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  • Security firm: Data breach exposes millions of Ecuadorians

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Millions of Ecuadorians are at risk of identity theft because a security breach exposed a trove of data including names, phone numbers and birth dates, a cyber security firm said Monday. Researchers at vpnMentor said the problem stemmed from an unsecured server located in Miami that contained information on over 20 […]
  • Once ridiculed, index funds now hold the reins in US stocks

    NEW YORK (AP) — They’re simple, cheap and now the most popular way for many people to invest in the U.S. stock market: index funds. Last month, for the first time, the number of dollars invested in funds tracking the S&P 500 and other U.S. stock indexes eclipsed those in funds run by managers trying […]
  • Yada yada yada: Netflix to air ‘Seinfeld’ starting in 2021

    LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) — Move aside, “Friends” and “The Office.” Netflix now has a new gem — a show about nothing. The company announced Monday it would start streaming all 180 episodes of “Seinfeld” in 2021, gaining a hugely popular addition to its library as the battle for viewers heats up. Netflix Inc., which […]
  • Brad Pitt asks astronaut: Who was better? Clooney or me?

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Brad Pitt, star of the new space movie “Ad Astra,” had a burning question for a real-life astronaut. “Who was more believable? Clooney or Pitt?” In a televised call Monday, NASA astronaut Nick Hague answered Pitt — “absolutely” — getting a big laugh. Pitt’s Hollywood pal George Clooney starred in […]
  • German industrial designer Luigi Colani dies at 91

    BERLIN (AP) — Luigi Colani, a renowned German industrial designer, has died. He was 91. German news agency dpa reported that his partner, Yazhen Zha, confirmed that Colani died Monday in the southwestern town of Karlsruhe after a severe illness. No further details were given. Colani’s designs, which included cars, furniture, glasses, TVs, cameras and […]
  • Big global climate protests on Friday get union support

    BERLIN (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to join worldwide demonstrations this week ahead of a U.N. climate summit in New York, as unions and some businesses lend their support for faster action to fight climate change. Organizers said Monday that more than 800 events were planned in the United States for […]
  • Global stocks slip as oil prices surge

    BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets sank Monday after crude prices surged following an attack on Saudi Arabia’s biggest oil processing facility. Market benchmarks in Europe dropped after Asian markets mostly closed lower, while Wall Street futures were down slightly. Shanghai’s index was unchanged, and Japanese markets were closed for a holiday. Benchmark U.S. crude […]
  • Some CBD vapes contain street drug instead of the real thing

    Jay Jenkins says he hesitated when a buddy suggested they vape CBD. “It’ll relax you,” the friend assured. The vapor that Jenkins inhaled didn’t relax him. After two puffs, he ended up in a coma. That’s because what he was vaping didn’t have any CBD, the suddenly popular compound extracted from the cannabis plant that […]
  • Asian markets mixed as oil prices surge

    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Monday after crude prices surged following an attack on Saudi Arabia’s biggest oil processing facility. Hong Kong’s benchmark tumbled 1.1% while Seoul advanced and Shanghai and Sydney were little-changed. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday. The benchmark U.S. crude price jumped more than $5 per barrel […]
  • Ohio senators propose renaming NASA site for Neil Armstrong

    SANDSUKY, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s U.S. senators want Congress to rename a NASA research facility in Ohio after astronaut Neil Armstrong. Republican Rob Portman and Democrat Sherrod Brown introduced legislation Thursday to honor the Ohio native by renaming the NASA Plum Brook Station in Sandusky. Portman says he raised the idea with Armstrong in 2012, […]
  • Estonia plans to restrict govt use of Huawei 5G technology

    HELSINKI (AP) — Estonia, which is among Europe’s most wired and technologically advanced nations, is set to restrict the use of equipment and technology from Chinese telecom giant Huawei in its government sector, citing security concerns and recommendations by the U.S., a key NATO ally. The Estonian news site Delfi reported Friday that Foreign Trade […]
  • Climate change protests hit Frankfurt as auto show opens

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Thousands of people are demonstrating in Frankfurt to demand more action against climate change as the German city’s auto show opens to the public, with some cycling into the city along highways that were temporarily closed for the occasion. Demands raised by the organizers of Saturday’s protests include an end to […]
  • Disney CEO departs Apple’s board with video showdown looming

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Walt Disney Co. CEO Robert Iger has stepped down from Apple’s board of directors as the two companies prepare to launch competing video streaming services aimed at market leader Netflix. Apple disclosed Iger’s departure in a regulatory filing Friday, but his resignation became effective Tuesday. That’s the same day that Apple […]
  • Business Highlights

    ___ Lawmakers ask 4 big tech companies for documents in probe WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers investigating the market dominance of Big Tech are asking Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple for a broad range of documents including internal communications. Letters went out to the four companies on Friday from the leaders of the House Judiciary Committee […]
  • How major US stock indexes fared Friday

    U.S. stock indexes closed mostly lower Friday as a decline in technology stocks offset a strong performance by Wall Street banks. The S&P 500 notched its third straight weekly gain. Bond yields rose sharply after the government reported that Americans kept spending money in August. Investors were looking ahead to next week, when the Federal […]