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UN expert urges next UN chief to focus on ending tax havens

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 8:31pm

A U.N. human rights expert urged the next U.N. secretary-general on Friday to make the elimination of tax havens a priority to ensure that corporations, billionaires and "kleptocrats" pay their fair share of taxes.

NY enacts restrictions on Airbnb, with fines of up to $7,500

David Klepper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 7:31pm

New York state enacted one of the nation's toughest restrictions on Airbnb on Friday with a new law authorizing fines of up to $7,500 for many short-term rentals.

Overloaded train derails in Cameroon, killing at least 53

Edwin Kindzeka Moki, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 7:21pm

An overloaded train derailed along the route that links Cameroon's two major cities on Friday, killing at least 53 people and injuring more than 300, the government said.

Strong storms cause floods, kill 1 person in Pennsylvania

Mark Scolforo and Megan Trimble, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 7:20pm

Strong storms hit pockets of western and central Pennsylvania early Friday, bringing up to 7 inches of rain, turning roads into rivers, damaging homes in communities as far as 150 miles apart and killing one person.

Judge: Poker pro Ivey, pal broke gambling rules in $10M win

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 6:33pm

A federal judge ruled on Friday that poker pro Phil Ivey and a companion violated state gambling regulations in the way they won nearly $10 million at cards at an Atlantic City casino.

The Latest: Pennsylvania gas spill threatens 3 water systems

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 6:32pm

The Latest on flooding across western and central Pennsylvania (all times local):

Russian indicted on charges he hacked LinkedIn

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 6:11pm

A Russian man has been charged with hacking and stealing information from computers at LinkedIn and other San Francisco Bay Area companies, federal prosecutors announced Friday.

Senior NJ Transit leaders skip hearing on deadly train crash

Michael R. Sisak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 5:50pm

New Jersey Transit's top officials skipped a state oversight hearing Friday to meet with federal regulators, upsetting lawmakers eager to question them about their agency's poor safety record and slow deployment of sophisticated technology that could have prevented a deadly crash last month.

Police mistake doughnut glaze for meth, man sues over arrest

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 5:32pm

A Florida man arrested last year after police mistook doughnut glaze in his car for meth is suing the city of Orlando and a drug-testing kit company.

Feds not dropping fraud case against Texas attorney general

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 5:10pm

Investor fraud accusations against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton are back in federal court, at least for now, after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday refiled a civil lawsuit against the Republican that a judge previously dismissed.

Chemical cloud over Kansas community dissipates

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 4:41pm

A chemical spill at a northeast Kansas distilling plant released a noxious cloud of fumes Friday, forcing temporary evacuations and sending dozens of people to the hospital, including two who were in intensive care, officials said.

US internet repeatedly disrupted by cyberattacks on key firm

Raphael Satter and Frank Bajak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 4:40pm

Cyberattacks on a key internet firm repeatedly disrupted the availability of popular websites across the United States Friday, according to analysts and company officials. The White House described the disruption as malicious. Members of a hacker group spread across China and Russia claimed responsibility, although their assertion couldn't be verified.

The Latest: At least 80 seek medical care after Kansas spill

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 4:31pm

The Latest on the chemical spill at a plant in Atchison, Kansas, (all times local):

Greek shipping companies fined $1.5M for pollution, cover-up

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 4:10pm

A federal judge in Seattle on Friday ordered two companies owned by a Greek shipping magnate to pay $1.5 million after a jury found that a cargo ship deliberately pumped oil-polluted water into the ocean, then repeatedly lied and falsified records in an effort to deceive inspectors with the U.S. Coast Guard.

Let's toast: Jim Beam strike ends with promise to expand

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 3:43pm

Jim Beam ended a nearly weeklong strike at two bourbon distilleries in Kentucky on Friday, toasting a labor settlement that answers the workers' key demand with a commitment to hire more full-time staff.

Cook County, Illinois, lawyer who posed as judge charged

Michael Tarm, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 3:41pm

A Chicago-area judicial candidate who was once on the fast track to a high-salary, high-status job as a judge now faces charges of impersonating a judge when she was a court staff attorney early this year, prosecutors announced Friday.

Muni week in review: Yields trend still trending higher

Cybele Weisser, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 3:21pm

Municipal bond yields rose modestly this week, continuing October's upward trend. The 10-year yield on the AP Municipal Bond index was 2.076 percent Friday at 5 p.m. Eastern time.

The Latest: Pennsylvania chancellor applauds faculty pact

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 3:14pm

The Latest on the contract dispute that led to a walkout by professors at 14 Pennsylvania state universities (all times local):

Early voting: Democrats show strength in key battlegrounds

Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 3:11pm

Hillary Clinton appears to be displaying strength in the crucial battleground states of North Carolina and Florida among voters casting ballots before Election Day, and may also be building an early vote advantage in Arizona and Colorado.

Tesla may enter ride ride-hailing business next year

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 2:54pm

Electric car maker Tesla Motors has plans to get into the ride-hailing and sharing businesses.