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Trump: Sending cleric to Turkey 'not under consideration'

President Donald Trump says extraditing a Turkish-born Muslim cleric blamed by Turkey for engineering a 2016 military coup attempt is "not under consideration." Fethullah Gulen (FEH'-too-lah goo-LEN') has lived for nearly 20 years in self-exile at an Islamic retreat in the Pocono Mountains. He denies the allegations made by the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (REH'-jehp...

Britain says Russian contractors have no say in visa process

Britain's Home Office says that the company contracted to collect visa applications in Russia has "absolutely no involvement with the decision-making process." The company, TLSContact, is "simply an application point," according to a statement. Final decisions are made in the U.K. The statement late Friday came in response to an investigation published by investigative group Bellingcat...
Space station supplies launched, 2nd shipment in 2 days

Space station supplies launched, 2nd shipment in 2 days

A load of space station supplies rocketed into orbit from Virginia on Saturday, the second shipment in two days. And another commercial delivery should be on its way in a couple weeks. "What an outstanding launch," said NASA's deputy space station program manager, Joel Montalbano. Northrop Grumman launched its Antares rocket from Wallops Island before dawn, delighting chilly early-bird observers...
Democrats gear up for more digital spending in 2020

Democrats gear up for more digital spending in 2020

One of the largest outside Democratic groups says ramped-up spending on digital advertising played a key role in midterm battleground races, offering a lesson for potential presidential contenders in 2020. "You're going to have to have an organization that speaks directly to voters on their phones and their computers," said Guy Cecil, chairman of Priorities USA, which spearheaded much of...
Democrats gear up for more digital spending in 2020

Democrats gear up for more digital spending in 2020

One of the largest outside Democratic groups says ramped-up spending on digital advertising played a key role in midterm battleground races, offering a lesson for potential presidential contenders in 2020. "You're going to have to have an organization that speaks directly to voters on their phones and their computers," said Guy Cecil, chairman of Priorities USA, which spearheaded much of...
Argentina minister says country without means to rescue sub

Argentina minister says country without means to rescue sub

Hours after announcing the discovery of an Argentine submarine lost deep in the Atlantic a year ago with 44 crew members aboard, the government said Saturday that it is unable to recover the vessel, drawing anger from missing sailors' relatives who demanded that it be raised. Defense Minister Oscar Aguad said at a press conference that the country lacks "modern technology" capable of "...

Suspected Russian hackers impersonate State Department aide

U.S. cybersecurity experts say hackers impersonating a State Department official have targeted U.S. government agencies, businesses and think tanks in an attack that bears similarity to past campaigns linked to Russia. The "spear phishing" attempts began on Wednesday, sending e-mail messages purported to come from a department public affairs official. Cybersecurity companies CrowdStrike...

Trump signs bill to elevate cybersecurity mission at DHS

President Donald Trump has signed legislation that elevates the importance of cybersecurity work within the Department of Homeland Security. The legislation the president signed into law on Friday creates the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at DHS. The new agency will become the focal point at the department for protecting critical infrastructure, including election systems, against...
Cargo ship launch clears crewed mission to space station

Cargo ship launch clears crewed mission to space station

A Russian Soyuz rocket sent a cargo ship on its way to the International Space Station on Friday, a successful launch that cleared the way for the next crew to travel to the space outpost. The launch of the Russian Progress MS-10 resupply ship from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan marked the fourth successful liftoff of a Soyuz since a launch with crew members had to be aborted last month. A...
Cargo ship launch clears crewed mission to space station

Cargo ship launch clears crewed mission to space station

A Russian Soyuz rocket sent a cargo ship on its way to the International Space Station on Friday, a successful launch that cleared the way for the next crew to travel to the space outpost. The launch of the Russian Progress MS-10 resupply ship from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan marked the fourth successful liftoff of a Soyuz since a launch with crew members had to be aborted last month. A...
Fashion show blends Cuban private enterprise, US sponsorship

Fashion show blends Cuban private enterprise, US sponsorship

Models in Cuba strutted in paint-stained shirts and leather construction boots Thursday night in an unusual blend of local private enterprise and American corporate sponsorship. The open-air fashion show put on by the Cuban label Clandestina and internet giant Google was titled "Country Under Construction" and took place outside Havana's Museum of Fine Arts. Google is one of the American...
Health care, energy companies power US stock market higher

Health care, energy companies power US stock market higher

A late afternoon wave of buying moved U.S. stocks higher Thursday. Even so, the market was on course to finish with a steep weekly loss. Gains in health care and energy companies powered the market higher. It also got a brief boost earlier after President Donald Trump expressed optimism that the U.S. and China will reach a deal to resolve their costly trade dispute. The remarks came as representatives...
VW wants to storm car market with cheaper electric model

VW wants to storm car market with cheaper electric model

Volkswagen intends to invest 44 billion euros ($50 billion) in the electric and autonomous car technologies expected to reshape the industry — and said it would make battery-powered vehicles more accessible to mass-market auto buyers by selling its new I.D. compact for about what a Golf diesel costs. The investment plans for the next five years aim to make Volkswagen "a worldwide supplier...
North Korea deports American even as it boasts of new weapon

North Korea deports American even as it boasts of new weapon

North Korea on Friday deported an American citizen it says it detained for illegal entry, a U.S. official said, an apparent concession that came even as the reclusive nation announced the test of a newly developed but unspecified "ultramodern" weapon that will be seen as a pressuring tactic by Washington. The two whiplash announcements, which seemed aimed at both appeasing and annoying Washington...
The Latest: Pence cites progress on N. Korea but more needed

The Latest: Pence cites progress on N. Korea but more needed

The Latest on North Korea's new tactical weapon test (all times local): Noon U.S. Vice President Mike Pence says "great progress" has been made on North Korea but more had to be done, after Pyongyang reported a successful test of a new weapon. Pence spoke from a Southeast Asian summit in Singapore on Friday as North Korea's state media reported that leader Kim Jong Un had observed the successful...

Rose-Hulman board names Coons school's 16th president

The trustees of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology have voted unanimously to name Robert Coons as the Terre Haute school's 16th president, effective immediately. Coons has been serving as acting president since the resignation of Jim Conwell on Nov. 7. Coons has nearly 30 years of service at Rose-Hulman, most recently as senior vice president and chief administrative officer for the last six years...
North Korea tests new weapon amid stalled nuclear diplomacy

North Korea tests new weapon amid stalled nuclear diplomacy

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un observed the successful test of an unspecified "newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon," state media reported Friday, in an apparent bid to apply pressure on the United States and South Korea. It didn't appear to be a test of a nuclear device or a long-range missile with the potential to target the U.S. A string of such tests last year had many fearing...
Melania Trump OK with criticism over anti-bullying campaign

Melania Trump OK with criticism over anti-bullying campaign

Melania Trump says she's OK with the criticism and ridicule she has received for tackling online bullying and remains committed to the issue because "it will provide a better world for our children." The first lady told attendees Thursday at an annual online safety conference to consider using "negative words" directed at them as motivation to help encourage responsible behavior...
Facebook says it's better at detecting rule violations

Facebook says it's better at detecting rule violations

Facebook said it's making progress on detecting hate speech, graphic violence and other violations of its rules, even before users see and report them. Facebook said that during the April-to-September period, it doubled the amount of hate speech it detected proactively, compared with the previous six months. The findings were spelled out Thursday in Facebook's second semiannual report on enforcing...

Neo-Nazi's attorney calls ruling dangerous for free speech

A federal judge's decision to allow a lawsuit to proceed against the publisher of a neo-Nazi website is "dangerous for free speech," the publisher's attorney said Thursday. Attorney Marc Randazza said he believes U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen made a legally flawed decision Wednesday in ruling the First Amendment does not shield Daily Stormer publisher Andrew Anglin from being sued...
Asia shares mixed on uncertainty over trade tensions

Asia shares mixed on uncertainty over trade tensions

Shares were mixed in early trading in Asia on Friday on revived concerns over the prospects for a breakthrough in trade tensions between the U.S. and China. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 index lost 0.4 percent to 21,717.57 and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong gave up 0.5 percent to 25,967.01. South Korea's Kospi rose 0.2 percent to 2,091.63 while Australia's S&P ASX 200 was flat at 5,737.50. The Shanghai...

City votes to impose restrictive rules on short-term rentals

The Washington city council has voted to impose tight limits on Airbnb and other short-term rental companies. News outlets report the D.C. City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to restrict short-term rentals to primary residences, and limit rentals in which the owner is absent to 90 days per year. The bill also prohibits property owners from renting out second homes for short periods of time. Supporters...
Walmart flexes its muscle against Amazon

Walmart flexes its muscle against Amazon

Walmart may be bruised by Amazon, but it's learning how to fight back. The world's largest retailer delivered strong third-quarter results Thursday, extending a streak of sales growth into its 11th straight quarter that was helped by services such as online grocery pickup. It also raised profit expectations for the year heading into the holiday shopping season. Like other retailers, Walmart is benefiting...
China says talks with US on trade battle have resumed

China says talks with US on trade battle have resumed

Washington and Beijing have resumed talks over their spiraling trade dispute ahead of a meeting between Presidents Xi Jinping and Donald Trump, China's Commerce Ministry said Thursday. The two sides are "maintaining close contact" following a Nov. 1 phone call between Xi and Trump, said ministry spokesman Gao Feng. He gave no details of the content of the talks or which officials were conducting...
Transit riders, drivers brace for influx of Amazon employees

Transit riders, drivers brace for influx of Amazon employees

Commuters beware: New York and Washington's clogged streets and creaky subway systems are about to feel more pain as 50,000 more people descend on the two metro areas where Amazon will open new headquarters. An expansion of that scope in a city such as New York — where the regional subway, bus and commuter lines move more than 8 million people every day — sounds like something a transit...
Transit riders, drivers brace for influx of Amazon employees

Transit riders, drivers brace for influx of Amazon employees

Commuters beware: New York and Washington's clogged streets and creaky subway systems are about to feel more pain as 50,000 more people descend on the two metro areas where Amazon will open new headquarters. An expansion of that scope in a city such as New York — where the regional subway, bus and commuter lines move more than 8 million people every day — sounds like something a transit...
Transit riders, drivers brace for influx of Amazon employees

Transit riders, drivers brace for influx of Amazon employees

Commuters beware: New York and Washington's clogged streets and creaky subway systems are about to feel more pain as 50,000 more people descend on the two metro areas where Amazon will open new headquarters. An expansion of that scope in a city such as New York — where the regional subway, bus and commuter lines move more than 8 million people every day — sounds like something a transit...
Japan's minister of cybersecurity has never used computer

Japan's minister of cybersecurity has never used computer

Japan's minister in charge of cybersecurity is in the spotlight for acknowledging he has never used a computer and making comments showing he has no idea what a USB port might be. Ruling party lawmaker Yoshitaka Sakurada, also in charge of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, was replying Wednesday to questions from independent and opposition legislators. "I give instructions to my aide and so I don't punch...
Farm animals may soon get new features through gene editing

Farm animals may soon get new features through gene editing

Cows that can withstand hotter temperatures. Cows born without pesky horns. Pigs that never reach puberty. A company wants to alter farm animals by adding and subtracting genetic traits in a lab. It sounds like science fiction, but Recombinetics sees opportunity for its technology in the livestock industry. But first, it needs to convince regulators that gene-edited animals are no different than conventionally...
Electronic driving systems don't always work, tests show

Electronic driving systems don't always work, tests show

Testing by AAA shows that electronic driver assist systems on the road today may not keep vehicles in their lanes or spot stationary objects in time to avoid a crash. The tests brought a warning from the auto club that drivers shouldn't think that the systems make their vehicles self-driving, and that they should always be ready to take control. AAA also said that use of the word "pilot"...
Electronic driving systems don't always work, tests show

Electronic driving systems don't always work, tests show

Testing by AAA shows that electronic driver assist systems on the road today may not keep vehicles in their lanes or spot stationary objects in time to avoid a crash. The tests brought a warning from the auto club that drivers shouldn't think that the systems make their vehicles self-driving, and that they should always be ready to take control. AAA also said that use of the word "pilot"...
Japan's SoftBank invests in US office space-sharing WeWork

Japan's SoftBank invests in US office space-sharing WeWork

American office space-sharing company WeWork has obtained $3 billion in funding from Japanese technology conglomerate SoftBank Group Corp. The new funding comes in addition to the $1 billion raised from SoftBank last quarter, WeWork spokesperson Kumiko Hidaka said Thursday. WeWork, which targets startups, is operating not only in the U.S. but also India, China, Peru, Israel and other nations, as well...
Feds subpoena Snap over shareholder lawsuit

Feds subpoena Snap over shareholder lawsuit

Snap Inc. has received federal subpoenas related to a class-action lawsuit stemming from its 2017 initial public offering. The lawsuit, filed last May, claims that Snap misled investors about its user growth before going public. The company said in a statement Wednesday that it has been responding to subpoenas and requests for information from the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department...

Buffett's firm invests in JP Morgan Chase, drops Walmart

Investor Warren Buffett's company picked up nearly 36 million shares of JP Morgan Chase stock in the third quarter and eliminated its stake in Walmart as part of a number of changes in its portfolio. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. filed a quarterly update on its stocks with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday. Buffett's Omaha, Nebraska-based company also revealed a new stake in software maker...

Buffett's firm invests in JP Morgan Chase, drops Walmart

Investor Warren Buffett's company picked up nearly 36 million shares of JP Morgan Chase stock in the third quarter and eliminated its stake in Walmart as part of a number of changes in its portfolio. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. filed a quarterly update on its stocks with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday. Buffett's Omaha, Nebraska-based company also revealed a new stake in software maker...
The Latest: Dead identified in bus crash near Memphis

The Latest: Dead identified in bus crash near Memphis

The Latest on the winter storm hitting parts of the South (all times local): 6 p.m. A Mississippi official is identifying two women killed in a tour bus crash on an icy road near Memphis, Tennessee. DeSoto County Coroner Joshua Pounders says the dead are 70-year-old Betty Russell and 61-year-old Cynthia Hardin, both of Huntsville, Alabama. The two women died after a tour bus operated by Teague VIP...
Volkswagen to devote 3 German plants to electric car push

Volkswagen to devote 3 German plants to electric car push

German automaker Volkswagen will convert three factories in Germany to manufacture electric cars, ramping up production of zero-local emission cars ahead of tougher European emissions standards, the company said Wednesday. Wolfsburg-based Volkswagen said Wednesday that it would begin local production of electric-powered vehicles at its facilities in Emden and Hannover in 2022. A plant in Zwickau was...
Volkswagen to devote 3 German plants to electric car push

Volkswagen to devote 3 German plants to electric car push

German automaker Volkswagen will convert three factories in Germany to manufacture electric cars, ramping up production of zero-local emission cars ahead of tougher European emissions standards, the company said Wednesday. Wolfsburg-based Volkswagen said Wednesday that it would begin local production of electric-powered vehicles at its facilities in Emden and Hannover in 2022. A plant in Zwickau was...
US energy secretary In Prague to lobby for nuclear industry

US energy secretary In Prague to lobby for nuclear industry

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has been lobbying in Prague for the U.S. civil nuclear industry as the most suitable to develop the Czech nuclear program. The Czech Republic relies on nuclear energy and the current six reactors produce a third of the country's electricity. The country is planning to build new reactors and possibly extend the life of some of the existing ones. Perry said Wednesday...
Asian stocks lower after Wall Street fall, Brexit approval

Asian stocks lower after Wall Street fall, Brexit approval

Most Asian stock markets declined Thursday after Wall Street fell for a fifth day and Britain's Cabinet endorsed a draft agreement to leave the European Union. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 lost 0.7 percent to 21,686.71 points and Sydney's S&P-ASX 200 retreated 0.6 percent to 5,696.00. The Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.3 percent to 2,641.21 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng advanced 0.1 percent to...
US panel warns against government purchase of Chinese tech

US panel warns against government purchase of Chinese tech

A congressional advisory panel says the purchase of internet-linked devices manufactured in China leaves the United States vulnerable to security breaches that could put critical infrastructure at risk. In its annual report on Wednesday, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission warns of dangers to the U.S. government and private sector from a reliance on global supply chains linked to...
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