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Chinese executive facing US extradition appears in court

Dec. 8, 2018 12:01 AM EST

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A Canadian prosecutor urged a Vancouver court to deny bail to a Chinese executive at the heart of a case that is shaking up U.S.-China relations and worrying global financial markets. Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of telecommunications giant Huawei and...

Meng Wanzhou's rise through the ranks at Huawei

Dec. 7, 2018 2:50 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Before her dramatic arrest in Canada, few in the U.S. had heard of Meng Wanzhou. Meng, 46, is chief financial officer and deputy chairwoman of the board of Chinese telecom company Huawei. She now faces extradition to the U.S. on charges of trying to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran. She...

Ontario government fires 3 directors after Google deal

Dec. 7, 2018 11:42 AM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Ontario's provincial government has fired three board members from a government organization working with a Google-affiliated company to create a smart-city development in Toronto. The move raises doubt about the development's future. Monte McNaughton, Ontario's minister of infrastructure,...

Tech execs at White House field ideas for US dominance

Dec. 6, 2018 4:35 PM EST

Top executives from Google, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and Qualcomm gathered Thursday at the White House amid strained ties between President Donald Trump's administration and the tech industry and an ongoing trade war with China. The White House described the Thursday meeting as a listening session to field ideas...

Google's robotic spinoff launches ride-hailing service

Dec. 5, 2018 1:14 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's self-driving car spinoff is finally ready to try to profit from its nearly decade-old technology. Waymo is introducing a small-scale ride-hailing service in the Phoenix area that will include a human behind the wheel in case the robotic vehicles malfunction. The service...

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UMN students, faculty striving to improve diversity in CFANS

Dec. 9, 2018 12:03 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — University of Minnesota students and faculty are collaborating to develop an equitable culture in agricultural studies. Fall 2018 enrollment statistics show that UMN's College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences is roughly 85 percent white, compared with 79 percent...

2018 Minnesota tax returns will be a bigger pain than usual

Dec. 9, 2018 11:14 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Filing Minnesota state income tax returns for 2018 is going to be more of a pain than usual because lawmakers and the governor left a crucial piece of legislation unfinished, and it's too late to fix before the upcoming tax season. The unfinished business was a "tax conformity" bill to...

Insider Q&A: Zero Motorcycles' CEO on tax credits, rivals

Dec. 9, 2018 10:01 AM EST

Sam Paschel is the CEO of Zero Motorcycles Inc., a privately-held company based in Scotts Valley, California, that designs and makes electric motorcycles and powertrains, including fleet vehicles for police and the military. The company was started in 2006 by Neal Saiki, a former NASA engineer. The Q&A has...

New U of Illinois center to focus on autonomous technology

Dec. 9, 2018 9:59 AM EST

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is creating a new center to focus on autonomous technology such as self-driving cars and robotic assistants. The university has allocated $2.1 million for the Center for Autonomy. The College of Engineering is providing another $2.1 million to...

GM fights to retain key tax credit amid plant closing plans

Dec. 9, 2018 9:17 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — General Motors is fighting to retain a valuable tax credit for electric vehicles as the nation's largest automaker tries to deal with the political fallout triggered by its plans to shutter several U.S. factories and shed thousands of workers. Preserving the $7,500 tax incentive for...

Protesters march as UN climate talks hit fossil fuel snag

Dec. 8, 2018 4:29 PM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Thousands of people from around the world marched Saturday through the southern Polish city that's hosting this year's U.N. climate talks, demanding that their governments take tougher action to curb global warming. Protesters included farmers from Latin America, environmentalists...

22-year-old employee found dead at Google's NYC office

Dec. 8, 2018 3:53 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a 22-year-old software engineer was found dead at the company's New York City headquarters. Scott Krulcik was found unconscious on the sixth floor of the company's offices in Chelsea at about 9 p.m. Friday. He was pronounced dead by Emergency Medical Service workers. Police say...

Green Mountain Club debuts digital download trail maps

Dec. 8, 2018 11:18 AM EST

KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Green Mountain Club says it is now offering digital trail maps that people can purchase, download and view on a mobile phone. GMC's Operations and Publications Coordinator Matt Krebs showed off the new technology on a trail near Killington. He tells Vermont Public Radio that...

Massachusetts extends electric vehicle rebate program

Dec. 8, 2018 10:19 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The state of Massachusetts is extending its electric vehicle rebate program through the middle of next year. The administration of Gov. Charlie Baker announced the program will now run through at least June 30, thanks in part to $3 million from the Department of Energy Resources in response...

GM plant closing not expected to stall Detroit's rebound

Dec. 8, 2018 9:22 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors' planned shutdown of its Detroit-Hamtramck plant would leave only one auto assembly factory in the city known for "putting America on wheels," but the closure and job losses are not expected to stall-out Detroit's comeback since its 2014 bankruptcy exit. Experts say a more...