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Ex-Cognizant execs accused of bribing Indian officials

Feb. 15, 2019 2:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department alleges two former executives for Cognizant Technology Solutions paid about $2 million in bribes to Indian officials to build an office campus in the country. Prosecutors said Friday the information technology giant's former president, Gordon Coburn, and ex-chief...

Amazon's stormy week will blow over, but the debris may stay

Feb. 15, 2019 6:47 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It's been a complicated few weeks for Amazon, what with its abrupt pullout from a massive New York City development, extortion claims related to intimate photos taken by its founder Jeff Bezos and increasing antitrust scrutiny in Europe . For now, these events seem unlikely to pose...

Report: Facebook, FTC discussing 'multibillion dollar' fine

Feb. 14, 2019 9:04 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A report says Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission are negotiating a "multibillion dollar" fine for the social network's privacy lapses. The Washington Post said Thursday that the fine would be the largest ever imposed on a tech company. Citing unnamed sources, it also said the two...

Amazon's exit could scare off tech companies from New York

Feb. 15, 2019 12:06 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon jilted New York City on Valentine's Day, scrapping plans to build a massive headquarters campus in Queens amid fierce opposition from politicians angry about nearly $3 billion in tax breaks and the company's anti-union stance. With millions of jobs and a bustling economy, New York...

California governor wants users to profit from online data

Feb. 13, 2019 9:31 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has set off a flurry of speculation after he said the state's consumers should get a piece of the billions of dollars that technology companies make by capitalizing on personal data they collect. The new governor has asked aides to develop a proposal...

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Return to sender: High court to hear undeliverable mail case

Feb. 17, 2019 4:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitch Hungerpiller thought he had a first-class solution for mail that gets returned as undeliverable, a common problem for businesses that send lots of letters. But the process he helped develop and built his small Alabama technology company around has resulted in a more than decadelong...

Abu Dhabi arms fair opens amid Yemen war criticism

Feb. 17, 2019 12:08 PM EST

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates' yearslong war in Yemen alongside Saudi Arabia bled into the start of a biennial Abu Dhabi arms fair Sunday, which saw the Emirates sign $1.3 billion in weapons deals. One manufacturer displayed a model of a machine gun on sale that's now in...

Ohio therapy dog helps calm classroom jitters

Feb. 17, 2019 11:52 AM EST

NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — As the seventh-grade class at St. Francis de Sales shuffled into the computer lab and took seats on a recent Monday morning, teacher Annie Robrecht walked down the rows with her furry friend, Jaxson, close behind. Students shot their hands out into the aisles to give the Portuguese...

Report blames 2 state agencies for botched MNLARS launch

Feb. 17, 2019 10:09 AM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Top officials at two state agencies share the blame for the botched rollout in 2017 of a new driver's license and vehicle registration system, Minnesota's legislative auditor said in a scathing report Thursday. The more than $100 million and nine years devoted to developing the...

Former coal-fired power plant is demolished in Germany

Feb. 17, 2019 8:09 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A long-shut coal-fired power plant in western Germany has been demolished with the help of more than 200 kilograms (440 pounds) of explosives. The former Knepper power station on the outskirts of Dortmund was brought down in two explosions on Sunday. The first destroyed the main body of the...

House built by Great Plains Tech students to go up for sale

Feb. 17, 2019 1:06 AM EST

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — A special house will be listed for sale in Lawton on March 1. The 1,600-square foot home, from floor to roof, granite-topped kitchen counters to walk-in closet, is the work of building trades students at Great Plains Technology Center and represents about 18 months of classroom work....

GNOSEF: Where young entrepreneurs discover enterprise

Feb. 17, 2019 12:06 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Reps from Entergy and a local oil and gas company are already inquiring about ninth grader Grayson Barron's backpack with a practical application - it converts into a portable desk, and tenth grader Zachary LaBarre is hypothesizing a practical way to tackle two environmental problems...

Potential privacy lapse found in Americans' 2010 census data

Feb. 16, 2019 7:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — An internal team at the Census Bureau found that basic personal information collected from more than 100 million Americans during the 2010 head count could be reconstructed from obscured data, but with lots of mistakes, a top agency official disclosed Saturday. The age, gender, location,...

The Latest: Russian envoy lashes out a UK defense minister

Feb. 16, 2019 1:33 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — The Latest on the international security conference taking place in Munich (all times local): 7 p.m. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has fired back at British Defense Minister Gavin Williamson, calling him the "minister of war." Lavrov's comments Saturday came the day after Williamson...

Massachusetts eyeing more renewable energy-friendly future

Feb. 16, 2019 11:39 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — With steps big and small, Massachusetts is moving toward a more environmentally friendly future in which the state will rely increasingly on renewable energy. One step came this week when Republican Gov. Charlie Baker announced more than $500,000 in funding for what he described as eight...