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Myanmar junta limits internet, seizes satellite TV dishes

Apr. 08, 2021 21:25 PM EDT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — An information blackout under Myanmar's military junta worsened Thursday as fiber broadband service, the last legal way for ordinary people to access the internet, became intermittently inaccessible on several networks. Authorities in some areas...

EXPLAINER: Courtroom technology on display in Chauvin trial

Apr. 08, 2021 20:02 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The foundation of the case against the former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd is a mountain of video evidence, but presenting that to jurors isn't as easy as pushing play. Over and over, prosecutors have shown video from...

Lawsuits: SC officials ignored risks ahead of prison riot

Apr. 02, 2021 19:05 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A slew of new lawsuits accuse South Carolina prisons officials of negligence and constitutional rights violations in a 2018 riot in which seven inmates were killed and more than a dozen others injured. In the lawsuits, filed in federal court this...

Big Tech's outsized influence draws state-level pushback

Mar. 27, 2021 10:42 AM EDT

New York state Sen. Michael Gianaris was ecstatic when Amazon named Long Island City in 2018 as a front-runner for its new headquarters, a project that would bring 25,000 jobs and $2.5 billion in construction spending to his district in Queens. But his support faded...

Lawmakers press Big Tech CEOs on speech responsibility

Mar. 25, 2021 19:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The CEOs of tech giants Facebook, Twitter and Google faced a grilling in Congress Thursday as lawmakers tried to draw them into acknowledging their companies' roles in fueling the January insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and rising COVID-19 vaccine misinformation. ...

Michigan House passes bill to improve rural internet access

Mar. 25, 2021 18:33 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan House on Thursday approved a bill to encourage internet companies to provide broadband access to underserved areas after the coronavirus pandemic shone a light on that need. The bill, coming from the state Senate, would exempt or defer...

Mississippi law will require computer science in schools

Mar. 24, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A new law will require the Mississippi Department of Education to set a computer science curriculum for K-12 schools by the 2024-25 academic year. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed House Bill 633 on Wednesday, and it will become law July 1. ...

Arkansas governor signs computer science requirement bill

Mar. 23, 2021 20:30 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed into law Tuesday legislation to require that high school students take a computer science course before graduating. Hutchinson had pushed for the measure as part of his legislative agenda after a task force...

California bill aims to jumpstart 'microstamps' on handguns

Mar. 23, 2021 11:08 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gun control advocates are making a new attempt to force the gun industry to comply with California's unique law requiring individual identifiers on all bullet casings, a mandate that has been toothless since it was approved in 2007. The law...

China-Europe sanctions fight shatters image of amicable ties

Mar. 23, 2021 06:28 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China looked to Europe as an amicable partner as the continent's leaders resisted being drawn into President Donald Trump’s conflicts with Beijing over trade, technology and human rights. On Monday, that image shattered when the European Union joined...