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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.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 10:11pm

A St. Louis jury has 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.

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.

All-Australian consortium withdraws bid for cattle empire

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 10:00pm

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

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.

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.