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  • The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

    App Store Official Charts for the week ending April 15, 2018: Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Heads Up!, Warner Bros. 2. Minecraft, Mojang 3. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations 4. Facetune, Lightricks Ltd. 5. iSchedule, HotSchedules 6. Bloons TD 5, Ninja Kiwi 7. LightX, Andor Communications Private Limited 8. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB 9. NBA […]
  • Suspect in Iceland’s ‘Big Bitcoin Heist’ escapes prison

    REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — A prisoner in Iceland suspected of masterminding the theft of about 600 computers that were being used to mine bitcoin and other virtual currencies escaped custody and fled Tuesday on a passenger plane that a witness said also carried the remote North Atlantic nation’s prime minister. Police said surveillance footage showed […]
  • Bat key to tequila trade gets off US endangered species list

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Wildlife managers in the American Southwest say a once-rare bat important to the pollination of plants used to produce tequila has made a comeback and is being removed from the U.S. endangered species list. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s announcement Tuesday made the lesser long-nosed bat, which ranges from Mexico […]
  • Study: Diamond from the sky may have come from ‘lost planet’

    BERLIN (AP) — Fragments of a meteorite that fell to Earth about a decade ago provide compelling evidence of a lost planet that once roamed our solar system, according to a study published Tuesday. Researchers from Switzerland, France and Germany examined diamonds found inside the Almahata Sitta meteorite and concluded they were most likely formed […]
  • US regulators float ideas for boosting medical device safety

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials on Tuesday proposed steps to improve the government’s system for overseeing medical devices, which has been criticized for years for failing to catch problems with risky implants and medical instruments. The plan from the Food and Drug Administration includes few immediate changes, but lists a number of ideas and […]
  • Online charter school heads back to court in funding case

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio online charter school that was one of the nation’s largest before it suspended operations amid a legal fight with the state is filing another appeal with the Ohio Supreme Court. The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow is looking to overturn a State Board of Education order that the school repay […]
  • Exhibit focuses on homes that adapt and change with us

    Most housing is designed for nuclear families, but most U.S. households don’t meet that description. That’s why flexible floor plans — and innovations including moveable walls, smart technology, multifunctional furniture and space-saving features — are the future, according to a new exhibit, “Making Room: Housing for a Changing America,” at the National Building Museum in […]
  • Supreme Court dismisses Microsoft search case

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has dismissed a dispute between the Trump administration and Microsoft over emails the government wanted as part of a drug trafficking investigation. The justices on Tuesday agreed with both the administration and Microsoft that last month’s passage of the Cloud Act as part of a spending bill resolves the […]
  • Tesla shuts down Model 3 assembly again to fix bottlenecks

    FREMONT, Calif. (AP) — Shares of Tesla Inc. traded lower Tuesday after reports that the company had shut down production of its Model 3 mass-market electric car again to solve manufacturing bottlenecks. The automaker told employees this week there would be a four- or five-day production hiatus. The company says it warned of future production […]
  • Markets Right Now: Stocks close higher, extending gains

    NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4 p.m. Stocks are closing broadly higher as the market builds on its gains from a day earlier. Technology and consumer-focused companies posted some of the biggest gains Tuesday. Microsoft rose 2 percent and Netflix soared 9.2 percent after reporting huge […]
  • Russia blocks some Google, Amazon servers after Telegram ban

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s communications watchdog says it is blocking access to some servers owned by tech giants Google and Amazon in order to comply with a court order to block a popular messaging app. The Russian Communications Agency on Monday began enforcing a court ban on the messaging app Telegram over its refusal to […]
  • Cambridge Analytica ex-CEO refuses to testify in UK

    LONDON (AP) — Cambridge Analytica’s ex-CEO, Alexander Nix, has refused to testify before the U.K. Parliament’s media committee, citing British authorities’ investigation into his former company’s alleged misuse of data from millions of Facebook accounts in political campaigns. Committee Chairman Damian Collins announced Nix’s decision a day before his scheduled appearance but flatly rejected the […]
  • Tracking the river: Mississippi model may help save coast

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Scientists working on new ways to battle the erosion that threatens Louisiana’s coastline have a dramatic new tool: a massive replica of the lower Mississippi River. The Louisiana State University’s Center for River Studies is home to the newly opened Lower Mississippi River Physical Model, a 10,000-square-foot (930-square-meter) reproduction of […]
  • Backpage.com co-founder released from jail on a $1M bond

    PHOENIX (AP) — A co-founder of the classified advertising site Backpage.com who has been jailed for the last 10 days on charges of facilitating prostitution was released on a $1 million bond Monday as he awaits trial. At a brief hearing at a federal courthouse in Phoenix, James Larkin was ordered by Magistrate Judge John […]
  • Microsoft turns to former rival to improve internet security

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft is turning to a former rival to improve the security of computing devices. Microsoft President Brad Smith said Monday at the RSA security conference in San Francisco that the company will use software based on the Linux operating system, not its own Windows operating system, for new security features to […]