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  • What’s next for Paul Allen’s big investments? It’s not clear

    SEATTLE (AP) — Prior to his death on Monday, billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen invested large sums in technology ventures, research projects and philanthropy, some of it eclectic and highly speculative. What happens to those commitments now? Outside of bland assurances from his investment company, no one seems quite sure. Allen died in Seattle from […]
  • How major US stock indexes fared Thursday

    U.S. stocks slumped again Thursday as investors continued to sell shares of technology and internet companies, industrials, and companies that rely on consumer spending. Several industrial companies tumbled after releasing their quarterly reports, and European stocks also fell as European Union leaders criticized Italy’s spending plans. On Thursday: The S&P 500 index skidded 40.43 points, […]
  • States and feds unite on election security after ’16 clashes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Weeks before the 2016 election, federal officials started making mysterious calls to the head of elections in Inyo County, California. They asked her to contact them if she noticed anything unusual. But they wouldn’t elaborate. “I asked them: ‘How am I going to be able to protect against it if I don’t […]
  • Wet and mild: Warm winter predicted for much of the US

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Winter looks wet and especially mild for much of the country, thanks to a weak El Nino brewing, U.S. meteorologists said. The National Weather Service on Thursday predicted a warmer than normal winter for the northern and western three-quarters of the nation. The greatest chance for warmer than normal winter weather is […]
  • Journal retracts stem cell work by former Harvard scientist

    The New England Journal of Medicine has retracted a 2011 study and is investigating two earlier ones describing stem cell research by a former Harvard Medical School scientist, Dr. Piero Anversa. Harvard and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, where Anversa had worked, have called for the retraction of dozens of articles involving him after […]
  • Taxi drivers in Warsaw protest unlicensed Uber drivers

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Hundreds of taxi drivers have driven slowly through Poland’s capital city of Warsaw, causing traffic jams as they protested low wages and competition from unlicensed companies like Uber. Some drivers came from other Polish cities for the protest Thursday in front of the Justice Ministry, where they demanded new regulations that […]
  • 4 tax breaks for teachers

    The flood of education-related tax advice that seems to crest during back-to-school season often centers on students or their parents. But teachers can score a few tax breaks, too — if they do their homework. Three tax pros share their own lesson plans for cutting teachers’ tax bills. 1. Educator Expense Deduction WHAT IT IS: […]
  • European and Asian leaders seek to boost trade, security

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Europe and Asia should use their combined economic clout “to tackle global challenges such as trade tensions that put millions of jobs at risk” and the threat of climate change, a top European official said Thursday. European Council President Donald Tusk spoke in Brussels as he opened the Asia-Europe summit, which brought […]
  • 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 […]