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Pipe break that flooded UCLA dumps 20M gallons

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The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles into a mucky mess points to the risks and expense many... More>>

Researchers: World Trade Center ship dates to 1773

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It's a ship tied to two critical points in American history: Sept. 11, 2001, and the eve of the Revolutionary War. More>>

Annoying minor floods are increasing on US coasts

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Along much of America's coasts, the type of flooding that is more annoying than dangerous has jumped more than fivefold in the last 50 years, the federal government reported Monday. More>>

AP PHOTOS: Coal-exporting town fights rising seas

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Norfolk is trapped between the causes and consequences of global warming. More>>

Corning donates $1.8M in parts for space telescope

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Corning Inc. has donated $1.8 million in high-tech components for a telescope a private group wants to launch into space. More>>

Report: More acidic seawater poses risks in Alaska

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The release of carbon dioxide into the air from power plant smokestacks to the tailpipe on your car could pose a risk to red king crab and other lucrative fisheries in Alaska, a new report says. More>>

Sanctions will damage Russia if not lifted quickly Video included

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U.S. and European sanctions against Russia's energy and finance sectors are strong enough to cause deep, long-lasting damage within months unless Moscow persuades the West to repeal them by withdrawing support for... More>>

Analysts: Samsung phone shipments falter in 2Q

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Samsung Electronics Co., the world's biggest maker of smartphones, saw its sales drop in the second quarter, a research firm said Tuesday. More>>

Portland OKs Airbnb-type short-term rentals

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The Portland City Council voted Wednesday to legalize short-term rentals in single-family homes, giving added legitimacy to rental websites such as Airbnb. More>>

How Asana hopes to purge the scourge of email

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By The Associated Press Associated Press Asana is a service created to minimize the need for workplace email by serving as a one-stop shop for assigning work, sharing ideas, posting important updates and... More>>

OKCupid, Facebook not alone in studying consumers

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Think you're in control? Think again. More>>

Stocks flatten out after Fed delivers no surprises

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A cheerful report on the U.S. economy, rising profits and no surprises from the Federal Reserve left the stock market nearly where it started on Wednesday. More>>

Processing issue delays bar exam submissions

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Law school graduates sweated their way through the second and final day of their bar exams Wednesday, some relieved to see paper and pencil after running into a technical glitch that kept test takers in several states from... More>>

A look at the EU's new sanctions against Russia

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The European Union's sanctions against Russia are bound to inflict pain on the country's ailing economy. While still narrowly targeted, they come as a warning shot to convince Moscow to change its Ukraine policies... More>>

Ex-IRS official called conservatives 'crazies

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A former IRS official at the center of the agency's tea party controversy referred to some right-wing Republicans as "crazies" and more in emails released Wednesday. A key GOP lawmaker says the remarks show that Lois... More>>

China investigating Microsoft in monopoly case

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China's anti-monopoly agency announced an investigation Tuesday of Microsoft Corp., stepping up regulatory pressure on foreign technology companies. More>>

Professors object to FAA restrictions on drone use

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University and college professors are complaining that government restrictions on the use of small drones are likely to stifle academic research. More>>

Samsung postpones launch of Tizen smartphone

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Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday it is delaying sales of its first Tizen-powered smartphone in the latest setback to the company's ambition to create a mobile platform to rival Google's Android or Apple's iOS. More>>

2 tabloid journalists charged with phone hacking

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British police have charged two former senior journalists at the now-defunct News of the World tabloid with conspiring to hack phones. More>>

Former IRS official called GOP 'crazies' in email

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A former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party controversy called Republicans "crazies" and more in newly released emails. More>>

Billions of GI Bill funds go to for-profit schools

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Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have flocked to for-profit colleges, including a troubled chain that is closing or selling its campuses amid a series of federal and state investigations. More>>

Amazon to invest $2 bln to expand in India

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The world's largest online retailer is facing off in India against a new name in e-commerce that was founded by former Amazon employees. More>>

Microsoft spreads Cortana abroad in Windows Phone

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Microsoft is spreading its Cortana digital assistant abroad, starting with China and the U.K. More>>

The man responsible for Hilton's grand turnaround

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Nearly every weekend, Chris Nassetta is cooking in his family's oversized kitchen, outfitted with two commercial-grade refrigerators, three sinks and a deep fryer. More>>

Britain to test driverless cars next year

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British officials says driverless cars will be tested on roads in as many as three cities in a trial program to begin in January More>>

Nintendo reports loss on shaky Wii U sales

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Nintendo Co. sank to a worse-than-expected loss for the fiscal first quarter on lagging Wii U and 3DS video-game machine sales. More>>

West seeks to inflict more economic pain on Russia Video included

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Citing Russia's stalled growth rate and a flow of foreign capital out of Moscow, U.S. and European officials hope a new round of sanctions targeting energy and defense entities, as well as major banks, will deepen... More>>

Twitter 2Q results soar, stock flies high

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The little blue bird is flying high. Stronger-than-expected financial results pushed Twitter's stock sharply higher on Tuesday after the short messaging service said its revenue more than doubled in the second quarter. More>>

US, Europe impose tough new sanctions on Russia Video included

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Spurred to action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, including an arms embargo and restrictions on state-owned banks.... More>>

Admiral: World getting 'numb' to NKorean missiles

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Amid concerns about its development and testing of nuclear weapons, North Korea may be lulling the world into largely accepting its advances in missile technology, the admiral in charge of American forces in Asia and the... More>>

Institute: NKorea upgrading rocket launch site

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North Korea is upgrading its main rocket launch site and has conducted a series of engine tests as it develops a mobile, intercontinental missile that could increase the threat it poses to the United States, a U.S.... More>>

Cellphone unlocking set to become legal again

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Congress passed a bill Friday that makes it legal to "unlock" cellphones so the devices can -at least in some instances- be used on other carriers. More>>

Lyft says it's starting New York City service

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The on-demand ride-sharing app Lyft planned to start limited service in New York City on Friday night after reaching agreement with officials to resolve regulatory issues that prompted a lawsuit by the state. More>>

EU antitrust body clears Apple's $3bn Beats deal

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The European Union's antitrust authority has cleared Apple's $3 billion deal to buy Beats Electronics, which makes headphones and offers music streaming services. More>>

Comic-Con gets first look at 'Mockingjay' trailer

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The trailer for the next film in the popular "Hunger Games" series is making its premiere at Comic-Con. More>>

Caught on radar: Beer-loving bugs swarm in Midwest

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Mayflies have begun emerging from the Mississippi River in swarms that show up on radar like thunderstorms, coat roads and leave behind slimy messes. They've already been blamed for at least one car crash this week in... More>>

North Dakota industrial fire cleanup to take weeks

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Cleanup efforts at the still-smoking site of an oil field supply company in North Dakota that caught fire earlier this week could take weeks, an Environmental Protection Agency Official said Friday. More>>

Lake Huron fishery recovers, but anglers skeptical

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More than a decade after its prized chinook salmon crashed, Lake Huron is fertile fishing territory once more, with fast-growing populations of native species such as walleye and lake trout, biologists say. Now the... More>>

US plans wide seismic testing of sea floor

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The federal government is planning to use sound blasting to conduct research on the ocean floor along most of the East Coast, using technology similar to that which spawned a court battle between environmentalists and... More>>

Asia stocks rise modestly ahead of US, China data

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Asian stock markets posted modest gains Tuesday as investors treaded cautiously ahead of U.S. and Chinese economic reports later this week. More>>

Judge OKs record-setting $2B sale of Clippers

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Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling lost his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. More>>

LeBron deep-sixes number; will be No. 23 with Cavs

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By The Associated Press LeBron James will go back to wearing jersey No. 23 in his return to Cleveland. More>>

Sarah Palin launches online subscription channel

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Sarah Palin has started her own subscription-based online network. More>>

Zillow buying Trulia to build real estate titan

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Zillow and Trulia, two companies that changed the way people shop for homes, are combining. More>>

Amazon shares fall on 2Q loss

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Shares of Amazon.com Inc. fell Thursday after the e-commerce retailer reported a deeper-than-expected second quarter loss as expenses outpaced a surge in revenue. More>>

Zillow buying Trulia to make real estate titan

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Real estate website operator Zillow is buying rival Trulia in a $3.5 billion deal that would make the biggest player in the online real estate market. More>>

Amazon worker piloted drone around Space Needle

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An Amazon.com employee from out of town was the operator of a drone that buzzed the Seattle Space Needle this week, police said. More>>

US companies increasingly fish for growth overseas

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Major U.S. companies are starting to reap their most rapid growth in fertile lands of opportunity far from home. More>>

Fukushima study: Think about unthinkable disasters

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A U.S. science advisory report says Japan's Fukushima nuclear accident offers a key lesson to the nation's nuclear industry: Focus more on the highly unlikely but worst case scenarios. More>>

Wyoming cave with fossil secrets to be excavated

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For the first time in three decades, scientists are about to revisit one of North America's most remarkable troves of ancient fossils: the bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at least 30 feet deep at the bottom... More>>

BSkyB to create multinational European TV network

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London-based pay TV network BSkyB has agreed to take control of its sister companies in Italy and Germany, creating a multinational European broadcaster. The deal could have a wider impact on the media industry, giving... More>>

'Avengers' unleash 'Ultron' footage at Comic-Con

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Several members of "The Avengers" descended on Comic-Con on Saturday to debut the first footage from the upcoming superhero sequel. More>>

Baidu profit up 34 percent as mobile service grows

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Baidu Inc., which operates China's most popular search engine, said Friday its quarterly profit rose 34 percent over a year earlier as its mobile business grew. More>>

Report: China to declare Qualcomm a monopoly

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Chinese regulators have concluded Qualcomm Inc., one of the biggest makers of chips used in mobile devices, has a monopoly, a government newspaper reported Friday. 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>>

Nokia sees brighter future without handset unit

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There is life after mobile phones for Nokia. More>>

Threat against US Open of Surfing leads to arrest

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Police in Southern California have arrested a 16-year-old boy who made a threat on social media against this weekend's U.S. Open of Surfing. More>>

APNewsBreak: Study recommends inmate immunity test

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Federal experts are recommending that California test inmates for immunity to a sometimes fatal soil-borne fungus before incarcerating them at two Central Valley state prisons where the disease has killed nearly three... 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>>

Social Security's $300M IT project doesn't work

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After spending nearly $300 million on a new computer system to handle disability claims, the Social Security Administration still can't get it to work. And officials can't say when it will. 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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

LG Electronics says 2Q profit more than doubled

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LG Electronics Inc. reported a forecast-beating quarterly profit Thursday and gave an upbeat outlook for smartphone profitability as its mobile division ended a streak of losses. More>>

Scientists make love, war weapons in 'Manhattan'

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Writer-producer Sam Shaw was grappling with how to craft a TV drama about the war on terror and the price it exacts from those who keep its secrets. 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>>

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>>

NYC official: Thieves got into 1K StubHub accounts Video included

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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>>

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>>

10 Things to Know for Friday

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By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday: More>>

Texas governor's startup fund is not all it seems

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry has distributed $205 million in taxpayer money to scores of technology startups using a pet program designed to bring high-paying jobs and innovation to the nation's second most-populous state. More>>

UK: Former reporter sentenced for phone hacking

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A former British tabloid reporter was given a 10-month suspended prison sentence Thursday for his role in the long-running phone hacking scandal that shook Rupert Murdoch's media empire. More>>

European Central Bank hit by data theft

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The European Central Bank said Thursday that email addresses and other contact information have been stolen from a database that serves its public website, though it stressed that no internal systems or market-sensitive... 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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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 Video included

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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>>

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>>

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