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  • Washington House passes bump stock ban

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington House amended and passed a bill to ban trigger devices that allow semi-automatic rifles to fire more rapidly. The bill moved on a 56-41 vote Friday after the chamber accepted an amendment that would allow the Washington State Patrol to set up a “buy back” program for people who […]
  • Dropbox seeking to raise $500 million in stock market debut

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One of the world’s largest online services for backing up documents, photos and other video is opening its files in an initial public offering of stock. Dropbox is hoping to raise $500 million in an IPO that comes 11 years after it started in San Francisco. The company confidentially filed for […]
  • Corps: Agency worked to inform on Harvey flood risk

    HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Friday that leading up to and during Hurricane Harvey it “worked diligently” with officials to inform the public on flooding risks from Houston reservoirs that ended up inundating thousands of homes. The Corps’ statement came in response to a Houston Chronicle report earlier this week […]
  • Broad rally helps stocks end a choppy week slightly higher

    Wall Street capped several days of choppy trading Friday with a broad rally that gave the stock market a modest gain for the week. Technology companies, banks and health care stocks accounted for much of the market’s gains. Energy companies also rose along with crude oil prices. The rally came as bond yields pulled back […]
  • Stores make push in scan and go tech, hope shoppers adopt it

    NEW YORK (AP) — Shoppers at self-checkout lanes scanning all their groceries after they’re done shopping? Old school. More stores are letting customer tally their choices with a phone app or store device as they roam the aisles. For customers, scanning as they go can be faster and make it simpler to keep track of […]
  • Markets Right Now: Stocks end a choppy week slightly higher

    NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4 p.m. Stocks are ending the week slightly higher after a two-day rally wiped out losses from earlier in the week. The gains Friday were led by technology and banks. Hewlett Packard Enterprise soared 10.5 percent and former corporate sibling HP […]
  • Social media helps French police find WWI soldier’s relative

    PARIS (AP) — A fallen soldier’s letter from World War I that was discovered in France has touched authorities so much they launched a successful search for the soldier’s living relatives. The handwritten missive was written on May 27, 1915, from the Somme by 24-year-old Frenchman Sgt. Jean Soulagnes to a friend. Soulagnes was killed […]
  • BMW plans to build battery electric Minis in China

    BERLIN (AP) — German automaker BMW says it’s in talks to build battery electric models of its Mini cars in China, which would be the first time the iconic cars have been made outside Europe. BMW said in a statement Friday it has signed a letter of intent with Chinese manufacturer Great Wall Motor. China […]
  • MIT professor appointed to NYC deputy mayor position

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has named a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor to serve as his deputy mayor for strategic initiatives. J. Phillip Thompson, who has worked as a political science professor at MIT since 2002, will succeed outgoing Deputy Mayor Richard Buery next month. Thompson first met […]
  • BMW looking at Chinese-made electric MINI

    BEIJING (AP) — BMW Group said Friday it is talking with China’s biggest SUV maker about a possible partnership to produce electric versions of its MINI as automakers ramp up electric development under pressure from Beijing to meet sales quotas. BMW said it signed a letter of intent with Great Wall Motors Co., headquartered in […]
  • Putin is heir to Russia’s long disinformation experience

    MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin doesn’t tweet and he claims he doesn’t have a smartphone. At first sight, the Russian president’s reluctance to adopt the hyperconnected world’s technology might seem at odds with the widespread belief that he signed off on a campaign to undermine the United States via social media. But he has something […]
  • Glitches or not, Nissan starts testing semi-autonomous rides

    YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — In the future Nissan envisions, driverless cars will pick up children from school and recommend restaurants to tourists in various languages. Nissan Motor Co. says feedback from people who try it will be used to fine-tune its “robo-vehicle mobility service.” The automaker said Friday that 300 people have already signed up […]
  • United Technologies and Chesapeake Energy rise; Roku plunges

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Thursday: Roku Inc., down $9.05 to $42.05 Investors were disappointed with the streaming video device company’s forecasts. Chesapeake Energy Corp., up 57 cents to $3.20 The natural gas company turned a profit and had a stronger fourth quarter than analysts expected. Avis Budget […]
  • UPS adding to electric truck fleet

    DETROIT (AP) — UPS says it will soon start using electric delivery trucks that cost the same as conventional diesel- or gas-fueled ones. The company has been developing the trucks with Ohio-based truck maker Workhorse Group Inc. for four years. Electric trucks are usually more expensive because of battery costs. UPS says it will deploy […]
  • Shooting survivors endure new assault _ from online trolls

    One student was teased about being a “brown, bald lesbian.” Another was the target of conspiracy theorists who claimed he was really an actor. When a group of teens posed for a photo, they were accused of lapping up attention from the news cameras and “partying like rock stars.” Just days after watching their classmates […]