Christie aide on trial says she told him of traffic study

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Christie approved of a traffic study on the George Washington Bridge, his former deputy chief of staff testified Friday in her criminal trial, but federal prosecutors say it was actually a cover story for a political payback scheme designed to cause traffic jams.

  • Written by MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press MICHAEL CATALINI, Associated Press

Cyberattacks on key internet firm disrupt internet services

Withering cyberattacks on server farms of a key internet firm repeatedly disrupted access to major websites and online services including Twitter, Netflix and PayPal across the United States on Friday. The White House called the disruption malicious and a hacker group claimed responsibility, though its assertion couldn't be verified.

  • Written by RAPHAEL SATTER, AP Technology Writers FRANK BAJAK, AP Technology Writers

50 years later, Black Panthers look back at party's founding

Black Panthers Turn 5 Krou 8

In this photo taken Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, former members of the Black Panther Party laugh and visit outside a museum after an anniversary meeting in Oakland, Calif. In the front row is Billy X. Jennings, center, M. Gayle Asali-Dickson, second from right and Lorene Johnson, right. Hundreds of former Black Panthers from around the world are expected to gather in Oakland, Calif., for a four-day conference that started Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. The Panthers emerged from the gritty city 50 years ago, declaring a new party dedicated to defending African-Americans against police brutality and protecting their rights. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Black Panthers emerged from this gritty Northern California city 50 years ago, declaring to a nation in turmoil a new party dedicated to defending African-Americans against police brutality and protecting the right of a downtrodden people to determine their own future.

  • Written by JANIE HAR, Associated Press

US service member killed by roadside bomb in northern Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. military member assisting Iraqi forces in their push to retake Mosul was killed by a roadside bomb Thursday, marking the first American combat casualty in the campaign to oust the Islamic State group from its last major stronghold in northern Iraq.

  • Written by ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press