The Latest: Pence, Turnbull urge China to pressure N. Korea

SYDNEY (AP) -- The Latest on U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's trip to Asia and Australia (all times local): 12:35 p.m. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull are joining forces in urging China to do more to pressure North Korea to drop its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program.

Australian leader promises help on housing affordability

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's prime minister fended off criticism Wednesday over tax concessions for investors in booming urban property markets after a central banker warned soaring housing prices could hurt the economy. Housing affordability has become a hot-button issue with many first-time buyers priced out of the market, especially in Sydney and Melbourne, where 40 percent of the country's 24 million people live.