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World stocks drift as investors factor in Fed rate hike

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 2:50am

World stock markets drifted Friday as investors increasingly factored in a Fed rate hike soon, based on the brightening U.S. corporate and economic outlook.

The Latest: UN rights chief says Aleppo a 'slaughterhouse'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 2:50am

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

British American Tobacco offers to buy Reynolds in $47B deal

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 2:41am

British American Tobacco offered Friday to buy Reynolds American Inc. in a $47 billion cash-and-stock deal that would create the world's largest publicly traded tobacco company and bring together brands like Camel, Dunhill, and Newport.

Japan overwork deaths among young show lessons unlearned

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 2:40am

Matsuri Takahashi's dream career at Japan's top ad agency, Dentsu, ended with her suicide as her overtime pushed past 100 hours a month.

Sweden's Ericsson post Q3 loss, cites worsening industry

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 2:20am

Swedish mobile networks company Ericsson says "negative industry trends have further accelerated," contributing to a third-quarter loss for the company of 233 million kroner ($26.3 million).

In Kentucky coal country, Democrats fear Trump

Adam Beam, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 2:11am

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

Park in Indian capital shut after suspected bird flu deaths

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 2:10am

City authorities have closed a sprawling park in the heart of New Delhi after eight birds died of suspected bird flu, days after the city zoo was closed to the public after nine birds died there.

E-Class sedan, SUVs boost earnings at Germany's Daimler

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 1:00am

German automaker Daimler AG said Friday that stronger sales of its technology-loaded Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan and SUVs helped third-quarter earnings swell by 13 percent.

British American Tobacco offers to buy Reynolds American in a $47 billion cash-and-share deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 12:30am

British American Tobacco offers to buy Reynolds American in a $47 billion cash-and-share deal .

US confirms 11th death due to Takata air bags

Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 12:20am

A 50-year-old woman who died after a car wreck last month in California is the 11th U.S. victim of Takata Corp.'s defective air bag inflators.

Bayh didn't stay overnight in Indiana condo once in 2010

Brian Slodysko, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 11:50pm

Evan Bayh says that his Indianapolis condominium has long been his home, and that he has spent "lots and lots" of time there since deciding to run for his old Senate seat. But a copy of his schedule shows Bayh did not stay overnight there once during his last year in office in 2010.

Toy companies break down barriers to be more inclusive

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 11:30pm

Toy companies are working harder to think outside their usual box, offering more-inclusive items like dolls with disabilities, female superhero figures and characters with a range of skin tones.

Professors to strike for 3rd day at 14 state universities

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 10:23pm

Professors are expected to strike for a third day on Friday at 14 Pennsylvania state universities.

Asian shares mixed, dollar rises on ECB stimulus hopes

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 10:14pm

Asia stock markets drifted Friday as oil prices slid. The dollar rallied after Europe's central bank kept the door open for more monetary stimulus, leaving investor sentiment mixed.

Sanders tells soda tax opponents to stop using his name

Janie Har, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 9:11pm

Saying that consuming too much sugar is a serious health problem, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders told the soft drink industry to stop using his name in ads fighting proposed soda taxes in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Officials say they cannot enforce Hawaii fishing contracts

Caleb Jones, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 9:01pm

Federal officials cannot enforce a contract being proposed by the commercial fishing industry as a solution to concerns about foreign fishing crews in Hawaii, leaving the industry responsible for enforcing its own rules.

Donors pour record $458 million into California initiatives

Alison Noon, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 6:32pm

Political donors have spent a record $458 million on 17 statewide November ballot initiatives in California, beating the state's own record for the most spent on propositions appearing on state ballots in a single year, campaign reports filed Thursday show.

EU leaders predict dire future if EU-Canada trade deal fails

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 6:31pm

Fearing final rejection by a small Belgian region, leaders of the European Union warned early Friday that if a free trade deal with a close partner like Canada fails it could mean the end of such agreements with any other country.

Mexican peso dances to rhythm of US election campaign

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 6:01pm

Election day in the United States cannot come soon enough for the Mexican peso, especially if Hillary Clinton is the winner.

Planned Parenthood wins suit to block Mississippi law

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 5:51pm

A federal judge has blocked a Mississippi law that banned the state's Medicaid program from spending money with any health care provider that offers abortions.