South Korean court dismisses arrest warrant for Samsung chief
A South Korean court on Thursday dismissed a warrant to arrest the head of the Samsung Group [SAGR.UL], the country's largest conglomerate, a court spokesman said, amid a graft scandal that led to the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye. The decision by the Seoul Central District Court to allow Jay Y. Lee to go home is likely to come as a major relief to the company and for Lee, who has tried to fill the vacuum in the group's leadership since his father suffered a heart attack in 2014. Lee had been questioned for 22 hours last week and was held overnight on Wednesday while the court reached its decision.
Rabbis plan response to white supremacist threats in Montana
HELENA, Mont. (AP) ? Orthodox Jewish rabbis said Wednesday they will counter white supremacists' harassment of the Jewish community in the Montana town of Whitefish by sending students to visit the Auschwitz concentration camp and by mailing a Torah to every Jewish family in the state.
Mickelson begins comeback in California desert
Five-time major winner Phil Mickelson said Wednesday that he will make his comeback from two sports hernia operations on Thursday in the opening round of the PGA CareerBuilder Challenge. Mickelson, a 46-year-old US left-hander, underwent surgery on October 19 and again December 12 but has been hitting balls since January 12 and played a practice round before teeing off Thursday at LaQuinta Country Club in the California desert. "I feel good and I want to play," Mickelson said.
Samsung Group says it appreciates chief Jay Y. Lee's releaseSamsung Group said on Thursday it appreciated the fact that the South Korean special prosecutor's case against the head of the group, Jay Y. Lee, can proceed without his detention. "We appreciate the fact that the merits of this case can now be determined without the need for detention," Samsung Group said in an emailed statement. Seoul Central District Court earlier rejected the special prosecution's request for a warrant to arrest Lee, who had been held overnight, for suspected bribery, embezzlement and perjury amid a corruption scandal that led to the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye.
Esquire network will transition from cable to online channelNEW YORK (AP) ? Esquire Network said Wednesday it is shutting down as a cable channel and will transition into a digital online outlet.
Citigroup CEO asks for investor patience on financial targets
Corbat set the original targets in March 2013, shortly after taking the helm of Citigroup. On Wednesday, Corbat said Citigroup is capable of hitting the targets, but asked for leeway ? including temporarily using a lower measure of equity because regulators have required Citigroup to hold more capital than expected. Citigroup's shares, which had risen about 17 percent since the election, fell 1.7 percent to $57.39.
Study shows Facebook's growth as campaign news source
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton voters had different media diets, but a study finds common ground in Facebook as an important news source ? even if their individual feeds bore little resemblance to each ...
Christie: Wife refused to move to Washington for Trump post
U.S. protest group vows to disrupt Trump inaugural festivities
Leaders of an ad hoc group of protesters enraged by Republican Donald Trump's election as president of the United States vowed on Wednesday to disrupt his inauguration this week by blocking public access to the event. The DisruptJ20 protest group said it will send groups of demonstrators to the dozen entrances to the grassy National Mall where hundreds of thousands of people are expected to gather to watch Trump, who has never before held public office, be sworn in as president on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on Friday. "We believe that it's our role and the role of any people with conscience to try to disrupt this inauguration and have a massive showing of resistance on that day," Samantha Miller, a DisruptJ20 organizer, said at a news conference.
'Blacklist' producers: Tom will be part of original, sequel