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World stocks drift as investors factor in Fed rate hike

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 5:40am

World stock markets drifted Friday as investors increasingly factored in a U.S. interest rate increase soon, based on the brightening corporate and economic outlook.

British American Tobacco offers to buy Reynolds in $47B deal

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 5:30am

British American Tobacco is offering to take over Reynolds American Inc. in a $47 billion deal that would create the world's largest publicly traded tobacco company and try to make up for a decline in smoking in the U.S. and Europe.

Sweden's Ericsson posts Q3 loss, cites worsening industry

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 5:20am

Swedish mobile networks company Ericsson said Friday that the decline across the industry has accelerated, contributing to a third-quarter loss for the company of 233 million kroner ($26.3 million).

Russians seek answers to central Moscow GPS anomaly

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 5:10am

Joggers, taxi drivers, players of Pokemon Go and senior Russian officials are seeking answers as to why mobile phone apps that use GPS are malfunctioning in central Moscow.

The Latest: Serbia denies politics involved in aid for Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 5:02am

The Latest on developments in Syria where a Russia-announced pause in the fighting is underway to allow civilians, rebels to leave besieged areas of Aleppo (all times local):

Professors strike for 3rd day at 14 state universities

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 4:50am

Professors are again manning the picket line at 14 Pennsylvania state universities.

EU leaders scramble to salvage free trade pact with Canada

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 4:40am

The European Union's attempt to finalize a massive free trade deal with Canada remained in limbo Friday, with the tiny Belgian region that's holding up the pact saying its objections had not yet been sufficiently addressed.

New Tennessee reactor becomes nation's first of 21st century

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 4:30am

A Tennessee reactor is now complete, making it the nation's first new nuclear generating plant of the 21st century.

Greece gets bailout inspection as unions raise rights claim

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 4:10am

Bailout inspectors have returned to Athens for talks on more proposed austerity measures and reforms, while the country's largest labor union made an international complaint against Greece, describing changes in the job market as a violation of workers' human rights.

Japan overwork deaths among young show lessons unlearned

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 2:40am

Matsuri Takahashi's dream career at Japan's top ad agency, Dentsu, ended with her suicide as her overtime pushed past 100 hours a month.

In Kentucky coal country, Democrats fear Trump

Adam Beam, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 2:11am

Democrats could lose control of their only legislative chamber in the South because of a blustery hero for folks in coal country — Donald Trump.

Park in Indian capital shut after suspected bird flu deaths

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 2:10am

City authorities have closed a sprawling park in the heart of New Delhi after eight birds died of suspected bird flu, days after the city zoo was closed to the public after nine birds died there.

E-Class sedan, SUVs boost earnings at Germany's Daimler

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 1:00am

German automaker Daimler AG said Friday that stronger sales of its technology-loaded Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan and SUVs helped third-quarter earnings swell by 13 percent.

British American Tobacco offers to buy Reynolds American in a $47 billion cash-and-share deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 12:30am

British American Tobacco offers to buy Reynolds American in a $47 billion cash-and-share deal .

US confirms 11th death due to Takata air bags

Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 12:20am

A 50-year-old woman who died after a car wreck last month in California is the 11th U.S. victim of Takata Corp.'s defective air bag inflators.

Bayh didn't stay overnight in Indiana condo once in 2010

Brian Slodysko, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 11:50pm

Evan Bayh says that his Indianapolis condominium has long been his home, and that he has spent "lots and lots" of time there since deciding to run for his old Senate seat. But a copy of his schedule shows Bayh did not stay overnight there once during his last year in office in 2010.

Toy companies break down barriers to be more inclusive

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 11:30pm

Toy companies are working harder to think outside their usual box, offering more-inclusive items like dolls with disabilities, female superhero figures and characters with a range of skin tones.

Asian shares mixed, dollar rises on ECB stimulus hopes

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 10:14pm

Asia stock markets drifted Friday as oil prices slid. The dollar rallied after Europe's central bank kept the door open for more monetary stimulus, leaving investor sentiment mixed.

Sanders tells soda tax opponents to stop using his name

Janie Har, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 9:11pm

Saying that consuming too much sugar is a serious health problem, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders told the soft drink industry to stop using his name in ads fighting proposed soda taxes in the San Francisco Bay Area.