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Hurricane rating system fails to account for deadly rain

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Several meteorologists and disaster experts say Florence highlights a problem with the way hurricane danger is rated. More>>

US agrees to improve worker safety at polluted nuclear site

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The U.S. government will pay $925,000 and improve worker safety to settle a lawsuit over employee exposure to chemical vapors at the nation's most polluted nuclear weapons production site. More>>

1st private moon flight passenger to invite creative guests Video included

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Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa said Monday that he plans to blast off on the first-ever commercial trip around the moon and will invite six to eight artists, architects, designers and other creative people on the weeklong journey. More>>

Tossed net captures space junk in orbit-cleanup experiment

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A tossed net has managed to capture space junk in an orbit-cleanup demonstration. More>>

Study of puzzling fossils confirms they came from an animal

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Scientists say puzzling fossils from more than 500 million years ago are traces of an animal. More>>

Fox-Comcast battle to buy Sky to be settled by auction in UK

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British regulators say that the corporate battle between 21st Century Fox and Comcast to take over broadcaster Sky will be settled by auction. More>>

Foreign government hackers target US senators, aides' Gmail Video included

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A U.S. senator says foreign government hackers continue to stalk U.S. senators and their aides through personal email accounts, but the Senate's security arm won't help defend them. More>>

Giant bong, huggable buds: Marijuana museum opens in Vegas

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A museum celebrating all things cannabis with displays that include a glass bong taller than a giraffe and huggable faux marijuana plants is the newest tourist attraction in Las Vegas. More>>

Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 trade at record highs

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Dow, S&P 500 power to record highs on Wall Street, led by gains in technology stocks including Apple and Microsoft. More>>

From G League to GM, 76ers turn franchise over to Brand

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The Philadelphia 76ers have hired Elton Brand as general manager. More>>

Women supporting Kavanaugh find themselves in storm's center

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An accusation against an old high school friend brought them together in support of Kavanaugh - and into a political firestorm. More>>

Bye bye bugs? Scientists fear non-pest insects are declining

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Scientists are noticing fewer and fewer moths, ladybugs, fireflies and butterflies, but they can't quite quantify what's happening to flying insect because they never measured how many bugs there used to be. More>>

Police: Gunman in workplace shooting had no criminal history

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Authorities say they don't yet know what prompted an employee of a Wisconsin software company to open fire at his office, injuring four people, including three seriously. More>>

4 young children killed in Dutch train crossing collision

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Dutch police say that four children have been killed and two people seriously injured in a collision between a train and a cargo bike. More>>

Judge: Georgia has stalled in face of voting system risks

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Voting integrity advocates had argued Georgia's electronic voting machines are unreliable and vulnerable to hacking, but a federal judge says forcing the state to change its system to paper ballots before the midterm elections is too risky. More>>

European nations plan to use more hydrogen for energy needs

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European countries want to increase the use of hydrogen as part of a plan to cut the continent's carbon emissions. More>>

Paving its future: Ferrari unveils wide-ranging new plans

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Super sportscar maker Ferrari has unveiled two updated versions of its classic open-top "barchetta" racing model as it updates the investor community on a new 5-year business plan. More>>

3 hackers get light sentences after working with the FBI

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Three computer hackers whose "botnet" known as Mirai virtually paralyzed chunks of the Internet in 2016 have received light sentences after helping the FBI with cybercrime and cybersecurity. More>>

Bill Gates calls for more global education assessments data

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Bill Gates is rallying behind school quality in developing nations with a push for more assessment data, a new initiative that links the Microsoft co-founder's signature U.S. education priorities with his more prominent global philanthropy work. More>>

Tesla says it has turned over documents to feds

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Shares of electric car maker Tesla Inc. fell more than 5 percent Tuesday after a report that it's under criminal investigation over statements about taking the company private. More>>

Cybersecurity firm: More Iran hacks as US sanctions loomed

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Cybersecurity firm warns Iran government-backed hackers stepped up efforts after Trump pulled America from nuclear deal. More>>

Renault-Nissan to use Android system in its dashboards

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Google teams with Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi to add Android to dashboard media systems. More>>

SpaceX's 1st traveler is moonstruck Japanese fashion tycoon Video included

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Japanese billionaire due to blast off on SpaceX mission a fashion tycoon, art collector. More>>

Russian cosmonauts to conduct spacewalk to probe into leak

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A space official says that Russian cosmonauts will venture outside the International Space Station to inspect a section where a mysterious leak has been discovered. More>>

Canadian crabs with bad attitude threaten coastal ecosystem

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Aggressive Canadian crabs invading US waters from Nova Scotia threaten coastal ecosystem. More>>

Trump rolls back pollution rules for drilling on US lands

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An on-again, off-again effort to restrict harmful methane emissions on federal lands is off _ again. More>>

Massive 2013 oil spill in North Dakota finally cleaned up

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Officials say cleanup has been completed on a massive oil pipeline leak in western North Dakota that has been called one of the biggest onshore spills in U.S. history. More>>

EU getting 'impatient' with Facebook over consumer data use

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European Union officials say Airbnb agrees to clarify pricing and booking system in response to complaints. More>>

Past NASA chiefs gather for space agency's 60th anniversary

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NASA chiefs going back 30 years have come together to mark the space agency's 60th anniversary. More>>

How 65 women came to Kavanaugh's defense in matter of hours

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Sixty-five women came to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's defense in matter of hours in a letter-writing campaign, and more than a dozen signers who've since spoken to The Associated Press or other media outlets are standing by their declaration. More>>

Japan digital currency exchange hacked, losing $60 million

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Japanese digital currency exchange hacked; $60 million worth of cryptocurrencies missing. More>>

China looks unlikely to give in after US tariff hike

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China appears unlikely to back down after Trump approves new tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods. More>>

The Latest: Smart won't live in fear after kidnapper release

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Elizabeth Smart's father says he's grateful that one of her kidnappers will be watched closely by federal agents now that she's been freed from prison, but he remains concerned about Wanda Barzee's mental state. More>>

Asian shares track optimism on Wall Street over tariffs

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Major U.S. stock indexes are wavering between small gains and losses in early trading Wednesday. More>>

China's premier appeals for free trade amid tariff battle

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China's premier appeals for free trade amid tariff battle. More>>

Man opens fire at his Wisconsin office, 3 seriously hurt

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Police are responding to a report of an active shooter in a commercial building in the southern Wisconsin community of Middleton. More>>

Lawmaker: US Senate, staff targeted by state-backed hackers Video included

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A U.S. senator says foreign government hackers continue to stalk U.S. senators and their aides through personal email accounts, but the Senate's security arm refuses won't help defend them. More>>

The Latest: McCaskill says she'll vote no on Kavanaugh

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Anita Hill says the Senate Judiciary Committee could be holding a "sham" hearing next week without an FBI investigation of a woman's sexual-assault accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. More>>

The Latest: Company officials 'heartbroken' after shooting

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A city official says four people have been shot, but none fatally, during shooting at software company near Madison, Wisconsin. More>>

Grizzly's rare aggressive attack kills 1, puzzles officials

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Officials puzzle over especially aggressive attack that kills hunting guide, injures client in Wyoming. More>>

Correction: Guatemala-Mayan Altar story

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Archaeologists say an altar found at the La Corona site in Guatemala suggests the Mayan dynasty of Kaanul, known as the Snake Kings, acted like its namesake in slowly squeezing the rival kingdom of Tikal. More>>

EU opens investigation into how Amazon uses data

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EU authorities open preliminary antitrust investigation into Amazon. More>>

Music modernization bill clears another hurdle in Congress

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The way music is licensed and songwriters are compensated for the digital age will be undergoing big changes under a bill making its way through Congress. More>>

AP source: 76ers name Elton Brand general manager

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AP source: Elton Brand hired as general manager of Philadelphia 76ers. More>>

UK lawmakers: 'Wild West' cryptocurrencies need regulation

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British lawmakers urge regulation for cryptocurrencies, say current situation is the "Wild West". More>>

Germany to have 1 million electric cars by 2022

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Germans are beginning to embrace electric cars, with experts predicting the country will have a million hybrid or battery-electric vehicles on the road by 2022. More>>

New Mexico observatory closed for security reasons to reopen

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An observatory in the mountains of southern New Mexico that had been closed since early September because of an undisclosed security concern is now scheduled to reopen on Monday. More>>

Steelers plan to talk to Brown about social media usage

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Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin wants to talk to Antonio Brown about the Pro Bowl wide receiver's social media usage. More>>

Asian shares rise as traders shrug off new China-US tariffs

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U.S. stocks are rising in early trading as investors weigh the White House's decision to impose tariffs on another $200 billion of Chinese goods beginning next week. More>>

Oregon using Facebook to remind inactive voters to register

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In this era of manipulators using social media to interfere in elections, Oregon is instead using Facebook to bolster participation by contacting inactive voters to remind them to update their registration. More>>

The Latest: China's premier appeals for global support

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China says it will increase tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S. goods in retaliation after President Donald Trump announced new U.S. tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports. More>>

Researchers find hints of Israeli spyware around globe

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Researchers say that an increasingly notorious brand of Israeli surveillance software is being used further afield than previously known, with possible infections detected in 45 countries across the globe. More>>

Can apps like Waze steer you clear of disaster? Maybe not

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Navigation apps like Waze are trying to help motorists avoid hurricane flooding, but can people really rely on their smartphones to steer themselves out of a disaster zone. More>>

NASA satellite launched to measure Earth's ice changes

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A NASA satellite designed to precisely measure changes in Earths ice sheets, glaciers, sea ice and vegetation has been launched from California. More>>

US hurricane, Asian typhoon: 1 brings water, the other, wind

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Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut roar ashore the same day half a world apart, spreading devastation as differently as the water and the wind. More>>

A warmer world makes hurricanes wetter and more intense

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Scientists: Warner world makes hurricanes wetter, stronger and faster to intensify. More>>

Cape Cod shark attacks show need for better cell service

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Two shark attacks on Cape Cod this summer are underscoring the need for better cellphone service at some of the region's beaches. More>>

ACLU: Facebook allows gender-biased job ads on its platform

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The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a complaint against Facebook and 10 other companies, saying job ads placed on the social networking service discriminated against women. More>>

Diver who helped with Thai cave rescue sues Elon Musk

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British diver who helped with Thai cave rescue files defamation lawsuit against Elon Musk, who called the diver a pedophile on Twitter. More>>

Officials shed little light on closure of solar observatory

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An observatory in the mountains of southern New Mexico that is dedicated unlocking the mysteries of the sun has found itself at the center of a mystery that is creating a buzz here on earth. More>>

MoviePass rival offers unlimited movie-going at theaters

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A Turkish startup is offering a movie a day in theaters for $30 a month. More>>

SunTrust's online banking difficulties enters third day

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SunTrust online banking services down for third-straight day, adding an additional headache for customers in North and South Carolina who are currently dealing with Hurricane Florence. More>>

Chinese official: Beijing should target goods needed by US

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A former Chinese finance minister says Beijing can impose 'export controls' on goods needed by U.S. companies if it wants more leverage in its tariff battle with Washington. More>>

EU investigates German carmakers for possible collusion

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The EU's anti-trust watchdog is investigating whether automakers BMW, Daimler and the VW group colluded to limit the development and roll out of car emission control systems. More>>

Amazon launches small business shop

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Amazon retailer launched a new section of its site Monday, called Amazon Storefronts, that only lists products sold by small- and medium-sized businesses in the U.S. More>>

Co-founder of Salesforce buys Time magazine for $190 million

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Time magazine is being sold for $190 million to cloud computing pioneer. More>>

Trump Jr. mocks sexual assault claim against Kavanaugh

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President Donald Trump's eldest son on Monday appeared to mock the sexual assault allegations against his father's nominee for the Supreme Court. More>>

Japanese supply run to space station delayed again

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A Japanese supply run to the International Space Station has been delayed again. More>>

Uber glitch leaves drivers unpaid and frustrated

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Drivers for the ride-hailing company Uber are frustrated over a glitch that is keeping them from being paid immediately. More>>

Lockheed Martin wins $7.2B Air Force satellite contract

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The U.S. Air Force says it is awarding Lockheed Martin a $7.2 billion contract to build 22 next-generation Global Positioning System satellites. More>>

Chinese scientist pleads guilty in plot to steal GSK secrets

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A Chinese scientist has pleaded guilty to conspiring to steal biopharmaceutical trade secrets from GlaxoSmithKline in what prosecutors said was a scheme to set up companies in China to market them. More>>

Kimbal Musk talks food, deflects his brother's bad press

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While Elon Musk is on the verge of announcing the first private passenger to travel to the moon, his brother Kimbal Musk is talking about growing basil plants at an indoor garden in Brooklyn. More>>

Asian shares mixed as Trump orders new tariffs on China

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U.S. stocks are edging lower in early trading amid speculation that the Trump administration is preparing to impose tariffs on another $200 billion-worth of Chinese goods. More>>

N. Korea calls Sony, Wannacry hack charges smear campaign

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North Korea strongly denies U.S. claims a computer programmer working for the North Korean government was involved in Sony hack, Wannacry ransomware attack. More>>

Trump-tape-hunting Tom Arnold, 'Apprentice' producer scuffle

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A scuffle at a pre-Emmys bash between Tom Arnold and a producer of "The Apprentice" has led to an exchange on social media. More>>

Latest: SpaceX moon passenger to invite artists on journey Video included

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Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa says he will invite six to eight artists, architects and other creative people on a weeklong journey to circumnavigate the moon. More>>

1st private moon flight passenger to invite creative guests Video included

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SpaceX is on the verge of announcing the name of person who would be the first private passenger on a trip around the moon. More>>

The Latest: DOJ: It's not the FBI's job to judge allegations

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A lawyer for a woman who accuses Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were in high school says the woman considers his actions "attempted rape.". More>>

The Latest: Tom Arnold files police report on producer spat

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The Latest: Police say Tom Arnold has filed a police report over spat with 'The Apprentice' producer. More>>

Man caught shaving on train in viral video says don't judge

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A man who drew online mockery after he was filmed shaving at his seat on a New Jersey Transit train said he was just trying to clean up after days spent in a homeless shelter. More>>

The Latest: More N Carolina counties qualify for federal aid

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The devastating flooding in North Carolina from Florence has raised concerns about whether some dams will be able to hold up under the strain. More>>

The Apple Watch is inching toward becoming a medical device

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Apple is trying to turn its smartwatch into a life preserver with features that gain key clearances from US government regulators. More>>

Beyond fake news? Facebook to fact check photos, videos

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Facebook says it is expanding its fact-checking program to include photos and videos. More>>

Got $1,100? Apple shows off its most expensive iPhone yet Video included

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Apple expected to expand iPhone line-up with biggest, expensive model yet along with cheaper alternatives. More>>

AP Explains: How hurricanes unleash lethal storm surges

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AP Explains: How storm surges form in hurricanes, and why they are so lethal. More>>

New twist in tug-of-war for Russian cybercrime suspect

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Greece's supreme court has approved a Russian extradition request for a bitcoin fraud suspect, adding a new twist to competing cases in three countries that want to prosecute the detained computer expert on their turf. More>>

Palestinian stabs American-Israeli man to death in West Bank

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The Israeli military says a Palestinian attacker has stabbed and critically wounded an Israeli man in the West Bank. More>>

Correction: Deepfakes-Videos story

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Three lawmakers want to see a U.S. intelligence assessment of the threat posed by technology that lets people make fake videos of real people saying things they never said. More>>

SpaceX changes plans to send tourists around the moon

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SpaceX says it has signed the first private moon traveler. More>>

Ariana Grande laments late ex Mac Miller as 'sweetest soul'

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Ariana Grande has posted a tribute to her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller a week after the hip-hop star's death, saying she's sorry she couldn't save him. More>>

The Latest: Florence forecast to bring on new river flooding

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Tropical Storm Florence is practically stalled over the Carolinas and the monster storm could dump drenching rains of up to 3½ feet. More>>

2 storms, Florence and Mangkhut, different as water and wind

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Killer storms Florence and Mangkhut hit on the same day, half a world apart, but that's about where the similarities end. More>>

Ailing killer whale declared dead, but feds to keep looking

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Teams are searching for an ailing, critically endangered orca that a scientist who tracks the whale population in the Pacific Northwest says is likely dead. More>>

The Latest: High-quality heart readings in new Apple Watch

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Apple rolls out iPhone with larger screen along with two other models for more austere tastes. More>>

Leaked video: Google execs bemoan Trump election in 2016

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A recently leaked video from 2016 shows Google executives lamenting the election of Donald Trump. More>>

Hundreds of goats being airlifted out of Washington forest Video included

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A years-long effort to remove Olympic National Park of its mountain goats got under way this week as officials began capturing and relocating them by helicopter. More>>

As Trump threatens election meddlers, Russia says 'so what?'

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Russia is shrugging off President Donald Trump's new sanctions order for foreign election meddling. More>>

Global summit rebukes Trump, cheers on work to aid climate

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California Gov. Jerry Brown started his global climate summit in San Francisco by saying that President Donald Trump will likely be remembered as a liar and a fool when it comes to the environment. More>>

Qualcomm to repurchase $16 billion of its shares from banks

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Qualcomm to buy back $16 billion in shares from Bank of America, other financial institutions. More>>

Notorious Russian cybercriminal pleads guilty to US charges

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A Russian man considered to be one of the world's most notorious hackers has pleaded guilty to U.S. charges alleging he operated a network of devices used to steal computer credentials, distributed bulk spam emails and installed malicious software. More>>

Hurricane stokes talk of extending college football season

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Hurricane Florence stokes talk of extending college football season. More>>

US judge delays grizzly bear hunts in Rockies 2 more weeks

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Opponents of grizzly bear hunts in Wyoming and Idaho are asking a judge to delay hunting another two weeks while he considers a request to restore federal protections for the animals. More>>

Cancer doctor resigns over failure to disclose pharma ties

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A leading cancer doctor has resigned from New York's Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center over his reported failure to disclose millions of dollars in payments from pharmaceutical companies. More>>

For meteorologists, Florence 'is a horrific nightmare storm' Video included

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Although forecasters expect Hurricane Florence to continue to weaken as it approaches North and South Carolina, experts are worried about what will happen if the storm hovers near land. More>>

Thousands of Pacific walruses again herd up on Alaska coast

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is monitoring Pacific walruses resting on Alaska's northwest coast. More>>

Olivia Munn thanks support from outside 'Predator' family

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Actress Olivia Munn is thanking an outpouring of support online for keeping up her morale following "The Predator" controversy. More>>

Japanese proposal to reinstate commercial whaling defeated

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Members of the International Whaling Commission have defeated a Japanese proposal to reinstate commercial whaling. More>>

Boss revenge, self-colonoscopy studies win 2018 Ig Nobels

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Researchers who found that that using a virtual voodoo doll to exact revenge on an abusive boss can help you feel better, and who figured out that nutrition isn't a good reason to engage in cannibalism were among this year's winners of the Ig Nobel. More>>

Stars Group launches online sports betting in New Jersey

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The Stars Group has launched mobile sports betting in New Jersey, the latest online gambling company to do so in the rapidly expanding market. More>>

Milwaukee officer involved in NBA player's arrest fired

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A Milwaukee police officer involved in the stun gun arrest of Bucks' player Sterling Brown has been fired because of social media posts. More>>

China says Washington asks to resume talks on tariff fight

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Survey: Two-thirds of US companies in China hurt by tariff war. More>>

#Ancient? Crisscrossed lines called world's oldest drawing

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Tiny sketch resembling a hashtag is 73,000 years old; called the oldest known drawing. More>>

Trump complicates Florida GOP's play for Puerto Rican voters

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Top Florida Republicans have been quick to say President Donald Trump is wrong about the death toll in Puerto Rico. More>>

Lawsuit renews focus on privacy policies for mobile apps

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Researchers have warned that many popular free mobile apps aimed at children are potentially violating a U.S. law designed to protect the privacy of young users. More>>

The Latest: Florence downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane Video included

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The police chief of a barrier island in the bullseye of Hurricane Florence is warning any stragglers who refused to evacuate that they are making a dangerous choice. More>>

The Latest: WH: 'Liberal media,' mayor spread misinformation

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Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello says in a Facebook video post in Spanish that there should no more questions about the number of deaths from Hurricane Maria. More>>

Asian shares continue rally after Wall Street gains

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US stocks rise as chipmaker Qualcomm leads a rally in technology companies following sharp losses last week. More>>

Republicans dodge, weave around Trump's hurricane tweets

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With all attention on Hurricane Florence, Republicans are dealing with a separate, familiar kind of storm in the halls of Congress _ and one of the president's own making. More>>

Trump tweets roil Florida GOP's play for Puerto Rican voters

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Top Florida Republicans have been quick to say President Donald Trump is wrong about the death toll in Puerto Rico. More>>

Roscosmos and NASA chiefs discuss mysterious space leak

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The Russian space agency's chief has talked to his NASA counterpart about a mysterious leak at the International Space Station. More>>

Scientists look to map the genes of thousands of animals

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A group of scientists says it has begun an ambitious effort to map the genes of tens of thousands of animal species. More>>

South Africa uses new tech to fight vicious gun violence

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South Africa uses new tech to fight vicious gun violence; 'in crossfire on a daily basis'. More>>

Moon rock hunter closes in on tracking down missing stones

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A former NASA investigator who has spent more than a decade tracking missing moon rocks is closing in on his goal of finding all 50 lunar samples gifted to U.S. states after Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon. More>>

Swedish regulator ends investigation of birth control app

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Swedish regulators close investigation of birth control app after finding unwanted pregnancy rate in line with clinical data. More>>

US blacklists NKorean-controlled IT firms in China, Russia

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The United States is imposing sanctions on two North Korean-controlled information technology companies based in China and Russia. More>>

4 honored for genetic research and developing anesthetic

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Four scientists have won prestigious medical awards for genetics research and development of a widely used anesthetic nicknamed "milk of amnesia.". More>>

Experts prepare plan to capture ill orca as last alternative

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A young, sick whale is skinnier than ever and in poor condition nearly two months after an international team of experts began taking extraordinary measures to save her. More>>

'Not a pretty sight': Hurricane Florence has experts worried Video included

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Experts say Hurricane Florence has all the makings of a monster storm. More>>

Royal Botanic Garden seeks respect for world's fungus

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The scientists at the renowned Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew are trying to correct an injustice: They don't believe fungus gets the respect it deserves. More>>

New Mexico sues mobile app makers over kid privacy concerns

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New Mexico is suing Google, Twitter and other companies that develop and market mobile gaming apps for children, saying the apps violate state laws by collecting personal information that could compromise privacy. More>>

2 small earthquakes rattle parts of north-central Oklahoma

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Two small earthquakes recorded within less than one minute of each other have rattled an area of northern Oklahoma. More>>

A different kind of climate summit comes to San Francisco

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Business and government leaders hold a different type of climate summit in San Francisco that focuses more on ground level initiatives than treaty negotiations. More>>

A year after Equifax breach, no enforcement actions

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Congressional investigators detail mistakes that led to Equifax breach of American's personal financial information. More>>

Trump: Apple can avoid tariffs by shifting production to US

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Trump agrees with Apple that potential tariffs on Chinese imports could make its gadgets more expensive, but says the tech company can fix the problem by moving production to the U.S. More>>

Stem cell transplant cements Arizona men's father-son bond

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Both the Rev. John Ibraham Sabbagh and his 54-year-old son, Ebby Sabbagh, are celebrating one year of going strong since the elder Sabbagh received a crucial stem cell transplant. More>>

Ex-Trump adviser Papadopoulos says he'd testify in Senate

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A lawyer for George Papadopoulos says the former Trump adviser is willing to testify before the Senate intelligence committee. More>>

Head of Verizon's AOL, Yahoo to depart

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Verizon's media and advertising chief, Tim Armstrong, is leaving. More>>

Papadopoulos says he'd testify in Senate

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A lawyer for George Papadopoulos says the former Trump adviser is willing to testify before the Senate intelligence committee. More>>

Poll: Teens say social media makes them feel better

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Today's teens are constantly on their smartphones, many check social media constantly and prefer texting over face-to-face communication. More>>

McDonald's, Google strike wind power deals in Europe

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McDonald's customers in the Netherlands will soon be able to buy fast food for their electric cars as well as themselves. More>>

US lawmakers urge export restrictions targeting Xinjiang

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Two U.S. lawmakers are urging the extension of American export restrictions to prevent sales of equipment that could be used in China's massive security clampdown targeting the Xinjiang region's native Muslim population. More>>

Asian stocks rise on possible US-China talks amid tensions

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US stocks are little changed as energy companies and oil prices rise for a second day but technology companies head lower. More>>

Storm to be 'exceptionally bad news' if it hovers offshore

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Although forecasters expect Hurricane Florence to continue to weaken as it approaches North and South Carolina, experts are worried about what will happen if the storm hovers near land. More>>

The Latest: Florence now a Category 2 storm, still dangerous Video included

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Airlines are starting to cancel more flights as Hurricane Florence approaches the Southeast coast. More>>

What's in the Amazon box? Maybe a real 7-foot Christmas tree

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Watch out for the 7-foot box on the doorstep. Amazon plans to sell and ship fresh, full-size Christmas trees this year. More>>

Report: Head of Verizon's AOL, Yahoo in talks to depart

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The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Verizon's media and advertising chief, Tim Armstrong, is in talks to leave. More>>

Holy stardust: Vatican hosts conference for meteorite care

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The Vatican has long pondered the cosmos from afar but now it's studying how to care for space bits that fall to Earth with a conference on meteorites, cosmic dust, stardust and extraterrestrial samples. More>>

Report: Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma to retire

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The New York Times is reporting that Jack Ma, the co-founder and executive chairman of Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba Group, is retiring. More>>

Markets Right Now: US stocks end mostly flat on Wall Street

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Stocks mixed at open, energy stocks gains as Hurricane Florence heads for the U.S. East Coast. More>>

The Latest: Experts prepare plan to capture, treat sick orca

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Experts say they are preparing a plan to capture and treat a sick, critically endangered orca if there is no way to save it in the wild. More>>

Twitter's Alex Jones ban: Blip in sea of abuse?

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Twitter's permanent ban of conspiracy-monger Alex Jones on Thursday again underscores the difficulty many social-media services face in trying to consistently apply their rules against harassment and other bad behavior. More>>

From music to news, EU moves to protect online copyright

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EU lawmakers have voted for new copyright rules that could shake up the way internet companies use media, books, music and other content posted online. More>>

China puts off licenses for US companies amid tariff battle

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China puts off accepting license applications from U.S. companies in midst of tariff battle. More>>

SUV crashes into crowd at square in central China, killing 9

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An official Chinese newspaper says an SUV crashed into a crowd at a public square in central China, killing at least three people and injuring more than 40 others. More>>

Massive boom hopes to corral Pacific Ocean's plastic trash

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Engineers will deploy a trash collection device to corral plastic litter floating between California and Hawaii in an attempt to clean up the world's largest garbage patch in the heart of the Pacific Ocean. More>>

Panel endorses bills for online sales tax special session

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South Dakota would start collecting sales tax from many out-of-state internet retailers this fall under a bill the Legislature's budget-writing committee has endorsed ahead of a special legislative session this week. More>>

Japan's power supply system weak link in times of disaster

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Japan's power supply system weak link in times of disaster. More>>

Pilots fly glider to new heights in Argentina above Andes

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Pilots from a Nevada glider team flew to record heights above the Andes Mountains in Argentina using only wind as their engine. More>>

EU to give internet firms 1 hour to remove extremist content

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EU authorities to give internet companies one hour to take down terrorist content, big fines if they don't comply. More>>

NY candidate: Netanyahu spokesman sexually assaulted me

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A New York state Senate candidate says she was sexually assaulted five years ago by a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, an acusation the man denies. More>>

Apple expected to unveil bigger, pricier iPhone on Wednesday

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Apple expected to expand iPhone line-up with biggest, expensive model yet along with cheaper alternatives. More>>

Historic Alaska fuel shipment reaches North Slope on barge

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An Alaska company says changing ice conditions in the North Slope area allowed it to make a bulk fuel delivery to Prudhoe Bay by barge for the first time. More>>

Asian stocks fall as China reacts to US tariffs

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U.S. stock indexes are little changed as technology companies rise, but industrial and materials companies fall after the World Trade Organization said it will review a request by China to sanction the U.S. More>>

Bangkok meet fails to finalize draft on climate change rules

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California would set a goal of phasing out all fossil fuels from the state's electricity sector by 2045 under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. More>>

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  • Hurricane rating system fails to account for deadly rain

    Hurricane rating system fails to account for deadly rain

    Tuesday, September 18 2018 9:17 AM EDT2018-09-18 13:17:02 GMT
    Thursday, September 20 2018 2:19 PM EDT2018-09-20 18:19:19 GMT
    (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed). Famous Roberts poses for a portrait as an SUV plows through floodwaters on NC 41 outside Trenton, N.C., on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. Roberts chose to ride out Hurricane Florence in Trenton, partly because the forecast strength ...(AP Photo/Allen G. Breed). Famous Roberts poses for a portrait as an SUV plows through floodwaters on NC 41 outside Trenton, N.C., on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. Roberts chose to ride out Hurricane Florence in Trenton, partly because the forecast strength ...
    Several meteorologists and disaster experts say Florence highlights a problem with the way hurricane danger is rated.More >>
    Several meteorologists and disaster experts say Florence highlights a problem with the way hurricane danger is rated.More >>
  • US agrees to improve worker safety at polluted nuclear site

    US agrees to improve worker safety at polluted nuclear site

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 4:38 PM EDT2018-09-19 20:38:24 GMT
    Thursday, September 20 2018 2:19 PM EDT2018-09-20 18:19:13 GMT
    (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes, File). FILE - In this May 9, 2017, file photo, signs are posted by the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Benton County in Richland, Wash. The U.S. government will pay $925,000 and improve worker safety to settle a lawsuit over emp...(AP Photo/Manuel Valdes, File). FILE - In this May 9, 2017, file photo, signs are posted by the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Benton County in Richland, Wash. The U.S. government will pay $925,000 and improve worker safety to settle a lawsuit over emp...
    The U.S. government will pay $925,000 and improve worker safety to settle a lawsuit over employee exposure to chemical vapors at the nation's most polluted nuclear weapons production site.More >>
    The U.S. government will pay $925,000 and improve worker safety to settle a lawsuit over employee exposure to chemical vapors at the nation's most polluted nuclear weapons production site.More >>
  • 1st private moon flight passenger to invite creative guests

    1st private moon flight passenger to invite creative guests

    Tuesday, September 18 2018 2:38 AM EDT2018-09-18 06:38:19 GMT
    Thursday, September 20 2018 2:19 PM EDT2018-09-20 18:19:11 GMT
    (AP Photo/Chris Carlson). Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa speaks after SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk announced him as the person who would be the first private passenger on a trip around the moon, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, in Hawthorne...(AP Photo/Chris Carlson). Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa speaks after SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk announced him as the person who would be the first private passenger on a trip around the moon, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, in Hawthorne...
    Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa said Monday that he plans to blast off on the first-ever commercial trip around the moon and will invite six to eight artists, architects, designers and other creative people on...More >>
    Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa said Monday that he plans to blast off on the first-ever commercial trip around the moon and will invite six to eight artists, architects, designers and other creative people on the weeklong journey.More >>
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