• Honda denies covering up dangers of Takata air bags

    DETROIT (AP) — Honda is going public in an effort to debunk claims by lawyers that it knew about the hazards of exploding Takata air bag inflators nearly two decades ago but covered them up.

  • For ‘Okja,’ growing a GMO pig from page to screen

    NEW YORK (AP) — The giant genetically modified pig of Bong Joon-ho’s “Okja” is 8-feet tall, 13-feet long and would, if real, weigh six tons. It looks most like a hippo, but it has big floppy dog ears and moves a little like an elephant.

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  • US indexes inch higher as energy stocks claw from the hole

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes inched higher Friday as energy companies clawed back some of their sharp losses from earlier in the week. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index flipped between modest gains and losses and is on track to end the week roughly where it started.

  • NKorean taekwondo team in SKorea for 1st time in 10 years

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A North Korean taekwondo demonstration team arrived in South Korea on Friday for its first performances in the rival country in 10 years.

  • It’s a girl: Japan zoo’s star panda baby gets a checkup

    TOKYO (AP) — The baby panda, who has become an overnight celebrity in Japan, is a girl.

  • S. Korean leader observes missile test amid North’s threats

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday observed a test-firing of a new midrange missile the country is developing to cope with growing threats from North Korea.

  • Asian shares flat as oil steadies; China drops on clampdown

    HONG KONG (AP) — Asian shares are ending the week on a subdued note with most indexes little changed Friday, as the price of oil halted its decline to hover near its lowest level in almost a year. Chinese stocks dropped as regulators tightened up scrutiny of some companies.

  • Chinese parents alarmed by miniature crossbow craze

    BEIJING (AP) — Powerful mini-crossbows that shoot toothpicks and needles are the new must-have toy for schoolkids across China — and a nightmare for concerned parents and school officials.

  • China tightens online video controls, jolting investors

    BEIJING (AP) — Three popular Chinese internet services have been ordered to stop streaming video after censors complained it contained improper comments on sensitive issues. The move prompted a sell-off in the U.S.-traded shares of Sina Corp. and its microblog service, Sina Weibo.

  • US stock indexes tick higher as oil’s dismal week eases

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes ticked higher Thursday after the price of oil stabilized, at least for now.