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  • Melting glacier in China draws tourists, climate worries

    YULONGXUESHAN, China (AP) — Millions of people each year are drawn to Baishui Glacier No. 1 and its cold beauty in a region of Central Asia with the world’s third largest store of ice after Antarctica and Greenland. Now however, they frequently encounter rocks littered with oxygen tanks discarded by tourists, as scientists warn Baishui’s […]
  • Is there interference in the 2018 US midterm elections?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When the Justice Department unsealed criminal charges detailing a yearslong effort by a Russian troll farm to “sow division and discord in the U.S. political system,” it was the first federal case alleging continued foreign interference in U.S. elections. Earlier Friday, American intelligence officials released a rare public statement asserting that Russia, […]
  • Magnitude 4.0 earthquake shakes Texas, Oklahoma panhandles

    AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — An earthquake has shaken parts of the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles. The U.S. Geological Survey says the 4.0 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 8:04 a.m. Saturday about 9 miles (15 kilometers) north-northeast of Amarillo. The temblor was recorded at a depth of 3 miles (5 kilometers). There were no immediate reports […]
  • Trump space force plan is grounded in real needs but hazy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With his demand that the Pentagon create a new military service — a Space Force to assure “American dominance in space” — President Donald Trump has injected urgency into a long-meandering debate over the best way to protect U.S. interests in space, both military and commercial. At the same time, his approach […]
  • Europe, Japan send spacecraft on 7-year journey to Mercury

    TOKYO (AP) — European and Japanese space agencies said an Ariane 5 rocket successfully lifted a spacecraft carrying two probes into orbit Saturday for a joint mission to Mercury, the closest planet to the sun. The European Space Agency and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said the unmanned BepiColombo spacecraft successfully separated and was sent […]
  • Hackers breach HealthCare.gov system, get data on 75,000

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A government computer system that interacts with HealthCare.gov was hacked earlier this month, compromising the sensitive personal data of some 75,000 people, officials said Friday. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services made the announcement late in the afternoon ahead of a weekend, a time slot agencies often use to release unfavorable […]
  • US temporarily stops youth climate lawsuit days before trial

    SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday temporarily blocked a high-profile climate change lawsuit brought by young activists who accuse the federal government of violating their constitutional rights with policies that have caused a dangerous climate. Chief Justice John Roberts signed an order freezing the trial that was set to start in 10 […]
  • Laureates in Spanish awards call for action to “save future”

    MADRID (AP) — Voicing wake-up calls for new generations to save cinema, oceans and journalism, film director Martin Scorsese and marine biologist Sylvia Earle on Friday were awarded Spain’s prestigious Princess of Asturias prizes along a selected group of scientists, mountaineers and intellectuals. In his acceptance speech in the northern Spanish city of Oviedo, Scorsese […]
  • WhatsApp tells companies to stop spam amid Brazil elections

    SAO PAULO (AP) — The WhatsApp messaging service said Friday that it has sent “cease and desist” letters to stop companies from sending bulk messages related to Brazil’s election, after a report that businessmen were bankrolling a campaign to spread fake news in support of leading far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro. The company framed the […]
  • The Latest: Russian woman charged with US election-meddling

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. election security (all times local): 2:30 p.m. A Russian woman has been charged with interfering in American elections, including next month’s midterms, through a vast social media effort aimed at trying to sway American public opinion. It’s believed to be the first federal case alleging Russian interference in […]
  • Russian woman charged in first 2018 election meddling case

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. accused a Russian woman on Friday of helping oversee the finances of a sweeping, secretive effort to sway American public opinion through social media in the first federal case alleging foreign interference in the 2018 midterm elections. The criminal complaint against Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova alleges that Russians are using some […]
  • What’s at stake if investors begin to shun Saudi Arabia

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The disappearance of a Saudi journalist last seen entering the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul has shaken confidence in the country as a place to do business, with potential consequences for billions of dollars in investments going into and out of the country. It’s a blow, analysts say, to efforts by Crown […]
  • Financial watchdog: Regulate cryptocurrencies now, or else

    PARIS (AP) — A global financial body says governments worldwide must establish rules for virtual currencies like bitcoin to stop criminals from using them to launder money or finance terrorism. The Financial Action Task Force said Friday that from next year it will start assessing whether countries are doing enough to fight criminal use of […]
  • Facebook recruits EU veteran to help with tougher scrutiny

    LONDON (AP) — Facebook has hired former U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to head its global policy and communications teams, enlisting a veteran of European Union politics to help it with increased regulatory scrutiny in the region and snowballing challenges to its reputation. Clegg, 51, will become a vice president of the social media […]
  • Spain considers new taxes on internet companies

    MADRID (AP) — Spain’s Socialist government wants to introduce new taxes on big internet companies and on financial transactions as a way of paying for improved pensions and public services. The proposed tax on digital services will be levied on companies with annual revenue of more than 750 million euros ($860 million) worldwide and earnings […]