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NYC official: Thieves got into 1K StubHub accounts

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Some of the hottest tickets in town - to Broadway hits, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake concerts, a New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox game - were snapped up by an international ring of cyber thieves who commandeered more than... More>>

Fire season in West expected to get more intense

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Despite widespread drought in the West and expectations of an above-average wildfire season, wildfires have burned less than half the 10-year average area so far this summer. More>>

Cheaper wireless plans cut into AT&T 2Q profit

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AT&T Inc. on Wednesday posted lower net income for the latest quarter due to cheaper cellphone plans it introduced as a response to aggressive pricing from smaller competitor T-Mobile US. More>>

Twitter admits to diversity problem in workforce

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Twitter acknowledged that it has been hiring too many white and Asian men to fill high-paying technology jobs, just like several other major companies in Silicon Valley. More>>

Apple post biggest earnings gain in nearly 2 years

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Apple's growth prospects are looking brighter as anticipation builds for the upcoming release of the next iPhone, a model that is expected to cater to consumers yearning for a bigger screen. More>>

Fans hop aboard exclusive train to Comic-Con

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For a lucky fellowship of fans, Comic-Con is beginning early on a private train car trekking to the pop-culture convention. More>>

Facebook 2Q earnings, revenue soar

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Facebook is on a roll. The world's largest online social network posted sharply higher earnings on Wednesday as revenue from mobile advertising continued to grow, and more people used it, more often. More>>

US wildlife officials propose limiting snake trade

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Federal wildlife officials recently proposed strict nationwide limits on importing and shipping boa constrictors and four other snake species in an effort to prevent them from being introduced into the wild. More>>

Audit: NASA doesn't have the money for big rockets

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NASA doesn't have enough money to get its new, $12 billion rocket system off the ground by the end of 2017 as planned, federal auditors say. More>>

NBA player seeks tips on suspect in aunt's death

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Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes is asking for the public's help to track down the man police say killed his aunt in Northern California. More>>

World breaks monthly heat record 2 times in a row

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The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June. That's after the world broke a record in May. More>>

At 101, weather observer gets a place in the sun

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It takes only a couple of minutes, twice a day, but 101-year-old Richard Hendrickson is fiercely proud that he has done the same thing for his country and community nearly every day since Herbert Hoover was in the White... More>>

Social Security spent $300M on 'IT boondoggle'

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Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. Nearly $300 million later, the new system is nowhere... More>>

Awarded a Pell Grant? Better double-check

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Potentially tens of thousands of students awarded a Pell Grant or other need-based federal aid for the coming school year could find it taken away because of a mistake in filling out the form. More>>

Protect yourself from identity theft

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It's an almost weekly occurrence: On Tuesday, Goodwill said its computer systems may have been hacked, leading to the possible theft of customers' credit and debit card information. The nonprofit agency, which... More>>

Target debuts an image-recognition shopping app

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Target is introducing an app that lets users purchase items after scanning magazine ads with their smartphones. It's the latest offering from retailers looking to boost sales with the use of improving image-recognition... More>>

NASA names building for moonwalker Neil Armstrong

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By MALCOLM RITTER AP Science Writer NASA honored one of its most famous astronauts Monday by renaming a historic building at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. More>>

Obama commemorates moon landing's 45th anniversary

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This week's 45th anniversary of man's first landing on the moon is being celebrated at the White House. More>>

Northwest wildlife refuges to phase out pesticide

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Federal wildlife refuges in the Northwest and Hawaii will phase out a class of pesticides that are chemically similar to nicotine because they pose a threat to bees and other pollinators key to crop growth. More>>

Comcast 2Q earnings top views on Internet hookups

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Comcast's second-quarter net income rose 15 percent to nearly $2 billion as it added high-speed Internet customers at a faster pace and video subscriber losses moderated. More>>

Goodwill, feds investigate possible data breach

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Nonprofit organization Goodwill Industries Inc. is working with federal officials to investigate a possible security breach. More>>

4-day Comic Con festival kicks off in San Diego

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Like Batman responding to a beaming Bat signal in the sky, fans are streaming to San Diego for the 45th annual Comic-Con pop culture extravaganza. More>>

Israel, Hamas battle over public opinion online

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Beyond the boom of Israeli airstrikes and the stream of rockets fired from Gaza, Israel and Hamas are also battling to control the message emanating from this latest Israeli-Palestinian conflagration. More>>

Ultra high definition TVs boost LG Display profit

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LG Display Co. said profit for the April-June quarter more than doubled as a stronger won reduced the value of its foreign debt and the World Cup boosted demand for ultra-high-definition TVs. More>>

AP source: Thieves got into 1K StubHub accounts

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Cyber thieves got into more than 1,000 StubHub customers' accounts and fraudulently bought tickets for events through the online ticket reseller, a law enforcement official and the company said Tuesday. More>>

Microsoft CEO sees 'bold' plan as 4Q tops Street

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Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella painted an upbeat vision of the future Tuesday, saying that the next version of Windows will be unified across screens of all sizes and that two money-losing units - Nokia phones and Bing... More>>

Netflix tops 50M subscribers as 2Q earnings soar

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Netflix's second-quarter earnings more than doubled as new episodes from a hit series helped the Internet video service surpass 50 million worldwide subscribers for the first time. More>>

LinkedIn to buy ad tech company Bizo for $175M

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LinkedIn Corp. is spending $175 million to buy Bizo, a provider of advertising technology and measurement services aimed at professionals. More>>

Oops! EPA goes off topic, tweets about Kardashian

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The Environmental Protection Agency's fight to clean up water pollution got a splash of pop culture Tuesday, thanks to an Internet flub involving reality TV star Kim Kardashian. More>>

Police: Woman posted selfies in stolen dress

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Police investigating the theft of clothing and jewelry from a southern Illinois boutique say they arrested a woman after she posted Facebook photos of herself wearing one of the stolen items. More>>

Verizon launches rewards program with tracking

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Verizon Wireless is launching a nationwide loyalty program this week for its 100-million-plus subscribers. There's a twist, though: To earn points for every dollar spent, subscribers must consent to have their... More>>

'X-Men' VR experience coming to Comic-Con

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Comic-Con attendees will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to enter the mind of Professor X. More>>

Verizon 2Q profit rises 93 percent

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Verizon reported Tuesday that its second-quarter earnings nearly doubled after it secured full ownership of Verizon Wireless. More>>

Axed Nokia X phones suffered from lack of identity

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The Nokia X phones that Microsoft discontinued this week blend two rival operating systems, but leave out the best of each. More>>

Verizon boosts FiOS uploads to match downloads

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Verizon is boosting the upload speeds of nearly all its FiOS connections to match the download speeds, vastly shortening the time it takes for subscribers to send videos and back up their files online. More>>

Amazon rolls out 'Netflix-for-books' style service

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Amazon is rolling out a new subscription service that will allow unlimited access to thousands of electronic books and audiobooks for $9.99 a month in the online giant's latest effort to attract more users. More>>

Correction: Apple-Board story

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In a story July 17 about the retirement of longtime Apple Inc. director Bill Campbell, The Associated Press reported erroneously that late Apple CEO Steve Jobs had battled prostate cancer. Jobs was diagnosed with... More>>

Clinton: US, Europe should get tough on Russia

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Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that the U.S. and Europe should work together to develop tougher sanctions on Russia while she backed President Barack Obama's calls for a thorough investigation into the passenger... More>>

Yahoo buying app and analytics company Flurry

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Yahoo is buying Flurry Inc., a startup that helps other programmers build better mobile applications and craft marketing campaigns for smartphones and tablets. More>>

Army intelligence system pulled from key test

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Army officials have withdrawn their intelligence network from a major testing exercise this fall because of software glitches, in the latest setback for the troubled system. More>>

Kenya military Twitter account hacked

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The Twitter account run by Kenya's military was taken over by hackers claiming to be from the international activist collective Anonymous, a military spokesman said Monday More>>

US Embassy apologies to Ghana leader for tweet

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The U.S. Embassy in Ghana is apologizing after a staff member sent what's being described as "an errant tweet" criticizing the president from the official Embassy Twitter account. More>>

US working on case against Russia on downed plane Video included

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Video of a rocket launcher, one surface-to-air missile missing, leaving the likely launch site. Imagery showing the firing. Calls claiming credit for the strike. Recordings said to reveal a cover-up at the crash site. More>>

66-yard crater appears in far northern Siberia

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Russian scientists say they believe a 60-meter (66-yard) wide crater discovered recently in far northern Siberia could be the result of changing temperatures in the region. More>>

Celebrate 45 years since man's first steps on moon

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Now's the time to get moonstruck. More>>

After hybrid success, Toyota gambles on fuel cell

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Rocket science long dismissed as too impractical and expensive for everyday cars is getting a push into the mainstream by Toyota, the world's top-selling automaker. More>>

TV show puts 'fast and slow lanes' on DC sidewalk

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Pedestrians walking along sidewalk in the nation's capital Thursday found themselves with a choice. More>>

Comet-chasing space probe makes surprise discovery

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A space probe aiming to become the first to land on a comet has taken images that appear to show its target could actually be two separate lumps of rock and ice, scientists said Thursday. More>>

Facebook tests 'Buy' button

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Facebook is testing a "Buy" button in its latest effort to help businesses boost their sales through the world's biggest online social network. More>>

Google's 2Q revenue gains eclipse earnings miss

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Google's earnings rose modestly in the second quarter as the Internet company's expensive ambitions devoured most of a surprisingly strong gain in revenue. More>>

Microsoft CEO pivots sharply with 18,000 job cut Video included

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Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its 39-year history Thursday, outlining plans to cut 18,000 jobs in a move that marked the CEO's sharpest pivot yet away from his predecessor's drive for the company to... More>>

CEO Whitman takes chairman post at Hewlett-Packard

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Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman is assuming the title of chairman after the departure of interim chairman, Ralph Whitworth, who resigned to deal with health issues. More>>

New York proposes regulations for bitcoin

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State regulators trying to curb money laundering and safeguard investors on Thursday proposed a special set of rules for firms involved in trading and storing virtual currencies. More>>

Reactions to the death of James Garner

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By The Associated Press "Jim was a mentor to me and a friend, and I will miss him." - Tom Selleck, who early in his career guest-starred on Garner's series "The Rockford Files." More>>

Without radar, missile may not have identified jet

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If Ukrainian rebels shot down the Malaysian jetliner, killing 298 people, it may have been because they didn't have the right systems in place to distinguish between military and civilian aircraft, experts said Saturday. More>>

Reactions to the death of James Garner

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By The Associated Press "Jim was a mentor to me and a friend, and I will miss him." - Tom Selleck, who early in his career guest-starred on Garner's series "The Rockford Files." More>>

US outlines case against Russia on downed plane Video included

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Video of a rocket launcher, one surface-to-air missile missing, leaving the likely launch site. Imagery showing the firing. Calls claiming credit for the strike. Recordings said to reveal a cover-up at the crash site. More>>

Women go online to protest 'everyday sexism'

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When Laura Bates was followed home one night by a man from her bus, she didn't think much of it. Incidents like that just seemed to be part of living in London. More>>

IRS says hard drive that lost emails destroyed

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The IRS said Friday that Lois Lerner's computer hard drive was destroyed three years ago, ending any chance of retrieving her lost emails. More>>

LeBron James undecided on jersey No. 6 or 23

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LeBron James has to make another big decision. More>>

Fox bid for Time Warner sparks content merger race

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Even though Rupert Murdoch's $76 billion bid for rival media giant Time Warner Inc. has been rejected, that doesn't mean how you watch TV shows and movies will stop changing any time soon. More>>

Buzz Aldrin: Where were you when I walked on moon?

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On July 20, 1969, Buzz Aldrin was "out of town" when the world united and rejoiced in a way never seen before or since. More>>

Commercial shipment arrives at space station

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The International Space Station accepted a fresh delivery of goods Wednesday. More>>

Fewer gas leaks found in cities with new pipes

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Cities such as Indianapolis that regularly replace old natural gas lines have significantly fewer leaks than older urban areas where they don't, like Boston and New York City's Staten Island, according to a new... More>>

California hearing addresses oil refinery rules

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Residents of modest neighborhoods near three of the largest oil refineries in California called on the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday to crack down on plant emissions, saying the pollution is choking their... More>>

Trying gene therapy to create biological pacemaker

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No batteries required: Scientists are creating a biological pacemaker by injecting a gene into the hearts of sick pigs that changed ordinary cardiac cells into a special kind that induces a steady heartbeat. More>>

US-EU trade talks sour amid chlorine chicken fears

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Visions of chlorine-drenched chickens and the prospect of genetically modified "Frankenfood" invading dinner tables across the European Union are proving serious impediments to the signing of a sweeping free trade... More>>

Should online accounts die when you die?

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Should your emails, web albums and other online accounts die when you do? Or should you be able to pass them down to a family member much as you would a house or a box of letters? More>>

Ukraine: Pro-Russia rebels downed Malaysian plane Video included

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Ukraine accused pro-Russian separatists of shooting down a Malaysian jetliner with 298 people aboard, sharply escalating the crisis and threatening to draw both East and West deeper into the conflict. The rebels denied... More>>

Risk of earthquake increased for one-third of US

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A new federal earthquake map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about one-third of the United States and lowers it for one-tenth. More>>

49ers open posh, high-tech stadium in Santa Clara

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San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York got a little teary on his drive to Levi's Stadium on Thursday. His voice cracked while talking about taking his young son to games at the stadium for years to come. More>>

Apple may refund $400M in digital book settlement

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Apple will refund up to $400 million to consumers ensnared in a plot to raise the prices of digital books unless the company gets a court to overturn a decision affirming its pivotal role in the collusion. More>>

Obama: Climate change a direct threat to US cities

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Harsher storms, worsening flooding and rising seas threaten the public's safety and health across the country, President Barack Obama warned Wednesday as he urged local communities to prepare for the effects of climate... More>>

Markets roiled by fresh US sanctions on Russia

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Another round of U.S. sanctions on Russia weighed on markets Thursday. News that a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 295 had been shot down over Ukraine added to the negative tone. More>>

Japan approves joint missile study, export to US

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Japan has approved the export of a locally-made component for a missile defense system to the U.S. and is launching joint research with Britain on air-to-air missile technology for fighter jets. More>>

What happens to your online accounts when you die?

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You've probably decided who gets the house or that family heirloom up in the attic when you die. But what about your email account and all those photos stored online? More>>

Bitcoin 'mining pool' promises to stay small

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The largest group of bitcoin miners, which maintains and processes transactions in the digital currency, is promising to avoid majority control of the currency as a temporary measure to maintain the payment system's... More>>

Strong PayPal growth boosts eBay's 2Q profit

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EBay said Wednesday that its second-quarter net income rose 6 percent, as strong growth from its PayPal payments business offset lower-than-expected revenue that was hampered by a global password reset after a cyberattack. More>>

Apple, IBM team up in mobile devices, applications

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Apple is teaming up with former nemesis IBM in an attempt to sell more iPhones and iPads to corporate customers and government agencies. More>>

Attorney: Woman had no reason to kill Google exec

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A woman accused by police of being a high-priced prostitute and abandoning a Google executive after shooting him up with a fatal dose of heroin would never have wanted him to die because he was paying her well, a defense... More>>

Yahoo 2Q earnings, revenue fall amid ad slump

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Yahoo Inc. said Tuesday that its second-quarter earnings and revenue declined, as the company struggled again with display advertising sales. More>>

Dad's heartbreaking Internet plea spurs strangers

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Just days after his infant daughter's death, Nathen Steffel asked strangers on the Internet for only one thing: He and his wife wanted a photo of their daughter without the breathing tubes and tape that masked her... More>>

Chinese woman in trade secrets case seeks release

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A woman from China awaiting trial in Iowa on charges she conspired to steal trade secrets from U.S. seed corn companies is asking the government to release her on bond so she can travel to California and to her homeland. More>>

US stocks close higher; Time Warner soars

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By ALEX VEIGA AP Business Writer Major stock indexes rebounded Wednesday, finishing higher for the third time in four days and lifting the Dow Jones industrial average to its second record close this month. More>>

Company gets new name after protests by Hawaiians

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A company aiming to provide easier access to sexually transmitted disease test results and other medical records announced a new name on Wednesday after facing protests by Native Hawaiians for using the word hula. More>>

South Dakota teen finishes flight around the world

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By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press A South Dakota teen may have become the youngest person to fly solo around the world. More>>

Earthquakes cause minor damage in central Oklahoma

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Two early morning earthquakes rattled residents in central Oklahoma on Tuesday and caused minor damage at local businesses. More>>

Visa launches new service to pay online

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Payment processor Visa is launching a new service called Visa Checkout that eliminates a few steps in online payment. More>>

Swedish court upholds detention order on Assange

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A Swedish court on Wednesday upheld its detention order on Julian Assange, reaffirming the legal basis for an international warrant for the WikiLeaks founder which has kept him hiding in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London... More>>

UAE plans first Arab spaceship to Mars in 7 years

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Having scaled the heights of Earth with the world's tallest tower, the United Arab Emirates is now aiming for the stars, or just a little bit closer, with an ambitions trip to Mars. The energy-rich country on the... More>>

F-35's no-show at Farnborough disappoints

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The failure of the Joint Strike Fighter to travel to England this week for a premier air show heaped further embarrassment on its developers as they try to convince skeptics that the $400 billion program was a price worth... More>>

BMW recalls 1.6M 3-Series cars for air bag problem

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BMW is expanding a recall of its most popular models to fix an air bag problem that is hitting much of the global auto industry. More>>

UK prosecutors: No phone hacking charges against 6

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British prosecutors say they will not charge six former News of the World journalists over alleged phone hacking by staff of the tabloid's features desk. More>>

Hewlett-Packard Interim Chairman Whitworth resigns

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Hewlett-Packard's interim chairman, Ralph Whitworth, has resigned from the company's board to concentrate on personal health issues. More>>

Samsung suspends China supplier over child labor

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Samsung Electronics Co. said it has suspended business ties with a Chinese supplier that allegedly hired children. More>>

UN: Nations hide rise in private digital snooping

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Governments on every continent are hiding an increasing reliance on private companies to snoop on citizens' digital lives, the U.N. human rights office said Wednesday. More>>

Got a rash? iPad, other devices might be the cause

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Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals. More>>

Naver says Line messenger app mulls IPO

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Line Corp., the operator of a popular mobile messaging app, has submitted an IPO application to the Tokyo Stock Exchange but might also seek a New York listing, its parent company Naver Corp. said Wednesday. More>>

Texas city weighs ban on new fracking permits

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A North Texas community that sits on a large natural gas reserve could become the first city in the state to partially ban hydraulic fracturing, with city leaders in Denton set to vote early Wednesday on a citizen-led... More>>

Study: Friends share similarities in their DNA

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You may be more similar to your friends than you think: A study suggests that the DNA code tends to be more alike between friends than between strangers. More>>

Sling Media unveils 2 devices for out-of-home TV

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Sling Media, the maker of devices that let people watch their cable channels while traveling, is trying to become more relevant in the living room. More>>

Obama seeks to ease Germany's concerns on spying

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President Barack Obama sought to allay German concerns Tuesday over allegations of espionage, pledging to work to improve cooperation during his first conversation with Germany's leader since two Germans were revealed... More>>

Drones: Next big thing in aviation is small

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The next big thing in aviation may be really small. More>>

Answers on link between injection wells and quakes

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States where hydraulic fracturing is taking place have seen a surge in earthquake activity, raising suspicions that the unconventional drilling method could be to blame, especially the wells where the industry disposes of... More>>

Space station shipment launched from Virginia

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A commercial cargo ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Sunday, carrying food, science samples and new odor-resistant gym clothes for the resident crew. More>>

Court KOs New Jersey bid to block ocean blasting

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A federal appeals court on Monday cleared the path for seismic testing off the coast of New Jersey that will blast the floor of the Atlantic Ocean with loud noises as part of a climate change research project. More>>

House votes to extend moratorium on Internet taxes

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The House voted Tuesday to make permanent a moratorium that prevents state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet. More>>

Google appoints Ford ex-CEO Mulally to board

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Google has appointed Alan Mulally, the former CEO of Ford Motor Co., to its board. More>>

Well-known humpback whale killed in boat collision

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Federal law enforcement officials are investigating after a 48-foot female whale well-known in the waters of southeast Alaska was killed in a collision with a boat. More>>

Billionaire Elon Musk giving $1M to Tesla museum

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The billionaire owner of Tesla Motors is giving $1 million to a New York museum dedicated to preserving the legacy of the inventor who inspired its name. More>>

Taking to the sky: Airshow ready for take off

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A lot is at stake in the Farnborough International Airshow, the aviation industry's biggest annual event, which opens Monday. More>>

World Cup online: Brazil's shock shatters records

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As the World Cup neared its end this week, Twitter had a field day with Brazil's humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in the semifinals, which became the most-discussed sports game in the social network's history. More>>

Ride-sharing Lyft's New York City plans postponed

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The on-demand ride-sharing app Lyft postponed its scheduled Friday launch in New York City while a state judge will wait until next week to consider whether its planned operations violate state and local laws. More>>

Lay's newest flavor: Cappuccino?

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American palates have changed considerably over the years, but is the country ready for cappuccino-flavored Lay's? More>>

Obama presses for more lasting highway funding

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President Barack Obama said Tuesday he supports temporary measures to keep federal transportation aid flowing to the states and to keep construction crews on the job, while he also pressed Congress for a more permanent... More>>

UK lawmakers debate emergency data-retention law

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British lawmakers debated the balance between privacy and security Tuesday during an unusual one-day session designed to rush an online surveillance bill through Parliament. More>>

AP Exclusive: North Korea pushes farmers for more

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Rim Ok Hua looks out over her patch of farm just across the Tumen River from China, where rows of lush, green young potato plants stretch into the distance. More>>

FDA weighs cancer risk of fibroid removal devices

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Federal health advisers say there is little to no evidence that a popular technique for removing fibroids can be performed without the risk of spreading undetected cancers to other parts of the body. More>>

Lightning survivor has no memory of deadly strike

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Justin Teilhet doesn't remember hearing a boom or feeling a sting, just waking up numb on the treeless tundra high in Rocky Mountain National Park and discovering his good friend was trying to revive his wife. More>>

Stocks move higher on earnings, acquisition news

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By ALEX VEIGA AP Business Writer Stocks shook off last week's doldrums and finished sharply higher Monday, driven by a round of corporate deal news and strong earnings from Citigroup. More>>

LG Display unveils 18-inch flexible display

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LG Display Co. has developed an 18-inch flexible display that can be rolled into the shape of a thin cylinder, a step toward making a large display for flexible TVs. More>>

US given heads up about newspaper data destruction

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The Obama administration knew in advance that the British government would oversee destruction of a newspaper's hard drives containing leaked National Security Agency documents last year, newly declassified documents... More>>

Amazon asks FAA for permission to fly drones

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Amazon is asking the Federal Aviation Administration permission to use drones as part of its plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less. More>>

Chinese man accused of hacking into US computers

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U.S. authorities have charged a Chinese businessman with hacking into the computer systems of U.S. companies with large defense contracts, including Boeing, to steal data on military projects, including some of the latest... More>>

Inventor pushes solar panels for roads, highways

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The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren't meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways. More>>

US officials: Dinosaurs returning home to Mongolia

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U.S. officials on Thursday turned over to the Mongolian government enough 80 million-year-old dinosaur skeletons to stock a museum, including two relics of a kind of dinosaur that a prosecutor said "memorably stampeded" in... More>>

Anthrax scare reveals more CDC lab safety problems Video included

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Citing an anthrax scare and other safety problems, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday said it shut down two research labs and stopped shipping highly dangerous germs to other labs. More>>

SpaceX launches cluster of commercial satellites

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The SpaceX company has launched a rocket packed with communication satellites. More>>

Polar vortex? Nope, just cooler Midwestern weather

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Unseasonably cool weather will arrive next week in the Midwest and as far south as Arkansas and Oklahoma. More>>

Near spill, reservation wrestles with oil's impact

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Growing up, Ruth Anna Buffalo would follow the dirt track behind her house into the rugged North Dakota badlands, swimming in creeks picketed with beaver dams, finding artifacts and climbing bluffs overlooking Lake... More>>

Heads up! Supermoon is here

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By The Associated Press Look! Up in the sky! It's supermoon! More>>

Iranian court sentences Facebook activists to jail

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -An Iranian court handed jail sentences of eight to 21 years to eight Facebook page administrators, the official IRNA news agency reported on Sunday. More>>

San Francisco parking spot app shuts down service

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An Italian company whose mobile app allows San Francisco drivers to get paid for the public parking spaces they exit has temporarily shut down the service following an order from the city attorney. More>>

Aereo presses case despite Supreme Court setback

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Aereo, the television-over-the-Internet service that suspended operations after the Supreme Court ruled against it, is refusing to disband for good. More>>

Chinese officials will buy more electric cars

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At least 30 percent of newly purchased government cars will be electric and other types of "new energy vehicles," China's official news agency reported Sunday, as the country attempts to tackle air pollution and... More>>

Ohio company wins rights to shipwreck's gold

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A fugitive treasure hunter's company has lost its bid to stop deep-sea explorers from bringing up gold and other artifacts from a ship that sank off the South Carolina coast in 1857 and has been the subject of legal... More>>

Kansas to pursue prairie chicken breeding program

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Kansas will develop a program for breeding lesser prairie chickens in hopes of getting the federal government to back off its listing of the bird as a threatened species, Gov. Sam Brownback announced Thursday. More>>

Heads up! Supermoon coming Saturday; 3 this summer

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The full moon on Saturday will appear to be unusually big. In fact, it will be a "supermoon." More>>

Indicted Russian's family say he's innocent

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Family members of a Russian man charged with hacking in the United States insist he is innocent and fear he will die in custody if he doesn't have his medication. More>>

Indicted Russian's family say he's innocent

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Family members of a Russian man charged with hacking in the United States insist he is innocent and fear he will die in custody if he doesn't have his medication. More>>

Pipeline breach renews call for more monitoring

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A saltwater spill from an underground pipeline in North Dakota has renewed calls from farmers and environmentalists to require new monitoring to help ensure that such breaches are prevented or caught quickly. More>>

Questions and answers about saltwater spills

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By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer An estimated 1 million gallons of saltwater generated by oil drilling has leaked from a North Dakota pipeline, company and tribal officials say, and federal... More>>

FTC sues Amazon over kids' app charges

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The Federal Trade Commission is suing Amazon over charges that the company has not done enough to prevent children from making unauthorized in-app purchases, according to a complaint filed Thursday in federal court. More>>

Morrison named AP's head of US video production

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The Associated Press has named Vaughn Morrison as its new head of US video production. More>>

Recalls this week: power adaptors, knives

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By The Associated Press More than 30,000 power adaptors for cellphones have been recalled because they can overheat and pose a burn hazard. Other recalled items include charging kits that pose a fire... More>>

World Cup online: Brazil's shock shatters records

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As the World Cup neared its end this week, Twitter had a field day with Brazil's humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in the semifinals, which became the most-discussed sports game in the social network's history. More>>

Report: Chinese hackers hit US personnel networks

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Chinese hackers broke into the computer networks of the Office of Personnel Management earlier this year with the intention of accessing the files of tens of thousands of federal employees who had applied for top-secret... More>>

Samsung faces fresh child labor claim in China

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Samsung is facing a fresh accusation that one of its China suppliers hired children to meet production targets during a period of high demand from the South Korean electronics giant. More>>

UK govt seeks data retention law after EU verdict

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Concerned after a European court ruled in favor of citizens' right to privacy, Britain's prime minister pledged Thursday to rush through emergency measures to force phone and Internet companies to store call and... More>>

US, China talk cyberhacking amid new allegations

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Top American officials said Thursday they challenged their counterparts in China to rein in alleged cybersecurity infringements as a new allegation emerged of a brazen attempt by Chinese hackers to break into U.S.... More>>

WHO: Basic hygiene can help prevent MERS spread

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A World Health Organization official on Thursday urged millions of Muslims making the pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to exercise basic hygiene as mass gatherings pose risks of spreading the Middle East respiratory... More>>

China tells reporters to work within state media

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Chinese regulators have banned the country's journalists from sharing information they have obtained on the job with overseas media or publishing it in any venue, such as blogging sites, outside the media they are... More>>

Top Army brass defend troubled intelligence system

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When Gen. John Campbell, the Army's vice chief of staff, appeared last year at a budget hearing on Capitol Hill, he cited his son's experiences as a soldier in Afghanistan to answer a senator's tough questions... More>>

Researchers try to save huge US salamander

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With a long, slimy body and beady eyes, North America's largest salamander wouldn't top any cutest animal lists. The hellbender's alien appearance and mysterious ways have earned the big amphibian a bad... More>>

Cleanup area extends nearly 2 miles after ND spill

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The path of brine spilled from an underground North Dakota pipeline extends nearly 2 miles down a steep ravine, but dead vegetation is limited to about 200 yards from the source of the spill, a company official said Thursday. More>>

Prostitute in Google exec case linked to 2nd death

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Two months before police say a high-priced prostitute calmly left a Google executive dying from a heroin overdose on his yacht, the woman panicked on the phone with a 911 dispatcher as her boyfriend lay on the floor of... More>>

Forgotten vials of smallpox found in storage room

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A government scientist cleaning out an old storage room at a research center near Washington made a startling discovery last week - decades-old vials of smallpox packed away and forgotten in a cardboard box. More>>

California man sentenced to 15 years for espionage

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A federal judge on Thursday sentenced a California chemical engineer to 15 years in prison and fined him $28.3 million for a rare economic-espionage conviction for selling China a secret recipe to a widely used white pigment. More>>

GOP lawmakers try to ease new curbs on ivory sales

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Republicans in the House want to hold up new federal rules intended to crack down on ivory sales because it is becoming more difficult for owners of musical instruments, antiques and guns made with ivory to trade in such... More>>

2 whales die along Puerto Rico's southwest coast

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Government officials in Puerto Rico are investigating the deaths of two of three pilot whales that stranded themselves in the island's southwest region. More>>

Mexico Mayan site gets double heritage status

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The southern Mexico Mayan ruins of Calakmul have become the country's first site to receive the "mixed" World Heritage designation from the United Nations. More>>

Texas city using treated wastewater for drinking

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As much of Texas grapples with lingering drought, a second city in the Lone Star State has begun reusing treated wastewater in a state-approved recycling process to bolster drinking supplies. More>>

Verizon adds 1.4M long-term wireless plans in 2Q

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Verizon added more than 1.4 million long-term wireless subscribers in the second quarter, with strong gains in both smartphones and tablets, the company said Thursday. More>>

Federal judge orders IRS to explain lost emails

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A federal judge on Thursday ordered the IRS to explain under oath how it lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency's tea party controversy. More>>

PC shipment slump bottoms out

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A two-year slump in personal computer sales ended in the second quarter, helped by improving demand in developed markets like North America and Europe. More>>

Los Alamos to get new supercomputer

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Los Alamos National Laboratory is getting a next-generation supercomputer to help maintain the safety and effectiveness of the nation's nuclear weapons. More>>

Samsung earnings hit by slowing China sales

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Samsung Electronics Co. said operating profit declined to a two-year low in the second quarter, hit by the strong local currency and slowing demand for smartphones in China. More>>

Heads up, World Cup teams: The robots are coming

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When robots first started playing soccer, it was a challenge for them just to see the ball. And to stay upright. More>>

Water levels at Nevada's Lake Mead drop to new low

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Drought in the southwestern U.S. will deplete the vast Lake Mead this week to levels not seen since Hoover Dam was completed and the reservoir on the Colorado River was filled in the 1930s, federal water managers said... More>>

Judge says ocean sound blasts need not be halted

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Scientific research that involves blasting the ocean floor with sound waves can go ahead despite an effort by Gov. Chris Christie's administration to halt it, a judge ruled Tuesday. More>>

Interior secretary pledges $43M for conservation

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U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced Tuesday that more than $43 million will be distributed from a federal fund for recreation and conservation projects nationwide, kicking off a weeklong campaign around the... More>>

Bay Area governments make big electric-vehicle buy

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A group of San Francisco Bay Area cities, counties and water agencies has joined forces for what is being billed as one of the largest single government purchases of all-electric vehicles in the country. More>>

Charges: Russian stole data from restaurants, zoo

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A Russian man recently arrested on bank fraud and other charges hacked into computers at restaurants in Western Washington, hundreds of other retail businesses, and even the Phoenix Zoo, U.S. authorities allege. More>>

NY reaches price limit deal with car service Uber

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The car service Uber has agreed to limit prices during emergencies, natural disasters or other unusual market disruptions consistent with New York's law against price gouging, the company and state attorney general... More>>

Report: Chinese hackers hit US personnel networks

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Chinese hackers broke into the computer networks of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management earlier this year with the intention of accessing the files of tens of thousands of federal employees who had applied for... More>>

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