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Police: Backup driver in fatal Uber crash was distracted

Jun. 22, 2018 7:11 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The human backup driver in an autonomous Uber SUV was streaming the television show "The Voice" on her phone and looking downward just before fatally striking a pedestrian in suburban Phoenix, according to a police report. The 300-page report released Thursday night by police in Tempe...

Justices adopt digital-age privacy rules to track cellphones

Jun. 23, 2018 2:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police generally need a warrant to look at records that reveal where cellphone users have been, the Supreme Court ruled Friday in a big victory for privacy interests in the digital age. The justices' 5-4 decision marks a big change in how police may obtain information that phone companies...

California lawmaker attacked over net neutrality decision

Jun. 22, 2018 9:23 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California lawmaker's decision to alter a net neutrality bill considered one of the nation's most aggressive efforts to require an equal playing field on the internet has generated intensely personal online attacks aimed at his family as well as criticism from fellow Democrats...

Netflix's top spokesman fired over use of racial term

Jun. 23, 2018 1:36 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says he fired the company's top spokesman over use of the N-word. The spokesman, Jonathan Friedland, confirmed in tweets that he was leaving the company, saying he was insensitive in speaking with his team about words that offend in comedy. In a memo to...

High Court: Online shoppers can be forced to pay sales tax

Jun. 21, 2018 5:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — States will be able to force more people to pay sales tax when they make online purchases under a Supreme Court decision Thursday that will leave shoppers with lighter wallets but is a big financial win for states. Consumers can expect to see sales tax charged on more online purchases...

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State switches to electronic health records for prisons

Jun. 23, 2018 11:48 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's Correction Department is switching from a paper to an electronic system to deal with the health records of prison inmates. Officials said Friday the new system is designed to make it easier to develop comprehensive management of an inmate's medical, dental, mental...

Xiaomi seeks to raise up to $6 billion in Hong Kong IPO

Jun. 23, 2018 10:19 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp. plans to raise up to $6 billion in one of the biggest global stock market debuts in recent years as it tries to become a worldwide hardware-and-services brand alongside Apple, Google and Amazon. The initial public offering in Hong Kong would...

Man charged with pointing gun at texting driver

Jun. 23, 2018 10:12 AM EDT

HUDSON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is facing charges after authorities say he pointed a gun at another driver because she was texting. The Tampa Bay Times reports that 41-year-old Philip Macchio was arrested Friday on charges of aggravated assault and carrying a concealed weapon. The Pasco County Sheriff's...

Online sellers consider how to comply with sales tax ruling

Jun. 23, 2018 10:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — While a Supreme Court ruling on sales taxes will create more obligations and expenses for many small online retailers, owners are already thinking about how they'll comply. The decision allows states to require out-of-state businesses to collect sales tax from customers in other states...

Justices adopt digital-age privacy rules to track cellphones

Jun. 23, 2018 2:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police generally need a warrant to look at records that reveal where cellphone users have been, the Supreme Court ruled Friday in a big victory for privacy interests in the digital age. The justices' 5-4 decision marks a big change in how police may obtain information that phone companies...

Netflix's top spokesman fired over use of racial term

Jun. 23, 2018 1:36 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says he fired the company's top spokesman over use of the N-word. The spokesman, Jonathan Friedland, confirmed in tweets that he was leaving the company, saying he was insensitive in speaking with his team about words that offend in comedy. In a memo to...

The Latest: Governor OKs school safety hotline, grants bill

Jun. 22, 2018 9:25 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on xxxxxxx (all times local): 9 p.m. A brand new school safety law in Pennsylvania is designed to set up state-administered programs to distribute grants and take anonymous reports of dangerous activities or threats of violence in schools. Gov. Tom Wolf signed the bill in...

California lawmaker attacked over net neutrality decision

Jun. 22, 2018 9:23 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California lawmaker's decision to alter a net neutrality bill considered one of the nation's most aggressive efforts to require an equal playing field on the internet has generated intensely personal online attacks aimed at his family as well as criticism from fellow Democrats...

Governor to sign utility-backed measure drawing criticism

Jun. 22, 2018 7:54 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf will sign legislation that Pennsylvania's electric and gas utilities say will help them recoup costs in a more timely fashion, but consumer advocates warn that it erodes protections for residents and businesses. Wolf's office said Friday that he'll sign the bill after...

Police: Backup driver in fatal Uber crash was distracted

Jun. 22, 2018 7:11 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The human backup driver in an autonomous Uber SUV was streaming the television show "The Voice" on her phone and looking downward just before fatally striking a pedestrian in suburban Phoenix, according to a police report. The 300-page report released Thursday night by police in Tempe...