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  • Democrats on House panel urge Equifax to extend protections

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic lawmakers on a House investigative panel are asking the credit-monitoring company Equifax Inc. to provide free credit monitoring and identity theft protection for at least three years. Equifax has offered up to one year of complementary protections after a massive data breach last year compromised personal information for about 145 million […]
  • Czechs to open satellite center to serve intelligence, NATO

    PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic’s army says it is planning to open a new satellite center to serve the country’s military intelligence and NATO. The center will receive images of the situation on the ground around the globe from satellites, analyze them and provide them for the alliance’s defense planning and the local army’s […]
  • Qualcomm raises bid for NXP to about $43.22B

    Qualcomm is raising its takeover bid for NXP Semiconductors by nearly 16 percent to about $43.22 billion, citing in part NXP’s strong results since the companies first announced their merger in October 2016. The move announced Tuesday comes as Qualcomm itself is in the crosshairs of Broadcom Ltd., which earlier this month raised its own […]
  • Scientists: New lobster fishing technology could save whales

    FALMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution are urging New England lobstermen to begin using new technology to help prevent the deaths of rare right whales. The Boston Globe reports scientists from the institution recently met with fishermen to push for the use of traps that can be brought to the […]
  • Maduro: Digital currency puts Venezuela on tech vanguard

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Cash-strapped Venezuela on Tuesday became the first country to launch its own version of bitcoin, a move President Nicolas Maduro celebrated as putting his country on the world’s technological forefront. In its first hours on the market, the so-called petro racked in $735 million worth in purchases, Maduro said without providing […]
  • Connecticut’s Edible Arrangements sues Google over rival ads

    NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut-based fruit bouquet company Edible Arrangements has filed a federal lawsuit against Google, claiming its business is being hurt by rival ads that appear when people use the search engine. The Hour reports Edible Arrangements claims in its lawsuit filed in early February that Google’s placement of rival ads can […]
  • Volcanic blast reshaped summit of Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The eruption of Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung that shot ash 5 kilometers (3 miles) high also blew away much of the mountain’s summit. Before and after images from Indonesia’s Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation show an enormous chunk missing from the peak, which it called “completely annihilated.” Volcanologist Devy Kamil […]
  • Experts: Underwater archaeology site imperiled in Mexico

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Pollution is threatening the recently mapped Sac Actun cave system in the Yucatan Peninsula, a vast underground network that experts in Mexico say could be the most important underwater archaeological site in the world. Subaquatic archaeologist Guillermo de Anda said the cave system’s historical span is likely unrivaled. Some of the […]
  • Study cited for blaming autism on TV cartoon does not exist

    WASHINGTON (AP) — There is no Harvard study that says a British children’s television cartoon causes autism, despite what a social media post claims. In fact, there’s at least one peer-reviewed study that hints that a children’s television show may help autistic kids. The post on the newsely site, and others that have circulated in […]
  • Israel successfully tests advanced missile defense system

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel says it has successfully tested the country’s advanced missile defense system capable of defending against ballistic missile threats outside the atmosphere. The Defense Ministry says Monday’s successful mission test of the Arrow-3 interceptor is “a major milestone” in Israel’s ability to defend itself “against current and future threats in the region.” […]
  • Indonesia’s Sinabung volcano unleashes towering ash column

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Rumbling Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra shot billowing columns of ash more than 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) into the atmosphere and hot clouds down its slopes on Monday. There were no fatalities or injuries from the morning eruption, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said. The volcano, one of […]
  • Museum to discuss efforts to see if bones belong to pirate

    YARMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Researchers are set to discuss their efforts to determine whether human bones recovered from a Cape Cod shipwreck are those of the infamous pirate Samuel “Black Sam” Bellamy. The Whydah Pirate Museum in Yarmouth, Massachusetts, says it also will publicly display the bones for the first time and showcase what they […]
  • Facebook to verify ads with postcards after Russian meddling

    MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook will soon rely on centuries-old technology to try to prevent foreign meddling in U.S. elections: the post office. Baffled in 2016 by Russian agents who bought ads to sway the U.S. presidential campaign, Facebook’s global politics and government outreach director, Katie Harbath, told a meeting of the National Association […]
  • 2 bears burned in California wildfire spotted in the wild

    GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Officials tracking two bears that were badly burned in the largest wildfire in California history say the animals are settling back into their home in the wild after receiving unusual treatment for their injured paws. Recent photos and GPS tracking data show the female bears appear to be in good health […]
  • Medical examiner taps DNA science to find missing persons

    NEW YORK (AP) — For families who have searched years for missing loved ones, donating a sample of their DNA is often a last, desperate act to confirm their worst fears. New York City’s medical examiner is leading a nationwide effort to collect genetic material and match it with unidentified human remains. It’s a way […]