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  • The Latest: British cybersecurity expert’s US case delayed

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Latest on the criminal case of a British cybersecurity expert once heralded as a hero for stopping the WannaCry worldwide computer virus (all times local): 3:25 p.m. Attorneys for a British cybersecurity expert credited with stopping a computer virus have been given more time to prepare for arguments on whether to […]
  • Army considers 15 cities for home of new Futures Command

    The Army says it’s considering 15 cities for the headquarters of its planned Futures Command , which will keep track of emerging technology and innovations that could be used in warfighting. The Army notified the cities this week and asked for detailed information. The contenders are Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Boston; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Houston; Los […]
  • Los Angeles port commission approves SpaceX rocket facility

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles harbor commissioners have approved a permit for Space Exploration Technologies to build a facility on 19 acres of port land to manufacture a Mars rocket that will be so big it will require an oceangoing barge for transport to launch sites. SpaceX founder Elon Musk says the rocket will […]
  • Cybersecurity expert’s case delayed as new details emerge

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — The case of British cybersecurity expert once heralded as a hero for stopping the WannaCry worldwide computer virus was delayed Thursday to allow his attorneys more time to prepare arguments on why a judge should suppress statements he made after his arrest for allegedly creating software to steal banking passwords. Marcus Hutchins, […]
  • Maryland bill seeks transparency in online political ads

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — In the wake of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential race, Maryland is close to enacting a law that some experts say would set a new standard for how states deal with foreign interference in local elections and increase overall transparency in online political ads. If signed by Gov. […]
  • Hubble’s 28 years marked by shot of wild stellar nursery

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is marking the 28th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope’s launch with a peek into a wild stellar nursery. Scientists released the picture Thursday in advance of next week’s milestone. Resembling a vivid watercolor painting, the photo captures an immense, blindingly bright star emerging from its cosmic nest in […]
  • Even as markets shake, investors seek the riskiest corners

    NEW YORK (AP) — Even the suddenly shaky stock market hasn’t scared people away from investments that are supposed to be some of the world’s riskiest. In a surprising twist, investors have continued to pump money into funds that own Chinese technology giants, Thai energy companies and other stocks from developing countries. At the same […]
  • Musk’s LA transport tunnel proposal takes step forward

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A committee of the Los Angeles City Council has approved an environmental review exemption for a tunnel that Elon Musk wants to dig to test a novel underground transportation system. The Los Angeles Times reports that members of the council’s public works committee said Wednesday they wanted to approve any proposal […]
  • Stocks post first loss of the week as tech companies drop

    Losses among technology and consumer products companies weighed on U.S. stocks Thursday, snapping a three-day winning streak for the market. Banks bucked the trend, rising along with bond yields. Energy companies also eked out a slight gain, despite a late-afternoon downturn in oil prices. The broad market slide came as investors pored over the latest […]
  • Belarus to require internet comments to be authorized

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The parliament in Belarus has passed a measure prohibiting internet users from commenting on forums without authorization and requiring online publications to register with the government as mass media. The law passed on Thursday was harshly criticized by the Belarusian Association of Journalists, which called it a further “tightening of the […]
  • Trump’s personal attorney has dropped a pair of libel suits

    NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s personal attorney dropped a pair of libel lawsuits against BuzzFeed and investigation firm Fusion GPS amid the stir caused by an FBI search of the lawyer’s files. Michael Cohen had sued in New York City over publication of the unverified dossier detailing alleged ties between Trump and Russia. […]
  • Cell phones, biometrics fuel jump in bank account ownership

    NEW YORK (AP) — Roughly seven out of every 10 adults worldwide now have some form of bank account, the World Bank said Thursday, largely due to the proliferation of cell phone-based bank accounts and other simple bank account programs in places like India and Sub-Saharan Africa. The finding is a sign of the improved […]
  • Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba sets plans for Thailand

    BANGKOK (AP) — The Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has agreed to step up investments in Thailand as competition between online retailers heats up in fast-growing Southeast Asia. The founder of the online shopping giant, Jack Ma, met with Thailand’s prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, on Thursday and later signed several agreements, including one to help set […]
  • China: Qualcomm plan ‘has difficulty’ resolving concerns

    BEIJING (AP) — Qualcomm Inc.’s latest proposal for its $44 billion acquisition of NXP Semiconductors “has difficulty” resolving concerns of Chinese anti-monopoly regulators, a government spokesman Thursday. The Commerce Ministry spokesman’s comment was the first Chinese statement about the U.S. chipmaker’s proposed acquisition since a trade dispute blew up between Beijing and President Donald Trump […]
  • Social media helps fuel teacher activism across the country

    PHOENIX (AP) — The public education uprisings that began in West Virginia and spread to Arizona, Oklahoma and Kentucky share similar origin stories. Teachers, long tired of low wages and a dearth of state funding, begin talking to each other online. Their Facebook groups draw tens of thousands of members. They share stories of their […]