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California air regulators vote to keep tough fuel standards

Environmental groups predict Trump will weaken the standards that were affirmed in the waning days of the Obama administration to control greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. if Trump relaxes the standards, California and the other states likely would keep the 36 mpg rule in ...

More big brands pull ads from YouTube in widening boycott

PepsiCo, Wal-Mart Stores and Starbucks on Friday confirmed that they have also suspended their advertising on YouTube after the Wall Street Journal found Google's automated programs placed their brands on five videos containing racist content. The company has pledged to hire more people to review ...

Trump touts jobs commitment first made in 2015

Other major companies including General Motors and Ford have allowed Trump to take credit for job decisions that either pre-date his election or involve market forces outside the administration's direct control. after meeting with Trump in the Oval Office Friday, Rutledge credited the ...

Apple: Software flaws in latest WikiLeaks docs are all fixed

Security experts say the exploits described in the WikiLeaks documents are plausible, but suggest they pose little threat to typical users. Besides being likely out of date, the techniques also typically require physical access to devices, something the CIA would use only for targeted individuals, ...

California fuel standards to get critical review

Environmental and consumer advocates say the review is critical following President Donald Trump's decision to re-examine rules governing gas mileage and establish one fuel mileage requirement for automakers across the U.S. Trump announced last week that the administration will re-examine rules ...

Senate votes to kill privacy rules guarding your online info

NEW YORK — The Senate voted to kill Obama-era online privacy regulations , a first step toward allowing internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell your browsing habits and other personal information as they expand their own online ad businesses. "Advertisers and marketers are ...

WikiLeaks: CIA hacked Apple devices in ways users can't fix

"The most notable part of this latest WikiLeaks release is that it shows the CIA doing exactly what we pay them to — exploit specific targets with limited attacks to support our national interests," said Rich Mogull, CEO of the security research firm Securosis. The CIA has not commented on the ...

17,000 AT&T workers will come back on the job Thursday

A Communications Workers of America union local official had said Wednesday that AT&T was asking technicians who install cable to also work outside maintaining phone and cable wires, which is a higher-paid job. AT&T says its agreement with the union "clarified some work processes on assignments for ...

Google's YouTube losing major advertisers upset with videos

SAN FRANCISCO — AT&T, Verizon and several other major advertisers are suspending their marketing campaigns on Google's YouTube site after discovering their brands have been appearing alongside videos promoting terrorism and other unsavory subjects. YouTube's popularity stems from its massive and ...

For some airline passengers, new warnings bring new hurdles

NEW YORK — As far as the indignities of modern air travel go, the latest ban on laptops and tablets on some international flights falls somewhere between taking off shoes at the security checkpoint and testing baby food and milk for bomb residue. "Why are only Middle Eastern airlines subject to ...

UN atomic chief: Iran inspections at risk without more money

WASHINGTON — The inspections regime put in place to closely monitor Iran's nuclear activity is in jeopardy unless the U.S. and other nations contribute more money, the head of the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency said Wednesday. Yukiya Amano, the agency's director general, said he used ...

17,000 AT&T workers in California and Nevada go on strike

AT&T is asking technicians who install cable to also work outside maintaining phone and cable wires, which is a higher-paid job, said Sheila Bordeaux, who works in an AT&T call center and is an executive board member of the union local that covers Los Angeles and surrounding areas. Verizon agreed to ...

AP Interview: Emirates defends security as laptop ban looms

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The president of Emirates, the Middle East's biggest airline, defended security measures at the carrier's Dubai hub on Wednesday and said the ban on personal electronics onboard U.S.-bound flights came without warning. Dubai was one of 10 cities in Muslim-majority ...

Google Maps already tracks you; now other people can, too

SAN FRANCISCO — Google Maps users will soon be able to broadcast their movements to friends and family — the latest test of how much privacy people are willing to sacrifice in an era of rampant sharing. location sharing in one of the world's most popular apps could cause friction in marriages ...

Google Maps already tracks you; now other people can, too

SAN FRANCISCO — Google Maps users will soon be able to broadcast their movements to friends and family via the app — the latest test of how much privacy people are willing to sacrifice in an era of rampant sharing. location sharing in one of the world's most popular apps could cause friction in ...

AP Interview: Emirates defends security as laptop ban looms

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The president of Emirates, the Middle East's biggest airline, defended security measures at its Dubai hub on Wednesday and said that the ban on electronics other than mobile phones in the cabins of U.S.-bound flights came as a surprise. Dubai was one of 10 cities in ...

Not my laptop! Airline passengers hit the device doldrums

NEW YORK — As the indignities of modern air travel go, the latest ban on laptops and tablets on some international flights falls somewhere between having to take off your shoes at the security checkpoint and having your baby food and milk tested for bomb residue. While it's not quite as disruptive ...

Not my laptop! Airline passengers hit the device doldrums

NEW YORK — As the indignities of modern air travel go, the latest ban on laptops and tablets on some international flights falls somewhere between having to take off your ratty shoes at the security checkpoint and having your baby food and milk tested for bomb residue. While it's not quite as ...

Report: Climate outlook improves as fewer coal plants built

BEIJING — Led by cutbacks in China and India, construction of new coal-fired power plants is falling worldwide, improving chances climate goals can be met despite earlier pessimism, three environmental groups said Wednesday. A joint report by the groups CoalSwarm, the Sierra Club and Greenpeace ...

Altered Facebook news headline jolts Virginia governor race

— An altered Facebook headline on a newspaper story involving a statue of Robert E. Lee has blown up into a major sore point in the Virginia GOP primary for governor — another instance of politicians or their allies changing headlines to suit their own purposes on that platform. A group aligned ...

Uber vows to change direction, become more humane company

SAN FRANCISCO — Uber is vowing to head down a new road and become a more humane company following a wave of ugly developments, including allegations of rampant sexual harassment and a video of a profanity-laced confrontation between the ride-hailing company's CEO and a disgruntled driver. The ...

Comey corrects Trump's tweets in real time

WASHINGTON — As FBI Director James Comey was in the hot seat, being grilled on Russia's interference in the 2016 election, the White House was busy trolling him on Twitter. The official White House account was used to tap out a series of tweets Monday trying to shift the focus to problematic leaks ...

Police: Chicago teen apparently gang-raped on Facebook Live

CHICAGO — A 15-year-old Chicago girl was apparently sexually assaulted by five or six men or boys on Facebook Live, and none of the roughly 40 people who watched the live video reported the attack to police, authorities said Tuesday. Police only learned of the latest alleged attack when the girl's ...

Apple cuts prices on lower-end iPads, releases red iPhones

Apple unveiled them through press releases Tuesday rather than a staged event, as it typically does for bigger product releases. According to IDC, tablet shipments fell 20 percent to 53 million worldwide in the final three months of 2016, compared with the same period in 2015. Apple is also ...

Wells Fargo: All ATMs will take phone codes, not just cards

To access their money, customers would get unique eight-digit codes from their Wells Fargo smartphone app, and enter the code into the ATM along with their PIN number. The announcement comes as Wells Fargo is looking for ways to woo back the customers it alienated after the San Francisco-based bank ...

Jailed over locked computer, ex-cop loses again in court

PHILADELPHIA — A U.S. appeals court has rejected a fired police sergeant's stance that forcing him to unlock his encrypted computer files in a child porn investigation would violate his constitutional rights. Former Philadelphia officer Francis Rawls has not been charged with a crime, but he has ...

Police: Chicago teen apparently gang-raped on Facebook Live

CHICAGO — Chicago Police are searching for five or six men or boys suspected of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl on Facebook Live. Guglielmi says about 40 people viewed the attack on Facebook while it was happening, and none of them reported it to police.

Updated iPad, with a price cut

Apple still controls about a quarter of the tablet market, but the market as a whole has been in decline after several years of rapid growth. According to IDC, tablet shipments fell 20 percent in the final three months of 2016, compared with the same period last year.

Google opens 'shortcuts' to information, tools on phones

The search engine gleans these insights by analyzing your past requests and, when you allow it, tracking your location, a practice that periodically raises privacy concerns about Google's power to create digital profiles of its users. GOING MOBILE Since more than half of requests for Google's search ...

Google affiliate offers tools to safeguard elections

Jigsaw, a research arm of Google parent company Alphabet Inc., says that free and fair elections depend on access to information. . — Project Shield will help websites guard against denial-of-service attacks, in which hackers flood sites with so much traffic that legitimate visitors can't get ...

Ban aimed at electronics in cabins of some US-bound flights

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government is temporarily barring passengers on certain flights originating in eight other countries from bringing laptops, iPads, cameras and most other electronics in carry-on luggage starting Tuesday. A U.S. official told The Associated Press the ban will apply to nonstop ...

YouTube reverses some restrictions on gay-themed content

Several YouTube users, many of them have in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, have been complaining that their videos are categorized as "restricted" for no obvious reasons. In an email, Ellis said YouTube needs to reach out to the LGBTQ community to explain "how this system ...

US says Canadian accused in Yahoo hack poses flight risk

TORONTO — A Canadian man accused of breaking into hundreds of millions of Yahoo email accounts poses an "extremely high flight risk" due to alleged ties to Russian intelligence agents, U.S. authorities say. Prosecutors said that the defendants used a technique known as "spear-phishing" to dupe ...

Where's the line? Theme parks aiming to eliminate them

— At Universal Orlando Resort's new "Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon" ride, waiting in line has been replaced by lounging on couches and listening to a racy barber shop quartet sing until it's time to enter the ride. Universal is leading the theme-park charge into "virtual lines" that ...

Leadership change at Comcast cable as CEO Smit changes role

Watson, who has worked at Comcast for more than 25 years, has been chief operating officer of Comcast's cable unit since 2010. Besides providing cable service, the Philadelphia-based cable giant also owns the NBCUniversal media conglomerate.

How the Media Insight Project poll was conducted

The Media Insight Project poll on sharing news on social media was conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the American Press Institute Nov. 9-Dec. The original sample was drawn from respondents selected randomly from NORC's National Frame based on address-based ...

Sharers rather than authors more important on social media

NEW YORK — The person who shares a news story on social media is more important than the story's actual source in determining whether readers believe it, a study by the Media Insight Project has found. the Media Insight Project, a collaboration between The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public ...

Leadership change at Comcast cable as CEO Smit changes roll

Watson, who has worked at Comcast for more than 25 years, has been chief operating officer of Comcast's cable unit since 2010. Besides providing cable service, the Philadelphia cable giant also owns the NBCUniversal media conglomerate.

YouTubers claim restrictions targeting gay-themed content

YouTube is explaining why some gay-themed content is being restricted following complaints from users. YouTube says its restricted mode uses "community flagging, age-restrictions, and other signals to identify and filter out potentially inappropriate content."

Insider Q&A: Girding for net neutrality fight

NEW YORK — Some tech companies are gearing up for a fight over Obama-era rules that prohibit broadband providers from treating some web services — ahem, their own — better than rival services. the new FCC chairman, appointed by President Donald Trump, is a fierce critic of these rules, which ...

Meetup takes risky leap into the Trump resistance

Meetup CEO Scott Heiferman told The Associated Press that the new arrangement, to be known only as #Resist, gives the loosely organized protest movement the infrastructure needed to execute large responses to the new president's policies. About 40 technology companies met privately this month in New ...