Trump pays surprise visit to his Washington hotel
Samsung chief allowed home, prosecutor vows to keep chasing
A South Korean court on Thursday denied a special prosecutor clearance to arrest the head of Samsung Group [SAGR.UL], the country's largest conglomerate, amid a graft scandal that has led to the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye. The pre-dawn decision by the Seoul Central District Court to allow him to go home was welcomed by Samsung Group. The 48-year-old left the Seoul Detention Centre carrying a white shopping bag and climbed into a car without talking to reporters, having been held overnight as the court deliberated whether to grant the arrest warrant.
Vegemite goes home: Oreo maker sells to Australia's Bega
Trump to name ex-Georgia Governor Perdue as agriculture secretary
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will name former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as his nominee for secretary of agriculture on Thursday, a senior transition official said on Wednesday. By nominating a former governor from a Southern state, Trump eschewed candidates from major Farm Belt states in the Midwest that produce the bulk of crops such as corn, soybeans and wheat which dominate agriculture exports. While Georgia governor, Perdue had to handle a severe drought in 2007, during which he took steps to cut water usage and at one point led a service outside the state capitol to pray for rain.
Asian shares mixed, Japan's Nikkei gains on weaker yen
TOKYO (AP) ? Shares were meandering in sluggish trading in Asia on Thursday as investors awaited the inauguration of Donald Trump as president. Japan's benchmark rose after the dollar slipped against the yen.
Longtime Astros slugger Bagwell elected to Hall of Fame
Pentagon chief says he opposed cutting Manning's prison term
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday he had opposed commuting the prison sentence of convicted leaker Chelsea Manning, who was convicted in 2013 of espionage and other crimes for leaking classified information while deployed in Iraq.
Pliskova, Konta continues winning runs in Australia
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) ? U.S. Open finalist Karolina Pliskova has carried her title-winning form in the warmup tournament into the season's first major, dropping just four games en route to the third round at the Australian Open.
Toshiba dives on reported nuclear power losses
The stock dived more than 17 percent to 238 yen after the Nikkei newspaper said the conglomerate could book losses of more than 500 billion yen ($4.4 billion) in its nuclear reactor business. Toshiba said in a statement that the exact figure of the potential write-down was still being worked out. Toshiba stock has fallen about 45 percent since the company, which makes everything from nuclear reactors to laptops, warned last month of a possible one-time loss on its US nuclear business.
Virginia executes man convicted of slaying of family of four