US Senate candidates in Illinois spar over heritage, service

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has mocked his Democratic rival's family history of military service, saying he had forgotten the Asian-American congresswoman's "parents came all the way from Thailand to serve George Washington." The comment came Thursday evening during the first televised debate between Kirk and U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, at the University of Illinois in Springfield.

Spain to keep Italian basketball coach Scariolo until 2020

MADRID (AP) -- The Spanish basketball federation says it has extended the contract of Italian coach Sergio Scariolo through the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The federation added four years to Scariolo's current contract so he can complete another Olympic cycle with the men's team. Scariolo's first stint with Spain began in 2009, and he led the nation to two European titles and a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics.

EU, 24 Countries Agree to Create World's Largest Marine Sanctuary off Antarctica

(NEW YORK) -- An international coalition of countries agreed on Friday to create the world's largest marine sanctuary, setting aside nearly 600,000 square miles of ocean near Antarctica for conservation and scientific study. The agreement includes 24 countries as well as the European Union and divides the protected area in the Ross Sea into zones that will allow different levels of activity.

The Latest: Pence says he's grateful after plane incident

WASHINGT0N (AP) -- The Latest on the U.S. presidential campaign (all times EDT): 7:30 a.m. Republican Mike Pence says he's grateful for the "quick action" of his pilot and first responders when his campaign plane slid off a runway at New York's LaGuardia Airport. No one was injured in the incident Thursday. Pence told ABC's "Good Morning America" that he felt the plane fishtail after a hard landing.

UN has reports IS using 1,000s as 'human shields' in Mosul

BERLIN (AP) -- The Islamic State group appears to be using tens of thousands of civilians in and around Mosul as "human shields," the United Nations' human rights office said Friday. The office also has received reports of over 200 people being killed for refusing to comply with IS orders or for previously belonging to Iraqi security forces, spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said in Geneva.

Court rejects man's attempt to back out of plea deal

YORK, S.C. (AP) -- The South Carolina Court of Appeals has rejected an attempt by a York County man to back out of a guilty plea he made earlier this year. The Herald of Rock Hill reported ( the 23-year-old John Coddington of Fort Mill pleaded guilty to murder in the death of 32-year-old Tiffany Williams. Coddington pleaded guilty Aug. 31 to beating Williams to death at his condominium late last year.

Mike Pence 'Really Grateful' After LaGuardia Plane Scare

(NEW YORK) -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said he is "really grateful" for quick action that kept all passengers and crew safe when his campaign plane skidded off the runway at New York's LaGuardia Airport Thursday night. "Thank God everybody was fine," Pence, Donald Trump's running mate on the Republican presidential ticket, said Friday on ABC's Good Morning America . "I'm just really grateful, really grateful for some quick action," he said.

POLL: Contest Narrows, Expectations Not

(NEW YORK) -- Presidential preferences have narrowed in the ABC News/ Washington Post tracking poll -- but not expectations of the outcome. Fifty-nine percent of likely voters polled say they expect Hillary Clinton to win the election, essentially the same it was in early September. That includes nearly all of her own supporters and a fifth of Donald Trump's.

AT&T to close flooded Goldsboro call center, cut 95 jobs

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- Citing flood damage from Hurricane Matthew and falling DSL demand, AT&T will shutter a Goldsboro call center that once employed 400 people and was established in 2008 to repatriate American jobs from foreign countries. News outlets report the telecommunications giant disclosed the planned closure in a notice sent Tuesday to the state Department of Commerce.

Some in Greenville worry about voter intimidation

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Some voters in Greenville County say they are worried about intimidation on Election day. The Greenville News reported ( ) that election officials have instructed poll workers to make sure that those supporting candidates follow the state's rules. Anyone can campaign on Election Day more than 200 feet away from a polling place. They can hold signs and hand out material.

The Latest: UN says IS reportedly using 'human shields'

BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Latest on the fighting in Iraq (all times local): 1:45 p.m. The United Nations' human rights office says the Islamic State group appears to be using tens of thousands of civilians in and around the Iraqi city of Mosul as "human shields." It has received reports of more than 200 people being killed for refusing to comply with IS orders or previously belonging to Iraqi security forces.

French lawmakers want higher taxes on Airbnb renters

PARIS (AP) -- French lawmakers backed on Friday a proposal to increase taxes on people renting their homes, cars and other goods on the internet when their earnings exceed a certain amount. The measure would see people using Airbnb and similar websites become subject to the same tax as professional services like hotels and car rental companies.

UK tribunal to rule on work benefits for Uber drivers

LONDON (AP) -- A British employment tribunal is expected to rule on whether Uber drivers are employees in a case that challenges the ride-sharing service's business model. The GMB union says the drivers are employees and should receive a minimum wage, breaks and vacation pay. The Central London Employment Tribunal's decision Friday could affect as many as 30,000 drivers. Uber argues it is a technology company that links self-employed drivers with people who need rides.

Your Body: What to Know About Restless Legs Syndrome

By DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor Do you have an insatiable urge to move your legs or a feeling of creepy crawlies on them at night? If so, you may have restless legs syndrome. RLS is a common neurologic condition affecting about 7 to 10 percent of the population. Not only does it impact your legs but also your mood.

Caterpillar confirms plans to cut 80 jobs in Winston-Salem

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- Caterpillar Inc. has confirmed that it will eliminate 80 jobs at its Winston-Salem plant by the end of the year. The company said in a news release Thursday that the layoffs, which are expected to take effect on Dec. 31, will reduce the plant's workforce to 140 employees. The planned reduction had been announced by Caterpillar this summer as part of a global operations restructuring.

Pope heads to Sweden, where Catholics thrive after 500 years

STOCKHOLM (AP) -- After the Protestant Reformation five centuries ago, Sweden became a grim place for Roman Catholics: Those who rejected the new Lutheran faith were punished with deportation or death. The circumstances couldn't be more different as Pope Francis arrives in the Scandinavian country next week to commemorate the split in Western Christianity that started with Martin Luther's revolt.

Israel to name nuclear facility after Shimon Peres

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's prime minister says a nuclear facility will be named after late former President Shimon Peres. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the announcement at a ceremony Friday marking 30 days since Peres' death, where his tombstone was unveiled. He said the facility, located in Israel's Negev desert, will be called "The Shimon Peres Center for Nuclear Science.

As many as 13 staff members injured in high school fight

HERTFORD, N.C. (AP) -- Officials say a North Carolina high school staff member was hit by a fire extinguisher while trying to break up a fight that left as many as 12 other staff members also injured. Perquimans County School Superintendent Matthew Cheeseman tells news outlets that as many as 13 faculty and staff members were hurt as they tried to stop the fight involving five students at Perquimans High School.