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  • US Treasury sanctions 3 North Korean hacking groups

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Three North Korean hacking groups suspected of perpetrating cyberattacks around the world were placed on a U.S. sanctions list on Friday, drawing attention to the isolated nation’s illegal efforts to fund its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. The Treasury Department said the so-called Lazarus Group, Bluenoroff and Andariel are controlled by the […]
  • US stock indexes end mixed; S&P 500 notches 3rd weekly gain

    The S&P 500 notched its third straight weekly gain Friday, even as the major U.S. stock indexes ended the day mostly lower. A slide in technology stocks, along with losses in consumer-focused and real estate companies, offset solid gains elsewhere in the market, including big Wall Street banks and industrial stocks. Bond yields rose sharply […]
  • Markets Right Now: Stocks mostly lower as tech shares drop

    NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4:00 p.m. Stocks are closing mostly lower Friday as a decline in technology stocks offsets a strong performance by Wall Street banks. Apple dropped 1.9% and Broadcom fell 3.4% after the chipmaker warned that demand remains weak. JPMorgan rose 2% and […]
  • Lawmakers ask 4 big tech companies for documents in probe

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers investigating the market dominance of Big Tech on Friday asked Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple for a broad range of documents, marking a step forward in Congress’ bipartisan probe of the companies. Letters went out to the four companies from the leaders of the House Judiciary Committee and its subcommittee on […]
  • EU competition chief hints at new data rules for tech firms

    LONDON (AP) — The European Union’s powerful competition chief indicated Friday that she’s looking at expanding regulations on personal data, dropping an initial hint about how she plans to use new powers against tech companies. Margrethe Vestager said that while Europeans have control over their own data through the EU’s world-leading data privacy rules, they […]
  • Training surgeons like dogs, icky money win 2019 Ig Nobels

    BOSTON (AP) — Training surgeons is as easy as training dolphins or dogs. At least according to a study that Thursday earned a 2019 Ig Nobel, the annual Nobel Prize spoof that rewards weird, odd and sometimes head-scratching scientific discoveries. This year’s winners included: Dutch and Turkish researchers who figured out which nation has the […]
  • Tailored Brands and Oracle tumble while Varian and LKQ rise

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Thursday. Oracle Corp., down $2.40 to $53.89 The software maker’s CEO, Mark Hurd, is taking a leave of absence for health related reasons. Tailored Brands Inc., down $2.14 to $5.03 The owner of Men’s Wearhouse gave investors a disappointing forecast for its third […]
  • Google Earth leads to remains of missing Florida man in lake

    WELLINGTON, Fla. (AP) — It took 22 years, but a missing man’s remains were finally found thanks to someone who zoomed in on his former Florida neighborhood with Google satellite images and noticed a car submerged in a lake, authorities said. The skeletal remains were of William Moldt, who went missing in 1997 at the […]
  • MIT president says he signed a letter thanking Epstein

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology acknowledged Thursday that he signed a letter thanking the late, disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein for a donation to a professor. President L. Rafael Reif called the letter to Epstein a “standard acknowledgment letter” in a statement to the university community posted on its […]
  • Study finds the universe might be 2 billion years younger

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The universe is looking younger every day, it seems. New calculations suggest the universe could be a couple billion years younger than scientists now estimate, and even younger than suggested by two other calculations published this year that trimmed hundreds of millions of years from the age of the cosmos. The huge […]
  • 91-year-old accused in killing where Fitbit gave clues dies

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a 91-year-old California man has died after he was arrested last year in the killing of his stepdaughter whose Fitbit helped provide clues to police. The San Francisco Chronicle reports Tony Aiello died Tuesday at a hospital in San Jose where he was taken due to “deteriorating health” […]
  • Google settles with labor board over employee speech

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google has reached a settlement over employees’ ability to speak out about workplace issues after a former worker filed a complaint. Under the settlement with the National Labor Relations Board, Google said, the company will post notices to remind employees of their federal rights. That includes the ability to talk to […]
  • Ukrainian man pleads guilty to hacking, wire fraud charges

    SEATTLE (AP) — A member of a sophisticated international hacking group that authorities say targeted businesses in 47 states to steal credit and debit card records pleaded guilty to hacking and wire fraud charges in Seattle. Fedir Hladyr, a 34-year-old Ukrainian, also agreed to pay $2.5 million in restitution as part of his plea Wednesday […]
  • London police arrest 5 over planned Heathrow drone protest

    LONDON (AP) — British police say they have arrested five people over a plan by environmental activists to fly drones near Heathrow Airport. The Metropolitan Police force says three men and two women, aged between their 20s and their 50s, were arrested in London “on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a public nuisance.” A group […]
  • 3D gun company founder gets probation in underage sex case

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The founder of a Texas company that sells plans for making untraceable 3D printed guns has been sentenced to seven years of probation for having sex with an underage girl. Cody Wilson was sentenced Thursday. He pleaded guilty in August to injury to a child after initially facing sexual assault charges. […]