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Former Michigan Rep. Vern Ehlers, a physicist, dies at 83

Vern Ehlers, a research physicist and moderate Republican who represented a western Michigan congressional district for 17 years and advocated for Great Lakes cleanup funding, has died. He was 83. Ehlers died late Tuesday at a Grand Rapids nursing facility, Melissa Morrison, funeral director at Zaagman Memorial Chapel, said Wednesday. Ehlers decided in 2010 against seeking re-election to the 3rd District...
Body scanners being piloted in Los Angeles subway system

Body scanners being piloted in Los Angeles subway system

Aiming to stay ahead of an evolving threat against transit systems worldwide, officials in Los Angeles are testing out airport-style body scanners that screen subway passengers for firearms and explosives. As commuters raced to get on their trains Wednesday, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority launched a two-day pilot program. But officials quickly experienced a hiccup when...

Scottish Parliament under cyberattack, no systems breached

Officials at the Scottish Parliament say the legislature's IT systems are under sustained cyberattack but have not been breached. Parliament chief executive Paul Grice said Wednesday that the system was under "brute force cyberattack," with hackers making repeated attempts to crack passwords. He said in an email to staff and lawmakers at the Edinburgh-based parliament that the attack is...
Facebook bans white nationalist's accounts over hate speech

Facebook bans white nationalist's accounts over hate speech

Facebook has banned the Facebook and Instagram accounts of a white nationalist who attended the rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that ended in deadly violence. Facebook spokeswoman Ruchika Budhraja tells The Associated Press that the profile pages of Christopher Cantwell have been removed as well as a page connected to his podcast. Cantwell was featured in a Vice News documentary about the rally...
Report: Aetna in talks with Apple to provide Apple watches to millions of customers

Report: Aetna in talks with Apple to provide Apple watches to millions of customers

A partnership between Apple and Aetna could bring Apple watches to the insurance company’s more than 20 million customers, according to a report. The two companies held private meetings Thursday and Friday in southern California to discuss options for such a move, CNBC reported, citing unnamed sources. Aetna already offers an Apple Watch to its 50,000 employees ...
On a chaotic day in DC, Trump goes after Amazon, again

On a chaotic day in DC, Trump goes after Amazon, again

President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on e-commerce giant Amazon, saying Wednesday that the company is "doing great damage to tax paying retailers." Trump, in a tweet, said that "towns, cities and states throughout the U.S. are being hurt - many jobs being lost!" The president has been a frequent critic of the company and CEO Jeff Bezos (BAY'-zohs), who also owns The Washington...
US stocks edge higher as retailers rally; oil companies fall

US stocks edge higher as retailers rally; oil companies fall

U.S. stocks rose slightly Wednesday as Urban Outfitters and Target helped retailers rally. That was enough to cancel out more losses for energy companies. Urban Outfitters and Target did better in the second quarter than analysts expected, and Target raised its forecasts for the year. That helped companies that sell clothing and other retailers. Technology companies and firms that make and sell household...
German Chancellor Merkel's favorite emoji is a smiley

German Chancellor Merkel's favorite emoji is a smiley

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's favorite emoji is a smiley — and on a good day it's one with a heart. Merkel talked about her emoji preferences Wednesday during a live interview on YouTube as part of her re-election campaign. Germany's general election is on Sept. 24, and Merkel is running for a fourth term. Merkel was interviewed by four prominent German YouTubers about issues as diverse...
New UK aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives at port

New UK aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives at port

The HMS Queen Elizabeth, the biggest ship ever built for the British navy, sailed into its homeport for the first time Wednesday as tens of thousands jammed the harbor to welcome it. The 3 billion-pound ($3.9 billion) ship arrived at Portsmouth Naval Base in southern England with sailors lining the flight deck and Royal Navy helicopters soaring above. A band of Royal Marines added to the pageantry...

Indian company regrets leak of 'Game of Thrones' episode

An India-based media technology company said Wednesday that it regrets the recent leak of an episode of the popular HBO series "Game of Thrones" by four of its current and former employees. Indian police have detained the four suspects, but said their motive for leaking the episode titled "The Spoils of War" was unclear. The fourth episode in the television series' seventh season...

World's biggest shipper: cyberattack cost up to $300 million

The June cyberattack that paralyzed the computer systems in companies around the world is estimated to have cost the world's biggest container shipping line between $200 million and $300 million, A.P. Moller-Maersk said Wednesday. The Copenhagen-based group, which was particularly severely affected by the attack, says the impact will first be reflected in its third quarter results as revenue was mainly...

World's biggest shipper: cyberattack cost up to $300 million

The June cyberattack that paralyzed the computer systems in companies around the world is estimated to have cost the world's biggest container shipping line between $200 million and $300 million, A.P. Moller-Maersk said Wednesday. The Copenhagen-based group, which was particularly severely affected by the attack, says the impact will first be reflected in its third quarter results as revenue was mainly...
From Isaac Asimov to Aimee Mann, 'robophobia' plagues humans

From Isaac Asimov to Aimee Mann, 'robophobia' plagues humans

Robots are secretly plotting to kill us. Or enslave us. Or, at best, they will take our jobs, one by one. From science fiction written by Isaac Asimov eight decades ago to "Dilbert" cartoons today, the relationship between robots and humans has long fascinated — and worried — people. There's even a term, "robophobia," for an irrational anxiety about robots and other...
Reverence for robots: Japanese workers treasure automation

Reverence for robots: Japanese workers treasure automation

Thousands upon thousands of cans are filled with beer, capped and washed, wrapped into six-packs, and boxed at dizzying speeds — 1,500 a minute, to be exact — on humming conveyor belts that zip and wind in a sprawling factory near Tokyo. Nary a soul is in sight in this picture-perfect image of Japanese automation. The machines do all the heavy lifting at this plant run by Asahi Breweries...

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Mojang 2. Heads Up!, Warner Bros. 3. The Escapists, Team17 Software Ltd 4. Human Anatomy Atlas 2018 - Com...,Visible Body 5. Plague Inc.,Ndemic Creations 6. iSchedule, HotSchedules 7. Bloons TD 5,Ninja Kiwi 8. ThemeGear - Live Wallpapers, Abdel Ghany Motaleb 9. Facetune, Lightricks Ltd. 10. MONOPOLY Game, Electronic Arts Top Free iPhone Apps: 1....
New Facebook data center a boost to Ohio's technology sector

New Facebook data center a boost to Ohio's technology sector

Facebook will spend $750 million on a new data center in central Ohio, the company announced Tuesday — marking another boost for the state's growing technology sector. The world's biggest social media company joined Republican Gov. John Kasich and a host of other dignitaries to announce its 10th data center will be in New Albany, just northeast of Columbus. The 22-acre (8.9-hectare) data center...
New Facebook data center a boost to Ohio's technology sector

New Facebook data center a boost to Ohio's technology sector

Facebook will spend $750 million on a new data center in central Ohio, the company announced Tuesday — marking another boost for the state's growing technology sector. The world's biggest social media company joined Republican Gov. John Kasich and a host of other dignitaries to announce its 10th data center will be in New Albany, just northeast of Columbus. The 22-acre (8.9-hectare) data center...
Pressured by government, Uber agrees to protect rider data

Pressured by government, Uber agrees to protect rider data

Ride-hailing service Uber has agreed to protect data and audit use of rider information to settle a complaint from the federal government that it deceived customers. The Federal Trade Commission, in a complaint settled on Tuesday, alleged that Uber failed to secure data about rider trips and neglected to monitor employee access to the information. It's another in a long string of missteps for the...
Pressured by government, Uber agrees to protect rider data

Pressured by government, Uber agrees to protect rider data

Ride-hailing service Uber has agreed to protect data and audit use of rider information to settle a complaint from the federal government that it deceived customers. The Federal Trade Commission, in a complaint settled on Tuesday, alleged that Uber failed to secure data about rider trips and neglected to monitor employee access to the information. It's another in a long string of missteps for the...
Judge orders LinkedIn to stop blocking data-scraping firm

Judge orders LinkedIn to stop blocking data-scraping firm

A federal judge in San Francisco has ordered LinkedIn to stop blocking a startup company from scraping LinkedIn personal profiles for data. U.S. District Judge Edward Chen has sided with hiQ Labs, a San Francisco company that analyzes workforce data scraped from public profiles. LinkedIn invoked a federal anti-hacking law in telling hiQ to stop. LinkedIn also installed technical blocks to prevent...
New Facebook data center a boost to Ohio's technology sector

New Facebook data center a boost to Ohio's technology sector

Facebook will spend $750 million on a new data center in central Ohio, the company announced Tuesday — marking another boost for the state's growing technology sector. The world's biggest social media company joined Republican Gov. John Kasich and a host of other dignitaries to announce its 10th data center will be in New Albany, just northeast of Columbus. The 22-acre (8.9-hectare) data center...
US retail sales jumped 0.6 percent in July

US retail sales jumped 0.6 percent in July

Consumers went out shopping in a big way in July, pushing up retail sales by the largest amount in seven months. Retail sales advanced 0.6 percent last month, the best showing since a gain of 0.9 percent last December, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. For most of this year, retail sales have been lackluster, including a decline in May of 0.2 percent and a modest 0.3 percent June gain. Consumer...
Ukraine rocket maker denies leaking know-how to North Korea

Ukraine rocket maker denies leaking know-how to North Korea

The head of Ukraine's top rocket-making company on Tuesday rejected claims that its technologies might have been shipped to North Korea, helping the pariah nation achieve a quantum leap in its missile program. KB Yuzhnoye chief Alexander Degtyarev voiced confidence that employees haven't been leaking know-how to Pyongyang, according to remarks published Tuesday by the online site Strana.ua. While...
China says US trade probe would violate international rules

China says US trade probe would violate international rules

China criticized President Donald Trump's order for a possible U.S. trade investigation of Beijing's technology policies as a violation of global rules and said Tuesday it will "resolutely safeguard" Chinese interests. Trade groups for technology companies welcomed Trump's order Monday but Chinese officials said Washington was violating the spirit of its trade commitments. They said Beijing...
High-tech US plants offer jobs even as the laid-off struggle

High-tech US plants offer jobs even as the laid-off struggle

Herbie Mays is 3M proud, and it shows — in the 3M shirt he wears; in the 3M ring he earned after three decades at the company's plant in suburban Cincinnati; in the way he shows off a card from a 3M supervisor, praising Mays as "a GREAT employee." But it's all nostalgia. Mays' last day at 3M was in March. Bent on cutting costs and refocusing its portfolio, the company decided to close...
In US, factory jobs are high-tech, but the workers are not

In US, factory jobs are high-tech, but the workers are not

Herbie Mays is 3M proud, and it shows — in the 3M shirt he wears; in the 3M ring he earned after three decades at the company's plant in suburban Cincinnati; in the way he shows off a card from a 3M supervisor, praising Mays as "a GREAT employee." But it's all nostalgia.  Mays' last day at 3M was in March. Bent on cutting costs and refocusing its portfolio, the company decided...
Tyson's solar eclipse tip: Don't video it, experience it

Tyson's solar eclipse tip: Don't video it, experience it

Prominent astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has a suggestion for anyone with a view of next week's solar eclipse: Put down your smartphone and take in the phenomenon yourself. Tyson told an audience at the American Museum of Natural History on Monday: "Experience this one emotionally, psychologically, physically." The Aug. 21 event will be the first total solar eclipse in 99 years to cross...
Music service Pandora names Dish streaming exec Lynch as CEO

Music service Pandora names Dish streaming exec Lynch as CEO

Music service Pandora named a new CEO on Monday as it wrestles with competition from Spotify and other newer streaming apps. Roger Lynch, the head of Dish's streaming video service, will take over the helm of the Oakland, California, company Sept. 18. Pandora said Lynch is the right leader because he has worked with media companies on new distribution models. He is the founding CEO of Dish's Sling...
Warning: Avoid these gas price danger zones along state lines

Warning: Avoid these gas price danger zones along state lines

If you’re taking a road trip soon, you may unknowingly overpay for gas in a “danger zone” along state lines. In a study of 20 high-risk areas where factors can create wide border differences, GasBuddy found the price spread differed by an average of 44 cents per gallon between the two sides, or around $10 per tank. In extreme cases, drivers can spend an extra $25 when refueling...
Netflix wins 'Scandal' creator Rhimes in blow to Disney, ABC

Netflix wins 'Scandal' creator Rhimes in blow to Disney, ABC

Netflix has lured Shonda Rhimes, the well-regarded creator of TV series "Scandal" and "Grey's Anatomy," from ABC, its latest big get as media companies old and new fight for viewers' attention. The streaming service's announcement late Sunday comes just days after ABC owner Disney laid out plans to pull programming from Netflix. Netflix said Rhimes' Shondaland production company...
5 warning signs your mechanic should not be trusted

5 warning signs your mechanic should not be trusted

There’s something about auto repair shops that two out of three U.S. drivers just don’t trust, according to a new AAA survey. The auto group reports that drivers complained about unnecessary repair services, being overcharged, poor workmanship and overall bad experiences with their mechanics. Read more: Flying to buy a used car can save up to $2,000 “To minimize the stress associated...

Wisconsin Assembly committee approves Foxconn incentives

A Wisconsin state Assembly committee approved a $3 billion tax incentive package on Monday for Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group, the first vote in what could be an intense month of legislative action to quickly pass the massive deal. The Republican-controlled Assembly's jobs and economy committee voted 8-5 along party lines to send the bill to the full Assembly, which plans to take it up Thursday...
The best day of the week to book a cheap flight

The best day of the week to book a cheap flight

Great news for budget travelers! If you plan to fly this year, you can expect lower ticket prices and more flight options, according to a study released by Expedia and Airlines Reporting Corporation. Read more: Use this packing trick to avoid a checked bag fee After analyzing travel data from around the world in 2016, the New Heights for Air Travel report found that the average ticket...
Google, GoDaddy boot neo-Nazi site that mocked rally victim

Google, GoDaddy boot neo-Nazi site that mocked rally victim

Google said Monday that it was canceling the domain name registration of The Daily Stormer for violating its terms of service. The registration had moved there after GoDaddy tweeted late Sunday night that it had given The Daily Stormer 24 hours to move its domain to another provider, also because the site had violated the Scottsdale, Arizona-based company's terms of service. GoDaddy spokesman Dan...
Target moves to shore up grocery, improve delivery service

Target moves to shore up grocery, improve delivery service

Target announced moves Monday aimed at helping it shore up two key areas: groceries and delivery. To boost its grocery business, the company said it hired executives from rival Walmart and from Cheerios maker General Mills. Target's grocery section hasn't been as big a draw for shoppers as the department has been for Walmart. Mark Kenny, who will join Target from Walmart later this month, will oversee...
The Latest: Attorney: British cyber expert will be cleared

The Latest: Attorney: British cyber expert will be cleared

The Latest on the U.S. case against a British cybersecurity researcher accused of creating a malware program (all times local): 10:55 a.m. An attorney for a British cybersecurity researcher accused of creating malicious software to steal banking information says the researcher is "brilliant" and "a hero" who will eventually be cleared. Marcus Hutchins pleaded not guilty on Monday...
Saving money at Aldi is about to get a whole lot easier

Saving money at Aldi is about to get a whole lot easier

Shoppers of the discount food chain Aldi may soon be able to have their groceries delivered to their front door. The retailer has just announced a partnership with Instacart. Read more: 15 things every bargain shopper needs to know about Aldi According to a news release, customers can use the grocery delivery service to order Aldi products for delivery in as little as one hour. The pilot program...
Asian stocks rise after Koreas, US make diplomatic overtures

Asian stocks rise after Koreas, US make diplomatic overtures

Asian shares rose Tuesday as both Koreas and the U.S. appeared to indicate a willingness to defuse the crisis over North Korea's nuclear program. A rally on Wall Street, on the back of strong technology shares, also helped. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 1.3 percent to 19,789.13 in morning trading. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 added 0.7 percent to 5,770.90. South Korea's Kospi rose...
SpaceX launches experiments, ice cream to space station

SpaceX launches experiments, ice cream to space station

A SpaceX capsule rocketed to the International Space Station on Monday, carrying tons of science research, plus ice cream. As has become customary on these cargo flights, SpaceX landed its leftover booster back at Cape Canaveral shortly after liftoff, a key to its long-term effort to recycle rockets and reduce costs. "Gorgeous day, spectacular launch," said Dan Hartman, NASA's deputy manager...
British cybersecurity expert pleads not guilty to US charges

British cybersecurity expert pleads not guilty to US charges

A British cybersecurity researcher credited with helping curb a recent worldwide ransomware attack pleaded not guilty Monday to federal charges accusing him of creating malicious software to steal banking information three years ago. Marcus Hutchins entered his plea in Wisconsin federal court, where prosecutors charged him and an unnamed co-defendant with conspiring to commit computer fraud in the...
A snapshot of Guam before US-North Korea conflict and now

A snapshot of Guam before US-North Korea conflict and now

North Korea has announced a detailed plan to launch a salvo of ballistic missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, a major military hub and home to U.S. bombers. If carried out, it would be the North's most provocative missile launch to date. Here's a closer look at Guam and its role in the U.S. and North Korea's ongoing war of words. THE LATEST Senior U.S. national security officials said...

China appeals to Trump to avoid 'trade war'

China's government appealed to U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday to avoid a "trade war" ahead of what the White House says is a possible announcement of an investigation into whether China is stealing U.S. technology. An official told reporters the president would order his trade office on Monday to look into whether to launch an investigation under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974...
A snapshot of Guam before US-North Korea conflict and now

A snapshot of Guam before US-North Korea conflict and now

North Korea has announced a detailed plan to launch a salvo of ballistic missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, a major military hub and home to U.S. bombers. If carried out, it would be the North's most provocative missile launch to date. Here's a closer look at Guam and its role in the U.S. and North Korea's ongoing war of words. THE LATEST Senior U.S. national security officials said...
No 'Game of Thrones' in latest HBO hacker leak

No 'Game of Thrones' in latest HBO hacker leak

Hackers continue to pester HBO, but didn't release any material related to the network's hit show "Game of Thrones" in their latest leak. The hackers, who broke into HBO's computer network and have been doling out stolen information for the past several weeks, released more unaired episodes, including several of the highly anticipated return of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," which debuts...

Electric car-sharing service makes progress in Indianapolis

An electric car-sharing service in Indianapolis is winning over customers after initially angering some business owners. BlueIndy is increasing membership in Indianapolis, The Indianapolis Star reported. The company has 280 cars in the city. It's sold almost 5,000 memberships and almost 65,000 rides have been taken. Almost 8 percent of those rides have been to or from Indianapolis International Airport...
Danish police say no body found inside sunken submarine

Danish police say no body found inside sunken submarine

Danish police say they have not found the body of a missing Swedish journalist inside an amateur-built submarine that sunk off the Nordic country's eastern coast last week. Copenhagen police spokesman Jens Moller Jensen says Sunday that investigators uncovered no trace of 30-year-old freelance journalist Kim Wall in the UC3 Nautilus sub, which was raised and transported for investigation Saturday...
Lawyer: Livestreamed, deadly crash caused by blown tire

Lawyer: Livestreamed, deadly crash caused by blown tire

The defense attorney for a teenage driver accused of driving drunk while livestreaming the crash that killed her younger sister says a mechanical problem may have caused the accident in California. "We have reason to believe the accident was caused by wear and tear on the tire, causing it to blow out," said Ramnik Samrao, the court-appointed lawyer for Obdulia Sanchez. "That's where...
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