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  • Melania Trump OK with criticism over anti-bullying campaign

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump says she’s OK with the criticism and ridicule she has received for tackling online bullying and remains committed to the issue because “it will provide a better world for our children.” The first lady told attendees Thursday at an annual online safety conference to consider using “negative words” directed at […]
  • Facebook says it’s better at detecting rule violations

    NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook said it’s making progress on detecting hate speech, graphic violence and other violations of its rules, even before users see and report them. Facebook said that during the April-to-September period, it doubled the amount of hate speech it detected proactively, compared with the previous six months. The findings were spelled […]
  • Give the gift of no-plastic sipping straws for the holidays

    NEW YORK (AP) — Big problem or a fraction of the world’s plastic consumption? You decide, but know that single-use plastic straws are a recent target of environmental activists. As restaurants debate whether to voluntarily dole them out and lawmakers feverishly write bans against them to protect the ocean and sea life and to reduce […]
  • Neo-Nazi’s attorney calls ruling dangerous for free speech

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge’s decision to allow a lawsuit to proceed against the publisher of a neo-Nazi website is “dangerous for free speech,” the publisher’s attorney said Thursday. Attorney Marc Randazza said he believes U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen made a legally flawed decision Wednesday in ruling the First Amendment does not […]
  • Asia shares mixed on uncertainty over trade tensions

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Shares were mixed in early trading in Asia on Friday on revived concerns over the prospects for a breakthrough in trade tensions between the U.S. and China. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 index lost 0.4 percent to 21,717.57 and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong gave up 0.5 percent to 25,967.01. South […]
  • AP Exclusive: Walmart US CEO talks technology, workers

    HOUSTON (AP) — When Walmart’s Greg Foran took over as CEO of the discounter’s U.S. division four years ago, he found messy stores with lots of items that were frequently out of stock. The 57-year-old New Zealand native dove in, making sure shelves were loaded with the most popular products and establishing controls to increase […]
  • Transit riders, drivers brace for influx of Amazon employees

    NEW YORK (AP) — Commuters beware: New York and Washington’s clogged streets and creaky subway systems are about to feel more pain as 50,000 more people descend on the two metro areas where Amazon will open new headquarters. An expansion of that scope in a city such as New York — where the regional subway, […]
  • Japan’s minister of cybersecurity has never used computer

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s minister in charge of cybersecurity is in the spotlight for acknowledging he has never used a computer and making comments showing he has no idea what a USB port might be. Ruling party lawmaker Yoshitaka Sakurada, also in charge of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, was replying Wednesday to questions from independent […]
  • Farm animals may soon get new features through gene editing

    OAKFIELD, N.Y. (AP) — Cows that can withstand hotter temperatures. Cows born without pesky horns. Pigs that never reach puberty. A company wants to alter farm animals by adding and subtracting genetic traits in a lab. It sounds like science fiction, but Recombinetics sees opportunity for its technology in the livestock industry. But first, it […]
  • Electronic driving systems don’t always work, tests show

    DETROIT (AP) — Testing by AAA shows that electronic driver assist systems on the road today may not keep vehicles in their lanes or spot stationary objects in time to avoid a crash. The tests brought a warning from the auto club that drivers shouldn’t think that the systems make their vehicles self-driving, and that […]