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  • First private Israel lunar mission to be launched this week

    RAMAT GAN, Israel (AP) — A nonprofit Israeli consortium said Monday that it hopes to make history this week by launching the first private aircraft to land on the moon. SpaceIL and state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries told a news conference that the landing craft — dubbed “Beresheet,” or Genesis — will take off from Florida, […]
  • For sake of pupils’ pupils, China to ban homework on apps

    BEIJING (AP) — An eastern Chinese province plans to ban teachers from assigning homework to be completed on cellphone apps as part of efforts to preserve students’ eyesight. Zhejiang province issued a draft regulation last week and is seeking public comment. It is one of several provinces considering such measures. Along with barring app-based homework […]
  • Unicorns are real: Tech baffles Indonesian candidate

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s presidential candidates debated some of the most pressing issues facing the world’s third-largest democracy: dilapidated infrastructure, struggling farmers, forest fires — and unicorns. When President Joko Widodo, who is seeking a second term, asked challenger Prabowo Subianto about his policies for supporting unicorns — tech start-up companies worth at least […]
  • ‘Digital gangsters’: UK wants tougher rules for Facebook

    LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers issued a scathing report Monday that calls for tougher rules to keep Facebook and other tech firms from acting like “digital gangsters” and intentionally violating data privacy and competition laws. The report on fake news and disinformation on social media sites followed an 18-month investigation by Parliament’s influential media committee. […]
  • Rare owls thrive in ghost town near Los Angeles airport

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Researchers have discovered a group of rare owls thriving in a nature preserve near Los Angeles International Airport, according to a newspaper report Sunday. The 10 burrowing owls are the most seen at LAX Dunes Preserve in 40 years, the Los Angeles Times reported. Among the raptors are a breeding pair […]
  • Return to sender: High court to hear undeliverable mail case

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking up a case involving an Alabama man who developed a way to process undeliverable mail. Mitch Hungerpiller thought he had a first-class solution to the problem. But he’s now spent more than a decade fighting with the U.S. Postal Service over a solution that his Birmingham-based company […]
  • Former coal-fired power plant is demolished in Germany

    BERLIN (AP) — A long-shut coal-fired power plant in western Germany has been demolished with the help of more than 200 kilograms (440 pounds) of explosives. The former Knepper power station on the outskirts of Dortmund was brought down in two explosions on Sunday. The first destroyed the main body of the plant and the […]
  • Potential privacy lapse found in Americans’ 2010 census data

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An internal team at the Census Bureau found that basic personal information collected from more than 100 million Americans during the 2010 head count could be reconstructed from obscured data, but with lots of mistakes, a top agency official disclosed Saturday. The age, gender, location, race and ethnicity for 138 million people […]
  • Correction: Lithium Ion Batteries-Recycling story

    CHICAGO (AP) — In a story Feb. 15 about a Department of Energy lithium-ion battery research and development project, The Associated Press reported erroneously the amount that would be spent over three years and the name of Hans Eric Melin’s company. The correct amount is $15 million, not $15 billion. Melin’s company is called Circular […]
  • Amazon dumped New York, but cities still wooing the company

    Amazon’s breakup with New York was still fresh when other cities started sending their own valentines to the online giant. Officials in Newark, New Jersey, one of the 18 finalists that Amazon rejected in November when it announced plans to put its new headquarters in New York and northern Virginia, sent a giant heart that […]
  • Statement declaring national emergency on US-Mexico border

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Text of the proclamation signed by President Donald Trump declaring a national emergency on the US-Mexico border: Declaring a National Emergency concerning the southern border of the United States by the president of the United States of America. A Proclamation: The current situation at the southern border presents a border security and […]
  • Space junk harpooned like whale in orbit-cleanup test

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A harpoon flung from a satellite has successfully captured a piece of pretend space junk, like a whale. The British-led experiment is part of an effort to clean up debris in orbit, hundreds of miles above Earth. The University of Surrey’s Guglielmo Aglietti said Friday that the steel-tipped harpoon scored […]
  • Illinois Democrats ask Evers to review Foxconn plant impact

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Illinois congressional Democrats have asked Wisconsin’s new Democratic governor to re-evaluate the environmental impact of a sprawling plant that Foxconn Technology Group plans to build near the states’ border, saying they are concerned it could exacerbate flooding in Chicago’s northern suburbs. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth along with Reps. Brad […]
  • Year in space put US astronaut’s disease defenses on alert

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a year in space put astronaut Scott Kelly’s immune system on high alert and changed the activity of some of his genes compared to his Earth-bound identical twin, researchers said Friday. Scientists don’t know if the changes were good or bad but results from a unique NASA twins study are raising […]
  • Ex-Cognizant execs accused of bribing Indian officials

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department alleges two former executives for Cognizant Technology Solutions paid about $2 million in bribes to Indian officials to build an office campus in the country. Prosecutors said Friday the information technology giant’s former president, Gordon Coburn, and ex-chief legal officer, Steven Schwartz, were charged in an indictment unsealed in […]