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AP Analysis: Billionaires fuel powerful state charter groups

Jul. 16, 2018 8:37 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Dollar for dollar, the beleaguered movement to bring charter schools to Washington state has had no bigger champion than billionaire Bill Gates. The Microsoft co-founder gave millions of dollars to see a charter school law approved despite multiple failed ballot referendums. And his private...

Rights group questions DEA exploit of encrypted cellphones

Jul. 13, 2018 7:27 PM EDT

In the first known case of its kind, U.S. drug agents supplied unwitting cocaine-trafficking suspects in California with smartphones they thought were encrypted but had been rigged to allow eavesdropping, Human Rights Watch reported Friday. The advocacy group said it feared the technique could be abused to...

12 Russians indicted for meddling in 2016 US election

Jul. 13, 2018 10:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Twelve Russian military intelligence officers hacked into the Clinton presidential campaign and the Democratic Party and released tens of thousands of private communications in a sweeping conspiracy by the Kremlin to meddle in the 2016 U.S. election, according to an indictment announced...

Mueller probe IDs long-hidden hackers

Jul. 14, 2018 12:35 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — On the morning of March 19, 2016, Den Katenberg ran a little test with big stakes. The previous week, Katenberg's hacking crew had been bombarding the Hillary Clinton campaign's email accounts with fake Google warnings, trying to get her Brooklyn-based staff to panic, enter their passwords and...

Trump DOJ appealing judge's OK of AT&T-Time Warner merger

Jul. 12, 2018 7:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stung by a federal judge's dismissal of its objections to AT&T's megamerger with Time Warner, the Trump Justice Department is challenging the decision with a legal appeal. The Justice Department said in a one-sentence document Thursday it is appealing the ruling last month by U.S....

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EU says Airbnb must change presentation after complaints

Jul. 16, 2018 12:24 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union said Monday that Airbnb has until the end of August to address consumer complaints that the U.S. company's pricing and booking system can be misleading. The U.S. vacation rental company said it was willing to work with the EU Commission to address any issues it might...

Foxconn plans to open west-central Wisconsin facilities

Jul. 16, 2018 10:51 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Foxconn Technology Group plans to open facilities in west-central Wisconsin. The Taiwanese electronics giant announced Monday it has entered into an agreement to buy The Grand, a downtown Eau Claire building, and has purchased office space at Haymarket Landing, another downtown Eau...

Why traditional credit scores still matter

Jul. 16, 2018 10:17 AM EDT

Researchers and startups say all kinds of weird data can predict your creditworthiness. What kind of smartphone you have, who your friends are and how you answer survey questions may foretell how likely you are to pay back a loan. Don't expect this alternative data to displace the three-digit number most lenders...

China files WTO challenge to US $200B tariff plan

Jul. 16, 2018 9:39 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China announced it filed a World Trade Organization challenge Monday to President Donald Trump's latest tariff threat, stepping up its diplomatic efforts to counter U.S. pressure in a spiraling technology dispute. The Trump administration has criticized the WTO as unable to deal with the...

AP Analysis: Billionaires fuel powerful state charter groups

Jul. 16, 2018 8:37 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Dollar for dollar, the beleaguered movement to bring charter schools to Washington state has had no bigger champion than billionaire Bill Gates. The Microsoft co-founder gave millions of dollars to see a charter school law approved despite multiple failed ballot referendums. And his private...

Financial forum: Virtual currencies need close monitoring

Jul. 16, 2018 8:01 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — An international forum on financial regulation say virtual currencies such as bitcoin do not currently pose a threat to global stability but require "vigilant monitoring" as the market is changing rapidly. The Financial Stability Board added Monday that that the highly volatile...

EU official urges Trump, Putin not to destroy global order

Jul. 16, 2018 6:26 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A senior European official on Monday urged U.S. President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and China to work with Europe to avoid trade wars and prevent conflict and chaos. Speaking before Trump and Putin were due to meet in Helsinki, European Council President Donald Tusk...

Arkansas prosecutors seek circuit court cybercrime fee

Jul. 16, 2018 1:06 AM EDT

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Cybercrime sounds like something done in a dark room by a group of hackers. But according to the law, using a fraudulent account number to buy something on Amazon is a cybercrime, and the 2nd Judicial District Prosecutor's Office is making sure people pay for their crimes. Assistant...

More University of New Mexico startups staying in state

Jul. 15, 2018 7:07 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Eleven startups launched this past fiscal year to market University of New Mexico technologies, university officials said. But this time, they all plan to stay in New Mexico. It's the first time since the STC began publishing annual statistics on its program achievements for each...

Formula E paves way for electric cars on and off racetrack

Jul. 15, 2018 7:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Unplug and go. Filling up a car is as simple as that, even if it's not gas flowing through the nozzle. Electricity is efficient. Formula E, a global electric auto racing series, steers the way — toward the future of not only its sport but also its industry. "You don't realize it,"...