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Gene Cernan, last astronaut to walk on the moon, dies at 82

Astronaut Gene Cernan traced his only child's initials in the dust of the lunar surface. Then he climbed into the lunar module for the ride home, becoming the last person to walk on the moon. It was a moment that defined the Apollo 17 commander in both the public eye and his own. "Those steps up that ladder, they were tough to make," Cernan recalled in a 2007 oral history. "I didn't...

Report: Trucking firms using gadgets to cheat on emissions

German public broadcaster ZDF reports that trucking companies in Europe may be using electronic equipment to commit large-scale emissions fraud. Tests commissioned by ZDF and freight industry organization Camion Pro found that one in five diesel trucks operated by Eastern European firms had suspicious emission levels. Experts at the University of Heidelberg concluded that the trucks were pumping out...
Who are the 8 richest people? All men, mostly Americans

Who are the 8 richest people? All men, mostly Americans

The eight individuals who own as much as half of the rest of the planet are all men, and have largely made their fortunes in technology. Most are American, with one European and one Mexican in the mix. Several have pledged to give it all to charity. The eight tycoons' net worth, as calculated by Forbes magazine, was cited Monday by anti-poverty activists Oxfam in a report highlighting income inequality...

Facebook introduces measures to tackle fake news in Germany

Facebook says it's introducing measures to tackle the spread of fake news in Germany, months before the country holds a national election. The social network said Sunday the investigative media group Correctiv will be its first outside fact-checker in Germany and it's working to bring aboard other media organizations. It said updates to make it easier to report fake news will be introduced shortly...
Gadget mountain rising in Asia threatens health, environment

Gadget mountain rising in Asia threatens health, environment

The waste from discarded electronic gadgets and electrical appliances has reached severe levels in East Asia, posing a growing threat to health and the environment unless safe disposal becomes the norm. China was the biggest culprit with its electronic waste more than doubling, according to a new study by the United Nations University. But nearly every country in the region had massive increases between...
Gadget mountain rising in Asia threatens health, environment

Gadget mountain rising in Asia threatens health, environment

The waste from discarded electronic gadgets and electrical appliances has reached severe levels in East Asia, posing a growing threat to health and the environment unless safe disposal becomes the norm. China was the biggest culprit with its electronic waste more than doubling, according to a new study by the United Nations University. But nearly every country in the region had massive increases between...
Gadget mountain rising in Asia threatens health, environment

Gadget mountain rising in Asia threatens health, environment

The waste from discarded electronic gadgets and electrical appliances has reached severe levels in East Asia, posing a growing threat to health and the environment unless safe disposal becomes the norm. China was the biggest culprit with its electronic waste more than doubling, according to a new study by the United Nations University. But nearly every country in the region had massive increases between...
Gadget mountain rising in Asia threatens health, environment

Gadget mountain rising in Asia threatens health, environment

The waste from discarded electronic gadgets and electrical appliances has reached severe levels in East Asia, posing a growing threat to health and the environment unless safe disposal becomes the norm. China was the biggest culprit with its electronic waste more than doubling, according to a new study by the United Nations University. But nearly every country in the region had massive increases between...
The Latest: SpaceX launch places satellites in orbit

The Latest: SpaceX launch places satellites in orbit

The Latest on the launch of a SpaceX rocket in California (all times local): 11:25 a.m. SpaceX says its first launch of a Falcon 9 rocket since a fiery September accident has successfully placed a constellation of satellites in orbit. The two-stage rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, at 9:54 a.m. Saturday to place 10 satellites into orbit for Iridium Communications Inc. SpaceX...
SpaceX launches first rocket since explosion in Florida

SpaceX launches first rocket since explosion in Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from California on Saturday and placed a constellation of satellites in orbit, marking the company's first launch since a fireball engulfed a similar rocket on a Florida launch pad more than four months ago. The two-stage rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 9:54 a.m. carrying a payload for Iridium Communications Inc., which is replacing its entire...
Cuba sees explosion in internet access as ties with US grow

Cuba sees explosion in internet access as ties with US grow

Two days before Christmas, Luis Gonzalez received a little Chinese modem from Cuba's state-owned telecommunications company. The 55-year-old theater producer connected the device to his phone and his laptop computer, which instantly lit up with a service unimaginable in the Cuba of just a few years ago — relatively fast home internet. "It's really easy to sit and find whatever you need...
Cuba sees explosion in internet access as ties with US grow

Cuba sees explosion in internet access as ties with US grow

Two days before Christmas, Luis Gonzalez received a little Chinese modem from Cuba's state-owned telecommunications company. The 55-year-old theater producer connected the device to his phone and his laptop computer, which instantly lit up with a service unimaginable in the Cuba of just a few years ago — relatively fast home internet. "It's really easy to sit and find whatever you need...
Cuba sees explosion in internet access as ties with US grow

Cuba sees explosion in internet access as ties with US grow

Two days before Christmas, Luis Gonzalez received a little Chinese modem from Cuba's state-owned telecommunications company. The 55-year-old theater producer connected the device to his phone and his laptop computer, which instantly lit up with a service unimaginable in the Cuba of just a few years ago — relatively fast home internet. "It's really easy to sit and find whatever you need...

NY Gov. Cuomo wants more electric vehicle charging stations

New York's governor is calling for more charging stations for electric vehicles. Democrat Andrew Cuomo says he wants to add 69 new charging stations along the state Thruway and another 500 at workplaces around the state. Officials say there are now only four charging stations on the Thruway, forcing motorists with electric cars to exit the highway. Cuomo proposed the new charging stations as part...
Trump security adviser, Russian official already talking

Trump security adviser, Russian official already talking

President-elect Donald Trump's national security adviser and Russia's ambassador to the U.S. have been in frequent contact in recent weeks, including on the day the Obama administration hit Moscow with sanctions in retaliation for election-related hacking, a senior U.S. official says. After initially denying that Michael Flynn and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak spoke Dec. 29, a Trump official said late...
China aircraft carrier capabilities tested on latest mission

China aircraft carrier capabilities tested on latest mission

China's sole aircraft carrier has returned home following a far-ranging three-week training mission during which its combat capabilities were closely scrutinized and speculation soared over what future role the flat-top will play amid China's growing military ambitions. The Defense Ministry said the 60,000-ton Liaoning sailed in to the eastern port of Qingdao on Friday along with its battle group...
2 years after the hack, Sony CEO Lynton exits for Snap Inc.

2 years after the hack, Sony CEO Lynton exits for Snap Inc.

Two years after guiding the company through an unprecedented email hack, Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton is leaving the company to become the chairman of the board for Snap Inc., the company behind Snapchat. Sony said Friday that Lynton, a 13-year Sony veteran who led both the music and entertainment group, will stay on for six months to ensure a smooth transition as Sony Corp. President and...
Driverless electric shuttle being tested in downtown Vegas

Driverless electric shuttle being tested in downtown Vegas

There's a new thrill on the streets of downtown Las Vegas, where high- and low-rollers alike are climbing aboard what officials call the first driverless electric shuttle operating on a public U.S. street. The oval-shaped shuttle began running Tuesday as part of a 10-day pilot program, carrying up to 12 passengers for free along a short stretch of the Fremont Street East entertainment district. The...
Driverless electric shuttle being tested in downtown Vegas

Driverless electric shuttle being tested in downtown Vegas

There's a new thrill on the streets of downtown Las Vegas, where high- and low-rollers alike are climbing aboard what officials call the first driverless electric shuttle operating on a public U.S. street. The oval-shaped shuttle began running Tuesday as part of a 10-day pilot program, carrying up to 12 passengers for free along a short stretch of the Fremont Street East entertainment district. The...
Surge in traffic deaths outpaces increase in travel

Surge in traffic deaths outpaces increase in travel

Traffic deaths surged about 8 percent in the first nine months of last year, continuing an alarming upward spiral that may be partially explained by more Americans on the roads due to the economic recovery, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates released Friday. The sharp increase comes as drivers are putting more miles on the road than ever, the government said. But...
Surge in traffic deaths outpaces increase in travel

Surge in traffic deaths outpaces increase in travel

Traffic deaths surged about 8 percent in the first nine months of last year, continuing an alarming upward spiral that may be partially explained by more Americans on the roads due to the economic recovery, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates released Friday. The sharp increase comes as drivers are putting more miles on the road than ever, the government said. But...
More pay, greater confidence lifts US retail sales 0.6 pct.

More pay, greater confidence lifts US retail sales 0.6 pct.

Americans stepped up their auto buying and online shopping in December, reflecting a boost in confidence after the election and a solid increase in pay. Retail sales rose a seasonally adjusted 0.6 percent, following a small 0.2 percent gain in November, the Commerce Department said Friday . Most of the strength was in auto sales, which jumped 2.4 percent in December, the biggest gain since April....
Italy under pressure over regulation of Fiat Chrysler

Italy under pressure over regulation of Fiat Chrysler

Italy has come under pressure over how it regulates Fiat Chrysler, which Germany and the U.S. accuse of using software that can allow some diesel engines to emit more pollution than legally permitted. The European Union's executive branch said Friday it is following up on German complaints against Italy. German Transport Ministry spokeswoman Svenja Friedrich noted that Fiat Chrysler had refused to...
The Latest: Trump says he may maintain some Russia sanctions

The Latest: Trump says he may maintain some Russia sanctions

The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times local): 10 p.m. President-elect Donald Trump says he will probably maintain some of the Obama administration's recent sanctions against Russia, although he adds that he might do away with them if Russia works with the U.S. on battling terrorists and achieving other goals. Trump tells The Wall Street Journal in an interview published Friday night...
France investigating Renault for possible emissions fraud

France investigating Renault for possible emissions fraud

French authorities are investigating carmaker Renault for suspected fraud in its diesel emissions controls, denting the company's share price as the global fallout spreads from revelations of emissions cheating at Volkswagen. Renault insisted Friday that its cars are not equipped with pollution cheating software, and that the company complies with all French and European laws. Shares in partially...
Watchdog probe to bring new scrutiny for FBI's Comey

Watchdog probe to bring new scrutiny for FBI's Comey

FBI Director James Comey, already under fierce public scrutiny for his handling of the election-year probe of Hillary Clinton, faces a new internal investigation into whether he and the Justice Department followed established protocol in the email server case. The wide-ranging investigation from the Justice Department's inspector general will focus in part on Comey's decision to announce the findings...
Nintendo debuts hotly anticipated Nintendo Switch console

Nintendo debuts hotly anticipated Nintendo Switch console

Nintendo is trying to Switch it up. The Japanese video-game company revealed details Friday about its hotly anticipated Nintendo Switch, a video game console that also serves as a hand-held gaming device, during a global rollout on Friday. The price in the U.S. will be $300, a bit above the $200 to $250 that analysts were expecting. It will debut March 3. The Switch is the first major hybrid console/hand-held...
Nintendo debuts hotly anticipated Nintendo Switch console

Nintendo debuts hotly anticipated Nintendo Switch console

Nintendo is trying to Switch it up. The Japanese video-game company revealed details Friday about its hotly anticipated Nintendo Switch, a video game console that also serves as a hand-held gaming device, during a global rollout on Friday. The price in the U.S. will be $300, a bit above the $200 to $250 that analysts were expecting. It will debut March 3. The Switch is the first major hybrid console/hand-held...
Nintendo: Nintendo Switch game console to launch in March

Nintendo: Nintendo Switch game console to launch in March

Nintendo Co. said Friday that its Nintendo Switch video game console will sell for 29,980 yen (about $260) in Japan, starting March 3. The Kyoto-based maker of Super Mario and Pokemon games made the announcement in Tokyo. It said the console will sell for $299.99 in the U.S. The company said customers would need to ask retailers in Europe for prices there. Anticipation has been growing ahead of the...
Nintendo: Nintendo Switch game console to launch in March

Nintendo: Nintendo Switch game console to launch in March

Nintendo Co. said Friday that its Nintendo Switch video game console will sell for 29,980 yen (about $260) in Japan, starting March 3. The Kyoto-based maker of Super Mario and Pokemon games made the announcement in Tokyo. It said the console will sell for $299.99 in the U.S. The company said customers would need to ask retailers in Europe for prices there. Anticipation has been growing ahead of the...

Court revives suit alleging Apple monopoly on iPhone apps

A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit accusing Apple of having an illegal monopoly on the sale of iPhone apps. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday the plaintiffs have the right to sue Apple because they purchased apps directly from the company. Apple had argued that it did not sell apps, but instead acted as an intermediary used by the app developers. The ruling overturned...
Phone hacking company falls victim to hackers

Phone hacking company falls victim to hackers

Technology news website Motherboard said Thursday that it had obtained 900 gigabytes of data related to the Israel-based company. It said the trove of data includes customer information, databases and technical data about the company's products. Cellebrite released a statement Thursday acknowledging that one of its external web servers had been hacked, adding that that it's investigating the extent...
Phone hacking company falls victim to hackers

Phone hacking company falls victim to hackers

Technology news website Motherboard said Thursday that it had obtained 900 gigabytes of data related to the Israel-based company. It said the trove of data includes customer information, databases and technical data about the company's products. Cellebrite released a statement Thursday acknowledging that one of its external web servers had been hacked, adding that that it's investigating the extent...

Microsoft workers say reviewing graphic content caused PTSD

Two former Microsoft workers are claiming their work reviewing abuse, child pornography and other graphic material flagged for removal caused them post-traumatic stress disorder. The Seattle Times says (http://bit.ly/2j560GT ) Henry Soto and Greg Blauert have sued Microsoft Corp. claiming the technology company was negligent and violated prohibitions of discrimination based on disabilities. Soto and...
Big business of footwear on display at outdoor retail expo

Big business of footwear on display at outdoor retail expo

Footwear's position as the second largest segment in lucrative outdoor retail industry is on full display at a trade expo in Salt Lake City this week with a wide array of colors, prints and designs of sandals, shoes and boots that companies promote as being lighter and more versatile. The basic designs of different types of footwear have stayed largely the same for years, so companies try to pique...
Amazon plans to hire 100,000 over the next 18 months

Amazon plans to hire 100,000 over the next 18 months

Amazon plans to hire 100,000 full time workers over the next 18 months, highlighting its ambitious expansion plans — and the sharp contrast the e-commerce powerhouse strikes against traditional brick-and-mortar retailers, many of which are cutting jobs and closing stores . Amazon has long been known for investing the money it makes back into its businesses, and it's doing that with a vengeance...
Testing wearable sensors as 'check engine' light for health

Testing wearable sensors as 'check engine' light for health

A next step for smart watches and fitness trackers? Wearable gadgets gave a Stanford University professor an early warning that he was getting sick before he ever felt any symptoms of Lyme disease. Geneticist Michael Snyder never had Lyme's characteristic bulls-eye rash. But a smart watch and other sensors charted changes in Snyder's heart rate and oxygen levels during a family vacation. Eventually...
Testing wearable sensors as 'check engine' light for health

Testing wearable sensors as 'check engine' light for health

A next step for smart watches and fitness trackers? Wearable gadgets gave a Stanford University professor an early warning that he was getting sick before he ever felt any symptoms of Lyme disease. Geneticist Michael Snyder never had Lyme's characteristic bulls-eye rash. But a smart watch and other sensors charted changes in Snyder's heart rate and oxygen levels during a family vacation. Eventually...

Indiana's Eagle Marsh still part of fight against Asian carp

A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers commander said Indiana officials will determine if a nearly 2-mile-long earthen berm at Eagle Marsh has enough protections to keep the Asian carp from the Great Lakes. The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee's 2017 strategy for monitoring and controlling the invasive species include possible changes to the wetland nature preserve near Fort Wayne, the (Fort Wayne)...
US gov't accuses Fiat Chrysler of cheating on emissions

US gov't accuses Fiat Chrysler of cheating on emissions

The U.S. government accused Fiat Chrysler on Thursday of failing to disclose software in some of its pickups and SUVs with diesel engines that allows them to emit more pollution than allowed under the Clean Air Act. The Environmental Protection Agency issued a "notice of violation" to the company that covers about 104,000 vehicles including the 2014 through 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram...

Kasich outlines 2017 vision in face of budget shortfall

Gov. John Kasich said Thursday that he is creating a position for a chief innovation officer to pursue and oversee developments in emerging technologies, as he seeks to guide the state through a challenging budget cycle. The Republican governor announced the post in wide-ranging remarks to a gathering of Ohio business leaders. He was joined by House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger and Senate President Larry...
Watchdog to probe Comey's, FBI's actions before election

Watchdog to probe Comey's, FBI's actions before election

In yet another aftershock from the chaotic presidential campaign, the Justice Department inspector general opened an investigation Thursday into department and FBI actions before the election, including whether FBI Director James Comey followed established policies in the email investigation of Hillary Clinton. Democrats have blamed Comey's handling of the inquiry into Clinton's use of a private email...
Watchdog to probe Comey's, FBI's actions before election

Watchdog to probe Comey's, FBI's actions before election

In yet another aftershock from the chaotic presidential campaign, the Justice Department inspector general opened an investigation Thursday into department and FBI actions before the election, including whether FBI Director James Comey followed established policies in the email investigation of Hillary Clinton. Democrats have blamed Comey's handling of the inquiry into Clinton's use of a private email...
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