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Western heat wave threatens health in vulnerable communities

Extreme temperatures like the ones blistering the American West this week aren’t just annoying, they’re deadly
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A person waits for a bus in the shade as the heat wave in the Western states continues Thursday, June 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
June 18

Las Vegas pushes land swap to balance growth, conservation

Cities in the U.S. West are preparing for considerable growth in the coming decades despite a historic drought and shrinking water supplies
June 18
FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2015, file photo, a riverboat glides through Lake Mead on the Colorado River at Hoover Dam near Boulder City, Nev. Despite drought, cities in the U.S. West expect their populations to grow considerably in the coming decades. From Phoenix to Boise, officials are working to ensure they have the resources, infrastructure and housing supply to meet growth projections. In certain parts of the region, their efforts are constrained by the fact that sprawling metro areas are surrounded by land owned by the federal government. U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto wants to remedy the issue in Las Vegas by strengthening protections for some public lands while approving the sale of others to commercial and residential developers. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
June 18

Aquarium to auction off chance to name 3 beluga whales

A Connecticut aquarium plans to auction off the chance to name three of its five recently arrived beluga whales to raise money for their care and to offset the cost of transporting them from Canada
June 18
June 18

Advertisements debut on Instagram Reels

Ads will now display on Instagram’s video feed and can be identified by a small “sponsored” tag.
June 18
VIDEO:  Advertisements debut on Instagram Reels
June 17

Crew starts making China's new space station their home

Three Chinese astronauts have begun making China's new space station their home for the next three months
June 17
In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese astronauts salute after successfully entering the Tianhe space station module as they are displayed on a big screen at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing, on Thursday, June 17, 2021. China has launched the first three-man crew to its new space station in its the ambitious programs first crewed mission in five years (Jin Liwang/Xinhua via AP)
June 17

EXPLAINER: What's behind the heat wave in the American West?

Much of the American West has been blasted with sweltering heat this week as a high pressure dome combines with the worst drought in modern history to launch temperatures into the triple digits
June 17
A roofer works on a new roof in a housing development while the sun beats down on him as the heat wave continues Thursday, June 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
June 17

Cruise giant Carnival says customers affected by breach

Customers and employees of several Carnival Corp. cruise lines might have had personal information stolen
June 17
FILE - In this Wednesday, May 12, 2021, file photo, the Carnival Cruise ship "Liberty" is docked at Port Canaveral, Fla., as crew members get vaccinated for COVID-19. Customers and employees of several Carnival Corp. cruise lines might have had personal information stolen. The Miami-based company said Thursday, June 17, that a data breach in March might have exposed things like Social Security numbers and dates of birth for some customers, employees and ship crew members on Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line and Princess Cruises. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP, File)
June 17

Plan to raze 4 dams on California-Oregon line clears hurdle

A proposal to bring down four hydroelectric dams near the California-Oregon border has cleared a major regulatory hurdle
June 17
FILE - This March 3, 2020, file photo, shows the Iron Gate Dam, powerhouse and spillway on the lower Klamath River near Hornbrook, Calif. A proposal to demolish four dams on the lower Klamath River advanced Thursday, June 17, 2021, when federal regulators allowed the utility company that operates them to exit its license. The decision removes a key hurdle to plans for the largest dam demolition project in U.S. history. PacifiCorp will surrender its license for the hydroelectric dams to the non-profit Klamath River Renewal Corporation and the states of Oregon and California. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus, File)
June 17

Auto show back in Detroit next year with focus on outdoors

The head of Detroit’s big international auto show says it will return to the Motor City next year, but with smaller indoor displays, and more emphasis on experiencing vehicles and technology outside
June 17
FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, file photo, the floor of the North American International Auto Show is shown in Detroit. The head of Detroit's big international auto show says it will return to the Motor City next year, but with smaller indoor displays, and more emphasis on experiencing vehicles and technology outside. The North American International Auto Show was canceled in 2020, due the coronavirus pandemic, and it will be replaced this year by an outdoor event at a racetrack. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
June 17

After 9 years and $10M, Georgia spaceport nears FAA approval

A coastal community in southeast Georgia hopes to soon find out whether the federal government will allow it to build a launch site for commercial rockets
June 17
This artist's sketch provided by Spaceport Camden shows the Innovation Research Park of the proposed Spaceport Camden in Camden County, Ga. Officials in Camden County have spent nine years and $10 million pursuing a license to operate the 13th licensed, private spaceport in the U.S. The FAA issued a final environmental impact study Thursday, June 17, 2021, and a decision on its license is expected next month. (Spaceport Camden via AP)
June 17

Drought saps California reservoirs as hot, dry summer looms

California's reservoirs are shrinking quickly as a drought grips the western United States
June 17
A home destroyed in the 2020 North Complex Fire sits above Lake Oroville on Sunday, May 23, 2021, in Oroville, Calif. At the time of this photo, the reservoir was at 39 percent of capacity and 46 percent of its historical average. California officials say the drought gripping the U.S. West is so severe it could cause one of the state's most important reservoirs to reach historic lows by late August, closing most boat ramps and shutting down a hydroelectric power plant during the peak demand of the hottest part of the summer. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
June 17

Brief, global internet outages blamed on software bug

A software bug at a major network provider briefly knocked offline dozens of financial institutions, airlines and other companies across the globe during peak Asian business hours
June 17
FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2019, file photo, flags are raised outside the Hong Kong Exchange Square building in Central of Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Stock Exchange said it was hit by technical problems Thursday as a wave of brief internet outages appeared to hit dozens of financial institutions, airlines and other companies across the globe. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
June 17

Lordstown Motors reverses, says it has no firm truck orders

Struggling electric truck maker Lordstown Motors says it doesn’t have any firm orders for its new pickups
June 17
FILE - This Thursday, June 25, 2020, file photo shows the electric Endurance pickup at Lordstown Motors Corp., in Lordstown, Ohio. Startup electric truck maker Lordstown Motors says it’s still on track to begin production this fall despite a bumpy past week. Company executives in Ohio said Tuesday, June 15, 2021, that they have enough orders and cash on hand to keep operating through next May. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
June 17

Chinese crewed spaceship docks with new space station

Three Chinse astronauts have arrived at China's new space station at the start of a three-month mission, marking a milestone in the country's ambitious space program
June 17
Chinese astronauts, from left, Tang Hongbo, Nie Haisheng, and Liu Boming wave as they prepare to board for liftoff at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan in northwestern China, Thursday, June 17, 2021. China plans on Thursday to launch three astronauts onboard the Shenzhou-12 spaceship who will be the first crew members to live on China's new orbiting space station Tianhe, or Heavenly Harmony. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
June 17

No breakthrough during 'exhausting' online climate talks

Officials say no breakthroughs have been made on key issues during three weeks of international climate talks that ended Thursday
June 17
June 17

Facebook has new software that can detect fake videos

Spotify launched an audio app called Green Room, and Google opened its first retail store in Manhattan.
June 17
VIDEO: Facebook has new software that can detect fake videos
June 17

State media say Chinese spaceship with 3-person crew has docked with new space station at start of 3-month mission

State media say Chinese spaceship with 3-person crew has docked with new space station at start of 3-month mission
June 17
June 17

EXPLAINER: The significance of China's new space station

Adding a crew to China's new orbiting space station is another major advance for the burgeoning space power
June 17
Chinese President Xi Jiping is seen on a propaganda board with the slogan "China Dream, Space Dream" from inside a bus at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center near Jiuquan in Northwestern China's Gansu province on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. China's space program has been a massive source of national pride, embodying China's rise from poverty to the world's second largest economy over the past four decades. That has helped shore up the rule of the Communist Party whose authoritarian rule and strict limits on political activity have been tolerated by most Chinese as long in the expectation that the country continues to progress in material terms. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
June 16

Heat wave grips US West amid fear of a new, hotter normal

An unusually early and long-lasting heat wave has brought more triple-digit temperatures to a large swath of the U.S. West
June 16
People play in the water in the heat at Santa Monica Beach on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in Santa Monica, Calif. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
June 16

China launches first three-man crew to new space station in ambitious program's first crewed mission in five years

China launches first three-man crew to new space station in ambitious program's first crewed mission in five years
June 16
June 16

Spacesuit problems prevent astronauts from completing job

Spacesuit problems have prevented astronauts from completing the installation of powerful, new solar panels outside the International Space Station
June 16
In this image taken from NASA video, French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, top center, and NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough venture out on a spacewalk Wednesday, June 16, 2021, to outfit the International Space Station with powerful, new solar panels to handle the growing electrical demands from upcoming visitors. (NASA via AP)
June 16

Dead 'murder hornet' near Seattle is 1st found in US in 2021

Scientists have found a dead Asian giant hornet north of Seattle, the first so-called murder hornet discovered in the country this year
June 16
FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2020 file photo a Washington State Department of Agriculture worker displays an Asian giant hornet taken from a nest, in Blaine, Wash. Scientists have found a dead Asian giant hornet north of Seattle, the first so-called murder hornet found in the state this year, federal and state investigators said Wednesday, June 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson,File)
June 16

Two men convicted of helping create ransomware attacks

Two men from Estonia have been convicted of federal cybercrime charges involving ransomware and other attacks on computer systems around the globe
June 16
June 16

Amazon allots $300 million for housing near mass transit

Amazon is providing $300 million in low-interest loans to support housing located near mass transit in the Washington, D
June 16
June 16

Self-driving car pioneer Waymo gets $2.5B to fuel ambitions

The self-driving car pioneer that was spun off from Google isn’t allowing a recent wave of executive departures to detour its plans to expand its robotic taxi service
June 16
FILE - In this April 7, 2021 file photo, a Waymo minivan arrives to pick up passengers for an autonomous vehicle ride, in Mesa, Ariz. Waymo, the self-driving car pioneer spun off from Google, isn't allowing a recent wave of executive departures to detour its plans to expand its robotic taxi service. The Mountain View, Calif., company made that clear Wednesday, June 16 by announcing it has raised another $2.5 billion from a group of investors ranging from venture capital firms such as Andreessen Horowitz to a major car dealer, AutoNation. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
June 16

Computer trouble hits Hubble Space Telescope, science halted

The Hubble Space Telescope has been hit with computer trouble
June 16
FILE - In this image provided by NASA/JSC, astronauts Steven L. Smith and John M. Grunsfeld are photographed during an extravehicular activity (EVA) during the December 1999 Hubble servicing mission of STS-103, flown by Discovery. The Hubble Space Telescope has been blindsided by computer trouble, with all astronomical viewing halted, NASA said Wednesday, June 16, 2021. The orbiting observatory has been idle since Sunday when a 1980s-era computer that controls the science instruments shut down, possibly because of a bad memory board. (NASA/JSC via AP, File)
June 16

China set to send first crew to new space station Thursday

The three members of the first crew to be sent to China’s new space station say they’re eager to get to work
June 16
In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, the Shenzhou-12 manned spaceship with its Long March-2F carrier rocket is being transferred to the launching area of Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern China's Gansu province, on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. A three-man crew of astronauts will blast off in June for a three-month mission on China's new space station, according to a space official who was the country's first astronaut in orbit in May. (Wang Jiangbo/Xinhua via AP)
June 16

Amazon takes its cashier-less shopping to the grocery store

Shoppers pick which items they want and their Amazon account will be charged.
June 16
VIDEO:  Amazon takes its cashier-less shopping into a full size grocery store
June 16

Quake shakes part of east Indonesia, people warned off beach

A strong, shallow undersea earthquake has shaken parts of eastern Indonesia, cracking some walls and sending panicked coastal residents in Maluku province to higher ground
June 16
June 16

India says Twitter knowingly not complying with local laws

The standoff between the Indian government and Twitter has escalated after the country’s technology minister accused the social media giant of deliberately not complying with local laws
June 16
FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, file photo, India's Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, left, and Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar address a press conference announcing new regulations for social media companies and digital streaming websites in New Delhi, India. The standoff between the Indian government and Twitter escalated Wednesday, June 16, when the country’s technology minister accused the social media giant of deliberately not complying with local laws. Prasad said Twitter has chosen “the path of deliberate defiance” when it comes to following new internet regulations that digital activists have said could curtail online speech and privacy in India. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, File)
June 15

Want a job? Employers say: Talk to the computer

Online services that interview job applicants remotely by webcam and use artificial intelligence to assess their skills mushroomed in popularity during the pandemic and into the subsequent economic recovery
June 15
Dana Anthony works at her desk at The Daily Tar Heel newspaper in Chapel Hill, N.C., Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Anthony was rejected after two speparate HireVue interviews for other jobs recently. The pandemic has heightened demand for online services that interview job applicants remotely and use artificial intelligence to assess their skills. But the technology also raises questions about whether computers can accurately judge a person's character traits and emotional cues. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
June 15

Why honeybees may be key to understanding alcohol addiction

Worker bees experienced withdrawal symptoms when alcohol was removed from food.
June 15
Stock photo of bee gathering nectar and pollen on yellow flowers.
June 15

AP says it will no longer name suspects in minor crimes

The Associated Press says it will no longer publish the names or photographs of people charged with minor crimes, in a recognition of how such stories can have a long, damaging afterlife on the Internet
June 15
June 15

Neiman Marcus to spend $500M on new investments amid rebound

Neiman Marcus is hoping to capitalize on rebounding luxury sales by investing more than $500 million over the next three years in refreshing stores, speeding up deliveries and acquiring new technology
June 15
FILE - This May 7, 2020 file photo shows a closed Neiman Marcus store at the Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus, N.J. Neiman Marcus is hoping to capitalize on rebounding luxury sales by investing more than $500 million over the next three years in refreshing stores, speeding up deliveries and acquiring new technology. The plan, unveiled Tuesday, June 15, 2021, includes a pact to purchase Stylyze Inc., a startup that recommends outfits for customers based on past purchases and browsing history. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
June 15

UK watchdog examines Apple-Google mobile system control

U.K. competition regulators are looking into Apple and Google smartphone operating systems, app stores and browsers, over concern that the two tech giants’ control of “mobile ecosystems” is harming consumers
June 15
FILE - This combo of photos shows the logo for Google, top and Apple, bottom. U.K. competition regulators are looking into Apple and Google smartphone operating systems, app stores and browsers, over concern that the two tech giants' control of "mobile ecosystems" is harming consumers. The Competition and Markets Authority on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 opened a market study of Apple’s iOS, App Store and Safari browser and Google’s Android, Play Store and Chrome browser. (AP Photo,File)
June 15

Jurors deliberate over whether professor hid ties to China

Jurors are weighing the fate a University of Tennessee professor charged with hiding his relationship with a Chinese university while receiving research grants from the federal government
June 15
June 15

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

Apple-Books-Top-10 for week ending 6/13/2021
June 15
June 15

Behind in quantum computer race, Germany gets boost from IBM

IBM has unveiled one of Europe’s most powerful quantum computers in Germany, boosting the country’s efforts to stay in the race for what’s considered a key technology of the future
June 15
The Governor of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, front left, and Martin Jetter, front right, CEO of IBM Europe, attend the official inauguration of the first commercially used quantum computer in Europe in Ehningen, Germany, Tuesday, June 15, 2021 . IBM on Tuesday unveiled one of Europe's most powerful quantum computers in Germany, boosting the country's effort to stay in the race for what's considered a key technology of the future. (Bernd Weissbrod/dpa/dpa via AP)
June 15

Hong Kong watching Chinese nuclear plant after leak reported

China's government says no abnormal radiation has been detected outside a nuclear power plant near Hong Kong following a news report of a leak, while Hong Kong's leader says her administration is closely watching the facility
June 15
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam drinks water during a press conference in Hong Kong, Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Lam said that her government is “highly concerned” about the situation at a nearby nuclear power plant in mainland China, following media reports that the plant could be experiencing a leak. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
June 15

GM, Wabtec to develop hydrogen powered locomotives

General Motors says it has signed a deal to develop railroad locomotives powered by a hydrogen fuel cell and battery system
June 15
June 15

YouTube revamps advertisements

The platform no longer accepts ads related to alcohol, gambling, politics or prescription drugs.
June 15
VIDEO:  YouTube revamps its advertisements
June 15

EU court leaves Facebook more exposed to privacy challenges

The EU's top court has ruled Facebook can face privacy challenges from watchdogs in any of the bloc’s member states, not just its lead regulator in Ireland
June 15
FILE - In this March 29, 2018, file photo is the Facebook logo on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York's Times Square. Facebook can face EU privacy challenges from watchdogs in any of the bloc's member states, not just its lead regulator in Ireland, the bloc's top court ruled Tuesday, June 16, 2021 in a ruling that could have implications for big tech companies. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
June 15

California man gets prison for coercing women for sex films

A producer for a now-defunct California porn website has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for coercing or tricking women into appearing in sex videos
June 15
June 14

NATO nations ready to jointly respond to attacks in space

NATO is expanding the use of its all for one, one for all, collective defense clause to include attacks in space
June 14
Leaders pose during a family picture at the NATO headquarters where the 30-nation alliance hopes to reaffirm its unity and discuss increasingly tense relations with China and Russia, as the organization pulls its troops out after 18 years in Afghanistan, Monday June, 14, 2021. (Jacques Witt, Pool via AP)
June 14

Operator says China nuclear plant facing 'performance issue'

The French joint operator of a Chinese nuclear plant near Hong Kong says it is dealing with a “performance issue” but is currently operating within safety limits, following a report of a potential radioactive leak
June 14
FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2013, file photo, then British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, left, chats with Taishan Nuclear Power Joint Venture Co. Ltd. General Manager Guo Liming as he inspects a nuclear reactor under construction at the nuclear power plant in Taishan, southeastern China's Guangdong province. The French joint operator of the Chinese nuclear plant near Hong Kong said Monday it is dealing with a “performance issue” but is currently operating within safety limits, following a report of a potential radioactive leak. (AP Photo/Bobby Yip, Pool, File)
June 14

Lordstown Motors' rough road continues; CEO and CFO are out

The top two executives at Lordstown Motors have resigned as problems at the Ohio electric truck startup continue to mount
June 14
FILE - In this June 25, 2020 file photo, the electric Endurance pick-up truck at Lordstown Motors Corporation is shown, in Lordstown, Ohio. Lordstown Motors CEO Steve Burns and Chief Financial Officer Julio Rodriguez have resigned from the startup commercial electric vehicle maker. The announcement comes less than a week after Lordstown cautioned that it may not be in business a year from now as it tries to secure funding to start full production of the electric pickup truck. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
June 14

Apple reportedly ending mask requirements for vaccinated customers at most stores

The tech giant is also ditching mask requirements at some corporate offices in California.
June 14
VIDEO: Apple is reportedly ending mask requirements for vaccinated customers at most stores
June 13

Google researchers show AI can design microchips better and faster than humans

AI is better than other automated methods "because it learns from experience."
June 13
June 12

$28M bid wins seat on Blue Origin’s 1st human space flight

The live auction lasted under 10 minutes after opening at $4.9 million, with over 20 bidders.
June 12
The live auction lasted under 10 minutes after opening at $4.9 million, with over 20 bidders.
June 12

Winning auction bid to fly in space with Jeff Bezos: $28M

The price to rocket into space next month with Jeff Bezos and his brother is a cool $28 million
June 12
FILE - This undated file illustration provided by Blue Origin shows the capsule that the company aims to take tourists into space. The price to rocket into space next month with Jeff Bezos and his brother is a cool $28 million. That was the winning bid during the live online auction on Saturday, June 12, 2021. (Blue Origin via AP, File)