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    How major US stock market indexes fared on Friday

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks finished barely lower Friday as energy companies fell with oil prices and a 10-day rally for technology companies came to an end. But Wall Street mostly avoided the sharp losses that hit European stocks. On Friday: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 0.91 points to 2,472.54. The Dow […]
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    Hackers had access to millions of Social Security numbers

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Hackers who breached a Kansas Department of Commerce data system in March had access to more than 5.5 million Social Security numbers in 10 states, along with another 805,000 accounts that didn’t include the Social Security numbers, according to records obtained from the agency. The department will be required to pay […]
  • This Wednesday, July 19, 2017, photo shows togarashi-spiced salmon, prepared from one of Amazon's new ready-to-cook meal packages. The meal kits come with everything you need to prepare dinner for two. (AP Photo/Martha Bellisle) Lifestyle

    Review: Amazon meal kits offer easy dinners _ for a price

    SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon’s new ready-to-eat meal package is the perfect recipe for someone who doesn’t have enough time to shop and cook, yet has a healthy appetite and a need for balanced meals. These meal kits come with just about everything you need to prepare dinner for two. You can choose from a variety […]
  • FILE - In this March 31, 2016, a Lyft ride-hailing service logo is displayed on a vehicle at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. Lyft is setting up its own unit to develop autonomous vehicle technology, but its approach will be different from other companies and partnerships working on self-driving cars. The San Francisco-based ride-hailing service says it will open its network, inviting automakers and tech companies to use it to haul passengers and gather data. . (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) AP

    Lyft forms own autonomous vehicle unit, will open network

    DETROIT (AP) — Lyft said Friday that it is setting up its own unit to develop autonomous vehicle technology, but its approach will be different from other companies and partnerships working on self-driving cars. The San Francisco-based ride-hailing service said it will open its network, inviting automakers and tech companies to use it to haul […]
  • FILE - This July 16, 2013, file photo, shows a Wall Street street sign outside the New York Stock Exchange.  U.S. stocks are falling, Friday, July 21, 2017,  as General Electric stock drops after the company’s second-quarter report. Most other industries are also lower, including technology companies, which have soared during a 10-day winning streak.  (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) Money

    US stocks dip with energy prices; European stocks sink

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks finished barely lower Friday as energy companies fell with oil prices and a 10-day rally for technology companies came to an end. But Wall Street mostly avoided the sharp losses that hit European stocks. The price of U.S. crude oil fell 2.5 percent and pulled energy stocks lower. Technology […]
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    Markets Right Now: Energy, tech losses hit US stocks

    NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local): 4 p.m. Stocks are closing lower as energy companies fall with oil prices and a winning streak for technology companies ends. The price of U.S. crude fell 2.5 percent Friday. Helmerich & Payne dropped 5.5 percent. General Electric fell 2.9 percent […]
  • This image captured by an underwater robot provided by International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning shows lava-like lumps believed to contain melted fuel inside the Unit 3 reactor at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in Okuma town, northeastern Japan, Friday, July 21, 2017. Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the robot found the objects Friday on its second mission inside the primary containment vessel of the Unit 3 reactor at Fukushima, which was destroyed by a massive earthquake and tsunami. Experts believe the fuel melted and much of it fell to the chamber's bottom and is now submerged by radioactive water. (International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning via AP) AP

    Possible melted fuel seen for first time at Fukushima plant

    TOKYO (AP) — An underwater robot captured images of solidified lava-like rocks Friday inside a damaged reactor at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, spotting for the first time what is believed to be nuclear fuel that melted six years ago. Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the robot found large amounts of lava-like debris […]
  • One of properties of AlphaBay founder Alexandre Cazes is seen in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, July 21, 2017. The young Canadian Cazes accused of masterminding AlphaBay, the world's leading "darknet" internet marketplace, lived an apparently quiet life for nearly two years with his Thai girlfriend in a middle-class neighborhood on the outskirts of Bangkok. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) AP

    ‘Darknet’ suspect’s flashy cars raised eyebrows in Thailand

    BANGKOK (AP) — The neighbors had their suspicions. The young Canadian accused of masterminding the world’s leading “darknet” internet marketplace lived a seemingly quiet life for more than a year with his Thai girlfriend in a middle-class neighborhood on the outskirts of Bangkok. But the flashy cars he drove stood out. There was the nearly […]
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    Russian parliament bans use of proxy Internet services, VPNs

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s parliament has outlawed the use of virtual private networks, or VPNs, and other Internet proxy services, citing concerns about the spread of extremist materials. The State Duma on Friday unanimously passed a bill that would oblige Internet providers to block websites that offer VPN services. Many Russians use VPNs to access […]
  • FILE - In this Wednesday, March 15, 2017 file photo, the four ring logo of German car producer Audi is photographed at the headquarters after the annual press conference in Ingolstadt, Germany. German automaker Audi says it will fit up to 850,000 diesel cars with new software to improve their emissions performance, following a similar move by rival Daimler as the auto industry tries to get ahead of public controversy over the technology. Audi, the luxury brand of the Volkswagen Group, announced the voluntary retrofitting program on Friday, July 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, file) World

    Audi to update 850,000 cars as diesel recalls widen

    BERLIN (AP) — German automaker Audi says it will fit up to 850,000 diesel cars with new software to improve their emissions performance, following a similar move by rival Daimler as the auto industry tries to get ahead of public controversy over the technology. Audi, the luxury brand of the Volkswagen Group, announced the voluntary […]
  • FILE -- in this Nov. 20, 2013 file photo Cecil the Lion rests near Kennedy One Water Point in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. The son of Cecil the lion has been shot dead in Zimbabwe, two years after his father's killing ignited international outrage. Now there's fresh outcry over the "trophy" hunting of a species whose numbers in the wild have plummeted. (AP Photo/Sean Herbert, File) AP

    Killing of Cecil’s son highlights peril facing African lions

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — First there was Cecil, a Zimbabwean lion whose allegedly illegal killing by an American hunter in 2015 ignited international outrage. Now Cecil’s son Xanda has been legally killed in the same area, bringing fresh scrutiny on the “trophy” hunting of a species whose numbers in the African wild have plummeted. Some conservation […]
  • In this Oct. 21, 2016 photo, an autonomous vehicle is put through its paces at the World Robot Conference in Beijing. China's government announced Thursday, July 21, 2017, a goal of transforming the country into a global leader in artificial intelligence in just over a decade, putting additional political support behind growing investment by Chinese companies in developing self-driving cars and other advances. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) AP

    China announces goal of AI leadership by 2030

    BEIJING (AP) — China’s government has announced a goal of becoming a global leader in artificial intelligence in just over a decade, putting political muscle behind growing investment by Chinese companies in developing self-driving cars and other advances. Communist leaders see AI as key to making China an “economic power,” said a Cabinet statement on […]
  • Europol Executive Director Robert Mark Wainwright, center, accompanied by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, right, and accompanied by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, left, speaks at a news conference to announce an international cybercrime enforcement action at the Department of Justice, Thursday, July 20, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) AP

    Cops wage psychological warfare against online drug bazaars

    HOUSTON (AP) — In an innovative blow to illicit internet commerce, cyberpolice shut down the world’s leading “darknet” marketplace — then quietly seized a second bazaar to amass intelligence on illicit drug merchants and buyers. AlphaBay, formerly the internet’s largest darknet site, had already gone offline July 5 with the arrest in Thailand of its […]
  • FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2016 file photo, a customer compares a jet black iPhone 7, right, with her iPhone 6 at the Apple Store in Chicago. Apple Inc.’s iPhones are assembled in China and count as a Chinese export to the United States. But China’s contribution to the iPhone’s value is as little as $5 for labor and $10 for basic components. Most of the iPhone’s retail price of up to $870 flows to Apple or to Asian or U.S. technology suppliers. Those figures don’t show up in the U.S.-Chinese trade balance. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File) World

    China’s ‘intervention’ not main culprit in US trade deficit

    BEIJING (AP) — Is the outsize role played by China’s government in its economy to blame for its multibillion-dollar trade surpluses with the United States? Yes, says U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. But economists say while Beijing hampers access to its markets, the bulk of China’s trade surplus stems from its role in complex global […]
  • FILE - In this Thursday, May 11, 2017, file photo, members of a design team at Cirque du Soleil demonstrate use of Microsoft's HoloLens device in helping to virtually design a set at the Microsoft Build 2017 developers conference, in Seattle. Microsoft Corp. reports earnings, Thursday, July 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File) AP

    Microsoft 4Q gets boost from cloud computing

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft’s cloud computing business helped boost its fourth-quarter revenue and earnings above Wall Street’s expectations, further validating a strategy pushed by CEO Satya Nadella since he took over in 2014. Nadella described the better-than-expected performance in a conference call Thursday as part of the “continuing transformation” of the Redmond, Washington-based company. […]