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NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump's running mate says Trump's visit to Mexico today shows what a "decisive leader" he would be if elected president. Mike Pence spoke to Fox News about the surprise visit. It followed an invitation from Mexico's president to both Trump and Hillary Clinton. Analysts in Mexico say the invitation to Trump was only issued for appearances' sake -- and that he wasn't expected to accept it. Pence says Trump and the Mexican leader are expected to discuss Trump's proposed border wall. Trump has said Mexico will pay for it. Mexico has condemned the plan.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A private survey finds that U.S. businesses added a solid 177,000 jobs in August. It suggests that hiring remains healthy after two months of strong gains. Payroll processor ADP says the job growth was driven by services firms such as retailers, financial services firms, and professional and business services. Construction firms cut jobs and manufacturing employment was unchanged. The numbers only cover private businesses. Economists forecast that the government's jobs report, to be released Friday, will show a gain of 180,000 jobs.

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court has tossed out a $654 million jury verdict against the Palestine Liberation Organization that involved damages for Americans affected by Palestinian terror attacks. The U.S. government had said the verdict could financially destabilize the Palestinian government. In rejecting the award today, the court in New York said the federal courts lack personal jurisdiction over the defendants. A jury last year awarded $218 million to Americans affected by Palestinian terror attacks that have killed Americans. The award was automatically tripped under the Anti-Terrorism Act.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage has met with a Democratic lawmaker to apologize for leaving an obscene rant on his voicemail and for making a comment about aiming a gun between his eyes. State Rep. Drew Gattine (gah-TEEN') said today that despite the apology he thinks LePage should no longer serve as governor. LePage has said he was angry because Gattine called him a racist, something Gattine has denied saying. Meanwhile, LePage has stood by his comments that started the controversy. He has said repeatedly that blacks and Hispanics are responsible for fueling Maine's heroin epidemic.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lawyer for singer Chris Brown says the latest allegations against him can be proven to be false. The statement was posted on Twitter after Brown was released on bail overnight. After an hours-long standoff with police -- during which Brown posted videos online professing his innocence -- he was arrested yesterday afternoon on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. The arrest came after a woman called for help from a gathering at his Los Angeles home. A model tells the Los Angeles Times that Brown pointed a gun at her face.

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