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New Zealand planning retrieval of bodies on volcanic island

WHAKATANE, New Zealand (AP) — A team of eight New Zealand military specialists will land on a small volcanic island early Friday to attempt to retrieve the bodies of eight victims of an eruption that claimed eight other lives. New Zealand police sa...

 

T-Mobile CEO says if Sprint deal fails, prices may go up

NEW YORK (AP) — T-Mobile CEO John Legere said if his company's $26.5 billion deal to buy Sprint fails, it may have to raise prices to slow user growth and relieve stress on the T-Mobile network. He said that would be his "worst nightmare."...

 

Testing tech ideas in public? San Francisco says get permit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tired of San Francisco streets being used as a testing ground for the latest delivery technology and transportation apps, city leaders are now requiring businesses to get permits before trying out new high-tech ideas in public....

 

Maryland uses surveillance, data to track drivers, traffic

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Motorists in Maryland may be aware of the cameras that enforce speed and red-light violations, but the state's tracking practices include other layers to assist in law enforcement efforts, and for traffic and planning...

 

University developing hearing protection for military dogs

CINCINNATI (AP) — Researchers at the University of Cincinnati are working on developing hearing protection for canines on the battlefield. The head of the project tells WKRC-TV in Cincinnati that the goal is to prevent short-term hearing loss in...

 

Police: Tesla driver who hit 2 cars says he used autopilot

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The driver of a Tesla says the car was on autopilot when it struck a police cruiser and a disabled vehicle on Saturday in Connecticut, according to State Police. State Police said troopers responded to Interstate 95...

 

SpaceX delivers 'mighty mice,' worms, robot to space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX made an early holiday delivery to the International Space Station on Sunday, bringing muscle-bound "mighty mice," pest-killing worms and a smart, empathetic robot. The station commander, Italy's Luca Parmitano,...

 

NASA chief gets latest look at new moon rocket

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine and the media got an up-close look Monday at a huge, newly completed rocket for the program aimed at putting a man and woman on the moon as early as 2024. Bridenstine was in New Orleans to see t...

 

DHS retreats on possible facial screening of US citizens

DALLAS (AP) — The Homeland Security Department is backing away from requiring that U.S. citizens submit to facial-recognition technology when they leave or enter the country. The department said Thursday that it has no plans to expand facial recogn...

 

2 Russians charged in 'Evil Corp' global cybertheft ring

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department unsealed charges Thursday against the alleged leader and a top associate of a Russian cybercriminal gang that U.S. and British officials say developed and distributed malware used to steal at least $100...

 

Abandoned baby giraffe befriended by dog in Africa dies

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A baby giraffe that was befriended by a dog after he was abandoned in the wild has died, a South African animal orphanage said Friday. "Our team is heartbroken," the orphanage said. Jazz the giraffe collapsed after hemorrhaging...

 

US flu season arrives early, driven by an unexpected virus

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. winter flu season is off to its earliest start in more than 15 years. An early barrage of illness in the South has begun to spread more broadly, and there's a decent chance flu season could peak much earlier than normal,...

 

Historic US towns endured wars, storms. What about sea rise?

SWANSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Historic cities and towns along the Southeastern U.S. coast have survived wars, hurricanes, disease outbreaks and other calamities, but now that sea levels are creeping up with no sign of stopping, they face a more...

 

Drug can curb dementia's delusions, researchers find

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A drug that curbs delusions in Parkinson's patients did the same for people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia in a study that was stopped early because the benefit seemed clear. If regulators agree, the drug...

 

Once-a-month birth control pill? Experiment works in animals

WASHINGTON (AP) — Birth control pills work great if women remember to take them every day but missing doses can mean a surprise pregnancy. Now scientists have figured out how to pack a month's supply into one capsule. The trick: A tiny star-shaped...

 

Saving Jamaica's coral, an undersea labor of love

OCHO RIOS, Jamaica (AP) — The tropical turquoise waters near the coast of Jamaica are beautiful and inviting, but they disguise the devastation that lurks beneath. After flipping backward off a small wooden boat and diving toward the ocean floor,...

 

To save Everglades, guardians fight time -- and climate

FLAMINGO, Florida (AP) — Grabbing a clump of vegetation to steady herself, Tiffany Troxler gingerly slides her feet along the makeshift boardwalk as she ventures out into the marsh. The boards sag, dipping her up to her knees in the tea-colored wat...

 

Party like a spy: Spookstock is intel world's hush-hush bash

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sometime earlier this year, one of the most elite social events in Washington took place, but without any fanfare or news coverage. It drew about 1,800 attendees and Grammy-winning rocker Lenny Kravitz performed. Yet there were...

 

ISU professor, students try to improve firefighter gloves

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Walking into the Labs for Functional Textiles and Protective Clothing at Iowa State University, the first things one might notice are the piles upon piles of heavy-duty gloves meant to protect firefighters. This is where ISU...

 

Spacewalking astronauts add new pumps to cosmic detector

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts installed new pumps on a cosmic ray detector outside the International Space Station on Monday in a bid to extend its scientific life. It was the third spacewalk in nearly three weeks for Italy's...

 

European Space Agency gets more funds, also for Moon mission

MADRID (AP) — The 22 member states of the European Space agency pledged Thursday to boost their funding to support more missions and research projects, including a new generation of satellites to monitor climate change. The agency's director-genera...

 

US says cryptocurrency expert violated NKorea sanctions

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged a cryptocurrency expert with violating economic sanctions against North Korea by presenting at a conference there this year after the U.S. government denied his request to travel to Pyongyang....

 

Shell shock: Giant invasive mussels eradicated from US ponds

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Most Americans know mussels as thumb-sized shellfish that occasionally adorn restaurant dinner plates. But a colony of mussels as big as the dinner plates themselves has recently been wiped out from a New Jersey...

 

Utah hearing for Hawaii suspect in extreme cyberstalking

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii man tormented a Utah family for over a year by sending more than 500 people to their house for unwanted services including food deliveries, repairs, tow trucks, locksmiths, plumbers and prostitutes, according to a U.S....

 

Report: US lacked technology to track separated families

PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. government separated thousands of families despite knowing it lacked the technology to document and track their whereabouts, according to a report released Wednesday by an internal government watchdog. The problem resulted...

 

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