Here are the top stories for Friday, Oct. 16th: Trump Biden hit campaign trail after town halls; Trump approves disaster relief for Calif.; Putin makes arms control proposal with U.S.; Retail sales jump more than expected.
NED BARKER: This is AP News Minute.
One day after holding dueling televised town halls, President Donald Trump and his opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, are sprinting toward the finish line of this year's presidential election. Trump has scheduled campaign stops in Fort Myers, Florida and Macon, Georgia, while Biden has scheduled events in the Detroit, Michigan area.
The Trump administration has reversed itself and approved California's request for disaster relief to deal with half a dozen recent wildfires in the state. The fires burned nearly 2 million acres of land, destroyed thousands of structures, and claimed several lives.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is proposing to save Moscow's last nuclear arms control agreement with the US, the New Start Treaty, by extending it for at least a year. It was signed in 2010 and set to expire in February. Putin says the treaty should stay as it is, while the US wants a broader freeze on the two countries' nuclear arsenals.
Retail sales rose strongly in September, the fifth straight month of growth, as Americans spent more on clothing, cars, and sporting goods. The Commerce Department says US retail sales jumped just under 2% last month. That's more than double what economists were expecting.
Ned Barker, the Associated Press, with AP--