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LEADING OFF: Cubs face Kershaw, try to end Series drought

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2016, file photo, Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, in Pittsburgh. The Chicago Cubs return home just one win shy of their first World Series appearance in 71 years, and they will have two chances to lock it up, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 in the NLCS. The Cubs will send major league ERA champion Kyle Hendricks to the mound on Saturday against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)A look at what's happening all around the majors Saturday:

10/21/2016 - 11:07 PM


At least 19 dead in Russian helicopter crash in Siberia

File picture shows a Russian type Mi-8 helicopter similar to one that crashed outside the city of Novy Urengoy in Siberia killing at least 19 peopleAt least 19 people were killed when a helicopter crashed in northwestern Siberia, Russia's Investigative Committee said Saturday. The helicopter was flying from the Siberian region of Krasnoyarsk to the town of Urengoy in the Yamalo-Nenetsky region when it crashed Friday between 1400 and 1500 GMT, investigators said. The regional branch of the emergencies ministry said it had been informed that a helicopter made a hard landing some 80 kilometres (50 miles) outside Novy Urengoy on Friday but did not initially report any casualties.

10/21/2016 - 11:06 PM


Anthem singer at Heat-76ers game kneels during performance

Anthem singer at Heat-76ers game kneels during performanceA woman performing the national anthem before an NBA preseason game in Miami on Friday night did so while kneeling at midcourt, and opening her jacket to show a shirt with the phrase "Black Lives ...

10/21/2016 - 11:05 PM


Boychuk scores short-handed in 3rd, Islanders beat Coyotes

New York Islanders right wing Ryan Strome (18) scores a goal against Arizona Coyotes goalie Louis Domingue (35) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)NEW YORK (AP) — Johnny Boychuk picked a great time for the first short-handed goal of his career.

10/21/2016 - 11:04 PM


Sprinter explores ways to mentor youth after daughter' death

Classmates of Trinity Gay gather for a candlelight vigil at Lafayette High School, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, in Lexington, Ky. Thousands of people joined Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay at the vigil on the high school's track honoring Gay's daughter, who was fatally shot over the weekend. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay says he will help explore ways to mentor youth in Lexington after the shooting death of his 15-year-old daughter over the weekend.

10/21/2016 - 11:01 PM


Trump gains on Clinton, poll shows 'rigged' message resonates

Trump holds a campaign rally in Fletcher, North CarolinaBy Emily Stephenson and Chris Kahn NEWTOWN, Pa./NEW YORK (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gained on his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton among American voters this week, cutting her lead nearly in half, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling released on Friday. The polling data showed Trump's argument that the Nov. 8 election is "rigged" against him has resonated with members of his party. "Remember folks, it's a rigged system," Trump told a Pennsylvania rally on Friday.

10/21/2016 - 11:01 PM


Christie aide on trial says she told him of traffic study

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 file photo, Gov. Chris Christie's former Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly, center, leaves Martin Luther King Jr. Courthouse after a hearing, in Newark, N.J. Kelly, who prosecutors say sent the "time for some traffic problems" email that started the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal is set to testify in her own defense. Kelly is expected to take the stand later Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, in federal court in Newark. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Christie approved of a traffic study on the George Washington Bridge, his former deputy chief of staff testified Friday in her criminal trial, but federal prosecutors say it was actually a cover story for a political payback scheme designed to cause traffic jams.

10/21/2016 - 10:55 PM


Indians fans pitch in with wedding gifts for rookie Merritt

This undated photo provided by Ryan Merritt, shows Ryan Merritt and his fiancee Sarah Brushaber. The Cleveland Indians rookie pitcher said he and his fiancee have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of generosity from Cleveland fans for sending wedding gifts. He initially thought the gifts were a gag before realizing that fans had found the couple's bridal registry and were thanking him. The couple's wedding is Jan. 27 in Minnesota. (Courtesy of Ryan Merritt via AP)CLEVELAND (AP) — The guest list for Ryan Merritt's upcoming wedding could be growing.

10/21/2016 - 10:51 PM


Nyquist leads Red Wings past Predators, 5-3

Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader (8) scores on Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, left, as Ryan Ellis (4) defends during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT (AP) — Gustav Nyquist had a goal and an assist to help the Detroit Red Wings beat the Nashville Predators 5-3 on Friday night.

10/21/2016 - 10:43 PM


Wonder Woman named a special UN ambassador, despite protests

United Nations staff, some holding signs, stand in a silent protest against a U.N. meeting to designate Wonder Woman as an "Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls," Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)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.

10/21/2016 - 10:43 PM


UN says Syria army used chemical weapons in Qmenas in 2015

A Free Syrian Army rebel stands guard in the north Syrian city of BinnishThe Syrian army attacked the village of Qmenas with chemical weapons in March 2015, UN experts said in a report released Friday. The report was presented Friday to the UN Security Council. The UN-led joint investigative mechanism (JIM) in late August reported that Syrian government forces had carried out at least two chemical attacks in 2014 and 2015 and that Islamic State jihadists had used mustard gas as a weapon.

10/21/2016 - 10:41 PM


Over 50,000 evacuated in typhoon's path in southern China

A woman takes pictures on the waterfront of Victoria Harbour as Typhoon Haima approaches Hong Kong, Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. Haima churned toward southern China on Friday after smashing into the northern Philippines with ferocious wind and rain, triggering flooding, landslides and power outages. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)BEIJING (AP) — More than 50,000 people in southern China have been evacuated in the path of Typhoon Haima, which killed at least 13 people in the Philippines before moving northward.

10/21/2016 - 10:39 PM


UN expert urges next UN chief to focus on ending tax havens

Alfred de Zayas, U.N. independent expert on international order, hold a news conference calling for the abolition of tax havens, Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. human rights expert urged the next U.N. secretary-general on Friday to make the elimination of tax havens a priority to ensure that corporations, billionaires and "kleptocrats" pay their fair share of taxes.

10/21/2016 - 10:30 PM


Report: Syrian government blamed for 3rd chemical attack
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An international team has determined that the Syrian government carried out a third chemical attack in the conflict-wracked nation, according to a report released late Friday.
10/21/2016 - 10:15 PM


Deng looking forward to Lakers renaissance

Luol Deng joined the Los Angeles Lakers on a four-year $72 million deal in JulyWhether fleeing civil war in Sudan with his family or moving to the United States on a scholarship as a 14-year-old, Luol Deng is no stranger to new beginnings. The 31-year-old British forward's nomadic existence has now taken him to Hollywood, where he is expected to be a key figure as the Los Angeles Lakers attempt to rebuild after the worst season in their history. Deng joined the Lakers on a four-year $72 million deal in July, lured by the possibility of working with new coach Luke Walton at the start of a long-term project to revive the iconic franchise.

10/21/2016 - 10:14 PM


Raine Spencer, princess Diana's stepmother, dies at 87

Countess Raine Spencer, the stepmother of Diana, princess of Wales, has died at her London home aged 87 "after a short illness"Countess Raine Spencer, the stepmother of Diana, princess of Wales with whom she had a rocky relationship, has died aged 87, her family said. The only child of the prolific romantic novelist Dame Barbara Cartland, she grew up and lived her life in the high society world of upper-class England. Diana, who married the heir to the throne Prince Charles in 1981, had a strained relationship with the countess.

10/21/2016 - 09:58 PM


S.Africa's withdrawal rocks International Criminal Court

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (centre) attended the 2015 African Union Summit in South Africa, despite facing an arrest warrant from the International Criminal CourtSouth Africa announced Friday that it would withdraw from the International Criminal Court, dealing a major blow to a troubled institution set up to try the world's worst crimes. The decision followed a dispute last year when Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir visited the country for an African Union summit despite facing an ICC arrest warrant over alleged war crimes. South Africa refused to arrest him, saying he had immunity as a head of state.

10/21/2016 - 09:47 PM


55 killed in Cameroon train derailment: minister

Passengers escape the site of a train derailment in Eseka, Cameroon, which left 55 dead and 575 injuredThe train, travelling from the capital Yaounde to the economic hub Douala, was crammed with people due to road traffic disruption between the two cities and came off the tracks just before reaching the central city of Eseka, transport minister Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo'o said. Emergency services had been sent from the economic capital to reinforce teams closer to the scene of the accident, while firefighters were coming from Eseka, Doula regional governor Dieudonne Ivaha Diboua said. The train left Yaounde at around 11:00 am (1000 GMT) and derailed around midday some 200 kilometres from the capital, the transport minister said.

10/21/2016 - 09:46 PM


Cyber attacks disrupt PayPal, Twitter, other sites

An attendee looks at a monitor at the Parsons booth during the 2016 Black Hat cyber-security conference in Las VegasHackers unleashed a complex attack on the internet through common devices like webcams and digital recorders and cut access to some of the world's best known websites on Friday, a stunning breach of global internet stability. The attacks struck Twitter, Paypal, Spotify and other customers of an infrastructure company in New Hampshire called Dyn, which acts as a switchboard for internet traffic. The attackers used hundreds of thousands of internet-connected devices that had previously been infected with a malicious code that allowed them to cause outages that began in the Eastern United States and then spread to other parts of the country and Europe.

10/21/2016 - 09:31 PM


Half of Republicans would reject election result if Clinton wins: Reuters/Ipsos

Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in JohnstownBy Maurice Tamman NEW YORK (Reuters) - Donald Trump has repeatedly called this year's presidential election rigged and has coyly said "I will keep you in suspense” on whether he would accept a Hillary Clinton victory, but many Republicans are less circumspect, according to a new poll. Only half of Republicans would accept Clinton, the Democratic nominee, as their president. Conversely, seven out of 10 Democrats said they would accept a Trump victory and less than 50 percent would attribute it to illegal voting or vote rigging, the poll showed.

10/21/2016 - 09:30 PM


Montana judge sparks outrage with no prison time for incest
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A judge's decision not to order prison time for a Montana man who raped his 12-year-old daughter has sparked outrage from afar and calls closer to home to toughen the state's law, which allows such lenience in certain circumstances.
10/21/2016 - 09:30 PM


NY enacts restrictions on Airbnb, with fines of up to $7,500
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.
10/21/2016 - 09:23 PM


Obama nixes twerking at final White House musical event

First lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama arrive at a BET event on the South Lawn of the White House, in Washington, Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said he's sad that one of his and the first lady's favorite traditions, musical night at the White House, ended Friday.

10/21/2016 - 09:22 PM


Under fire in Mosul, IS attacks another Iraqi city

Under fire in Mosul, IS attacks another Iraqi cityIslamic State militants launched a wave of pre-dawn attacks in and around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Friday, killing at least 14 people and setting off fierce clashes with Kurdish security forces ...

10/21/2016 - 09:20 PM


Overloaded train derails in Cameroon, killing at least 53

In this image made from video, people walk beside a derailed train carriage after an accident in Eseka, Cameroon, Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. Cameroon's transport minister says at least 53 people have died after a train overloaded with passengers derailed along the route that links the country's two major cities. (Equinox TV via AP)ESEKA, Cameroon (AP) — An overloaded train derailed along the route that links Cameroon's two major cities on Friday, killing at least 53 people and injuring more than 300, the government said.

10/21/2016 - 09:20 PM


Clinton camp preparing for possibility Trump won't concede

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton points to the crowd while speaking at a rally at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)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.

10/21/2016 - 09:16 PM


No regrets, Trump vows; Clinton pursues his supporters

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, in Johnstown, Pa. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)CLEVELAND (AP) — 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 in the final three weeks so he'll have no regrets — even if he loses.

10/21/2016 - 08:59 PM


The Latest: Trump to lay out closing arguments in Gettysburg

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, in Newtown, Pa. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):

10/21/2016 - 08:26 PM


UC Berkeley Greek parties banned amid sexual assault reports
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Fraternities and sororities at the University of California, Berkeley have taken a bold stance against sexual violence, voluntarily banning all parties following reports of two sexual assaults last week at off-campus frat functions.
10/21/2016 - 08:24 PM


AT&T agrees in principle to buy Time Warner for $85 billion: sources

Ticker and trading information for media conglomerate Time Warner Inc. is displayed at the post where it is traded on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York CityAT&T Inc has reached an agreement in principle to buy Time Warner Inc for about $85 billion, sources said on Friday, paving the way for what would be the biggest deal in the world this year, giving the telecom company control of cable TV channels HBO and CNN, film studio Warner Bros and other coveted media assets. The deal, which has been agreed on most terms and could be announced as early as Sunday, would be one of the largest in recent years in the sector as telecommunications companies look to combine content and distribution to capture customers replacing traditional pay-TV packages with more streamlined offerings and online delivery. AT&T, which sells wireless phone and broadband services, has already made moves to turn itself into a media powerhouse, buying satellite TV provider DirecTV last year for $48.5 billion.

10/21/2016 - 08:23 PM


US Navy destroyer conducts operation in South China Sea

This image provided by the U.S. Navy, taken Oct. 17, 2016, shows the guided missile destroyer USS Decatur, right, pulling into position behind the Military Sealift Command USNS Matthew Perry, during a replenishment-at-sea, seen from the bridge of the guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance, in the South China Sea. The Defense Department says a U.S. Navy warship has conducted a freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea, where China and five other countries have competing territorial claims. A department spokesman, Navy Cmdr. Gary Ross, said the destroyer ship USS Decatur conducted the transit operation Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, near the Paracel Islands. (U.S. Navy/Petty Officer 2nd Class Will Gaskill via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. Navy warship on Friday passed through waters claimed by China near disputed islands in the South China Sea, the Defense Department said, drawing Chinese condemnation.

10/21/2016 - 08:22 PM


Lions' den or nest of doves? May's first EU encounter was businesslike
For Theresa May, her first meeting with all the other European Union leaders since she became British prime minister ended up being described by most merely as businesslike. Each side had at times characterised the other in less than diplomatic terms since Britain's vote to leave the bloc in June - the Britons portrayed as intransigent, the EU as overly angry over Brexit.
10/21/2016 - 08:20 PM


Emails show machinations behind Clinton's shift on pipeline

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2015 file photo, the Keystone Steele City pumping station, into which the planned Keystone XL pipeline is to connect to, is seen in Steele City, Neb. Hacked emails show Hillary Clinton’s campaign wrestled with how to announce her opposition to construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline without losing the support of labor unions that supported to project. Emails published this week by WikiLeaks show debate and confusion within the Clinton camp as it faced down the unexpectedly strong primary challenge by liberal Sen. Bernie Sanders, who opposed the pipeline. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Hacked emails show Hillary Clinton's campaign wrestled with how to announce her opposition to construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline without losing the support of labor unions that supported to project.

10/21/2016 - 08:19 PM


Cyberattacks on key internet firm disrupt internet services
Withering cyberattacks on server farms of a key internet firm repeatedly disrupted access to major websites and online services including Twitter, Netflix and PayPal across the United States on Friday. ...
10/21/2016 - 08:18 PM


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

Iraqi special forces soldiers walk inside a church damaged by Islamic States fighters in Bartella, east of Mosul, IraqBy 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.

10/21/2016 - 08:12 PM


Russian indicted on charges he hacked LinkedIn
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Russian man has been charged with hacking and stealing information from computers at LinkedIn and other San Francisco Bay Area companies, federal prosecutors announced Friday.
10/21/2016 - 08:10 PM


New Jersey governor knew of 'Bridgegate' plan a month in advance: defendant

New Jersey Governor Christie reacts to a question during a news conference in TrentonNew Jersey Governor Chris Christie was told about the lane closures that led to the "Bridgegate" scandal a month before they occurred, a former aide testified on Friday, contradicting Christie's statements that he only learned about them afterward. Bridget Kelly, the governor's former deputy chief of staff, told jurors in federal court in Newark she discussed the plan to shut down access lanes to the George Washington Bridge with Christie in August 2013 and again in September as it was ongoing. Kelly, who is on trial for her alleged role in the plot, said she believed at the time that the lane closures were for a legitimate traffic study, not a politically motivated scheme, and described it as such to Christie.

10/21/2016 - 08:08 PM


Truce extended in Aleppo but UN delays evacuations

Smoke rises from reported opposition fire from buildings in an eastern government-held neighbourhood of Aleppo on October 20, 2016Security concerns forced the UN to delay planned evacuations from Syria's Aleppo, it said, 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.

10/21/2016 - 08:08 PM


PayPal says some customers unable to make payments due to cyber attack on Dyn
(Reuters) - PayPal Holdings Inc said on Friday that it has experienced some service disruptions due to the cyber attack on Dyn that caused Internet outages for its customers. "This has prevented some of our customers from being able to pay with PayPal in certain regions," said company spokeswoman Amanda Miller. "PayPal was not attacked directly, nor were any of our core services to business impacted in the disruption." (Reporting by Jim Finkle; Editing by David Gregorio)
10/21/2016 - 08:06 PM


Defense: Men accused in Kansas plot prepared for 'upheaval'

FILE - This Oct. 14, 2016 file booking photo provided by the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office in Wichita, Kan., shows Patrick Stein. Stein is one of three members of a Kansas militia group who were charged Friday Oct. 14 with plotting to bomb an apartment building filled with Somali immigrants in Garden City, Kan. (Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Three men accused of plotting to bomb Somali immigrants in western Kansas were only preparing to defend themselves in the event of "massive social upheaval" as they accumulated firearms and ammunition, a defense attorney said Friday.

10/21/2016 - 07:52 PM



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