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Australia lawyers' group: Draft cyber laws would curb rights

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 8:28pm

The president of Australia's top lawyers' group told a parliamentary inquiry that proposed cybersecurity laws to force global technology companies such as Facebook and Google to help police by unscrambling encrypted messages sent by extremists and other criminals would significantly limit individuals' privacy and freedom.

China's economic growth slows amid trade battle with US

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 8:19pm

China's economic growth decelerated further in the latest quarter, adding to challenges for communist leaders as they fight a tariff battle with Washington.

China's economic growth slows to 6.5 percent in quarter ending in September from previous quarter's 6.7 percent

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 8:16pm

China's economic growth slows to 6.5 percent in quarter ending in September from previous quarter's 6.7 percent.

Hawley tries to paint McCaskill as too liberal for Missouri

Summer Ballentine, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 7:39pm

Missouri Republican candidate Josh Hawley used a Thursday debate to try to paint Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill as too liberal for the increasingly red state of Missouri, while McCaskill continued to hammer her challenger over his positions on health care.

APNewsBreak: NTSB hasn't fully examined limo in fatal crash

Michael Balsamo and David Klepper, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 6:29pm

Federal safety investigators have been unable to conduct a full examination of the limousine involved in a crash that killed 20 people nearly two weeks ago in upstate New York because local prosecutors are probing it as part of their case against the limo company's operator.

Criminal case preventing NTSB investigators from full exam of limo in NY crash that killed 20 people nearly 2 weeks ago

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 6:26pm

Criminal case preventing NTSB investigators from full exam of limo in NY crash that killed 20 people nearly 2 weeks ago.

Colorado marijuana sales exceeded $1B through August

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 5:12pm

A Colorado reports shows marijuana sales in the state have exceeded $1 billion as of August of this year, with tax revenue from those sales reaching $200 million.

The Latest: Evacuation lifted after pipeline fire scare

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 4:33pm

The Latest on a fire threatening a natural gas pipeline in the San Francisco Bay Area (all times local):

Mexico prosecutors find fraud in Venezuela food aid program

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 4:13pm

Prosecutors said Thursday that people linked to the Venezuelan government and Mexican companies conspired to overcharge Venezuela for basic food aid packages.

American Express profits jump 22 percent, beating forecasts

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 3:31pm

American Express said its third quarter profits jumped by 22 percent from a year earlier, as the credit card giant benefited from a lower tax rate and increased spending on the company's credit cards.

Guatemala lawmakers lower penalty for illicit campaign money

Sonny Figueroa, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 3:25pm

Lawmakers overwhelmingly passed a bill Thursday that dramatically reduces prison sentences for electoral financing crimes, acting as President Jimmy Morales is under suspicion of receiving illicit campaign funds.

Brazil front-runner accused of illegal campaign practices

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 3:24pm

A Brazilian presidential candidate on Thursday accused his far-right adversary of illegal campaign practices for allegedly allowing friendly businessmen to secretly pay to spread slanderous messages.

Textron and Activision skid while Alcoa and Acadia climb

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 2:42pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Thursday:

StarKist admits fixing tuna prices, faces $100 million fine

Paul Elias, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 2:35pm

StarKist Co. agreed to plead guilty to a felony price fixing charge as part of a broad collusion investigation of the canned tuna industry, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

South Carolina lawmakers to Trump: Save nuclear fuel project

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 2:04pm

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and the state's congressional delegation urged President Donald Trump on Thursday to reconsider his administration's plan to shut down a half-built nuclear fuel facility in their state.

Dow Jones Industrial Average falls more than 300 points, its sixth drop in the last eight days

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 2:04pm

Dow Jones Industrial Average falls more than 300 points, its sixth drop in the last eight days.

The Latest: Navy: No evidence of shooting at shipyard

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 1:58pm

The Latest on a report of an active shooter at a Virginia shipyard (all times local):

EU warns Italy on budget but walks a fine line

Raf Casert and Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 1:35pm

The European Union handed Italy a stinging letter Thursday warning that the nation's significantly higher deficit targets represented a deviation "unprecedented in the history" of EU budget rules — but still offered reassurances that the bloc was "not an adversary of Italy."

Atlantic City's new Call of Duty: Dominate esports tourneys

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 1:34pm

Atlantic City's new Call Of Duty is this: To become the East Coast center of competitive video game tournaments, also known as esports.

BP starts expansion to Thunder Horse deep-water Gulf field

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 1:04pm

Energy giant BP says it's added the equivalent of 30,000 barrels of oil a day to production at its largest Gulf of Mexico platform, called Thunder Horse .