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Alibaba investors beware: History not on your side

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Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is about to launch what may prove the biggest initial public stock offering ever. Yet anyone who expects to get rich from buying into China's high-growth story will be betting against... More>>

Philippine volcano spews lava; thousands evacuated

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The Philippines' most active volcano has belched out huge lava fragments that rolled about a kilometer (half a mile) down its slope, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of villagers, officials said Tuesday. More>>

Philippines warns of possible volcanic eruption

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One of the Philippines' most active volcanoes is showing signs of heightened unrest and an eruption is possible within weeks, government scientists warned Tuesday. More>>

Venezuela's newest shortage: breast implants

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Venezuela's chronic shortages have begun to encroach on a cultural cornerstone: the boob job. More>>

Alibaba raises IPO price range on strong demand

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Alibaba now plans to raise up to $25.03 billion in its upcoming IPO, making what was expected to be the biggest stock market debut even bigger. More>>

White House backs use of body cameras by police

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Requiring police officers to wear body cameras is one potential solution for bridging deep mistrust between law enforcement and the public, the White House said, weighing in on a national debate sparked by the shooting of... More>>

Apple releases tool to remove free U2 album

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Some iPhone users are not happy that U2's new album, "Songs of Innocence," was automatically added to their iTunes music library, free of charge. In response, Apple has released a special tool that lets people remove... More>>

Taxi! Seeking women to drive for female passengers

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Sometimes a woman can be hard to find - if you're looking for one behind the wheel of a taxi in New York City. More>>

NASA inspector blasts asteroid protection program

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NASA's effort to identify potentially dangerous space rocks has taken a hit. More>>

4 students hurt, 1 seriously, in Denver lab fire

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Four students were burned and one suffered serious injuries Monday after a fire erupted in a Denver high school chemistry laboratory while the teacher was conducting a demonstration with methanol, officials said. More>>

'Minecraft' could boost Microsoft's mobile reach

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Microsoft's decision to spend $2.5 billion for the creator of the hit game "Minecraft" could help the Xbox maker grab attention on mobile phones, a new priority for the company. More>>

Gamers use police hoax to lash out at opponents

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The calls to 911 raised an instant alarm: One caller said he shot his co-workers at a Colorado video game company and had hostages. Another in Florida said her father was drunk, wielding a machine gun and threatening their... More>>

Miss America: More to worry about than red cup

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The new Miss America says there are more important things for people to worry about than her little red cup. More>>

Study: Leaky wells, not fracking, taint water

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The drilling procedure called fracking didn't cause much-publicized cases of tainted groundwater in areas of Pennsylvania and Texas, a new study finds. Instead, it blames the contamination on problems in pipes and... More>>

European Space Agency picks site for comet landing

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Talk about a moving target. More>>

Apple: Record 4M orders of iPhones on 1st day

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Apple had more than 4 million advance orders of its new, larger iPhones in the first 24 hours, exceeding its initial supply, the company said Monday. More>>

Correction: Hewlett-Packard-Russian Bribes story

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In a story Sept. 11 about a guilty plea in a Russian bribery case, The Associated Press reported erroneously the company involved. It was a Russian subsidiary of Hewlett-Packard, not Hewlett-Packard Co. More>>

Will Apple's digital wallet kill the card swipe?

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Apple wants the plastic credit card to become as rare as the paper check. More>>

Tesla Q&A: Tesla's Nevada 'gigafactory' FAQs

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Now that Gov. Brian Sandoval has signed into law a package of incentives for Tesla Motors worth up to $1.3 billion, the electric-car maker is moving ahead with plans to build a $5 billion lithium battery factory expected... More>>

Nevada governor enacts Tesla tax break package

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Calling it one of the most important pieces of legislation in Nevada history, Gov. Brian Sandoval signed into law an unprecedented package of incentives to seal a deal to bring Tesla Motors' $5 billion battery factory... More>>

Chinese city creates cellphone sidewalk lane

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Taking a cue from an American TV program, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they're going. More>>

One man trying to bring Broadway into 21st century

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When John Travolta shocked theater fans by mangling the pronunciation of Idina Menzel's name at the Oscars, one person saw a gift in the slip - Damian Bazadona. More>>

Virgin Galactic pushes back first flight _ again

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Virgin Galactic has again pushed back its timeline for launching space-tourism flights from southern New Mexico's Spaceport America. More>>

Alien-like giant water-living dinosaur unveiled Video included

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Picture the fearsome creatures of "Jurassic Park" crossed with the shark from "Jaws." Then super-size to the biggest predator ever to roam Earth. Now add a crocodile snout as big as a person and feet like a duck's. More>>

Solar storm arrives at Earth, but not a problem

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A solar storm zapped Earth on Friday but it was causing few, if any, problems. It also may allow more people to see the colorful northern lights. More>>

3 space station astronauts return to Earth

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Three space station astronauts are back on Earth. More>>

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity finally at Mount Sharp

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NASA's Curiosity rover is about to conduct some serious scientific drilling at Mars. More>>

NASA's newest human spacecraft on the move

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NASA is one step closer to launching its newest spacecraft designed for humans. More>>

Cognizant buying TriZetto for $2.7 billion

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Cognizant will buy the health care software company TriZetto for $2.7 billion in cash. More>>

Danish TDC to buy Norway's Get for $2.2 billion

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Danish TDC telecom group says it plans to acquire Norway's leading cable TV company Get AS, in a deal valued at 13.8 billion kroner ($2.2 billion). More>>

Police: 6 hurt in shooting outside Alaska bar

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Police say six people were injured, one critically, in a shooting outside a bar in Alaska, and the suspects remain at large. More>>

Silicon Valley struggles to speak FDA's language

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From Apple's new smartwatch that tracks heartbeats to contact lenses that measure blood sugar - Silicon Valley is pouring billions into gadgets and apps designed to transform health care. But the tech giants that have... More>>

For gamers, waiting can be the hardest part

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When it comes to video games, are they better late than never? More>>

T-Mobile to sell phones that call, text on Wi-Fi

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T-Mobile will sell more than 100 smartphone models with a built-in feature that taps into Wi-Fi networks to make phone calls and send texts when customers can't connect to the wireless carrier's cellular network. More>>

Apple's smartwatch: Timely idea or clocked out?

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Apple is a habitual party crasher, but can the company's history of arriving late and making a big splash in various gadget categories continue with the Apple Watch? More>>

Greg Norman recovering from chain-saw accident

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Greg Norman is recovering from a chain saw accident that nearly cost him his left hand, but not his sense of humor. More>>

Scientists say the ozone layer is recovering

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Earth's protective ozone layer is beginning to recover, largely because of the phase-out since the 1980s of certain chemicals used in refrigerants and aerosol cans, a U.N. scientific panel reported Wednesday in a rare... More>>

High-tech survey exposes hidden Stonehenge

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There is more to Stonehenge than meets a visitor's eye. More>>

Video shows slaying of British aid worker

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Islamic State extremists released a video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines, who was abducted in Syria last year, and British Prime Minister David Cameron late Saturday condemned his slaying as "an... More>>

Prosecutors target credit card thieves overseas

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Criminals from around the world buy and sell stolen credit card information with ease in today's digital age. But if they commit their crime entirely outside the United States, they may be beyond the reach of federal... More>>

Court tosses Washington man's porn conviction

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A federal appeals court has tossed out a man's child-pornography conviction and 18-year prison sentence because of illegal government surveillance. More>>

Apple pushes digital wallet with Apple Pay Video included

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Apple is betting that people want to pay with a tap of the phone rather than a swipe of the card. More>>

Review: Apple Watch looks to be another winner Video included

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As computerized wristwatches go, the upcoming Apple Watch looks impressive. More>>

Lava approaches vacant lots in Hawaii subdivision

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Lava from one of the world's most active volcanos soon could reach three vacant lots in a rural subdivision on Hawaii's Big Island, but officials are hopeful homes will be spared. More>>

Stocks decline amid interest rate worries

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The prospect of rising interest rates sent the stock market to its first weekly loss since early August. More>>

Body donation programs in 3 states scrutinized

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Authorities are investigating programs in at least three states that collect bodies donated for scientific research, medical training and other purposes. More>>

Amanda Todd suspect linked to dozens of cases

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A prosecutor says a Dutch man suspected of possessing child pornography and blackmailing and harassing victims over the Internet with naked images of themselves may have victimized up to 40 people in the Netherlands and... More>>

Nevada governor enacts Tesla tax break package

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Calling it one of the most important pieces of legislation in Nevada history, Gov. Brian Sandoval signed into law Thursday night an unprecedented package of incentives to seal a deal to bring Tesla Motors' $5 billion... More>>

Apple unveils smartwatch, bets on wearable devices Video included

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Apple unveiled its long-anticipated smartwatch Tuesday, introducing a device that transplants the features of an iPhone onto a smaller screen that's never more than an arm's length away. More>>

Russian accused of hacking seeks new detention

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Lawyers for the Russian man charged with hacking into the computer systems of businesses throughout the U.S. have asked a federal judge in Seattle to hold a hearing as soon as possible so they can make their case for... More>>

7 US-based researchers share $1.3M eyesight prize

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Seven U.S.-based researchers are sharing a €1 million ($1.3 million) prize from a Portuguese foundation for their work developing treatment for angiogenic diseases of the retina, the leading cause of blindness in the... More>>

4 Reasons shoppers will shrug off Home Depot hack

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Home Depot's data breach could wind up being among the largest ever for a retailer, but that may not matter to its millions of customers. More>>

George apologizes for Twitter comments on Ray Rice

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NBA star Paul George defended Ray Rice on Twitter, then backtracked less than an hour later by deleting the posts and apologizing to women and victims of domestic violence. More>>

23andMe CEO navigates health regulation

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No Silicon Valley company better embodies the promise and the pitfalls of working in health care than DNA testing firm 23andMe. Launched in 2006 to a flurry of media coverage, the Mountain View, California-based company... More>>

6 fined for opposing Faeroese pilot whale drive

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A Faeroe Islands court has found six members of the U.S.-based Sea Shepherd Conservation Society guilty of attempting to hinder a traditional pilot whales drive in the North Atlantic islands, and fined each one 1,000... More>>

Security clearance contractor to lose gov't work

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The federal Office of Personnel Management plans to terminate its massive contracts with USIS, the major security clearance contractor targeted last month by a cyberattack, agency, congressional and company officials say.... More>>

Yes camp winning battle of ads Scotland campaign Video included

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When the campaign to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom launched a recent TV ad, the spot went viral - but for all the wrong reasons. More>>

Few critics as Nevada mulls Tesla tax breaks

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Critics say Nevada lawmakers are gambling with taxpayers' money, but they clearly were in the minority as legislators moved forward with an unprecedented package of up to $1.3 billion in incentives they hope to approve... More>>

Few critics as Nevada mulls Tesla tax breaks

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Critics say Nevada lawmakers are gambling with taxpayers' money, but they clearly were in the minority Wednesday night as legislators moved forward with an unprecedented package of up to $1.3 billion in incentives they... More>>

War gives inspiration to Gaza's artists

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Palestinian filmmaker Khalil Mozayen's latest work was already complexly layered - a movie within a movie about a director and screenwriter producing a film about an honor killing in the Gaza Strip. More>>

3 space station astronauts return to Earth

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Three space station astronauts are back on Earth. More>>

Scientists: Strong solar storm heading to Earth

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A strong solar flare is blasting its way to Earth, but the worst of its power looks like it will barely skim above the planet and not cause many problems. More>>

Man arrested after posting lyrics defended by ACLU

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A lawyer for a Kentucky man who spent several days in jail after posting violent song lyrics on Facebook says he should be cleared of a felony charge. More>>

Felon seen on Twitter holding guns gets 18 months

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In a photo he posted on Twitter, Kwmaine Davis had a big smile on his face as he held one gun in each hand at a shooting range. His message to his followers: "Yes, I'm really bout that action." More>>

UN says CO2 pollution levels at annual record high

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Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2013 as increasing levels of man-made pollution transform the planet, the U.N. weather agency said Tuesday. More>>

Electronic Arts drops Ray Rice from Madden game

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Video game publisher Electronic Arts is removing former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice from its recently released Madden NFL 15 title, the latest company to pull its support for the player. More>>

Google's EU antitrust woes extended

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The European Union's competition authority has rejected yet another offer from Google to settle a case that claims the company abuses its dominant position in Internet searches, once again extending the four-year-old... More>>

German startup factory Rocket launches IPO

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Germany's Rocket Internet AG, which specializes in launching e-commerce startups, announced Wednesday that it plans a public listing on the Frankfurt stock exchange. More>>

Syrian rebel group names new leaders after blast

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A Syrian rebel group named a new leader and military chief on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after an explosion killed a dozen of its senior figures in a devastating blow to one of the most powerful factions in the... More>>

Thyroid, kidney cancers up in kids but still rare

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Children's kidney and thyroid cancers have increased in recent years, and though the diseases are rare, experts wonder if the rising rates could be related to obesity. More>>

Cities prepare for warm climate without saying so

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With climate change still a political minefield across the nation despite the strong scientific consensus that it's happening, some community leaders have hit upon a way of preparing for the potentially severe local... More>>

New plan avoids mud dumping in Barrier Reef Park

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The government of Australia's Queensland state approved a plan Monday that will prevent 3 million cubic meters (106 million cubic feet) of seabed mud from being dumped in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. More>>

China's premier promises more open economy

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China's premier promised Wednesday to open the world's No. 2 economy wider to foreign companies, promising favorable conditions despite a wave of anti-monopoly investigations that business groups say might be aimed... More>>

Security clearance contractor to lose gov't work

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The federal Office of Personnel Management plans to terminate its massive contracts with USIS, the major security clearance contractor that was targeted last month by a cyberattack, agency, congressional and company... More>>

US to spend $328 million on conservation easements

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced $328 million in funding Monday to protect and restore farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the country. More>>

NY judge: TV clip service not violating copyright

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A media monitoring company distributing television clips and snippets of transcripts to customers including the White House and Congress hasn't violated broadcasters' copyrights by letting its customers search its... More>>

Twitter tests shopping service with 'Buy' button

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Twitter is taking its users shopping. More>>

Amazon slashes price of its Fire smartphone

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Amazon slashed the price of its Fire smartphone Monday, a day before Apple is expected to unveil its latest version of the iPhone. More>>

IAC settles a Tinder co-founder's harassment suit

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IAC/InterActiveCorp said Tuesday that it settled a sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit filed by a co-founder of dating app Tinder. More>>

Report: CEO made wrong decision before plane crash

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The likely causes of a 2012 airplane crash that killed the head of memory chip maker Micron are a decrease in engine power during takeoff and the man's ill-fated decision to turn the experimental plane around rather... More>>

Seychelles snail, thought extinct, found alive

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A snail once thought to have been among the first species to go extinct because of climate change has reappeared in the wild. More>>

Google seeks help defining 'Right to be Forgotten'

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Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and a panel of experts held the first of seven public sessions Tuesday to help the company define how it should enforce a new "Right to be Forgotten" rule under which Europeans can seek the... More>>

Home Depot confirms breach in US, Canada stores

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Shares of Home Depot sank before the opening bell Tuesday after confirming that its payment systems had been hacked, potentially exposing millions of shoppers who used credit and debit cards at its more than 2,000 U.S. and... More>>

Japan Rakuten to buy cash-back site Ebates for $1B

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Rakuten Inc. announced Tuesday it plans to buy U.S. based cash-back site Ebates for $1 billion, part of a series of overseas acquisitions aimed at building what the Japanese e-commerce company says will be the "world's... More>>

Fossil damaged at Dinosaur National Monument

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Rangers are searching for leads after someone damaged a fossil at Dinosaur National Monument along the Utah-Colorado line. More>>

Study: California blue whales recover from whaling

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A new analysis suggests there are as many blue whales living off the coast of California as there were before humans started hunting them to near extinction 110 years ago. More>>

Strong reactions to Rice video, player's release Video included

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By ARNIE STAPLETON AP Pro Football Writer Football is a fraternity, and NFL players rarely criticize each other publicly, especially when it comes to matters of discipline. More>>

'There's no control': Hawaii watches lava's creep

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Lava from one of the world's most active volcanos has been advancing at a slower pace the past few days and is now moving parallel to a sparsely populated subdivision on Hawaii's Big Island. More>>

Apple to tighten online security after recent hack

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Apple plans to tighten its online security measures to reduce the chances of its users being victimized by intrusions like the ones that stole nude photos from actress Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities. More>>

Microsoft revamps MSN to flow across devices

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Microsoft is giving its MSN news service a crisper look, new lifestyle tools and seamless syncing across devices. More>>

Alibaba seeks to raise up to $24.3B in IPO record

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China's Alibaba Group is seeking to raise up to $24.3 billion in its upcoming IPO - an amount that would be the most raised by a company in a stock market debut. More>>

Motorola emphasizes design in circular smartwatch

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Motorola rolled out a circular smartwatch Friday, counting on a more traditional design to win over consumers who have so far shunned other computerized wrist devices. More>>

4th American with Ebola to be flown to US for care

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A fourth American who contracted Ebola in West Africa was expected to arrive in the U.S. for care Tuesday and will be treated at an Atlanta hospital where two other aid workers successfully recovered from the disease, the... More>>

Will Apple finally reveal its next big thing? Video included

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Apple is poised to reveal its next big thing in a crucial attempt to prove its technological tastemakers still have the power to mesmerize the masses. More>>

Ocean sunfish washes up on Washington coast

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A 7-foot ocean sunfish rarely seen in Washington waters recently washed ashore on a beach at Cape Disappointment State Park near the mouth of the Columbia River. More>>

Microsoft: mid-range phones for budget conscious

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Microsoft will seek to draw more people to its Internet-based services with two new mid-range smartphones. More>>

Google settles with FTC over in-app charges

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Google has agreed to pay full refunds totaling at least $19 million to consumers who were charged for purchases that children made via apps without parental consent from the Google Play app store. More>>

Lawmaker: Colleagues to scrutinize Tesla deal

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Nevada Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick says it's too early to say whether a huge package of tax breaks and incentives needed to land Tesla Motors Inc.'s lithium battery factory will have smooth sailing at a... More>>

Stolen photos of stars find 'safe harbor' online

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Imagine what the Internet would be like if most major websites had imposed controls preventing the naked photos stolen from Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities from being posted online. More>>

Season's new phones are all about selfie image

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Visit any tourist destination, and you're bound to see individuals and groups taking photos of themselves for sharing on social media. It's a declaration to the world that they were there. More>>

2 Bitcoin operators plead guilty in Silk Road case

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The top executive of a New York City-based Bitcoin company and a Florida Bitcoin exchanger pleaded guilty Thursday to federal charges, admitting that they enabled the digital currency to be funneled to the black market... More>>

Asteroid will zoom within 25,000 miles of Earth

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A newly discovered asteroid will buzz Earth this weekend. More>>

Fisheries to cut catch of endangered bluefin tuna

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The multi-nation fisheries body that monitors most of the Pacific Ocean has recommended a substantial cut to the catch of juvenile bluefin tuna, a move conservationists say is only an initial step toward saving the... More>>

Children's hospital-linked infections fall sharply

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Hospitals are becoming safer for very sick children, according to a new study that found steep declines in dangerous infections sometimes transmitted through treatments in intensive care units. More>>

Noel Hinners, former NASA scientist, dies at 78

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Noel Hinners, a former chief scientist for NASA who helped plan the scientific exploration of the moon for the Apollo program and later oversaw projects such as the Mars Surveyor Program, has died. More>>

Argentine dinosaur may shed light on huge beasts

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Researchers studying the remains of an enormous dinosaur - a creature that was bigger than seven bull elephants - have given it an equally colossal name: Dreadnoughtus, or "fearing nothing." More>>

GM to offer car that will almost drive itself

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General Motors says that in two years it will offer cars that talk to each other and can almost drive themselves at freeway speeds. More>>

Monkey study: Ebola vaccine works, needs booster

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New monkey studies show that one shot of an experimental Ebola vaccine can trigger fast protection, but the effect waned unless the animals got a booster shot made a different way. More>>

US job growth drops to 142K, slowest in 8 months

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A surprising drop in hiring and in the number of people seeking work in August sent a reminder that the U.S. economic recovery is still prone to temporary slowdowns. More>>

Scientists: Quake directed its main force at Napa

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Emerging data on last month's 6.0 magnitude earthquake shows it directed most of its force north toward Napa and the Napa Valley, hitting hard enough to move one side of the West Napa Fault north by 18 inches, the head... More>>

The buzz on caffeine in coffee: A genetic quirk

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Scientists have woken up and smelled the coffee - and analyzed its DNA. More>>

A look at Hawaii volcano sending lava toward homes Video included

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Lava from one of the world's most active volcanos is creeping slowly but steadily through cracks in the earth toward a rural subdivision on Hawaii's Big Island. Scientists warn that if the lava flow from Kilauea... More>>

Study links polar vortex chills to melting sea ice

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Remember the polar vortex, the huge mass of Arctic air that can plunge much of the U.S. into the deep freeze? You might have to get used to it. More>>

IRS says it has lost emails from 5 more employees

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The Internal Revenue Service has lost emails from five more employees who are part of congressional probes into the treatment of conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status, the tax service disclosed Friday. More>>

Recalls this week: children's sunglasses, bikes

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By The Associated Press More than 200,000 children's sunglasses are being recalled because they contain excessive levels of lead paint. Other consumer products being recalled this week include... More>>

E-commerce company Alibaba Group seeks to raise up to $24.3 billion to set new IPO record

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E-commerce company Alibaba Group seeks to raise up to $24.3 billion to set new IPO record. More>>

Nevada offers Tesla up to $1.3B for battery plant

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Gov. Brian Sandoval announced Thursday that Nevada won a high-stakes battle with four other states for Tesla Motors' coveted battery factory, but the win comes with a hefty price tag - up to $1.3 billion in tax breaks... More>>

Hillary Clinton: US should lead on clean energy

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday the U.S. should become what she called the world's 21st-century clean energy superpower, during remarks resembling both a campaign speech and a call to... More>>

Employee error blamed in Reno museum flash fire

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A flash fire that injured 13 people, mainly children, at a Nevada science museum happened when an employee applied the chemicals in the wrong order during a tabletop demonstration about the mechanics of tornadoes,... More>>

Court rules for Yelp in suit over online ratings

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Online review site Yelp can lower or raise the rating of a business depending on whether it advertises with the company, a federal appeals court ruled in a lawsuit filed by small businesses claiming Yelp used the tactic to... More>>

Obama taps Google, Twitter execs for tech jobs

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President Barack Obama has named executives from Google and Twitter to tops spots on his technology policy team. More>>

Google's health startup forges venture with AbbVie

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Google's ambitious health startup is teaming up with biotechnology drugmaker AbbVie in a $500 million joint venture that will try to develop new ways to treat cancer and other diseases such as Alzheimer's. More>>

Toyota: Cars will be safer, but still need drivers

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Your car soon will do more to help avoid a crash. As for one day leaving all the driving to the vehicle while you relax in back, don't get your hopes up. More>>

Phones, watches and more unveiled at tech show

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Samsung and other electronics companies used the IFA trade show in Berlin to showcase their holiday lineups. More>>

Departments use technology to ID troubled officers

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Police departments across the U.S. are using technology to try to identify problem officers before their misbehavior harms innocent people, embarrasses their employer, or invites a costly lawsuit - from citizens or the... More>>

Home Depot CEO: Probe of possible breach continues

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Home Depot's outgoing CEO Frank Blake told investors Thursday that the nation's largest home-improvement chain continues to investigate a potential breach at the company and reassured that customers will not be... More>>

Apple supplier in China accused of violations

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An Apple supplier in China is violating safety and pay rules despite the computer giant's promises to improve conditions, two activist groups said Thursday, ahead of the expected release of the iPhone 6. More>>

China police probe alleged extortion by reporters

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Police in Shanghai detained the chief editor and several employees of an influential Chinese financial news site on allegations they extorted money from companies by threatening to publish negative news about them, state... More>>

Netflix snags deal for 'Gotham' television series

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Netflix Inc. has struck a deal with Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution to run the television series "Gotham" worldwide following its first season. More>>

Clooney to helm film about British hacking scandal

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Sony Pictures announced Wednesday that George Clooney will co-produce and direct the film version of "Hack Attack," reporter Nick Davies' book about the British phone hacking scandal. More>>

Silicon Valley firms halted spread of grisly video

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Silicon Valley firms were prepared this week to quickly block video of an Islamic State militant beheading an American journalist after a previous video by the same group showing the death of James Foley ricocheted through... More>>

US eating habits improve a bit _ except among poor

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Americans' eating habits have improved - except among the poor, evidence of a widening wealth gap when it comes to diet. Yet even among wealthier adults, food choices remain far from ideal, a 12-year study found. More>>

Chefs, breeders pair up to produce tastier veggies

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There's a good chance that many of the suddenly trendy vegetables that foodies latch on to in the next decade will benefit from research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. More>>

Sony attack shows shifting online security threat

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The boundary between the online and physical worlds got blurry last week when Sony's PlayStation Network was disabled by an online attack, while simultaneously an American Airlines passenger jet carrying a Sony... More>>

Celeb hacking scandal shows digital vulnerability

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To keep private pictures private, never upload them online. More>>

Asia stocks drift, Samsung gains on Edge launch Video included

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Asian stock markets were lackluster Thursday after Wall Street fell and as investors looked ahead to a European Central Bank meeting and U.S. economic data. More>>

AP source: Tesla selects Nevada for battery plant

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Coming to Nevada's high desert: A massive, $5 billion factory that will pump out high-tech batteries for hundreds of thousands of electric vehicles. More>>

NY Fashion Week kicks off a day early with Athleta

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New York Fashion Week kicked off a day early Wednesday with a heavy breathing show of strength and style from the performance brand Athleta, a salute to the fashion challenges of returning U.S. servicewomen and models... More>>

Apple shares fall after Samsung unveils new phones

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Apple shares are getting bit by a rival. More>>

Tech insiders: Firms halted spread of grisly video

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Tech companies were better prepared to scrub the Web after a second grisly video showing the beheading of an American journalist by Islamic State militants was released, a Silicon Valley insider said Wednesday. More>>

Recline rancor: Passenger recalls seat dispute

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The businessman whose dispute with a fellow airline passenger over a reclined seat sparked a national debate about air-travel etiquette says he's embarrassed by the way the confrontation unfolded and regrets his behavior. More>>

Samsung kicks off battle for holiday spending

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Samsung unveiled two smartphones and a virtual-reality headset Wednesday in a bid to draw consumer attention before its fierce rival, Apple, announces its holiday lineup next week. More>>

US stock market closes mostly lower

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By The Associated Press The U.S. stock market is closing mostly lower, pulled down by a fall in Apple and other technology companies. More>>

Comcast to sponsor NASCAR's Nationwide Series

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Comcast Corp. on Wednesday signed a 10-year agreement to replace Nationwide Insurance as the title sponsor of NASCAR's second-tier racing series. More>>

Hagel: US needs to maintain military superiority

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The U.S. military's technological superiority is being challenged by other nations, including China and Russia, and in order to maintain its dominance America must be more innovative in how it develops and buys new... More>>

Minecraft now publishing sensation

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Like millions of parents, Aaron Sacharow welcomes those moments when his son - 7-year-old Tyler - takes a break from video games and picks up a book instead. More>>

FANTASY PLAYS: After draft, weekly choices to make

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By OSKAR GARCIA Associated Press Your fantasy draft is over and now you're left with a bunch of players, waiting and wondering if they'll make good on your predictions. More>>

Photo hacking rekindles digital privacy worries Video included

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By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer As the celebrity photo-hacking scandal has made clear, privacy isn't what it used to be. More>>

Amazon CFO to retire

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Amazon.com says its chief financial officer, Thomas Szkutak, will retire after 12 years on the job in June 2015. More>>

Netflix unveils new way to share recommendations

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Netflix is giving its Internet video subscribers a more discreet way to recommend movies and TV shows to their Facebook friends after realizing most people don't want to share their viewing habits with large audiences. More>>

'She Blinded Me With Science' star becomes teacher

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Before composing his 1982 synth-pop hit "She Blinded Me With Science," Thomas Dolby sketched out the story line for the music video. That's not just rock-and-roll trivia - it's one of the experiences Dolby can lean... More>>

Court halts ridesharing service Uber in Germany

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A court has barred ridesharing service Uber from operating in Germany, the latest shot in the popular app's fight with taxi drivers worldwide. More>>

Alibaba IPO comes with unusual structure

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Foreigners who want to buy Alibaba Group shares in the Chinese e-commerce giant's U.S. public offering will need to get comfortable with an unusual business structure. More>>

Online fashion retailer Zalando plans IPO

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Europe's biggest online fashion retailer, Zalando SE, said Wednesday it plans a public listing on the Frankfurt stock exchange this year. More>>

UK team unlocking secrets of North Korea volcano

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Apple: Some nude shots taken from stars' accounts Video included

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Apple said Tuesday that hackers obtained nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other female celebrities by pilfering images from individual accounts rather than through a broader attack on the company's services. More>>

Home Depot probes possible credit card data breach

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Home Depot may be the latest retailer to suffer a major credit card data breach. More>>

US court hears debate in NSA phone records case

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A lawyer defending the government's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records found himself facing tough questions Tuesday from appeals judges wanting to know whether the program will inevitably... More>>

Top South America hackers rattle Peru's Cabinet

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The Peruvian hackers have broken into military, police, and other sensitive government networks in Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Venezuela, defacing websites and extracting sensitive data to strut their programming prowess... More>>

Home Depot probes possible credit card data breach

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Home Depot may be the latest retailer to suffer a credit card data breach. More>>

Google's corporate products division changes name

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Google is hoping a new brand will help sell more of its services to other companies. More>>

Sony wooing Japanese to PS4 with Dragon Quest

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Sony is trying to woo Japanese game fans to the PlayStation 4 home console that went on sale in November in the U.S. and Europe, but didn't arrive at stores here until February. More>>

Iran unveils new surface-to-air missile, radars

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Iran on Tuesday unveiled a new surface-to-air missile and two radar systems it claims will boost the country's defense capabilities. More>>

Action-packed TV might make you snack more: Study

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Could action-packed TV fare make you fat? That's the implication of a new study that found people snacked more watching fast-paced television than viewing a more leisurely-paced talk show. More>>

Survey: Foreign companies in China feel 'targeted'

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Foreign companies in China feel increasingly targeted for unfair enforcement of anti-monopoly and other laws and might cut investment if conditions fail to improve, a U.S. business group said Tuesday. More>>

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