US state of Oklahoma to vote on death penalty
This November, voters in the state of Oklahoma will not only help choose the next US president, but also decide a ballot measure with big implications for the future of the death penalty. Capital punishment is on hold in the southwestern state after a series of botched executions. With lethal injection drugs becoming harder to acquire, there are doubts whether Oklahoma can resume executions unless a new method is approved.
2 Yazidi women who escaped IS group win human rights prize
Libya's navy says 90 migrants perished after boat fell apartCAIRO (AP) ? The Libyan navy said on Thursday that at least 90 migrants are believed to have perished when their rickety boat started to fall apart in the Mediterranean Sea, after leaving the Libyan coast.
More Americans sign contacts in September to buy homes
Health care leads US stocks higher on solid earnings
NEW YORK (AP) ? U.S. stocks are edging higher Thursday morning as health care companies rise following strong earnings for companies including drugmaker Bristol-Myers Squibb. Real estate companies continue to fall, and banks move higher as bond yields surge. Chipmaker Qualcomm said it will buy competitor NXP Semiconductors for $38 billion.
Twitter beats estimates, cuts jobs with eye on 2017 profitability
Twitter Inc said Thursday it would cut 9 percent of its global workforce to keep costs down as the microblogging service reported quarterly results that beat Wall Street expectations, lifting shares. Excluding items, the company earned 13 cents per share, beating the average estimate of 9 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. The company is "more disciplined about how we invest in the business" and intends to be profitable in 2017, said Chief Financial Officer Anthony Noto. Among its priorities, Twitter is dedicated to growing its burgeoning live video offerings through partnerships with organizations such as the National Football League, Noto said.
United Way loses its ranking as America's largest charity
NEW YORK (AP) ? United Way, ranked as America's largest charity for all but one of the past 25 years, has been emphatically knocked from that spot by Fidelity Charitable, the leader of a rapidly growing philanthropic sector that is transforming the way many Americans give.
Ford's 3Q profit falls on recall, truck launch
Troubles in Ford Motor Co.'s home market ? including a massive recall and the difficult launch of new heavy-duty pickups ? are hurting the company's bottom line. Ford said Thursday its net income plunged ...
U.S. pending home sales rebound in SeptemberContracts to buy previously owned U.S. homes rose more than expected in September, another sign of the underlying momentum in the housing market. The National Association of Realtors said on Thursday its pending home sales index, based on contracts signed last month, increased 1.5 percent to 110.0 following a drop in August.
US durable goods orders slip 0.1 percent in September
New orders for US manufactured durable goods slipped slightly in September after two months of increases, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. Transportation equipment was the main driver behind the overall decline, with a 0.8 percent drop to $77.5 billion. Inventories of durable goods rose 0.1 percent the same as in August, but are down 1.7 percent from a year ago.