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Trump tells NBA star Curry that White House visit is off

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President Donald Trump says if a basketball player doesn't want to visit the White House to celebrate an NBA title, then don't bother showing up. More>>

Public shaming likely but GOP wary of new laws after Equifax

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Prospects are good for a public shaming in the Equifax data breach, but it's unlikely Congress will institute sweeping new regulations after hackers accessed the personal information of an estimated 143 million Americans. More>>

London mayor: Uber to blame for loss of license in city

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The mayor of London says people angry about the decision to strip Uber of its license in the city should blame the ride-hailing company itself, and not transit authorities. More>>

Senate bill would make online political ads more transparent

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Legislation floated by two Democratic senators would enhance transparency for online political ads. More>>

Trump trying to turn around GOP holdouts on health bill

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McCain opposes latest GOP health care bill, drawing ire from Trump and possibly dealing death blow to repeal-and-replace effort. More>>

The Sun rises in new play about Murdoch's tabloid revolution

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Rupert Murdoch has power, wealth _ and legions of detractors, who say the media mogul's tabloids and TV stations have fueled crass celebrity culture, phone hacking and fake news. More>>

Daddy Yankee's fans fill 4 trucks with donations in NY

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Daddy Yankee's call to help Puerto Rico and Mexico leads fans to fill 4 trucks with donations during concert. More>>

Federal government notifies 21 states of election hacking

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The federal government is telling election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems last year, although in most cases the systems were not breached. More>>

Facebook nixes plan for new stock class ahead of court fight

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Mark Zuckerberg says the company is withdrawing plans to create a new class of stock that would have let the him keep tight reins on the company even as he sold down his stake to fund his philanthropy. More>>

NASA's asteroid chaser swings by Earth on way to space rock

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NASA's asteroid-chasing spacecraft, Osiris-Rex, swings by Earth on Friday on its way to a space rock. More>>

Soft soil makes Mexico City shake like it was built on jelly

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Seismologists say Mexico City's dry lake bed of soft soil made the earthquake shaking worse. More>>

Archaeologists: More protections needed for Chaco region

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Archaeologists and other researchers are calling for more protections of an expansive area surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park as oil and gas development increases. More>>

Huge sea turtles slowly coming back from brink of extinction

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Sea turtle populations around the world are doing better, crawling back from what was once the brink of extinction. More>>

Puerto Rican astronaut gets double dose of hurricanes

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The space station's Joe Acaba, the first astronaut of Puerto Rican heritage, has been hit hard by two hurricanes. More>>

Babies try harder when they see you sweat, research shows

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Study says babies can become more persistent in pursuing a goal if they see an adult doing it. More>>

New fight in California water wars: How to update old system

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Two massive tunnels that would have transformed California's water system are looking like they might become just a pipe dream. More>>

Billionaire gives $30M to Univ. of Arizona for Biosphere 2

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Texas billionaire Edward P. Bass is giving $30 million to the University of Arizona to support the Biosphere 2 research facility. More>>

The Latest: Warner eyes social-media political-ad regulation

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Facebook says it will release the Russia-backed, potentially illegal election ads that ran on its platform to congressional investigators. More>>

SEC reveals 2016 hack that breached its filing system

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SEC says a cyber breach of a filing system it uses may have provided the basis for some illegal trading in 2016. More>>

Lawyer: Hacker in Spanish custody sought by US, Russia

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The lawyer for an alleged Russian hacker says authorities in Moscow are fighting his extradition from Spain to the U.S. by seeking his return to Russia. More>>

Facebook to release Russia ads, beef up election 'integrity'

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Facebook says it will release the Russia-backed, potentially illegal election ads that ran on its platform to congressional investigators. More>>

StoryCorps' Thanksgiving Listen asks kids to record elders

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StoryCorps is hoping people give their social media apps a break for a few minutes this Thanksgiving and instead use one designed for listening. More>>

In new setback, Uber to lose license to work in London

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London's transport authority says it won't renew Uber's license to operate in the British capital, arguing that it demonstrates a lack of corporate responsibility with implications in public safety and security. More>>

GOP's 'Obamacare' repeal all but dead; McCain deals the blow

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President Donald Trump is lashing out at a Republican senator who opposes the last-ditch effort to overturn "Obamacare.". More>>

The Latest: Trump criticizes McCain over health care bill

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Sen. Rand Paul says despite President Donald Trump's attacks on him for opposing the new GOP health care bill, the measure is a "fake" and he won't support it. More>>

The Latest: In AP tally, 21 states confirmed hacking targets

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The AP has confirmed 19 states that say their election systems were targeted by hackers last year. More>>

Miss Turkey dethroned over 'unacceptable' tweet on coup

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Organizers have stripped Miss Turkey 2017 of her crown over a social media posting that was deemed insulting to the memory of some 250 people who were killed while opposing last year's failed military coup. More>>

Governors, John Kerry promote 15-state Climate Alliance

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Governors and former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry are championing a 15-state coalition that's tackling environmental issues. More>>

Energy leads US stocks indexes to a mostly higher finish

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The major U.S. stock indexes are wavering in early trading as losses by technology companies largely outweigh gains by oil companies. More>>

Not home? Walmart wants to walk in and stock your fridge

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Walmart is testing a service that lets a delivery person walk into a customer's home when they're not there to drop off packages or put groceries in the fridge. More>>

Review: iTunes video upgrade makes the new Apple TV worth it

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Review: Apple's new TV-streaming gadget is nice, but an iTunes video upgrade makes it a real winner. More>>

Tech companies targeted by sophisticated malware attack

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Security researchers say hackers compromised popular computer-cleaning software as part of a sophisticated attack that targeted several high-profile technology companies. More>>

Trump: Russia probe a 'hoax,' media was 'greatest influence'

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President Donald Trump is dismissing investigations into Russian interference in last year's U.S. election as a "hoax," as Russian-purchased Facebook advertising comes under scrutiny. More>>

Japanese video gaming adapting new tech for familiar titles

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The Japanese video game industry is finding its way out of the doldrums, by adapting new technology for decades-old titles. More>>

Ex-Mountie headed to US prison for smuggling narwhal tusks

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A retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer accused of smuggling narwhal tusks has been sentenced to five years, two months in federal prison. More>>

California hits Gatorade in court for "anti-water" videogame

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California's attorney general has reached a $300,000 settlement with Gatorade over allegations the company made "anti-water" statements in a cellphone video game. More>>

Sweden charges ex-telecom execs in Uzbek corruption scandal

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Sweden's prosecution authority says three former executives with Swedish telecom company Telia have been charged with corruption involving contracts in Uzbekistan. More>>

Asian shares fall on North Korea concerns, China rate cut

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U.S. stock indexes are veering slightly lower in early trading Thursday as investors size up the latest batch of company earnings and deal news. More>>

Excitement bubbles up at BYU as caffeinated soda now on sale

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Brigham Young University has ended a six-decade ban on the sale of caffeinated soft drinks on campus, surprising students by posting a picture of a can of Coca-Cola on Twitter and just two words: "It's happening.". More>>

Mueller investigators seek documents from the White House

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Special counsel Robert Mueller's team of investigators is seeking information from the White House related to Michael Flynn's stint as national security adviser and about the response to a meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower last year. More>>

SEC under fire for being hacked despite warnings on security

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The Securities and Exchange Commission said its corporate filing system was hacked last year, and the intruders may have used the nonpublic information they obtained to profit illegally. More>>

Jimmy Kimmel transforms debate, and shows comedy's new role

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Comic Jimmy Kimmel's withering attacks on Republican health care legislation have become a major part of the debate this week. More>>

Leaders to tech firms at UN: Remove terror posts in 2 hours

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The leaders of Britain, France and Italy want internet companies to aim to remove postings that promote terrorism within just one to two hours. More>>

Report: Hackers were snooping inside Equifax as of March

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A report in The Wall Street Journal says that hackers broker into Equifax's computer systems in March, giving them time to probe vulnerabilities and eventually gain access to the data of 143 million Americans. More>>

Google buys HTC's Pixel team in $1.1B bet on devices

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Google is biting off a big piece of device manufacturer HTC for $1.1 billion to expand its efforts to build phones, speakers and other gadgets equipped with its arsenal of digital services. More>>

The big question: Will cancer immune therapy work for me? Video included

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Gene tests may help gauge who will benefit from cancer immune system treatments. More>>

Mercedes-Benz to invest $1 billion in Alabama, add 600 jobs

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Germany's Daimler AG says its Mercedes-Benz luxury car division will invest $1 billion to set up electric vehicle production at its Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant. More>>

Facebook tightens ad policies after 'Jew-hater' fiasco

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Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg says the company is tightening its policies and tools that let businesses target advertisements to its 2 billion users. More>>

The Latest: Pence says Russia probes are not a distraction

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Vice President Mike Pence says the Trump administration is focused on issues "the American people are focused on" and isn't getting distracted by investigations into Russian interference in last year's U.S. election. More>>

Pro, anti-telescope arguments aim to sway Hawaii land board

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Hawaii's land board is hearing arguments for and against building a giant telescope on a mountain some consider sacred. More>>

Dutch appeals court upholds ban on former Dutch Uber service

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An appeals court has upheld the Dutch government's ban on one of Uber's former ride-hailing services in the Netherlands. More>>

Apple says its new watch has cellular connectivity problems

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Apple is confirming that the new Series 3 Watch has problems connecting to a cellular network. More>>

Woman in Kevin Hart scandal denies being an extortionist

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After Kevin Hart's Instagram apology to family, woman comes forward to say she was involved with him a month ago but is not an extortionist. More>>

The Latest: Twitter to meet with Senate investigators

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The social media company, Twitter, says it will meet with a Senate committee investigating Russia's interference in the presidential election. More>>

Protesters march in St. Louis suburb over police shooting

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Protesters to take to St. Louis-area streets again to demonstrate against judge's acquittal in fatal 2011 police shooting. More>>

Nominee for EPA chemical safety post has deep industry ties

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President Donald Trump's nominee to oversee chemical safety at EPA has for years accepted payments for criticizing peer-reviewed studies that raised concerns about the safety of his clients' products, according to an AP review. More>>

Report: Iran group hacks aviation, petrochemical industries

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Cybersecurity firm warns that a suspected group of hackers in Iran are targeting the aviation and petrochemical industries in Saudi Arabia, the U.S. and South Korea. More>>

Worries of backlash help revive GOP health care drive

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A brew of political pressures has pumped fresh life into the last-gasp Republican drive to erase the Obama health care overhaul. More>>

Mueller investigators seek documents from the White House

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Special counsel Robert Mueller's team of investigators is seeking information from the White House related to Michael Flynn's stint as national security adviser and about the administration's response to a meeting at Trump Tower last year. More>>

Nest Labs adds doorbell that can recognize familiar faces

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Home device maker Nest Labs is adding Google's facial recognition technology to a camera-equipped doorbell and rolling out a security system in an attempt to end its history of losses. More>>

Asian shares weaken, dollar up after Fed's latest statement

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U.S. stock indexes are slightly lower in early trading ahead of the Federal Reserve's latest economic and interest rate policy update. More>>

The Latest: Mexico City mayor puts capital quake toll at 115 Video included

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Rescuers and volunteers are frantically digging through the rubble of collapsed schools, homes and apartment buildings looking for survivors of Mexico's deadliest earthquake since 1985 as the number of confirmed fatalities jumps to 248. More>>

Foundation to create special reserve for albino orangutan

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A conservation group wants to create a 5-hectare "forest island" for the world's only known albino orangutan after rescuing it from villagers five months ago. More>>

Alexa, what do you see? Amazon said to be working on glasses

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Amazon is attempting to develop glasses that pair with Alexa and would allow users to access the voice-activated assistant outside the home, according to a newspaper report. More>>

Internal watchdog says EPA mismanaging toxic site cleanups

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An internal government watchdog says cleanups at some U.S. hazardous waste sites have stopped or slowed down because the EPA does not manage its Superfund staff effectively. More>>

Nevada quake lab tests new bridge design after Mexico quake

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A day after a deadly earthquake struck Mexico City, scientists at the University of Nevada plan to test a series of new bridge designs intended to better withstand such violent temblors. More>>

German officials see no sign of election hacking _ yet

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German officials say there's no sign of concerted cyberattacks aimed at influencing the outcome of the country's election Sunday, but are warning against giving the all-clear yet. More>>

Hurricane Maria aims at Puerto Rico after slamming Dominica

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Hurricane Maria is sweeping over the small island of Dominica with catastrophic Category 5 winds, starting a charge into the eastern Caribbean that threatens islands already wrecked by Hurricane Irma and holds the chance of a direct hit on Puerto Rico. More>>

Review: Apple Watch goes solo, but don't dump your phone yet

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Review: The Apple Watch goes solo, but don't ditch your phone just yet. More>>

Review: Glitzy iPhone X aside, the iPhone 8 is fine for most

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The iPhone X might make your friends envious, but the iPhone 8 is the model for the masses _ similar to flying coach rather than first class. More>>

Cloudy, cool August restrains melt of Arctic sea ice

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Arctic sea ice levels this summer weren't a record low for a change, only the 8th lowest seen. More>>

Why some hurricanes linger while other storms die quickly

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Some hurricanes, like Jose, just seem to linger, while others, like Tropical Storm Lee die off quickly. More>>

Equifax says it had a security breach earlier in the year

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Equifax had a separate security breach earlier this year, raising additional questions about company's security practices. More>>

Toshiba board decides on chip sale to Bain Capital group

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Toshiba says its board has signed off on selling its computer chip business to a group led by Bain Capital Private Equity, but the deal's future remains unclear as Toshiba's U.S. joint venture partner Western Digital opposes it. More>>

German WWI U-boat found off Belgium with 23 bodies inside

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Belgian regional authorities say an intact German World War I submarine has been found off the coast of Belgium and contains the bodies of 23 people. More>>

UK leader to press tech companies to block extremists

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Prime Minister Theresa May is urging internet companies to block the spread of extremist material, calling on social media giants like Facebook, Twitter and Google to develop technologies that will prevent content from being posted in the first place. More>>

Live Instagram video leads police to suspect in killing

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Authorities say an 18-year-old who was named one of Texas' 10 Most Wanted fugitives and is suspected of a slaying was caught in Los Angeles after posting a live video on social media. More>>

Giant antennas in New Mexico search for cosmic discoveries

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Astronomers are using an array of giant antennas in the New Mexico desert for a years-long project aimed at producing the sharpest view ever of such a large portion of the sky using radio waves. More>>

Moscow unveils monument to Kalashnikov, designer of AK-47

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The new statue of Mikhail Kalashnikov cradling his signature AK-47 assault rifle unveiled Tuesday in Moscow commemorates one of Russia's most renowned and reviled inventions. More>>

Russia seeks extradition from Greece of suspect wanted by US

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Russia seeks extradition of Russian citizen arrested in Greece and wanted by US in major cybercrime fraud case. More>>

Facebook may be facing an 'era of accountability'

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Facebook may be facing an 'era of accountability'. More>>

NY attorney general presses TransUnion, Experian for details

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NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has asked TransUnion and Experian for a cybersecurity update following the recent breach at Equifax, the other major credit monitoring service, that exposed sensitive information belonging to 143 million Americans. More>>

The person named most dangerous online might surprise you

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Avril Lavigne leads all celebrities in 2017 as the one most likely to land users on websites that carry viruses or malware, according to a new study by cybersecurity firm McAfee. More>>

APNewsBreak: California wants millions to fund water project

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California is increasing the pressure for millions of state water users to help pay for a $16 billion project to re-engineer the state's water system. More>>

Asian stocks flat as investors await Fed meeting results

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

Senate intelligence chairman: Facebook should testify

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The chairman of the Senate intelligence committee says Facebook should testify as part of its probe into Russian meddling in the U.S. election, and that the social media giant "seems to have been less than forthcoming" with Congress. More>>

The Latest: Death toll rises to 226 from Mexico earthquake Video included

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The U.S. Geological Survey says it calculates the earthquake that struck central Mexico as magnitude 7.1 It says the epicenter was near the town of Raboso, about 76 miles (123 kilometers) southeast of Mexico City. More>>

4 US monuments to be scaled back hold artifacts, key habitat

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's recommendation to shrink four sprawling national monuments in the U.S. West jeopardizes protections for ancient cliff dwellings, scenic canyons and habitat for threatened wildlife. More>>

Hurricane Maria thrusts Dominica leader into spotlight

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A dramatic series of social media posts at the height of Hurricane Maria have put the spotlight on the prime minister of the small Caribbean island of Dominica. More>>

Words With Friends adds 50,000 pop culture words

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The Scrabble-esque mobile game Words With Friends is adding thousands of pop culture words, like BFF, delish and FOMO. More>>

The Latest: Jose weakens to tropical storm off US East Coast

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U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp says that the track of Hurricane Maria has shifted and the eye is now expected to pass over the southwestern tip of St. Croix. More>>

Study: 4,500 deaths a year from high Europe diesel emissions

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Researchers say there have been more than 4,500 premature deaths annually in Europe because diesel cars emitted higher levels of pollution than claimed. More>>

Earth sweltered to 3rd hottest August, summer on record

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Federal meteorologists calculate that Earth baked to the third hottest August and summer on record. 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>>

Lawsuit aims to block oil drilling on US land in Nevada

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Environmentalists have sued a U.S. agency to try to stop it from allowing oil and gas drilling on federal land in Nevada. More>>

Man sentenced for trying to sell satellite secrets to Russia

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A Southern California engineer who worked for a defense contractor has been sentenced to five years in prison for selling sensitive satellite information to an undercover FBI employee he thought was a Russian agent. More>>

Activist urges walrus rafts in absence of Arctic sea ice

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An environmental activist wants the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reconsider anchored rafts in the ocean to provide walruses with a platform to rest. More>>

Roku aims to raise $252 million with IPO

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Roku hopes to raise up to $252 million with IPO as it moves to expand video streaming. More>>

Intel, Waymo, expand self-driving car collaboration

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Intel says it is expanding its relationship with Google spinoff Waymo in the development of self-driving cars. More>>

Small quake rattles nerves, causes no damage in Los Angeles

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A small earthquake with an epicenter just outside Los Angeles has gotten people in southern California talking on social media. More>>

GOP governors launch 'news' site critics call propaganda

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Republican governors have launched a website that appears to be a news outlet, but readers have to look carefully to see that The Free Telegraph is the product of a political party committee. More>>

Dem senator criticizes Trump potshot at Clinton

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President Donald Trump is still taking potshots at Hillary Clinton, the latest sign that his campaign fury hasn't faded. More>>

Kohl's to start accepting Amazon returns at some stores

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Kohl's says it will start accepting Amazon returns at some of its stores in Chicago and Los Angeles beginning next month. More>>

Mars research crew emerges after 8 months of isolation

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Six NASA-backed research subjects who have been living in a Mars-like habitat on a remote Hawaii volcano since January have emerged from isolation. More>>

EU Chamber warns China: Open economy faster or risk backlash

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A foreign business group is appealing to China to move faster in carrying out pledges to open its state-dominated economy and warning that inaction might fuel a backlash against free trade. More>>

Saudi authorities pressure Snapchat to block Al-Jazeera

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Snapchat has blocked Al-Jazeera's Discover channel in Saudi Arabia amid an ongoing dispute between Gulf states and Qatar, where the media network is headquartered. More>>

State, federal authorities proposing new rules on Equifax

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State, federal authorities proposing tougher regulations against Equifax and credit monitoring industry. More>>

Police arrest Pakistani jihadi suspect in Spain

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Spain's Interior Ministry says police have arrested a Pakistani man suspected of promoting terrorism and spreading Islamic jihadi propaganda on social media networks. More>>

Asian shares mixed as Nikkei rises on yen, muted elsewhere

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U.S. stocks are modestly higher in early trading, building on the market's gains from last week, its best week since the beginning of the year. More>>

15K Montana students returning to school after cyber-threats

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Officials say classes will resume on Tuesday in northwestern Montana's Flathead Valley following cyber-threats that closed 30 public and private schools. More>>

Another major deal in defense sector as global tensions rise

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Defense company Northrop Grumman is buying Orbital ATK for about $7.8 billion. More>>

Wisconsin governor signs $3 billion Foxconn bill into law

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Gov. Scott Walker signed a $3 billion incentive package Monday for Foxconn Technology Group to build a flat-screen plant in southeastern Wisconsin, a deal he says will provide thousands of jobs for generations. More>>

Key Equifax executives departing after huge data breach

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Two executives at center of Equifax breach are leaving the company. More>>

The Latest: Prime minister: 'Merciless' winds on Dominica

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The National Hurricane Center in Miami says that Hurricane Maria has strengthened to a Category 3 storm as it headed toward the Caribbean. More>>

Uproar in Turkey over removing evolution from biology class

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Students in Turkey are returning to school where they will be taught evolution for the last time in their biology classes. More>>

Chappelle and Oliver make #DCPublicSchools an internet hit

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What started as a fun throwaway line at the Emmy Awards has turned into an unexpected flood of attention for the Washington DC public school system. More>>

Farewell Cassini: Saturn spacecraft makes fiery, final dive Video included

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft at Saturn is closing in on its fiery finish, following a remarkable voyage of 20 years. More>>

Confusion hits consumer market over US ban of Kaspersky

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Best Buy follows US government, drops Kaspersky security software. Should consumers do the same?. More>>

Swiss state blocks cyberattack, but another hits contractor

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Switzerland's government says state cyber-experts detected and prevented an attempted cyberattack on the Swiss defense department, while another attack "disrupted" the systems of a contractor for the foreign affairs department. More>>

Google hit with class action lawsuit over gender pay

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A lawyer representing three female former Google employees is filing a lawsuit seeking class action status against the search giant for gender pay discrimination. More>>

Cassini spacecraft: 'Magnifying glass' at Saturn until end Video included

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft took "a magnifying glass" to Saturn, its moons and rings. More>>

Angry Birds maker Rovio valued at $1 billion in planned IPO

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Rovio Entertainment, the Finnish maker of "Angry Birds" and other popular mobile games, says that its initial public share offering will value it at about $1 billion. More>>

Cuba mystery: What theories US investigators are pursuing

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U.S. investigators are chasing many theories about what's harming diplomats in Cuba, and they're pursuing a number of possibilities about the culprit. More>>

SpaceX bloopers video: 'How NOT to land an orbital rocket'

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SpaceX chief Elon Musk has put together a video showing "How NOT to land an orbital rocket booster.". More>>

Kevin Hart apologizes to wife, kids for 'mistakes'

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In an Instagram post, Kevin Hart apologizes to pregnant wife, kids, for 'bad error in judgment'. More>>

Equifax: Lesser impact from breach to UK residents

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Equifax says impact from security breach on British consumers is less severe than in U.S. More>>

Scientists: Ash tree species pushed to brink of extinction

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Five prominent species of ash tree in the eastern U.S. have been driven to the brink of extinction from years of lethal attack by a beetle. More>>

Trump hypes mock video of golf ball seen striking Clinton

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President Donald Trump has retweeted a mock video that shows him striking a golf ball that _ in the next frame _ seemingly hits Hillary Clinton in the back and knocks her down as she boards a plane. More>>

The Latest: Dozens arrested after St. Louis vandalism Video included

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Demonstrators are expected to reconvene near St. Louis Sunday afternoon for a third day of protests following the acquittal of a white former police officer in the fatal shooting of a black man. More>>

The Latest: A bar _ for engraving _ is hit at Emmys ball

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The Latest: Sterling K. Brown, Jackie Hoffman among early arrivals on Emmys red carpet. More>>

New video shows wild jaguar roaming in southern Arizona

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Wildlife conservationists have released new video footage showing what is believed to be one of three jaguars to be seen in the United States in the past few years. More>>

The Latest: UK lowers its national threat level to "severe"

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A senior British minister has renewed criticism of U.S. President Donald Trump for tweeting about the police inquiry into the bombing of a subway train in London. More>>

Mars research subjects to emerge after 8 months of isolation Video included

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Six NASA-backed space psychology research subjects are set to emerge Sunday after eight months of isolation together in a Mars-like habitat on a remote Hawaii Volcano. More>>

Typhoon Doksuri batters central Vietnam, killing 4

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Typhoon Doksuri has slammed into central Vietnam with maximum sustained winds of 135 kilometers (84 miles) per hour, blowing off roofs, felling trees and electricity poles. More>>

Exhibit allows virtual 'interviews' with Holocaust survivors

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NYC exhibit uses hours of video footage, technology to allow virtual 'interview' with Holocaust survivors. More>>

This week in odd news: 'Sewer war' and record-setting cats Video included

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This week in odd news: Britain launches 'sewer war;' Thieves take SUV pulling U-Haul with a casket inside; One home, two tabby records. More>>

Bitcoin ... the way to the future or path to financial ruin?

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If you bought bitcoin a year ago you'd be richer for it but if you bought this month, it might spell disaster. More>>

Summer may be getting longer in waters off New England

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A group of scientists says the number of days of summer-like temperatures in the waters off New England has increased, and that could have significant ramifications for storms and commercial fisheries. More>>

Seminary cancels talk by priest who urges dialogue with gays

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The seminary of the Catholic University of America has canceled a talk by a popular Jesuit writer who urges compassion for gays within the church, and the university's president says he opposes that decision. More>>

FEMA auctioned disaster trailers before Harvey made landfall

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The federal government auctioned off disaster-response trailers at fire-sale prices even as Harvey devastated southeast Texas, reducing an already diminished supply of mobile homes ahead of what could become the nation's largest-ever housing mission. More>>

S&P 500 tops 2,500 mark as tech and bank stocks climb

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US stocks are little changed as banks rise and technology companies fall. More>>

The Latest: London attack highlights need to train US agents

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A commuter whose train had just left the Parsons Green station in southwest London says there was panic after a woman on the platform saw what appeared to be an explosion. More>>

Trump's tough talk on London bomb irks British leader Video included

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President Donald Trump is calling a fire at a London subway station another attack "by a loser terrorist" and suggesting police there may have missed an opportunity to prevent it. More>>

Samsung steps up push into autonomous driving technology

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Samsung Electronics Co. says it will spend 75 million euro ($89 million) in TTTech, a Vienna-based company that provides technologies for auto networks and safety controls to Audi cars and others. More>>

Equifax's troubles deepen amid new disclosure about breach

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The Federal Trade Commission investigating into the security breach at credit bureau Equifax. More>>

Long-endangered snow leopard upgraded to 'vulnerable' status

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Conservationists say the elusive snow leopard, long considered an endangered species with its population in decline, has been upgraded to 'vulnerable'. More>>

Jennifer Garner posts laughing gas video after dental work

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Jennifer Garner is receiving plenty of praise for a performance not on television or the big screen, but on Instagram. More>>

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi bets on spike in electric cars

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The Renault-Nissan alliance is ramping up electric car production, vowing 12 new models by 2022 and to make electric cars 30 percent of its overall production. More>>

The Latest: Renault-Nissan CEO confident in electrics future

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The Renault-Nissan alliance is aiming to boost annual sales to $240 billion and to sell 14 million cars a year by 2022. More>>

Kremlin condemns US ban on Kaspersky Labs software

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A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Russia regrets a decision by the U.S. government to ban federal agencies from using Kaspersky Labs software. More>>

Hunky cops photo prompts Facebook users to ask for arrests

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A group selfie from some Florida police officers has caused a social media stir, prompting some Facebook users to inquire about their marital status and others to ask to be arrested. More>>

As Mueller probe intensifies, so do Trump attacks on Comey

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The Republican attacks on fired FBI Director James Comey have sharply intensified in the last two weeks, with broadsides delivered on Twitter and elsewhere. More>>

Chinese bitcoin exchange announces it is ending trading

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One of China's biggest bitcoin exchanges says it will stop trading at the end of the month following news reports regulators have ordered all Chinese exchanges for the digital currency to close. More>>

The Latest: NASA's Cassini spacecraft burns up over Saturn Video included

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft at Saturn is closing in on its fiery finish, following a remarkable voyage of 20 years. More>>

Coast Guard: Most fuel spilled from tank farm unrecoverable

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A petroleum company says Hurricane Harvey's floodwaters triggered a spill of almost a half-million gallons of gasoline from two storage tanks along the Houston Ship Channel. More>>

Life and death of Irma: 2 weeks of fury and devastation end

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The end of 2 weeks of destruction and fear: Irma, the monster hurricane, is no more as it whimpers out in an ordinary rainstorm in the U.S. interior. More>>

Video is released of 1st fatal NYPD shooting since bodycams Video included

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The New York Police Department has released bodycam footage of the first fatal police encounter captured on the devices since officers started wearing them this year. More>>

Asia shares fall after North Korea's latest missile launch

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US stocks are falling as technology and health care companies give up some of their recent gains. More>>

Lawsuit targets searches of electronic devices at US border

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A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday claims that the U.S. government's growing practice of searching laptops and cellphones at the border is unconstitutional because modern electronic devices carry troves of private personal and business information. More>>

California crabbers use GPS to find whale-killing gear Video included

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West Coast crabbers use cellphone GPS to retrieve lost fishing gear that's snaring record numbers of whales. More>>

APNewsBreak: Walruses in Alaska may have died in stampede

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says 64 walruses died on a northwest Alaska beach, and the animals may have been killed in stampedes. More>>

Reports: China orders bitcoin exchanges to shut down

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Two Chinese newspapers say regulators have ordered the country's exchanges for the digital currency bitcoin to shut down. More>>

Selena Gomez undergoes kidney transplant due to lupus

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Selena Gomez says she has received a kidney transplant due to her struggle with lupus. More>>

Scientists: Future of oldest tree species on Earth in peril

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Researchers say a type of tree famous for having the longest lifespan on Earth is losing a slow-motion race to the top of mountains across the Western United States. More>>

South Dakota court rejects law aimed at online sales taxes

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South Dakota's Supreme Court has rejected a state law aimed at collecting sales taxes from out-of-state retailers. More>>

Goodbye Cassini: Saturn spacecraft gets funny opera send-off Video included

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft is getting a grand but hilarious opera send-off. More>>

Correction: Galapagos-Extinct Turtle story

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Scientists in Ecuador's Galapagos islands are hoping to restore a turtle species believed to have been hunted into extinction on Floreana Island in the 1800s. More>>

Markets Right Now: Dow ekes out another high in mixed day

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US stocks slip away from record highs as technology and health care companies sink, with prescription drug distributors taking some of the biggest losses. More>>

Trump blocks Chinese purchase of US semiconductor maker

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President Donald Trump has blocked a Chinese government-backed firm's acquisition of an American semiconductor maker. More>>

Massachusetts study: Climate change threatens birds

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A new report warns that more than 40 percent of the most common breeding species of birds in Massachusetts are considered "highly vulnerable" to climate change. More>>

Study: Asia's glaciers face massive melt from global warming

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Scientists say a third of the ice stored in Asia's glaciers will be lost by the end of the century even if global warming stays below 1.5 degrees Celsius. More>>

US agencies ordered to stop using Russian company's software

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U.S. federal agencies are being told to stop using computer software supplied by Kaspersky Lab because of concerns about ties between company officials and the Kremlin and Russian spy operations. More>>

Rescuers save entangled whale off of Cape Cod

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A Massachusetts marine science center says it has disentangled a humpback whale off of Cape Cod. More>>

China's foreign investment plunges after official curbs

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China's government says Chinese investment in other countries has plunged since Beijing tightened controls to discourage purchases of sports teams and other assets deemed unneeded for national development. More>>

iPhone X puts exclamation point on Apple's pricing strategy

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Apple kicks off event; $1,000 iPhone is expected. More>>