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  • Report: SEC subpoenas Tesla about CEO’s buyout plans

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Government regulators have subpoenaed Tesla as they dig deeper into CEO Elon Musk’s recent disclosure about a potential buyout of the electric car maker, according to media reports. The subpoena from the Securities and Exchange Commission demands information from each of Tesla’s nine directors, according to a story published Wednesday in […]
  • How major US stock indexes fared Wednesday

    Deepening worries about global economic growth, particularly in China, set off a rout in riskier assets including technology stocks, copper and crude oil. U.S. retailers took a drubbing after Macy’s reported weaker sales. On Wednesday: The S&P 500 index lost 21.59 points, or 0.8 percent, to 2,818.37. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 137.51 points, […]
  • Best Buy to buy a provider of health devices for the aging

    NEW YORK (AP) — Consumer electronics retailer Best Buy is pushing more into the health field, acquiring a company that provides emergency response devices for the aging. Best Buy said Wednesday it’s paying $800 million for GreatCall. The San Diego, California-based company, which has more than 900,000 paying subscribers, offers services like an easy connection […]
  • Uber narrows 2Q loss as company polishes tarnished image

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber is still struggling to make money while the ride-hailing service’s CEO deals with the headaches left behind by his predecessor. The second-quarter results released Wednesday show Uber’s pioneering service continues to reel in more passengers and revenue, despite a variety of debacles that have tarnished its reputation and spurred some […]
  • Not just land heat waves: Oceans are in hot water, too

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Even the oceans are breaking temperature records in this summer of heat waves. Off the San Diego coast, scientists earlier this month recorded all-time high seawater temperatures since daily measurements began in 1916. “Just like we have heat waves on land, we also have heat waves in the ocean,” said Art Miller […]
  • Spacewalkers install bird trackers, send satellites flying

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking cosmonauts set up an antenna for tracking birds on Earth and sent a series of tiny satellites flying from the International Space Station on Wednesday. Russian Sergey Prokopyev used his gloved right hand to fling four research satellites into space. The first mini satellite safely tumbled away as the […]
  • Shipwreck from only WWII battle in America found off Alaska

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Daryl Weathers remembers trying to pull men from the sea off Alaska’s Aleutian Islands after a U.S. Navy destroyer hit a mine left by the Japanese following the only World War II battle fought on North American soil. The explosion, which ripped the stern off the USS Abner Read, also covered […]
  • After firefighting rips up the land, crews move in to fix it

    LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) — Jack Hattendorf steers his road grader back and forth across a dirt path cutting through blackened earth. With each pass, he smooths and tamps down the soil to remake a dirt road that fire crews tore apart days earlier to stop flames that would become part of the largest wildfire on […]
  • After Alex Jones timeout, Twitter CEO mulls deeper changes

    NEW YORK (AP) — A day after Twitter gave right-wing conspiratorialist Alex Jones a weeklong timeout, CEO Jack Dorsey is mulling deeper changes to the social media service that might limit the spread of fake news, misinformation and hate speech. Twitter joined other prominent tech companies in muzzling Jones, the founder of the Infowars site, […]
  • Markets Right Now: Tech weakness pulls stock indexes lower

    NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4 p.m. Stocks are ending broadly lower on Wall Street led by declines in technology companies. A surprise drop in profits for the Chinese internet giant Tencent Wednesday led to widespread declines for technology stocks. The drop got investors worried about […]
  • 3 scientists share $500,000 prize for work on cancer therapy

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Tumors once considered untreatable have disappeared and people previously given months to live are surviving for decades thanks to new therapies emerging from the work of three scientists chosen to receive a $500,000 medical prize. The recipients of the annual Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research, announced Wednesday, […]
  • Ford to spend roughly $740M on Detroit redevelopment plans

    DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. plans to spend roughly $740 million renovating Detroit’s long vacant train depot and redeveloping other area properties for research and development of self-driving vehicles . The Dearborn-based company in June used the Michigan Central depot as a backdrop while publicly laying out plans for the 105-year-old train station and […]
  • Alert level raised for tiny volcanic isle in southern Japan

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan raised alert levels on a small southern volcanic island on Wednesday, urging its 105 residents to prepare for an evacuation amid growing risks of an eruption. Japan Meteorological Agency raised the warning for Kuchinoerabu island from two to four on a scale of five. The agency said it has detected an […]
  • Modi says India will send manned flight into space by 2022

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India will send a manned flight into space by 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Wednesday as part of India’s independence day celebrations. He said India will become the fourth country after Russia, the United States and China to achieve the feat and its astronaut could be a man or a […]
  • Twitter suspends conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for 1 week

    NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter says it is suspending the account of the far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for one week after he violated the company’s rules against inciting violence. The New York Times reports that Jones tweeted a link to a video calling for supporters to get their “battle rifles” ready against media and […]