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  • Walmart to launch new online home shopping experience

    NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is launching a new online home shopping experience in the coming weeks that will let shoppers discover items based on their style. The move, announced Thursday, is the first glimpse of Walmart Inc.’s broader efforts to redesign its site with a focus on fashion and home furnishing. The overhauled website […]
  • White nationalist is latest to sue over social media ban

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A prominent white nationalist is suing Twitter for banning his accounts at a time when social networks are trying to crack down on hateful and abusive content without appearing to censor unpopular opinions. Jared Taylor filed the lawsuit Tuesday in state court in San Francisco, marking the latest legal challenge filed […]
  • Google’s digital assistant branches out to Nest camera

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google’s voice-activated assistant is branching out to Nest’s deluxe security camera in an expansion that may amplify the privacy concerns surrounding internet-connected microphones. The virtual assistant is being offered to owners of the Nest Cam IQ in a free update rolling out Wednesday. The move comes just two weeks after Nest […]
  • European space probe prepares to sniff Martian atmosphere

    BERLIN (AP) — A European space probe has swung into position around Mars in preparation to analyze its atmosphere for possible signs of life. The European Space Agency said Wednesday its Trace Gas Orbiter successfully performed a delicate maneuver known as aerobraking that involved dipping into the red planet’s upper atmosphere to slow the probe. […]
  • Vice president wants US businesses trailblazing into space

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence and his new space advisory council want U.S. private companies moving faster and farther into the cosmos, with the government easing restrictions on these 21st century pioneers. The U.S. will get left behind, the National Space Council was warned Wednesday, if it doesn’t make it easier […]
  • Scientists in Germany improve malaria drug production

    BERLIN (AP) — Scientists in Germany who developed a new way to make a key malaria drug several years ago said Wednesday they have come up with a technique to make the process even more efficient, which should increase global access and reduce the cost. The new procedure refines a method developed in 2012 at […]
  • Asian stocks lower after Fed report renews bond yield fears

    HONG KONG (AP) — Most Asian stock indexes fell Thursday, tracking Wall Street’s decline after the latest Fed report rekindled fears about inflation and rising bond yields. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index sank 1.2 percent to 21,713.20 and South Korea’s Kospi shed 0.5 percent to 2,417.24. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng lost 1.1 percent […]
  • SpaceX postpones California satellite launch due to winds

    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — SpaceX has postponed a satellite launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The company called off Wednesday’s pre-dawn launch due to strong upper-level winds. Liftoff of Spain’s PAZ (pahs) radar-imaging satellite is rescheduled for 6:17 a.m. Thursday. The timing of the launch has created expectations of a […]
  • Markets Right Now: Spike in bond yields upends a stock rally

    NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4 p.m. Stocks gave up an early gain and ended lower on Wall Street as a late afternoon spike in bond yields sent investors heading to the exits. Bond yields rose Wednesday after the Federal Reserve released minutes from its latest […]
  • Turkey to develop unmanned tanks, president says

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s president says the country will develop unmanned tanks to minimize risks to soldiers in combat. Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the plan Wednesday during a speech delivered at a conference on Turkey’s five-year development plan. His comments came as Turkey’s military is carrying out a cross-border offensive in Syria to clear […]
  • Broadcom is adjusting its buyout offer for Qualcomm

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Broadcom is adjusting its buyout offer for Qualcomm, a day after that chipmaker raised its bid for NXP Semiconductors to approximately $43.22 billion. Broadcom Ltd. said Wednesday its revised offer includes $57 in cash and $22 in Broadcom shares. Its prior bid included $60 in cash and the rest in […]
  • California law that blocked posting actors’ ages struck down

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California law that sought to prevent age discrimination in the entertainment industry by blocking a popular Hollywood website from posting the ages of actors was struck down Tuesday as unconstitutional. U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco said the law passed in 2016 violated the First Amendment rights […]
  • The top 10 books on Apple’s iBooks-US

    iBook charts for week ending February 18, 2018: (Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher : iBooks US Bestseller List – Paid Books 1. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen – 9781250130938 – (St. Martin’s Press) 2. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah – 9781250165619 – (St. Martin’s Press) 3. […]
  • The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

    App Store Official Charts for the week ending February 18, 2018: Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Minecraft, Mojang 2. Heads Up!, Warner Bros. 3. Pocket Build, MoonBear LTD 4. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations 5. NBA 2K18, 2K 6. Bloons TD 5, Ninja Kiwi 7. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB 8. Facetune, Lightricks Ltd. 9. Florence, […]
  • Italy warns of election threat as rival parties court Russia

    ROME (AP) — Italian government officials are warning of possible foreign interference in the March 4 general election, sounding the alarm following the U.S. indictment of Russian trolls and evidence of Russian-sourced fake news on popular Italian platforms. Premier Paolo Gentiloni on Tuesday released Italy’s annual security report, which aside from highlighting the threat of […]