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Google parent turns on internet balloons in Puerto Rico

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Google says its stratospheric balloons are now delivering the internet to remote areas of Puerto Rico where cellphone towers were knocked out by Hurricane Maria. More>>

Study: Pollution kills 9 million a year, costs $4.6 trillion

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Environmental pollutants are killing at least 9 million people and costing the world $4.6 trillion a year, a toll exceeding that of war, smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More>>

This week in odd news: Bathtub gator; Too fat for prison?

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This week in odd news: Attorney argues convicted tax schemer is too fat for prison; Unpaid $7 Waffle House bill leads to ID theft ring; Robbers with hunting knives demand $1 from store, then flee; Rescue group takes in alligator that outgrew bathtub. More>>

US stocks end higher; S&P 500, Dow on 6-week winning streak

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U.S. stocks are up slightly in early trading Friday as investors cheer a crop of strong company earnings. More>>

The Latest: Spain court that ruled on Catalonia hacked

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A Cabinet meeting is underway in Madrid to outline government measures for taking control of the Catalonia region to stop regional authorities from breaking away from Spain. More>>

Packers place QB Aaron Rodgers on injured reserve

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Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers says in post with photo on social media that surgery went well on his broken collarbone. More>>

Applying for a credit card? Please take a selfie

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Payment processing giant Visa is launching a platform to allow banks to integrate various types of biometrics _ your fingerprint, face, voice, etc. _ into approving credit card applications and payments. More>>

Packers, Microsoft join in tech venture near Lambeau Field

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The Green Bay Packers and Microsoft are launching a tech incubator in a development next to Lambeau Field in an effort to ignite innovation in an area not typically targeted by major, global companies. More>>

Questions and answers on proposed ban on laptops in luggage

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The US is looking to ban laptops from checked bags on international flights. Questions and answers on the proposal. More>>

Google parent leads $1B Lyft investment, deepening Uber rift

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Google's parent company is throwing its financial support behind ride-hailing service Lyft, further deepening its rift with the market leader Uber. More>>

US: Laptops in checked bags pose fire, explosion risk

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The U.S. government is urging that large, personal electronic devices like laptops be banned from airline checked luggage because of the potential for a catastrophic explosion and fire. More>>

Workers at iPhone supplier in China protest unpaid bonuses

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Apple Inc. has vowed to investigate underpayment of bonuses at an iPhone supplier in China after worker protests. More>>

French-led EU push for heftier tax on internet giants stalls

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France's drive to force internet giants to pay more taxes is losing steam, amid resistance from other EU countries that offer tax shelter to companies like Apple. More>>

Viral smartphone game lets ordinary Chinese 'clap' for Xi

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Ordinary young Chinese may not have paid close attention to Xi Jinping's 3-and-a-half hour marathon speech this week, but they're happy to "applaud" the president in the newest viral phenomenon to sweep China's internet. More>>

The Latest: Ryan says GOP working on 4th tax bracket

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President Donald Trump hailed the vote as "Great news" in a post-midnight tweet, calling it a "first step toward delivering MASSIVE tax cuts for the American people.". More>>

Top Democrat: WH won't ID employees who used private email

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The White House counsel's office is refusing to tell a committee on Capitol Hill which presidential aides used private email accounts for public business. More>>

G7 backs internet industry effort to detect, blunt extremism

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The Group of Seven industrialized nations have thrown their support behind a new technology industry alliance aimed at detecting and blunting online propaganda to combat extremism on the internet. More>>

UN says plague cases in Madagascar almost doubled in 5 days

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The U.N. says the number of plague cases in Madagascar has almost doubled over the last five days and medical experts project the situation will, worsen with 1,000 cases expected every month if funds aren't rapidly provided. More>>

Where's the buzz? German study finds dramatic insect decline

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Scientists say an "alarming" drop seen in the number of flying insects in Germany could have serious consequences for ecosystems and food chains. More>>

Searchers in Mexico find, but release, vaquita porpoise calf

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Researchers trying to catch and enclose the last survivors of the vaquita porpoise species captured a calf but released it because it was too young; they still see hope in the calf's capture. More>>

Some flowers create blue halo to say hello to foraging bees

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Scientists say some flowers produce a blue halo, apparently to catch the attention of foraging bees. More>>

Spacewalking astronaut copes with frayed tether, bad jetpack

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Spacewalking astronauts are providing some necessary focus to the International Space Station's robot arm. More>>

Nearly 200 report fireball streaking across Northeast sky

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Nearly 200 people across the Northeast reported seeing a bright object streak across the sky. More>>

Another warm winter forecast for swath of US

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U.S. forecasters say the odds are good that much of the nation will have a warmer than normal winter. More>>

Prosecutor: Pharmacist in meningitis case gambled with lives

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Attorneys are preparing to make their closing arguments in the case of a Massachusetts pharmacist charged with second-degree murder in a deadly meningitis outbreak. More>>

The Latest: Spacewalker's jetpack bad; ordered back inside

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NASA has declared a spacewalker's jetpack unreliable and is ordering him back inside the space station. More>>

KFC Twitter follows 11 Herbs and Spices, intrigues internet

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A Twitter user has earned kudos online for discovering a subtle message on KFC's account. More>>

Ohio seeks technology ideas to solve national opioid crisis

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Ohio has launched an $8 million effort to attract ideas for using technology to solve the national opioid addiction crisis. More>>

Senators push for more online transparency in elections

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Senators are moving to boost transparency for online political ads, unveiling on Thursday what could be the first of several pieces of legislation to try to lessen influence from Russia or other foreign actors on U.S. elections. More>>

Mormons allow more technology, smartphones for missionaries

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The Mormon church's gradual embrace of the digital age for missionaries is taking another step forward with expansion those allowed to use technology and the swapping out tablets for smartphones. More>>

BMW offices get 'inspection' in preliminary collusion probe

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Automaker BMW says European Commission staff this week conducted an "inspection" at company offices in Munich in connection with news media allegations that German car makers colluded on diesel technology. More>>

Packers' Aaron Rodgers gives surgery update on Instagram

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers says in post on social media that surgery on his broken collarbone went well. More>>

Facebook bug puts Pittsburgh users in Philadelphia for a day

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Pittsburghers and others in western and central Pennsylvania transplanted to Philadelphia, thanks to Facebook. More>>

Daimler profits hit by costs of diesel emissions recall

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German automaker Daimler says net profit fell 16 percent in the third quarter as a voluntary recall to improve diesel emissions hurt earnings at its Mercedes-Benz luxury car brand. More>>

Little Rock drops Amazon bid in ad: 'It's not you, it's us.'

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Arkansas' capital city is pre-emptively rejecting its long-shot bid to host Amazon's second headquarters, telling the online retailer in a full-page newspaper ad: "It's not you. More>>

In Egypt, archaeologists find part of 4,000-year-old statue

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Egyptian archaeologists uncover part of 4,000-year-old wooden statue likely depicting female regent from that era. More>>

Ryan jabs Trump in comedy routine for NY elite

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House Speaker Paul Ryan poked fun of himself, the Senate's top Democrat and even the Catholic church on Thursday night, but his top target was Donald Trump. More>>

Asian shares rise as investors await Japan vote, Fed choice

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Technology companies are leading an early slide in U.S. stocks as the market pulls back from its latest record highs. More>>

North Korea says it plans to launch many more satellites

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North Korea's deputy U.N. ambassador says the country plans to launch many more satellites and is accusing the United States of trying to block its efforts to help achieve the peaceful development of outer space. More>>

Iridium to rely on used SpaceX boosters for next 2 launches

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Iridium Communications says the next two launches of its new-generation satellites will use SpaceX Falcon 9 first-stage boosters that have been flown previously. More>>

South Koreans recommend gov't complete 2 nuclear reactors

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South Koreans are recommending the government continue building two nuclear reactors the new president had wanted to shutter. More>>

China's conflicted goals: Freer markets, more party control

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China's ruling Communist Party is expanding its role in business even as it promises freer markets and support for entrepreneurs on the eve of President Xi Jinping's second five-year term as leader. More>>

Study: Lower-income kids give more time to TV, digital media

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A survey finds that children in lower-income families spend more time watching TV or using electronic devices than kids in more affluent homes. More>>

Site of Amazon's HQ2 has much to learn from Seattle

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Memo to the many places vying for Amazon's second headquarters: It ain't all food trucks and free bananas. More>>

Sons of slain journalist call for Malta leader's resignation

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The sons of slain investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia are calling for the prime minister's resignation, saying in a Facebook post that he should show political responsibility for "failing to uphold our fundamental freedoms.''. More>>

Toyota tops Consumer Reports' auto reliability rankings

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Toyota takes the lead while Cadillac tumbles in Consumer Reports' auto reliability rankings. More>>

Parts of unmanned Russian spaceship burn up over Dubai

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Light seen in the night over United Arab Emirates likely Russian rocket breaking up after re-entering Earth's atmosphere. More>>

US nuke waste repository in New Mexico will get more space

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The U.S. Energy Department says workers are expected to begin mining operations at the nation's nuclear waste dump in New Mexico for the first time in three years following a radiation release that contaminated part of the underground repository. More>>

Greenpeace faults many tech giants for environment impact

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Greenpeace is faulting technology titans like Samsung Electronics, Amazon and Huawei for falling short on their efforts to reduce their environmental impact. More>>

Missouri proposes innovation corridor for Amazon's 2nd home

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Missouri officials are proposing an innovation corridor between Kansas City and St. Louis for a new Amazon location instead of a single headquarters in one of the metropolitan areas. More>>

House, Senate intel committees receive briefing from Google

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Tech giant Google has briefed the House and Senate intelligence committees ahead of two Nov. 1 hearings that will examine Russian efforts to influence U.S. elections through social media. More>>

Nielsen says it will report on who's watching streamed shows

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The Nielsen company says it will now report how many people are watching shows on streaming services like Netflix and Amazon. More>>

Twitter vows new crackdown on hateful, abusive tweets

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Twitter vowed to crack down further on hate speech and sexual harassment on its platform, days after CEO Jack Dorsey said in a tweet-storm that the company was "still" not doing enough to protect its users. More>>

Scientists witness huge cosmic crash, find origins of gold

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In a coordinated look at one of the universe's most violent acts, astronomers hit the gold mine of science and even figure out the cosmic origins of gold. More>>

Correction: Self-Driving Cars Report story

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A new study inspired by Boston's early experiments with self-driving cars finds that the technology could ease congestion, but also lead to more cars on the road and further encourage urban sprawl. More>>

Trump says Comey knew he was going to exonerate Clinton

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President Donald Trump is again tweeting about the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation. More>>

California education firm Chegg buys Berlin math app startup

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Two Berlin math wizards have solved a problem that confounds many a startup company in the German capital: how to build a popular product and sell it for profit within just a few years. More>>

Facebook knocks down Thai PM's claim of Zuckerberg meeting

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Facebook says none of its top executives are coming to Thailand, two days after the country's military ruler announced CEO Mark Zuckerberg would meet him this month. More>>

Swiss biotech group Roche sees 5 pct rise in 9-month sales

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Swiss biotech company Roche says sales grew 5 percent in the first nine months of the year, crediting new product launches and citing double-digit growth in the pharmaceuticals division in the U.S. market. More>>

LG, Qualcomm join hands for autonomous driving

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LG Electronics says it has joined hands with Qualcomm to jointly research and develop autonomous driving technologies. More>>

Asian markets mixed as data shows China growth slowed

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U.S. stock indexes are mostly higher in early trading, extending the market's modest gains from a day earlier. More>>

China's Xi calls for more technology development

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President Xi Jinping has called for China's ruling Communist Party to step up technology development, an area in which Beijing faces complaints that it encourages theft of foreign know-how and blocks access to emerging industries. More>>

EU unveils measures to tackle low-tech attacks

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The EU is unveiling new measures to help counter lone-wolf attacks following a spate of killings in major cities by extremists driving vehicles into crowds of people. More>>

What cosmic crash confirmed: Einstein was as good as gold

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The best ever view of two neutron stars crashing confirmed several theories that had not yet been proven. More>>

EU says data privacy deal with US can be improved

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The European Union says that the one-year-old rules governing trans-Atlantic data transfers are working well but that some improvements can still be made to the system seeking to guarantee EU citizens privacy protection from U.S. companies. More>>

Shell opens its first electric vehicle charging points

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Royal Dutch Shell is opening its first electric vehicle recharging points at three gas stations in Britain, as one of the oil giant steps responds to a global push toward zero-emission vehicles. More>>

Facebook buys anonymous teen compliment app TBH

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Facebook has bought TBH, a teen-focused app that lets people give anonymous compliments to each other. More>>

Autonomous cars head for the Big Apple

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General Motors' Cruise Automation wants to begin testing autonomous vehicles in Manhattan next year. More>>

The Latest: Tibetan group protests at China Embassy in India

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President Xi Jinping has called for China's ruling Communist Party to step up technology development, an area in which Beijing faces complaints it encourages theft of foreign know-how. More>>

Microsoft rolls out new Windows 10 update and laptops

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Microsoft has begun rolling out an update to its Windows 10 operating system, hoping to spark enthusiasm for its virtual- and augmented-reality ambitions. More>>

Group: Orangutan orphans a sign of habitat destruction

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An Indonesian conservation group says the discovery last week of two orphaned baby orangutans on Borneo is further evidence that deforestation and illegal hunting are threatening survival of the great apes. More>>

Netflix sinking deeper into debt to fuel subscriber growth

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Netflix is sinking deeper into debt in its relentless pursuit of more viewers, leaving the company little margin for error as it tries to build the world's biggest video subscription service. More>>

Court agrees to take on US-Microsoft dispute over emails

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The Supreme Court is intervening in a digital age privacy dispute between the Trump administration and Microsoft over emails stored abroad. More>>

Univision goes dark for Verizon's cable customers

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Univision channels have gone dark for Verizon's 4.7 million Fios cable customers because of a contract dispute. More>>

Proposed New Mexico science standards omit global warming

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A proposed overhaul of New Mexico's state science standards for public schools comes under intense criticism at a packed public hearing for omitting or deleting references to global warming, evolution and the age of the Earth. More>>

Mass die-off of Antarctic penguin chicks alarms researchers

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Scientists say thousands of chicks from an Adelie penguin colony in the eastern Antarctic died of starvation last summer _ the second such die-off in over 40 years. More>>

Researchers discover vulnerability affecting Wi-Fi security

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Security researchers have discovered a Wi-Fi network vulnerability that could allow attackers to steal sensitive information or inject malicious code while someone is logged into a computer or mobile device. More>>

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

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This week's top 10 paid and free apps for iPhone and iPad on the App Store. More>>

Fact-checking fake news on Facebook works - just too slowly

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Facebook's efforts to reduce the spread of fake news using outside fact-checkers appears to be having an effect _ though that finding comes with a major caveat. More>>

Russian supply ship docks at International Space Station

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An unmanned Russian cargo ship has docked successfully at the International Space Station, delivering supplies to its six-member crew. More>>

Volvo's electric car brand Polestar unveils first model

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Volvo Cars' performance electric car brand, Polestar, has unveiled its first model, adding to competition in a market dominated until now by Tesla. More>>

Carlson says nation shifting on harassment issue

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Gretchen Carlson, whose harassment accusations led to former Fox News CEO's ouster, says the nation is in the midst of a profound cultural shift on the issue. More>>

Yahoo can provide dead man's emails to family, court says

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Massachusetts' highest court says federal law does not prohibit Yahoo from providing a deceased man's family members access to his email account. More>>

Pope at UN demands response to hunger, climate, migration

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Pope Francis is demanding world governments collectively work to end rising world hunger by working to end the conflicts and climate-change related disasters that force people to leave their homes in search of their daily bread. More>>

Facebook takes on food delivery, challenges Uber and others

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Facebook says ordering food for takeout or delivery is complicated, and it will help users save time by bringing a bunch of existing food-delivery services into its app and partnering with some restaurants directly. More>>

Women ID as assault, harassment victims with 'me too' tweets

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Thousands of women respond to actress Alyssa Milano's call to tweet "me too" in order to raise awareness of sexual harassment and assault amid allegations of sexual misconduct by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. More>>

Asian stocks little-changed after Wall Street hits new highs

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U.S. stocks are edging higher in early trading, extending gains for the market, which is on a five-week winning streak. More>>

Uber appeals decision to cancel its London license

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Uber has appealed the decision of London transport authorities now to renew it license. More>>

Roman theater uncovered at base of Jerusalem's Western Wall

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Israeli archaeologists find 1,800-year-old Roman-era theater in Jerusalem's Old City abutting the Western Wall. More>>

The Latest: White House condemns Somalia bombing

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President Donald Trump is assailing Democrats as he continues to lobby for his tax overhaul plan. More>>

Equifax pulls customer service page, cites vendor's software

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Equifax has taken down one of its web pages after reports of hackers hijacking another part of its website. More>>

APNewsBreak: Border Patrol tests camera-toting balloon

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APNewsBreak: The US Border Patrol is considering a smaller version of tethered balloons loaded with cameras that can be quickly moved to spot illegal activity, part of an effort to see if more eyes in the sky translate to fewer illegal crossings. More>>

Facebook's Sandberg favors release of Russia-linked ads

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Facebook's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, says the ads linked to Russia trying to influence the US election should 'absolutely' be released to the public. More>>

UK singer Ed Sheeran tells fans of bike accident, arm injury

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British singer Ed Sheeran tells fans via Instagram that he's had a bicycle injury and may have to change some concert dates. More>>

Russian cargo ship launched to International Space Station

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An unmanned Russian cargo ship has been launched to take supplies to the six astronauts aboard the International Space Station. More>>

James Corden catches flak for joking about Harvey Weinstein

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Television talk show host James Corden is facing a backlash over jokes he made about Harvey Weinstein at a Hollywood charity event. More>>

Poland says it's repelled a 3rd Russian hacking attack

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Poland's defense minister says that the nation's cyber experts have successfully repelled a 3rd hacking attempt from Russia but warned the threat is mounting. More>>

Google pledges $1 billion to fund non-profit education

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Google says it will spend $1 billion on nonprofit organizations to help raise education levels around the world and committed its employees to spend a million hours of volunteer time doing the same. More>>

Target joins other retailers in offering voice shopping

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Target is moving into voice-activated shopping as it deepens its relationship with Google. More>>

Northern Michigan University offers marijuana degree

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A university in Michigan is offering an unusual degree _ in marijuana. More>>

Shares of TV providers drop as AT&T warns of video losses

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Signs that more people are dropping their traditional TV subscriptions are weighing on shares of TV providers. More>>

The Latest: Actress asks if others have been harassed

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French President Emmanuel Macron says that he wants to revoke Harvey Weinstein's Legion of Honor award over the multiple accusations of sexual assault and harassment against the Hollywood titan. More>>

Toyota to highlight reading of driver emotions at Tokyo show

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Toyota to highlight technologies that analyze, anticipate drivers' habits and emotions at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show. More>>

Russia launches European atmosphere monitoring satellite

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A Russian booster rocket has carried a European environmental satellite into orbit. More>>

Another El Nino problem: More carbon dioxide in air

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A new NASA satellite details how the whopper of an El Nino a couple years ago added more heat-trapping carbon dioxide to the air. More>>

Volcanoes on 'Ring of Fire' remind Asia of its seismic peril

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The horseshoe-shaped string of active volcanos bounding the Pacific Ocean has lived up to its "Ring of Fire" name in the past month, sparking mass evacuations in Indonesia and Vanuatu and now setting parts of southwestern Japan on edge. More>>

Twitter CEO vows to police sexual harassment, hate, violence

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is promising the company will do a better job weeding out sexual harassment, hateful symbols and violent groups from its short messaging service. More>>

California couple had marked 50-year anniversary before fire

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From a woman trying to save her dogs to a couple married 75 years, the California wildfires have claimed more than 35 victims so far. More>>

The Latest: Trump cuts off insurers, rattling health market

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President Donald Trump is inviting congressional Democrats to "call me to fix" America's health care system, as he prepares an order ceasing federal subsidy payments to health insurers. More>>

Trump's lawyers: Courts have no say over his Twitter feed

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Lawyers for President Donald Trump say a judge should reject a lawsuit challenging Trump's ability to block his critics from following him on Twitter. More>>

The Latest: Harassment scandal scraps starry Amazon series

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Director Quentin Tarantino says he is "stunned and heartbroken" about the sexual harassment allegations lodged against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, but needs time to wrap his head around it. More>>

'She was my life': Longtime loves among those lost in fire

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From a couple married 75 years to a young woman known for her helping heart, the California wildfires have claimed more than 30 victims so far. More>>

Texas couple survives being stranded 6 days in rural Utah

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Texas couple survives being stranded 6 days in rural Utah. More>>

Weinstein rebukes continue, brother says business continues

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A week after sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein arose, brother Bob Weinstein says it's "business as usual" at Weinstein Co. More>>

SpaceX launches communications satellite, lands booster

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SpaceX has launched and landed its second rocket in three days, this time from the U.S. East Coast. More>>

NASA using asteroid's close flyby to test warning network

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NASA is using an asteroid's close flyby to test our warning network for incoming space rocks. More>>

Russia postpones launch of cargo ship to space station

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Russia's Mission Control says the launch of an unmanned Russian cargo ship to the International Space Station has been postponed. More>>

Timeline of Weinstein allegations dating back decades

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Timeline of Weinstein allegations dating back decades. More>>

FDA advisers endorse gene therapy to treat form of blindness

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U.S. health advisers are deciding whether to recommend approval of an experimental treatment for improving vision in patients with a rare form of blindness. More>>

Twitter turns over 'handles' of 201 Russia-linked accounts

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Twitter turns over 'handles' of 201 Russia-linked accounts to Senate investigators. More>>

Trump nominates AccuWeather CEO to head US weather agency

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President Donald Trump has nominated the CEO of a private weather company to head the government agency that oversees the National Weather Service, an organization the nominee has at times clashed with. More>>

EPA, herbicide makers agree to new limits for use of dicamba

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The Trump administration has reached a deal with three major agribusiness companies for new voluntary labeling requirements for a controversial herbicide blamed for damaging crops. More>>

Dangerous sound? What Americans heard in Cuba attacks Video included

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The Associated Press has obtained a recording of what some U.S. embassy workers heard in Havana as they were attacked by what investigators initially believed was a sonic weapon. More>>

Gains for tech help US stocks higher, but insurers skid

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Technology and energy companies lead US stocks higher and retailers rise after the government says retail spending increased in September. More>>

In Weinstein saga, Rose McGowan emerges as powerful voice Video included

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Rose McGowan has shown she will not be easily silenced, emerging from a brief suspension on Twitter Thursday to post her most pointed allegation at disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein. More>>

Head of Samsung's booming semiconductor business to resign

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Samsung Electronics Co. said its third-quarter profit likely surged nearly three-fold over a year earlier to a new record, putting it on track to report its best annual results. More>>

Wisconsin board to discuss Foxconn contract in private

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's job creation agency is set to meet behind closed doors next week to continue discussions on a contract with Foxconn Technology Group. More>>

Paris hopes to ban gas-powered cars in city by 2030

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The noise of car engines enveloping the streets of the French capital might in the future become a memory for Paris pedestrians. More>>

Yahoo: 3 billion accounts breached in 2013. Yes, 3 billion

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Yahoo has tripled down on what was already the largest data breach in history, saying it affected all 3 billion of its users, not the 1 billion it revealed late last year.

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Kelly pushes back against perception of White House chaos

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White House Chief of Staff John Kelly says he's not quitting, getting fired or firing anyone else, "unless things change.". More>>

Toshiba, Bain executives join in push for memory-chips sale

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Toshiba, Bain intending to close deal on sale of Toshiba memory chip unit by March. More>>

Rare photos by early NASA astronauts being auctioned off

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A Massachusetts auction house is selling vintage photographs taken by American astronauts. More>>

South Dakota school cancels homecoming after racist stunt

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A South Dakota high school is investigating photos posted on social media that show students destroying a car with "Go back to the Rez" painted on the side. More>>

Grim search for victims as wildfires grow to size of NYC Video included

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Wildfires already well on their way to becoming the deadliest in California history have a chance Thursday to gain even more destructive power. More>>

After Twitter suspension, Rose McGowan says: 'HW raped me'

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The Twitter account has been suspended for Rose McGowan, a central figure in the allegations against Harvey Weinstein. More>>

The Latest: McGowan tweets that 'HW raped me'

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Cannes film festival officials say they have been "dismayed" to learn about the accusations of sexual violence against Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein. More>>

Asian markets subdued as investors brace for earnings season

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US stocks are slightly lower as a poor forecast from J. Jill weighs on retailers and losses for AT&T, Charter Communications and Viacom hurt communications and media companies. More>>

Women's health docs say Trump ignores birth control science

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Critics say Trump birth control rule overlooks known benefits while raising doubts on effectiveness. More>>

The Latest: Head of Samsung semiconductor unit to resign

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Kwon Oh-hyun, Samsung Electronics' board chairman and head of its booming semiconductor business, says he'll resign next year. More>>

Turtle that swallowed fishing line released in ocean

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A sea turtle that underwent surgery to remove more than 4 feet (1 meter) of fishing line she had swallowed has been released in the Atlantic Ocean off South Carolina's coast. More>>

Russia-backed Facebook page colored with hot-button phrases

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What does Russia-sponsored political influence look like on Facebook? An Associated Press analysis of the content on a now-shuttered Facebook page called 'Being Patriotic' shows it's colored with words like 'illegal,' 'country' and 'American'. More>>

Congress calls on FCC to silence cellphones in prisons

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More than 50 members of Congress are calling on federal regulators to come up with a solution to combat cellphones in the nation's prisons. More>>

Facebook gets real about broadening virtual reality's appeal

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg seems to be realizing a sobering reality about virtual reality: The technology has been too expensive to appeal to the masses. More>>

Massachusetts on its way to banning bump stock gun devices

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Massachusetts is on its way to becoming the first state since the Las Vegas shooting massacre to outlaw devices that allow semi-automatic weapons to mimic fully automatic guns. More>>

Missouri senator makes new negative Trump post after censure

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Democratic senator from suburban St. Louis who was censured by the Missouri Legislature for a Facebook post that hoped for President Donald Trump's assassination is defending her new tweet that compares Trump to Adolf Hitler. More>>

The Latest: FDA advisers endorse gene therapy for blindness

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U.S. health advisers are deciding whether to recommend approval of an experimental treatment for improving vision in patients with a rare form of blindness. More>>

Lawyers, prosecutors face off at Samsung heir's appeal case

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Prosecutors say a past ruling on a North Korean spy case is among the reasons that Samsung's billionaire heir deserves a longer prison term for his bribery conviction. More>>

Commerce chief: Billions more dollars needed for 2020 Census

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The Trump administration is acknowledging that billions of dollars in additional funding is "urgently needed" to ensure a fair and accurate count of people living in the United States during the 2020 Census. More>>

Get lost mom and dad! Amazon lets teens shop on their own

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Teens will soon be able to shop on Amazon.com on their own, without having to beg mom or dad each time. More>>

Zuckerberg sorry for virtual tour of devastated Puerto Rico

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Mark Zuckerberg has apologized for showcasing Facebook's virtual reality capability with a tour of hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. More>>

Facebook exec meets with lawmakers amid Russia probe

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The leaders of the House Intelligence Committee are planning to meet with Facebook's chief operating officer amid the company's discovery of Russia-linked ads that ran before and after the 2016 election. More>>

Greenpeace activists light fireworks at French nuclear plant

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Eight environmental have broken into a French nuclear power station and set off fireworks to urge better protection for nuclear waste and protest France's dependence on atomic energy. More>>

Trump threatens NBC but experts see no real risk to licenses

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President Donald Trump threatened NBC Wednesday because he's not happy with how they have covered him. More>>

Shell to buy electric vehicle charging providers

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Royal Dutch Shell has signed an agreement to buy NewMotion, an electric vehicle charging firm. More>>

Serb minister reaffirms support for convicted war criminal

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Serbia's defense minister has reaffirmed his support for a convicted war criminal, denouncing the U.S. ambassador to Belgrade for his critical tweet. More>>

The Latest: DA says donations had no role in Weinstein case

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The Latest: Model and actress Cara Delevigne accuses Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment at business meetings. More>>

Self-driving cars: Not ready yet, but new rules open a path

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California regulators have taken an important step to clear the road for everyday people to get self-driving cars. More>>

Man sues city for arresting him over parody Facebook page

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A man charged with and acquitted of a felony for creating a Facebook page that parodied a suburban Cleveland police department is suing the city, saying it violated his right to free speech. More>>

Dirty old birds shed light on key global warming particle

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Scientists say more than 1,000 dirty stuffed old birds from Midwestern museums are helping them better understand a key global warming particle. More>>

Spacewalking astronauts grease robot arm's new hand

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NASA astronauts are spacewalking again, this time to grease the robot arm's new hand. More>>

Asian shares mostly rise, taking cue from Wall Street gains

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US stocks are mixed as household goods and health care companies move higher and banks and energy companies decline. More>>

Apple teams with Steven Spielberg on video expansion

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Apple is teaming up with award-winning director Steven Spielberg for its first major push into TV programming. More>>

Winds, floods and fire: US ties record for costly weather

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U.S. meteorologists said Friday this year is tying a record for the most billion-dollar weather disasters in the country. More>>

Ocean meeting raises over $7 billion for marine protection

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Nations, industry and other organizations from around the globe have committed over $7 billion to better protect marine life during the global Our Ocean conference that ended Friday. More>>

S. Korean lawmaker says North Korea hacked war plans

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South Korean media are quoting a lawmaker as saying that North Korean hackers may have stolen highly classified military documents, including U.S.-South Korean wartime "decapitation strike" plans against the North. More>>

China to allow some drugs based on foreign approvals

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China's government says it will allow use of some drugs and medical devices based on approval by foreign regulators in a move that could help ease access to its health care market. More>>

The Latest: Trump hails truckers as 'heroes'

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President Donald Trump is charging that congressional Democrats "want MASSIVE tax increases & soft, crime producing borders.". More>>

Russia scores temporary win against US on cybercrime suspect

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Russia has won the latest bout in a judicial tug-of-war with the U.S. over who should try a Russian cybercrime suspect arrested during a summer holiday in Greece. More>>

Paltrow and Jolie accounts may have sealed Weinstein's fate Video included

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They waited years to speak, but two of Hollywood's most powerful women might have helped seal the fate of Harvey Weinstein. More>>

SpaceX launches 10 more Iridium Communications satellites

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Ten new satellites for Iridium Communications have been carried into orbit by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from California. More>>

Supreme Court rejects free speech appeal in sexting case

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The Supreme Court has turned away a free-speech appeal from a former school lunch server in Minnesota who was charged with sexting a 15-year-old student. More>>

Reports: Google uncovers ads by Russian operatives

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Report: Google uncovers disinformation ads funded by Russian operatives. More>>

Lindsay Lohan feels 'very bad' for Harvey Weinstein Video included

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Lindsay Lohan says she feels 'very bad' for Harvey Weinstein, who was fired by the company he co-founded amid decades of allegations of sexual harassment. More>>

Review of Dakota Access oil pipeline to extend into spring

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The Army Corps of Engineers says it likely will take until next April to finish court-ordered additional environmental study of the Dakota Access pipeline. More>>

Scientists say cost of capturing CO2 declining

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Scientists at West Virginia lab say they've demonstrated ways to remove 90 percent of the carbon dioxide from the smokestacks of coal-fired power plants _ the main obstacle to President Trump's touted "clean coal" _ but it's still too expensive. More>>

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