UN: Survivors report 240 dead in 2 Mediterranean shipwrecks

MILAN (AP) — Survivors say as many as 240 people have died in two shipwrecks off Libya, the U.N. refugee agency reported Thursday, bringing this year's toll to more than 4,220 migrants dead or missing in risky Mediterranean Sea crossings, the highest count on record.

  • Written by COLLEEN BARRY, Associated Press

US employers add solid 161K jobs; wages up by most since '09

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a decent 161,000 jobs in October and raised pay sharply for many workers. It was the final major report on a lukewarm but durable economy before Americans choose a new president next week.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer

Company: 'Substantial progress' on digging blasted gas line

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Workers have made "substantial progress" excavating a pipeline that exploded and burned in central Alabama earlier this week, killing one person and injuring five, even though a small fire continued Thursday, the pipeline company said.

  • Written by JAY REEVES, Associated Press

Arctic farming: Town turns to hydroponics for fresh greens

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The landscape is virtually treeless around a coastal hub town above Alaska's Arctic Circle, where even summer temperatures are too cold for northern-growing forests to take root.

  • Written by RACHEL D'ORO, Associated Press

Authorities: Woman 'chained up like a dog' inside container

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — A woman who had been reported missing along with her boyfriend in late August was found "chained up like a dog" inside a storage container, a South Carolina sheriff said Thursday.