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Google employees call for pledge not to work with ICE

Aug. 16, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hundreds of Google employees are calling on the company to pledge it won't work with U.S. Customs and Border Protection or Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It's the latest in a year full of political and social pushback from the tech giant's workforce. A group of employees called...

Nevada will seek new court order to remove plutonium

Aug. 16, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada isn't giving up its push to get the Trump administration to remove weapons-grade plutonium that was secretly shipped to a site near Las Vegas last year, learning from an appeals court defeat and planning a challenge that gets to the heart of the fight. State Attorney General Aaron...

Colorado OKs electric car requirement to fight air pollution

Aug. 16, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado tightened its air quality regulations on Friday, requiring that at least 5% of the vehicles sold in the state by 2023 emit zero pollution. The state Air Quality Control Commission, which passed the rule on an 8-1 vote, said the requirement applies to auto manufacturers, not buyers....

Amazon: Facial recognition program for cops detects emotion

Aug. 16, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon has announced its facial recognition program used by one Washington state police agency can now detect emotion, generating concerns from privacy advocates. KING-TV reported Thursday that Amazon announced its Rekognition tool has been enhanced to detect basic emotions, including fear....

Judge: Georgia must scrap old voting machines after 2019

Aug. 15, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge overseeing a challenge to Georgia's outdated voting system said that after years of inaction in the face of warnings about vulnerabilities, state officials have finally taken a solid step in the right direction. But she foreshadowed a looming fight over the state's new...

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Hastings College expands technology, travel opportunities

Aug. 17, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — Hastings College has lived through plenty of changes in its 137 years, but few have been as profound as the transformation students will see this school year. In an effort to prepare students for an evolving world and to secure the college's future in the higher education marketplace,...

Students driven to succeed despite hearing loss

Aug. 17, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (AP) — They're as diverse in personality and talents as they can be, but they all have a major attribute in common — they're overcomers. Connor Reed, Jaylee Beth Smith and Riley Kimbrell are juniors at Muscle Shoals High School and all are hearing impaired. Andrew Hendrix, a...

Google employees call for pledge not to work with ICE

Aug. 16, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hundreds of Google employees are calling on the company to pledge it won't work with U.S. Customs and Border Protection or Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It's the latest in a year full of political and social pushback from the tech giant's workforce. A group of employees called...

Hybrids to lose special access to Utah carpool lanes

Aug. 16, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah is kicking hybrid vehicles out of the express lanes on Interstate 15 at the end of September. The move comes after Congress declined to extend permission for hybrids to get special access to restricted lanes on federally funded highways. The Salt Lake Tribune reports about 5,000...

New Mexico city aims to keep open coal-fired power plant

Aug. 16, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Farmington city officials on Friday signed an agreement with a company that proposes outfitting the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station with carbon-capture technology in an effort to extend the power plant's life beyond its planned closure in 2022. Under the agreement, the city...

Supreme Court narrows lifetime GPS tracking of sex offenders

Aug. 16, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Some repeat convicted sex offenders in North Carolina who've completed their sentences should no longer be subject to perpetual monitoring by satellite-linked bracelets because it's unconstitutional, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday. A majority on the state's highest court expanded...

NASA picks Alabama's 'Rocket City' for lunar lander job

Aug. 16, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA picked Alabama's "Rocket City" on Friday to lead development of the next moon lander for astronauts. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville beat out Johnson Space Center in Houston, which managed the Apollo lunar lander a half-century ago. The new lunar lander —...

Colorado OKs electric car requirement to fight air pollution

Aug. 16, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado tightened its air quality regulations on Friday, requiring that at least 5% of the vehicles sold in the state by 2023 emit zero pollution. The state Air Quality Control Commission, which passed the rule on an 8-1 vote, said the requirement applies to auto manufacturers, not buyers....

Energy Department taps Idaho as reactor innovation center

Aug. 16, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has launched a program to develop advanced nuclear energy technologies that will be based at the Idaho National Laboratory in eastern Idaho. The Post Register reports that the federal agency announced the National Reactor Innovation Center on...

Amazon: Facial recognition program for cops detects emotion

Aug. 16, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon has announced its facial recognition program used by one Washington state police agency can now detect emotion, generating concerns from privacy advocates. KING-TV reported Thursday that Amazon announced its Rekognition tool has been enhanced to detect basic emotions, including fear....