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Oklahoma governor vetoes bill lifting ban on ballot selfies

Apr. 25, 2018 9:31 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has vetoed legislation that would have allowed voters to take and share cellphone photos of their ballots. The Republican governor announced her veto of the measure Tuesday. In a letter explaining the veto, Fallin said she was concerned that permitting ballot...

US bars China's telecom giant ZTE from buying US components

Apr. 16, 2018 1:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Commerce Department is blocking Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE Corp. from importing American components for seven years, accusing the company of misleading U.S. regulators after it settled charges of violating sanctions against North Korea and Iran. Shenzhen-based ZTE...

In Peru, Pence defends Syrian strike to Latin America allies

Apr. 15, 2018 4:18 AM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Thousands of miles from home, Vice President Mike Pence was thrust into a new, more immediate, role on the world stage Saturday: explaining President Donald Trump's military strike in Syria to a summit of Latin America leaders. Hours after Trump hailed the missile strike targeting the...

Could you do it? Trips that ban cellphones, even for photos

Apr. 10, 2018 11:22 AM EDT

Would you take a trip if you couldn't use your cellphone? A new tour company called Off the Grid is asking travelers to put their cellphones away and not even use them for photos. "When you're somewhere new, there's a lot to soak up, a lot to see, a lot of cool, interesting people to meet. Your phone can distract...

APNewsBreak: US suspects cellphone spying devices in DC

Apr. 3, 2018 7:29 PM EDT

For the first time, the U.S. government has publicly acknowledged the existence in Washington of what appear to be rogue devices that foreign spies and criminals could be using to track individual cellphones and intercept calls and messages. The use of what are known as cellphone-site simulators by foreign powers...

Cellphones gaining acceptance inside US schools

Apr. 2, 2018 3:51 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Cellphones are still absent from most U.S. schools but new data shows them steadily gaining acceptance as administrators bow to parents' wishes to keep tabs on their kids and teachers find ways to work them into lessons. The percentage of K-12 public schools that prohibited cellphone...

Trump signs $1.3 trillion budget after threatening veto

Mar. 23, 2018 7:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump grudgingly signed a $1.3 trillion federal spending measure Friday and averted a midnight government shutdown — but only after undercutting his own negotiators and setting off a mini-panic with a last-minute veto threat. The episode further eroded the already...

Some Vermont rural cell service, including 911, could end

Mar. 21, 2018 5:48 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Some rural areas of Vermont, including several schools and a hospital, are likely to lose cellphone coverage and the capacity to call 911 by mobile phone, in a matter of days due to the provider's financial troubles, state officials said Wednesday. It will be challenge to find a...

Attorney: Mayor has turned over phone code in affair probe

Feb. 23, 2018 7:54 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Mayor Megan Barry's attorney said Friday that she has provided the passcode for her personal cellphone to state authorities, who are searching the device as they investigate whether laws were broken during her affair with her former bodyguard. Barry's attorney, Jerry...