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Survey: Companies in China feel pressure to give up tech

One in five foreign companies in China feels compelled to hand over technology for market access, a business group said Wednesday, highlighting a key irritant in an escalating U.S.-Chinese trade dispute. The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China's report follows President Donald Trump's order for tariffs on additional Chinese goods in response to complaints Beijing steals or pressures companies...

Guilty pleas in illegal shipping of hazardous waste

Three people have pleaded guilty in federal court to illegally transporting 9 million pounds of hazardous waste from Mississippi to Missouri without acquiring the proper permits. Raymond Williams, 71, of Atlanta, the president and CEO of U.S. Technology Corp., based in Canton, Ohio, pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring to transport hazardous waste. The company also pleaded guilty. Daryl Duncan, 37...
Google, Facebook, others speak out against child separation

Google, Facebook, others speak out against child separation

Some business leaders are condemning the Trump administration's decision to separate children from parents who are accused of crossing the border illegally, but it's unclear what impact — if any — they will have. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he was donating money to groups that help immigrant families get legal advice and translation services at the border. He asked others to do the...

The Latest: Western electric grid bill clears hurdle

The Latest on California legislation to create a western regional electric grid (all times local): 12:45 p.m. A California Senate panel has narrowly advanced a contentious proposal to link oversight of California's electric grid with other western states. The committee's vote Tuesday keeps alive a plan that has divided environmentalists and sparked passionate debate about the best way to expand renewable...

Arizona man sentenced to prison for cyberattack in Wisconsin

An Arizona man has been sentenced to 20 months in federal prison for his hacking conviction in a cyberattack three years ago that interrupted communications equipment for emergency workers in Madison, Wisconsin. Randall Charles Tucker of Apache Junction also was ordered at his sentencing Monday to pay $69,000 in restitution. The 23-year-old had previously pleaded guilty to intentionally damaging protected...
Is Amazon Prime worth it for you? Take this quiz to find out!

Is Amazon Prime worth it for you? Take this quiz to find out!

All year long, Clark.com’s Michael Timmermann is sharing quick and easy ways to save money as part of our Michael Saves series. Check in every Monday as he puts new and familiar savings strategies to the test. Sign up for our newsletter to have these stories delivered to your inbox! UPDATE: Since this story was originally published, Amazon increased the price of a Prime...
IBM computer proves formidable against 2 human debaters

IBM computer proves formidable against 2 human debaters

An argumentative computer proved formidable against two human debaters as IBM gave its first public demonstration of new artificial intelligence technology it's been working on for more than five years. The new skills show that computers are getting better at mastering human language and speech. The computer made its case for government-subsidized space research by pulling in evidence from its huge...
The Latest: AT&T also vows to cut off location-data brokers

The Latest: AT&T also vows to cut off location-data brokers

The Latest on Verizon's decision to end sales of phone-location data to brokers (all times local): 1:15 p.m. AT&T is joining Verizon in pledging to end sales of phone location data to brokers. The practice has drawn criticism from privacy advocates who say users often don't know their data has been sold. AT&T spokesman Jim Greer tells The Associated Press the carrier will stop as soon as practical...
Saudi-led coalition displays Yemeni arms allegedly from Iran

Saudi-led coalition displays Yemeni arms allegedly from Iran

Officials in a Saudi-led coalition battling Shiite rebels for control of a crucial port in Yemen on Tuesday displayed weapons captured on the battlefield that they say show Iran is arming the insurgents. Iran long has denied arming the rebels, known as Houthis, despite reports by the United Nations, Western countries and outside groups linking it to the rebels' arsenal. Weapons shown to reporters...
Mobile carriers cut off flow of location data to brokers

Mobile carriers cut off flow of location data to brokers

Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have pledged to stop providing information on U.S. phone owners' locations to data brokers, stepping back from a business practice that has drawn criticism for endangering privacy. The data has apparently allowed outside companies to pinpoint the location of wireless devices without their owners' knowledge or consent. Verizon said that about 75 companies have been...
Asian stocks take breather from trade tension; markets mixed

Asian stocks take breather from trade tension; markets mixed

Asian markets were mixed on Wednesday as traders sidelined tariffs that the U.S. and China have threatened to impose on one another, focusing on positive housing data instead. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index rose less than 0.1 percent to 22,287.42 and South Korea's Kospi gained 0.9 percent to 2,361.39 in early trading. Hong Kong's Hang Seng increased 0.1 percent to 29,508.83 while...
Merkel says climate change is 'a fact,' laments US stance

Merkel says climate change is 'a fact,' laments US stance

German Chancellor Angela Merkel took aim Tuesday at U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris accord, calling the move "very regrettable" at a time when the overwhelming majority of countries worldwide are trying to limit global warming. "We know climate change isn't a matter of faith," she told an international climate meeting in Berlin. "It's a fact...
Alexa, send up breakfast: Amazon launches Echo for hotels

Alexa, send up breakfast: Amazon launches Echo for hotels

Alexa has a new job: hotel concierge. Amazon has launched a version of Alexa for hotels that lets guests order room service through the voice assistant, ask for more towels or get restaurant recommendations without having to pick up the phone and call the front desk. Marriott has signed up for the service, and will place Amazon Echo smart speakers in 10 hotels this summer, including its Westin and...
Global stocks tumble after new Trump tariff threat

Global stocks tumble after new Trump tariff threat

Global stock markets fell Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump escalated a dispute with China over technology policy by threatening a tariff hike on an additional $200 billion of Chinese goods. KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX was down a sharp 1.3 percent to 12,673 and France's CAC 40 fell 1.1 percent to 5,394. London's FTSE 100 lost 0.4 percent to 7,598. Wall Street looked poised for heavy losses...
Trump raises risk of economically harmful US-China trade war

Trump raises risk of economically harmful US-China trade war

The United States and China edged closer Tuesday to triggering the riskiest trade war in decades, a fight that could weaken the world's two largest economies, unsettle relations between Beijing and Washington and crimp global growth. The collateral damage could be widespread. If the tariffs the two countries have threatened to slap on each other's exports take effect, their consumers would have to...
Trump raises risk of economically harmful US-China trade war

Trump raises risk of economically harmful US-China trade war

The United States and China edged closer Tuesday to triggering the riskiest trade war in decades, a fight that could weaken the world's two largest economies, unsettle relations between Beijing and Washington and crimp global growth. The collateral damage could be widespread. If the tariffs the two countries have threatened to slap on each other's exports take effect, their consumers would have to...
China blasts new US tariff threat, warns it will retaliate

China blasts new US tariff threat, warns it will retaliate

China on Tuesday threatened "comprehensive measures" in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's new tariff hike, raising the possibility Beijing might target operations of American companies. Trump's announcement fueled fears that economic losses, limited so far to companies hit by U.S. or Chinese tariff hikes, might spread if the dispute chills global trade. Global stocks fell after Trump's...
IBM pits computer against human debaters

IBM pits computer against human debaters

IBM pitted a computer against two human debaters in the first public demonstration of artificial intelligence technology it's been working on for more than five years. The company unveiled its Project Debater in San Francisco on Monday, asking it to make a case for government-subsidized space research — a topic it hadn't studied in advance but championed fiercely with just a few awkward gaps...
The Latest: Senate backs bill blocking deal with firm ZTE

The Latest: Senate backs bill blocking deal with firm ZTE

The Latest on a defense policy bill that would block a White House plan to allow Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp. to buy component parts from the U.S. (all times local): 6:40 p.m. The Senate has approved a defense policy bill that includes a pay raise for the military while blocking a White House plan to allow Chinese telecom giant ZTE to buy component parts from the U.S. The Chinese company is accused...
Senate backs bill blocking deal with Chinese telecom firm

Senate backs bill blocking deal with Chinese telecom firm

The Senate on Monday approved a defense policy bill that includes a pay raise for the military and would block a White House plan to allow Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp. to buy component parts from the U.S. The Chinese company is accused of violating trade laws by selling sensitive technologies to North Korea and Iran. The Trump administration announced a deal with ZTE earlier this month, but Senate...
Senate backs bill blocking deal with Chinese telecom firm

Senate backs bill blocking deal with Chinese telecom firm

The Senate on Monday approved a defense policy bill that includes a pay raise for the military and would block a White House plan to allow Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp. to buy component parts from the U.S. The Chinese company is accused of violating trade laws by selling sensitive technologies to North Korea and Iran. The Trump administration announced a deal with ZTE earlier this month, but Senate...

Officials mistake White House invitations for spam

Some Idaho officials discarded email invitations to visit the White House because they thought they were spam. All 132 county commissioners and 105 state legislators in Idaho recently received invitations to meet with senior Trump administration officials, the Lewiston Tribune reported . Rep. Caroline Troy, R-Genesee, said she thought it was a hoax "since it didn't look very official." Sen...
Director: FBI won't repeat mistakes noted in watchdog report

Director: FBI won't repeat mistakes noted in watchdog report

The FBI is determined to not repeat any of the mistakes identified in a harshly critical watchdog report on the handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, Director Chris Wray said Monday at a congressional hearing at which he repeatedly sought to distance himself from his predecessor. Wray told lawmakers that the FBI accepted the findings of the inspector general's report and has begun making...
Peek at the future: Electric plane cruises skies over Norway

Peek at the future: Electric plane cruises skies over Norway

Norway's transportation minister and the head of the Scandinavian country's airport operator took off Monday for a short flight ... aboard a Slovenian-made two-seater electric airplane. Dag Falk-Petersen, head of Avinor, sat at the commands of the white Pipistrel Alpha Electro G2 while Ketil Solvik-Olsen sat in the passenger seat. They took off from a remote corner of Oslo Airport for a brief journey...
Trump announces plans for Pentagon to create 'Space Force'

Trump announces plans for Pentagon to create 'Space Force'

President Donald Trump announced Monday he is directing the Pentagon to create a new "Space Force" as an independent military service branch aimed at ensuring American supremacy in space — though he may have limited power to develop a new military command. While Trump has previously talked about his desire for a space unit, he seemed to take those musings one step further, specifically...
Trump announces plans for Pentagon to create 'Space Force'

Trump announces plans for Pentagon to create 'Space Force'

President Donald Trump announced Monday he is directing the Pentagon to create a new "Space Force" as an independent military service branch aimed at ensuring American supremacy in space — though he may have limited power to develop a new military command. While Trump has previously talked about his desire for a space unit, he seemed to take those musings one step further, specifically...
Asian stocks tumble after new Trump tariff threat

Asian stocks tumble after new Trump tariff threat

Asian stocks tumbled Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump escalated a dispute with Beijing over technology policy by threatening a tariff hike on additional Chinese goods. KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index fell 2.3 percent to 2,953.54 points and Hong Kong's Hang Seng lost 2 percent to 29,685.28. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 retreated 0.9 percent to 22,482.89 and Seoul's Kospi lost 0.8 percent...
Apple sets up iPhones to relay location for 911 calls

Apple sets up iPhones to relay location for 911 calls

Apple is trying to drag the U.S.'s antiquated system for handling 911 calls into the 21st century. If it lives up to Apple's promise, the iPhone's next operating system will automatically deliver quicker and more reliable information pinpointing the location of 911 calls to about 6,300 emergency response centers in the U.S. Apple is trying to solve a problem caused by the technological mismatch between...

Supreme Court to take up iPhone app lawsuit

The Supreme Court will consider whether the purchasers of iPhone apps can sue Apple over allegations it has an illegal monopoly on the sale of the apps. The court said Monday that it will take a case from the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, which ruled in January that the purchasers of iPhone apps could sue Apple. Their lawsuit says that when a customer buys an app the price includes...
The Latest: Saudis safe after in-flight drama at World Cup

The Latest: Saudis safe after in-flight drama at World Cup

The Latest on Monday at the World Cup (all times local): 11:09 a.m. Saudi team officials say the players have landed safely after a reported engine failure on their flight to Rostov-on-Don for a World Cup game against Uruguay. The Saudi Arabian Football Federation posted a statement on Twitter saying it "would like to reassure everyone that all the Saudi national team players are safe, after...
Germany will fail 2020 climate goals, now eyes 2030 target

Germany will fail 2020 climate goals, now eyes 2030 target

Germany will likely miss its goal of cutting emissions by 40 percent by 2020, the country's environment minister said Monday, an embarrassing admission for a government that wants to lead the charge on limiting climate change. Official estimates project that Europe's biggest economy will trim its greenhouse gas emissions by 32 percent or less by 2020 compared to 1990 levels. The next target, a decade...
Germany will fail 2020 climate goals, now eyes 2030 target

Germany will fail 2020 climate goals, now eyes 2030 target

Germany will likely miss its goal of cutting emissions by 40 percent by 2020, the country's environment minister said Monday, an embarrassing admission for a government that wants to lead the charge on limiting climate change. Official estimates project that Europe's biggest economy will trim its greenhouse gas emissions by 32 percent or less by 2020 compared to 1990 levels. The next target, a decade...
Germany will fail 2020 climate goals, now eyes 2030 target

Germany will fail 2020 climate goals, now eyes 2030 target

Germany will likely miss its goal of cutting emissions by 40 percent by 2020, the country's environment minister said Monday, an embarrassing admission for a government that wants to lead the charge on limiting climate change. Official estimates project that Europe's biggest economy will trim its greenhouse gas emissions by 32 percent or less by 2020 compared to 1990 levels. The next target, a decade...
Germany will fail 2020 climate goals, now eyes 2030 target

Germany will fail 2020 climate goals, now eyes 2030 target

Germany will likely miss its goal of cutting emissions by 40 percent by 2020, the country's environment minister said Monday, an embarrassing admission for a government that wants to lead the charge on limiting climate change. Official estimates project that Europe's biggest economy will trim its greenhouse gas emissions by 32 percent or less by 2020 compared to 1990 levels. The next target, a decade...
Compulsive video-game playing could be mental health problem

Compulsive video-game playing could be mental health problem

Obsessive video gamers know how to anticipate dangers in virtual worlds. The World Health Organization says they now should be on guard for a danger in the real world: spending too much time playing. In its latest revision to a disease classification manual, the U.N. health agency said Monday that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a mental health condition. The statement confirmed...
Google to invest $550 million in Alibaba rival JD.com

Google to invest $550 million in Alibaba rival JD.com

Google said Monday that it will invest $550 million in Alibaba's main rival JD.com as the U.S. tech giant seeks to expand in fast-growing Asian e-commerce markets. Under the partnership, JD.com products will appear on Google's shopping service, giving JD.com access to consumers outside Asia, while Google can apply the Chinese e-commerce company's supply chain and logistics expertise to its technology...
Ford: Detroit train station key to autonomous vehicle plans

Ford: Detroit train station key to autonomous vehicle plans

Bill Ford looks past the tons of paint, plaster and steel needed to remake Detroit's blighted Michigan Central train station and sees more than just an iconic building in desperate need of a makeover. The executive chairman of Ford Motor Co. and great-grandson of founder Henry Ford envisions the future of the carmaker's foray into self-driving vehicles. Ford Motor Co. is embarking on a 4-year renovation...
'Jeopardy!' winner could get prison for sneaking into emails

'Jeopardy!' winner could get prison for sneaking into emails

A seven-time "Jeopardy!" winner who taught history at a small Michigan college faces up to five years in prison for sneaking into the email accounts of other professors, administrators and students. Stephanie Jass, who taught at Adrian College in southern Michigan, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Lenawee Circuit Court to a charge of unauthorized computer access. Her sentencing is scheduled for...

Ohio will test use of drones to monitor traffic conditions

The state of Ohio plans to study the use of drones to monitor traffic and roadway conditions from above. The three-year, $5.9 million study involves DriveOhio, a new state office that coordinates smart vehicle technology efforts, and the Ohio State University College of Engineering. The project will be tested in what's been named the 33 Smart Mobility Corridor, a 35-mile stretch of highway just northwest...
Technology helps France beat gritty Australia 2-1 in Group C

Technology helps France beat gritty Australia 2-1 in Group C

Technology twice helped France at the World Cup on Saturday as the 1998 champions labored to beat a gritty Australia 2-1 in their opening game. The French team was given a controversial penalty kick, eventually converted by Antoine Griezmann in the 58th minute, after the referee watched the replay of a foul on the sideline. Paul Pogba later scored the winning goal in the 81st minute, and goal-line...
Summit does not deal with North Korea's hacking

Summit does not deal with North Korea's hacking

Among the subjects President Donald Trump apparently didn't discuss with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore — the regime's human rights abuses, its exports of missile technology and its mistreatment of U.S. prisoners — there's one more: its long record of dangerous cyberattacks against sensitive targets in the U.S. and allied nations. Experts warn that the country's hacking skills...
Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes charged with criminal fraud

Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes charged with criminal fraud

Federal prosecutors indicted Elizabeth Holmes on criminal fraud charges for allegedly defrauding investors, doctors and the public as the head of the once-heralded blood-testing startup Theranos. Federal prosecutors also brought charges against the company's former second-in-command. Holmes, who was once considered a wunderkind of Silicon Valley, and her former Chief Operating Officer Ramesh Balwani...
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