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Report: Facebook's privacy lapses may result in record fine

Jan. 18, 2019 4:02 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook may be facing the biggest fine ever imposed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for privacy violations involving the personal information of its 2.2 billion users. The FTC is considering hitting Facebook with a penalty that would top its previous record fine of $22.5 million...

On the road to make an affordable car, Tesla cuts jobs

Jan. 18, 2019 1:44 PM EST

Tesla will cut 7 percent of its workforce as it tries to lower prices and break out of the niche-car market to produce an electric vehicle that more people can afford. Tesla's cheapest model right now is the $44,000 Model 3, and it needs to broaden its customer base to survive. "Looking ahead at our mission of...

Cohen says he rigged online polls for Trump in 2014, 2015

Jan. 17, 2019 3:46 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's estranged former lawyer acknowledged Thursday that he paid a technology company to rig Trump's standing in two online polls before the presidential campaign. Michael Cohen tweeted that "what I did was at the direction of and for the sole benefit of" Trump. "I truly...

Facebook shuts hundreds of Russia-linked pages, accounts

Jan. 17, 2019 10:28 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Facebook said Thursday it removed hundreds of Russia-linked pages, groups and accounts that it says were part of two big disinformation operations targeting users outside the U.S. The social media company said its latest effort to fight misinformation came after it found two networks "that...

Microsoft pledges $500M to tackle Seattle housing crisis

Jan. 17, 2019 3:42 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Microsoft says it will devote $500 million to address a problem its own success helped create: the severe need for affordable housing in the Seattle area. As the tech industry Microsoft brought to the region has boomed with the expansion of Amazon and other companies, the cost of housing has...

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Uber, Cabify cars are attacked in Spain; police arrest 7

Jan. 19, 2019 12:16 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Police in Barcelona have arrested seven people on suspicion of attacking cars that work with ride-hailing apps like Uber and Cabify as part of a protest by taxi drivers that turned violent on Friday. The attacks occurred after taxi drivers announced an indefinite strike protesting a...

Michigan high school students to send experiment to space

Jan. 19, 2019 11:36 AM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — An experiment created by Michigan high school students will be conducted by astronauts at the International Space Station — and it has the potential to assist in future space missions. The experiment by freshmen Hattie Holmes, Langley Nelson, Kale Cerny and Lainey Wickman...

US: Hitmen used GPS on suspected mobster slain at McDonald's

Jan. 19, 2019 10:51 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say a man with alleged mob ties who was fatally shot at a New York City McDonald's drive-thru last year was tracked using a GPS device hidden on his car. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lindsay Gerdes said in court Friday that investigators linked the device to some of the five alleged...

Florida mayor resigns due to 'inappropriate texting'

Jan. 19, 2019 10:35 AM EST

GULF BREEZE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida mayor is resigning due to inappropriate texting. The Pensacola News-Journal reported that Gulf Breeze Mayor David Landfair resigned on Friday. Landfair had just been sworn in as the mayor of the northwest Florida city back in December. In his resignation letter Landfair...

Juneau's got pod people

Jan. 19, 2019 9:10 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — About two years ago, Jack Eddy decided to roll the dice and start a podcast. Eddy, a Juneau resident, was a fan of the medium and had a lifelong interest in tabletop gaming that he thought would lend itself well to a podcast review series. "I started writing reviews, and the podcast...

Constant vigilance keeps WV's elk out of poachers' hands

Jan. 19, 2019 9:01 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Conventional wisdom said police in southwestern West Virginia would have a tough time keeping elk from being poached. Conventional wisdom was wrong. Since elk were stocked there late in 2016, not a single animal has been killed illegally. Capt. Terry Ballard of the state Natural...

US says Congo's 20 days without internet '20 days too many'

Jan. 19, 2019 6:39 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United States ambassador to Congo says 20 days without internet in the country are "20 days too many" and that access cut off just after the disputed presidential election "needs to be restored now." Ambassador Mike Hammer isn't the only diplomat in Congo expressing frustration....

Florida studying suicide prevention barriers for bridge

Jan. 19, 2019 3:01 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The text from Rob Rivard's stepson came at 5:23 one Sunday morning in November. A 20-year-old student at Pasco-Hernando State College, Chris Machesney was excited about launching a modeling career. Rivard and his wife hadn't seen signs that Machesney was unhappy, but when Rivard read the...

Minnesota legislators look expand internet access

Jan. 19, 2019 1:06 AM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — While cities and towns in Koochiching County might have fast and reliable internet service, large parts of the northern Minnesota region currently have no good options. Paul Nevanen, director of the county's Economic Development Authority, says that translates to headaches for the...

Iowa to launch new system to help truck drivers find parking

Jan. 19, 2019 1:06 AM EST

WALCOTT, Iowa (AP) — Truck drivers crossing Iowa's interstates will soon be able to find a parking spot for their big rigs. Known as Trucks Park Here, a high-tech system by the Iowa Department of Transportation will gather real-time data collected at dozens of state-run rest areas and private truck stops...