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Microsoft workers protest use of HoloLens headsets for war

Feb. 22, 2019 8:31 PM EST

A group of Microsoft workers is demanding the company cancel a contract supplying the U.S. Army with HoloLens headsets that they say would turn real-world battlefields into a video game. Microsoft's head-mounted HoloLens displays use augmented reality, which means viewers can see virtual imagery superimposed over...

Virgin Galactic: Rocket reaches space again in test flight

Feb. 22, 2019 4:03 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Virgin Galactic's rocket plane reached space for a second time in a test flight over California on Friday, climbing higher and faster than before while also carrying a crewmember to evaluate the long-awaited passenger experience. The winged spaceship soared at three times the speed of...

Report: Apps give Facebook sensitive health and other data

Feb. 22, 2019 7:14 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Several phone apps are sending sensitive user data, including health information, to Facebook without users' consent, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. An analytics tool called "App Events" allows app developers to record user activity and report it back to Facebook, even if...

Film fan finds the real joy of movies is still in theaters

Feb. 22, 2019 2:56 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Sure, it's easy to Netflix and chill these days. Or Prime and recline. Or Hulu and ... well, whatever. But if you really want to savor a film, there's still no substitute for a movie theater. Turns out that there are few better ways to rediscover the joy of heading to the theater than a...

Discount movies: Which theater subscription is best?

Feb. 22, 2019 1:52 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A movie a day in theaters for $10 a month seemed too good to be true. And it was. MoviePass, which tried to bring Netflix-like subscriptions to the movie theater, pulled back on its deal last summer. MoviePass was a consumer success, but a financial disaster. MoviePass had to pay theaters...

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Minnesota officials call for 200K electric vehicles by 2030

Feb. 23, 2019 11:35 AM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota transit officials envision 200,000 electric vehicles to be cruising down state roads in about a decade, a big jump from the 6,000 now. The goal for 2030 is part of the Minnesota Department of Transportation's plan to tackle climate change and to move away from fossil fuels,...

Innovations allow NHL to stage outdoor games almost anywhere

Feb. 23, 2019 11:24 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Dan Craig sleeps maybe four hours a night leading up to outdoor games. He only goes out to dinner because he can check the status of the ice on his phone. "Your mind's always going," said Craig, the NHL's vice president of facilities operations. After staging outdoor games in a deep...

Smile: Some airliners have cameras on seat-back screens

Feb. 23, 2019 11:05 AM EST

Now there is one more place where cameras could start watching you — from 30,000 feet. Newer seat-back entertainment systems on some airplanes operated by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and Singapore Airlines have cameras, and it's likely they are also on planes used by other carriers....

Company ordered to help pay fine for illegal waste disposal

Feb. 23, 2019 11:01 AM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri company involved in the illegal storage of hazardous waste from Mississippi has been ordered to help pay $1.5 million toward cleanup costs. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Missouri Green Materials was sentenced Friday to two years of probation. The company, officers Daryl...

Bighorn sheep captured, tagged in Nebraska Panhandle

Feb. 23, 2019 10:58 AM EST

CHADRON, Neb. (AP) — Nearly 50 bighorn sheep in the Nebraska Panhandle have been outfitted with new tracking devices to help wildlife officials monitor their health and combat diseases. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says helicopter crews captured the sheep, gave them vaccinations and equipped the...

Gay Methodist on 600-mile prayer journey before LGBTQ vote

Feb. 23, 2019 10:37 AM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Helen Ryde is a devout, gay United Methodist on a 600-mile personal prayer journey. Her trip across four states comes days before United Methodists from around the world consider if their denomination should allow same-sex weddings and LGBTQ clergy. Ryde's traveling from her western...

1 killed, 2 wounded in explosion in Nepal's capital

Feb. 23, 2019 7:17 AM EST

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An explosion outside a telecommunication company in Nepal's capital killed one person and injured two others, police official said Saturday. The victims Friday night were passing by the main entrance of the Ncell mobile network operator company on the southern edge of Kathmandu when...

Microsoft workers protest use of HoloLens headsets for war

Feb. 22, 2019 8:31 PM EST

A group of Microsoft workers is demanding the company cancel a contract supplying the U.S. Army with HoloLens headsets that they say would turn real-world battlefields into a video game. Microsoft's head-mounted HoloLens displays use augmented reality, which means viewers can see virtual imagery superimposed over...

APNewsBreak: Report says Montana lawmaker harassed colleague

Feb. 22, 2019 7:54 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An outside investigation found that a Montana legislator sent a female lawmaker harassing text messages in 2017, leading the Democrat to resign his committee chairmanship before it could be stripped from him, a former House speaker said Friday. The Legislature's Legal Services Office...

China bars millions from travel for 'social credit' offenses

Feb. 22, 2019 7:21 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Skipped paying a fine in China? Then forget about buying an airline ticket. Would-be air travelers were blocked from buying tickets 17.5 million times last year for "social credit" offenses including unpaid taxes and fines under a controversial system the ruling Communist Party says will...