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  • 1st of many federal broadband grants announced in Tennessee

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has announced the first of many federal investments targeting the creation of critical broadband internet infrastructure in underserved rural areas across the country. Perdue visited the West Tennessee city of Halls on Friday to announce a $2.85 million grant to improve broadband internet connectivity for 347 […]
  • Illegal BASE jumper calls police after cell tower mishap

    MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) — A BASE jumper who jumped illegally from a northwestern Wisconsin cellphone tower ended up calling the police on himself after his parachute became caught on a guy wire, leaving him dangling perilously 50 feet (15 meters) from the ground. Police say the 20-year-old man jumped from the 300-foot (90-meter) Charter Communications […]
  • Washington state seismologists propose new tracking sensors

    SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state seismologists have proposed new earthquake sensors amid concerns about a lack of monitoring technology offshore. KOMO-TV reported Thursday that state seismologists submitted the proposal to the International Ocean Drilling Program to add four new sensors a thousand feet (three-hundred meters) below the ocean floor. Seismologists say a magnitude 8 or […]
  • New Facebook oversight board results to be public, exec says

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A new quasi-independent oversight board will soon make decisions on some of the most difficult questions on what material belongs on Facebook’s platform in a “very public way,” an executive for the social-media company said Friday. The board will consider a small number of cases where all appeals of Facebook […]
  • US agency eyes fatal crash involving self-driving car

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board is moving to determine the probable cause of the first fatal crash involving a self-driving vehicle. Elaine Herzberg died in March 2018 when an Uber vehicle struck her as she walked across a darkened street in Tempe, Arizona. The board will meet Nov. 19 as part of […]
  • Google affiliate begins drone deliveries in Virginia town

    A Google affiliate started using drones Friday to deliver customers’ Walgreens and FedEx purchases in a test being run in a Virginia town. Wing, which is owned by Google parent Alphabet, received federal approval earlier this year to make commercial deliveries by drone. It was the first drone company to receive the approval in the […]
  • False alarm: Retail tag prompts suspicious package response

    ATLANTA (AP) — A discarded security tag has caused a scare in downtown Atlanta. An employee reported a beeping sound coming from a trash bin outside a state government building in the heart of downtown Friday. Police evacuated the building and summoned bomb technicians. As a search was underway, a woman who worked in the […]
  • Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd is dead at 62

    Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd, who led two Silicon Valley giants, has died at 62. Oracle confirmed his death Friday, but gave no cause. Hurd was on medical leave, which Oracle announced in September . During his career, Hurd ran both Oracle and computer and printer maker Hewlett-Packard. Hurd joined Oracle as co-president in 2010 a […]
  • Huawei exec: Chinese tech giant wants to be ‘transparent’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A top executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei said Friday that the company is prepared to be “open and transparent” as it looks to persuade the U.S. government that it can be trusted and that national security concerns about its technology are unfounded. “The first thing we need to do is we […]
  • Stocks end lower; S&P 500 notches 2nd straight weekly gain

    The S&P 500 index closed out an uneven week of trading on Wall Street with its second straight weekly gain, even though stock indexes ended lower Friday. Technology companies led the slide, which erased the major U.S. indexes’ gains from the day before. Communication services, industrials and health care stocks also fell, outweighing gains in […]
  • California invalidates 1,400 pharmacist license test scores

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — California authorities have invalidated test scores of 1,400 pharmacists because more than 100 questions from the state licensing exam were leaked online. The State Board of Pharmacy has decided that anyone who took the exam since July will have to retake it, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday. “We are fully […]
  • FBI data: 584 child homicide victims in St. Louis since 1990

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Children in St. Louis have been the victim of homicides at 10 times the national rate for decades, according to a newspaper’s analysis of FBI data. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday that the city’s child homicide rate is far greater than that of other cities of a similar size; it […]
  • Stocks slip as first big week of earnings heads to a finish

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are slipping in early trading on Wall Street Friday, weighed down by losses in technology companies. The market is still on track for its second weekly gain after three straight losing weeks. Investors are also absorbing the latest economic data showing that growth in China sank to a new multi-decade […]
  • Markets Right Now: Technology stocks lead US indexes lower

    NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4:00 p.m. Stocks are closing lower Wall Street Friday, weighed down by losses in technology and communications companies. Microsoft lost 1.6% Friday, and Facebook gave up 2.4%. Makers of consumer products were bucking the downward trend. Coca-Cola rose 1.8% after turning […]
  • First all-female spacewalking team makes history

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The world’s first all-female spacewalking team made history high above Earth on Friday, replacing a broken part of the International Space Station’s power grid. As NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir successfully completed the job with wrenches, screwdrivers and power-grip tools, it marked the first time in a half-century […]