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Utah House endorses bill to ban drivers' hand-held phone use

Feb. 25, 2020 6:09 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah House advanced a bill to help enforce laws banning the use of hand-held cellphones while driving. The House endorsed the bill and forwarded it to the Senate Monday, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. Hand-held cellphone use while driving has been illegal in Utah since 2007 but...

Indiana Senate endorses ban on drivers using handheld phones

Feb. 25, 2020 5:04 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A proposal that would ban motorists from using handheld cellphones on Indiana roads appears on its way to becoming law. The Indiana Senate voted 43-4 Tuesday in favor of the bill that supporters say is aimed at making roadways safer by combating distracted driving. House members...

Jury convicts ex-Microsoft worker in digital currency scheme

Feb. 25, 2020 4:46 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A jury on Tuesday convicted a former Microsoft worker of wire fraud and other charges in what prosecutors described as a scheme to steal $10 million in digital currency. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle said 25-year-old Ukrainian citizen Volodymyr Kvashuk helped test...

Law barring cellphone use while driving takes effect Sunday

Feb. 22, 2020 10:41 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A law that bars drivers in Massachusetts from using hand-held cellphones behind the wheel takes effect Sunday, but motorists won't immediately face a fine if they're stopped by police. The law signed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker in November brings Massachusetts in line with every other...

Lesa and Jeff Dahl of Castlewood testified about their son Jacob Dahl's death from distracted driving before the House Transportation Committee on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (Lisa Kaczke/Argus Leader via AP)

Parents plead for tougher texting while driving penalties

Feb. 22, 2020 1:01 AM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Jacob William Dahl was a 19-year-old Northern State University student when he was killed after running into the back of a soybean truck while looking at his cellphone. Dahl, a 2013 graduate of Castlewood High School, was "the greatest kid in the world," his father Jeff Dahl said. Jacob...

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2019 file photo, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, confers with Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, during a break as the House Judiciary Committee considers the investigative findings in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington. New documents released on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, by House Democrats suggest that Nunes was more deeply involved than was previously known in efforts by allies of President Donald Trump to dig up dirt in Ukraine on former Vice President Joe Biden. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Judge dismisses Nunes lawsuit against Fusion GPS

Feb. 21, 2020 8:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Friday dismissed a racketeering lawsuit brought by Republican Rep. Devin Nunes against the political research firm that enlisted a former British spy to look into Donald Trump’s ties to Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign. Nunes, the former chairman of...

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2019, file photo, a woman walks below a Google sign on the campus in Mountain View, Calif. New Mexico is suing Google over allegations that the tech company is illegally collecting personal data generated by children in violation of federal and state laws. The state attorney general's office filed a lawsuit Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in U.S. District Court claiming that Google is using its education suite that is marketed to school districts, teachers and parents as a way to spy on children and their families. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

New Mexico sues Google over collection of children's data

Feb. 20, 2020 4:18 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's attorney general sued Google Thursday over allegations the tech company is illegally collecting personal data generated by children in violation of federal and state laws. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque claims Google is using its education...

House passes tougher punishments for texting and driving

Feb. 19, 2020 5:27 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Lawmakers in the South Dakota House on Wednesday passed a bill that would make texting and driving a criminal offense. Rep. Doug Barthel, a Sioux Falls Republican, said he introduced the bill after hearing the stories of people who died in accidents involving a texting driver. Barthel...

Mistrial in case of judge accused of computer trespass

Feb. 19, 2020 1:29 PM EST

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A jury was unable to reach a verdict in the case of a Georgia judge accused of illegally accessing a courthouse computer network. Presiding Judge David Sweat on Tuesday declared a mistrial in Gwinnett County Judge Kathryn Schrader's case, acknowledging that the jury didn't appear...

FILE - This March 27, 2008, aerial file photo, shows the Pentagon in Washington. A Federal court has ordered the Pentagon to temporarily halt work with Microsoft on its $10 billion military cloud contract, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, after Amazon sued alleging that President Donald Trump's bias against the company hurt its chances to win the project.  Amazon requested the court issue the injunction last month. Both the documents requesting the block and the judge's decision to issue the temporary injunction are sealed by the court.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

In win for Amazon, judge freezes work on Pentagon contract

Feb. 13, 2020 6:05 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday ordered a temporary halt of Microsoft's work on a $10 billion military cloud contract, a win for Amazon, which sued the U.S. government last year for awarding the contract to its rival. Amazon's lawsuit, filed in November, alleged that President Donald Trump's...