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AP Source: NSO Group spyware used to hack State employees

Dec. 03, 2021 16:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The phones of 11 U.S. State Department employees were hacked with spyware from Israel's NSO Group, the world's most infamous hacker-for-hire company, a person familiar with the matter said Friday. The employees were all located in Uganda and included...

New Mexico exports on track to set record in 2021

Nov. 20, 2021 11:08 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico exports are barreling toward an annual record this year, marking a sharp turnaround from last year’s pandemic-induced slowdown. Total state sales worldwide climbed 55% in the first nine months of 2021, from $2.77 billion in the...

US puts new controls on Israeli spyware company NSO Group

Nov. 03, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Biden administration announced Wednesday it is putting new export limits on Israel's NSO Group, the world’s most infamous hacker-for-hire company, saying its tools have been used to “conduct transnational repression.” The company, whose...

Oregon gov. seeks disaster relief for salmon industry

Oct. 06, 2021 21:23 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is requesting disaster relief from the federal government for the state’s strained commercial salmon industry. The governor submitted the formal aid request this week to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Oregon Public...

Tribe wins major step toward resuming whaling off Washington

Sep. 24, 2021 20:38 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — An administrative law judge has recommended that a Native American tribe in Washington state once again be allowed to hunt gray whales — a major step in its decades-long effort to resume the ancient practice. “This is a testament to what we've been...

Surprise uptick in spending by Americans as delta spread

Sep. 16, 2021 10:53 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans continued to spend at a brisk pace last month in the face of rising COVID-19 infections, though much of it was done online and not at restaurants or other sectors in the U.S. economy beleaguered by the arrival of the delta variant. Retail...