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League of Legends eyes US boost with 'Esports 101' show

Oct. 19, 2018 2:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Esports fans are gathering by the thousands in South Korea this month to watch the world's top League of Legends players show off their skill and expertise. In the United States, the game's publisher is hoping to draw a more casual crowd by starting with an important question: What is...

The Latest: Russian woman charged with US election-meddling

Oct. 19, 2018 9:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. election security (all times local): 2:30 p.m. A Russian woman has been charged with interfering in American elections, including next month's midterms, through a vast social media effort aimed at trying to sway American public opinion. It's believed to be the first...

Hackers breach HealthCare.gov system, get data on 75,000

Oct. 19, 2018 9:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government computer system that interacts with HealthCare.gov was hacked earlier this month, compromising the sensitive personal data of some 75,000 people, officials said Friday. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services made the announcement late in the afternoon ahead of a...

Melinda Gates speaks on smoothing the shift to digital age

Oct. 19, 2018 12:49 AM EDT

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — Instead of destroying jobs and leaving legions of people without work, the digital revolution can open doors to unseen opportunities and industries, but only if everyone has access to the internet and the ability to use it, Melinda Gates said in a recent interview with The...

Russian woman charged in first 2018 election meddling case

Oct. 19, 2018 11:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. accused a Russian woman on Friday of helping oversee the finances of a sweeping, secretive effort to sway American public opinion through social media in the first federal case alleging foreign interference in the 2018 midterm elections. The criminal complaint against Elena...

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The Latest: Afghanistan says some polls to stay open late

Oct. 20, 2018 6:55 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on parliamentary elections in Afghanistan (all times local): 12:55 p.m. Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission says that after the chaotic start to the country's first parliamentary elections since 2010 it will allow some of the worst affected polls to remain...

Afghan parliamentary polls underway despite threats

Oct. 20, 2018 6:21 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Some Afghans lined up for hours to cast their vote Saturday in a chaotic start to parliamentary elections that are being protected by tens of thousands of security forces on alert nationwide following a campaign marred by relentless violence. In some parts of the capital Kabul,...

Europe, Japan send spacecraft on 7-year journey to Mercury

Oct. 20, 2018 1:58 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — European and Japanese space agencies said an Ariane 5 rocket successfully lifted a spacecraft carrying two probes into orbit Saturday for a joint mission to Mercury, the closest planet to the sun. The European Space Agency and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said the unmanned...

Russian woman charged in first 2018 election meddling case

Oct. 19, 2018 11:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. accused a Russian woman on Friday of helping oversee the finances of a sweeping, secretive effort to sway American public opinion through social media in the first federal case alleging foreign interference in the 2018 midterm elections. The criminal complaint against Elena...

The Latest: Russian woman charged with US election-meddling

Oct. 19, 2018 9:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. election security (all times local): 2:30 p.m. A Russian woman has been charged with interfering in American elections, including next month's midterms, through a vast social media effort aimed at trying to sway American public opinion. It's believed to be the first...

Hackers breach HealthCare.gov system, get data on 75,000

Oct. 19, 2018 9:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government computer system that interacts with HealthCare.gov was hacked earlier this month, compromising the sensitive personal data of some 75,000 people, officials said Friday. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services made the announcement late in the afternoon ahead of a...

WhatsApp tells companies to stop spam amid Brazil elections

Oct. 19, 2018 6:07 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — The WhatsApp messaging service said Friday that it has sent "cease and desist" letters to stop companies from sending bulk messages related to Brazil's election, after a report that businessmen were bankrolling a campaign to spread fake news in support of leading far-right presidential...

What's at stake if investors begin to shun Saudi Arabia

Oct. 19, 2018 4:30 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The disappearance of a Saudi journalist last seen entering the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul has shaken confidence in the country as a place to do business, with potential consequences for billions of dollars in investments going into and out of the country. It's a blow,...

Gallagher steps out of seat of GMS Racing in Xfinity Series

Oct. 19, 2018 3:14 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Spencer Gallagher is ready to be a professional nerd again. The former Silicon Valley software engineer-turned-driver announced Friday that he is stepping out of the Xfinity Series car owned by his father, Allegiant Air chief executive Maurice Gallagher Jr., and into a supervisory...

League of Legends eyes US boost with 'Esports 101' show

Oct. 19, 2018 2:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Esports fans are gathering by the thousands in South Korea this month to watch the world's top League of Legends players show off their skill and expertise. In the United States, the game's publisher is hoping to draw a more casual crowd by starting with an important question: What is...