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  • London’s black cabs soon to be seen on the streets of Paris

    LONDON (AP) — London’s black cabs will be seen on the streets of Paris next year as the company that makes them begins selling its wares in the City of Light. London Electric Vehicle Co., which makes plug-in electric taxis that look like traditional black cabs, has put about 600 vehicles on the streets of […]
  • Facebook’s election ‘war room’ takes aim at fake information

    MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — In an otherwise innocuous part of Facebook’s expansive Silicon Valley campus, a locked door bears a taped-on sign that reads “War Room.” Behind the door lies a nerve center the social network has set up to combat fake accounts and bogus news stories ahead of upcoming elections. Inside the room […]
  • World stock markets mostly dip on Fed views on rates

    BANGKOK (AP) — Stock markets mostly dipped on Thursday on the news that some policymakers at Federal Reserve think interest rates should continue to be raised until they are slightly restrictive. KEEPING SCORE: Germany’s DAX shed 0.1 percent to 11,704 and the CAC 40 in France gained 0.4 percent to 5,163. Britain’s FTSE 100 was […]
  • Banksy posts video saying incomplete shredding a malfunction

    Banksy posted a new video to his website Tuesday implying the partial shredding of his “Girl With Balloon” at a London auction was supposed to have been complete. The video shows the famously anonymous artist constructing the shredding mechanism inside an ornate frame and pushing a button in a black box to activate the destruction […]
  • West Coast quake warning system now operational, with limits

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Automated alerts from the fledgling West Coast earthquake early warning system are ready to be used broadly by businesses, utilities, schools and other entities but not for mass public notification, officials said Wednesday. “We’re making a large change from a production prototype in pilot mode to an open-for-business operational mode,” Doug […]
  • Experts urge gulf refuge for endangered vaquita porpoise

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Experts called on Mexico’s government Wednesday to use floating barriers to enclose a small area of the Gulf of California where a half dozen critically endangered vaquita porpoises were spotted in September. The sightings were an unexpected mix of good and bad news for the world’s smallest porpoise, which has been […]
  • Startup plans to launch small satellites from Virginia coast

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A California-based startup has announced big plans to go small as it reaches into space, rocketing satellites the size of loaves of bread into orbit from Virginia. The endeavor reflects increasing demand from companies and governments alike to monitor ships, crops and the weather from space. Rocket Lab said Wednesday it […]
  • AP FACT CHECK: Trump misses on storms, science, clean air

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump in his interview with The Associated Press said he has “a natural instinct for science.” But what he said about hurricanes, clean air and climate doesn’t quite get the science right. More than a dozen scientists, economists and climate negotiators pointed out where his comments didn’t fit with the […]
  • Oldest fossils on Earth? New look finds might just be rocks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — What were billed as the oldest fossils on Earth may just be some rocks, according to a new study. Two years ago, a team of Australian scientists found odd structures in Greenland that they said were partly leftovers from microbes that lived on an ancient seafloor. They were said to be 3.7 […]
  • Asia shares sag after retreat on Wall St, weaker Japan data

    BANGKOK (AP) — Shares fell Thursday in Asia after a retreat on Wall Street driven by sell-offs of technology shares, homebuilders and retailers. A report of weaker Japanese exports in September underscored uncertainties over the outlook for trade. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 index sank 0.7 percent to 22,687.66 and the Kospi in South Korea […]
  • Twitter airs election meddling data

    NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter is releasing all known accounts and posts related to “information operations” dating back to 2016, when it was first learned that foreign operators were using social media to meddle in U.S. elections. Twitter has already disclosed the account numbers, but is now releasing the actual tweets, images, video and other […]
  • Even tech execs fret about their kids’ smartphone addictions

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Like a lot of parents, Mike Herrick occasionally sees his 13-year-old daughter getting lost in her smartphone and wonders: Is technology messing with children’s brains, even as it enlightens and empowers them in ways that weren’t possible when his generation grew up? What sets Herrick apart is his job. He is […]
  • Markets Right Now: Stocks erase most of an early plunge

    NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4 p.m. Stocks clawed back nearly all of an early plunge but still ended slightly lower on Wall Street, a day after the market’s biggest gain in six months. Trading remained choppy Wednesday, with sharp drops for IBM and other technology […]
  • Netflix shares jump 6 percent on strong subscriber growth

    NEW YORK (AP) — Netflix shares jumped 6 percent in early trading after the company reported a big increase in subscribers. The video-streaming service added 7 million subscribers worldwide from July through September, far above the company’s target of 5 million Investors typically pay more attention to Netflix’s quarterly subscriber numbers than its profits, and […]
  • Slovak PM: Foreign hackers targeted foreign ministry

    BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia’s prime minister says hackers have attacked his country’s foreign ministry from abroad in an attempt to get data and documents from the ministry’s computer network. Peter Pellegrini said the attack was “very sophisticated,” and called the hackers “a multinational, sophisticated spy organization” but did not identify them. He didn’t say […]