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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.

London City Airport evacuated in 'chemical incident'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 11:45am

London City Airport was evacuated Friday and more than two dozen people treated for breathing difficulties after what the emergency services called a reported "chemical incident."

$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.

IMF warns of slow growth in Central Asia, Caucasus

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

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

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.

Adviser says he told Christie officials knew of bridge plot

Michael Balsamo and Michael Catalini, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 11:03am

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was told that two of his staffers had knowledge of the George Washington Bridge lane closures before he told reporters that no one in his administration knew about the closings, one of his top political advisers testified Friday.

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.

Appeals court revives lawsuit by Abu Ghraib inmates

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 10:40am

A federal appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit against a military contractor filed by former inmates of Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison.

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.

Canada walks out as EU trade talks founder

Mike Corder and Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 10:21am

Canada walked out of talks Friday meant to save a massive trade deal with the European Union, unable to break a deadlock with a small Belgian region that has been defying multinational efforts to have the pact signed next week.

The Latest: Turkey defends fight against Syrian Kurd rebels

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

The Latest on developments in Syria where a Russia-announced pause in the fighting is underway to allow civilians and rebels to leave besieged areas of Aleppo (all times local):

Markets Right Now: Stocks move lower on Wall Street

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 10:01am

The latest on developments in global financial markets (all times local):

Senior NJ Transit leaders skip hearing on fatal train crash

Michael R. Sisak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 9:51am

Lawmakers investigating New Jersey Transit after a deadly train crash said Friday that they're disappointed the agency's senior leadership didn't show up for a legislative hearing and that they will use subpoena power if the director doesn't appear at the next hearing.

Counterterrorism prosecutors seek access to encrypted data

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 9:50am

Prosecutors from France, Belgium, Spain and Morocco called Friday for the ability to unlock phones and computers and to gain access to encrypted communications to aid in the fight against terrorism.