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Kirk, Duckworth spar in first televised Senate debate

Ivan Moreno, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 9:02pm

In a debate packed with testy exchanges, Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk ribbed Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth's family history of military service and she criticized him for previous remarks he made against the president, as the candidates made one of their final pitches to voters Thursday.

Police evict oil pipeline protesters from private land

James MacPherson and Blake Nicholson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 9:02pm

Law enforcement officers dressed in riot gear and firing bean bags and pepper spray evicted protesters Thursday from private land in the path of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, dramatically escalating a monthslong dispute over Native American rights and the project's environmental impact.

Apple adds keyboard touch functions to Mac in major refresh

Brandon Bailey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 8:42pm

Apple's high-end Mac laptops are getting a touch control strip above the keyboard, part of a long-awaited update aimed at reviving interest in a product often overshadowed by newer gadgets like the iPad and iPhone.

Latest: More than 100 arrests as pipeline protesters moved

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 8:35pm

The Latest on the Dakota Access oil pipeline protest (all times local):

Health law consumers face least choice in program's history

Meghan Hoyer and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 8:21pm

Americans in the health insurance markets created by President Barack Obama's law will have less choice next year than any time since the program started, a new county-level analysis for The Associated Press has found.

Ex-Bill Clinton aide memo roils wife's campaign over ethics

Stephen Braun and Eileen Sullivan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 8:01pm

A 2011 confidential memo written by a longtime Bill Clinton aide during Hillary Clinton's State Department tenure describes overlap between the former president's business ventures and fundraising for the family's charities. The former aide also described free travel and vacations arranged for the Clintons by corporations, reinforcing ethics concerns about the Democratic presidential nominee.

Q&A: What to know about the Oregon ranching standoff case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 7:31pm

In a case sure to rouse strong feelings about control of Western lands, a jury found the leaders of the armed group that took over a national wildlife refuge in rural Oregon not guilty of conspiracy and possession of firearms at a federal facility.

Texas officials refute 'vote-flipping' after Trump tweet

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 6:50pm

In his latest attempt to cast doubt on the election process, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump raised suspicions Thursday about the voting machines in reliably Republican Texas despite producing no evidence of an actual problem.

Trump hits 'corrupt' Hillary Clinton; Mrs. Obama hugs her

Julie Pace and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 6:11pm

Trailing with time running out, Donald Trump denounced both Hillary and Bill Clinton Thursday as creatures of a corrupt political system who would use another pass at the Oval Office to enrich themselves at the expense of American families. Clinton turned to popular first lady Michelle Obama to rally voters in North Carolina, a state that could deliver a knockout blow to Trump.

Dental provider sues Idaho over $130M contract

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 4:41pm

A dental service provider has filed a lawsuit claiming the Idaho Department of Administration violated the state's procurement laws in awarding a $130 million contract designed to administer dental benefits to Idaho Medicaid participants, the provider announced Thursday.

Rising star: YouTube playing key role in Google's success

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 4:30pm

YouTube has emerged as a break-out star in Google's cast of services as the online video site upstages cable television for a younger generation of viewers looking for amusement, news and music on their smartphones.

Online privacy may be boosted by new FCC data rules

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 4:11pm

New privacy rules may make it easier to escape at least some online tracking.

Pot farmers worry legalization could end their way of life

Paul Elias, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 4:03pm

Laura Costa's son and husband moved quickly with pruning shears as they harvested the family's fall marijuana crop, racing along with several workers to cut the plants and drop them in plastic bins ahead of an impending storm.

Weed as way of life: California farmers divided on legal bud

Paul Elias, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 4:02pm

Laura Costa's son and husband moved quickly with the pruning shears to harvest the family's fall marijuana crop, racing along with several workers to cut the plants and drop them in plastic bins ahead of an impending storm.

Cyberattacks put new focus on search-warrant rule change

Tami Abdollah, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 3:40pm

The Justice Department is citing last week's internet outages caused by widespread cyberattacks to support allowing U.S. agents to search online devices in faraway locations with approval from a single judge. Lawmakers on Thursday expressed renewed reservations about a change some see as expanding the FBI's authority to hack devices.

Opposition, socialist supporters face off in Caracas

Hannah Dreier and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 3:11pm

Hundreds of pro-government demonstrators massed outside Venezuela's congress on Thursday as lawmakers inside debated how to remove the socialist president from office amid an escalating political confrontation.

Iraqis find bomb factory, tunnels on long road to Mosul

Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Joseph Krauss, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 3:00pm

Iraqi forces explored a network of tunnels and uncovered a bomb-making facility on Thursday in a village near Mosul that was recently retaken from the Islamic State group, offering a glimpse of the challenge they will face as they move closer to the city.

Amazon courts food shoppers

Mae Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 2:51pm

Amazon wants you to order your turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce online this Thanksgiving — its latest effort to make its Prime subscription service a central part of food shopping, much the way it's done for other consumer goods.

USA Today publisher Gannett posts loss as print ads sink

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 2:42pm

USA Today publisher Gannett, suffering from the ongoing print-ad declines that have hurt the broader newspaper industry, is cutting jobs as it reported a loss in its latest quarter.

How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Thursday

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 2:41pm

U.S. stocks slipped for the third consecutive day Thursday as media and defense companies skidded. Bond yields climbed to their highest levels since May, which helped banks and hurt stocks that pay big dividends.