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  • Speaker stuns 2019 Morehouse grads, to pay off student debt

    A billionaire technology investor stunned the entire graduating class at Morehouse College when he announced at their commencement Sunday that he would pay off their student loans __ estimated at up to $40 million. Robert F. Smith, this year’s commencement speaker, made the announcement while addressing nearly 400 graduating seniors of the all-male historically black […]
  • No longer in the dark: Navajo Nation homes get electricity

    KAIBETO, Ariz. (AP) — Miranda Haskie sits amid the glow of candles at her kitchen table as the sun sinks into a deep blue horizon silhouetting juniper trees and a nearby mesa. Her husband, Jimmie Long, Jr., fishes for the wick to light a kerosene lamp as the couple and their 13-year-old son prepare to […]
  • German far-right rules digital campaign for Europe election

    BERLIN (AP) — The best polls put the far-right Alternative for Germany at less than 15 percent of the vote one week before European elections . But with their relentless Facebook messages, tweets and other social media posts, they’re dominating the other parties online. Like other right-wing parties in Europe, the party known as AfD […]
  • South Carolina tech firm, CEO indicted on fraud charges

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina technology company and its leader are accused of fraudulently obtaining numerical internet addresses worth a total of up to $14.4 million. The Post and Courier reports Micfo LLC and its CEO, 36-year-old Amir Golestan, were indicted this week in federal court on charges of wire fraud. A U.S. […]
  • In gender-swap photo filters, some trans people see therapy

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hit a button, and you’re “transformed” into a woman. The beard disappears. The face and jaw smooth out. The hair floats jauntily around the shoulders. “Yo this is SPOT ON my mom.” ”Pretty.” ”Are you in a sorority?” A swipe and another click. Suddenly you’re a square-jawed man — heavy of […]
  • Business Highlights

    ___ Countertops and rubber bands: US pursues obscure trade cases WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s high-profile trade offensives have grabbed headlines and rattled financial markets around the world. He’s battling China over the industries of the future, strong-arming Canada and Mexico into reshaping North American trade and threatening to tax cars from Europe. But […]
  • Pinterest reports smaller 1Q loss but results drag stock

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pinterest, fresh off its initial public offering, posted a loss for the first three months of the year that was larger than analysts were expecting, though revenue was slightly stronger. Its revenue forecast, though, was slightly below expectations and its shares slumped in after-hours trading. The company, which runs a digital […]
  • NYPD used Woody Harrelson photo to find lookalike beer thief

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department used a photo of Woody Harrelson in its facial recognition program in an attempt to identify a beer thief who looked like the actor, according to a report published Thursday. Georgetown University’s Center on Privacy and Technology highlighted the April 2017 episode in “Garbage In, Garbage […]
  • How major US stock indexes fared Thursday

    Stocks closed higher on Wall Street for the third straight day Thursday, erasing most of the plunge they took at the start of the week on worries about the worsening trade fight between China and the U.S. Technology stocks, banks and health care companies accounted for much of the market’s broad gains. Chipmakers slumped a […]
  • Boeing finishes software update for grounded airliner

    Boeing says it has finished with its updates to the flight-control software implicated in two deadly crashes involving its 737 Max, moving a step closer to getting the plane back in the sky. Aviation regulators still have more questions about how pilots interact with the plane’s controls under different circumstances, and Boeing says it is […]