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.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Judge found Iowa police slaying suspect exploited, hit mom

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man charged in the killings of two police officers was facing intense money problems, had been found by a judge to hit and financially exploit his mother and was ordered to move out of her basement hours before the shootings.

  • Written by RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press DAVID PITT, Associated Press