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  • Joe Krenowicz, executive director of the Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, gestures toward Mt. Jefferson as the sun rises over Madras, Oregon on June 13, 2017. The first place to experience total darkness as the moon passes between the sun and the Earth will be in Oregon and Madras, in the central part of the state, is expected to be a prime viewing location. Up to 1 million people are expected in Oregon for the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years and up to 100,000 could show up in Madras and surrounding Jefferson County. Officials are worried about the ability of the rural area to host so many visitors and are concerned about the danger of wildfire from so many people camping on public lands. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus) AP

    Eclipse chasers blaze trail to Oregon for view of a lifetime

    MADRAS, Ore. (AP) — Just before sunrise, there’s typically nothing atop Round Butte but the whistle of the wind and a panoramic view of Oregon’s second-highest peak glowing pink in the faint light. But on Aug. 21, local officials expect this lookout point just outside the small town of Madras to be crammed with people […]
  • In this April 27, 2017 photo, staff members wait for visitors at a booth for Chinese microblogging website Sina Weibo at the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) in Beijing. Three popular Chinese internet services have been ordered Thursday, June 22, 2017, to stop streaming video after censors complained it contained improper comments about sensitive issues. The move prompted a sell-off in the U.S.-trade shares of Sina Corp. and its microblog service, Sina Weibo. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein) AP

    China tightens online video controls, jolting investors

    BEIJING (AP) — Three popular Chinese internet services have been ordered to stop streaming video after censors complained it contained improper comments on sensitive issues. The move prompted a sell-off in the U.S.-traded shares of Sina Corp. and its microblog service, Sina Weibo. Thursday’s announcement adds to efforts by President Xi Jinping’s government to tighten […]
  • In this June 12, 2017 photo, Kaori Misue breaks into a smile in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Misue has a brand new prosthetic hand thanks to the genius of 21-year-old inventor Gino Tubaro and his 3D printer. Today, more than 500 people, mostly children, have received similar prostheses and 4,500 more remain on a waiting list. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko) Lifestyle

    ‘Superhero’ 3D printed hands help kids dream in Argentina

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Being born without fingers can be tough for any child. Getting new ones — especially red and blue superhero themed digits — has made 8-year-old Kaori Misue a vibrant playground star. Flexing her wrist muscles to bend the plastic fingers, she can work with tape and stickers at an arts […]
  • Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto speaks during the opening of the 2017 General Assembly of the Organization of American States in Cancun, Mexico, Monday, June 19, 2017. Venezuela's foreign minister walked out of a meeting of regional diplomats to discuss the South American country's political crisis on Monday as a 17-year-old anti-government demonstrator was shot and killed during clashes with security forces. The OAS meeting once again narrowly failed to approve a resolution that would have pushed back against some of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's most radical actions.(AP Photo/Israel Leal) World

    Mexican president dismisses spying, wants fast investigation

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Enrique Pena Nieto said Thursday he wants a rapid investigation into reports of high-tech spying against journalists and human rights defenders in Mexico, while he dismissed allegations that his government was responsible. In his first public comments since the allegations broke this week, Pena Nieto said it is easy to […]
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    Intercept attempt fails in missile defense test off Hawaii

    HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Missile Defense Agency said it failed to intercept a ballistic missile during a test off Hawaii. The failure came during a test conducted with Japan’s Defense Ministry late Wednesday. The U.S. and Japan are jointly developing the interceptor to shoot down medium-range ballistic missiles. The allies have been investing in […]
  • FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, file photo, then-Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, left, and Anthony Levandowski, co-founder of Otto, pose for a photo in the lobby of Uber headquarters, in San Francisco. In a court filing on Thursday, June 22, 2017, Uber said it hired Levandowski, a former Google engineer now accused of stealing trade secrets, even though the company knew at the time that he had information that didn't belong to him. Uber hired Levandowski in August 2016 to head Uber's project on self-driving cars, something he worked on at Google. Uber is asserting that Kalanick told Levandowski not to bring the material with him and that Levandowski assured the company that he had destroyed the five discs containing Google information. Uber recently fired Levandowski. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File) AP

    Uber knew fired exec had info at center of Google theft case

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber acknowledged hiring a former Google engineer — now accused of stealing self-driving car technology — despite having received warnings that he was still carrying around some of his former employer’s property. The admission, contained in a Thursday court filing, is the latest twist in a high-profile legal fight between the […]
  • An aerial view shows heavy machinery used by workers as they pruned the roots, built a burlap, plywood and steel-pipe structure to contain the rootball so they can move the roughly 100-foot sequoia tree in Boise, Idaho, Thursday, June 22, 2017. The sequoia tree sent more than a century ago by naturalist John Muir to Idaho and planted in a Boise medical doctor's yard has become an obstacle to progress. So the 98-foot (30-meter) sequoia planted in 1912 and that's in the way of a Boise hospital's expansion is being uprooted and moved about a block to city property this weekend. (AP Photo/Rebecca Boone) AP

    Rolling sequoia: Idaho tree tied to John Muir set for move

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Not very often does a 10-story-tall, 800,000-pound landmark change locations. Especially one that’s alive. But workers in Idaho will attempt just that starting Friday. A massive sequoia sent to Boise as a small seedling by naturalist John Muir more than a century ago is now in the way of a hospital’s […]
  • FILE - In this June 6, 2017, file photo, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry speaks during the carbon capture, utilization and storage event, on the sidelines of the clean energy conference held at the China National Convention Center in Beijing. Republicans and Democrats are denouncing President Donald Trump’s proposed energy budget, and even Perry is distancing himself from the plan.  As senators condemned the budget at a hearing June 22, Perry made it clear he did not have a say on the request submitted to Congress. Perry told the Senate energy panel that the $28 billon proposal “was written before I got here,’’ adding: “My job is to defend it.’’  (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File) National News

    Perry tells senators he did not write Trump energy budget

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats denounced President Donald Trump’s proposed energy budget Thursday, and even Trump’s energy secretary distanced himself from a plan that would slash funding for energy efficiency, renewable energy and basic science. The proposal also would eliminate popular programs such as research for advanced energy technologies. As senators condemned the budget […]
  • This undated photo provided by the University of California Santa Cruz shows Jerry Nelson, an astronomer who designed advanced telescopes that help scientists glimpse far reaches of the universe. The University of California, Santa Cruz, where Nelson was a professor emeritus, said Nelson died June 10, 2017, at his home. (Don Harris/University of California Santa Cruz via AP) AP

    Jerry Nelson, astronomer who built advanced telescopes, dies

    SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Jerry Nelson, an astronomer who designed advanced telescopes that help scientists glimpse far reaches of the universe, has died in California. He was 73. The University of California, Santa Cruz, where Nelson was a professor emeritus of astronomy and astrophysics, said he died June 10 at his home. No cause […]
  • FILE - This undated file photo released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows deep-sea spiral coral during a dive on the New England Seamount chain in the North Atlantic Ocean. A federal panel is considering new protections Thursday, June 22, 2017, for deep-sea corals in the Atlantic Ocean that would impact commercial fishing interests off New England. Environmental organizations have come out in support of one of the proposed options, while fishing groups have opposed it, citing a host of regulations they already face. (NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research via AP, File) National News

    Group votes to protect some Atlantic corals, balk on others

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal panel voted on Thursday to offer new protections to some deep-sea corals in the Atlantic Ocean but held off on protecting others so it can get more information first. The New England Fishery Management Council proposals focus on corals in two key fishing areas — the Gulf of Maine […]
  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, right, speaks with panelists at the Facebook Communities Summit, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Chicago. Zuckerberg announced a new Facebook initiative designed to spur people to form more meaningful communities with Facebook's groups feature. From left are Lola Omolola, Erin Schatteman and Janet Sanchez, who run popular Facebook groups. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford) AP

    Facebook wants to nudge you into ‘meaningful’ online groups

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — At Facebook, mere “sharing” is getting old. Finding deeper meaning in online communities is the next big thing. CEO Mark Zuckerberg is no longer satisfied with just connecting the world so that people can pass around baby pictures and live video — or fake news and hate symbols. So the Facebook […]
  • FILE - In this Friday, June 16, 2017, file photo, a shopper arrives at a Whole Foods Market, in San Antonio. Amazon is buying Whole Foods in a deal valued at about $13.7 billion. The two companies have not yet detailed how their proposed union might change the experience for customers. But the deal has the potential to boost the outsized ambitions of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Whole Foods chief John Mackey, each of whom has already radically altered the way Americans shop. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File) Lifestyle

    A new platform for Whole Foods? How deal could upend grocery

    NEW YORK (AP) — Seeing Whole Foods products first in Amazon searches? Breezing through the grocer’s stores with an app that scans affordable fruits and seafood? Those are among the possible scenarios that unnerved the food industry last week, when Amazon announced a $13.7 billion megadeal to acquire Whole Foods. The two companies have not […]
  • FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2015 file, aerial photo a small uninhabited island that has slipped beneath the water line only showing a small pile of rocks at low tide on Majuro Atoll in the Marshall Islands. To small island nations where the land juts just above the rising seas, the U.S. pulling out of the Paris global warming pact makes the future seem as fragile and built on hope as a sand castle. Top scientists say it was already likely that Earth’s temperatures and the world’s seas will keep rising to a point where some island states won’t survive through the end of the next century. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File) AP

    Experts: US exiting climate pact may doom some small islands

    WASHINGTON (AP) — To small island nations where the land juts just above the rising seas, the U.S. pulling out of the Paris global warming pact makes the future seem as fragile and built on hope as a sand castle. Top scientists say it was already likely that Earth’s temperatures and the world’s seas will […]
  • Thai customers take photo with merchandise at the Line Village Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, June 22, 2017. Thailand's most popular text-messaging service will open its doors to the public Friday an extravagant digital theme park called Line Village Bangkok. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) Lifestyle

    Line messaging digital theme park to open in Thai capital

    BANGKOK (AP) — The text-messaging service Line plans to inaugurate an indoor digital theme park in Thailand’s capital, seeking to squeeze maximum advantage from its popularity in the country, its second biggest market after Japan. Line Village Bangkok will begin operating Friday as a retail store, selling dolls and similar merchandise, but later this year […]
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Brazilian President Michel Temer shake hands after their talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 21, 2017. The leaders of Russia and Brazil have agreed to enhance coordination of their foreign policy moves. (Sergei Chirikov/Pool Photo via AP) AP

    Brazilian president says he built warm ties with Putin

    MOSCOW (AP) — Brazilian President Michel Temer says he has built warm ties with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. Temer, speaking in an interview with Tass news agency that was also broadcast by Russian state television Thursday, said he has “developed friendly personal ties” with the Russian president. Temer said his four-hour talks with Putin on […]