• S. Korea’s interim leader was Park defender; powers unclear

    In this Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, file photo, South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn makes an official visit to Paris, France. Taking over as government caretaker in the wake of Friday's vote to impeach President Park Geun-hye, Hwang is seen as a stiff and uncompromising defender of the fallen leader. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The man who takes over as government caretaker in the wake of President Park Geun-hye’s impeachment is seen by critics as a stiff and uncompromising defender of the fallen leader.

  • The Latest: South Korean lawmakers vote to impeach president

    Lawmakers and members of opposition Justice Party shout slogans 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, who faces 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) — The Latest on the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye (all times local):

    Updated: 1:24 am

  • Colleges pushed to note sexual misconduct on transcripts

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Colleges that expel students whom they suspect of having committed sexual assault are being asked to go further by specifying the reason for expulsion on their transcripts.

    Updated: 2:53 pm

  • Albuquerque man is arraigned for drug trafficking, firearms

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Days after getting a 16-year prison sentence for the road rage killing of a 4-year-old girl, an Albuquerque man has been arraigned in federal court on an indictment for drug trafficking and firearms charges.

  • Trump DC hotel attracting foreign envoys and controversy

    In this Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump, left, and Vice President-elect Mike Pence acknowledge the crowd during the first stop of his post-election tour, in Cincinnati. The Heritage Foundation says Pence will deliver a speech Tuesday night, Dec. 6, 2016, to a conservative group at Trump’s new hotel in Washington, about areas of focus for the Trump administration in the first 200 days. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

    NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump’s new luxury hotel in Washington D.C. has been attracting foreign envoys, special interest groups — and a bit of controversy.

  • Pipeline delays cost builder millions, risking contract loss

    In this Nov. 25, 2016 satellite image taken by DigitalGlobe, the construction site of the the Dakota Access pipeline is seen near Cannon Ball, N.D. (DigitalGlobe via AP)

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The completion of the Dakota Access oil pipeline has been delayed after the U.S. Army declined to grant an easement for the final few thousand feet under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota pending further study. Pipeline company Energy Transfer Partners originally was expected to finish the pipeline before the end of this year, but the Army’s move likely delays it by several months. That will be costly to the Dallas-based company, but industry experts say it’s unlikely to kill the project completely. Here’s a look at some of the ways the delay could impact the pipeline:

  • Judge’s ruling adds $3 million to Hartford stadium project

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A ruling by a Connecticut Superior Court judge has added almost $3 million to the cost of Hartford’s minor league baseball stadium development.

  • IOC: Rio Olympics were ‘perfect imperfect games’

    International Olympic Committee, IOC, President Thomas Bach, center, speaks with IOC members Angela Ruggiero, right, of the US and Ser Miang Ng, left, of Singapore at the opening of the first day of the executive board meeting of the IOC, in Lausanne, Switzerland, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A few months after the closing ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, IOC officials have a new tagline for South America’s first Olympics: “The most perfect imperfect games.”

  • South Korea’s Park would leave economy mired in challenges

    Lee Jae-yong, a vice chairman of Samsung Electronics Co. arrives for hearing at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. South Korea's most powerful business leaders from Samsung, Hyundai Motor and six other companies face grilling as lawmakers probe their links to a corruption scandal involving South Korea's president and her confidante. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The heir to the Samsung empire and other tycoons took a public drubbing by lawmakers Tuesday over deep-rooted ties between politics and business that helped drive South Korea’s economic ascent but are central to its political crisis.

  • Top Gambian opposition leader, 18 others out of prison

    Ousainou Darboe, the head of the United Democratic Party, centre, arrives with 18 others for their hearing at Gambia's supreme court in Banjul, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. They had been arrested in April 2016 after they took part in a peaceful demonstration and sentenced to three years in prison. The appeals court ordered their release on bail, just days after strongman ruler Yahya Jammeh agreed to step aside after losing the presidential election to Adama Barrow. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — A top Gambian opposition politician and 18 other protesters were released from prison after an appeals court granted them bail on Monday, just days after strongman ruler Yahya Jammeh agreed to step aside after losing the presidential election.