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Ohio House OKs bill to stiffen texting-while-driving penalty

Nov. 16, 2022 17:29 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Drivers could be pulled over by police in some cases solely for holding or using a cellphone while driving under legislation that the Republican-led Ohio House passed Wednesday. The bill to crack down on distracted driving would stiffen penalties for texting...

40 states settle Google location-tracking charges for $392M

Nov. 14, 2022 15:30 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Search giant Google has agreed to a $391.5 million settlement with 40 states to resolve an investigation into how the company tracked users' locations, state attorneys general announced Monday. The states' investigation was sparked by a 2018 Associated Press...

Judge in Montana orders arrest of neo-Nazi website founder

Nov. 09, 2022 14:32 PM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the arrest of a neo-Nazi website publisher accused of ignoring a $14 million judgment against him for orchestrating an anti-Semitic harassment campaign against a Montana woman's family. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen...

FBI probing ex-CIA officer's spying for World Cup host Qatar

Oct. 27, 2022 10:18 AM EDT

A former CIA officer who spied on Qatar’s rivals to help the tiny Arab country land this year’s World Cup is now under FBI scrutiny and newly obtained documents show he offered clandestine services that went beyond soccer to try to influence U.S. policy, an Associated Press investigation found....

Hard-drive maker Seagate Tech faces China sanctions warning

Oct. 27, 2022 06:11 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Seagate Technology said Thursday the U.S. Department of Commerce has warned it may charge the computer hard-drive maker with violating restrictions on exports of high-tech products to China. The company said in an SEC filing that it rejected the allegations. It says...

World faces tension with China under Xi Jinping's third term

Oct. 24, 2022 04:58 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The world faces the prospect of more tension with China over trade, security and human rights after Xi Jinping, the country's most powerful leader in decades, awarded himself another term as leader of the ruling Communist Party. Xi has tightened control at home and...

Republican committee sues Google over email spam filters

Oct. 21, 2022 23:22 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Republican National Committee has filed a lawsuit against tech giant Google, alleging the company has been suppressing its email solicitations ahead of November's midterm elections — an allegation Google denies. The lawsuit, filed in the District Court...

US busts network providing technology to Russian military

Oct. 19, 2022 20:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Wednesday announced a round of criminal charges and sanctions related to a complicated scheme to procure military technologies from U.S. manufacturers and illegally supply them to Russia for its war in Ukraine. Some of the equipment was...

Digital activists challenge Uganda's harsh new internet law

Oct. 17, 2022 10:20 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan activists launched a legal challenge Monday to controversial new legislation criminalizing some internet activity in the East African country. Their petition to the constitutional court argues that the description of computer-related crimes in the...

New law in Uganda imposes restrictions on use of internet

Oct. 13, 2022 13:03 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has signed into law legislation criminalizing some internet activity despite concerns the law could be used to silence legitimate criticism. The bill, passed by the legislature in September, was brought by a lawmaker who said...