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Supreme Court: Google class-action case should be revisited

Mar. 20, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is telling a lower court to take another look at a class-action settlement involving Google and privacy concerns. Google agreed to settle the class action for users of its search function between 2006 and 2014. Of the $8.5 million, $2.1 million went to lawyers, $1...

Minnesota House backs hands-free cellphone rule for driving

Mar. 18, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota motorists would be required to use hands-free devices when talking on the phone while driving under a bill that passed the state House on Monday night, after sponsors said the measure will cut down on distracted driving and save lives. The House approved the bill 106-21...

Nevada considers technology to scan cellphones after crashes

Mar. 17, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Most states ban texting behind the wheel, but a legislative proposal could make Nevada one of the first states to allow police to use a contentious technology to find out if a person was using a cellphone during a car crash. The measure is igniting privacy concerns and has led...

AP FACT CHECK: O'Rourke on climate, Trump on 'no collusion'

Mar. 16, 2019 8:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Beto O'Rourke opened his Democratic presidential campaign this past week with a call to action on global warming that misrepresented the science. From Iowa, he claimed scientists are united in believing the planet only has a dozen years to turn the tide on climate change, which is not...

Imposter scams bilking consumers of millions

Mar. 16, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

WILLOW GROVE, Pa. (AP) — The distraught voice on the phone didn't sound like her grandson. But the man who called 80-year-old Elfriede Flavin claiming to be her grandson's attorney explained why: Her grandson had broken his nose in a car accident that also landed him in a Tennessee jail. He needed $10,000...

Jury rules Apple owes Qualcomm $31M for patent infringement

Mar. 15, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A jury has decided Apple should pay $31 million in damages for infringing on patents for technology owned by mobile chip maker Qualcomm that helps iPhones quickly connect to the internet and extend their battery life. The verdict Friday in a San Diego federal court follows a two-week trial...

Chinese lawmakers endorse technology law amid US pressure

Mar. 14, 2019 9:54 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese legislators on Friday endorsed a law meant to help end a costly tariff war with Washington by discouraging officials from pressuring foreign companies to hand over technology. The measure is part of an investment law that aims to address complaints by the United States, Europe and...

MMA fighter Conor McGregor sued in South Florida

Mar. 14, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Mixed martial artist and boxer Conor McGregor is facing a civil lawsuit after being charged in South Florida with stealing the cellphone of someone who was trying to take his photo. Miami-Dade County court records show that 22-year-old Ahmed Abdirzak filed a lawsuit seeking more than $15,000...

Neo-Nazi website founder says he fears returning to US

Mar. 14, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

The operator of a leading neo-Nazi website claims it's too dangerous for him to travel to the U.S. to be questioned under oath for a lawsuit accusing him of terrorizing a Montana real estate agent by unleashing an anti-Semitic "troll storm" against her family. Attorneys for The Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin...

Huawei pleads not guilty in US court in Iran sanctions case

Mar. 14, 2019 1:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Chinese electronics giant Huawei pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges accusing it of plotting to violate Iran trade sanctions, a case that has complicated the China-U.S. trade dispute and cast a harsh light on the daughter of the company's founder. Lawyers for the No. 2 smartphone...