Consumers, exports seen buoying U.S. third-quarter GDP growth

People shop at The Grove mall in Los AngelesBy Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. economic growth likely accelerated in the third quarter as consumers maintained a strong pace of spending and exports surged, potentially keeping the Federal Reserve on track to raise interest rates in December. In addition to support from consumer spending and exports, the economy is also expected to have received a boost from a rebound in mining activity and inventory investment. "As long as you have consumer spending, some stabilization of capital spending, trade kicking in and inventories switching from being a significant drag, that balanced composition will make us confident that things are moving in the right direction," said Anthony Karydakis, chief economic strategist at Miller Tabak in New York.

National Geographic's famed 'girl' denies getting fake ID

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani prosecutor says National Geographic's famed green-eyed 'Afghan Girl' has made her first appearance before a court, insisting she did not fraudulently obtain Pakistani nationality.
Michigan State motivated to spoil No. 2 Michigan's season

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2015, file photo, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio, left, greets Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh before an NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich. Dantonio believes Michigan State will upset No. 2 Michigan and he's not afraid to say it. In fact, Dantonio said in an interview with The Associated Press the Spartans' chances of winning Saturday are better than they were with 10 seconds left in last year's game at Michigan Stadium.(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, FIle)EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Jim Harbaugh has Michigan marching toward a special season, winning its first seven games and climbing to No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll for the first time in a decade.

No. 8 Baylor opens 'gauntlet' of schedule with Texas

FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, file photo, Baylor defensive tackle Micheal Johnson, left, leads teammates onto the field before an NCAA college football game against SMU in Waco, Texas. Defensive-minded West Virginia and Baylor will try this week to remain the Big 12's only undefeated teams. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — For acting head coach Jim Grobe, to some extent the real season for No. 8 Baylor is about to begin.

Week 9 preview: ACC showdown; Browning faces tough Utes

FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, photo, Florida State running back Dalvin Cook runs against Wake Forest in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tallahassee, Fla. Cook and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson have the potential to make a move in a nationally televised night game, but the pressure is really on Washington quarterback Jake Browning. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)The last weekend before College Football Playoff selection committee starts releasing its rankings has potential for a serious shake-up in the postseason race.

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