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Far from fame, poverty blossoms in 'forgotten California'

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 11:49pm

A rooster signals the start of the day as workers wearing sombreros and ball caps emerge from the shadows and shuffle past boarded-up businesses in this tiny farm town. They converge on a dimly lit dirt lot outside Panaderia de Dios, a bakery sweetening the air with the aroma of Mexican cookies and bread as workers catch rides to the fields.

Asian stocks mixed after Wall Street skids, China slows

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 11:34pm

Asian stock markets were mixed Friday after Wall Street declined on losses for tech and industrial stocks and Chinese economic growth slowed.

Melinda Gates speaks on smoothing the shift to digital age

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 10:54pm

Instead of destroying jobs and leaving legions of people without work, the digital revolution can open doors to unseen opportunities and industries, but only if everyone has access to the internet and the ability to use it, Melinda Gates said in a recent interview with The Associated Press.

Malaysia ex-Deputy PM charged with graft, money laundering

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 10:24pm

Malaysia's former deputy prime minister has been charged with abuse of power, corruption and money laundering involving millions of dollars in another graft investigation against the leaders ousted in shock election results earlier this year.

Iconic Dodge City moves its only polling place outside town

Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 10:08pm

Access to the ballot box in November will be more difficult for some people in Dodge City, where Hispanics now make up 60 percent of its population and have remade an iconic Wild West town that once was the destination of cowboys and buffalo hunters who frequented the Long Branch Saloon.

Post-Michael Florida: Fear, frustration and life on the edge

Jay Reeves, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 8:52pm

Missing relatives and worries that looters are just outside the door. Dirty clothes. Hours-long lines for gasoline, insurance adjusters, food and water. No power, no air conditioning, no schools, no information and little real improvement in sight.

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 sank to its lowest level since the global financial crisis 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.