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  • Washington state to end tax exemptions for ‘green’ vehicles

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The 7,500th environmentally friendly vehicle has been purchased in Washington state, ending the state’s tax exemption program for clean-alternative fuel, electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles. The Olympian reported Tuesday that a resident purchased the vehicle in March. The Washington Department of Revenue said buyers can take advantage of the tax exemptions […]
  • Geologists say N. Korea’s nuclear test site likely collapsed

    BEIJING (AP) — Research by Chinese geologists suggests that the mountain above North Korea’s main nuclear test site has likely collapsed, rendering it unsafe for further testing and requiring that it be monitored for any leaking radiation. The findings by the scientists at the University of Science and Technology of China may shed new light […]
  • Samsung’s profit exceeds expectations thanks to memory chips

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. reported better-than-expected financial results Thursday as robust demand from global data centers for its mainstay memory chips earned it another record-high quarterly profit. The company also forecast the brisk earnings streak from its chip sector will continue through the second quarter as expansion of global data centers […]
  • Facebook advertisers shrug off its privacy scandal

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook’s troubles with Russian election meddlers , “fake news ” and misused data have dominated headlines globally. But they don’t seem to be affecting Facebook’s bottom line, so far, as advertisers continue to flock to the service in droves. Facebook’s revenue, which largely derives from ads, soared 49 percent to $12 […]
  • How Comcast is trying to change the cable game

    NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast is trying to refigure the traditional cable bundle, adding services like Netflix to its subscription packages and offering internet-only TV streaming. The moves come as Comcast, the world’s largest cable company, and other cable operators try to work out relationships with once fierce rivals in a changing media landscape. Comcast […]
  • YouTube overhauls kids’ app after complaints about content

    YouTube is overhauling its kid-focused video app to give parents the option of letting humans, not computer algorithms, select what shows their children can watch. The updates that begin rolling out Thursday are a response to complaints that the YouTube Kids app has repeatedly failed to filter out disturbing content. Google-owned YouTube launched the toddler-oriented […]
  • European Space Agency satellite rides to orbit from Russia

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian rocket has carried into orbit a satellite that is part of the European Space Agency’s earth observation program. The Sentinel-3B satellite blasted off Wednesday from the Plesetsk launch facility in northern Russia, said the Russian space agency Roscosmos. The satellite, part of the ESA’s Copernicus program, is to measure oceans, […]
  • Portable test helps identify refugees at risk of outbreaks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it a lab in a box: Researchers created a device about the size of a toaster that can test a drop of blood to tell, in about half an hour, who’s immune to certain infections and who’s not. The goal is to find groups of people at risk of outbreaks, especially […]
  • Scientists find lots of gorillas in census, also see decline

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A first-of-its-kind intensive count of western Africa gorillas found far more of the apes than conservationists previously thought. Maybe not for long: The same study found a 19 percent plunge in that gorilla population in just eight years. Researchers spent a decade trudging through an area of forest that’s about the size […]
  • Alexa, make my kid polite: Echo to get child-friendly update

    NEW YORK (AP) — Alexa’s new missions: encourage kids to ask questions more politely, and get them to bed on time. The voice assistant that lives inside Amazon’s Echo speakers will soon thank kids for shouting out questions “nicely” if they say “please.” The new response is part of a kid-friendly update that’s coming next […]
  • Businesses balance Facebook privacy concerns, ad needs

    NEW YORK (AP) — Some small businesses that use Facebook ads to promote themselves and attract new customers are wrestling with whether to change their strategy after the company’s data-misuse scandal. The revelations that Cambridge Analytica gathered personal information from 87 million Facebook users made some people and small businesses jittery. Small business owners don’t […]
  • Businesses balance Facebook privacy concerns, ad needs

    NEW YORK (AP) — Some small businesses that use Facebook ads to promote themselves and attract new customers are wrestling with whether to change their strategy after the company’s data-misuse scandal. The revelations that Cambridge Analytica gathered personal information from 87 million Facebook users made some people and small businesses jittery. Small business owners don’t […]
  • Businesses balance Facebook privacy concerns, ad needs

    NEW YORK (AP) — Some small businesses that use Facebook ads to promote themselves and attract new customers are wrestling with whether they need to change strategy after the company’s data-misuse scandal. The revelations that Cambridge Analytica gathered personal information from 87 million Facebook users made some people and small businesses jittery. Small business owners […]
  • Uganda counts gorillas amid tourism-boosting ‘baby boom’

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda has begun counting its population of critically endangered mountain gorillas amid confidence their numbers are steadily rising, boosting prospects for its tourism industry that relies heavily on the primates. The last census in 2011 showed the East African country had 480 mountain gorillas in two protected areas, or about half […]
  • 2018 Andrew Carnegie Fellows chosen to study array of topics

    NEW YORK (AP) — This year’s Andrew Carnegie Fellows will delve into a wide array of topics related to politics, economics, technology, humanism and sociology. The Carnegie Corporation of New York announced its 2018 class of 31 scholars and writers on Wednesday. The winning proposal topics include ethics pertaining to fertility treatments; countering misinformation in […]