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Major carriers, state AGs will work to combat robocalls

Aug. 22, 2019 3:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Major phone companies have pledged to do more to fight robocalls plaguing Americans, the country's state attorneys general say. It's the latest step from government and industry to combat the growing problem . Americans get nearly 5 billion automated calls from scammers, telemarketers, debt...

New blackout for Venezuela's capital compounds energy woes

Aug. 20, 2019 7:29 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Parts of Venezuela's capital and at least one state endured a power blackout on Tuesday lasting several hours, in an occurrence that has become commonplace in the crisis-stricken nation beset by energy woes. The power went out in a wide swath of Caracas during the early afternoon,...

Area 51 events in Nevada prompt emergency crowd planning

Aug. 20, 2019 2:30 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Fearing they could be overwhelmed with visitors, officials in the remote Nevada county that's home to the Area 51 military base have drafted an emergency declaration and a plan to team resources with neighboring counties and the state ahead of events next month tied to the "Storm Area 51"...

US extends limited reprieve on tech sales to China's Huawei

Aug. 19, 2019 1:55 PM EDT

The Trump administration has extended a limited reprieve on U.S. technology sales to Huawei, even as questions remain over how much of an effect broader sanctions are having on the Chinese technology giant. Huawei has become enmeshed in the trade war between Washington and Beijing, with President Donald Trump...

Indian authorities begin easing clampdown in Kashmir

Aug. 17, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir began restoring landline phone services on Saturday after a nearly two-week security crackdown and news blackout following a decision by India's government to downgrade the Muslim-majority region's autonomy. Shahid Choudhary, a government...

Rural broadband kick-start bill clears NC legislative panel

Aug. 7, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Lawmakers have taken their first substantive step this year in an effort to expand broadband to small-town and rural North Carolina through partnerships between local governments and internet providers. A House committee voted Wednesday for the measure, which would allow 70 counties,...

Indonesian capital hit by massive 8-hour power outage

Aug. 4, 2019 11:00 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's sprawling capital and other parts of Java island were hit by a widespread power outage on Sunday that affected tens of millions of people. The eight-hour blackout began at around noon and caused disruptions in cellphone services and cash machines. The new mass subway...

Texas joins states' lawsuit to block T-Mobile-Sprint deal

Aug. 1, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Texas has joined more than a dozen states that are suing to stop T-Mobile's $26.5 billion takeover of rival cellphone company Sprint, arguing that the deal is bad for consumers because it would reduce competition. It's the first Republican attorney general of the group, which now consists...

Verizon adds more cellphone customers; profit slips

Aug. 1, 2019 11:24 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon's net income fell in the second quarter but a key earnings measure topped analyst expectations as the country's largest cellphone company added more wireless customers. The New York-based company said Thursday that it added 245,000 cellphone customers who pay a monthly bill —...

Mississippi PSC candidates hate robocalls, but then differ

Jul. 31, 2019 6:39 PM EDT

The 10 candidates running for Democratic and Republican nominations for the Public Service Commission agree the utility regulator should do more to crack down on robocalls and telemarketers. Beyond that, their priorities diverge. They're competing to replace current central district Commissioner Cecil Brown, a...