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  • US, China face off again at World Trade Organization

    GENEVA (AP) — China and the United States traded barbs again Wednesday at the World Trade Organization, with the U.S. ambassador accusing China of technology theft while Beijing’s envoy retorted that the U.S. was “finger-pointing.” The standoff comes as many countries lined up to criticize and question Trump administration policies in a WTO trade policy […]
  • European officials agree on ban of some single-use plastics

    BERLIN (AP) — Plastic knives just won’t cut it any longer, if the European Union has its way. The 28-nation bloc moved closer Wednesday to banning single-use straws, plates, cutlery and cotton buds after officials from EU member states and the European Parliament said they’re following recommendations by its executive branch designed to marine pollution. […]
  • Facebook purges more Myanmar accounts for misrepresentation

    BANGKOK (AP) — Facebook has announced its third and biggest purge of military-linked accounts in Myanmar, where critics have charged that the social network did too little to block inflammatory material that fueled communal hatred and violence, particularly against the country’s Muslim Rohingya minority. The social media giant said in a statement Wednesday that it […]
  • Norway sees boom in electric cars, fueled by the government

    OSLO, Norway (AP) — A silent revolution has transformed driving in Norway. Eerily quiet vehicles are ubiquitous on the fjord-side roads and mountain passes of this wealthy European nation of 5.3 million. Some 30 percent of all new cars sport plug-in cables rather than gasoline tanks, compared with 2 percent across Europe overall and 1-2 […]
  • Sinking Greek village highlights nation’s addiction to coal

    PTOLEMAIDA, Greece (AP) — If earthquakes struck in slow motion, the results might be visible in a place like the Greek village of Anargyri, a hardscrabble enclave in a black landscape gutted by coal mining. The village in northern Greece once had more than 400 people. Now it has fewer than 50, after being torn […]
  • Consumer groups allege Google misleads kids in FTC complaint

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nearly two dozen consumer, privacy and public health groups are urging U.S. regulators to investigate whether children are being endangered by deceptive apps in Google’s app store for smartphones running on its Android software. The 102-page complaint filed Wednesday with the Federal Trade Commission alleges Google’s Play store is harming kids […]
  • The Latest: Elon Musk allows rides on underground tunnel

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on Elon Musk’s underground tunnel (all times local): 8 p.m. Elon Musk has unveiled his underground transportation tunnel, allowing invited guests to take some of the first rides ever on the tech entrepreneur’s solution to “soul-destroying traffic.” Guests boarded Musk’s Tesla Model S and were driven on Los Angeles-area […]
  • Aged gibbon dies unexpectedly at Santa Barbara Zoo

    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — An elderly gibbon recently transferred to the Santa Barbara Zoo from Northern California has died unexpectedly, possibly from cancer, authorities announced Tuesday. Nikko, a 35-year-old white-handed gibbon, died Sunday. He underwent tests and received a clean bill of health at the Oakland Zoo before arriving in Santa Barbara less than […]
  • Business Highlights

    ___ Stock market woes raise a nagging fear: Is a recession near? BALTIMORE (AP) — Fears of a recession have been mounting with the U.S. stock market appearing to be headed for its worst December since 1931 — during the Great Depression. Wall Street’s sustained slump has been fueled by investor concerns about lower corporate […]
  • Social media and misinformation: It’s a game of whack-a-mole

    NEW YORK (AP) — It’s a high-stakes game of whack-a-mole with no end in sight. Social media companies are fighting an expensive and increasingly complex battle against Russian trolls who are using catchy memes, bots and fake accounts to influence elections and sow discord in the U.S. and beyond. This week, two reports released by […]
  • The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

    App Store Official Charts for the week ending December 16, 2018: Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Minecraft, Mojang 2. Heads Up!, Warner Bros. 3. Facetune, Lightricks Ltd. 4. Rebel Inc., Ndemic Creations. 5. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations 6. Sky Guide, Fifth Star Labs LLC 7. iSchedule, HotSchedules 8. Bloons TD 6,Ninja Kiwi 9. Toca Hair […]
  • Uber approved to resume autonomous car tests in Pittsburgh

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has approved Uber’s request to resume testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads in the Pittsburgh area. The approval, effective Monday and lasting for one year, comes about nine months after one of Uber’s autonomous test vehicles hit and killed an Arizona pedestrian. Testing was suspended after […]
  • Universities tapping into Sioux Falls’ medical tech industry

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Two universities in South Dakota are teaming up to train biomedical engineers in an effort to help boost Sioux Falls’ burgeoning medical technology industry. The Argus Leader reported that the program involves the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City and the University of South Dakota in […]
  • Pence misses launch but treated to new SpaceX crew capsule

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence missed seeing a SpaceX rocket soar Tuesday. But he still got to view the company’s new crew capsule, designed to carry astronauts to the International Space Station as soon as next year. Pence joined members of the Air Force to witness the launch of the most […]
  • Launch of next generation GPS satellite postponed for 1 day

    DENVER (AP) — The launch of a new GPS satellite was postponed for one day Tuesday because of an unspecified problem with the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that will put the satellite in orbit. Liftoff was rescheduled for Wednesday at Cape Canaveral, Florida. SpaceX said Tuesday’s launch was scratched because of sensor readings on the […]