• October 20, 2016

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US: Ex-contractor committed 'breathtaking' theft of secrets

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former National Security Agency contractor's theft of top secret government information was "breathtaking in its longevity and scale," federal prosecutors said in a court filing Thursday aimed at keeping the man locked up as the case moves forward. They said he took enough classified material to fill roughly 200 laptop computers.

UK to pardon thousands convicted under past anti-gay laws

LONDON (AP) — Thousands of men who were convicted under now-abolished British laws against homosexuality are to receive posthumous pardons, the government announced Thursday. Those who are still alive can will be eligible to have their criminal records wiped clean.

Most US Syrians arrivals are kids, now enrolling in school

EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — U.S. State Department figures show nearly 80 percent of the more than 11,000 Syrian refugees who have arrived in the United States over the past year were children.

The Latest: EU leaders want more migrants deported

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to the inflow of asylum-seekers and migrants to the continent (all times local):

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.

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 State

LONDON (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.

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.

Growing calls for railroad probe in wake of station crash

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's commuter railroad is facing growing calls for more scrutiny at federal and state levels amid questions about its safety after one of its trains crashed into a station last month, killing a woman on the platform and injuring more than 100.

No joke: Mississippi county bans clowns 'til after Halloween

DEKALB, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi county has had enough of the creepy clown craze, at least until after Halloween.

AP FACT CHECK: Sharp contrast between Gore in 2000 and Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump, who's railed for months about a "rigged" political system, used the final presidential debate to defiantly say he won't decide until the election ends whether he will accept its results.

NFL to reopen Brown investigation after abuse docs emerge

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The NFL is going to re-open its investigation of New York Giants placekicker Josh Brown after police released journal entries and emails in which he admitted that he verbally and physically abused his former wife.

NHL, NHLPA launch program to help players prepare for future

The NHL and NHLPA want players to plan for life after hockey long before they hang up their skates.

Nintendo combines portable and home gaming with Switch

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Nintendo has announced a new gaming system that combines a portable handheld device with a dock to use at home.

Alaska Native remains could return home from Pennsylvania

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A small group of people are working with the U.S. Army to bring home the remains of 15 Alaska Natives who attended a boarding school in Pennsylvania more than a century ago.

Biden hits Trump "rigged election" claims, foreign policy

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Joe Biden offered a searing takedown of Donald Trump's views on American democracy and foreign policy on Thursday and urged New Hampshire voters not to elect a "demagogue."

Iraqi special forces join battle for Mosul, US soldier dies

BARTELLA, Iraq (AP) — In a significant intensification 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. The U.S. military announced the first American death since the operation began.

France warns UK premier of tough time ahead in Brexit talks

BRUSSELS (AP) — France warned Britain at the start of a European Union summit on Thursday that it would face a tough, unyielding opponent if it sought too many concessions during its negotiations to leave the 28-nation EU.

Half a year after 8 relatives killed, no answers or arrests

PIKETON, Ohio (AP) — Six months after someone shot eight members of an extended family to death in their homes, surviving relatives are still waiting — for an explanation, for an arrest, for a hint of closure.

The Latest: Syrian military threatens to down Turkish planes

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

Nobel winner joins scientists' protest of Hungarian policies

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A Nobel Prize-winning scientist says he has resigned as an external member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences to protest the "repressive policies" of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government.

The Latest: Gore camp says 2000 and Trump aren't comparable

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):

Spain's top court overturns Catalan bullfighting ban

MADRID (AP) — Spain's top court on Thursday overruled a controversial local ban against bullfighting in the powerful northeastern region of Catalonia, saying it violated a national law protecting the much-disputed spectacle.

Hacked emails: Clinton pushed for charity meeting in Morocco

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hacked emails reveal internal disagreement among top aides to Hillary Clinton about her determination to hold a Clinton Foundation summit in Morocco that later drew attention over its reliance on large financial pledges from foreign governments.