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Uber driver charged with assaulting woman in San Francisco

An Uber driver from San Francisco is accused of picking up a woman while off-duty and sexually assaulting her, police said Thursday. Kevin Barillas-Saballas, 30, was charged Thursday by the Alameda County district attorney's office with sexual assault, sexual battery, kidnapping, imprisonment and criminal threats. Union City Police Lt. Steve Mendez said the woman was intoxicated when either she or...
APNewsBreak: Google clarifies location-tracking policy

APNewsBreak: Google clarifies location-tracking policy

Google has revised an erroneous description on its website of how its "Location History" setting works, clarifying that it continues to track users even if they've disabled the setting. The change came three days after an Associated Press investigation revealed that several Google apps and websites store user location even if users have turned off Location History. Google has not changed...

US and Chile agree to cooperate on cyber security

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and his Chilean counterpart have signed an agreement pledging closer cooperation in combating cyber threats. Mattis and Defense Minister Alberto Espina held a signing ceremony Thursday after meeting to discuss a range of security issues, including military exercises and cooperation in science and technology. Cyber defense is a topic of growing interest throughout...
'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies at 76

'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies at 76

Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," ''I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, "Respect," and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, died Thursday at age 76 from pancreatic cancer. She died at her home in Detroit — "one of the darkest moments of our lives," her family...
Kroger rolls out driverless cars for grocery deliveries

Kroger rolls out driverless cars for grocery deliveries

At a time when big-box retailers are trying to offer the same conveniences as their online competitors, the biggest U.S. grocery chain is testing the use of driverless cars to deliver groceries in a Phoenix suburb. Kroger's pilot program launched Thursday morning with a robotic vehicle parked outside one of its own Fry's supermarkets in Scottsdale. A store clerk loaded the back seat with full grocery...
Bridge collapse highlights Italy's aging infrastructure

Bridge collapse highlights Italy's aging infrastructure

Collapsed concrete, twisted metal, crushed cars. While the disaster in Genoa was the deadliest in recent years, Italy has seen other bridge and highway collapses that have raised alarm about the state of its aging transportation infrastructure. The 51-year-old Morandi Bridge was a key artery that linked highways to Milan and France, a vital lifeline for both commercial traffic as well as vacationers...
European stock markets pick up after losses in Asia

European stock markets pick up after losses in Asia

Stock markets are higher in European trading as Turkey's currency crisis abated somewhat and after a downbeat day in Asia. Benchmarks in Germany and France rose Thursday while shares in Tokyo, Shanghai and Hong Kong declined. KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX added 0.5 percent to 12,221 and in France the CAC 40 advanced 0.6 percent to 5,338. Britain's FTSE 100 climbed 0.6 percent to 7,543. The futures...
The Latest: Report-CEO rethinking 'core parts' of Twitter

The Latest: Report-CEO rethinking 'core parts' of Twitter

The Latest on Twitter's suspension of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones (all times local): 6 p.m. In an interview with The Washington Post, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says he is rethinking "core parts" of the social media platform. On Tuesday, Twitter restricted right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for a week, giving him a time-out that is well short of a ban. Dorsey told the Post he's experimenting...

Report: SEC subpoenas Tesla about CEO's buyout plans

Government regulators have subpoenaed Tesla as they dig deeper into CEO Elon Musk's recent disclosure about a potential buyout of the electric car maker, according to media reports. The subpoena from the Securities and Exchange Commission demands information from each of Tesla's nine directors, according to a story published Wednesday in The Wall Street Journal . The newspaper cited an unidentified...
Officials remove special rules for gene therapy experiments

Officials remove special rules for gene therapy experiments

U.S. health officials are eliminating special regulations for gene therapy experiments, saying that what was once exotic science is quickly becoming an established form of medical care with no extraordinary risks. A special National Institutes of Health oversight panel will no longer review all gene therapy applications and will instead take on a broader advisory role, according to changes proposed...
Uber narrows 2Q loss as company polishes tarnished image

Uber narrows 2Q loss as company polishes tarnished image

Uber is still struggling to make money while the ride-hailing service's CEO deals with the headaches left behind by his predecessor. The second-quarter results released Wednesday show Uber's pioneering service continues to reel in more passengers and revenue, despite a variety of debacles that have tarnished its reputation and spurred some disillusioned riders to defect to its main U.S. rival, Lyft...
Shipwreck from only WWII battle in America found off Alaska

Shipwreck from only WWII battle in America found off Alaska

Daryl Weathers remembers trying to pull men from the sea off Alaska's Aleutian Islands after a U.S. Navy destroyer hit a mine left by the Japanese following the only World War II battle fought on North American soil. The explosion, which ripped the stern off the USS Abner Read, also covered many of the men in oil, which prevented some from being rescued. "They were so slippery, you couldn't get...
Shipwreck from only WWII battle in America found off Alaska

Shipwreck from only WWII battle in America found off Alaska

Daryl Weathers remembers trying to pull men from the sea off Alaska's Aleutian Islands after a U.S. Navy destroyer hit a mine left by the Japanese following the only World War II battle fought on North American soil. The explosion, which ripped the stern off the USS Abner Read, also covered many of the men in oil, which prevented some from being rescued. "They were so slippery, you couldn't get...
After Alex Jones timeout, Twitter CEO mulls deeper changes

After Alex Jones timeout, Twitter CEO mulls deeper changes

A day after Twitter gave right-wing conspiratorialist Alex Jones a weeklong timeout, CEO Jack Dorsey is mulling deeper changes to the social media service that might limit the spread of fake news, misinformation and hate speech. Twitter joined other prominent tech companies in muzzling Jones, the founder of the Infowars site, who has used Twitter and other social outlets to spread false information...
Asian stocks slide as investors fret over China's economy

Asian stocks slide as investors fret over China's economy

Asian shares fell Thursday after deepening worries about global economic growth, particularly in China, set off a rout on Wall Street. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 index fell 0.2 percent to 22,158.75 and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong lost 0.6 percent to 27,155.66. The Shanghai Composite index sank 0.9 percent to 2,699.60. South Korea's Kospi reopened from a holiday and tumbled 1.0 percent to 2,236...
Italy hunts for blame in bridge collapse that killed 39

Italy hunts for blame in bridge collapse that killed 39

As more bodies were pulled Wednesday from a mountain of jagged concrete and twisted steel left by a highway bridge collapse that killed 39, prosecutors focused on possible design flaws and past maintenance of the heavily used span, and politicians squabbled over blame. Motorists, meanwhile, recounted miraculous escapes and the horror of seeing others plunge over the edge. As a second night descended...
Modi says India will send manned flight into space by 2022

Modi says India will send manned flight into space by 2022

India will send a manned flight into space by 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Wednesday as part of India's independence day celebrations. He said India will become the fourth country after Russia, the United States and China to achieve the feat and its astronaut could be a man or a woman. The space capsule that will transport India's astronauts was tested a few days earlier. Rakesh Sharma...
Modi says India will send manned flight into space by 2022

Modi says India will send manned flight into space by 2022

India will send a manned flight into space by 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Wednesday as part of India's independence day celebrations. He said India will become the fourth country after Russia, the United States and China to achieve the feat and its astronaut could be a man or a woman. The space capsule that will transport India's astronauts was tested a few days earlier. Rakesh Sharma...
Twitter suspends conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for 1 week

Twitter suspends conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for 1 week

Twitter says it is suspending the account of the far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for one week after he violated the company's rules against inciting violence. The New York Times reports that Jones tweeted a link to a video calling for supporters to get their "battle rifles" ready against media and others. Jones won't be able to tweet or retweet from his personal account for seven...
Twitter suspends conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for 1 week

Twitter suspends conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for 1 week

Twitter says it is suspending the account of the far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for one week after he violated the company's rules against inciting violence. The New York Times reports that Jones tweeted a link to a video calling for supporters to get their "battle rifles" ready against media and others. Jones won't be able to tweet or retweet from his personal account for seven...
China files WTO challenge to US tariffs on solar panels

China files WTO challenge to US tariffs on solar panels

China says it is challenging a U.S. tariff hike on solar panels before the World Trade Organization, adding to its sprawling conflicts with President Donald Trump over trade and technology. The 30 percent tariffs announced in January improperly help U.S. producers in violation of WTO rules, the Commerce Ministry said. It said a formal complaint was filed Tuesday with the WTO in Geneva. The solar duties...
Tesla forms committee to assess proposal to go private

Tesla forms committee to assess proposal to go private

Tesla is forming a special committee to evaluate proposals to take the company private one week after CEO Elon Musk said he was considering it. The committee, made up of three independent directors, said Tuesday that it has not received any formal proposal from Musk, who on Aug. 7 tweeted that he had "funding secured" to buy Tesla shares at $420 per share. But a blog post by Musk on Monday...
Warren Buffett's firm adds to Apple, Teva investments

Warren Buffett's firm adds to Apple, Teva investments

Investor Warren Buffett's company added to its stakes in Apple and Israeli drugmaker Teva Pharmaceuticals in the second quarter while tweaking several of its other stock investments. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. filed an update on its U.S. stock portfolio with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday. Berkshire held nearly 252 million Apple shares at the end of June, up from 239.57 million in...
Tinder founders, execs file suit against IAC and Match Group

Tinder founders, execs file suit against IAC and Match Group

The founders of the dating app Tinder, along with current executives and some of its employees, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against IAC/InterActiveCorp and its Match Group subsidiary for allegedly bilking them by manipulating financial information to create a lowball estimate of Tinder's value. They are seeking at least $2 billion in the lawsuit against Match and IAC, which is controlled by media mogul...
Los Angeles is first in US to install subway body scanners

Los Angeles is first in US to install subway body scanners

Los Angeles' subway will become the first mass transit system in the U.S. to install body scanners that screen passengers for weapons and explosives, officials said Tuesday. The deployment of the portable scanners, which project waves to do full-body screenings of passengers walking through a station without slowing them down, will happen in the coming months, said Alex Wiggins, who runs the Los Angeles...
Los Angeles is first in US to install subway body scanners

Los Angeles is first in US to install subway body scanners

Los Angeles' subway will become the first mass transit system in the U.S. to install body scanners that screen passengers for weapons and explosives, officials said Tuesday. The deployment of the portable scanners, which project waves to do full-body screenings of passengers walking through a station without slowing them down, will happen in the coming months, said Alex Wiggins, who runs the Los Angeles...
The Latest: Italy authorities raise bridge death toll to 26

The Latest: Italy authorities raise bridge death toll to 26

The Latest on the collapse of a bridge in Italy (all times local): 10:15 p.m. Italian authorities from the region of Liguria have raised to 26 the number of dead in the collapse of a highway bridge in the port city of Genoa. The region's updated the death toll late Tuesday on its Twitter feed, saying two more bodies had been extracted and one person had died in surgery. That brings to 15 the number...
Italian bridge collapse sends cars plunging, killing 26

Italian bridge collapse sends cars plunging, killing 26

A 51-year-old highway bridge in the Italian port city of Genoa collapsed in a driving rain Tuesday, killing at least 26 people and injuring 15 others as it sent dozens of vehicles tumbling into a heap of concrete and twisted steel. Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte called it "an immense tragedy ... inconceivable in a modern system like ours, a modern country." The disaster, on a major interchange...
Italian bridge collapse sends cars plunging, killing 26

Italian bridge collapse sends cars plunging, killing 26

A 51-year-old highway bridge in the Italian port city of Genoa collapsed in a driving rain Tuesday, killing at least 26 people and injuring 15 others as it sent dozens of vehicles tumbling into a heap of concrete and twisted steel. Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte called it "an immense tragedy ... inconceivable in a modern system like ours, a modern country." The disaster, on a major interchange...
Beijing appeals to US for fairness under investment law

Beijing appeals to US for fairness under investment law

China appealed to Washington on Tuesday not to misuse security concerns to hamper business activity after President Donald Trump signed a law that expands the jurisdiction of an investment review panel. The law signed Monday by Trump expands the authority of a government security panel to scrutinize foreign investments. It was prompted by complaints Chinese companies were taking advantage of gaps...

Correction: Citizens Bank Headquarters story

In a story Aug. 13 about Citizens Bank, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the bank is unveiling its new corporate headquarters. Citizens Bank is opening a campus in Johnston, Rhode Island. Its headquarters remains in Providence, Rhode Island. A corrected version of the story is below: Citizens Bank set to open new corporate campus Citizens Bank is set to unveil its new corporate campus...

Correction: Citizens Bank Headquarters story

In a story Aug. 13 about Citizens Bank, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the bank is unveiling its new corporate headquarters. Citizens Bank is opening a campus in Johnston, Rhode Island. Its headquarters remains in Providence, Rhode Island. A corrected version of the story is below: Citizens Bank set to open new corporate campus Citizens Bank is set to unveil its new corporate campus...

Reports of election site hacking rankle Florida officials

Child's play or a signs of a serious security problem in one of the nation's swing states? That's the question confronting Florida election officials who are pushing back against reports that an 11-year-old hacked a replica of the state's election website. Multiple media outlets over the weekend reported that children at a hacking conference in Las Vegas were able to easily hack into a version of...
The Latest: Lawmakers vow action on Google location tracking

The Latest: Lawmakers vow action on Google location tracking

The Latest on Google's location-tracking settings (all times local): 3 p.m. Lawmakers are vowing to step up their oversight of the data collection practices of giant technology companies after an Associated Press investigation found Google continues to collect user location data even if they've used a privacy setting that claims to prevent it. U.S. Senator Mark Warner of Virginia said in a statement...
Seattle airplane theft prompts review of security measures

Seattle airplane theft prompts review of security measures

The spectacular theft of a 76-seat plane from the Seattle airport by a ground crew employee is prompting an industrywide review of how to thwart such insider security threats, though it remains unclear what steps airlines might take. "This is too big a deal. It's not going to go away," said Glen Winn, a former Secret Service agent who teaches in the University of Southern California's aviation...
Seattle airplane theft prompts review of security measures

Seattle airplane theft prompts review of security measures

The spectacular theft of a 76-seat plane from the Seattle airport by a ground crew employee is prompting an industrywide review of how to thwart such insider security threats, though it remains unclear what steps airlines might take. "This is too big a deal. It's not going to go away," said Glen Winn, a former Secret Service agent who teaches in the University of Southern California's aviation...
Asian markets mixed after Wall St falls on Turkey jitters

Asian markets mixed after Wall St falls on Turkey jitters

Most Asian stock markets were mixed Tuesday after Wall Street declined as Turkey's central bank struggled to contain a currency crisis that is feeding fears about other emerging markets. KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.5 percent to 2,771.81 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng lost 0.9 percent to 27,686.99. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 gained 1.8 percent to 22,255.98 and Seoul's Kospi added 0.4 percent...
Questions loom over Tesla deal after CEO reveals Saudi link

Questions loom over Tesla deal after CEO reveals Saudi link

Tesla CEO Elon Musk's elaboration on his plan to engineer a buyout of the electric car maker could get the Silicon Valley maverick into legal trouble by revealing that the deal is far more uncertain than how he initially described it in his brash tweet last week. If everything falls into place, Musk plans to buy Tesla from any existing shareholders willing to sell using money raised through Saudi...
Questions loom over Tesla deal after CEO reveals Saudi link

Questions loom over Tesla deal after CEO reveals Saudi link

Tesla CEO Elon Musk's elaboration on his plan to engineer a buyout of the electric car maker could get the Silicon Valley maverick into legal trouble by revealing that the deal is far more uncertain than how he initially described it in his brash tweet last week. If everything falls into place, Musk plans to buy Tesla from any existing shareholders willing to sell using money raised through Saudi...
'Touch the sun': NASA spacecraft hurtles toward our star

'Touch the sun': NASA spacecraft hurtles toward our star

Embarking on a mission that scientists have been dreaming of since the Sputnik era, a NASA spacecraft hurtled Sunday toward the sun on a quest to unlock some of its mysteries by getting closer than any object sent before. If all goes well, the Parker Solar Probe will fly straight through the wispy edges of the sun's corona, or outer atmosphere, in November. In the years ahead, it will gradually get...
Tesla CEO Musk taunts short sellers amid legal scrutiny

Tesla CEO Musk taunts short sellers amid legal scrutiny

Tesla CEO Elon Musk used Twitter late Friday to taunt investors who have bet against his company, even though his previous Twitter comments have spurred a government investigation and shareholder lawsuits. The tweets are aimed at "shorts," or investors who borrowed shares of Tesla and immediately sold them with the hope that Tesla's share price would fall. That would allow the shorts to...
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