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    US Nobel laureate fears US politics could undermine science

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — An American scientist who shared this year’s Nobel Prize for medicine bluntly criticized political developments at home in his address at the awards’ gala banquet, saying that U.S. scientists are facing funding cutbacks that will hurt research. Michael Rosbash, who was honored for his work on circadian rhythms — commonly called the […]
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    Baby formula maker calls global recall over salmonella fears

    PARIS (AP) — Baby milk maker Lactalis and French authorities have ordered a global recall of millions of products over fears of salmonella bacteria contamination. The French company, one of the world’s largest dairy groups, said it was warned by health authorities in France that 26 infants have become sick since Dec. 1. According to […]
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    France names winners of anti-Trump climate change grants

    PARIS (AP) — Eighteen climate scientists from the U.S. and elsewhere hit the jackpot Monday as French President Emmanuel Macron awarded them millions of euros in grants to relocate to France for the rest of Donald Trump’s presidential term. The “Make Our Planet Great Again” grants — a nod to Trump’s “Make America Great Again” […]
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    Los Angeles subway work uncovers array of Ice Age fossils

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — As part of the crew digging a subway extension under the streets of Los Angeles, Ashley Leger always keeps her safety gear close by. When her phone buzzes, she quickly dons a neon vest, hard hat and goggles before climbing deep down into a massive construction site beneath a boulevard east […]
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    Global stocks mostly rise on economic growth hopes

    TOKYO (AP) — Stock markets are mostly higher on Monday as upbeat U.S. jobs data from last week and signs of progress in the Brexit talks continued to support investor sentiment. KEEPING SCORE: Britain’s climbed 0.6 percent to 7,435, adding to gains from last week, when Britain and the European Union said they had achieved […]
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    Talk of a bubble intensifies as price of bitcoin soars

    Is bitcoin in a bubble? The price of bitcoin has been soaring this year, and last week alone it jumped from $11,000 to well over $17,000, according to Coindesk. It started the year below $1,000. That rocketing level of appreciation smells a lot like an irrational investor mania to many economists and financial pros, the […]
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    Asian shares advance following encouraging US jobs report

    TOKYO (AP) — Share prices were higher in Asia on Monday, lifted by encouraging employment data from the U.S. that took the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to its third straight weekly gain on Friday despite weakness earlier in the week. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 stock index was up 0.2 percent at 22,855.98 and […]
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    The Latest: Bitcoin futures end 1st day 20 pct higher

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the debut of bitcoin futures trading (all times local): 3:50 p.m. The first-ever futures contract for the digital currency bitcoin closed Monday at $18,545, ending its initial day of trading with a 20 percent gain. The bitcoin futures contract that expires in January rose as high as $18,850, according […]
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    Bitcoin futures soar amid frenzy over virtual currency

    NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street got its first taste of bitcoin on Monday, with the price of the first-ever futures contract for the digital currency jumping 20 percent. It’s a step forward for the bitcoin, which has soared this year despite concerns that the surge of investor interest has transformed it from a new-age […]
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    Insider Q&A: PayPal founder talks digital payments, bitcoin

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Max Levchin helped introduce the masses to the concept of a digital wallet when he co-founded PayPal in the late 1990s. These days, he’s still trying to use online services to reshape the world of finance. He is currently CEO of Affirm, a San Francisco startup that offers fixed-payment loans through […]
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    Scholarship for Muslim women honors pioneering scientist

    DETROIT (AP) — When it came to pursuing a scientific career, Tasneem Essader encountered forces pulling her in and pushing her away: She drew inspiration from her mother’s work in chemistry, but initial discouragement from her engineer father, who thought she should do something else. She was inspired by women engineers she met, but found […]
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    Pope urges nuclear disarmament, climate-change solutions

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is calling for a world without nuclear arms and for effective measures to combat climate change. Addressing the faithful Sunday in St. Peter’s Square, he stressed what he called “the strong link between human rights and nuclear disarmament.” Francis said working to protect the dignity of the weakest and […]
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    German intelligence warns of increased Chinese cyberspying

    BERLIN (AP) — The head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency warned Sunday that China allegedly is using social networks to try to cultivate lawmakers and other officials as sources. Hans-Georg Maassen said his agency, known by its German acronym BfV, believes more than 10,000 Germans have been targeted by Chinese intelligence agents posing as consultants, […]
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    Business Highlights

    ___ A stronger global economy is helping boost the US job market WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a robust 228,000 jobs in November, a sign of the job market’s enduring strength in its ninth year of economic recovery. The Labor Department says the unemployment rate remained at a 17-year low of 4.1 percent. ___ […]
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    North Carolina county leaders say second cyberattack failed

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina county recovering from a cyberattack says hackers failed in a second attempt to infiltrate their computer system. Mecklenburg County officials say foreign hackers redoubled their efforts after the county refused to pay a ransom Wednesday. But county officials released a statement Friday saying the second attack was unsuccessful. […]