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Theme parks: Comcast's under-the-radar growth driver

One of Comcast's fastest-growing businesses hasn't been selling cable or internet subscriptions — or making movies and TV shows, or selling TV ads. It's been theme parks. Since 2011, when Comcast first took over NBCUniversal's film and TV studios, cable and broadcast networks, TV stations and theme parks, the parks have been one of its biggest revenue drivers. It was, of course, a smaller business...
Comcast tops Street 1Q forecasts

Comcast tops Street 1Q forecasts

Comcast Corp. is reporting first-quarter profit of $2.57 billion. The Philadelphia company said Thursday that it had net income of 53 cents per share. The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 17 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 44 cents per share. The cable provider posted revenue of $20.46 billion in the period, also beating Street forecasts...
UAE's first solar-powered gas station opens in Dubai

UAE's first solar-powered gas station opens in Dubai

A government oil company in the United Arab Emirates says it has opened the country's first solar-powered gas station in Dubai. The Dubai-owned Emirates National Oil Company said on Wednesday the service station on the city's main Sheikh Zayed Road thoroughfare is covered with solar panels that can generate up to 120 kilowatt hours. ENOC says that is about 30 percent more energy than the station needs...
The Latest: Police say woman in pit had reported harassment

The Latest: Police say woman in pit had reported harassment

The Latest on a woman found in a pit in her neighbor's shed (all times local): 5 p.m. Police say an Ohio woman who was kidnapped and kept trapped in a small pit in her neighbor's shed had reported receiving harassing phone calls and text messages from him. Blanchester police say the woman was reported missing early Wednesday and was found about two hours later by officers responding to neighbors'...
When is a wall not a wall? GOP redefines Trump's border wall

When is a wall not a wall? GOP redefines Trump's border wall

Congressional Republicans have a new talking point about President Donald Trump's border wall: It's not really a wall at all. Instead, the wall is "a bit of a metaphor as to border security," in the words of Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida. Or, a "quote, wall," as Sen. John McCain of Arizona put it: A combination of drones, towers, anti-tunneling devices and the like that add...
The Latest: Trump makes brief stop in North Korea meeting

The Latest: Trump makes brief stop in North Korea meeting

The Latest on tensions on the Korean Peninsula (all times local): 5:10 p.m. The White House says President Donald Trump did not attend the entire meeting with senators who gathered to discuss the crisis in North Korea. An administration official says Trump attended only the first five minutes of the meeting. He delivered opening remarks before handing it over to his national security team. Defense...
Trump team softens war talk, vows other pressure on NKorea

Trump team softens war talk, vows other pressure on NKorea

The Trump administration told lawmakers Wednesday it will apply economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons program, as an extraordinary White House briefing served to tamp down talk of military action against an unpredictable and increasingly dangerous U.S. adversary. President Donald Trump welcomed Republican and Democratic senators before his secretary of state...
Twitter reports 1Q loss

Twitter reports 1Q loss

Twitter Inc. is reporting a loss of $61.6 million in its first quarter. The San Francisco company said it had a loss of 9 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were 11 cents per share. The results beat Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 2 cents per share. The short messaging service posted...

UAE's first solar-powered gas station opens in Dubai

A government oil company in the United Arab Emirates says it has opened the country's first solar-powered gas station in Dubai. The Dubai-owned Emirates National Oil Company said on Wednesday the service station on the city's main Sheikh Zayed Road thoroughfare is covered with solar panels that can generate up to 120 kilowatt hours. ENOC says that is about 30 percent more energy than the station needs...

UAE's first solar-powered gas station opens in Dubai

A government oil company in the United Arab Emirates says it has opened the country's first solar-powered gas station in Dubai. The Dubai-owned Emirates National Oil Company said on Wednesday the service station on the city's main Sheikh Zayed Road thoroughfare is covered with solar panels that can generate up to 120 kilowatt hours. ENOC says that is about 30 percent more energy than the station needs...
China launches its first domestically-made aircraft carrier

China launches its first domestically-made aircraft carrier

China has launched its first aircraft carrier built entirely on its own, in a demonstration of the growing technical sophistication of its defense industries and determination to safeguard its maritime territorial claims and crucial trade routes. The 50,000-ton carrier was towed from its dockyard just after 9 a.m. Wednesday following a ceremony in the northern port city of Dalian, where its predecessor...

Security firm: Cyberattacks against Saudi Arabia continue

Researchers at U.S. antivirus firm McAfee say the cyberattacks that have hit Saudi Arabia over the past few months are continuing, revealing new details about an unusually disruptive campaign. Speaking ahead of the blog post 's publication Wednesday, McAfee chief scientists Raj Samani said the latest intrusions were very similar, albeit even worse, to the malicious software that wrecked computers...
As Dubai focuses on future, cybersecurity a growing concern

As Dubai focuses on future, cybersecurity a growing concern

As Dubai races toward a future of self-driving cars and drones filling up its high-rise-studded skyline, cybersecurity is becoming a growing concern in a region replete with examples of cyberattacks. The sheikhdom is hosting a cybersecurity conference this week and at it, a Dubai official involved in protecting the emirate from hacking and other electronic maliciousness offered a rare interview Wednesday...
Thai woman has no anger toward Facebook after girl's killing

Thai woman has no anger toward Facebook after girl's killing

The wife of a Thai man who hanged their 11-month-old daughter on Facebook Live said Wednesday her husband is the only person to blame and she bears no anger toward the social media site or the users who shared the horrific video. The video showed 20-year-old Wuttisan Wongtalay killing his child by hanging her at an abandoned hotel. The video was livestreamed Monday evening and made inaccessible by...
Trump tweets don't help: 1st Twitter revenue drop since IPO

Trump tweets don't help: 1st Twitter revenue drop since IPO

You'd think Twitter would be able to milk its status as President Donald Trump's megaphone. But the company still faces stagnant user growth, has never made a profit and even reported a quarterly revenue decline Wednesday, a first since going public. Trump's frequent tweets ricochet well beyond his 28 million Twitter followers. Anything he tweets can serve as fodder for social media, TV news shows...
China launches 1st domestically-made aircraft carrier

China launches 1st domestically-made aircraft carrier

China has launched its first aircraft carrier built entirely on its own, in a demonstration of the growing technical sophistication of its defense industries and determination to safeguard its maritime territorial claims and crucial trade routes. The 50,000-ton carrier was towed from its dockyard just after 9 a.m. Wednesday following a ceremony in the northern port city of Dalian, where its predecessor...

Thai husband kills baby, self on Facebook Live

A man in Thailand upset with his wife hanged their 11-month-old daughter on Facebook Live and then killed himself, police said. Police Col. Jirasak Siemsak said officers found the bodies of 20-year-old Wuttisan Wongtalay and the baby in an abandoned hotel in Phuket province after receiving reports of the video. "He felt neglected by his wife because they had been fighting so he took his 11-month-old...
AT&T sheds more lucrative wireless customers in 1Q

AT&T sheds more lucrative wireless customers in 1Q

AT&T Inc. on Tuesday said it lost more of its most lucrative wireless customers during the first three months of the year as the country's biggest mobile carriers try to lure customers from each other with offers of unlimited data plans. Most people already have a cellphone, and the four major wireless carriers have launched the unlimited plans and other features in a bid to poach customers from their...

Right-wing radio host Alex Jones responds to Chobani lawsuit

Right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones says he's not backing down in response to a defamation lawsuit filed by Greek yogurt giant Chobani. Jones, in a video posted on his Youtube channel Tuesday, said with no proof that billionaire George Soros was behind the lawsuit. Soros, who Jones called a "Nazi collaborator," is not named in the lawsuit. According to the lawsuit, Chobani...

Uber takes to the skies with next ride-hailing project

Uber is taking to the skies with its next project — "flying cars" — even as all eyes are on its problems on the ground. On Tuesday, the embattled ride-hailing company announced plans for an on-demand network of electric aircraft that can take off and land vertically, like a helicopter. It wants to test a network for such vehicles by 2020. The company says its partners in this...

Uber takes to the skies with next ride-hailing project

Uber is taking to the skies with its next project — "flying cars" — even as all eyes are on its problems on the ground. On Tuesday, the embattled ride-hailing company announced plans for an on-demand network of electric aircraft that can take off and land vertically, like a helicopter. It wants to test a network for such vehicles by 2020. The company says its partners in this...
Chipotle says sales rise, discloses payment system problem

Chipotle says sales rise, discloses payment system problem

Chipotle saw a key sales figure rise more than expected as it works to regain customers' trust after a series of food scares, but may have lost at least a little ground again in disclosing a possible data security issue. The company said it recently detected unauthorized activity on the network that supports its payment system in restaurants, but believes it has stopped the activity. It said its investigation...
Hello? Justice Stephen Breyer's cellphone rings in court

Hello? Justice Stephen Breyer's cellphone rings in court

Even Supreme Court justices forget to turn off their cellphones. A high court argument Tuesday was interrupted by the familiar sound of a ring chime, and Justice Stephen Breyer was the culprit. A mildly embarrassed Breyer quickly appeared to reach down to turn it off as a majority of his colleagues on the bench broke into smiles. Justice Samuel Alito struggled to suppress a laugh. Cellphones and other...
Hello? Justice Stephen Breyer's cellphone rings in court

Hello? Justice Stephen Breyer's cellphone rings in court

Even Supreme Court justices forget to turn off their cellphones. A high court argument Tuesday was interrupted by the familiar sound of a ring chime, and Justice Stephen Breyer was the culprit. A mildly embarrassed Breyer quickly appeared to reach down to turn it off as a majority of his colleagues on the bench broke into smiles. Justice Samuel Alito struggled to suppress a laugh. Cellphones and other...

UK man jailed for running global cyberattack business

A British man has been sentenced to two years in prison for creating and selling a program used in online attacks around the world. Adam Mudd was 16 when he created Titanium Stresser, a program that carried out more than 1.7 million "denial of service" attacks on websites including gaming platforms Minecraft and Xbox Live. Mudd, now 20, admitted creating and selling the program, earning...
World's last male northern white rhino gets help from Tinder

World's last male northern white rhino gets help from Tinder

The world's last male northern white rhino has joined the Tinder dating app as wildlife experts make a last-chance breeding effort to keep his species alive. "I don't mean to be too forward, but the fate of the species literally depends on me," the rhino's profile says. "I perform well under pressure." The campaign called "The Most Eligible Bachelor in the World," by...
Google targets 'fake news,' offensive search suggestions

Google targets 'fake news,' offensive search suggestions

Google has sprinkled some new ingredients into its search engine in an effort to prevent bogus information and offensive suggestions from souring its results. The changes have been in the works for four months, but Google hadn't publicly discussed most of them until now. The announcement in a blog post Tuesday reflects Google's confidence in a new screening system designed to reduce the chances that...
Emirates CEO says US laptop carry-on ban still puzzles him

Emirates CEO says US laptop carry-on ban still puzzles him

The chairman and CEO of Dubai's long-haul carrier Emirates said Tuesday he "can't dig into somebody's mind" to understand why the U.S. instituted a ban on laptops and other personal electronics in carry-on luggage from 10 cities in Muslim-majority countries. However, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said he believes U.S. President Donald Trump is a businessman who "wouldn't want to...
Lady Gaga, 'Pokemon Go,' Women's March snag Webby Awards

Lady Gaga, 'Pokemon Go,' Women's March snag Webby Awards

Lady Gaga, "Pokemon Go" and January's Women's March among the winners of this year's Webby Awards. Gaga won a pair of Webbys for her high-tech tribute to David Bowie at last year's Grammys, which was produced in partnership with Intel. "Pokemon Go" was picked as best game and won two other awards after becoming a smartphone sensation last summer. The Women's March that took place...

3 men convicted in Swedish rape livestreamed on Facebook

A Swedish court on Tuesday sentenced three men aged 18-24 for participating in a gang rape that was streamed live on a closed Facebook group. The Uppsala District Court said one of the men was given a sentence of 27 months for rape and assistance to rape. The others were given respectively one year — which was halved because he was a minor at the time of the crime — and six months. Two...

EU investigators probe Swedish mobile telecoms firms

The European Union's competition watchdog says investigators have launched surprise inspections at a number of Swedish mobile telecoms companies amid concerns over a possible cartel. The European Commission said that Tuesday's inspections are a first step in the investigation of anti-competitive practices. It did not name any of the companies targeted. The inspections are helping to establish whether...
FCA, Google begin offering rides in self-driving cars

FCA, Google begin offering rides in self-driving cars

Fiat Chrysler and Google for the first time will offer rides to the public in the self-driving vehicles they are building under an expanding partnership. Waymo, Google's self-driving car project, said Tuesday it's adding 500 Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans to its self-driving vehicle fleet. It will allow hundreds of people in the Phoenix area to take rides in the vehicles so it can get feedback...
Ivanka Trump hears groans as she defends father in Berlin

Ivanka Trump hears groans as she defends father in Berlin

Ivanka Trump drew groans and hisses Tuesday from an audience in Berlin while defending her father's attitude toward women, but she brushed it aside as "politics" during her first overseas trip as a White House adviser. Appearing on a high-powered panel at a conference to push for more support for women in business, Trump also said she was still trying to define her place in her father's...
Researchers: Russia-linked hackers targeted Macron campaign

Researchers: Russia-linked hackers targeted Macron campaign

Researchers with the Japanese anti-virus firm Trend Micro say the campaign of French presidential front-runner Emmanuel Macron has been targeted by Russia-linked hackers, adding more details to previous suggestions that the centrist politician was being singled out for electronic eavesdropping by the Kremlin. The campaign's digital chief, Mounir Mahjoubi, confirmed the attempted intrusions in a telephone...
Researchers: Russia-linked hackers targeted Macron campaign

Researchers: Russia-linked hackers targeted Macron campaign

Researchers with the Japanese anti-virus firm Trend Micro say the campaign of French presidential front-runner Emmanuel Macron has been targeted by Russia-linked hackers, adding more details to previous suggestions that the centrist politician was being singled out for electronic eavesdropping by the Kremlin. The campaign's digital chief, Mounir Mahjoubi, confirmed the attempted intrusions in a telephone...

House budget pumps $170M into solving Ohio's opiate epidemic

Money to create a smartphone app, establish a 24-hour hotline and fund other inventive ways to tackle Ohio's opioid crisis is included in a package of budget revisions majority House Republicans unveiled Tuesday. Speaker Clifford Rosenberger, Finance Chairman Ryan Smith and others said their version of Ohio's two-year operating budget adds more than $170 million to address the scourge driven by prescription...
Researchers: Russia-linked hackers targeted Macron campaign

Researchers: Russia-linked hackers targeted Macron campaign

Researchers with the Japanese anti-virus firm Trend Micro say the campaign of French presidential front-runner Emmanuel Macron has been targeted by Russia-linked hackers, adding a little more detail to previous suggestions that the centrist politician was being singled out for electronic eavesdropping by the Kremlin. The campaign's digital chief, Mounir Mahjoubi, confirmed the attempted intrusions...

Official: 'Silver lining' in hacker, foreign nation alliance

Foreign governments that rely on the services of private criminal hackers leave their operations vulnerable to being exposed and disrupted, creating something of a "silver lining" for U.S. law enforcement investigations of cyberattacks, a top Justice Department official said Monday. Criminal hackers hired by nations are more likely to travel and expose themselves to the risk of being arrested...
Tests find Samsung's S8 phones more prone to screen cracks

Tests find Samsung's S8 phones more prone to screen cracks

Samsung's latest phones feature big wraparound screens and lots of glass. They also appear to break more easily, according to tests run by SquareTrade, a company that sells gadget-repair plans. The nearly all-glass design of Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus makes them beautiful, SquareTrade said, but also "extremely susceptible to cracking when dropped from any angle." Samsung had no comment...
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