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  • Large earthquake rattles Papua New Guinea

    PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (AP) — A large earthquake has struck the middle of Papua New Guinea. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-7.5 quake hit about 89 kilometers (55 miles) southwest of Porgera early Monday in the Pacific island nation. Geological Survey geophysicist Paul Caruso says the quake, which had a depth of […]
  • The Latest: Prices rise for new Samsung phones

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Samsung’s new phones (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Samsung’s new smartphones have another feature: a second annual price increase for some customers. The phones’ design is largely static compared to last year’s models, despite a nicer camera. But the devices will be more expensive for many. Last year’s […]
  • New Samsung phone: Nicer camera, static design, higher price

    NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung unveiled new smartphones with largely unchanged designs and incremental improvements such as a better camera — accompanied by a second annual price increase for many customers. The static design of the new Galaxy S9 underscores both the slowing pace of smartphone innovation and the extent to which other manufacturers, particularly […]
  • Studies are increasingly clear: Uber, Lyft congest cities

    BOSTON (AP) — One promise of ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft was fewer cars clogging city streets. But studies suggest the opposite: that ride-hailing companies are pulling riders off buses, subways, bicycles and their own feet and putting them in cars instead. And in what could be a new wrinkle, a service by Uber […]
  • Microsoft fights US in high court to protect global business

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Microsoft has an eye on its international customers as it confronts the Trump administration in a Supreme Court fight about turning over emails to investigators. The justices will hear arguments Tuesday over whether the company, as part of an international drug trafficking investigation, must comply with an American warrant for emails stored […]
  • Sweeping Georgia cybercrime bill would target ‘snoopers’

    ATLANTA (AP) — Lying about your weight on an online dating site? Checking out who won the Falcons game from your work computer? Using your computer hacking knowledge as an “ethical hacker?” Those actions may become illegal if a Georgia bill gets voted into law, civil liberty advocates say. Supporters of a bill making its […]
  • At drone fair, Chinese show off armed model likely in UAE

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Walking through a trade show all about military drones, Emirati officials made a point on Sunday to stop first at a stand run by Chinese officials with a mock armed drone hanging above them. Defense analysts believe that drone, the Wing Loong II, is now being used by […]
  • Washington House passes bump stock ban

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington House amended and passed a bill to ban trigger devices that allow semi-automatic rifles to fire more rapidly. The bill moved on a 56-41 vote Friday after the chamber accepted an amendment that would allow the Washington State Patrol to set up a “buy back” program for people who […]
  • Dropbox seeking to raise $500 million in stock market debut

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One of the world’s largest online services for backing up documents, photos and other video is opening its files in an initial public offering of stock. Dropbox is hoping to raise $500 million in an IPO that comes 11 years after it started in San Francisco. The company confidentially filed for […]
  • Corps: Agency worked to inform on Harvey flood risk

    HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Friday that leading up to and during Hurricane Harvey it “worked diligently” with officials to inform the public on flooding risks from Houston reservoirs that ended up inundating thousands of homes. The Corps’ statement came in response to a Houston Chronicle report earlier this week […]
  • Broad rally helps stocks end a choppy week slightly higher

    Wall Street capped several days of choppy trading Friday with a broad rally that gave the stock market a modest gain for the week. Technology companies, banks and health care stocks accounted for much of the market’s gains. Energy companies also rose along with crude oil prices. The rally came as bond yields pulled back […]
  • Stores make push in scan and go tech, hope shoppers adopt it

    NEW YORK (AP) — Shoppers at self-checkout lanes scanning all their groceries after they’re done shopping? Old school. More stores are letting customer tally their choices with a phone app or store device as they roam the aisles. For customers, scanning as they go can be faster and make it simpler to keep track of […]
  • Markets Right Now: Stocks end a choppy week slightly higher

    NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4 p.m. Stocks are ending the week slightly higher after a two-day rally wiped out losses from earlier in the week. The gains Friday were led by technology and banks. Hewlett Packard Enterprise soared 10.5 percent and former corporate sibling HP […]
  • Social media helps French police find WWI soldier’s relative

    PARIS (AP) — A fallen soldier’s letter from World War I that was discovered in France has touched authorities so much they launched a successful search for the soldier’s living relatives. The handwritten missive was written on May 27, 1915, from the Somme by 24-year-old Frenchman Sgt. Jean Soulagnes to a friend. Soulagnes was killed […]
  • BMW plans to build battery electric Minis in China

    BERLIN (AP) — German automaker BMW says it’s in talks to build battery electric models of its Mini cars in China, which would be the first time the iconic cars have been made outside Europe. BMW said in a statement Friday it has signed a letter of intent with Chinese manufacturer Great Wall Motor. China […]