• Gains for banks and tech lead stocks to all-time highs

    In this Oct. 8, 2014, file photo, people walk to work on Wall Street beneath a statue of George Washington, in New York. Global shares rose on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, following upbeat trade data from China. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — 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. South Korea’s benchmark slipped as lawmakers prepared to vote on whether or not to impeach President Park Geun-hye.

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  • Rhode Island School of Design works with NASA on Mars suit

    In this Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 photo, Andrzej Stewart, the chief engineering officer on a year-long Mars simulation mission that ended in August, puts on a new space suit at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence, R.I. RISD created the new space suit for scientists to wear on the next Mars simulation mission in 2017 in Hawaii. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — When scientists are trying to figure out how to live in near-isolation in a dome to simulate a Mars mission, the last thing they’ll need is an ill-fitting space suit. So one of the nation’s top design schools has come to the rescue.

  • Cars without drivers scoot around Nissan plant, towing cars

    Nissan Motor Co.'s Leaf,  with no one inside, scoots during a demonstration of their Intelligent Vehicle Towing system at Nissan Oppama plant in Yokohama, near Tokyo Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Nissan Motor Co. is testing out self-driving cars at one of its plants in Japan to tow vehicles on a trailer to the wharf for loading without anyone behind the steering wheel.(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

    YOKOSUKA, Japan (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. is testing self-driving cars at one of its plants in Japan that can tow vehicles on a trailer to the wharf for loading on transport ships.