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Official: Gas spill has had no impact on water so far

Megan Trimble and Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 11:40am

There has been little impact to the water supply so far from a ruptured pipeline during a freak storm in Pennsylvania that sent nearly 55,000 gallons of gasoline into a creek tributary, officials said Saturday.

1 killed, several injured in clash over pipeline in Mexico

Christopher Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 11:40am

One person was killed and several others injured in a clash between members of the Yaqui indigenous group divided over construction of a gas pipeline in northwest Mexico, officials said.

Cameroon train crash kills more than 70, injures 600

Edwin Kindzeka Moki, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 11:30am

Authorities in Cameroon rushed more than 600 injured people to hospitals in the country's two main cities Saturday in an effort to save lives a day after an overcrowded train derailed, killing more than 70 people.

Somali pirate says 26 Asian sailors freed after 4 years

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 11:30am

A Somali pirate said Saturday that 26 Asian sailors held hostage for more than four years have been released after a ransom was paid, and international mediators said it "represents the end of captivity for the last remaining seafarers taken hostage during the height of Somali piracy."

Colombia airline halts Caracas flights on mid-air intercept

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 11:10am

Colombia's flagship airline has grounded all flights to Caracas after a mid-air intercept of one of its planes by Venezuela's air force.

Police find new 'suspicious item' in probe of subway alert

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 11:02am

Counterterrorism police investigating a suspicious package discovered on a London subway train said Saturday that they have found another suspicious item in a property 200 miles (320 kilometers) away.

Puerto Rico control board wants stay maintained on lawsuits

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 10:40am

A fiscal control board overseeing Puerto Rico's finances has asked a federal judge to maintain a stay on lawsuits while it tries to restructure the island's debt.

WHY IT MATTERS: Beneath the fury, issues that matter

Calvin Woodward, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 10:31am

This is a presidential campaign about trust, temperament, honesty, judgment, character, personality and, some are convinced, a personality disorder or two.

Wyoming voters to weigh investing more state money in stocks

Ben Neary, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 9:10am

Wyoming lawmakers are asking state voters to allow them to invest more state money in the stock market.

Early voting data shows strengths for Trump and Clinton

Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 7:51am

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.

Top EU lawmaker intervenes to try to save Canada trade pact

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 7:31am

The Belgian region of Wallonia affirmed Saturday it still stands in the way of a trade deal between the 28-nation European Union and Canada, but its leader and a top EU lawmaker were cautiously optimistic that the standoff could be resolved within days.

WHY IT MATTERS: Social Security

Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 2:21am

THE ISSUE: More than 60 million retirees, disabled workers, spouses and children rely on monthly Social Security benefits. That's nearly one in five Americans. The trustees who oversee Social Security say the program has enough money to pay full benefits until 2034. But at that point, Social Security will collect only enough taxes to pay 79 percent of benefits. Unless Congress acts, millions of people on fixed incomes would get an automatic 21 percent cut in benefits.

WHY IT MATTERS: Infrastructure

David A. Lieb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 2:10am

THE ISSUE: The U.S. interstate highway system, celebrating its 60th birthday this year, is showing its age. Many roads and bridges are in need of repair or expansion. Similar problems exist for public drinking and wastewater systems, dams and levees, airports, railroads and mass transit systems. Politicians generally agree the nation's infrastructure is in need of improvement. Deciding how to pay for it and which projects should take priority is more difficult.

WHY IT MATTERS: Student Debt

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 1:51am

THE ISSUE: More Americans are getting buried by student debt — causing delays in home ownership, limiting how much people can save and leaving taxpayers at risk as many loans go unpaid. The statistics look daunting.

Emails show Clinton campaign weighing Keystone XL decision

Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 1:31am

Hacked emails show Hillary Clinton's campaign wrestled with how to announce her opposition to construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline without losing the support of labor unions that supported to project.


Bradley Klapper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 1:22am

THE ISSUE: Last year's nuclear deal has removed for now the threat of a U.S.-Iranian military confrontation. But the deal rests on shaky ground.


Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 1:20am

THE ISSUE: Energy independence has been a goal of every president since Richard Nixon. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have very different ways to achieve it. How energy is produced and where it comes from affect jobs, the economy and the environment.

WHY IT MATTERS: The Role of Government

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 1:20am

THE ISSUE: It's the Goldilocks conundrum of American politics: Is the federal government too big, too small or just right?

WHY IT MATTERS: Wall Street Regulation

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 12:11am

THE ISSUE: The financial crisis that struck in 2008 touched off the worst recession since the 1930s Great Depression, wiping out $11 trillion in U.S. household wealth and leaving about 8 million Americans jobless. More than 5 million families lost their homes to foreclosure. Reckless trading and aggressive practices on Wall Street in the prior boom years were pinned with much of the blame.