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Group drops part of voting suit, is OK with satellite sites

Jan. 23, 2020 5:54 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A liberal group has dropped part of its lawsuit challenging Michigan's law regarding same-day voter registration at polling places, after the state clarified that people can register to vote at satellite locations established by clerks. Super PAC Priorities USA filed an amended suit...

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2020, image from video, presiding officer Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts swears in members of the Senate for the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. No cell phones. No talking. No escape. One-hundred U.S. senators will soon be stationed at wooden desks, under the threat of imprisonment, as they silently listen to the arguments in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. While senators groan about the restrictions _ and will likely violate them at times _ they say the long-standing rules are crucial as they execute their most solemn duty: considering whether to remove the president of the United States. (Senate Television via AP, File)

No escape: Senators to be quiet, unplugged for Trump trial

Jan. 19, 2020 9:00 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — No cellphones. No talking. No escape. That's the reality during the Senate's impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, which will begin each day with a proclamation: “All persons are commanded to keep silence, on pain of imprisonment.” After that, 100 senators will sit...

FILE - In this file photo dated Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Ukrainian police said Thursday Jan. 16, 2020,  they have opened an investigation into the possibility that former ambassador Yovanovitch came under illegal surveillance before she was recalled from her post in US.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, FILE)

Ukraine opens probe of possible surveillance of ambassador

Jan. 16, 2020 2:48 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Police in Ukraine are investigating whether the U.S. ambassador came under illegal surveillance by an unknown party before the Trump administration recalled her from Kyiv, Ukrainian authorities said Thursday. The announcement came two days after Democratic lawmakers in the United...

Colorado school district considers middle school phone ban

Jan. 15, 2020 5:08 PM EST

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado school district is considering implementing a ban on cellphone use by middle school students, officials said. Durango School District 9-R may prohibit all student cellphone use, which would expand the existing policy, The Durango Herald reported Tuesday. The current rules...

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2019, file photo, smoke from a wildfire known as the Maria Fire billows above Santa Paula, Calif. California's preemptive power shutoffs to prevent wildfires have affected more than just lights. Some lost their phones, too. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

California lawmakers eye back-up power for cellphone towers

Jan. 8, 2020 7:38 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When the nation's largest electric utility preemptively shut off power last fall to prevent wildfires in California, customers lost more than just their lights — some lost their phones, too. Data from the Federal Communications Commission shows 874 cellphone towers were...

US restricts exports of AI for analyzing satellite images

Jan. 5, 2020 5:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. technology companies that build artificial intelligence software for analyzing satellite imagery will face new restrictions on exporting their products to China and elsewhere. The Commerce Department said new export rules take effect Monday that target emerging technology that could...

New York's Cuomo wants to take aim at robocalls

Dec. 31, 2019 2:47 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New Yorkers could get some reprieve from robocalls under a proposal from the governor and new federal protections signed this week by President Donald Trump. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that he will submit legislation to require telecommunications company to warn customers about...

In this Monday, July 29, 2019, photo, a passerby uses a mobile phone while entering a subway station, in Boston. An anti-robocalls measure signed into law late Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, by President Donald Trump should help reduce the torrent of unwanted calls promising lower interest rates or pretending to be the IRS, though it won't make all such calls disappear. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Trump signs law to reduce robocalls, though they won't end

Dec. 31, 2019 10:38 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — An anti-robocalls measure signed into law Monday by President Donald Trump should help reduce the torrent of unwanted calls promising lower interest rates or pretending to be the IRS, though it won't make all such calls disappear. The new law gives authorities more enforcement powers and...

In this Monday, July 29, 2019, photo, a passerby uses a mobile phone while entering a subway station, in Boston. An anti-robocalls measure signed into law late Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, by President Donald Trump should help reduce the torrent of unwanted calls promising lower interest rates or pretending to be the IRS, though it won't make all such calls disappear. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Trump signs law to reduce robocalls, though they won't end

Dec. 30, 2019 11:29 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — An anti-robocalls measure signed into law Monday by President Donald Trump should help reduce the torrent of unwanted calls promising lower interest rates or pretending to be the IRS, though it won't make all such calls disappear. The new law gives authorities more enforcement powers and...

Cuomo to propose ban on e-cig flavors and ads aimed at youth

Dec. 29, 2019 5:44 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday he'll introduce legislation to ban all flavored nicotine e-cigarette products as well as vaping advertisements aimed at youth. The Democrat announced that legislation he'll propose in his 2020 State of the State agenda on Jan. 8 will also prohibit online,...