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Analysis: NKorea's Kim back to military optics to raise heat

Apr. 18, 2019 9:02 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is cautiously turning up the heat after his unsuccessful summit with President Trump in Hanoi two months ago. Returning to military optics for the first time in five months, Kim on Tuesday paid a surprise visit to an Air Force base to inspect fighter combat...

Japanese father, son appear in Las Vegas in $1.5B fraud case

Apr. 18, 2019 8:27 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two former investment executives from Japan pleaded not guilty in Las Vegas on Thursday to criminal fraud charges in what prosecutors have called a $1.5 billion international Ponzi scheme. Junzo Suzuki, 70, and his son, Paul Suzuki, 40, arrived in custody in the U.S. on Wednesday, and...

Nelly Korda leads in Hawaii halfway through 2nd round

Apr. 18, 2019 8:01 PM EDT

KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) — Nelly Korda birdied four of her final five holes Thursday to take a two-shot lead over defending champion Brooke Henderson midway through the second round of the Lotte Championship. Korda and Henderson each shot 4-under 68 at breezy Ko Olina Golf Club. At 13-under 131, Korda broke...

Ireland's Lowry on top after first round of RBC Heritage

Apr. 18, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Shane Lowry was convinced his game was on the rise, despite his poor scoring. He finally showed that Thursday in the RBC Heritage, shooting a 6-under 65 to take a one-shot lead. Trey Mullinax, Daniel Berger, Luke List, Ryan Moore and Ryan Palmer were tied for second....

US stocks cap holiday shortened week with modest gains

Apr. 18, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

The major U.S. stock indexes capped a holiday shortened week with slight gains Thursday, reversing some of the modest losses from a day earlier. The marginal upward move was not enough to keep the benchmark S&P 500 index from snapping a string of three straight weekly gains. Industrial sector stocks paved the...

Pentagon confirms NK test launch, says not ballistic missile

Apr. 18, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is confirming that North Korea conducted a test launch on Wednesday, but he declined to provide any details. He is the first U.S. official to confirm the launch. He tells reporters at the Pentagon that North Korea conducted a test, but it didn't...

US wins WTO case against China over grain exports

Apr. 18, 2019 2:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The World Trade Organization handed the United States a win Thursday in a trade dispute with China, ruling that Beijing did not fairly administer quotas on U.S. wheat, rice and corn. The WTO, the Geneva organization that oversees the rules of global trade, found that China had not been...

NKorea says it tested new weapon, wants Pompeo out of talks

Apr. 18, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Thursday that it had test-fired a new type of "tactical guided weapon," its first such test in nearly half a year, and demanded that Washington remove Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from nuclear negotiations. The test, which didn't appear to be of a banned mid- or...

6.1 quake causes light damage in Taiwan capital, east coast

Apr. 18, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A strong earthquake shook eastern Taiwan on Thursday afternoon, causing scattered light damage in the capital and along the eastern coast. The 6.1 magnitude quake was centered northwest of the city of Hualien at a depth of nearly 19 kilometers (12 miles), Taiwan's Central Weather...

Japanese airline lands test flight of new plane in Hawaii

Apr. 18, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — All Nippon Airways has completed a test flight of a new wide-body aircraft with its arrival in Hawaii. The Japanese airline completed the first of two tests when the Airbus A380 "Flying Honu" touched down Wednesday at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu, according to news...