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. "I just want to make that decision at a later date," said Trump, when asked whether he would cooperate with a Clinton administration. "Hopefully I won't have to make that decision." He spoke in an interview broadcast Thursday on ABC's "Good Morning America." Clinton, meanwhile, dodged a question about whether she would meet one-on-one with Trump after the election.
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. The strong early-voting turnout by those likely to support Clinton - registered Democrats, minorities, and young people among others - could leave Donald Trump with virtually no path to the 270 electoral votes needed for victory. Clinton is showing strength in Florida and North Carolina, both must-win states for Trump, as well as the battleground states of Nevada, Colorado and Arizona. There are even favorable signs for Clinton in Republican-leaning Utah and Texas.
10 Things to Know for Today Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. MORE GOOD SIGNS FOR CLINTON IN KEY STATES Millions of votes that have been cast already in the U.S. presidential election point to an advantage for the Democrat in Florida and North Carolina, both must-win states for Trump, as well as Nevada, Colorado and Arizona. 2. WHO FORMS POLITICAL ODD COUPLE Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama, two women who are a study in contrasts, are slated to campaign together for the first time in North Carolina. 3. SMALL TEMBLORS CONTINUE TO SHAKE ITALY They are further unsettling thousands of residents displaced by a pair of powerful aftershocks to the deadly August quake.
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Powerful quakes wreak new havoc in Italian mountain towns VISSO, Italy (AP) - Authorities scrambled to find housing Thursday for thousands of people displaced by a pair of strong earthquakes that struck the same region of central Italy hit by a deadly quake in August, hoping to prevent a second night for them on the street or in cars. The one-two punch packed by the quakes some two hours apart Wednesday evening meant many people were out of harm's way before the second, more powerful temblor, which toppled many historic buildings that had survived previous jolts. But no one was trapped in rubble and there were no reports of serious injuries.
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. Special forces commanders said the operation was proceeding as planned, but that they were waiting for forces in the south to advance further before resuming their push toward the country's second largest city, which fell to IS in 2014. "The operation has not been stopped and is proceeding as planned," special forces Brig.
UNICEF says school attack a potential war crime BEIRUT (AP) - The U.N. Children's agency called the airstrikes in Syria's rebel-held northern Idlib province a day earlier an "outrage," suggesting it may be the deadliest attack on a school since the country's war began nearly six years ago. The attack, according to UNICEF, killed 22 children and six of their teachers. A series of airstrikes in the village of Hass around midday Wednesday hit a residential compound that houses a school complex as children gathered outside. The Syrian Civil Defense first responder team and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday the airstrikes killed at least 35, most of them children.
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. The boat, which was made of rubber, tore and began filling with water about 42 kilometers (26 miles) off the Libyan coast, an area considered to be international waters, said the spokesman for the navy, Ayoub Gassim. The Libyan coast guard rescued 29 survivors, who recounted that there were 129 of them in all on the boat, mostly African nationals, Gassim said. The migrants left Tajoura, in western Libya, before dawn on Wednesday morning, and the coast guard received a call for help around 3 p.m.
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. The rain could invite "bud rot," Costa said, "a big no-no." The farm, hidden along a winding mountain road in a remote redwood forest, is just 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 at the intersection of Humboldt, Mendocino and Trinity counties.
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. Firefighter Jim Lee told reporters at the scene that the rope that colleagues had used to drop him from the roof burned through just 15 seconds after he touched the earth. "I told him to stay calm and when we got down, I said, 'I hope you enjoyed the ride,'" Lee said. "He sort of smiled and he was thankful." The overnight blaze at the building on Manhattan's Upper East Side killed one person, officials said.
Twitter slashes staff with revenue under pressure NEW YORK (AP) - Twitter, seemingly unable to find a buyer and losing money, is cutting about 9 percent of its employees worldwide. The social media site has failed to keep pace with rivals Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram and in recent months, rumors that it would be acquired have run rampant. Shares of Twitter, which have tumbled 27 percent in the past month as possible suitors have wandered away, rose 4 percent before the opening bell Thursday. The San Francisco company said it expects to take $10 million to $20 million in charges as it lays off more than 300 of its 3,860 workers.