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  • German Wikipedia blacked out in protest of EU copyright plan

    BERLIN (AP) — Wikipedia’s German-language page has been blacked out in protest of a proposal to change European Union copyright rules. Visitors to the online encyclopedia’s German section were greeted Thursday with a statement from Wikipedia authors urging them to contact EU lawmakers to try to stop the bill. The most controversial section would require […]
  • Asian stocks stumble on doubts over US-China trade deal

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian markets were mostly lower on Friday as caution set in ahead of U.S.-China trade talks in Beijing next week. The Shanghai Composite index gave up 0.8 percent to 3,077.56 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng lost 0.5 percent to 28,913.55. The Kospi in South Korea was flat at 2,184.94. Japan’s Nikkei 225 […]
  • Germany gives seal of approval to truck turning assistant

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s transport ministry has issued its first operating license for a driver assistance system meant to reduce the number of cyclists or pedestrians killed by turning vehicles. Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer said Thursday the official seal of approval would give freight companies certainty that the systems they buy are considered safe. On […]
  • Markets Right Now: Tech leads US stocks broadly higher

    NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4 p.m. The stock market closed broadly higher, led by gains in Apple and other big technology companies. Apple rose 3.7 percent Thursday. The company has made several product announcements this week and has an event scheduled next Monday where presumably […]
  • First artificial intelligence Google Doodle features Bach

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google is celebrating composer Johann Sebastian Bach with its first artificial intelligence-powered Doodle. Thursday’s animated Google Doodle shows the composer playing an organ in celebration of his March 21, 1685, birthday under the old Julian calendar. It encourages users to compose their own two-measure melody. Google says the Doodle uses […]
  • European, Canadian regulators to do own review of Boeing jet

    Boeing’s grounded airliners are likely to be parked longer now that European and Canadian regulators plan to conduct their own reviews of changes the company is making after two of the jets crashed. The Europeans and Canadians want to do more than simply take the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s word that alterations to a key […]
  • Puerto Rico lures tech developers as hurricane season looms

    ISABELA, Puerto Rico (AP) — In the dark and isolating days after Hurricane Maria, people across Puerto Rico invented new ways to communicate: Elderly couples in need of food or water would raise a flag at their home. Neighbors created amateur security systems, banging on pots for a minute each night to mark the start […]
  • Oklahoma City woman locked up for 2 weeks due to an error

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A court-ordered inspection of every inmate in the Oklahoma County jail found that a 20-year-old woman had been wrongly incarcerated for two weeks on a warrant that had been dismissed months before, a lawyer said. Giselle Perez was jailed Feb. 26 after a traffic stop because of an outstanding arrest warrant […]
  • Report: Slain Mexican journalist’s widow targeted by spyware

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The widow of a renowned Mexican journalist murdered two years ago was the target of an attempted spyware attack 10 days after his death, an internet watchdog group reported Wednesday. The Toronto-based Citizen Lab said the attempt to place Pegasus spy software targeted Griselda Triana, the widow of Javier Valdez, bringing […]
  • Science Says: Tiny ‘water bears’ can teach us about survival

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth’s ultimate survivors can weather extreme heat, cold, radiation and even the vacuum of space. Now the U.S. military hopes these tiny critters called tardigrades can teach us about true toughness. These animals are pipsqueaks, only about the size of a period. Under a microscope they look like some combination of chubby […]
  • Lithuanian man pleads guilty in $100M internet fraud case

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Lithuanian man who duped Google and Facebook into transferring over $100 million into accounts he controlled pleaded guilty to wire fraud Wednesday. Evaldas Rimasauskas, 50, of Vilnius, Lithuania, entered the plea in federal court in Manhattan, where Judge George B. Daniels set a July 24 sentencing date. The charge could […]
  • Ocean mission’s emergency ascent caused by motor burning out

    ALDABRA, Seychelles (AP) — A drama in which a submersible made an emergency ascent from 250 meters (820 feet) below the Indian Ocean was caused by condensation burning out a small motor in the cockpit, the director of the British-led Nekton Mission said on Wednesday. Oliver Steeds told The Associated Press that the burnout produced […]
  • Survey: Top CEOs report weaker economic outlook for 1Q

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Top U.S. CEOs reported Wednesday that their economic outlook weakened in the first three months of the year although it remains above its historical average. The Business Roundtable, a lobbying organization of major companies’ chief executives, also said its first-quarter survey of CEOs showed strong support for Congress to create a new […]
  • Ford repackages investment, boosts new jobs from 850 to 900

    DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is repackaging a previously announced $900 million manufacturing investment in the Detroit area, boosting the number of jobs added from 850 to 900. Most of the new workers will build a new generation of electric vehicle at Ford’s existing factory in Flat Rock, Michigan, south of Detroit, which will […]
  • Supreme Court: Google class-action case should be revisited

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed a lower court to take another look at a lawsuit that involved Google and privacy concerns and ended in a class-action settlement. The high court said in an unsigned opinion that a lower court should address whether those who sued had the right to do so. […]