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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>>

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>>

Uber hires former Obama adviser Plouffe

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

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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

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

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

New Jersey's Christie takes Ice Bucket Challenge

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is proving again he doesn't mind a little humiliation. More>>

#Barmageddon: Law students sue over software

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Five law students have sued a Florida software company over a computer submission system that malfunctioned while they and thousands of others across the country were taking the bar exam one day in July - showing that... More>>

Guide to developments in St. Louis police shooting Video included

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After an unarmed black teenager was shot by a police officer, a St. Louis suburb endured two nights of violence sparked by racial tensions. Here's a look at the key elements of the shooting and the unrest that followed: More>>

APNewsBreak: Feds reverse course on wolverines

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U.S. wildlife officials are withdrawing proposed protections for the snow-loving wolverine in a course reversal announced Tuesday that highlights lingering uncertainties over what a warming climate means for some... More>>

Canada sends icebreakers to Arctic to gather data

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Canada has sent two icebreakers to the High Arctic to gather scientific data in support of its plan to bid for control of the sea floor under and beyond the North Pole. More>>

FDA approves lung preservation machine

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Federal health regulators have approved a novel device that can preserve donated lungs outside the body for possible transplantation into critically ill patients. More>>

Wal-Mart: Try, try again

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Wal-Mart thought shoppers would like the opportunity to use a smartphone app to scan items they want to buy as they walk through store aisles. In theory, they could speed through self-checkout. More>>

Judge rejects $324.5M settlement of tech wage case

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A federal judge has decided a $324.5 million settlement isn't enough to cover the damages done to more than 60,000 high-tech workers in a class-action lawsuit alleging Google and Apple conspired with other technology... More>>

'Advanced Warfare' jumps past predecessors

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It feels like a well-armed Christmas morning at Sledgehammer Games. More>>

US agency warns consumers about Bitcoin risks

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Federal regulators are warning consumers about the risks of using virtual currencies such as Bitcoin. More>>

NASA Mars test called success despite torn chute

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Sending heavier vehicles and, eventually, humans to Mars requires first testing new technologies to see if they actually work. More>>

Dig this: Ancient bones found in Wyoming cave

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North American lions, cheetahs and short-faced bears: Those are just a few fearsome critters from 25,000 years ago paleontologists already might have found in their first excavation of a bizarre northern Wyoming cave in 30... More>>

What's behind Hawaii's twin storms: Mostly luck

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All sorts of weather factors came together for Hawaii's twin hurricane threat: stuck currents, an oddball brewing El Nino, slightly warmer water but mostly just bad luck. More>>

Scientists make cheap, fast self-assembling robots

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In what may be the birth of cheap, easy-to-make robots, researchers have created complex machines that transform themselves from little more than a sheet of paper and plastic into walking automatons. More>>

WTO upholds 'rare earth' ruling against China

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The World Trade Organization has upheld a ruling that China violated trade rules with restrictions on the export of "rare earths," the minerals used in mobile phones, hybrid cars and other high-tech products. More>>

Bad behavior on social media can cost recruits

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At St. Paul's Episcopal School in Mobile, Alabama, the high school that produced Crimson Tide quarterbacks AJ McCarron and Jake Coker, there's a new preseason ritual for football players: the social media talk. More>>

Hagel: US, India must improve defense cooperation

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The United States and India must seize opportunities to collaborate more on defense development and not let government red tape and other problems stymie progress between the two nations, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel... More>>

Russian accused of hacking is arraigned in Seattle

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A Russian lawmaker's son accused of hacking computers at hundreds of U.S. businesses and stealing credit card information pleaded not guilty to 29 charges Friday. More>>

Spying revelations lead to German encryption boom

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Revelations about the National Security Agency's electronic eavesdropping capabilities have sparked anger in Germany and a boom in encryption services that make it hard for the most sophisticated spies to read emails,... More>>

Oracle sues Oregon over health insurance exchange

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Oracle Corp. has sued the state of Oregon in a fight over the state's health insurance exchange, saying government officials are using the technology company's software despite $23 million in disputed bills. More>>

Judge to review Facebook posts of rape accuser

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A New Jersey judge has ordered a teen who accused a man of rape to turn over access to her Facebook account, providing another example of social media's growing use in courtrooms and the resulting privacy concerns. More>>

Google using its clout to widen use of encryption

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Google is wielding the power of its dominant Internet search engine to push more websites into protecting the people using their services. More>>

Crash of Iranian built plane leaves 39 dead

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A locally built Iranian passenger plane crashed shortly after takeoff in Tehran on Sunday, killing 39 people and reviving questions about the safety of a cash-strapped aviation sector left hobbled by international sanctions. More>>

Soaked for charity: Ice bucket challenges get cool

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The idea is simple: Take a bucket of ice water, dump it over your head, record it and post the video on social media. More>>

Study: Oceans more tainted with man-made mercury

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In much of the world's oceans, levels of the metal mercury are double to triple what they were before the industrial revolution, a new study says. More>>

Comet joined by space probe after 10-year pursuit

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Turning what seemed like a science fiction tale into reality, an unmanned probe swung alongside a comet on Wednesday after a 4-billion mile (6.4-billion kilometer) chase through outer space over the course of a decade. More>>

Pew: Split views on robots' employment benefits

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In 2025, self-driving cars could be the norm, people could have more leisure time and goods could become cheaper. Or, there could be chronic unemployment and an even wider income gap, human interaction could become a... More>>

Petition: Strapping iPads to tortoises is cruel

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A Colorado art museum is standing by an upcoming exhibit featuring three tortoises with iPads mounted on their backs, despite calls from animal-rights activists to call off the exhibit as animal abuse. More>>

Monkeys take 'selfies,' sparking copyright dispute

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Monkey see, monkey do. But when a monkey takes a selfie, who owns the copyright? More>>

Women stoned to death in Syria for adultery

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A cleric read the verdict before the truck came and dumped a large pile of stones near the municipal garden. Jihadi fighters then brought in the woman, clad head to toe in black, and put her in a small hole in the ground.... More>>

Residents: Restrict emissions at oil refineries

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Environmental advocates and residents living near oil refineries asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday to force petroleum companies to adopt stricter emissions standards and publicly release emissions... More>>

Fox: No more pursuits of content companies

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Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. executives said Wednesday that the company won't try to buy any other big content companies, a day after it called off its pursuit of rival media giant Time Warner Inc. More>>

Sprint names new CEO after dropping T-Mobile bid

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Sprint's new owner is replacing its longtime CEO with a Bolivian billionaire and entrepreneur after dropping its bid for rival wireless carrier T-Mobile US. More>>

Spiked Sprint-T-Mobile deal may mean lower prices

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The collapse of Sprint's push to buy T-Mobile US could mean fresh options in wireless plans and lower prices for U.S. consumers. But in the long run, tougher competition on prices could lead to slower service and... More>>

Cool summer sets expectations for a record harvest

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A mild summer across much of the nation's heartland has provided optimum growing conditions for the nation's corn and soybean crops. Pair that with high-yield seeds and other new farming technologies, and the U.S.... More>>

Correction: Wetlands-Water Reuse story

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In a story Aug. 3 about a man-made wetland system, The Associated Press erroneously reported the amount of water the system contributes to a local reservoir. It adds 65 million gallons per day, not 65,000 gallons. More>>

Yelp CEO reviews his own business after 10 years

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After Yelp posted the first quarterly profit in its history last week, the online business review site got panned on Wall Street. The company's stock plummeted 11 percent the day after the results came out, wiping out... More>>

Europe's oldest village sought under Greek bay

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The world's largest solar-powered boat has arrived in southern Greece to participate in an ambitious underwater survey that will seek traces of what could be one of the oldest human settlements in Europe. More>>

Questions and answers about Lake Erie toxic algae

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By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer Hundreds of thousands of people in Toledo, Ohio, and nearby southeastern Michigan were unable to use tap water from Saturday until Monday morning because of unsafe... More>>

Outdoor enthusiasts use gadgets to stay plugged in

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It used to be that outdoor enthusiasts went into the wilderness to unplug. Now, most want to stay plugged in to their electronic devices as long as they can. More>>

Museum rediscovers ancient skeleton in storage

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An archaeology museum in Philadelphia has made an extraordinary find - in its own storage rooms. More>>

Scientists ask bird oglers to help study puffins

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Wanted: puffinologists. No experience necessary. More>>

7 ways to create better, stronger passwords

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With the recent news that a Russian hacker ring has amassed some 1.2 billion username and password combinations, it's a good time to review ways to protect yourself online. More>>

China tightens grip on instant messaging services

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China's government tightened control over popular instant messaging services Thursday after telling South Korea that access to some foreign services was blocked because they were used to exchange terrorism-related... More>>

Samsung, Apple agree to drop lawsuits outside US

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Samsung and Apple Inc. have agreed to end all patent lawsuits between each other outside the U.S. in a step back from three years of legal hostilities between the world's two largest smartphone makers. More>>

New 'trashy' reality TV show focuses on recyclers

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A new show wants to redefine the meaning of trashy television. More>>

China probes automakers, technology firms

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Chinese regulators have launched a series of anti-monopoly investigations of global automakers and technology providers, stepping up pressure on foreign companies that feel increasingly unwelcome in China. More>>

Expert wants to help nab Russian password thieves Video included

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The hackers are a tight knit group, 10 or 11. They live in a Russian town, and have real jobs. But in their down time, the cybercriminals have spent the past seven months gathering a hoard of personal data, stealing 1.2... More>>

Security contractor says hit by computer breach

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Two government agencies said Wednesday they limited operations with a major government contractor that oversees hundreds of thousands of security clearance background checks for civilian and military workers after the... More>>

Study: Wide hospital quality gap on maternity care

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Where a woman delivers her baby can make a major difference to her own health - a quality gap that remains largely hidden from mothers-to-be. More>>

Bear escapes habitat at Texas zoo; no one hurt

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A 220-pound black bear who managed to climb out of a South Texas zoo exhibit took a dip in a pond with some harbor seals before staffers tranquilized him. More>>

General killed in Afghan attack was engineer

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Harold J. Greene, the two-star Army general who became the highest-ranking U.S. military officer to be killed in either of America's post-9/11 wars, was an engineer who rose through the ranks as an expert in developing... More>>

Picture it: Facial recognition to find lost dogs

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Any worried pet owner who has spent days hanging posters, making phone calls and knocking on neighbors' doors hopes there's a more scientific way to find a lost dog. More>>

Official: Anthrax found in bison, no food concern

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The year's first case of animal anthrax in South Dakota has been confirmed in a bison herd in the northern part of the state, which is home to the most domesticated bison on ranches in the country. But experts say... More>>

HK court: Tycoon can sue Google over autocomplete

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A court has ruled that a Hong Kong tycoon can sue Google over its autocomplete results suggesting he has links to organized crime. More>>

Xiaomi beats Samsung in Chinese smartphone market

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Xiaomi, a Chinese handset maker little known in the West, overtook tech giant Samsung Electronics Co. to become China's top-selling smartphone brand in the second quarter, a market research company said Tuesday. More>>

General killed in Afghan attack was engineer

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Harold J. Greene, the two-star Army general who on Tuesday became the highest-ranking U.S. military officer to be killed in either of America's post-9/11 wars, was an engineer who rose through the ranks as an expert in... More>>

Report: Sprint dropping T-Mobile bid

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Shares of Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile US Inc. have fallen sharply in after-hours trading after a published report said Sprint was ending its pursuit of a merger of the two cellphone carriers. More>>

Microsoft hires Qualcomm exec to make more deals

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has lured away an executive from smartphone chip maker Qualcomm to hammer out more deals that will expand the software maker's presence in the mobile device market. More>>

Report: Russian hackers steal 1.2B passwords Video included

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Russian hackers have stolen 1.2 billion user names and passwords in a series of Internet heists affecting 420,000 websites, according to a report published Tuesday. More>>

StubHub Music app takes on Live Nation in concerts

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StubHub, the ticket reselling subsidiary of eBay Inc., is launching its StubHub Music app nationwide as it goes after core music fans in a challenge to Live Nation in the concert business. More>>

Barges may sail down Mississippi by weekend

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Federal officials hope a massive effort to remove silt and sand deposits from the bed of the Mississippi River in Minnesota will have cleared a path for hundreds of tied-up barges carrying millions of dollars in cargo to... More>>

Wildlife refuges phasing out GMO crops, pesticides

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National wildlife refuges around the country are phasing out genetically modified crops and a class of pesticides related to nicotine in programs meant to provide food for wildlife. More>>

21st Century Fox abandons pursuit of Time Warner

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By MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Business Writer Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox is abandoning its attempt to take over Time Warner in a proposed deal that would have combined two of the world's biggest... More>>

LinkedIn pays $6M in unpaid wages, damages

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Professional networking service LinkedIn has agreed to pay nearly $6 million in unpaid wages and damages to 359 current and former employees, the Labor Department said on Monday. More>>

Former NSA chief defends cybersecurity venture

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Even in an era when former officials routinely profit from business ventures linked to their public service, recently retired National Security Agency chief Keith Alexander raised eyebrows when he disclosed he is working... More>>

Seattle artist sues over 'Angry Birds' pet toys

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A Seattle artist who designed a line of plush pet toys called "Angry Birds" is suing the company that sold them, saying it cheated her of millions of dollars when it reached a deal with the Finnish company that makes the... More>>

Gannett splits publishing, broadcasting in two

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The game of survival is on for newspapers, as USA Today owner Gannett on Tuesday became the most recent major media entity to say it will divide its print and broadcast divisions into separate companies. More>>

At a glance: Recent print media spinoffs

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By The Associated Press Gannett will spin off its print business including USA Today into a separate company as it focuses on its TV and digital media properties, the company said Tuesday. The deal,... More>>

2-pound Michigan baby undergoes heart procedure

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A 2-pound Michigan newborn dubbed "Mighty Girl" by her parents is one of the smallest babies in the world to undergo a heart procedure to open up a blocked artery caused by a congenital defect. More>>

Communications satellite launched into space

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A communications satellite has been launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. More>>

Parched Texas city hopes to cut lake evaporation

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A North Texas city already has deployed two unusual techniques to try to cope with a persistent and lengthy drought, and Wichita Falls just added a third, more extreme tool to try to deal with its dwindling water supply. More>>

Rare whale fossil pulled from California backyard Video included

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A search-and-rescue team pulled a rare half-ton whale fossil from a Southern California backyard Friday, a feat that the team agreed to take on as a makeshift training mission. More>>

Target lowers forecast, estimates breach costs

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Target has lowered its second-quarter forecast citing the promotional discounts it had to use to attract shoppers. More>>

Concerts on Yahoo make best of industry struggles

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Sometimes the struggles of an industry can bring music to your ears. And your screens. More>>

Thailand's censors ban 'Tropico 5' computer game

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Censors under Thailand's military junta have banned a city-building simulation computer game, saying it could hurt the country's security, a video game distributor said Monday. More>>

Microsoft sues Samsung in royalty dispute

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Microsoft said Friday it is suing Samsung for threatening to stop paying Microsoft royalties for patents behind the Android operating system. More>>

Telefonica bids to create Brazil's top operator

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Spain's telecommunications company Telefonica says it has made a 6.7 billion-euro ($9 billion) offer to buy Brazilian operator Global Village Telecom, or GVT, from French media conglomerate Vivendi. More>>

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  • Gaza cease-fire efforts collapse in heavy fighting

    Gaza cease-fire efforts collapse in heavy fighting

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:07 PM EDT2014-08-20 00:07:30 GMT
    Palestinian and Israeli negotiators in Cairo are trying to hammer out a roadmap for the Gaza Strip after Egypt announced a 24-hour extension of the cease-fire to allow more time for the talks.More
    Egyptian attempts to broker an end to a monthlong war between Israel and Hamas collapsed in heavy fighting Tuesday, with Palestinian militants firing dozens of rockets and Israel responding with airstrikes across the Gaza...More
  • Liberia president declares Ebola curfew

    Liberia president declares Ebola curfew

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    The U.N. health agency says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has now killed more than 1,200 people.More
    Liberia's president declared a curfew and ordered security forces to quarantine a slum home to at least 50,000 people late Tuesday as the West African country battled to stop the spread of Ebola in the capital.More
  • Tens of thousands march on Pakistani parliament

    Tens of thousands march on Pakistani parliament

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 6:34 PM EDT2014-08-19 22:34:32 GMT
    Tensions rose in the Pakistani capital on Tuesday as an opposition rally prepared to march toward the Parliament and government headquarters in Islamabad later in the day and authorities beefed up security measures...More
    Tens of thousands of protesters armed with wire cutters and backed by cranes broke through barriers protecting Pakistan's parliament and other government buildings Tuesday night, demanding the country's prime...More
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  • US officials: Video shows American's beheading

    US officials: Video shows American's beheading

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 12:54 AM EDT2014-08-20 04:54:41 GMT
    The Obama administration says it has not confirmed the authenticity of a video that purports to show the killing of an American journalist by Islamic State militants.More
    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
  • Governor won't seek removal of county prosecutor

    Governor won't seek removal of county prosecutor

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 12:27 AM EDT2014-08-20 04:27:22 GMT
    The National Guard has arrived in Ferguson but kept its distance from the streets where protesters have again clashed with police in the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer.More
    Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that he would not seek the removal of the county prosecutor overseeing the investigation into the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, which has sparked more than a week of nightly...More
  • Macy's to pay $650,000 in shopper-profiling probe

    Macy's to pay $650,000 in shopper-profiling probe

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 12:14 AM EDT2014-08-20 04:14:22 GMT
    The retailer Macy's has agreed to pay $650,000 to settle allegations of racial profiling at its flagship store in Manhattan's Herald Square.More
    The retailer Macy's has agreed to pay $650,000 to settle allegations of racial profiling at its flagship store in Manhattan's Herald Square.More
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