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Published: Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:21:03 -0400

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Christie aide on trial says she told him of 'traffic study'

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:21:03 -0400

(image) NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's former deputy chief of staff testified Friday in her criminal trial that she told him about a traffic study on the George Washington Bridge before sending an email that it was "time for some traffic problems," which prosecutors say started a political revenge plot.

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Wall Street ends little changed; Microsoft hits record

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:19:35 -0400

(image) The S&P 500 and the Dow were little changed and the Nasdaq advanced on Friday as a record day for Microsoft and earnings from McDonald's helped offset a fall in energy and healthcare shares. General Electric , often seen as an economic bellwether, weighed on the market as the industrial conglomerate's posted results that topped expectations but cut its full-year revenue target to send shares down 0.9 percent after it touched an 8-month low of $28.33. "The dollar is getting stronger, that is going to have a negative impact energy prices, that is going to have a negative impact on corporate earnings, at least potentially," said Phil Orlando, chief equity market strategist at Federated Investors, in New York.

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Ex-NSA worker accused of stealing secrets to stay in custody

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:18:39 -0400

BALTIMORE (AP) — A former National Security Agency contractor accused in a massive theft of classified information will remain in custody as prosecutors continue building a case against him, a federal judge ruled Friday.

Pennsylvania professors agree to contract, end strike

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:14:38 -0400

(image) The union representing striking professors at 14 Pennsylvania state universities says it has reached a tentative contract agreement and is ending its walkout, now in a third day. The strike had disrupted ...

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Church bells peal in town retaken by Iraqi troops from Islamic State

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:14:25 -0400

(image) By Stephen Kalin BARTELLA, Iraq (Reuters) - The din of bullets, mortars and bombs in the northern Iraqi town of Bartella was replaced momentarily on Friday by a sound not heard there for more than two years: the peal of church bells. A cautious calm returned to this historic Christian area following its recapture from Islamic State a day earlier as Iraqi forces push west towards Mosul, the jihadists' last major stronghold in the country. Bartella, once home to thousands of Assyrian Christians, emptied in August 2014 when Islamic State seized control as part of a lightning blitz across large swathes of Iraq and neighboring Syria.

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US top diplomat refers to NKorea as 'illegitimate regime'

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:13:09 -0400

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday described North Korea's government as "an illegal and illegitimate regime."

Striking Pennsylvania state university professors to end walkout, negotiators reach tentative contract

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:12:54 -0400

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Striking Pennsylvania state university professors to end walkout, negotiators reach tentative contract.

Prosecutors: Judge convicted of bribing officer with beer

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:11:21 -0400

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a North Carolina judge has been convicted of bribery after he offered beer and money to an officer in exchange for text messages from his wife's cellphone because he suspected she was cheating on him.

Cameroon says at least 53 dead after crowded train derails

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:08:59 -0400

ESEKA, Cameroon (AP) — 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.

Trump vows no regrets; Clinton ups pressure over Khan attack

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:06:08 -0400

(image) Hillary Clinton ramped up her pressure on Donald Trump in the election's most competitive states Friday with an emotional TV ad targeting his criticism of a Muslim-American family. Trump vowed to go all-out ...

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1 classification upgrade in new batch of Clinton emails

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:03:50 -0400

WASHINGTON (AP) — One email in a new batch of Hillary Clinton's emails released Friday by the State Department contains classified information.

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

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:59:52 -0400

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — 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.

Iraqi advances give hope to displaced Christians

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:55:23 -0400

(image) IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Raeda Paulos could hardly conceal her joy when the television inside her cramped trailer showed Iraqi forces raising the national flag over a church in her hometown, a day after it was freed from Islamic State rule.

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SharkNinja, Dyson end legal battle over advertising claims

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:51:24 -0400

(image) BOSTON (AP) — Two of the most well-known names in vacuum cleaners have ended a two-year legal battle over just how much their products suck.

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Trump attorneys seek to bar his campaign comments at trial

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:47:50 -0400

(image) SAN DIEGO (AP) — Donald Trump's attorneys have asked a federal judge to exclude any statements made by or about the Republican nominee during the presidential campaign from his upcoming civil trial over the now-defunct Trump University, according to court records.

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As son was dying in hot car, Georgia man sent teen sex texts

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:42:19 -0400

(image) BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man swapped sexual text messages with a teenage girl while his toddler son sat forgotten and dying in the back seat of the father's sweltering SUV, his young texting partner testified in court Friday.

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BAT offers to buy U.S. tobacco firm Reynolds in $47 billion deal

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:41:42 -0400

(image) By Martinne Geller, Paul Sandle and Pamela Barbaglia LONDON (Reuters) - British American Tobacco has offered to buy out U.S. cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc in a $47 billion takeover that would create the world's biggest listed tobacco company with brands including Newport, Lucky Strike and Pall Mall. The cash-and-stock deal would mark the return of BAT to the lucrative and highly regulated U.S. market after a 12-year absence, making it the only tobacco giant with a leading presence in American and international markets. BAT shares closed down almost 2.9 percent, while Reynolds was up almost 7 percent in afternoon trading in New York.

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Opposition cries dictatorship after Venezuela blocks recall

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:25:23 -0400

(image) CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Venezuelan opposition's campaign to oust President Nicolas Maduro has been thrown into disarray with elections officials' decision to suspend a recall drive against the socialist leader a week before it was to start.

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Cameroon's transport minister says at least 53 people killed, 300 wounded in train derailment

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:40:11 -0400

ESEKA, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroon's transport minister says at least 53 people killed, 300 wounded in train derailment .

IS raids Iraq's Kirkuk to draw attention from Mosul offensive

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:39:22 -0400

(image) Jihadists staged a brazen raid on the Iraqi city of Kirkuk Friday, in what appeared to be an attempt to divert attention from the huge offensive against their Mosul bastion. Residents awoke to the sound of shooting and praise for the "Islamic State" blaring through mosque loudspeakers. Some attackers carried grenades and wore explosives vests or belts in the assault claimed by the Islamic State group.

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Clinton camp preparing for possibility Trump won't concede

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:38:25 -0400

(image) WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Hillary Clinton's campaign is increasingly preparing for the possibility that Donald Trump may never concede the presidential election should she win, a development that could enormously complicate the crucial early weeks of her preparations to take office.

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Rocker Vince Neil pleads guilty in Las Vegas battery case

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:37:00 -0400

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery for a sidewalk scuffle involving a woman outside a Las Vegas Strip resort in April.

Wonder Woman named a special UN ambassador, despite protests

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:36:13 -0400

(image) UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations celebrated Wonder Woman's 75th birthday on Friday by naming the comic book character as its new Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Woman and Girls, despite frustration from both inside and outside the world organization that the spot should go to a real — and less sexualized — woman.

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US internet repeatedly disrupted by cyberattacks on key firm

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:32:41 -0400

LONDON (AP) — 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.

Truce extended in Aleppo but UN delays evacuations

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:31:41 -0400

(image) The UN said Friday security concerns had forced it to delay planned evacuations from Syria's Aleppo, as Russia extended a truce that was largely holding for a second day. Moscow said it was extending the unilateral "humanitarian pause" in the Syrian government's Russian-backed assault on opposition-held east Aleppo until 1600 GMT on Saturday.

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Senior NJ Transit leaders skip hearing on fatal train crash

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:31:19 -0400

(image) TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — 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.

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Trump says he will be happy with his White House bid - whatever the outcome

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:22:18 -0400

(image) By Emily Stephenson FLETCHER, N.C. (Reuters) - Republican candidate Donald Trump said on Friday that "win, lose or draw," he will be happy he gave his all in the race for the White House, seemingly moving away from his refusal to commit to accepting the result of Nov. 8 election. Trump told a rally in North Carolina he wanted to have no regrets about whether he worked hard enough to win the election and urged followers to get out to vote in large enough numbers to defeat his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. As I always say, I don’t want to think if only I did one more rally, I would have won North Carolina,” Trump said.

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A giant nude statue in California is stirring controversy

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:20:47 -0400

(image) SAN LEANDRO, Calif. (AP) — There have long been complaints about the lack of women in the tech industry. Now there's a towering female figure, in a tech park across the bay from San Francisco, although not quite what some people had in mind.

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Silver says NBA labor deal not done yet, but getting close

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:20:05 -0400

(image) NEW YORK (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Friday the league and players have made "tremendous progress" toward an extension of the collective bargaining agreement, saying he hoped a deal would be completed soon.

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London City Airport declared safe after 'chemical incident'

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:17:14 -0400

(image) LONDON (AP) — More than two dozen people were treated for breathing difficulties in a suspected chemical incident that sparked the evacuation of London City Airport Friday, fire and ambulance services said.

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Appeals court considers Arizona cross-border shooting case

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:14:46 -0400

(image) PHOENIX (AP) — A government attorney argued Friday that the mother of a 16-year-old Mexican boy killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent in a cross border shooting should not be allowed to sue the agent because the boy lacked significant ties to the United States.

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UN picks Wonder Woman as women's envoy; critics want Real Woman

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:11:19 -0400

(image) Adding to the Hollywood feel, the announcement was made in the presence of the actress Lynda Carter, now 65, who played the part on television, and of Diane Nelson, president of DC Entertainment, the company that owns the rights to the character. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who was originally scheduled to attend, was not present.

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Stocks drift between gains and losses in afternoon trade

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:10:36 -0400

(image) The major U.S. stock indexes drifted between small gains and losses in late-afternoon trading Friday. Phone and health care companies were the biggest laggards, while technology and consumer goods stocks were holding on to slight gains.

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3 states say they denied Russia request to monitor election

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:07:29 -0400

(image) OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma and at least two other states said Friday that they have denied efforts by Russian officials to be present at polling stations during the election, requests the U.S. State Department's spokesman dismissed as "nothing more than a PR stunt."

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European craft crashed on Mars, possibly exploded: ESA

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:07:12 -0400

(image) A tiny lander despatched to Mars on a trial run had crashed and possibly exploded on the Red Planet, mission control said Friday, confirming Europe's second failed attempt to reach the alien surface. The paddling pool-sized Schiaparelli craft "crashed on the surface of Mars", Thierry Blancquaert told AFP from European Space Agency (ESA) mission control in Darmstadt, Germany -- ending two days of uncertainty about the lander's fate. The image contained a white spot, thought to be the doomed lander's parachute spread out on the alien surface, some 170 million kilometres (106 million miles) from Earth.

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