The Latest: Debris in lake may be from missing Alaska planeANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) ? The Latest on missing Alaska plane with four on board (all times local):
Somali political leaders OK presidential polls for Dec. 28MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) ? Somalia's political leaders say they have agreed to hold presidential polls on Dec. 28 after three delays and amid allegations of bribery, fraud and voter intimidation.
Tsunami warnings are cancelld after big Pacific earthquake
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) ? Tsunami warnings for several Pacific islands, including those in Hawaii, were canceled Friday after authorities determined that a powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake that struck near the Solomon Islands did not pose a broad tsunami threat.
Factbox: U.S. labor secretary nominee's book lays out his job creation theoryFast-food executive Andrew Puzder, nominated to head the U.S. Department of Labor by President-elect Donald Trump, lays out a free-market formula for low regulation and taxes in his book, "Job Creation: How It Really Works and Why Government Doesn't Understand It." The nomination of Puzder, chief executive of Carl's Jr. hamburger chain owner CKE Restaurants, drew criticism from labor advocates worried about his opposition to a higher minimum wage and government regulation of the workplace. The nomination requires U.S. Senate confirmation.
Indonesia president visits quake survivors, vows to rebuild
Reports: Tibetan Buddhist monk self-immolates in west ChinaBEIJING (AP) ? A Tibetan Buddhist monk has set himself on fire in western China in what appeared to be the latest such radical protest against Beijing's rule, a U.S. government-backed radio station and rights monitoring group said.
Jackson, Watson divvy up wins at College Football Awards
Australia's Rinehart, China group win cattle empire bid
Australian mining magnate Gina Rinehart and a Chinese consortium won final approval Friday to buy one of the world's biggest cattle estates, ending a lengthy and fraught sale process. The green light came more than a year after Treasurer Scott Morrison blocked an all-Chinese offer by Shanghai Pengxin for S. Kidman and Co, Australia's biggest private land owner, as being against the national interest. Australia's richest woman Rinehart entered the fray in October, backed by Chinese property developer Shanghai CRED, offering Aus$386.5 million (US$295 million) for Kidman, with the tycoon holding a majority interest.
Trump picks fast food executive Andrew Puzder for Labor
President-elect Donald Trump plans to add another wealthy business person and elite donor to his Cabinet, saying he would nominate fast-food executive Andrew Puzder as labor secretary. Puzder heads CKE ...
Factbox - What happens if British government loses Brexit trigger case?What happens if the British government loses its appeal against a High Court ruling that said ministers could not start the process of leaving the European Union without parliament's approval? All 11 Supreme Court judges sat on the appeal, the first time they have done so since its formation in 2009, and its president said on Thursday it would reach a decision as quickly as possible. IF GOVERNMENT LOSES One suggestion is that both houses of parliament would debate and vote on a short motion giving Prime Minister Theresa May authority to trigger Article 50, kick-starting the process.