firefighters had to rescue a man after his minivan became wedged in a drawbridge in downtown Green Bay. Officials say the van got stuck between one of the opening spans and the fixed roadway on the Walnut Street Bridge early Thursday. The Green Bay Metro Fire Department says the driver […]
  • A traveler walks her bags up the roadway as a police officer guides traffic flow after Bishop International Airport reopens in Flint, Mich., Wednesday, June 21, 2017, after a police officer was stabbed at the airport. A Canadian man shouted in Arabic before stabbing a police officer in the neck at the airport on Wednesday, and referenced people being killed overseas during the attack that's now being investigated as an act of terrorism, federal officials said. (Jake May/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP)

    Q&A: A look at US-Canada border after airport stabbing

    DETROIT (AP) — Authorities say a Canadian man from Tunisia crossed legally into the U.S. days before stabbing a police officer in the neck at a Michigan airport. The attack raises questions about security along the northern border, including what the process is for travelers and how many people are detained or denied entry. A […]
  • Government ends oversight of GM related to defective part

    DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. is no longer under government supervision stemming from its defective ignition switches. GM agreed to a three-year consent order in 2014 that required regular discussions with government regulators about recalls and other safety issues. The order was prompted by GM’s recall of 2.6 million small cars with defective ignition […]
  • Court: Sailors can sue in US over Japanese nuclear disaster

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court says members of the U.S. Navy can pursue their lawsuit in a U.S. court alleging radiation exposure from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled Thursday that the sailors for now don’t have to make their legal claims […]
  • EPA sets rules to regulate toxic chemicals under 2016 law

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency issued new rules and other documents Thursday outlining how it will regulate toxic chemicals under a landmark law passed by Congress last year. The rules, issued on the one-year anniversary of the law’s signature by President Barack Obama, set standards for how the EPA will identify and evaluate […]