Lawmaker in Russia fights Olympic doping case at CAS

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- A lawmaker representing Vladimir Putin's United Russia party in parliament has appealed to sport's highest court against losing his 2008 Olympic title for doping with steroids. Artur Taymazov filed an appeal that "seeks the annulment of the IOC decision" disqualifying him from the freestyle wrestling 120-kilogram event, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said on Thursday.

US admiral says N. Korea crisis is at worst point he's seen

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The senior U.S. Navy officer overseeing military operations in the Pacific said Thursday that the crisis with North Korea is at the worst point he's ever seen, but he declined to compare the situation to the Cuban missile crisis decades ago. "It's real," Adm. Harry Harris Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Command, said during testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

US stock indexes flitter in mixed day for markets

NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. stock indexes flittered up and down Thursday, as a slump in energy stocks partly offset advances made by Under Armour, PayPal and other companies reporting stronger-than-expected profits. It's the second straight day where indexes have made modest, meandering moves, following two big gains at the start of the week. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor's 500 index added 2 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,389, as of 1:51 p.m.

Theme parks: Comcast's under-the-radar growth driver

NEW YORK (AP) -- One of Comcast's fastest-growing businesses hasn't been selling cable or internet subscriptions -- or making movies and TV shows, or selling TV ads. It's been theme parks. Since 2011, when Comcast first took over NBCUniversal's film and TV studios, cable and broadcast networks, TV stations and theme parks, the parks have been one of its biggest revenue drivers.

A look at North Korea's evolving brinkmanship

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea observers have long marveled at the ability of a small, impoverished, autocratic nation to go toe-to-toe with the world's superpowers. Part of the secret to North Korean success has always been the ruling Kim family's mastery of the art of brinkmanship.

Hot Switch sales boost Nintendo sales, trim quarterly loss

TOKYO (AP) -- Nintendo Co.'s Switch, a new hybrid game machine that works as both a console and a tablet, is selling well, helping the Kyoto-based company behind the Super Mario and Pokemon franchises trim its quarterly losses. Nintendo said Thursday it has sold 2.74 million Switch machines and 5.46 million units of Switch software since sales began in March. It had expected to sell 2 million Switch machines by the end of March.

Kia to invest $1.1 billion to build its first India factory

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Kia Motors Co. plans to invest $1.1 billion in India to build its first plant in the world's fifth-largest auto market. Kia's new factory in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India's southeast will be completed by late 2019 and produce up to 300,000 vehicles per year, the company said Thursday in a statement. The maker of Optima sedan is considering making small cars and SUVs for the Indian market.

China bans list of Islamic names in restive Xinjiang region

BEIJING (AP) -- Authorities in China's Xinjiang region are prohibiting parents from giving children some Islamic names in the latest effort to dilute the influence of religion on life in the ethnic Uighur minority heartland. "Muhammad," ''Jihad" and "Islam" are among at least 29 names now banned in the heavily Muslim region, according to a list distributed by overseas Uighur activists.

BOJ keeps monetary policy unchanged, says 2020 Games to help

TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's central bank kept its ultra-lax monetary policy unchanged Thursday, forecasting that growth in the world's third-largest economy would remain slow but steady through the fiscal year ending in March 2018. Most analysts were expecting the Bank of Japan to stand pat. In a statement, the BOJ said demand spurred by preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will help support growth in the coming year or two.

Trump to order aluminum imports investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump will direct his administration Thursday to expedite a new investigation into whether aluminum imports are jeopardizing U.S. national security. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the president will sign a memo ordering him to determine the impact of rising aluminum imports. High-purity aluminum is used in a number of defense applications, including military planes and the armor-plating of military vehicles.

Teams in name, but not uniforms, in New Orleans

The Zurich Classic in New Orleans is bringing team competition to golf, minus the uniforms. This will be the first official team competition on the PGA Tour since 1981 at the Walt Disney World National Team Championship. It was won by Vance Heafner and Mike Holland, which turned out to be their only PGA Tour victory. They each earned $36,000. The winners of the Zurich Classic each get $1,022,400.

Markets subdued in the wake of Trump's tax plans

LONDON (AP) -- Global stocks were subdued Thursday as investors assessed the scant details of President Donald Trump's U.S. tax overhaul. The Bank of Japan and European Central Bank kept their policies on hold as expected, though the euro took a modest hit when ECB President Mario Draghi said he wasn't confident that inflation across the 19-country eurozone was heading toward target. KEEPING SCORE: European shares fell with France's CAC 40 down 0.

BOJ keeps lax monetary policy, forecasts steady growth

TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's central bank kept its ultra-lax monetary policy unchanged Thursday, forecasting that growth in the world's third-largest economy would remain steady through the fiscal year ending in March 2018. The Bank of Japan said demand spurred by preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will help support growth in the coming year or two. But the central bank's statement warned of risks to that scenario from global trends, including U.S.

Trump to order probe into aluminum imports

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump will direct his administration Thursday to expedite a new investigation into whether aluminum imports are jeopardizing U.S. national security. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the president will sign a memo ordering him to determine the impact of rising aluminum imports. High-purity aluminum is used in a number of defense applications, including military planes and the armor-plating of military vehicles.

South Korea's economy grows at fastest pace in 3 quarters

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea, Asia's fourth-largest economy, grew at the fastest clip in nearly a year thanks to recovery in exports, the central bank said Thursday, despite a backlash from Chinese consumers over the deployment of a U.S. missile defense system. The economy expanded 2.7 percent during the January-March period over a year earlier, higher than the 2.

Samsung foresees bigger profit in 2017 as memory chips soar

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Samsung Electronics reported its best quarterly profit in more than three years Thursday and forecast improvement for the full year as its semiconductor division posted its highest income ever. The South Korean company's stellar financial results beat expectations and reflect its ability to overcome the fiasco over its Galaxy Note 7s, which it pulled from the market when its batteries were found to be prone to overheating.

Thompson emotional, ready to return after major LPGA penalty

IRVING, Texas (AP) -- Lexi Thompson paused, tears welling up in her eyes, when asked about how difficult things have been since a viewer-cited penalty cost her what appeared to be a sure victory in the LPGA Tour's first major of the year. Thompson stopped for more than 30 seconds after starting to answer the question Wednesday, a day before teeing off in Texas for her first tournament since the ANA Inspiration in California.

The Latest: Trump makes brief stop in North Korea meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on tensions on the Korean Peninsula (all times local): 5:10 p.m. The White House says President Donald Trump did not attend the entire meeting with senators who gathered to discuss the crisis in North Korea. An administration official says Trump attended only the first five minutes of the meeting. He delivered opening remarks before handing it over to his national security team.