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Apple loses bid to block sales of 9 Samsung phones

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A federal judge has rejected Apple's attempt to block the sale of several older Samsung smartphones that copied features in the iPhone. More>>

Mom: captured son 'honorable' US journalist

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An American freelance journalist held hostage and threatened with death by Islamic militants wanted to tell the world through his writing about oppressed people in the Middle East, his mother said in a video released... More>>

Feds protect 20 species of coral as threatened

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The federal government is protecting 20 types of colorful coral by putting them on the list of threatened species, partly because of climate change. More>>

Reports: FBI probes JPMorgan hack

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The FBI is investigating a hacking attack on JPMorgan Chase and at least one other bank, according to reports citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter. More>>

Feds allows logging after huge California wildfire

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A U.S. Forest Service decision released Wednesday will allow loggers to remove dead trees from 52 square miles of forests blackened last year in a massive central California wildfire, a move contested by environmentalists. More>>

Minister: 2 people have died of Ebola in Congo

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Two Ebola-related deaths have been confirmed in Congo, the country's health minister said Sunday, though local officials believe the cases are unrelated to the outbreak in West Africa that has killed more than 1,400... More>>

UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous

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Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous - and it's increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says. More>>

Alibaba's revenue growth surges in latest quarter

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Alibaba's quarterly revenue growth is surging again, a development that should help the Chinese e-commerce company sell its shares in what could become the technology industry's most lucrative IPO. More>>

Study: Social media users shy away from opinions

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People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center. More>>

NASA's new giant rocket system passes milestone

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NASA says its new giant rocket system passed an internal milestone Wednesday, but the first test launch got pushed back a year to 2018. More>>

Last Call: Pluto-bound craft crosses Neptune orbit

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NASA calls it a cosmic coincidence. More>>

Greek archaeologists enter large underground tomb

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Archaeologists excavating an ancient tomb under a massive burial mound in northern Greece have entered the underground structure, which appears to have been looted in antiquity. More>>

Time Warner Cable says outages largely resolved

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Time Warner Cable said Wednesday that service was largely restored after a problem during routine maintenance caused a nationwide outage of its Internet service for hours. More>>

Video games come of age as spectator sport

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Video games have been a spectator sport since teenagers crowded around arcade machines to watch friends play "Pac-Man." And for decades, kids have gathered in living rooms to marvel at how others master games like "Street... More>>

Japan lab unable to replicate stem cell results

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The Japanese laboratory that retracted a paper reporting a potentially major breakthrough in stem cell research said Wednesday its researchers have not managed to replicate the results. More>>

LG bets on pricey OLED technology as future of TVs

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LG Electronics Inc. announced two new giant OLED TVs with ultra-high definition screens Monday, sticking with its strategy of using the exceptionally expensive OLED display technology. More>>

2 Europe navigation satellites in the wrong orbits

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European space officials say they're investigating whether the inaccurate deployment of two satellites will complicate their efforts to develop a new Galileo satellite navigation system that would rival America's... More>>

Godzilla stomps back in ultra HD, wires intact

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At a humble Tokyo laboratory, Godzilla, including the 1954 black-and-white original, is stomping back with a digital makeover that delivers four times the image quality of high definition. More>>

Pediatricians' Rx for schools: Later start times

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Pediatricians have a new prescription for schools: later start times for teens. More>>

Heart group: E-cigarettes might help smokers quit

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By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer The American Heart Association's first policy statement on electronic cigarettes backs them as a last resort to help smokers quit. The American Cancer... More>>

Hackerspaces used to turn ideas turn into reality

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Inside a nondescript garage-like workshop nestled between restaurants, a flower shop and jewelry stores along Main Street, ideas are taking shape. More>>

TiVo to make version for those without cable

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Here's a sign more households are going without cable or satellite TV: TiVo Inc. is making a digital video recorder just for so-called cord-cutters. More>>

Amazon could be ESPN of video games in Twitch deal

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Amazon is hoping to become the ESPN of video games. More>>

Sony network hacked, exec's flight diverted

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Hackers attacked Sony's PlayStation Network and apparently disrupted the travel plans of a top company executive by going on Twitter to suggest that there was a bomb on his American Airlines plane. More>>

Quake is major test for hard-luck California city

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The historic blue-collar town of Vallejo is a short distance but a far cry from the touristy Napa Valley vineyards and quaint towns. So when Sunday's earthquake struck, the damage to the wine industry took center stage... More>>

Hawaii volcano lava flow could threaten homes

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Scientists are monitoring lava flowing from a Hawaii volcano eruption that could threaten homes. More>>

Hearings planned after call for nuke-plant closure

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A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility's twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from any one... More>>

Gov't warns US retailers about hacking software

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More than 1,000 U.S. retailers could be infected with malicious software lurking in their cash register computers, allowing hackers to steal customer financial data, the Homeland Security Department said Friday. More>>

Iceland lowers aviation alert level from volcano

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Iceland lowered its aviation alert level to orange from red Sunday, saying there was no sign of an imminent eruption at the Bardarbunga volcano. And scientists at the Icelandic Meteorological Office said their announcement... More>>

Ancient shipwreck off Malta leaves 700 BC cargo

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Divers near a Maltese island have found an ancient ship's cargo that experts say is yielding what could be some of the oldest Phoenician artifacts. More>>

Fitbit: We don't sell personal data

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Fitbit, the maker of a popular line of wearable fitness-tracking devices, said Friday that it does not sell personal data to advertisers, contrary to concerns raised by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer. More>>

Oregon sues Oracle over failed health care website

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The state of Oregon filed a lawsuit Friday against Oracle America Inc. and several of its executives over the technology company's role in creating the troubled website for the state's online health insurance... More>>

Lawsuits challenge FAA drone, model aircraft rules

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Model aircraft hobbyists, research universities and commercial drone interests filed lawsuits Friday challenging a government directive that they say imposes tough new limits on the use of model aircraft and broadens the... More>>

Remember Netscape browser? Class of '18 doesn't

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If you want to feel old, this might do it: Madonna's daughter, Lourdes Ciccone Leon, has enrolled as a freshman at the University of Michigan. More>>

Study: Combining vaccines boosts polio immunity

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New research suggests a one-two punch could help battle polio in some of the world's most remote and strife-torn regions: Giving a single vaccine shot to children who've already swallowed drops of an oral polio... More>>

Iran airs TV footage of purported Israeli drone

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A crash scene aired on Iranian state television Monday purported to show the wreckage of an Israeli drone shot down near an Iranian nuclear site, prompting questions about how a plane with limited range could have... More>>

Ebola: Care and recovery of 2 American aid workers

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Two American aid workers have recovered from Ebola and left an Atlanta hospital, after weeks of intensive treatment in a special isolation unit. More>>

Music site SoundCloud to start paying artists

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SoundCloud said Thursday that it will start paying artists and record companies whose music is played on the popular streaming site, a move that will bring it in line with competitors such as YouTube and Spotify. More>>

NKorea launch pad expansion 'nearing completion'

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Construction to upgrade North Korea's main rocket launch pad should be complete by this fall, allowing Pyongyang to conduct a launch by year's end if it decides to do so, a U.S. research institute said Thursday. More>>

Philippines makes arrests in online extortion ring

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Philippine police have arrested eight suspected members of an online syndicate accused of blackmailing more than 1,000 Hong Kong and Singapore residents after luring them into exposing themselves in front of webcam, an... More>>

NASA: Former astronaut Nagel dies after illness

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Steven R. Nagel, a former astronaut who flew on four space shuttle flights, has died after a long illness. He was 67. More>>

Man dies after being shot backstage at concert

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A 38-year-old man died Saturday after he was shot multiple times backstage during a concert at a popular Silicon Valley venue, authorities said. More>>

Bishop: Slain US journalist Foley opened our eyes

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Slain U.S. journalist James Foley was living his faith by bringing images to the world of people suffering from war and oppressive regimes, a Roman Catholic bishop said Sunday at a Mass in his honor. More>>

Dinosaur footprints set for public display in Utah

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A dry wash full of 112-million-year-old dinosaur tracks that include an ankylosaurus, dromaeosaurus and a menacing ancestor of the Tyrannosaurus rex, is set to open to the public this fall near Moab. More>>

GPS devices find huge water loss in western US

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About 63 trillion gallons of water have been lost to drought in the western United States, enough to blanket the region with 4 inches of water, according to a study published Thursday. More>>

Official says hackers hit up to 25,000 fed workers

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The internal records of as many as 25,000 Homeland Security Department employees were exposed during a recent computer break-in at a federal contractor that handles security clearances, an agency official said Friday. More>>

Airlines on alert as eruption begins in Iceland

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Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano burst forth with a small eruption Saturday under the ice of Europe's largest glacier, scientists said, prompting the country to close airspace over the area. More>>

Social media pushes back at militant propaganda

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The extremists of the Islamic State group have turned their social media into a theater of horror, broadcasting a stomach-turning stream of battles, bombings and beheadings to a global audience. More>>

Tourists evacuated amid Iceland volcano concerns

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Authorities have evacuated tourists from an area north of Iceland's largest glacier amid increased seismic activity around a volcano in the past few days. More>>

Neanderthals and humans had 'ample time' to mix

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Humans and Neanderthals may have coexisted in Europe for more than 5,000 years, providing ample time for the two species to meet and mix, according to new research. More>>

Livestrong $50M gift biggest since Armstrong exit

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Lance Armstrong's former charity made the largest investment in its history Tuesday by giving $50 million to the University of Texas, marking the group's biggest splash since severing ties with the disgraced... More>>

Coal gas boom in China holds climate change risks

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Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle. Both day and night, the rumble of this power... More>>

Davis' accomplishments still inspire despite loss

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Mo'ne Davis will look like a typical eighth-grader when she begins classes at Philadelphia's Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in a couple of weeks. More>>

Apple's stock bounces back to hit a new high

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Apple's stock touched a new high Wednesday, reflecting investors' renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook's ability to outwit the competition and expand the technological hit factory built by the late Steve Jobs. More>>

MLB online chief optimistic on relaxing blackouts

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An easing of blackout restrictions on Major League Baseball games online could come as early as next season, according to the head of baseball's online business. More>>

Islamic State backers under scrutiny in US

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Officially, the FBI agents who swarmed Donald Ray Morgan at Kennedy Airport this month were there to arrest him on a mundane gun charge. But they whisked him away to their Manhattan office and grilled him for two hours on... More>>

B&N, Samsung unveil reading-focused Nook tablet

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Barnes & Noble and Samsung unveiled a new reading-focused tablet that will replace the bookseller's own Nook tablets. More>>

Pet-friendly dating sites match up people, pooches

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On these dating sites, a passion for pets will help you find more than just puppy love. More>>

Dead floppy drive: Kenya recycles global e-waste

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In an industrial area outside Kenya's capital city, workers in hard hats and white masks take shiny new power drills to computer parts. This assembly line is not assembling, though. It is dismantling some of the... More>>

Ice bucket challenge may change nonprofit world

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The ice bucket challenge's phenomenal success is making other charitable organizations rethink how they connect with a younger generation of potential donors. More>>

UPS says 51 retail stores breached by malware

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By DAVID KOENIG AP Business Writer Some customers of The UPS Store may have had their credit and debit card information exposed by a computer virus found on systems at 51 stores in 24 states. More>>

Asian stocks higher after S&P 500 record close

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Asian stocks inched higher on Friday after a record day on Wall Street powered by upbeat data that adds to evidence the world's biggest economy is gaining strength. Gains were tempered as investors awaited a key... More>>

Emerging solar plants scorch birds in mid-air

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Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays - "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair. More>>

Man in mystery selfie comes forward in LA County

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The couple whose selfie was snapped with a Southern California burglary victim's phone has been identified, authorities said Thursday. More>>

Audit: 'Obamacare' tax not meeting revenue target

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An "Obamacare" tax on medical devices is falling short of its revenue target because thousands of companies aren't paying it, according to a government audit released Tuesday. More>>

Tips for parents: To post or not to post?

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Privacy-wary parents are increasingly pausing before they post photos, names and other information about their wee ones on social media. Some are choosing a complete blackout, while others opt for nicknames and a few... More>>

Teams test out a new helmet, but does it work?

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By DAVID BRANDT AP Sports Writer Arkansas coach Bret Bielema proudly posted a message on Twitter last spring that featured the Razorbacks' new helmets - a futuristic design by Riddell called the... More>>

Spacewalking astronauts release baby satellite

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Spacewalking astronauts launched a tiny Peruvian research satellite Monday, setting it loose on a mission to observe Earth. More>>

100,000 elephants killed in Africa, study finds

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Poachers killed an estimated 100,000 elephants across Africa between 2010 and 2012, a huge spike in the continent's death rate of the world's largest mammals because of an increased demand for ivory in China and... More>>

Disabilities in kids rise; not physical problems

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Disabilities among U.S. children have increased slightly, with a bigger rise in mental and developmental problems in those from wealthier families, a 10-year analysis found. More>>

Less shake from artificial quakes, fed study says

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Man-made earthquakes, a side effect of some high-tech energy drilling, cause less shaking and in general are about 16 times weaker than natural earthquakes with the same magnitude, a new federal study found. More>>

US won't reveal records on health website security

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After promising not to withhold government information over "speculative or abstract fears," the Obama administration has concluded it will not publicly disclose federal records that could shed light on the security of the... More>>

Uber hires former Obama adviser Plouffe

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Uber is stepping up its political game with a high-powered new hire. More>>

Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board

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Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is stepping down from the company's board, closing a chapter on 34 years with the software giant. More>>

Voice, image give clues in hunt for Foley's killer

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The Islamic militant in a video showing the death of American journalist James Foley took great care to disguise his identity, dressing head-to-toe in black, with a mask leaving only his eyes visible. More>>

Police seek mystery pair in selfies after burglary

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Would burglars be dumb enough to post selfies on their victim's cloud account? More>>

Almanac predicts colder winter, hotter summer

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The Old Farmer's Almanac, the familiar, 223-year-old chronicler of climate, folksy advice and fun facts, is predicting a colder winter and warmer summer for much of the nation. More>>

Google's pivotal IPO launched a decade of big bets

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Google's IPO, a decade ago this week, launched the company on a trajectory that continues to reshape its business and much of the world in its orbit. More>>

Chip maker Infineon to buy California firm for $3B

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German chip maker Infineon Technologies AG says it has agreed to pay $3 billion in cash for California-based semiconductor firm International Rectifier, which produces power-management components used in everything from... More>>

HTC makes Windows version of flagship One phone

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HTC will start making a version of its flagship HTC One phone with Microsoft's Windows software inside. More>>

Community Health details attack on patient records

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Hospital operator Community Health Systems said a cyberattack took information on more than 4 million patients from its computer network earlier this year. More>>

Sweet job: England seeks 'choc doc' to study candy

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Is there a doctor of chocolate in the house? More>>

US officials: Video shows American's beheading

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A grisly video released Tuesday shows Islamic State militants beheading American journalist James Foley, U.S. officials said, in what the extremists called retribution for recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The militants... More>>

Colleges add luxury touches to new stadiums

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Lining the brightly lit hallways of Populous, one of the leading architectural firms behind college sports, there are hundreds of scale models and graphic renderings of college football stadiums in various stages of... More>>

Government wants to make cars talk to each other

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The Obama administration said Monday it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid... More>>

Gore sues Al Jazeera America for unpaid millions

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Former Vice President Al Gore is suing Al Jazeera America, saying the news network is withholding tens of millions of dollars that it owes for buying Current TV from him and other shareholders for $500 million last year. More>>

Assange talks of leaving embassy, sowing confusion Video included

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sowed confusion Monday with an announcement that appeared to indicate he was leaving his embassy bolt hole, but his spokesman later clarified that that would not happen unless the impasse... More>>

Thousands of intense earthquakes rock Iceland

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Thousands of small intense earthquakes are rocking Iceland amid concerns that one of the country's volcanoes may be close to erupting. More>>

Russian hacking suspect ordered held until trial

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A federal judge on Friday ordered the son of a prominent Russian lawmaker to remain in custody until his trial on computer hacking charges, after a prosecutor said evidence recovered from his laptop after his arrest in the... More>>

Alibaba film unit finds possible accounting issues

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The recently acquired film unit of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba said Friday that a review has uncovered possible accounting irregularities. More>>

'Warcraft' to memorialize Robin Williams in game

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Robin Williams' spirit will live on in the virtual world of Azeroth. More>>

Money laundering charge added to FedEx drug case

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Federal prosecutors say several addicts died soon after receiving shipments of illegal prescription drugs via FedEx. More>>

Dig at Colonial battleground turns up artifacts

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An archaeological dig at a Colonial military site in the southern Adirondacks of New York has turned up thousands of artifacts, from butchered animal bones to uniform buttons, along with a lime kiln used to make mortar for... More>>

Hitchhiking robot charms its way across Canada

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He has dipped his boots in Lake Superior, crashed a wedding and attended an Aboriginal powwow. A talking, bucket-bodied robot has enthralled Canadians since it departed from Halifax last month on a hitchhiking journey to... More>>

Study blames humans for most of melting glaciers

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More than two-thirds of the recent rapid melting of the world's glaciers can be blamed on humans, a new study finds. More>>

Specks returned from space may be alien visitors

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There may be itsy-bitsy aliens among us. More>>

Supervalu becomes latest to suffer data breach

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A data breach at Supervalu may have impacted as many as 200 of its grocery and liquor stores and potentially affected retail chains recently sold by the company in two dozen states. More>>

Orwell rep accuses Amazon of doublespeak

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The literary executor of George Orwell's estate is accusing Amazon.com of committing an Orwellian crime: doublespeak. More>>

Online sites shake up hidebound retailing in India

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Finding a way into India's vast but vexing market has long frustrated foreign retailers. Now, overseas investors are pouring billions of dollars into e-commerce ventures that are circumventing the barriers holding back... More>>

Space station supply ship exits, now packing trash

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A commercial cargo ship has ended its monthlong space station visit. More>>

High-res photo satellite launched from California

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A satellite designed to produce high-resolution images of Earth from space was launched Wednesday from a military base on California's Central Coast. More>>

WNBA players Griner, Johnson engaged

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Women's basketball stars Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson are engaged. More>>

Sen. Ron Wyden calls for surveillance policy shift

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When it comes to searches by law enforcement, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden believes people's online communication should have just as much protection as their homes and property. More>>

Dead 100-year-old woman found in flooded basement

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The body of a 100-year-old suburban Detroit woman was found in her flooded condominium basement Tuesday, a day after heavy rain swamped much of the area and stranded motorists on water-clogged streets and freeways. More>>

Mom, son find wooly mammoth tusks 22 years apart

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A man who was having little luck catching salmon decided to look for fossils over the weekend and found a wooly mammoth tusk in the same Alaska location where his mother found one 22 years ago. More>>

Best-of-summer meteor shower eclipsed by supermoon

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The annual best-of-summer meteor shower peaks late Tuesday and into the wee hours Wednesday morning. More>>

Greek PM says important tomb found in northern dig

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Archaeologists excavating an ancient mound in northern Greece have uncovered what appears to be the entrance to an important tomb from about the end of the reign of warrior-king Alexander the Great, officials said Tuesday. More>>

Sen. Ron Wyden calls for surveillance policy shift

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Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon is calling for a shift in surveillance policy. More>>

Amazon debuts mobile payment app and card reader

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Amazon is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit-card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through... More>>

Netflix goes for laughs with new stand-up specials

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You can have Bill Cosby in the palm of your hand. And Jim Jefferies will tickle you at your discretion. More>>

Apple bans use of 2 chemicals in iPhone assembly

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Apple is banning the use of two potentially hazardous chemicals during the final assembly of iPhones and iPads as part of the company's latest commitment to protect the factory workers who build its trendy devices. More>>

China panel fires adviser over Qualcomm tie

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A panel that advises China's Cabinet on anti-monopoly policy has fired an economist who was paid to help prepare a report for Qualcomm, a U.S. company that is the target of a pricing investigation, according to state... More>>

Lenovo profit up 23 percent on mobile growth

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Lenovo Group, the world's biggest personal computer maker, said Thursday its latest quarterly profit rose 23 percent on strong growth in sales of smartphones and other mobile devices. More>>

Missouri Highway Patrol seizes control of Ferguson Video included

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The Missouri Highway Patrol seized control of a St. Louis suburb Thursday, stripping local police of their law-enforcement authority after four days of clashes between officers in riot gear and furious crowds protesting... More>>

Cisco to lay off up to 6,000 workers

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Cisco said Wednesday that it will lay off up to 6,000 workers, or 8 percent of its workforce, as part of a restructuring. More>>

Police to citizens: Be careful what you tweet

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Police in Washington state are asking the public to stop tweeting during shootings and manhunts to avoid accidentally telling the bad guys what officers are doing. More>>

AP PHOTOS: Lunar show illuminates world's skies

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By The Associated Press People around the world this weekend looked up at the sky to view a lunar phenomenon: the supermoon. More>>

Storm forecasters adding extra layers to warnings

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By KELLY P. KISSEL Associated Press The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center said Monday it will add two threat levels to its weather outlooks so people aren't surprised by really bad... More>>

Games, WeChat boost Tencent profit to $949 million

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China's Tencent Holdings Ltd., which operates online games and the popular WeChat messaging service, said Wednesday its quarterly profit rose 59 percent due to strong growth in its mobile business. More>>

Berlin taxi drivers hail city's Uber ban

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Berlin taxi drivers were celebrating Thursday after authorities banned the ridesharing service Uber from operating in the city because of safety concerns. More>>

Protests turn violent in St. Louis suburb Video included

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Protests in the St. Louis suburb rocked by racial unrest since a white police officer shot an unarmed black teenager to death turned violent Wednesday night, with some people lobbing Molotov cocktails and other objects at... More>>

DOJ: Hacking suspect's lawyers may face conflict

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Two attorneys representing the son of a prominent Russian lawmaker may face a conflict of interest because their firm represented victims of a hacking scheme he's accused of running, the U.S. Justice Department said... More>>

Stanford professor 1st woman to win top math prize

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An Iranian-born Stanford University professor is the first woman to win math's highest honor, the Fields Medal. More>>

Study: Keystone carbon pollution more than figured

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The much-debated Keystone XL pipeline could produce four times more global warming pollution than the State Department calculated earlier this year, a new study concludes. More>>

Cisco 4Q profit drops 1 percent

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Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO) on Wednesday reported profit that declined by 1 percent in its fiscal fourth quarter, but beat analysts' expectations. More>>

Report: NSA eyed preset strikes in cyberattacks

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The National Security Agency secretly planned a cyberwarfare program that could automatically fire back at cyberattacks from foreign countries without any human involvement, creating the risk of accidentally starting a... More>>

App to hail taxis, limos launches in Las Vegas

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Las Vegas visitors can now hail a ride from a taxi or limo company using their smartphone, even if they can't use the popular ridesharing apps available in many other U.S. cities. More>>

Obama takes step to improve government technology

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The White House on Monday announced the creation of a team of digital experts tasked with upgrading the government's technology infrastructure and making its websites more consumer friendly. More>>

Apple's tech jobs held mostly by white, Asian men

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Apple primarily relies on white and Asian men for its top-paying technology jobs, feeding the perception that Silicon Valley's economic boom is largely excluding women, blacks and Hispanics. More>>

'Street view' goes undersea to map reefs, wonders

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It's easy to go online and get a 360-degree, ground-level view of almost any street in the United States and throughout the world. Soon, scientists hope people will be able to do the same with coral reefs and other... More>>

US bots flagged Ebola before outbreak announced

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The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is focusing a spotlight on an online tool run by experts in Boston that flagged a "mystery hemorrhagic fever" in forested areas of southeastern Guinea nine days before the World Health... More>>

Decision could boost use of popular weed killer

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Faced with tougher and more resistant weeds, corn and soybean farmers are anxiously awaiting government decisions on a new version of a popular herbicide - and on genetically modified seeds to grow crops designed to resist... More>>

Amazon debuts mobile payment app and card reader

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Amazon is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit-card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through... More>>

Other social media back Facebook in NYC dispute

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Facebook's fight against prosecutors over nearly 400 search warrants for users' postings and other data is drawing support from other social media companies and civil libertarians. More>>

Busted: 5 Myths about Facebook's messenger app

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Facebook's recent effort to force people to adopt its standalone mobile messaging app has privacy-concerned users up in arms. Many of them believe the app is especially invasive. More>>

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