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Aluminum wrap used to protect homes in California wildfires

Aluminum wraps designed to protect homes from flames are getting attention as wildfires burn in California
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Dan Hirning, founding president of Firezat Inc., reaches for some of the material that protects homes, his company uses as a gust of wind passes, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, in Del Mar, Calif. Aluminum wraps designed to protect homes from flames are getting attention as wildfires burn in California. During a fire near Lake Tahoe, some wrapped houses survived while nearby homes were destroyed. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
September 18

California wildfires burn into groves of giant sequoia trees

California wildfires have burned into at least four groves of gigantic ancient sequoias in national parks and forests
September 18
A member of the Roosevelt Hotshot Crew clears a firebreak while battling the Windy Fire on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, on the Tule River Reservation, Calif. His crew, which travelled from Colorado, has been battling California wildfires. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
September 17

Cambodian leader boasts he barged into opposition video call

Cambodia’s prime minister has boasted of barging uninvited into a video conference call hosted by his political opponents
September 17
FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2021, file photo, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen delivers a speech during a handover ceremony at Phnom Penh International Airport, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Hun Sen boasted Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, of barging uninvited into a video conference call hosted by his political opponents.(AP Photo/Heng Sinith, File)
September 17

Man sentenced to 12 years in $200 million phone-fraud scheme

A Pakistan resident has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for a conspiracy to “unlock” phones from AT&T's network, a scheme that the company says cost it more than $200 million
September 17
FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2016, file photo, the AT&T logo is positioned above one of its retail stores, in New York. A Pakistan resident has been sentenced on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, to 12 years in prison for a conspiracy to "unlock" phones from AT&T's network, a scheme the company says cost it more than $200 million. Muhammad Fahd, 35, of Karachi, recruited an employee of an AT&T call center in Bothell, Wash., via Facebook in 2012, and began bribing that employee and his coworkers to use their credentials to unlock phones. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
September 17

SpaceX's 1st private crew motivates cancer kids from orbit

SpaceX's first private crew is taking in sweeping views of Earth that few have witnessed
September 17
This photo provided by SpaceX shows the passengers of Inspiration4 in the Dragon capsule on their first day in space. They are, from left, Jared Isaacman, Hayley Arceneaux, Chris Sembroski and Sian Proctor. SpaceX got them into a 363-mile (585-kilometer) orbit following Wednesday night’s launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. That's 100 miles (160 kilometers) higher than the International Space Station. (SpaceX via AP)
September 17

Colombian teen draws, donates bird guide to raise awareness

Jacobo Rendon knows dozens of birds by name and grew up drawing them
September 17
In this Aug. 2020 photo provided by Johana Reyes Herrera, Jacobo Rendon, 14, poses with his illustration of an Acorn Woodpecker in his backyard in El Camino de Viboral, Colombia. Rendon has been working on a photographic and illustrated bird guide that he plans to donate to a local cultural center. (Johana Reyes Herrera via AP)
September 17

Chinese astronauts return after 90 days aboard space station

A trio of Chinese astronauts have returned to Earth after a 90-day stay aboard their nation’s first space station in China’s longest mission yet
September 17
A visitor looks at a mural showing an artist's rendering of China's space station at the World Robot Conference in Beijing, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. Three Chinese astronauts have departed from the country’s orbiting space station in preparation for returning to Earth after 90 days in orbit, the national space agency reported Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
September 17

China sets up platform to police gaming firm violations

Chinese regulators have set up a platform that allows the public to report on gaming companies they believe are violating restrictions on online game times for children
September 17
A child wearing a face mask plays game on a smartphone next to his relative in Beijing Sept. 12, 2021. Chinese regulators have set up a platform that allows the public to report on gaming companies they believe are violating restrictions on online game times for children. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
September 17

Chinese astronauts return to Earth after 90-day stay aboard nation's space station in China's longest mission yet

Chinese astronauts return to Earth after 90-day stay aboard nation's space station in China's longest mission yet
September 17
September 16

National park's giant trees at risk as wildfires grow

Elsewhere, two California fires that have caused extensive destruction.
September 16
Flames from the KNP Complex Fire burn a hillside above the Kaweah River in Sequoia National Park, Calif., on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. The blaze is burning near the Giant Forest, home to more than 2,000 giant sequoias. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
September 16

Future of Lake Tahoe clarity in question as wildfires worsen

With a wildfire no longer threatening Lake Tahoe, residents, tourists and scientists drawn to its clean alpine air, clear blue waters and fragrant pine trees now wonder about the long-term effects that remain
September 16
FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2019, file photo, Freya Mayo, left, and her sister Evie, of London, try out a paddle board on Lake Tahoe near South Lake Tahoe, Calif. With wildfire no longer threatening Lake Tahoe, residents, tourists and scientists drawn to its clean alpine air, clear blue waters and fragrant pine trees now wonder about the long-term effects that will remain after wildfire season ends. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
September 16

Facebook bans German accounts under new 'social harm' policy

Facebook has removed nearly 150 accounts and pages linked to anti-lockdown demonstrators in Germany Thursday under a new policy focused on addressing groups that work together to spread harmful content
September 16
September 16

Threat of volcanic eruption puts Spanish island on alert

An earthquake swarm in Spain’s Canary Islands has put authorities on alert for a possible volcanic eruption
September 16
September 16

Drought haves, have-nots test how to share water in the West

Oregon farmers who grow 60% of the world’s carrot seed have been without irrigation water for weeks as drought ravages the American West
September 16
September 16

Southwest China earthquake collapses homes, kills at least 3

Chinese state media say an earthquake destroyed homes, killed at least three people and injured dozens in the southwestern province of Sichuan
September 16
In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, residents injured in the aftermath of an earthquake get treated at the Luxian People's Hospital in Luxian County, southwest China's Sichuan Province, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. An earthquake collapsed homes, killed some and injured others Thursday in southwest China's Sichuan province, state media reported. (Gu Youcong/Xinhua via AP)
September 16

Microsoft to let users log in to accounts without password

Account holders can use Microsoft's authenticator app or Windows Hello, which uses a fingerprint or facial recognition for access.
September 16
VIDEO: Microsoft to let users log in to accounts without password
September 16

3 crew leave China's space station for Earth after 90 days

The crew's capsule will parachute to a location in the Gobi Desert.
September 16
A man is silhouetted as he watches a TV screen showing CCTV broadcasting a news of Chinese astronauts sit inside the Shenzhou-12 manned spacecraft preparing to return to earth, at a shopping mall in Beijing, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
September 15

SpaceX successfully launches 1st all-civilian flight into Earth's orbit

It is expected to be the farthest any civilian has traveled from Earth.
September 15
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the Crew Dragon capsule, is launched carrying four astronauts on a NASA commercial crew mission at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Sept. 15, 2021.
September 15

Chinese state media say an earthquake collapsed homes, killed at least 2 people and injured dozens in Sichuan province

Chinese state media say an earthquake collapsed homes, killed at least 2 people and injured dozens in Sichuan province
September 15
September 15

Contest winners, health worker orbiting world in SpaceX 1st

The four people on SpaceX's first private flight are fairly ordinary, down-to-Earth types brought together by chance
September 15
September 15

SpaceX launches four amateurs on a private flight to circle Earth for three days.

SpaceX launches four amateurs on a private flight to circle Earth for three days.
September 15
September 15

SpaceX aiming for night launch of 4 on 1st private flight

SpaceX is on the verge of blasting a billionaire into orbit with his two contest winners and a health care worker who survived childhood cancer
September 15
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket sits on pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. For the first time in 60 years of human spaceflight, a rocket is poised to blast into orbit with no professional astronauts on board, only four tourists. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
September 15

Tesla builds 1st store on tribal land, dodges state car laws

Tesla has sidestepped car dealership laws by setting up shop on Native American land for the first time
September 15
Tesla owners, Tesla employees and local political leaders gather at the service bay doors during an event on Sept. 9, 2021, to celebrate a partnership between Tesla and the Nambé Pueblo after the electric car company repurposed a defunct casino into a sales, service and delivery center near Santa Fe, N.M. Tesla has opened a store on tribal land in New Mexico, sidestepping car dealership laws that prohibit car companies from selling directly to customers. (Jim Weber/Santa Fe New Mexican via AP)
September 15

Man gets over 7 years in prison in cryptocurrency scam

An Australian man who pleaded guilty to securities fraud for cheating investors in his cryptocurrency fund of over $50 million has been sentenced to over seven years in prison
September 15
September 15

Los Angeles County votes to phase out oil and gas drilling

Los Angeles County’s board of supervisors voted unanimously on Wednesday to phase out oil and gas drilling and ban new drill sites in the unincorporated areas of the county
September 15
A truck drives past pump jacks operating at the Inglewood Oil Field, Thursday, June 10, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
September 15

Tesla builds 1st store on tribal land, dodges state car laws

Tesla has sidestepped car dealership laws by setting up shop on Native American land for the first time
September 15
Tesla owners, Tesla employees and local political leaders gather at the service bay doors during an event on Sept. 9, 2021, to celebrate a partnership between Tesla and the Nambé Pueblo after the electric car company repurposed a defunct casino into a sales, service and delivery center near Santa Fe, N.M. Tesla has opened a store on tribal land in New Mexico, sidestepping car dealership laws that prohibit car companies from selling directly to customers. (Jim Weber/Santa Fe New Mexican via AP)
September 15

Walmart to test out self-driving delivery service

The retail giant is partnering with Ford and Argo AI to test out new driverless technology for deliveries.
September 15
The retail giant is partnering with Ford and Argo AI to test out new driverless technology for deliveries.
September 15

FDA strikes cautious tone ahead of vaccine booster meeting

U.S. government advisers will debate Friday if there’s enough proof that a booster dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective
September 15
A syringe is prepared with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic at the Reading Area Community College in Reading, Pa., Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
September 15

Feds OK plan to cut salmon fishing when needed for orcas

Federal officials have approved a plan that calls for cutting nontribal salmon fishing along the West Coast when the fish are needed to help the Northwest's endangered killer whales
September 15
September 15

Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces new iPhone 13 models

Prices start at $700 and the phones will be available next Friday.
September 15
VIDEO: Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces new iPhone 13 models
September 15

UN calls for ban on AI tech that risks human rights

"We cannot afford to continue playing catch-up regarding AI."
September 15
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet delivers a speech at the opening of a session of the UN Human Rights Council, Sept, 13, 2021, in Geneva.
September 15

Climate change, logging collide -- and a forest shrinks

Government scientists say the pace of logging in South Dakota’s Black Hills National Forest is too much and the forest is shrinking
September 15
September 15

UN urges moratorium on use of AI that imperils human rights

The U.N. human rights chief is calling for a moratorium on the use of artificial intelligence technology that poses a serious risk to human rights, including face-scanning systems that track people in public spaces
September 15
FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 file photo Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, speaks during a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. The U.N. human rights chief is calling for a moratorium on the use of artificial intelligence technology that poses a serious risk to human rights, including face-scanning systems that track people in public spaces. Michelle Bachelet also says countries should expressly ban AI applications that don’t comply with international human rights law. Applications that should be prohibited include government “social scoring” systems which judge people based on their behavior and certain AI-based tools that categorize people by ethnicity or gender.(Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP, file)
September 15

Ireland investigates TikTok over child, China data concerns

TikTok is facing two EU data privacy investigations, one into its handling of children’s personal data and another over its data transfers to China
September 15
FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 28, 2020 filer, a logo of a smartphone app TikTok is seen on a user post on a smartphone screen, in Tokyo. TikTok is facing two EU data privacy investigations, one into its handling of children's personal data and another over its data transfers to China. Ireland's data privacy watchdog, which is TikTok's lead regulator in the European Union, said Tuesday that it has started two inquiries to examine whether the popular short video app has breached stringent EU data privacy regulations. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)
September 15

Flash flood submerges southern French villages, fields

Emergency workers have rescued or evacuated hundreds of people in southern France as flash flooding abruptly turned roads and fields into rivers and lakes
September 15
A car is seen flooded in Bernis, southern France,Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021 in Paris. Emergency workers rescued or evacuated hundreds of people in southern France as flash flooding abruptly turned roads and fields into rivers and lakes. As new heavy rainfall threatened the area Wednesday, the emergency service for the Gard region said rescuers were searching for at least one person reported missing after the Tuesday evening flood. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
September 14

How to update Apple devices to correct security flaw

Apple has released a critical software patch to fix a security vulnerability that could allow hackers to directly infect iPhones and other Apple devices without any involvement of the owner
September 14
FILE - This Dec. 16, 2020 file photo shows an illuminated Apple logo at a store in Munich, Germany. Apple has released a critical software patch to fix a security vulnerability that researchers say could allow hackers to directly infect iPhones and other Apple devices without any user action. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)
September 14

Apple's next iPhone mirrors last year's, adds more storage

Apple unveiled its next iPhone line-up, including a model that offer twice the maximum and other modest upgrades to last year’s editions that proved to be a big hit among consumers devouring the latest technology during the pandemic
September 14
Seen on the screen of a device in La Habra, Calif., new iPhone 13 smartphones are introduced during a virtual event held to announce new Apple products Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
September 14

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September 14
September 14

Fukushima plant failed to probe cause of faulty filters

Officials at Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant have acknowledged they neglected to investigate the cause of faulty exhaust filters that are key to preventing radioactive pollution, after being forced to replace them twice
September 14
FILE in In this Feb. 27, 2021, file photo, tanks (in gray, beige and blue) store water that was treated but is still radioactive after it was used to cool down spent fuel at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, Fukushima prefecture, northeastern Japan. Technicians at Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant neglected to investigate the cause of faulty filters that were discharging dangerously radioactive water into the sea, company officials admitted Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, after being forced to repair the filters. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae, File)
September 14

Egypt opens ancient tomb of King Djoser after restoration

Egypt is showcasing an ancient tomb structure.
September 14
Inscriptions adorn the wall of the southern cemetery of King Djoser, after its restoration, near the famed Step Pyramid, in Saqqara, south of Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
September 14

Apple issues urgent warning to protect customers from spyware

The company is urging users to download an emergency software update that will fix a security flaw in its products.
September 14
VIDEO:  Apple issues urgent warning to protect customers from spyware
September 14

SKorea to fine Google $177M for forcing software on devices

South Korea’s competition watchdog says it plans to fine Google at least 207.4 billion won ($177 million) for allegedly blocking smartphone makers like Samsung from using other operating systems
September 14
FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, file photo, the logo of Google is displayed on a carpet at the entrance hall of Google France in Paris. South Korea’s competition watchdog says it plans to fine Google at least 207.4 billion won ($177 million) for allegedly blocking smartphone makers like Samsung from using other operating systems, in what would be one of the country's biggest antitrust penalties ever. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)
September 13

Apple fixes security hole reportedly used to hack an iPhone

Apple released a critical software patch to fix a security vulnerability that researchers said could allow hackers to directly infect iPhones and other Apple devices without any user action
September 13
FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, file photo, a logo adorns a wall on a branch of the Israeli NSO Group company, near the southern Israeli town of Sapir. Apple released an emergency security software patch to fix a vulnerability that an internet watchdog group says allowed spyware from the world’s most infamous hacker-for-hire firm, NSO Group, to infect the iPhone of a Saudi activist without any user interaction. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)
September 13

EXPLAINER: 4 will circle Earth on 1st SpaceX private flight

For the first time in 60 years of human spaceflight, a rocket is poised to blast into orbit with no professional astronauts on board, only four tourists
September 13
September 13

FDA experts among group opposing US booster shot plan

In the U.S., the White House has begun planning for boosters later this month.
September 13
Medical staff prepare the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to be administered at a newly-opened mass vaccination center in Tokyo, Japan, on May 24, 2021.
September 13

Crews in southern Spain face 'complex' wildfire for 5th day

Firefighting crews near southern Spain's Costa del Sol were hoping much-needed rainfall to help them extinguish a major wildfire that has ravaged 7,700 hectares (19,000 acres) in five days and forced 2,600 to evacuate
September 13
Forest firefighters work on a wildfire near the town of Jubrique, in Malaga province, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. Firefighting crews in southern Spain are waiting for much-needed rainfall expected on Monday that they hope can help extinguish a stubborn mega-fire that has ravaged 7,400 hectares (18,300 acres) in five days and displaced some 3,000 people from their homes. (AP Photo/Pedro Armestre)
September 13

IPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max will reportedly come with 1TB of storage

The phones are also expected have better cameras.
September 13
VIDEO: iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max will reportedly to come with 1TB of storage
September 12

Epic Games appeals ruling in lawsuit alleging Apple monopoly

Epic Games filed notice that is appealing a federal judge’s decision in a lawsuit alleging that Apple has been running an illegal monopoly that stifles competition
September 12
FILE - This March 19, 2018, file photo shows Apple's App Store app. Epic Games filed notice that is appealing a federal judge's decision in a lawsuit alleging that Apple has been running an illegal monopoly that stifles competition. The maker of the popular Fortnite video game said in a court filing Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, that it will take the ruling to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
September 12

Here's how hockey fans watch the puck without watching the puck

"You can use these contextual cues to overcome your internal processing delays."
September 12
A hockey player watches a fast moving puck in an undated stock image.
September 11

Salesforce to help workers leave states over abortion laws

Business-software company Salesforce says it will help employees leave Texas.
September 11
FILE - In this Thursday, May 16, 2019, file photo, Salesforce chairman Marc Benioff speaks during a news conference, in Indianapolis. Business-software company Salesforce says it will help employees leave Texas if they are worried about a new law that severely restricts abortion in the state. Benioff made his position clear by retweeting on Friday night, Sept. 10, 2021, a CNBC story describing the company's offer to help employees relocate. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)