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Chemical cloud over Kansas community dissipates

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 4:41pm

A chemical spill at a northeast Kansas distilling plant released a noxious cloud of fumes Friday, forcing temporary evacuations and sending dozens of people to the hospital, including two who were in intensive care, officials said.

The Latest: Flooding ruptures Pennsylvania gasoline pipeline

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 4:40pm

The Latest on flooding across western and central Pennsylvania (all times local):

Strong storms cause floods, kill 1 person in Pennsylvania

Megan Trimble and Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 4:40pm

Freak storms packing up to 100 mph winds hit Pennsylvania early Friday, sending floodwaters into hundreds of homes and causing a pipeline rupture that dumped more than 50,000 gallons of gasoline into a stream, threatening drinking water supplies. One man was killed when a tree crashed into his home.

US internet repeatedly disrupted by cyberattacks on key firm

Raphael Satter and Frank Bajak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 4:40pm

Cyberattacks on a key internet firm repeatedly disrupted the availability of popular websites across the United States Friday, according to analysts and company officials. The White House described the disruption as malicious. Members of a hacker group spread across China and Russia claimed responsibility, although their assertion couldn't be verified.

The Latest: At least 80 seek medical care after Kansas spill

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 4:31pm

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

Greek shipping companies fined $1.5M for pollution, cover-up

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 4:10pm

A federal judge in Seattle on Friday ordered two companies owned by a Greek shipping magnate to pay $1.5 million after a jury found that a cargo ship deliberately pumped oil-polluted water into the ocean, then repeatedly lied and falsified records in an effort to deceive inspectors with the U.S. Coast Guard.

Feds not dropping fraud case against Texas attorney general

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 4:00pm

Federal regulators who accuse Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton of committing securities fraud aren't giving up after a judge threw out their first try.

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

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 3:43pm

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.

Cook County, Illinois, lawyer who posed as judge charged

Michael Tarm, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 3:41pm

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.

Muni week in review: Yields trend still trending higher

Cybele Weisser, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 3:21pm

Municipal bond yields rose modestly this week, continuing October's upward trend. The 10-year yield on the AP Municipal Bond index was 2.076 percent Friday at 5 p.m. Eastern time.

The Latest: Pennsylvania chancellor applauds faculty pact

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 3:14pm

The Latest on the contract dispute that led to a walkout by professors at 14 Pennsylvania state universities (all times local):

NY enacts restrictions on Airbnb, with fines of up to $7,500

David Klepper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 3:11pm

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.

Early voting: Democrats show strength in key battlegrounds

Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 3:11pm

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.

Tesla may enter ride ride-hailing business next year

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 2:54pm

Electric car maker Tesla Motors has plans to get into the ride-hailing and sharing businesses.

Pennsylvania professors agree to contract, end strike

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 2:51pm

The union representing striking professors at 14 Pennsylvania state universities reached a tentative contract agreement Friday and immediately ended a walkout that was in its third day.

Senior NJ Transit leaders skip hearing on deadly train crash

Michael R. Sisak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 2:51pm

Federal railroad regulators said a meeting Friday with New Jersey Transit's top officials would have been rescheduled if the agency had revealed it was being held at the same time as a legislative hearing on last month's fatal train crash.

Moody's, GE and Skechers slide; Reynolds American surges

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 2:22pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Friday:

The Latest: Executive director will testify, NJ Transit says

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 2:11pm

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

Markets Right Now: Stocks edge mostly lower on Wall Street

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 2:11pm

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

Cameroon says at least 53 dead after crowded train derails

Edwin Kindzeka Moki, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 2:11pm

At least 53 people have died after a train overloaded with passengers derailed along the route that links Cameroon's two major cities, the country's transport minister said late Friday.