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Pentagon splits $9 billion cloud contract between 4 firms

Dec. 07, 2022 20:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Google, Oracle, Microsoft and Amazon will share in the Pentagon's $9 billion contract to build its cloud computing network, a year after accusations of politicization over the previously announced contract and a protracted legal battle resulted in the military starting over in...

Apple: Most iCloud data can now be end-to-end encrypted

Dec. 07, 2022 20:37 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — As part of an ongoing privacy push, Apple said Wednesday it will now offer full end-to-encryption for nearly all the data its users store in its global cloud-based storage system. That will make it more difficult for hackers, spies and law enforcement agencies to access sensitive...

Biden speaks at vigil honoring victims of gun violence

Dec. 07, 2022 20:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden called again Wednesday for a ban on so-called assault weapons as he spoke at a vigil honoring victims of gun violence, an event taking place nearly 10 years since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, that spurred a new...

Under China's 'zero COVID,' uncertainty reigns and unsettles

Dec. 07, 2022 19:44 PM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — As coronavirus cases rose in Shanghai earlier this year and the city's lockdown stretched from weeks to months, Leah Zhang’s feeling of suffocation grew. Though she could walk around campus freely, she was robbed of weekends spent seeing concerts in the...

Daughter of Maine's 1st Black legislator named House speaker

Dec. 07, 2022 19:41 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine House selected Democrat Rachel Talbot Ross to be its first Black speaker on Tuesday in a vote witnessed by her proud father, who made history himself 50 years ago by becoming the first Black person elected to the Legislature in the nation's whitest state. ...

Peru's president ousted by Congress in political crisis

Dec. 07, 2022 19:40 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — The president of Peru was ousted by Congress and arrested on a charge of rebellion Wednesday after he sought to dissolve the legislative body and take unilateral control of the government, triggering a grave constitutional crisis. Vice President Dina Boluarte...

Dem governor: Caring is key to connecting with rural voters

Dec. 07, 2022 18:57 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said Wednesday that Democrats have a better chance of connecting with rural voters in his home state and elsewhere when they talk about the things people need and the ways they can help them. “When we think about how do we...

Prosecutor's office in Peru says ousted President Castillo detained for investigation of alleged crime of rebellion

Dec. 07, 2022 18:52 PM EST
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Prosecutor's office in Peru says ousted President Castillo detained for investigation of alleged crime of rebellion.

'Don't Say Gay' Florida lawmaker indicted on fraud charges

Dec. 07, 2022 18:44 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida lawmaker who sponsored the controversial law critics call “Don't Say Gay” has been indicted on charges of defrauding a federal coronavirus loan program for small businesses, officials said Wednesday. Federal prosecutors said Rep. Joe...

Man given 2 days to go to jail accused of attacking in-laws

Dec. 07, 2022 18:41 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A judge running for Wisconsin's Supreme Court as a tough-on-crime candidate gave a man convicted of attacking his wife two days to report to jail last month. The man is now charged with attempting to kill his in-laws during that window. Waukesha County circuit...