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Chemical cloud over Kansas community dissipates

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 1:11pm

A chemical spill at a northeast Kansas distilling plant released a noxious cloud of fumes Friday, forcing temporary evacuations and sending more than 50 people to the hospital, including one person who was in intensive care, officials said.

Unemployment rates rose in 3 of 8 US swing states last month

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 1:01pm

Unemployment rates rose in three of eight U. S. swing states last month, fell in two and were unchanged in the remaining three.

Dueling Missouri tobacco tax initiatives causing confusion

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 12:54pm

Missouri voters are facing the confusing prospect of two separate proposals on the same ballot that would increase the state's lowest-in-the-nation tobacco tax by different amounts.

Let's toast: Jim Beam strike ends with promise to expand

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 12:54pm

Jim Beam ended a nearly weeklong strike at two bourbon distilleries in Kentucky on Friday, toasting a labor settlement that answers the workers' key demand with a commitment to hire more full-time staff.

The Latest: 52 seek medical care after Kansas chemical spill

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 12:53pm

The Latest on the chemical spill at a plant in Atchison, Kansas, (all times local):

The Latest: Feds say they could have rescheduled meeting

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 12:51pm

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

New York state cracks down on illegal Airbnb rentals

David Klepper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 12:51pm

New York state enacted one of the nation's toughest restrictions on Airbnb on Friday with a new law authorizing fines of up to $7,500 for many short-term rentals.

Union: Talks underway to end strike at Pennsylvania colleges

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 12:43pm

The union representing striking professors at 14 Pennsylvania state universities says its president is in meetings aimed at ending a walkout now in its third day.

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: 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.

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.

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.