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Tsunami warnings canceled after Solomon Islands earthquake

In this photo provided by World Vision Solomon Islands, a house in Kirakira, Solomon Islands, is damaged after an earthquake on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. 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. (Gray Nako/World Vision Solomon Islands via AP)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.



South Korea members of parliament enter chamber for vote on impeaching ParkSEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean members of parliament entered the main chamber on Friday for a scheduled vote to impeach President Park Geun-hye over a corruption scandal that fueled massive calls for her to step down. The motion, backed by opposition parties, needs at least 28 members from Park's Saenuri Party for the two-thirds majority needed to pass. (Reporting by Ju-min Park, writing by Jack Kim; Editing by Sam Holmes)
All-American John Glenn: Astronaut, fighter pilot, senator

All-American John Glenn: Astronaut, fighter pilot, senatorJohn Glenn was the ultimate all-American hero. He was the first American to orbit the Earth, a war hero fighter pilot, a record-setting test pilot, a longtime senator, a presidential candidate and a man ...



Chiefs' Johnson leaves game vs Raiders with Achilles injury

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid yells from the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) ? Derrick Johnson knew his season was over the moment he hit the frozen turf of Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs' veteran linebacker ripping off his helmet in frustration.



Smoking chimp from Iraq finds refuge in Kenya

Four-year-old chimpanzee Manno, rescued by Animals Lebanon from a zoo in Duhok, Iraq after being trafficked from Syria, sits in a transport crate before his flight to Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary in KenyaSeparated from his mother shortly after birth, Manno the chimpanzee was smuggled to Iraq and spent his days smoking cigarettes handed to him by amused zoo visitors and posing for pictures. Then came help from several conservation groups, and Manno's days as a spectacle -- and smoker -- are now over after arriving at a chimpanzee sanctuary in Kenya a week ago. After several days travelling in a small wooden box, Manno arrived on November 30 at the chimpanzee sanctuary within the Ol Pejeta conservancy at the foot of Mount Kenya, which has been taking in endangered chimpanzees since 1993.



Judge to hold hearing on stopping Wisconsin recount

Michigan residents walk towards the Michigan State Supreme Court for a rally to speak out against the courts decision to shut down Michigan's recount on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 in Lansing. Michigan's recount of presidential votes is over after a judge lifted an order that forced a statewide review of millions of ballots. The recount lasted three days in more than 20 of the state's 83 counties. (Samantha Madar /Jackson Citizen Patriot via AP)MADISON, Wis. (AP) ? A federal judge is set to consider halting Wisconsin's presidential recount.



Indonesia president visits quake survivors, vows to rebuild

An earthquake survivor cooks breakfast at the ruin of her home in Pidie Jaya, Aceh province, Indonesia, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. Humanitarian organizations descended on Indonesia's Aceh province Thursday as the local disaster agency called for urgent food supplies and officials raced to assess the full extent of damage from an earthquake that killed a large number of people. (AP Photo/Heri Juanda)TRINGGADING, Indonesia (AP) ? Indonesia's president traveled Friday to areas of Aceh province devastated by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake and vowed that torn-apart communities would be rebuilt.



Chiefs hold off Raiders 21-13 to take control of AFC West

Chiefs hold off Raiders 21-13 to take control of AFC WestTyreek Hill didn't know what to do when he started hearing thousands of people in Arrowhead Stadium chanting his name, even as he stood all alone on the frozen turf waiting for the punt. "Just give ...



South Korean president faces possible last day in power

Lawmakers and members of opposition Justice Party with signs stand during a rally demanding the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. Park aces the political fight of her life as lawmakers attempt to force her from office over prosecution claims that she helped a confidante extort money and favors from companies and manipulate state affairs. The signs read: "Impeach Park Geun-hye immediately." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ? South Korean President Park Geun-hye entered what could be her last day in power Friday, as lawmakers geared up for what's widely expected to be a successful impeachment vote amid a corruption scandal that has left her isolated and loathed.



Japan swinging into 2017 with Trumped-up good luck charm

Megumi Kondo, an employee of the Japanese traditional doll making firm Kyugetsu, displays wooden battledores with the images of US President-elect Donald Trump (R) and Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike (L) in TokyoDonald Trump only wants to make America great again, but one Japanese firm hopes that painting his face on a traditional good luck charm will make the whole planet a better place in 2017. The billionaire property magnate is among a string of celebrity faces adorning the special collection of hagoita racquets, which are designed to -- metaphorically -- smash away bad luck and evil spirits before the new year. The rectangular wooden paddles, once used in a badminton-like game called hanetsuki, are usually painted with the faces of famous actors in Japan's Kabuki opera.