• Paper offerings, copies of luxury items like cars, handbags and shoes usually burned to appease the spirits of the deceased, are seen for sale at a store in Hong Kong, Friday, May 6, 2016. Gucci and its parent company have apologized after drawing heavy criticism for a warning to some Hong Kong shops not to sell paper offerings for the deceased resembling the fashion brand's luxury products. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

    Gucci sorry for warning to Hong Kong funeral offering shops

    HONG KONG (AP) — Gucci and its parent company apologized Friday after drawing heavy criticism for warning some Hong Kong shops not to sell paper offerings for the deceased that resembled the fashion brand’s luxury products.

    Updated: 2:44 am

  • Israel’s Laetitia Beck takes LPGA Tour lead in Alabama

    PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Laetitia Beck took the first-round lead in the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic, dodging some of the wind Thursday morning in a bogey-free 7-under 65.

  • A North Korean man walks out of an underpass while seen framed by the Workers' Party flags, in front of the April 25 House of Culture, the venue for the 7th Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea on Friday, May 6, 2016, in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea has been duly spruced up, the masses prepped for their rallies and leader Kim Jong Un appears to be set to take center stage Friday when North Korea pulls back the curtain on what promises to be the country's biggest political show in years, if not decades: the first full congress of its ruling party since 1980. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    North Korea readies for its biggest political show in years

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea on Friday opened the first full congress of its ruling party since 1980, a major political event intended to showcase the country’s stability and unity under young leader Kim Jong Un despite international criticism and tough new sanctions over the North’s recent nuclear test and a slew of missile launches.

    Updated: 12:15 am

  • In this March 19, 2016 photo, Jack Ma, executive chairman of the Alibaba Group, listens to a speaker during a panel discussion held as part of the China Development Forum at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing. The International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition's decision to welcome Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba as a new member - and allow founder Jack Ma to make the keynote speech at its May 2016 conference - so incensed the U.S. luxury retailer Michael Kors that it severed its longstanding connection with the Washington-based industry group. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

    Some howl over Alibaba’s place in anti-counterfeiting group

    SHANGHAI (AP) — The prospect of sitting in a Hyatt Regency ballroom in Florida and listening to Jack Ma, founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, deliver the keynote for the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition’s conference this month did not sit well with Michael Kors’ general counsel. In fact, Ma’s imminent speech — and the IACC’s April decision to welcome Alibaba as a new member — so incensed the U.S. luxury brand that it severed its longstanding connection with the Washington-based industry group.

  • In this April 29, 2016, image made from video provided by Cat TV host Koo Eun-je, stray cats approach foods prepared by South Korean Koo Eun-je, the 35-year-old host of the online Cat TV, at "a restaurant for cats" in JeollaNamdo, South Korea. The stars of the latest online trend in South Korea are stray cats, eating food left out for them as viewers sit enrapt at their feline charms. Koo's livestreamed “Cats Meok Bang” show is a twist on an online trend of young South Korean men and women tucking into feasts in real time, while viewers send messages and sometimes virtual cash. In a country where young adults increasingly live and dine alone, the shows have become so popular, some hosts have made small or big fortunes from the virtual cash sent from viewers. (Cat TV host Koo Eun-je via AP) EDITORIAL USE ONLY

    South Korea’s latest online celebrities: Stray cats eating

    JANGSEONG, South Korea (AP) — The stars of the latest online trend in South Korea stay out of sight most of the day. Viewers don’t seem to mind waiting for hours while nothing happens. When the stray cats finally come to eat the food left out for them, people watching online sit enrapt at their feline charms.

  • Se Ri Pak receives special exemption for US Women’s Open

    FAR HILLS, N.J. (AP) — Retiring South Korean great Se Ri Pak has received a special exemption from the U.S. Golf Association to play in the U.S. Women’s Open.

  • NFL warns players about steroid in meat

    NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has warned players that some meat produced in China and Mexico may be contaminated with clenbuterol, a banned steroid.

  • In this Oct. 19, 2005 file photo, then South Korea's Minister of Commerce, Industry and Energy, Lee Hee-beom, answers a reporter's question during a joint press conference at the 7th APEC Energy Ministers' Meeting in Gyeongju, southeastern of Seoul. Lee was nominated to take over the organizing committee of the 2018 Winter Olympics on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, just hours after Cho Yang-ho quit amid escalating financial troubles at the business group his family controls. Lee needs to be ratified by a vote of senior committee officials to officially become president of the organizing committee for the Pyeongchang Games. (AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man, File)

    Ex minister nominated to head 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean organizers have officially selected former government minister Lee Hee-beom as the new head of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

  • In this Friday, March 1, 2013 file photo, Chinese singer Song Zuying performs during the "Cultures of China, Festival of Spring" concert at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. China's military has dispatched ships and planes — even constructed new islands to assert its maritime claims. Now it's deploying a new set of tools to uphold Chinese sovereignty: Magicians, singers and actors. Famed singer of patriotic anthems Song headlined a tour of China's man-made islands in the South China Sea's Spratly islands this week, underscoring Beijing's confidence in asserting its increasingly dominant position in the disputed region. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

    After ships and planes, Chinese singers assert sea claims

    BEIJING (AP) — China’s military has dispatched ships and planes — even constructed new islands to assert its maritime claims. Now it’s deploying a new set of tools to uphold Chinese sovereignty: Magicians, singers and actors.

  • In this Jan. 21, 2016, file photo, people walk past a poster of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers on display in Beijing. China's military is appealing to the younger generation with a slick new recruitment video featuring aircraft carriers, tanks and special forces troops, all set to a rousing rap-rock soundtrack. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

    ‘Waiting for order to kill:’ China video seeks army recruits

    BEIJING (AP) — China’s military is appealing to the younger generation with a slick new recruitment video featuring aircraft carriers, tanks and special forces troops, all set to a rousing rap-rock soundtrack.