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DHS retreats on possible facial screening of US citizens

Dec. 5, 2019 6:45 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — The Homeland Security Department is backing away from requiring that U.S. citizens submit to facial-recognition technology when they leave or enter the country. The department said Thursday that it has no plans to expand facial recognition to U.S. citizens. A spokesman said DHS will delete...

DHS may require US citizens be photographed at airports

Dec. 3, 2019 7:41 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Federal officials are considering requiring that all travelers — including American citizens — be photographed as they enter or leave the country as part of an identification system using facial-recognition technology. The Department of Homeland Security says it expects to...

Statehouse hosting Thanksgiving meal to 'celebrate' refugees

Nov. 26, 2019 8:02 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Hundreds of immigrants and refugees are sharing a Thanksgiving meal with elected officials and advocates at the Statehouse in Boston. Tuesday's 15th annual luncheon organized by the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition is an effort to connect newcomers to America with the...

Senators press Amazon over doorbell camera security concerns

Nov. 20, 2019 7:02 PM EST

A group of Democratic U.S. senators is questioning Amazon about the security of its Ring doorbell cameras following reports that some Ukraine-based employees had access to video footage from customers’ homes. A letter to Amazon Wednesday from Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon and four other Democrats said the...

Road-safety regulator rapped over regulating autonomous cars

Nov. 20, 2019 6:37 PM EST

The nation’s road-safety regulator is under fire again for what critics call lax oversight of tests involving autonomous vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration doesn’t give enough direction to companies developing automatous cars, the chairman of the National Transportation...

Amazon says it’s considered face scanning in Ring doorbells

Nov. 19, 2019 8:34 PM EST

Amazon has considered adding facial recognition technology to its Ring doorbell cameras, according to a letter to a U.S. senator defending its video-sharing partnerships with police. The company told Sen. Ed Markey that facial recognition is a “contemplated, but unreleased feature” of its home...

Senators call for inquiry into Canada’s whale protections

Nov. 17, 2019 1:54 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Both of Massachusetts’ U.S. senators are calling for a federal inquiry to determine if Canada is doing enough to protect an endangered species of whale. Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey are asking the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to examine whether...

Regulators approve exemptions for former nuclear power plant

Nov. 4, 2019 3:23 PM EST

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Federal regulators are exempting the shuttered Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station from certain emergency planning and preparedness requirements. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it granted the exemption request Monday because the plant permanently ceased operations in May after 46...

Massachusetts launches investigation into gas disaster

Oct. 25, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts officials are opening their own investigation into last September's Merrimack Valley natural gas disaster. More than 100 structures were damaged in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover in the Sept. 13, 2018, fires and explosions. One person died and dozens were injured....

Toxic PCBs linger in schools; EPA, lawmakers fail to act

Oct. 16, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

MONROE, Wash. (AP) — At first, teachers at Sky Valley Education Center simply evacuated students and used fans to clear the air when the fluorescent lights caught fire or smoked with noxious fumes. When black oil dripped onto desks and floors, they caught leaks with a bucket and duct-taped oil-stained...