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Venezuelans step up pressure on Maduro with 12-hour strike

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 8:41am

Some stores and schools were closed and rush-hour traffic was noticeably lighter Friday as many residents in Venezuela's capital stayed home to express their outrage at President Nicolas Maduro.

Belgian region lawmakers approve EU-Canada trade pact

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 8:31am

Lawmakers in the Belgian region holding up an important new trade pact between the European Union and Canada have officially given their approval for the deal to go through.

Exxon 3Q profit falls 38 percent on lower oil prices

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 8:21am

Exxon's profit keeps shrinking because of lower oil prices, and the company is responding by sharply cutting investment in future production.

The Latest: Tribal chairman vows to continue pipeline fight

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 8:11am

The Latest on the protests at the Dakota Access oil pipeline construction site (all times local):

US stocks mostly rise following strong economic report

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 8:10am

U.S. stocks are mostly higher Friday morning after the government said the economy broke out of its recent slump and grew faster than expected during the third quarter. Real estate and basic materials companies are trading higher. That's helping outweigh big losses for several health care companies as weak results from prescription drug maker McKesson and biotech giant Amgen pull the sector lower.

Pakistani police, opposition supporters clash in Islamabad

Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 8:00am

Pakistani police have charged with batons and fired tear gas at stone-throwing supporters of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan who are rallying in Islamabad in defiance of a government-imposed ban on demonstrations.

Upstart Pirate Party senses victory in Iceland elections

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 7:50am

The past few years have been stormy for Iceland, a country threatened by volcanoes and brought low by bankers. Now, Icelanders are thinking of putting their trust in pirates.

Family sues Amazon over hoverboard that burned $1M house

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 7:50am

A family is suing Amazon for selling a hoverboard blamed for starting a fire that burned their $1 million home in Nashville.

Uber drivers in UK should get paid vacation, tribunal says

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 7:42am

Uber drivers in Britain should get paid vacation days and guaranteed minimum wage, a tribunal said Friday in a ruling that the company will appeal.

Markets Right Now: Stocks open mostly lower on Wall Street

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 7:41am

The latest on developments in U.S. financial markets:

Volkswagen introduces new American-built 7-passenger SUV

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 7:31am

Volkswagen took a big step toward recovering from its emissions-cheating scandal by introducing a new seven-passenger SUV.

Deep South drought kills crops, threatens herds, dries lakes

Jeff Martin and Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 7:31am

Six months into a deepening drought, the weather is killing crops, threatening cattle and sinking lakes to their lowest levels in years across much of the South.

US economy grew at 2.9 percent rate in third quarter

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 7:23am

The U.S. economy grew at a 2.9 percent rate in the July-September quarter, the strongest pace in two years, as the battered export sector rebounded and businesses finally began restocking their shelves at a faster clip.

Ex-UK leader says voters should be able to reconsider Brexit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 7:21am

Britain's former leader, Tony Blair, says the nation's voters should be given another chance to weigh in on whether the U.K. should leave the European Union.

Uber loses tribunal case in Britain in ruling that will boost worker rights for thousands of drivers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 7:20am

Uber loses tribunal case in Britain in ruling that will boost worker rights for thousands of drivers .

AutoNation to sell its own parts, add used car centers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 7:20am

The largest auto dealership chain in the U.S. is expanding into stand-alone used car sales centers and will even sell its own automotive replacement parts.

BMW recalls over 154K vehicles because engines could stall

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 7:00am

BMW is recalling more than 154,000 cars and SUVs in the U.S. and Canada to fix a wiring problem that can cause engines to stall.

Austria, Germany: mineral oil traces in some sweets

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 6:50am

Traces of mineral oil in some brands of bitter chocolate and a doughnut variety have led several Austrian supermarkets and IKEA Germany to pull products off their shelves. But others have not followed suit.

Beer giant AB InBev winds back revenue forecast

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 6:50am

Belgium-based beer maker Anheuser-Busch InBev has scaled down its revenue forecast for this year following poor results in Brazil.

US wages, benefits rise 0.6 percent in third quarter

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 6:41am

Wages and benefits paid to U.S. civilian workers grew at a steady pace in the third quarter.