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Trump mocks critics: I'll accept election results _ if I win
DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) -- Mocking his critics, Donald Trump pledged Thursday to fully accept the outcome of next month's presidential election - if he wins. The Republican said he reserved the right to contest questionable results, deepening his unsubstantiated assertions that the race against Hillary Clinton could be rigged against him....

The Latest: Pence says Trump will accept 'clear result'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):...

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....

Election officials, experts rebuff Trump's 'rigged' claim
NEW YORK (AP) -- Election officials nationwide dismiss Donald Trump's incendiary claim the presidential election is rigged against him, with Republicans and Democrats alike rejecting the idea anyone could overcome the logistical challenges of tilting a process run by officials of both parties and average citizens at thousands of polling places and election offices....

Trump's 'bad hombres' draws jeers, Spanish lessons
PHOENIX (AP) -- Donald Trump's utterance of "bad hombres" offended some of the millions of people watching the final presidential debate, who called it racially divisive....

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....

US service member killed by roadside bomb in northern Iraq
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A U.S. military member was killed by a roadside bomb Thursday in connection with the Iraqi effort to retake the key city of Mosul, marking the first American combat casualty in the long-planned push against the Islamic State group....

Watchdog: EPA delayed for 7 months in Flint water crisis
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Environmental Protection Agency had sufficient authority and information to issue an emergency order to protect residents of Flint, Michigan, from lead-contaminated water as early as June 2015 - seven months before it declared an emergency, the EPA's inspector general said Thursday....

AP FACT CHECK: Trump, Clinton and their debate claims
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump painted an inaccurately dark portrait of manufacturing in America while Hillary Clinton stretched credulity in boasting that her spending plans won't add to the country's debt. As well, both struggled in the presidential final debate to explain comments from their past....

Final debate brings little clarity to undecided voters
RIVER FALLS, Wis. (AP) -- 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....