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Alabama inmate coughs, heaves 13 minutes into execution

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Alabama Department of Corrections shows Ronald Bert Smith Jr.. Smith, who is scheduled to be executed Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 for the 1994 slaying of Huntsville store clerk Casey Wilson, is asking the governor to stop his execution because a judge imposed a death sentence over the jury's 7-5 recommendation of life imprisonment. (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP, File)ATMORE, Ala. (AP) ? A man who killed an Alabama convenience store clerk more than two decades ago was put to death Thursday night, an execution that required two consciousness tests as the inmate heaved and coughed 13 minutes into the lethal injection.

American space legend John Glenn dead at 95

Retired astronaut and US Sen. John Glenn, seen in 2012 with his wife Annie Glenn, had been admitted more than a week ago to the James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State UniversityJohn Glenn, who made history twice as the first American to orbit Earth and the first senior citizen to venture into space, has died at the age of 95. Glenn became a symbol of strength and the nation's pioneering spirit, drawing admirers from all walks of life over a long career in the military, then NASA, and the US Senate. Ad astra," NASA tweeted, echoing the famous words radioed by fellow astronaut Scott Carpenter to Glenn before he circled the Earth in 1962.

South Korea parliament begins historic vote to impeach Park

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye speaks during an address to the nation, at the presidential Blue House in SeoulBy Ju-min Park and Kim Daewoung SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean lawmakers began voting on Friday on whether to impeach President Park Geun-hye over an influence peddling scandal, setting the stage for her to become the country's first elected leader to be pushed out of office in disgrace. Parliament was expected to vote in favor of impeachment, with support from some members of Park's conservative Saenuri Party, according to opposition parties, but the Constitutional Court must decide whether to uphold the motion, a process that could take up to 180 days. There have been mass rallies every Saturday for the past six weeks calling for Park to quit, and opinion polls show overwhelming public support for her impeachment.

Asian shares mostly higher following ECB-inspired rally

A woman walks by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. Asian shares meandered Friday as an overnight rally in U.S. markets helped by the European Central Bank's decision to extend its bond-buying economic stimulus program faded. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)Asian shares were mostly higher Friday after an overnight rally in U.S. markets helped by the European Central Bank's decision to extend its bond-buying economic stimulus program. South Korea's benchmark ...

South Korea parliament starts vote on impeaching President ParkSEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's parliament on Friday started voting on an impeachment motion against President Park Geun-hye, who is engulfed in a corruption scandal that has fueled calls for her to step down. The opposition-backed motion, which requires at least 200 of the 300 members of the single-chamber assembly to impeach Park, is expected to be approved. The result of the vote is expected after about an hour. (Reporting by Ju-min Park Writing by Jack Kim; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)
Chiefs come through to take control of division race

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) runs for a touchdown on a 78-yard kickoff return 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) ? Charcandrick West was playing for Joe McKnight. Tyreek Hill was playing for the fans chanting his name. The Chiefs defense was playing for its injured leader.

South Korean lawmakers begin presidential impeachment vote

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 lawmakers began an impeachment vote Friday against President Park Geun-hye. Success is widely expected amid a corruption scandal that has left her isolated and loathed.

Spurs fall to Bulls 95-91 after winning first 13 road games

San Antonio Spurs center Pau Gasol, right, and Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo (9) go for a loose ball during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/David Banks)CHICAGO (AP) ? It wasn't that they finally lost a road game and had their shot at a record dashed.

Right to the end, Trump campaign spent less than Clinton's

President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence react to supporters during a rally, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)WASHINGTON (AP) ? Donald Trump's campaign spent about $94 million in its final push for the White House, according to new fundraising reports filed Thursday.

Panel rejects British company's $1.3B case against IndonesiaAn international tribunal has ruled against a London-listed mining company seeking $1.3 billion in compensation from Indonesia's government for terminating coal mining licenses that were forged by an Indonesian ...