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Aetna tops Street 3Q expectations, narrows 2016 forecast

Aetna tops Street 3Q expectations, narrows 2016 forecastAetna's third-quarter earnings rose nearly 8 percent to top Wall Street forecasts, as growing government business and cost cutting countered higher costs from the health insurer's Affordable Care Act coverage. ...

Early voting: More good signs for Clinton in key states

In this Oct. 24, 2016, photo, an early ballot envelope is held at town hall in North Andover, Mass. 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. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)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.

NYC apartment building fire leaves 1 dead, 12 others hurt

Members of the Red Cross assist people gathering on a city bus Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, after fleeing the area from a fire at an apartment building on the Upper East Side in New York. The flames quickly spread throughout the building and, at one point, were shooting out the roof, sending burning embers onto nearby buildings. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)NEW YORK (AP) — An overnight blaze that tore through a five-story apartment building in Manhattan left one person dead and 12 civilians and firefighters injured, fire officials said Thursday.

Duterte says Philippines could join sea exercises with Japan, again vents anger at U.S

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (C) speaks to the media after his inspection at Japan Coast Guard base in YokohamaBy Minami Funakoshi YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday his country could join naval exercises with Japan, but repeated there would be no more war games with long-time ally the United States and again gave vent to his anger against Washington. Duterte also said he had explained to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in talks on Wednesday just why he resented the United States, reiterating that Washington treated the Philippines like "dogs on a leash" and lectured about human rights in connection with his domestic campaign against drugs. The Philippine leader's visit to Japan coincides with jitters about his foreign policy after weeks of verbal attacks on the United States, including threats to end military agreements, and overtures toward China.

The Latest: Iraqi Shiite leader hails alliance with Kurds

An Iraqi Federal Police vehicle passes through a checkpoint in Qayara, some 50 kilometers south of Mosul, Iraq, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. Islamic State militants have been going door to door in farming communities south of Mosul, ordering people at gunpoint to follow them north into the city and apparently using them as human shields as they retreat from Iraqi forces. Witnesses to the forced evacuation describe scenes of chaos as hundreds of people were driven north across the Ninevah plains and into the heavily-fortified city, where the extremists are believed to be preparing for a climactic showdown. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Iraq (all times local):

Report: Wildlife populations halved on average since '70s

A male Asiatic Lion looks out from his enclosure at London Zoo, in London, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. Environmentalists are warning that global wildlife populations have fallen an average of 58 percent when compared to the 1970s, in "The Living Planet" report from WWF and the Zoological Society of London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON (AP) — Global wildlife populations have fallen an average of 58 percent from 1970 levels, with human activity reducing the numbers of elephants in Tanzania, maned wolves in Brazil, salamanders in the United States and orcas in the waters of Europe, researchers say.

Pope Francis accepts church leaders' invitation to visit South Sudan

Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead a special Jubilee audience in Saint Peter's square at the VaticanPope Francis has accepted an invitation to visit South Sudan to preach peace in the country embroiled in inter-ethnic and political strife, religious leaders said after talks with the pontiff on Thursday. "He accepted the invitation and said that in principle he really wants to come," said Rev. Peter Gai Lual Marrow of the SoutH Sudan's Presbyterian Church. Marrow and Paulino Lukudu Loro, Catholic Archbishop of the capital, Juba, and Episcopalian Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul Yak held talks with the pope, who had asked them to come to the Vatican to discuss the situation in their country.

76ers anthem singer says 'We Matter' shirt got her the boot

This photo provided by Atlantic Records shows Sevyn Streeter at an arena for an NBA basketball game between the Philadelphia 76ers and Oklahoma City Thunder in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. Philadelphia 76ers national anthem singer Streeter said she was told by the team she could not perform because of her "We Matter" jersey. (Sevyn Streeter/Atlantic Records via AP)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers national anthem singer Sevyn Streeter said she was told by the team she could not perform because of her "We Matter" jersey.

Qualcomm to buy NXP for $38 billion in largest chip deal

A man walks past Qualcomm stand while attending during the Mobile World Congress in BarcelonaQualcomm Inc agreed to buy NXP Semiconductors NV for about $38 billion in the biggest-ever semiconductor industry deal, expanding the reach of its chips from phones to cars. The deal will make Qualcomm, which provides chips to Android smartphone makers and Apple Inc , the top supplier of chips to the automotive industry and help to reduce its dependence on the smartphone market. San Diego-based Qualcomm, which gets most of its profit from wireless patents it licenses to the mobile industry, has been facing slowing smartphone sales and stiff competition from Chinese and Taiwanese rivals.

UK economy escapes short-term Brexit hit, gets Nissan boost

City workers cross the River Thames with the City of London financial district seen behind in LondonBy William Schomberg and Costas Pitas LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's economy slowed only slightly in the three months after the Brexit vote and carmaker Nissan said it would build more cars in the country, tempering fears about the immediate economic impact of the decision to leave the European Union. The stronger-than-expected growth figures published on Thursday further diminished the likelihood of the Bank of England cutting rates as soon as next week, prompting investors to sell British government bonds.

Hammond says economy needs support despite third quarter growth

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond speaks at the Conservative Party conference in BirminghamThe Chancellor of exchequer Philip Hammond said he would need to take steps to support growth in his first budget statement next month, despite data on Thursday showing the economy slowed less than expected after Britain voted to leave the European Union. "I think it is right that we still prepare to support the economy during the coming period to make sure that we get through this period of uncertainty," Hammond told reporters.

Ford's 3Q profit falls on recall, truck launch

Ford's 3Q profit falls on recall, truck launchDEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — 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.

The Latest: Trump won't commit to working with Clinton

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, in Kinston, N.C. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):

European banks reassure on earnings, dollar holds near highs

Traders work at their desks in front of the German share price index, DAX board, at the stock exchange in FrankfurtReassuring results from some of Europe's biggest banks gave the region's beaten-down financials a boost on Thursday and helped offset weakness in industrial and tech stocks, while higher bond yields continued to underpin the dollar. As corporate earnings continued to dominate headlines, growing expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve will raise interest rates by the end of the year have kept gains in risky assets in check. Markets are now pricing in a 74 percent chance that the U.S. Federal Reserve will raise interest rates at its December meeting, according to CME Group's FedWatch tool, following a series of hawkish comments from Fed policymakers.

Nigeria says security first goal in oil roadmap: oil minister

Obama meets with Nigerian President Buhari at the United NationsNigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will meet leaders of the restive Niger Delta in Abuja next week in an attempt to end an insurgency in the oil-producing region, the oil minister said. Ending unrest in the region that accounts for most of Nigeria's oil production was the first goal of an energy industry roadmap unveiled on Thursday, Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu said. The bill itself, which covers everything from an overhaul of state oil company NNPC to taxes on upstream projects, was delayed by violence in the Delta, which briefly brought production to 30-year lows.

Twitter beats estimates, cuts jobs with eye on 2017 profitability

The Twitter logo is displayed on a screen on the floor of the NYSETwitter 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. "We're getting more disciplined about how we invest in the business, and we set a company goal of driving toward GAAP profitability in 2017," said Chief Financial Officer Anthony Noto. Twitter, which has seen user growth stall amid competition from nimbler rivals such as Instagram and Snapchat, said its user base ticked up 3 percent to 317 million average monthly active users in the quarter.

Sale or no sale, changes could come to Twitter users

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, file photo, the Twitter logo appears on an updated phone post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Twitter reports financial results Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Sale or no sale, Twitter users are bound to see changes as the beleaguered communications service tries to broaden its appeal to more people and advertisers.

New Calais "Jungle" arrivals cannot use resettlement scheme: prefect

French CRS riot police prevent migrants to return in the "Jungle" during the dismantlement of the camp in CalaisMigrants arriving at France's Calais "Jungle" since demolition of the camp began cannot expect to be resettled by the local authorities, the government prefect in the region said on Thursday. A resettlement centre that has been sending camp inhabitants on to reception centres across France as part of the shutdown process was now closed, Prefect Fabienne Buccio told reporters at the site. "It is not Calais' role to receive all the migrants of Europe.

Oil pipeline protesters brace for confrontation with police

Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson sits atop a horse Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, while visiting the protest camp against the Dakota Access oil pipeline outside Cannon Ball, N.D. Jackson said he came "to pray together, protest together and if necessary, go to jail together." (AP Photo/James MacPherson)CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Protesters trying to stop construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline are bracing for a confrontation with police Thursday after the demonstrators refused to leave private land in the pipeline's path.

Twitter slashes staff with revenue under pressure

Twitter slashes staff with revenue under pressureTwitter, 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 ...

World stock markets cautious amid company earnings

World stock markets cautious amid company earningsGlobal stock markets were steady on Thursday as investors weighed a mixed batch of corporate earnings reports and economic data. KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX stock index was flat at 10,710 and France's ...

British pound wins GDP boost but European equities sag

The pound shot as high as $1.2272 and strengthened to just above 89 pence against the euro in morning deals, before trimming gainsThe British pound rallied briefly Thursday on brighter-than-expected economic growth data, while European stock markets sagged amid a dearth of eurozone news.

European court rejects German far-right party's complaintBERLIN (AP) — A European court has dismissed a German far-right party's claim that it has been stigmatized to the point that it faces a de facto ban.Altria beats 3Q profit forecasts

Altria beats 3Q profit forecastsAltria Group (MO) on Thursday reported third-quarter earnings of $1.09 billion. The Richmond, Virginia-based company said it had profit of 56 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and ...

Belgian deal clears way for EU-Canada free trade pact

Minister-President of Wallonia, Paul Magnette, speaks with the media during a break in a meeting at the Belgium Prime Minister's residence in Brussels, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. Belgium is stretching talks to convince its region of Wallonia to give the necessary backing to a trade deal between the European Union and Canada into the eve of a summit to sign the landmark agreement.(AP Photo/Thierry Monasse)BRUSSELS (AP) — A landmark free trade agreement between the European Union and Canada could be signed within days after the Belgian government overcame an impasse with its regional authorities on Thursday.

Michael Phelps, Nicole Johnson secretly married in June

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2016, file photo, United States' swimmer Michael Phelps celebrates winning his gold medal in the men's 200-meter butterfly with his fiance Nicole Johnson and baby Boomer during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Arizona Republic reported Oct. 26, 2016, that Phelps and Johnson secretly married on June 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — Michael Phelps can add getting married to his long list of accomplishments this year.

The Latest: Erdogan tells Obama that Ankara targeting Raqqa

This frame grab from video provided by Muaz al-Shami, Syrian Revolution Network, an opposition activist media organization, that is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows a child on a hospital bed, with a bandage around his head after airstrikes killed over 20 people, in the northern rebel-held village of Hass, Syria, Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016. A team of first responders, the Syrian Civil Defense in Idlib, said at least 50 were wounded in the raids that used parachute mines, targeting the residential area and schools in the village of Hass. Most of those killed were children, the group said on its Facebook page. (Muaz al-Shami, Syrian Revolution Network, via AP)BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

Italy counts the cost as thousands flee twin quakes

The destroyed church of Borgo Sant'Antonio near Visso, central Italy pictured on October 27, 2016 following twin earthquakes in the regionItaly was counting the cost Thursday after twin earthquake in the centre of the country forced thousands to flee their homes in terror but "miraculously" did not cause any fatalities. The national civil protection agency described the damage as "very significant" but said they were not aware of anyone trapped under rubble. More than 100 aftershocks rattled the area through the night after the initial two were felt in Rome, some 175km (110 miles) away from the epicentres.

AP NewsAlertCAIRO (AP) — Libya navy spokesman: 90 migrants believed dead after their rickety boat was damaged hours after leaving Libyan shore.US says up to 900 jihadists killed in Mosul battle

Iraqi security forces and Kurdish peshmerga fighters are pushing toward Mosul along several axes and have made relatively quick progress as they approach MosulThe United States said Thursday that up to 900 Islamic State group jihadists have been killed in the offensive to retake Iraq's Mosul, as camps around the city filled with fleeing civilians. The offensive, launched on October 17, is seeing tens of thousands of Iraqi fighters advancing on Mosul from the south, east and north in a bid retake the last major Iraqi city under IS control. "Just in the operations over the last week and a half associated with Mosul, we estimate they've probably killed about 800-900 Islamic State fighters," Votel said in an interview.

Bulldozers level French migrant camp, new life for residents

Police officers stand near a mechanical digger as work continues to clean-up a makeshift migrant camp known as "the jungle" near Calais, northern France, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. French authorities claimed on Wednesday that they had cleared the makeshift migrant camp near the northern French city of Calais. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)CALAIS, France (AP) — Bulldozers began demolishing the makeshift migrant camp in northern France on Thursday, the day after it went up in flames and authorities declared it empty and a mass evacuation over.

Migrants stranded in Calais Jungle as demolition ramps up

French authorities estimate that between 6,000-8,000 people have been living in dire conditions at the "Jungle" migrant camp in CalaisDozens of migrants stranded in the Calais "Jungle", some of them children, desperately sought a way out Thursday as diggers begin tearing down the last remaining shelters in the burnt-out camp in northern France. The interior ministry said Wednesday that nearly 5,600 migrants had been taken into shelters around France or accepted into Britain -- out of the 6,400 estimated by authorities to have been living in the camp up until this week. Regional security chief Fabienne Buccio said those left in the camp had come from "Germany, Paris and elsewhere" and that registrations for transfer to other parts of France had closed.

Chip maker Qualcomm buying NXP Semiconductors in $38.1B deal

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2011, file photo, a sign sits atop the Qualcomm headquarters building in San Diego. Chip maker Qualcomm is buying NXP Semiconductors N.V. in a deal valued at approximately $38.1 billion announced Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Smartphone chipmaker Qualcomm is buying NXP Semiconductors N.V. in a deal valued at approximately $38 billion.

Arrieta deals, Cubs awaken, top Indians to even Series at 1

Arrieta deals, Cubs awaken, top Indians to even Series at 1Jake 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. Not only are they back in the World Series, they've won there ...

Twitter debates rages over photo of shiny or painted legsForget the debate about "The Dress." Twitter is abuzz about "The Legs."British economy grows more than expected after Brexit vote

British economy grows more than expected after Brexit voteBritain's economy grew faster than expected in the three months after its vote to leave the European Union despite concern that uncertainty over the country's future would weigh on business. The figures, ...

UN preparing for possible chemical attack in Iraq's Mosul

A lift truck driver uploads family tents for the Mosul refugees at the UNHCR warehouses, part of the International Humanitarian City (IHC) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. The United Nations' refugee agency is shipping tents, blankets and other aid from the United Arab Emirates to northern Iraq to help those affected by the U.S.-led push to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.N.'s public health agency said Thursday it has trained 90 Iraqi medics in "mass casualty management," with a special focus on chemical attacks, as part of its preparations for Iraq's operation to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group.

Iraqi army tries to reach site of Islamic State executions south of Mosul

An Iraqi soldier stands next to a detained man accused of being an Islamic State fighter, at a check point in Qayyara, south of Mosul, IraqBy Babak Dehghanpisheh and Stephen Kalin SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - The Iraqi army was trying on Thursday to reach a town south of Mosul where Islamic State has reportedly executed dozens to deter the population against any attempt to support the U.S.-led offensive on the jihadists' last major city stronghold in Iraq. Eleven days into what is expected to be the biggest ground offensive in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion of 2003, army and federal police units were fighting off sniper fire and suicide car bombs south of Hammam al-Alil, the site of the reported executions on the outskirts of Mosul, an Iraqi military spokesman said. The executions were meant "to terrorize the others, those who are in Mosul in particular", and also to get rid of the prisoners, said Abdul Rahman al-Waggaa, a member of the Nineveh provincial council.

4 thieves steal nearly 200 pumpkins from New Jersey farmWAYNE, N.J. (AP) — Four thieves have stolen nearly 200 pumpkins from a family-run farm in New Jersey.Belgium reaches consensus on EU-Canada free trade deal: PM

Belgium's Prime Minister Charles Michel speaks during a press conference in Brussels, on October 24, 2016Belgian political leaders have reached a consensus in support of the landmark EU-Canada trade deal, Prime Minister Charles Michel said Thursday, raising hopes it can be signed soon. "An agreement" has been found, Michel said after the latest round of marathon negotiations aimed at winning over holdouts in Belgium's French-speaking communities who have held up the deal for the entire European Union. Confirmation came swiftly from Paul Magnette, the chief of government of the southern French-speaking Wallonia and the leading holdout to the deal.

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