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AP News Guide: Pipeline activists swept off private property

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 11:33pm

Law enforcement in North Dakota moved in Thursday to remove activists protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline who had set up a camp on private property owned by the pipeline developer. Here's a guide to the latest developments and key background about the protest:

Jury awards more than $70M to woman in baby powder lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 11:33pm

A St. Louis jury on Thursday awarded a California woman more than $70 million in her lawsuit alleging that years of using Johnson & Johnson's baby powder caused her cancer, the latest case raising concerns about the health ramifications of extended talcum powder use.

Police evict oil pipeline protesters from private land

James MacPherson and Blake Nicholson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 11:30pm

A months-long protest over the Dakota Access oil pipeline reached its most chaotic pitch yet when hundreds of law enforcement officers moved in to force activists off private property.

Frequent fatal casino bus crashes draw attention from feds

Brian Melley and Julie Watson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 10:51pm

Rosa Ruiz returned from a gambling jaunt to San Diego before dawn Saturday and was back on another bus that evening, headed for a desert casino.

All-Australian consortium withdraws bid for cattle empire

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 10:31pm

An all-Australian consortium on Friday withdrew its bid to buy Australia's largest cattle empire after the country's richest woman announced that she was prepared to buy it outright without a Chinese partner.

A year on, Brazil valley waits for recovery from mine flood

Adriana Gomez Licon, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 10:21pm

Spreading below lush mountains, this valley is rich in mineral wealth, including veins of gold and one of the largest iron ore deposits in the planet, discoveries that turned the area into Brazil's mining country and the birthplace of one of the world's top producers of minerals.

Patagonia joins companies giving staff day off for election

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 10:21pm

Patagonia is joining other companies that are giving workers a day off on Election Day, saying it wants to encourage its employees to have the time to elect candidates up and down the ballot who will protect the environment.

New rules aim to help students clear loans in cases of fraud

Collin Binkley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 10:21pm

The government has issued new rules meant to help students get their federal loans erased in cases involving fraud and misconduct by their schools.

Families plead for answers in Australian theme park deaths

Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 10:11pm

The families of some of the people killed at a theme park when their ride malfunctioned pleaded for answers into their loved ones' deaths on Friday, as the park's managers defended themselves from criticism over their handling of the tragedy.

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

Julie Pace and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 9:11pm

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.

Asian shares mixed as dollar gains against yen, China yuan

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 9:02pm

Asian shares were mixed Friday as a weaker yen sent Japan's benchmark higher, despite persisting gloom from Wall Street's recent declines.

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.

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.

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.