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Facebook left millions of passwords readable by employees

Mar. 21, 2019 7:50 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook left hundreds of millions of user passwords readable by its employees for years, the company acknowledged Thursday after a security researcher exposed the lapse . By storing passwords in readable plain text, Facebook violated fundamental computer-security practices. Those call...

Top US general to meet with Google on China security worries

Mar. 21, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. military officer will meet with Google representatives next week amid growing concerns that American companies doing business in China are helping its military gain ground on the U.S. Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Wednesday that efforts like...

Mom with kids on YouTube channel suspected of child abuse

Mar. 20, 2019 8:44 PM EDT

MARICOPA, Ariz. (AP) — A woman who operated a popular YouTube channel featuring kids is facing allegations she used pepper spray to discipline her seven adopted children, and locked them for days in a closet at their home outside Phoenix, authorities said Wednesday. Machelle Hobson's children had no food,...

Report: Slain Mexican journalist's widow targeted by spyware

Mar. 20, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The widow of a renowned Mexican journalist murdered two years ago was the target of an attempted spyware attack 10 days after his death, an internet watchdog group reported Wednesday. The Toronto-based Citizen Lab said the attempt to place Pegasus spy software targeted Griselda Triana,...

First artificial intelligence Google Doodle features Bach

Mar. 21, 2019 11:27 AM EDT

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google is celebrating composer Johann Sebastian Bach with its first artificial intelligence-powered Doodle. Thursday's animated Google Doodle shows the composer playing an organ in celebration of his March 21, 1685, birthday under the old Julian calendar. It encourages users to...

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Stock indexes slide lower as economic growth worries spread

Mar. 22, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

U.S. stocks slumped Friday as new signs pointing to a slowing global economy led worried investors to seek refuge in bonds, sending yields sharply lower. The sell-off in stocks knocked more than 300 points off the Dow Jones Industrial Average and put the benchmark S&P 500 index on track for a weekly loss....

Wyoming Ed Board disagrees on computer science standards

Mar. 22, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Discord over the direction of the state's proposed computer science standards left the State Board of Education in a stalemate during its Thursday meeting. Two motions — one to move forward with the draft standards and one to send the standards back to the Wyoming Department of...

Watchdog: FEMA wrongly released personal data of victims

Mar. 22, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency wrongly released to a contractor the personal information of 2.3 million survivors of devastating 2017 hurricanes and wildfires, potentially exposing the victims to identity fraud and theft, a government watchdog reported Friday. Homeland Security...

Musk promises to let Michigan students tour rocket factory

Mar. 22, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Tech billionaire Elon Musk surprised students by showing up at a school assembly in Flint, Michigan, and promising to take some of them for a tour of his Space X rocket factory in California. Musk and Flint Community Schools Superintendent Derrick Lopez also told the crowd of sixth- and...

Los Angeles dockworkers oppose expanded automation

Mar. 22, 2019 1:49 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dockworkers fearing increasing automation will cost jobs in the Port of Los Angeles are fighting use of driverless electric cargo trucks. The issue drew union members, local business owners and activists to a hearing Thursday by the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners, which...

Teens hack school computer system, attempt to change grades

Mar. 22, 2019 1:26 PM EDT

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — Officials say several high school students in northern New Jersey hacked into their schools' computer systems to try and change their grades. Parents were notified Wednesday about the data breach in the Elizabeth school district. Schools Spokesman Pat Politano says one student gained...

GM announces jobs, electric vehicle after Trump criticism

Mar. 22, 2019 12:44 PM EDT

ORION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Less than a week after a series of critical tweets from the president over an Ohio plant closure, General Motors is announcing plans to add 400 jobs and build a new electric vehicle at a factory north of Detroit. The company says it will spend $300 million at its plant in Orion...

Florida Man Googles self to find out which Florida Man he is

Mar. 22, 2019 12:41 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — It turns out there's a "Florida Man" in all of us. A social media challenge is encouraging people to look up what version of Florida Man they are based on their birthdays. Florida Man has become shorthand for a unique brand of news story mined from the Sunshine State that usually...

Army Corps of Engineers grants final permit for PolyMet mine

Mar. 22, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — PolyMet Mining Corp. has received the final permit it needs to proceed with building Minnesota's first copper-nickel mine, the company and the Army Corps of Engineers announced Friday. The Corps said it issued the permit late Tuesday. It deals with the steps PolyMet must take to...

LAFD deploys 1,000 hand-held thermal imaging cameras

Mar. 22, 2019 10:57 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Fire Department has deployed 1,000 hand-held thermal imaging cameras that can help firefighters locate victims in smoke-filled rooms or find fire hidden inside walls, attics and crawl spaces. The new devices are about the size of a smartphone and will be carried by all...