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  • Tesla gears up for fully self-driving cars amid skepticism

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tesla CEO Elon Musk appears poised to transform the company’s electric cars into driverless vehicles in a risky bid to realize a bold vision that he has been floating for years. The technology required to make that quantum leap is scheduled to be shown off to Tesla investors Monday at the […]
  • Sri Lanka blocks social media after Easter Sunday bombings

    Sri Lankan authorities flicked the off switch on most social media after Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels killed hundreds of people, a dramatic reaction that reflects accumulated distrust in the capability of American internet companies to control harmful content. The block on social media including Facebook and its WhatsApp and Instagram services was […]
  • Homeless shelter, looming IPOs have San Francisco on edge

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco’s renowned waterfront hosts joggers, admiring tourists and towering condos with impressive views. It could also become the site of a new homeless shelter for up to 200 people. Angry residents have packed public meetings, jeering at city officials and even shouting down Mayor London Breed over the proposal. They […]
  • California police say teen lured to assault with dating app

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — California police say a teenage victim of sexual assault was lured through a dating app. KABC-TV reports that Santa Ana police arrested 59-year-old Michael Komoto April 18 on a charge of engaging in sex acts with a minor. Police say Komoto told a 15-year-old boy he was 39 years old […]
  • Sri Lanka blocks social media after Easter Sunday bombings

    Sri Lankan authorities blocked most social media after Easter Sunday attacks killed more than 200 people, with officials saying the temporary move was meant to curtail the spread of false information and ease tensions. The NetBlocks observatory said it detected an intentional blackout of popular services including Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat and Viber. The […]
  • Waikiki flood concerns spur push for Hawaii shore protection

    HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s iconic Waikiki Beach could soon be underwater as rising sea levels caused by climate change overtake its white sand beaches and bustling city streets. Predicting Honolulu will start experiencing frequent flooding within the next 15 to 20 years, state lawmakers are trying to pass legislation that would spend millions for a […]
  • Biologist study finds mercury in predator peregrine falcons

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada wildlife researcher has found that not even the fastest bird on Earth can escape mercury contamination. The toxic element is turning up in feathers of peregrine falcons from coast to coast, including those at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, state Department of Wildlife biologist Joe Barnes told the […]
  • SpaceX capsule suffers ‘anomaly,’ smoke seen for miles

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Officials say SpaceX’s new capsule for astronauts suffered an “anomaly” during a routine engine test firing in Florida, causing smoke to be seen for miles. Forty-fifth Space Wing Spokesman Jim Williams tells Florida Today that the anomaly happened Saturday at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station while the SpaceX Crew Dragon […]
  • Doctor-services firm says private data of patients exposed

    DALLAS (AP) — Nationwide physician-staffing company EmCare says a breach exposed personal data for about 31,000 patients, including in some cases their Social Security numbers and clinical information. EmCare Inc. said Saturday that an unauthorized third party gained access to the information through employee email accounts. The company said that it learned Feb. 19 that […]
  • George Zimmerman banned from Tinder dating app

    MIAMI (AP) — The ex-neighborhood watch volunteer who killed an unarmed black teen in Florida in 2012 has been banned from the dating app Tinder. An emailed statement from Tinder cited users’ safety as a reason for removing George Zimmerman’s profile. An article by Tampa, Florida, weekly Creative Loafing says Zimmerman used a fake name […]
  • Tesla wants to cut size of board from 11 directors to 7

    PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Tesla plans to cut its board of directors from 11 to seven in a move the electric-car maker says will allow the board to act more nimbly and efficiently. Tesla says the four directors who will depart aren’t leaving because of any disagreement with the company. The board has come […]
  • British cyber expert pleads guilty to creating malware

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — A British cybersecurity researcher credited with stopping a worldwide computer virus has pleaded guilty to developing malware to steal banking information. Federal prosecutors in Wisconsin and Marcus Hutchins’ attorneys said in a joint court filing Friday that the 24-year-old agreed to plead guilty to developing malware called Kronos and conspiring to distribute […]
  • Oklahoma City bombing ‘Survivor Tree’ DNA to live on

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Science and technology are helping Oklahoma City to sustain the DNA — and the spirit — of a tree that has symbolized hope in the 24 years since the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history shook the city to its core. As part of an annual remembrance of the […]
  • Bobcat survives deadly California wildfire, has 4 kittens

    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — A young bobcat that survived a massive and deadly wildfire in Southern California last year has given birth to four kittens, wildlife officials said Friday. Biologists recently found the bobcat’s den in dense vegetation in a large residential backyard in Westlake Village just northwest of Los Angeles, according to officials […]
  • Report: FTC considering oversight of Facebook’s Zuckerberg

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are reportedly considering seeking some kind of oversight of Mark Zuckerberg’s leadership of Facebook over the social network giant’s mishandling of users’ personal information. Discussions between Facebook and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission officials about its data-handing lapses have touched on holding the CEO personally accountable, The Washington Post reported […]