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The Latest: Fans mourning Franklin in Detroit, New York

Aug. 16, 2018 3:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the death of Aretha Franklin. (all times local): 3:40 p.m. Fans are mourning Aretha Franklin at some of the places where the legendary singer performed. Several people, some visibly mourning, walked or drove by New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit Thursday morning after news...

Kroger rolls out driverless cars for grocery deliveries

Aug. 16, 2018 9:30 PM EDT

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — At a time when big-box retailers are trying to offer the same conveniences as their online competitors, the biggest U.S. grocery chain is testing the use of driverless cars to deliver groceries in a Phoenix suburb. Kroger's pilot program launched Thursday morning with a robotic...

Elon Musk proposes Los Angeles tunnel to Dodger Stadium

Aug. 16, 2018 3:43 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Traffic-weary baseball fans could someday travel to and from Dodger Stadium on a public transportation system underneath Los Angeles — if Elon Musk's latest bold plan comes to fruition. The billionaire's Boring Company tweeted a proposal Wednesday for autonomous, zero-emissions...

Shipwreck from only WWII battle in America found off Alaska

Aug. 15, 2018 9:06 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Daryl Weathers remembers trying to pull men from the sea off Alaska's Aleutian Islands after a U.S. Navy destroyer hit a mine left by the Japanese following the only World War II battle fought on North American soil. The explosion, which ripped the stern off the USS Abner Read,...

After Alex Jones timeout, Twitter CEO mulls deeper changes

Aug. 15, 2018 8:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A day after Twitter gave right-wing conspiratorialist Alex Jones a weeklong timeout, CEO Jack Dorsey is mulling deeper changes to the social media service that might limit the spread of fake news, misinformation and hate speech. Twitter joined other prominent tech companies in muzzling...

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US says conserving oil is no longer an economic imperative

Aug. 19, 2018 9:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conserving oil is no longer an economic imperative for the U.S., the Trump administration declares in a major new policy statement that threatens to undermine decades of government campaigns for gas-thrifty cars and other conservation programs. The position was outlined in a memo released...

Renewable resort: Greek island to run on wind, solar power

Aug. 19, 2018 3:19 AM EDT

TILOS, Greece (AP) — When the blades of its 800-kilowatt wind turbine start turning, the small Greek island of Tilos will become the first in the Mediterranean to run exclusively on wind and solar power. The sea horse-shaped Greek island between Rhodes and Kos has a winter population of 400. But that...

US school districts weigh duty to youth migrant shelters

Aug. 18, 2018 8:11 PM EDT

When San Benito, Texas, school leaders learned of an influx of children to a migrant shelter in their small town near the U.S.-Mexico border, they felt obliged to help. The superintendent reached out and agreed to send 19 bilingual teachers, mobile classrooms and hundreds of computers to make the learning...

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies at age 80

Aug. 18, 2018 3:21 PM EDT

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Kofi Annan, a charismatic global diplomat and the first black African to become United Nations secretary-general who led the world body through one of its most turbulent periods, died early Saturday at age 80. Tributes flowed in from around the world after his foundation announced his...

Egypt president ratifies law imposing internet controls

Aug. 18, 2018 1:10 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has ratified an anti-cybercrime law that rights groups say paves the way for censoring online media. The law, published Saturday in the country's official gazette, empowers authorities to order the blocking of websites that publish content considered a...

Trump says he 'won't let' social media target conservatives

Aug. 18, 2018 9:40 AM EDT

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump is accusing social media companies of "totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices" and says "we won't let that happen." Trump's Saturday morning tweets come as companies have been working to ban right-wing "Infowars" conspiracy theorist...

Taiwan improves missiles to counter China military expansion

Aug. 18, 2018 9:13 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan is responding to China's arms buildup by developing missiles and interceptors of its own that could reduce Beijing's military advantage over the self-ruled island, defense experts say. Since President Tsai Ing-wen took office in 2016, Taiwan has deployed one set of missiles,...

US regulators target Facebook on discriminatory housing ads

Aug. 17, 2018 8:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal regulators are alleging that Facebook's advertising tools allow landlords and real estate brokers to engage in housing discrimination. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said in an administrative complaint this week that Facebook violated the Fair Housing Act...

Privacy group tells FTC Google tracking violated 2011 order

Aug. 17, 2018 7:07 PM EDT

A privacy group said in a letter sent to the Federal Trade Commission on Friday that Google has violated the terms of a 2011 settlement because of practices exposed in an Associated Press report this week. The Electronic Privacy Information Center said in the letter to the FTC that Google's recording of...

As Musk admits to job stress, Tesla's board may have to act

Aug. 17, 2018 6:08 PM EDT

Elon Musk's erratic behavior was front and center again this week as the CEO of Tesla conceded that he's overwhelmed by job stress, pushing his electric car company's stock down and bringing pressure on its board to take action. Musk's revelation, in a Thursday interview with The New York Times, came as...