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Ukrainian hacker sought by US arrested

Jul. 16, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine has arrested an alleged major computer hacker who has been sought by the United States for years. The head of Ukraine's national security service Ivan Bakanov said Tuesday that Mykhailo Rytikov was arrested in the city of Odessa, in an operation conducted in coordination with...

Cyberattacks inflict deep harm at technology-rich schools

Jul. 16, 2019 7:07 AM EDT

AVON, Conn. (AP) — Over six weeks, the vandals kept coming, knocking the school system's network offline several times a day. There was no breach of sensitive data files, but the attacks in which somebody deliberately overwhelmed the Avon Public Schools system in Connecticut still proved costly. Classroom...

Sex tech in, skimpy outfits out as CES show seeks diversity

Jul. 16, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The CES gadget show is cracking down on its dress code, introducing more sessions focused on women and minorities and creating a new "sex tech" category after a debacle over a robotic personal massager for women. The Consumer Technology Association, the trade group that organizes the annual...

Overwatch League to host 2-5 homestands in each city in 2020

Jul. 16, 2019 9:37 AM EDT

Each Overwatch League franchise will host two to five homestand weekends in 2020 as the esports league launches an unprecedented home-and-away schedule spanning three continents. The esports league on Tuesday revealed plans for each of its 20 teams to host homestand series, similar to events staged by teams this...

Telescope viewing suspended as protesters block Hawaii road

Jul. 17, 2019 1:01 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Astronomers have indefinitely stopped looking through 13 existing telescopes at the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii while protesters block the road downslope in an attempt to prevent the construction of a giant new observatory. Dozens of researchers around the world won't be able to gather...

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Telescope viewing suspended as protesters block Hawaii road

Jul. 17, 2019 1:01 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Astronomers have indefinitely stopped looking through 13 existing telescopes at the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii while protesters block the road downslope in an attempt to prevent the construction of a giant new observatory. Dozens of researchers around the world won't be able to gather...

Asian stocks mixed as Wall Street ends 5-day winning streak

Jul. 16, 2019 11:22 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed Wednesday as Wall Street ended a five-day winning streak after the first big round of corporate earnings reports. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 dipped 0.4% to 21,445.03 in morning trading. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 added 0.4% to 6,667.60. South Korea's Kospi dipped...

Protesters seek Hawaii mountain access during road closure

Jul. 16, 2019 11:03 PM EDT

MAUNA KEA, Hawaii (AP) — Protesters against building a giant telescope on top of a mountain some Native Hawaiians consider sacred said they tried unsuccessfully Tuesday to negotiate access up Mauna Kea while the road to the summit is closed in preparation for construction equipment to be taken up....

US fears Iran seized UAE-based tanker in Strait of Hormuz

Jul. 16, 2019 11:03 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A small oil tanker from the United Arab Emirates traveling through the Strait of Hormuz entered Iranian waters and turned off its tracker three days ago, leading the U.S. to suspect Iran seized the vessel amid heightened tensions in the region. Iranian state media quoted...

The Latest: Telescopes near Hawaii protest pause operations

Jul. 16, 2019 10:30 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on efforts to resume construction of a giant telescope on a mountain some Native Hawaiians consider sacred (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Existing telescopes on the summit of Hawaii's Mauna Kea are suspending operations while protesters block the road downslope to prevent the...

Man rearrested after early release gets $50,000 from state

Jul. 16, 2019 7:22 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state is paying $50,000 to a man who was rearrested after being mistakenly released early from prison due to a long-running software glitch. Orlando Wright was one of more than 3,000 inmates released prematurely due to the coding error, which lasted from 2002 to 2015. He got out...

Report finds California government IT security flaws

Jul. 16, 2019 7:02 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's state auditor raised alarms Tuesday about information security in some state offices and called for additional oversight and regular assessments. The report from Auditor Elaine Howle comes amid scrutiny of how companies and governments alike handle the data of...

Facebook's currency plan gets hostile reception in Congress

Jul. 16, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under sharp criticism from senators, a Facebook executive on Tuesday defended the social network's ambitious plan to create a digital currency and pledged to work with regulators to achieve a system that protects the privacy of users' data. "We know we need to take the time to get this...

Report: Slick plastic sheeting led to flood barrier failure

Jul. 16, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A new report released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says an April flood barrier breach in downtown Davenport was caused by pressure from the swollen Mississippi River shifting a barrier with slick plastic sheeting under it. The report, released Tuesday to Davenport city...

Senators urge FCC to maintain quake wireless alert speeds

Jul. 16, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A group of U.S. senators from the West Coast is urging the government to ensure that planned changes to the national Wireless Emergency Alert system do not impair its ability to provide rapid warnings about earthquakes. Twenty senators signed a letter Tuesday to Federal Communications...