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Boebert in call refuses to apologize for anti-Muslim remarks

Nov. 29, 2021 19:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Days after firebrand conservative Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado was harshly criticized for making anti-Muslim comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat whom she likened to a bomb-carrying terrorist, the two spoke by phone Monday. By both...

India asks Starlink to obtain license for internet services

Nov. 27, 2021 05:37 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian government has asked Starlink Internet Services of Elon Musk’s SpaceX aerospace company to comply with the country’s regulatory framework before offering its satellite-based internet services. A Communications Ministry statement late...

Settlement: Old toxic cables to be removed from Lake Tahoe

Nov. 25, 2021 15:50 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — AT&T’s Pac Bell subsidiary has settled a lawsuit conservationists filed under a U.S. law more typically cited in Superfund cases, agreeing to spend up to $1.5 million to remove 8 miles (12.9 kilometers) of toxic telephone cables that were abandoned on the bottom of...

Pakistan again lifts ban, fourth so far, on China's TikTok

Nov. 19, 2021 14:56 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s media regulating authority on Friday again lifted a ban on TikTok, this time after four months, following assurances from the popular Chinese video-sharing service that it would control the spread of indecent content. It was the fourth time...

Phone companies must allow texting new '988' suicide line

Nov. 18, 2021 12:15 PM EST

U.S. communications regulators will require that phone companies allow people to text as well as call a new '988' number for the suicide-prevention hotline. The Federal Communications Commission last summer voted to require phone companies support the 988 number for people to call to reach an existing...

VW Group recalls Audis; passenger air bags may be disabled

Nov. 17, 2021 09:51 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen Group is recalling more than 240,000 Audi vehicles in the U.S. and Canada because an electric cable problem can cause a computer to disable the passenger air bag. The recall covers certain 2017 through 2020 Audi A4, RS5, A5, S4 and S5 models. ...

Lawmakers OK ban on FOIA-avoidant apps for state employees

Nov. 09, 2021 19:14 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan House on Tuesday approved a ban on the use of messaging apps or other software on state employees’ work-issued electronic devices if the technology would prevent communications from being subject to public record requests. The bill...

Thousands of red UK phone boxes to be protected from closure

Nov. 09, 2021 12:51 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Thousands of Britain’s iconic red phone boxes will be protected from removal under new rules, the U.K.'s telecommunications regulator said Tuesday. The public payphone boxes may look like obsolete relics in an age of ubiquitous smartphones, but...

All Wisconsin calls will require dialing the area code

Oct. 23, 2021 10:58 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Starting Sunday people in Wisconsin will have to dial local numbers using 10 digits — the area code and the seven-digit phone number. Currently, people in Wisconsin can place a call to a number in the same area code without dialing the area code. ...

Wisconsin lawmaker returns to work after bout of COVID-19

Oct. 14, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin legislator returned to work Thursday for the first time since COVID-19 left him breathing through a ventilator. Republican Sen. Andre Jacque, of De Pere, was hospitalized Aug. 16 after testing positive for the coronavirus and testifying...