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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, left, and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, right, stand next to each other towards the end of the 71st annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, a charity gala organized by the Archdiocese of New York, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Early voting: Democrats show strength in key battlegrounds

Hillary Clinton appears to be displaying strength in the crucial battleground states of North Carolina and Florida among voters casting ballots before Election Day, and may also be building an early vote advantage in Arizona and Colorado. Donald Trump, meanwhile, appears to be holding ground in Ohio, Iowa and Georgia, ...

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 19, 2016, file photo, a man fills out a job application at a job fair, in Miami Lakes, Fla. On Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, the Labor Department reports on state unemployment rates for September. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Unemployment rates rose in 3 of 8 US swing states last month

Unemployment rates rose in three of eight U. S. swing states last month, fell in two and were unchanged in the remaining three. The Labor Department said Friday employers cut jobs in four swing states and added them in three, with job totals flat in New Hampshire. The figures reflect ...

Voters fill the stations as hundreds came out on the first day of early voting at the Hope Mills Recreation Center in Hope Mills, N.C. on Thursday,Oct. 20, 2016. The town is still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Matthew, which came through the area recently. (Chris Seward/The News & Observer via AP)

Flood victims face major challenges as early voting begins

As Keith and Felicia Scott looked at the ruins of their flooded-out house in North Carolina, the mold growing up the walls and the loose floorboards lying waterlogged at their feet, the presidential election was about the furthest thing from their minds. "I know it's something we need to focus ...

FILE - In this Friday, July 17, 2015 file photo, Camel and Newport cigarettes, both Reynolds American brands, are on display at a Smoker Friendly shop in Pittsburgh. British American Tobacco offered Friday, Oct. 21 2016 to buy Reynolds American Inc. in a $47 billion cash-and-stock deal that would create the world’s largest publicly traded tobacco company and bring together brands like Camel, Dunhill, and Newport. The logic of the deal, analysts say, is to make up for a decline in the number of smokers in their home markets of the U.S. and Britain as they look to developing markets and new products, such as electronic cigarettes. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, file)

$47 billion offer to create world's biggest tobacco company

British American Tobacco is offering to buy Reynolds American Inc. in a $47 billion deal that would create the world's largest publicly traded tobacco company and attempt to make up for a decline in smoking in the U.S. and Europe. With tobacco firms under pressure from health groups in developed ...

This photo provided by Ally Bank shows a fake penny that is part of Ally Bank's "Lucky Penny" promotion. The bank placed 100 fake pennies across the country worth $1,000 apiece. The lucky pennies carry a copper color like real pennies, but feature the Detroit-based bank's logo instead of Abraham Lincoln's head. The flip side of the coin lists its value at 100,000 cents.  ( Ally Bank via AP)

Bank places 100 'lucky pennies' across US worth $1,000 each

Stopping to pick up a stray penny off the ground may not seem worth the effort, yet one bank is trying to change that mindset by placing 100 fake pennies across the country worth $1,000 apiece. Ally Bank says it is hoping to encourage Americans to look for opportunities to ...

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump debates Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during the third presidential debate at UNLV in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Final debate brings little clarity to undecided voters

As a tumultuous campaign nears an end, undecided voters across the country watched the final debate of the U.S. presidential race with a mix of skepticism and rapt attention Wednesday night. They were searching for clarity, and some found it. But others remained painfully undecided just a few weeks before ...

Brooklyn Nets guard Isaiah Whitehead (15) drives to the basket against Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) during the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game in Boston, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

In the East, it's the Cavs and then everyone else _ again

The Cleveland Cavaliers know what it feels like to enter the season as Eastern Conference favorites. They begin this one with an entirely unfamiliar label — defending champions. The rest of the East has spent the last six years unsuccessfully trying to unseat LeBron James from the throne. Whether he ...

Winning numbers drawn in 'Powerball' game

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Wednesday evening's drawing of the "Powerball" game were: 10-16-38-43-63, Powerball: 23, Power Play: 2 (ten, sixteen, thirty-eight, forty-three, sixty-three; Powerball: twenty-three; Power Play: two) Estimated jackpot: $136 million ¶ ___ ¶ Online: ¶ Multi-State Lottery Association:

Southern states see efforts to delay vote-related deadlines

Some North Carolina voters who want to expand early in-person voting in the presidential battleground state lost their case before a federal appeals court Wednesday, and in Georgia a federal judge refused to extend the voter registration deadline again for counties stricken by Hurricane Matthew. But a voters' group in ...

NFL evaluates Cam Newton hit, tweaks concussion protocol

The NFL will require the athletic trainer in the press box to stay in contact with on-field doctors to help determine if a player has a concussion. The requirement, announced Wednesday, is an enhancement made to prevent confusion that occurred in the season opener, when Carolina's Cam Newton was allowed ...

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