3 states say they denied Russia request to monitor election
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."
European craft crashed on Mars, possibly exploded: ESA
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.
Greek shipping companies fined $1.5M for pollution, cover-upSEATTLE (AP) ? A federal judge in Seattle has ordered two companies owned by a Greek shipping magnate to pay $1.5 million after a jury found that a cargo ship deliberately pumped oil-polluted water into the ocean, then repeatedly lied and falsified records in an effort to deceive inspectors with the U.S. Coast Guard.
Wonder Woman named a special UN ambassador, despite protests
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.
Russia denies Polish claim Egypt sold it warships for $1WARSAW, Poland (AP) ? Poland's defense minister said he thinks Egypt has sold two French-made Mistral warships to Russia for the symbolic price of $1, a claim Russia on Friday dismissed as "nonsense."
Short-handed Supreme Court delays action in 3 casesWASHINGTON (AP) ? The Supreme Court is offering new evidence that the short-handed court is having trouble getting its work done.
Unemployment rates rose in 3 of 8 US swing states last month
Britain, Japan sales boost McDonald's as US growth slows
With more customers in Europe and elsewhere choosing to eat fast food, McDonald's reported unexpectedly strong third quarter results Friday, despite sluggish growth its US restaurants. McDonald's scored a 3.5 percent gain in comparable global sales in the quarter, much better than the 1.5 percent seen by some analysts. The results "are a testament to the progress we are making to satisfy the needs of today's dynamic customers," said McDonald's chief executive Steve Easterbrook, who has led the overhaul of the company's global structure that led to the strong performance in international restaurants .
Mom of boy who vanished in 1979 testifies of 'total horror'
NEW YORK (AP) ? When her 6-year-old son was late getting home from school, his mother called a classmate's mom and got the news that would launch one of the nation's most infamous missing-child cases.
GE's CEO says oil, gas drag to continue, forex headwinds to easeNEW YORK (Reuters) - General Electric Co expects weakness in oil and gas revenue to continue to drag on its results, but headwinds from foreign exchange translation should ease, Chief Executive Officer Jeff Immelt said on Friday. The diversified industrial company sees scope to continue cutting costs and remains on track to deliver $2 per share in adjusted earnings in 2018, Immelt said during a conference call following the release of GE's third-quarter earnings. (Reporting by Alwyn Scott; Editing by Bernadette Baum)