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FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, file photo, a man uses his smartphone as he stands near a billboard for Chinese technology firm Huawei at the PT Expo in Beijing. The Senate has passed a bill that provides $1 billion for small telecom providers to replace equipment in their networks that's made by China's Huawei and ZTE. It now goes to President Donald Trump. Huawei and ZTE did not immediately reply to a request for comment, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

Bill to help small telecoms excise Huawei goes to Trump

Feb. 27, 2020 6:48 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Senate has passed a bill to provide $1 billion for small telecom providers to replace equipment made by China's Huawei and ZTE, sending the measure to President Donald Trump. The U.S. government considers the Chinese companies a security risk and has pushed its allies not to use Huawei...

Tim Graham, left, a member of Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's staff, confers with Senate Vice President Jeff Longbine, right, R-Emporia, outside the Senate chamber ahead of a debate on legalizing betting on sports events, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Pictured between them in the mirror is Michael Murray, Longbine's chief of staff. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas struggles with details of legalizing sports betting

Feb. 26, 2020 8:08 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers who want to legalize betting on sports events and allow online sales of lottery tickets are struggling to agree on the details and facing criticism that they're being too generous toward companies already managing casinos for the state. The state Senate voted 23-15 on...

Fans watch the live stream of a public memorial for Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

The Latest: Kobe Bryant service ends with Oscar-winning film

Feb. 24, 2020 3:47 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the public memorial for Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna in downtown Los Angeles (all times local): 12:45 p.m. A selection from the short film “Dear Basketball” that won Kobe Bryant an Academy Award played on the big screens at Staples Center to wrap up a...

Top Bangladesh cellphone company pays $117M in legal tussle

Feb. 23, 2020 10:29 AM EST

DHAKA,Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh’s leading cellphone operator paid $117 million to the country’s telecommunication regulator on Sunday amid a protracted legal tussle with the government that could result in the loss of its license to operate in one of the world’s fastest-growing...

Officials warn of Dentistry Board scam calls

Feb. 22, 2020 9:08 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — State regulators are warning consumers about a telephone scam in which the caller claims to be from the Illinois Board of Dentistry. Officials with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation say the scammer “spoofs” the phone number to look like...

Ursula von der Leyen, former Minister of Defence and current President of the EU Commission, comes to the German Bundestag for questioning by the Bundestag's committee of inquiry into the advisor affair in the Ministry of Defence, Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Feb.13, 2020. It is expected to be used to complete the witness interviews after about a year. The Committee shall examine the award of contracts to external consultants. (Bernd von Jutrczenka/dpa via AP)

EU chief von der Leyen testifies at German defense inquiry

Feb. 13, 2020 8:56 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen defended the use of external experts during her time as German defense minister as she testified Thursday before a parliamentary inquiry, but conceded that mistakes were made. Von der Leyen, a fixture in Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinets...

FILE - In this May 5, 2019 file photo, Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg holds a town hall in North Charleston, South Carolina. Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg is picking up his first endorsement among South Carolina’s black lawmakers as attention in the early voting contest turns toward more diverse states. Buttigieg‘s campaign announced Wednesday that the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor would be receiving backing from state Rep. JA Moore, a Democrat from Charleston. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

Buttigieg lands black South Carolina lawmaker's endorsement

Feb. 12, 2020 10:02 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg is picking up his first endorsement among South Carolina’s black lawmakers as attention in the early voting contest turns toward more diverse states. Buttigieg‘s campaign announced Wednesday that the former South Bend,...

Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts, followed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., left, and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., leaves the Senate chamber after presiding over the impeachment trial and today's acquittal of President Donald Trump, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

TV news ready to shift gears after impeachment saga ends

Feb. 5, 2020 6:58 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Senate's vote to acquit President Donald Trump not only ended the impeachment saga Wednesday, it shut off the source of hours of programming for television news networks. The vote, shown live on ABC, CBS, NBC and the cable news networks, came after one final twist in the announcement of...

Bill to help with rural Idaho healthcare heads to Senate

Feb. 5, 2020 5:52 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation to make it easier for Idaho residents in rural areas to get healthcare using email and other methods headed to the Senate on Wednesday. The House voted to approve the measure that deletes a requirement that two-way audio and visual be used. Backers say the legislation will...

FILE - In this April 12, 2019 file photo, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai speaks during an event in Washington. U.S. phone companies likely broke the law by sharing data that can pinpoint the location of smartphone users, the Federal Communications Commission said Friday, Jan. 31, 20120. FCC Chairman Pai said in a letter to Congress that one or more wireless carriers apparently violated federal law and could be subject to penalties. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

FCC: At least 1 phone company broke law by sharing location

Jan. 31, 2020 5:42 PM EST

At least one U.S. phone company likely broke the law by sharing data that can pinpoint the location of smartphone users, the Federal Communications Commission said Friday. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a letter to Congress that one or more wireless companies apparently violated federal law and could be subject to...