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  • The Latest: Senate backs bill blocking deal with firm ZTE

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a defense policy bill that would block a White House plan to allow Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp. to buy component parts from the U.S. (all times local): 6:40 p.m. The Senate has approved a defense policy bill that includes a pay raise for the military while blocking a […]
  • Some Amazon investors side with ACLU on facial recognition

    SEATTLE (AP) — Some Amazon company investors said Monday they are siding with privacy and civil rights advocates who are urging the tech giant to not sell a powerful face recognition tool to police. The American Civil Liberties Union is leading the effort against Amazon’s Rekognition product, delivering a petition with 152,000 signatures to the […]
  • Business Highlights

    ___ Experts say auto tariffs would raise prices, cost jobs DETROIT (AP) — If President Donald Trump delivers on threats to slap 25 percent tariffs on automobiles and parts, experts say it will cut auto sales and cost jobs in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Trump has asked the Commerce Department to study the tariffs […]
  • 2 federal agencies take closer look into Tesla fire

    WASHINGTON (AP) — One federal safety agency has dispatched an investigator and another says it is gathering information on a Tesla battery fire in Southern California. The National Transportation Safety Board said Monday it is sending a technical specialist to watch Tesla’s examination of the Model S that caught fire Friday on a street in […]
  • Tests confirm mystery animal shot in Montana was a wolf

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The mystery is over: Wildlife officials have confirmed that an unusual-looking animal shot in central Montana was a gray wolf. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials initially weren’t certain what the creature was when a rancher shot it in May. They noted the legs, front claws and canine teeth were shorter […]
  • The Latest: Trump signing directive to clean up space junk

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump announcing new “Space Force,” other space initiatives. (all times local): 12:50 p.m.: President Donald Trump is signing a new space policy directive at the White House that aims to reduce satellite clutter in space. Trump said Monday that the United States’ space program had […]
  • Peek at the future: Electric plane cruises skies over Norway

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norway’s transportation minister and the head of the Scandinavian country’s airport operator took off Monday for a short flight … aboard a Slovenian-made two-seater electric airplane. Dag Falk-Petersen, head of Avinor, sat at the commands of the white Pipistrel Alpha Electro G2 while Ketil Solvik-Olsen sat in the passenger seat. They […]
  • Trump announces plans for Pentagon to create ‘Space Force’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Monday he is directing the Pentagon to create a new “Space Force” as an independent military service branch aimed at ensuring American supremacy in space — though he may have limited power to develop a new military command. While Trump has previously talked about his desire for a […]
  • Small businesses vulnerable to cyberattacks, then don’t act

    Small businesses suffered a barrage of computer invasions last year but most took no action to shore up their security afterward, according to a survey by insurer Hiscox. It found that 47 percent of small businesses reported that they had one attack in 2017, and 44 percent said they had two to four attacks. The […]
  • Supreme Court to take up iPhone app lawsuit

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider whether the purchasers of iPhone apps can sue Apple over allegations it has an illegal monopoly on the sale of the apps. The court said Monday that it will take a case from the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, which ruled in January […]
  • Compulsive video-game playing could be mental health problem

    GENEVA (AP) — Obsessive video gamers know how to anticipate dangers in virtual worlds. The World Health Organization says they now should be on guard for a danger in the real world: spending too much time playing. In its latest revision to a disease classification manual, the U.N. health agency said Monday that compulsively playing […]
  • Germany will fail 2020 climate goals, now eyes 2030 target

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany will likely miss its goal of cutting emissions by 40 percent by 2020, the country’s environment minister said Monday, an embarrassing admission for a government that wants to lead the charge on limiting climate change. Official estimates project that Europe’s biggest economy will trim its greenhouse gas emissions by 32 percent […]
  • Apple sets up iPhones to relay location for 911 calls

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is trying to drag the U.S.’s antiquated system for handling 911 calls into the 21st century. If it lives up to Apple’s promise, the iPhone’s next operating system will automatically deliver quicker and more reliable information pinpointing the location of 911 calls to about 6,300 emergency response centers in the […]
  • AP Was There: The age of climate change begins

    WASHINGTON (AP) — On June 23, 1988, a top NASA scientist told Congress and the world that global warming had arrived. NASA scientist James Hansen predicted that 1988 would be the world’s hottest year on record, thanks to the burning of fossil fuels that released heat-trapping gases. The Associated Press is republishing a version of […]
  • James Hansen wishes he wasn’t so right about global warming

    NEW YORK (AP) — James Hansen wishes he was wrong. He wasn’t. NASA’s top climate scientist in 1988, Hansen warned the world on a record hot June day 30 years ago that global warming was here and worsening. In a scientific study that came out a couple months later, he even forecast how warm it […]