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  • Government shutdown delays, disrupts environmental studies

    The monthlong partial shutdown of the federal government is disrupting environmental research projects nationwide. Scientists with universities, nonprofits and private companies are feeling the pinch. They can’t collaborate with federal partners, gain access to federal lands and laboratories, or secure federal funding. Researchers could miss court-ordered deadlines for reports involving endangered species. Warm-weather field studies […]
  • Chefs and truck drivers beware: AI is coming for your jobs

    Robots aren’t replacing everyone, but a quarter of U.S. jobs will be severely disrupted as artificial intelligence accelerates the automation of today’s work. A Brookings Institution report says about 36 million Americans currently hold jobs that can be mostly performed by machines using current technology. Among those most likely to be affected are cooks and […]
  • 3 men charged with conspiracy to make ‘swatting’ calls

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three men have been charged with conspiracy to help a Los Angeles man make phony emergency “swatting” calls around the nation in hopes of sending police to the scene or forcing building evacuations. Federal indictments unsealed Wednesday in Los Angeles allege they conspired with Tyler Barriss in 2017 to make bomb […]
  • Telescopes capture moment of impact during eclipse of moon

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronomers managed to capture the moment of an impact during this week’s eclipsed moon. Spanish astrophysicist Jose Maria Madiedo of the University of Huelva said Wednesday it appears a rock from a comet slammed into the moon during the total lunar eclipse late Sunday and early Monday. The strike was […]
  • Verizon cutting about 800 jobs in troubled media business

    NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon is cutting about 800 jobs, or 7 percent of its media and advertising employees, as it reorganizes the troubled division. The wireless company had hoped to create an ad business that could compete with Google and Facebook. It spent roughly $10 billion buying up former Internet pioneers Yahoo and AOL […]
  • Q&A: A look at what happens when drones get near airports

    The ability of drones to interfere with airliners — and inconvenience their passengers — has now been demonstrated on two continents, and the problem is likely to get worse as the number of small, unmanned devices multiply. Law enforcement authorities are trying to figure out who flew a drone so high and so close to […]
  • Technology of future delivers doughnuts of today on campus

    FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A fleet of high-tech robots has deployed at a northern Virginia university for the noble purpose of delivering pizza, doughnuts and coffee on demand to students. More than 25 knee-high, cooler-shaped robots began delivery duty Tuesday at George Mason University in Fairfax. Ryan Tuohy, senior vice president for business development at […]
  • Amazon testing delivery by self-driving robots

    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is bringing delivery robots to the streets of a Seattle suburb. The online shopping giant says it started to test self-driving robots in Snohomish County, Washington, Wednesday that can bring Amazon packages to shoppers’ doorsteps. The robots are light blue, about the size of a Labrador, have six wheels and […]
  • Hulu ups price for live-TV service, cuts basic package price

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hulu’s live-TV streaming service will cost $5 more per month, while its traditional video-on-demand service will be $2 cheaper. Hulu with Live TV, a cable-like package with CNN, ESPN and a few dozen other channels over the internet, will cost $45 a month starting Feb. 26, as Hulu seeks to make […]
  • AP tech specialist Tommy Driscoll dies at 56

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Thomas Michael “Tommy” Driscoll, a senior technology specialist for The Associated Press and a leader of teams that carried out behind-the-scenes workspace preparations for the news cooperative’s multifaceted coverage of Super Bowls, Academy Awards ceremonies, political conventions and other events, died Jan. 18 following a long illness. He was 56. “He […]
  • NASA replaces astronaut on Boeing’s 1st crew launch

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA has replaced an astronaut assigned to Boeing’s first launch with a crew. Astronaut Eric Boe was pulled Tuesday from the upcoming test flight for unspecified medical reasons, after more than three years of training. Taking his seat will be Mike Fincke, a former space station commander. Boeing plans to […]
  • Blue Origin shoots NASA experiments into space in test

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Jeff Bezos’ rocket company, Blue Origin, launched NASA experiments into space Wednesday on a brief test flight. The New Shepard rocket blasted off from West Texas, hoisting a capsule containing the experiments. The eight experiments were exposed to a few minutes of weightlessness, before the capsule parachuted down. The rocket […]
  • Georgia official seeks to replace criticized voting machines

    ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s new elections chief asked lawmakers Wednesday for $150 million to replace the state’s outdated electronic voting machines. In doing so, he all but closed the door on a hand-marked paper balloting system that experts say is cheapest and most secure. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told Georgia legislators meeting for budget […]
  • Asian shares buoyed by US earnings, upbeat talk on China

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly higher on Thursday as positive U.S. earnings reports reassured investors that the world’s largest economy was on track. Poor Japanese data for the second straight day weighed on the Nikkei 225 index. KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite index gained 0.5 percent to 2,594.18 and South Korea’s Kospi rose […]
  • Markets Right Now: US stock indexes end with meager gains

    NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4 p.m. Major stock indexes wound up slightly higher after a day of wandering between small gains and losses. Consumer products makers rose Wednesday, led by a 4.9 percent jump in Procter & Gamble after the company reported strong results for […]