- Post-election unity? Clinton and Trump won't say yet
WASHINGTON (AP) — With a dozen days left until Election Day, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are refusing to commit to working with each other after the election, putting in question their abilities to heal the country's wounds after a volatile presidential race.
- Early voting: More good signs for Clinton in key states
WASHINGTON (AP) — The millions of votes that have been cast already in the U.S. presidential election point to an advantage for Hillary Clinton in critical battleground states, as well as signs of strength in traditionally Republican territory.
- Iraq special forces find IS bomb factory, tunnels near Mosul
KHAZER, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi special forces east of Mosul probed a network of underground tunnels and uncovered a bomb-making facility on Thursday in a village recently retaken from the Islamic State group as their allies battled the militants in a push toward the city from the south.
- UN says school attack potential war crime
BEIRUT (AP) — The UN's children's agency on Thursday raised the death toll from a brutal attack the previous day on a school in Syria's rebel-held Idlib province to 28, including 22 children and six teachers, and suggested it may have been the deadliest attack on a school in the country's civil war.
- Libya's navy says 90 migrants perished after boat fell apart
CAIRO (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.
- Italy quakes take out buildings standing after August jolt
CAMERINO, Italy (AP) — The red brick Amatrice city hall resisted the devastating Aug. 24 quake that collapsed buildings all around it, only to crumble under the one-two punch of lesser jolts Wednesday night. They also brought down a centuries-old church tower in Camerino that had withstood both a quake in 1997 and the one in August.
- NYC firefighter stages dramatic rescue in fatal blaze
NEW YORK (AP) — As roaring flames consumed an apartment building in New York City early Thursday, a firefighter dangling from a rope plucked a trapped person from a window on the fifth floor and safely lowered him to the ground.
- Weed as way of life: California farmers divided on legal bud
GARBERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Laura Costa's son and husband moved quickly with the pruning shears to harvest the family's fall marijuana crop, racing along with several workers to cut the plants and drop them in plastic bins ahead of an impending storm.
- AP PHOTOS: Hidden in California's backwoods, pot flourishes
Down a winding mountain road in a remote redwood forest lies one of many illegal "grows" that make up Northern California's famous Emerald Triangle, a rural region that developed over decades into a marijuana-producing mecca.
- Modest gains, but US students still lag in science learning
WASHINGTON (AP) — The vast majority of U.S. students still lack a solid grasp of science despite some modest gains by fourth and eighth graders, especially girls and minorities.
- Arrieta deals, Cubs awaken, top Indians to even Series at 1
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jake Arrieta made a brief run at a no-hitter and ended another 71-year pause between celebrations for the Chicago Cubs and their faithful fans.
- Training for a title: Cubs fans take Amtrak through night
ABOARD THE LAKE SHORE LIMITED (AP) — As the Amtrak train slowly chugged through the Ohio night, past factories along the Lake Erie shore illuminated by pinkish lights, Marvin Thomas stretched across a pair of seats, proudly wrapped in a blue satin Cubs jacket.
- World Series spotlight shifts to Chicago and Wrigley Field
CHICAGO (AP) — A woman in a Chicago Cubs jersey climbed onto a man's shoulders to pose for — what else? — a selfie in front of the cherry-red marquee at Wrigley Field, the second-oldest ballpark in the major leagues.
- Phelps secretly took plunge in June, marrying girlfriend
PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — Michael Phelps took the plunge in June, secretly marrying his longtime girlfriend two months before the Olympic great completed his last gold-medal haul.
- AP source: Aldon Smith applies for reinstatement to NFL
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Raiders pass rusher Aldon Smith has applied to the NFL to be reinstated from his one-year suspension.