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Italy brushes off downgrade as it plans EU budget response

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 20th - 2:25am

Italy's deputy premier on Saturday brushed off a ratings downgrade and vowed to forge ahead with the government's rule-busting budget as Italy prepared to respond to European Union concerns about its high deficit targets.

Girl dies after court allows more time on life support

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 19th - 9:57pm

A 9-year-old Texas girl at the center of a three-week court battle with a hospital to keep her on life support has died hours after an appeals court allowed her parents more time to find a facility to maintain her life support.

Japan deepens Southeast Asian ties with airmen program

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 19th - 9:31pm

Japan's defense minister says he plans to start a program for professional airmen to strengthen ties between his country and Southeast Asia.

Victims IDed as Hurricane Michael recovery effort drags on

Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 19th - 8:51pm

A family can begin to grieve after officials confirmed Friday the death of a 79-year-old Florida woman who had been missing since Hurricane Michael left her Mexico Beach home in rubble.

Walker, Evers deliver sharp attacks in first debate

Scott Bauer, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 19th - 8:04pm

Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Tony Evers both delivered well-rehearsed, sharp attack lines on hot topics in the governor's race in their first debate Friday. Walker and Evers, the state superintendent, are locked in a tight battle for governor with the election just over two weeks away.

Democratic Sen. Warren, GOP challenger clash in debate

Steve Leblanc, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 19th - 7:19pm

Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and her Republican challenger, Massachusetts state Rep. Geoff Diehl, clashed on everything from tax cuts to immigration to Warren's decision to release a DNA test during their first debate Friday.

Hackers breach HealthCare.gov system, get data on 75,000

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 19th - 4:17pm

A government computer system that interacts with HealthCare.gov was hacked earlier this month, compromising the sensitive personal data of some 75,000 people, officials said Friday.

Patagonia endorses Democrats Tester, Rosen in Senate races

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 19th - 4:11pm

Outdoor clothing giant Patagonia jumped into two competitive Senate races Friday, endorsing Democrats Jon Tester of Montana and Jacky Rosen of Nevada in what the company called its first foray into elective politics.

San Antonio approves $450M Alamo redevelopment project

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 19th - 4:05pm

The San Antonio City Council approved a $450 million redevelopment plan for the Alamo, marking a new chapter for the nearly 300-year-old site.

Procter & Gamble and AmEx climb while AIG and DowDuPont dip

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 19th - 2:53pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday:

Trump wants to cut red tape, hasten water projects in West

Dan Elliott and Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 19th - 2:46pm

President Donald Trump on Friday ordered the government to speed up environmental reviews and streamline regulations that he says are hindering work on major water projects in California and other Western states.

California rolling forward with pot delivery regulations

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 19th - 2:14pm

California moved a step closer Friday to allowing marijuana deliveries in communities that have banned retail sales of the drug as regulators rebuffed cities and police chiefs who are opposed to the rule.

Maryland asks Supreme Court to uphold law on drug pricing

Brian Witte, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 19th - 1:04pm

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to uphold a first-in-the-nation law against pharmaceutical price gouging.

CEO of mining company tears into analysts during rant

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 19th - 1:02pm

The CEO of a mining company exploded at Wall Street analysts on Friday, saying they can't read financial reports and should resign.

The Latest: Russian woman charged with US election-meddling

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 19th - 12:38pm

The Latest on U.S. election security (all times local):

Russian woman charged in first 2018 election meddling case

Deb Riechmann and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 19th - 12:07pm

The U.S. accused a Russian woman on Friday of helping oversee the finances of a sweeping, secretive effort to sway American public opinion through social media in the first federal case alleging foreign interference in the 2018 midterm elections.

Louisiana's Avery Island listed on historic place register

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 19th - 12:04pm

Louisiana's Avery Island, a salt dome and the birthplace of Tabasco pepper sauce, is newly listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Friend: Arizona man rescued from mine is amateur prospector

Anita Snow, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 19th - 11:42am

John Waddell often visited his 100-acre (40-hectare) mining claim in Arizona's Sonoran Desert to poke around in one of the abandoned mines scattered among the cactus for a bit of gold to sell for a few bucks.

New tax break rules for 'opportunity zone' investors

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 19th - 11:22am

The Trump administration is proposing rules for investors in a new program that it says could have a big impact on economically depressed areas around the country. About 8,700 so-called "opportunity zones" have been set up in all 50 states to lure investors and developers with tax breaks.

Return to sender: Postal union warns of fallout if US leaves

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 19th - 11:19am

No international letters, no international packages: A top official with a 192-country postal union says that's what Americans can expect if the Trump administration goes through with plans to pull out of an international postal treaty over concerns about China.