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Groups want federal protection for wolverines

Jan. 26, 2020 10:02 AM EST

Wolverines are the largest members of the weasel family, but they look more like small bears with bushy tails. Conservation groups say the animals need to be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Ten groups want to force the federal government to protect the elusive wolverines. The groups...

Google's chief executive Sundar Pichai addresses the audience during an event on artificial intelligence at the Square in Brussels, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Google's chief executive called Monday for a balanced approach to regulating artificial intelligence, telling a European audience that the technology brings benefits but also negative consequences. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Google CEO calls for regulation of artificial intelligence

Jan. 20, 2020 8:38 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Google’s chief executive called Monday for a balanced approach to regulating artificial intelligence, telling a European audience that the technology brings benefits but also “negative consequences.” Sundar Pichai’s comments come as lawmakers and governments...

After announcing and speaking about the Microsoft Carbon Footprint reduction CFO Amy Hood, President Brad Smith and Chief Environmental Officer Lucas Joppa leaves the atrium on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Redmond, Wash. Microsoft is pledging to become 100% “carbon-negative” by 2030 by removing more carbon from the environment than it emits. (Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times via AP)

Microsoft: 'carbon-negative' by 2030 even for supply chain

Jan. 16, 2020 6:47 PM EST

Microsoft is pledging to become 100% “carbon-negative” by 2030 by removing more carbon from the environment than it emits. CEO Satya Nadella said Thursday that the commitment will happen "not just across our direct emissions, but across our supply chain, too.” It's a major step up from...

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2019, file photo, Seattle Sounders players celebrate after beating the Toronto FC in the MLS Cup championship soccer match in Seattle. The Sounders victory was among Washington state's top news stories of 2019. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Defending champ Sounders open camp with plenty of questions

Jan. 14, 2020 7:24 PM EST

TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) — Barely two months after celebrating their second MLS Cup title, the Seattle Sounders opened training camp Tuesday in a winter snowstorm. The thin layer of snow on the practice field was hardly the biggest obstacle facing Seattle after a challenging offseason. Players have departed and...

No cause found for ignition of fatal Colorado gas site blast

Jan. 8, 2020 1:05 PM EST

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — Investigation agencies in Colorado have not determined what ignited a well site explosion last year that killed a worker. Randy Yellowman, 47, was working as a contracted truck driver when his body was found by ranchers after a storage tank exploded at the natural gas well pad near...

Sentencing delayed again for man in child molestation case

Jan. 8, 2020 12:16 AM EST

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — Sentencing for a 75-year-old San Tan Valley man accused of child molestation has been delayed again. Darrell Stock pleaded guilty to two of six child molestation charges against him in a plea arrangement in July. He was originally scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 28, but Stock’s...

In this Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 photo, a video surveillance camera hangs on a pole outside City Hall in Springfield, Mass. Some city councilors are pursuing a ban against government use of facial recognition technology in surveillance cameras in the city. (AP Photo/Matt O'Brien)

Why some cities and states balk at face recognition tech

Dec. 17, 2019 5:07 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Police departments around the U.S. are asking citizens to trust them to use facial recognition software as another handy tool in their crime-fighting toolbox. But some lawmakers — and even some technology giants — are hitting the brakes. Are fears of an all-seeing,...