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MIT professor charged with hiding work for China

Jan. 14, 2021 3:43 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor was charged Thursday with hiding work he did for the Chinese government while he was also collecting U.S. dollars for his nanotechnology research. Gang Chen, 56, was arrested by federal agents at his home in Cambridge on charges including...

FILE - In this June 28, 2020 file photo, Texas' Attorney General Ken Paxton waits on the flight line for the arrival of Vice President Mike Pence at Love Field in Dallas. The mass exodus of Paxton's top staff over accusations of bribery against their former boss has left the Republicans seeking $43 million in public funds to replace some of them with outside lawyers to lead a high-profile antitrust lawsuit against Google. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

After top staff exodus, Texas AG seeks $43M for Google suit

Jan. 5, 2021 3:26 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — The mass exodus of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s top staff over accusations of bribery against their former boss has left the Republican seeking $43 million in public funds to replace some of them with outside lawyers to lead a high-profile antitrust lawsuit against Google....

Idaho distracted driving law means tickets starting Friday

Jan. 1, 2021 1:10 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Starting January 1, drivers violating Idaho’s hands-free device, distracted driving law will risk getting a citation. The law has been in effect since July 1, but Idaho State Police troopers have been issuing warnings to drivers about the dangers of distracted driving. Since...

Arizona fines for using cellphone while driving start Friday

Dec. 31, 2020 1:17 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona drivers who have ignored a 2019 law that bans holding a cellphone behind the wheel be warned: Breaking the law is going to cost you starting Friday. That's when police statewide can stop drivers and issue tickets that come with fines between $75 and $149 for a first offense, plus...

New technology aims to help clients of public defenders

Dec. 27, 2020 11:32 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — New technology is giving people who opt for public defenders in Hennepin County a way to receive hearing reminders and to communicate directly with their attorneys. The technology by San Francisco-based Uptrust is designed to help people make their court dates and avoid being jailed, as...

Regulator ends inquiry on utility payments to internet unit

Dec. 20, 2020 6:09 PM EST

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Public Service Commission has ended an inquiry into whether Lafayette's publicly owned internet system illegally benefitted from payments from other parts of the city-owned utility system, but isn't saying whether or not the payments were legal. The Public Service...

FILE - This combination of file photos shows a Google sign and the Facebook app. As a wave of antitrust actions surges against Google and Facebook, states in two lawsuits are stretching beyond the cases made by federal competition enforcers to level bold new claims. (AP Photo/File)

States making bold new legal claims in 2 Google lawsuits

Dec. 18, 2020 3:13 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As a wave of antitrust actions surges against Google and Facebook, states in two lawsuits are stretching beyond the cases made by federal competition enforcers to level bold new claims. The states are taking new legal approaches as they join the widening siege against the two once...

FILE - This April 26, 2017, file photo shows the Google mobile phone icon, in Philadelphia. The Australian government said on Friday, July 31, 2020 it plans to give Google and Facebook three months to negotiate with Australian media businesses fair pay for news content. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Google says Australian law on paying for news is unworkable

Dec. 18, 2020 12:39 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A Google executive said on Friday that a proposed Australian law to make digital platforms pay for news was unworkable and its proposed arbitration model was biased toward media businesses. Google Australia and New Zealand Managing Director Mel Silva made her first public...

CORRECTS TO A GROUP OF 35 STATES AS WELL AS THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND TERRITORIES OF GUAM AND PUERTO RICO FILED, INSTEAD OF 38 STATES FILE - This Oct. 20, 2015, file photo, shows signage outside Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. A group of 35 states as well as the District of Columbia and the territories of Guam and Puerto Rico filed an anti-trust lawsuit against Google on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, alleging that the search giant has an illegal monopoly over the online search market that hurts consumers and advertisers. The lawsuit, announced by Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser, was filed in federal court in Washington, D.C. by states represented by bipartisan attorneys general. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Dozens of states file anti-trust lawsuit against Google

Dec. 17, 2020 8:02 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Dozens of more states are joining an escalating effort to prove Google has been methodically abusing its power as the internet's main gateway in a way that hurts consumers habitually feeding personal information into its search engine and advertisers pouring billions of dollars into its vast...

Dozens of states file anti-trust lawsuit against Google alleging monopoly on search market.

Dec. 17, 2020 1:08 PM EST
DENVER (AP) — Dozens of states file anti-trust lawsuit against Google alleging monopoly on search market.