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The Latest: Fans mourning Franklin in Detroit, New York

Aug. 16, 2018 3:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the death of Aretha Franklin. (all times local): 3:40 p.m. Fans are mourning Aretha Franklin at some of the places where the legendary singer performed. Several people, some visibly mourning, walked or drove by New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit Thursday morning after news...

Kroger rolls out driverless cars for grocery deliveries

Aug. 16, 2018 4:30 PM EDT

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — At a time when big-box retailers are trying to offer the same conveniences as their online competitors, the biggest U.S. grocery chain is testing the use of driverless cars to deliver groceries in a Phoenix suburb. Kroger's pilot program launched Thursday morning with a robotic...

Elon Musk proposes Los Angeles tunnel to Dodger Stadium

Aug. 16, 2018 3:43 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Traffic-weary baseball fans could someday travel to and from Dodger Stadium on a public transportation system underneath Los Angeles — if Elon Musk's latest bold plan comes to fruition. The billionaire's Boring Company tweeted a proposal Wednesday for autonomous, zero-emissions...

Shipwreck from only WWII battle in America found off Alaska

Aug. 15, 2018 9:06 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Daryl Weathers remembers trying to pull men from the sea off Alaska's Aleutian Islands after a U.S. Navy destroyer hit a mine left by the Japanese following the only World War II battle fought on North American soil. The explosion, which ripped the stern off the USS Abner Read,...

After Alex Jones timeout, Twitter CEO mulls deeper changes

Aug. 15, 2018 8:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A day after Twitter gave right-wing conspiratorialist Alex Jones a weeklong timeout, CEO Jack Dorsey is mulling deeper changes to the social media service that might limit the spread of fake news, misinformation and hate speech. Twitter joined other prominent tech companies in muzzling...

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Uber driver charged with assaulting woman in San Francisco

Aug. 16, 2018 8:35 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An Uber driver from San Francisco is accused of picking up a woman while off-duty and sexually assaulting her, police said Thursday. Kevin Barillas-Saballas, 30, was charged Thursday by the Alameda County district attorney's office with sexual assault, sexual battery, kidnapping,...

APNewsBreak: Google clarifies location-tracking policy

Aug. 16, 2018 8:09 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google has revised an erroneous description on its website of how its "Location History" setting works, clarifying that it continues to track users even if they've disabled the setting. The change came three days after an Associated Press investigation revealed that several Google apps...

What Google changed in its location-tracking explanation

Aug. 16, 2018 6:20 PM EDT

Days after an AP investigation, Google has changed a help page that erroneously explained how its "Location History" setting works. The page now acknowledges that Google still tracks user location even if they turn the setting off. On Monday, The Associated Press revealed that several Google apps and websites...

Tesla files lawsuit against Ontario government

Aug. 16, 2018 5:49 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors said Thursday it is suing Ontario's new government, claiming it was treated unfairly in the cancellation of a program providing rebates to residents who bought electric vehicles. Tesla Motors Canada said in court documents that the decision by Premier Doug...

Bridge in Italy had unusual design, required constant work

Aug. 16, 2018 5:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The bridge that collapsed in the Italian port city of Genoa was considered a feat of engineering innovation when it was built five decades ago, but it came to require constant maintenance over the years. Its design is now being investigated as a possible contributor to its stunning...

Can Twitter change its 'core' and remain Twitter?

Aug. 16, 2018 5:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After long resisting change, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey wants to revamp the "core" of the service to fight rampant abuse and misinformation. But it's not clear if changing that essence — how it rewards interactions and values popularity — would even work. Though Dorsey was scant...

Bridge collapse highlights Italy's aging infrastructure

Aug. 16, 2018 5:10 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Collapsed concrete, twisted metal, crushed cars. While the disaster in Genoa was the deadliest in recent years, Italy has seen other bridge and highway collapses that have raised alarm about the state of its aging transportation infrastructure. The 51-year-old Morandi Bridge was a key artery...

Kroger rolls out driverless cars for grocery deliveries

Aug. 16, 2018 4:30 PM EDT

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — At a time when big-box retailers are trying to offer the same conveniences as their online competitors, the biggest U.S. grocery chain is testing the use of driverless cars to deliver groceries in a Phoenix suburb. Kroger's pilot program launched Thursday morning with a robotic...

Little Leaguers connect with Translate, Fortnite, Facebook

Aug. 16, 2018 4:27 PM EDT

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Outfielder Rolando Rodriguez from Panama heard a reporter's question, but doesn't speak English. So Georgia shortstop Tai Peete helped him out, pecking the words into Google Translate to ask about how young baseball players are sharing technology during the Little League...

Hood River pear coop uses new optical sorter for harvest

Aug. 16, 2018 4:23 PM EDT

HOOD RIVER, Ore. (AP) — Faced with an industry-wide labor shortage, Diamond Fruit Growers in Hood River, Ore. is turning to cameras to sort shipments of fresh pears, a job previously reserved for the trained eye of humans. The 105-year-old farmers' cooperative recently installed a new optical sorting line...