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The Latest: Save the Children: cluster bombs used in Aleppo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 7:22am

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):

$47 billion offer to create world's biggest tobacco company

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 7:02am

British American Tobacco is offering to buy Reynolds American Inc. in a $47 billion deal that would create the world's largest publicly traded tobacco company and attempt to make up for a decline in smoking in the U.S. and Europe.

McDonald's sales rise 1.3 percent at US stores

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 7:00am

McDonald's says sales rose 1.3 percent at established U.S. locations in the third quarter, matching what Wall Street analysts expected.

Park in Indian capital shut after suspected bird flu deaths

Nirmala George, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 6:52am

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.

Child porn accuser drops lawsuit against ex-Subway pitchman

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 6:30am

The family of a girl who accused Jared Fogle in a child pornography case that led to the former Subway pitchman's imprisonment is dropping a lawsuit against him.

Hungary deflects US concerns about declining media freedoms

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 6:20am

A spokesman's for Hungary's foreign ministry says U.S. concerns about press freedoms and media diversity after the suspension of an opposition newspaper are "without any foundation" and cannot be based on trustworthy information.

Toy companies break down barriers to be more inclusive

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 6:20am

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.

Indian bank authorities say 3.2 million debit cards hacked

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 6:12am

Indian banks scrambled Friday to contain the damage after finding that more than 3.2 million debit cards may have been hacked.

Goodyear christening 2nd airship in fleet replacing blimps

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 6:00am

Goodyear is officially welcoming the second airship in the fleet replacing its famous blimps.

World stocks drift as investors factor in Fed rate hike

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 5:40am

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

Sweden's Ericsson posts Q3 loss, cites worsening industry

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 5:20am

Swedish mobile networks company Ericsson said Friday that the decline across the industry has accelerated, contributing to a third-quarter loss for the company of 233 million kroner ($26.3 million).

Russians seek answers to central Moscow GPS anomaly

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 5:10am

Joggers, taxi drivers, players of Pokemon Go and senior Russian officials are seeking answers as to why mobile phone apps that use GPS are malfunctioning in central Moscow.

Professors strike for 3rd day at 14 state universities

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 4:50am

Professors are again manning the picket line at 14 Pennsylvania state universities.

EU leaders scramble to salvage free trade pact with Canada

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 4:40am

The European Union's attempt to finalize a massive free trade deal with Canada remained in limbo Friday, with the tiny Belgian region that's holding up the pact saying its objections had not yet been sufficiently addressed.

New Tennessee reactor becomes nation's first of 21st century

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 4:30am

A Tennessee reactor is now complete, making it the nation's first new nuclear generating plant of the 21st century.

Greece gets bailout inspection as unions raise rights claim

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 4:10am

Bailout inspectors have returned to Athens for talks on more proposed austerity measures and reforms, while the country's largest labor union made an international complaint against Greece, describing changes in the job market as a violation of workers' human rights.

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.

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.

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 .