Donors pour record $450 million into California initiatives
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) ? Political donors have spent a record $450 million on 17 statewide November ballot initiatives in California, beating the state's own record for the most spent on propositions appearing on state ballots in a single year, campaign reports filed Thursday show.
US stocks snap 2-day winning streak, close slightly lower
A day of mostly listless trading on Wall Street ended Thursday with U.S. stocks giving back modest gains from the day before. Telecom sector stocks declined the most, weighed down by a slide in shares ...
American Airlines 3Q profit falls on lower revenue
More empty seats and higher labor costs are cutting into profit at American Airlines. But in an encouraging sign for airlines and their investors ? and a worrisome one for passengers ? American is offering ...
Iraqi special forces join battle for Mosul, US soldier dies
BARTELLA, Iraq (AP) ? In a significant escalation of the battle for Mosul, elite Iraqi special forces joined the fight Thursday, unleashing a pre-dawn assault on an Islamic State-held town east of the besieged city, and the U.S. military announced the first American combat death since the operation began.
US parks director: More worker sex harassment cases likely
BOISE, Idaho (AP) ? The National Park Service must attract younger and more racially diverse visitors to the areas it manages, and it will probably uncover more cases of sexual harassment in its workforce of 22,000 employees following a scandal involving demands for sex by male workers from their female colleagues, the service's outgoing director said in an interview Tuesday.
Cloud rise helps Microsoft top earnings expectations
Penn State former president calls aides' charges 'injustice'
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) ? Former Penn State President Graham Spanier testified Thursday that he issued a statement the day two of his top lieutenants were charged in the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal, calling the allegations against them groundless, because he had developed deep trust in them.
UK Defense secretary: Our military is hacking Islamic StateLONDON (AP) ? U.K. Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said Thursday that Britain's military is launching cyberattacks against the Islamic State group in support of the offensive on the Iraqi city of Mosul, a first-of-its kind acknowledgement that British forces are launching attacks across the internet.
Move along Bozo: Mississippi county bans clowns for now
Pistons want to keep progress going after playoff berth
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) ? After returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2009 and being swept in the opening round by the eventual champions, the Detroit Pistons have a pretty obvious challenge ahead.