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Christie aide on trial says she told him of 'traffic study'

Michael Balsamo and Michael Catalini, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 12:42pm

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's former deputy chief of staff testified Friday in her criminal trial that she told him about a traffic study on the George Washington Bridge before sending an email that it was "time for some traffic problems," which prosecutors say started a political revenge plot.

Appeals court revives lawsuit by Abu Ghraib inmates

Matthew Barakat, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 12:32pm

A federal appeals court on Friday reinstated a lawsuit filed by four former inmates of Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, who say they were tortured by civilian military contractors.

The Latest: NJ Transit declines to answer safety questions

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 12:31pm

The Latest on a legislative hearing on New Jersey Transit following last month's fatal train crash (all times local):

London City Airport evacuated in 'chemical incident'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 12:31pm

London Fire Brigade says City Airport has been declared safe, three hours after it was evacuated by a suspected chemical incident.

The Latest: NY Gov. Cuomo OKs fines for illegal Airbnbs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 12:31pm

The Latest on a new law in New York state authorizing fines for illegal Airbnb rentals (all times eastern):

Pakistani tea seller turns model after fame on social media

Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 12:21pm

A Pakistani tea seller with striking eyes who saw his life change overnight after a picture of him at work went viral, said Friday he was totally unaware of social media until recently, when boys and girls suddenly started thronging his tea stall to take selfies with him.

IMF warns of slow growth in Central Asia, Caucasus

Maria Danilova, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 12:21pm

The International Monetary Fund warned Friday of weak growth prospects in Central Asia and the Caucasus and called for active reforms to energize the post-Soviet economies.

May tries to reassure EU as UK seeks trade pacts alone

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 12:12pm

Prime Minister Theresa May signaled Friday that Britain is paving the way for trade talks with other countries well before it leaves the European Union but sought to reassure partners that this would not undermine the bloc's trade aims.

Chemical cloud over Kansas community dissipates

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 12:11pm

A chemical spill at a northeast Kansas distilling plant released a noxious cloud of fumes Friday, forcing temporary evacuations and sending more than 30 people to the hospital, official said.

Early voting: Democrats show strength in key battlegrounds

Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 11:45am

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.

$47 billion offer to create world's biggest tobacco company

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 11:41am

British American Tobacco has offered to buy out Reynolds American Inc. for $47 billion in an attempt to gain a strong presence in the U.S., a lucrative market where sales of electronic cigarettes are booming as traditional smoking fades.

Cameroon train traveling between 2 largest cities derails

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 11:41am

Authorities in Cameroon say a train overloaded with passengers has derailed along the route that links the country's two major cities.

SharkNinja, Dyson end legal battle over advertising claims

Denise Lavoie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 11:32am

Two of the most well-known names in vacuum cleaners have ended a two-year legal battle over just how much their products suck.

US internet repeatedly disrupted by cyberattacks on key firm

Raphael Satter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 11:31am

Cyberattacks on a key internet firm repeatedly disrupted the availability of popular websites across the East Coast of the United States Friday, according to analysts and company officials.

Portugal keeps bond rating that ensures continuing ECB help

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 11:11am

Ratings agency DBRS has kept its investment grade classification for Portuguese bonds, ensuring the debt-heavy eurozone country remains eligible for vital help from the European Central Bank's stimulus program.

McDonald's sales rise 1.3 percent at US stores

Joseph Pisani, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 11:11am

The launch of all-day breakfast helped McDonald's record higher sales at established U.S. locations for a fifth straight quarter, but the boost from that is shrinking and the company is hoping new menu items and recipe tweaks will keep customers coming back.

Child porn accuser drops lawsuit against ex-Subway pitchman

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 10:50am

The family of one of Jared Fogle's victims in the child pornography case that led to the former Subway pitchman's imprisonment is dropping their lawsuit against him.

Cook County, Illinois, lawyer who posed as judge charged

Michael Tarm, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 10:31am

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.

In Kentucky coal country, Democrats fear Trump

Adam Beam, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 10:30am

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