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Lava from Spanish island volcano quickens pace toward sea

Lava flowing from an erupting volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma has picked up its pace on its way to the sea
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Lava flows from a volcano on the Canary island of La Palma, Spain in the early hours of Tuesday Sept. 28, 2021. A Spanish island volcano that has buried more than 500 buildings and displaced over 6,000 people since last week lessened its activity on Monday, although scientists warned that it was too early to declare the eruption phase finished and authorities ordered residents to stay indoors to avoid the unhealthy fumes from lava meeting sea waters. (AP Photo/Saul Santos)
2 hours ago

EXPLAINER: Why Facebook is holding off on kids' Instagram

Bowing — if only for a moment — to pressure from lawmakers, critics, the media and child development experts, Facebook said Monday it will “pause" its work on a kids' version of its photo-oriented Instagram app
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FILE - This Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, file photo shows the Instagram app icon on the screen of a mobile device in New York. Bowing to pressure from lawmakers, critics, the media and child development experts, Facebook said Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, it will “pause" its work on a kids' version of its photo-oriented Instagram app. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)
September 27

US aims to relax testing of contaminants at nuke weapon lab

The U.S. Energy Department wants to switch to less stringent testing for detecting cancer-causing chemicals at and around one of its premier nuclear weapons laboratories
September 27
September 27

Earth-monitoring Landsat 9 satellite launches in California

The latest in a series of U.S. satellites that has recorded human and natural impacts on Earth’s surface for decades has been launched into orbit from California to ensure continued observations in the climate change era
September 27
This photo provided by NASA shows the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with the Landsat 9 satellite onboard at Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif., on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. A project of NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey, Landsat 9 will work in tandem with a predecessor, Landsat 8, to extend a nearly 50-year data record of land and coastal regions that began with the launch of the first Landsat in 1972. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)
September 27

Instagram pausing Instagram Kids, eyes changes

The firm wants to address concerns about access and content.
September 27
FILE - The Instagram app is displayed on a computer on Aug. 23, 2019, in New York. Instagram is putting a pause on its Instagram Kids platform, geared towards children under 13, so it can address concerns about accessibility and content. Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, wrote in a blog post Monday, Sept. 27, 2021 that this will allow the company time to “work with parents, experts, policymakers and regulators, to listen to their concerns, and to demonstrate the value and importance of this project for younger teens online today.” (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, file)
September 27

Facebook puts development of Instagram for kids on hold after pushback

Facebook puts development of Instagram for kids on hold after pushback
September 27
September 27

Google in court to appeal EU's 2018 Android antitrust case

Google is heading to a top European Union court to appeal a record EU penalty.
September 27
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. Google is heading to a top European Union court Monday Sept, 27, 2021, to appeal a record EU antitrust penalty for stifling competition by abusing the dominance of its Android operating system. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)
September 27

Facebook pushes back against claims that Instagram is 'toxic for teens'

The company says a Wall Street Journal report on how the app exacerbates body image issues for teenage girls misinterprets the data.
September 27
VIDEO: Facebook pushes back against claims that Instagram is 'toxic for teens'
September 26

US has enough COVID-19 vaccines for boosters, kids' shots

With more than 40 million doses of coronavirus vaccines available, U.S. health authorities said they’re confident there will be enough for every American who qualifies
September 26
September 26

This is why it's so difficult to know how old a lobster is

Studying their DNA may help humans keep populations naturally balanced.
September 26
A scientist holds a lobster underwater on Friendship Long Island, Maine, July 2007.
September 25

Teams check destruction from Northern California forest fire

A forest fire has displaced thousands of residents in Northern California.
September 25
Flames consume a house near Old Oregon Trail as the Fawn Fire burns north of Redding in Shasta County, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Ethan Swope)
September 25

Israel says US booster plan supports its own aggressive push

Israel is pressing ahead with its aggressive campaign of offering coronavirus boosters to almost anyone over 12 and says its approach was further vindicated by a U.S. decision to give the shots to older patients or those at higher risk
September 25
September 24

GLIMPSES: Phone in hand, Barbados PM dials into issues at UN

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley didn’t phone in her speech at the U.N. General Assembly on Friday
September 24
Mia Amor Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados, addresses the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly at United Nations headquarters on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021. The General Assembly hall is equipped with a teleprompter, but few leaders used it Friday, with most opting for paper speeches. While reading speech texts from phones has become more common in general, the practice remains rare at the General Assembly. (UN WebTV via AP)
September 24

US military eyes prototype mobile nuclear reactor in Idaho

The U.S. Department of Defense is taking input on its plan to build an advanced mobile nuclear microreactor prototype at the Idaho National Laboratory in eastern Idaho
September 24
FILE - This Nov. 29, 2018, file photo, shows the Transient Test Reactor at the Idaho National Laboratory about 50 miles west of Idaho Falls, in eastern Idaho. The U.S. Department of Defense is taking public comments on its plan to build an advanced mobile nuclear microreactor prototype at the Idaho National Laboratory in eastern Idaho. The department on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, began the 45-day comment period by releasing a draft environmental impact study evaluating alternatives for building and operating the microreactor that could produce one to five megawatts of power. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler, File)
September 24

Huawei exec resolves criminal charges in deal with US

A top executive of Chinese communications giant Huawei Technologies has reached a deal with the Justice Department that enables her to resolve criminal fraud charges against her and to return to China
September 24
FILE - Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei, leaves home to attend what is expected to be the final day of her extradition hearing at B.C. Supreme Court, in Vancouver, on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. U.S. prosecutors are prepared to resolve criminal charges against Meng, the Justice Department disclosed Friday in a letter to a federal judge in New York. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 24

Lawyer says Huawei executive's US prosecution to be deferred, resolving case that roiled relations with China

Lawyer says Huawei executive's US prosecution to be deferred, resolving case that roiled relations with China
September 24
September 24

White House steps up work on what to do about thawing Arctic

The White House is stepping up its work to figure out what to do about a rapidly thawing Arctic
September 24
September 24

China declares all cryptocurrency transactions illegal

China’s central bank has declared all transactions involving Bitcoin and other virtual currencies illegal, stepping up a campaign to block use of unofficial digital money
September 24
FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2021, file photo, the Bitcoin logo appears on the display screen of a cryptocurrency ATM at the Smoker's Choice store in Salem, N.H. China’s central bank on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, declared all transactions involving Bitcoin and other virtual currencies illegal, stepping up a campaign to block use of unofficial digital money. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
September 24

EU pushes for 1 charger to work for all mobile devices

The European Union wants to require smartphone makers to adopt the USB-C cable as a universal charging chord.
September 24
VIDEO:  EU pushes for one charger to work for all mobile devices
September 24

CDC endorses booster shots for millions of Americans, opening a major new phase in US vaccination drive against COVID-19

CDC endorses booster shots for millions of Americans, opening a major new phase in US vaccination drive against COVID-19
September 24
September 23

Lava spread raises fears of more damage on Spanish island

The advance of lava from a volcanic eruption on one of Spain’s Canary Islands has slowed significantly
September 23
Lava from a volcano eruption flows on the island of La Palma in the Canaries, Spain, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. A volcano on a small Spanish island in the Atlantic Ocean erupted on Sunday, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people. Experts say the volcanic eruption and its aftermath on a Spanish island could last for up to 84 days. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
September 23

'Vaccine apartheid': Africans tell UN they need vaccines

The inequity of COVID-19 vaccine distribution came into sharp focus Thursday as many of the African countries whose populations have little to no access to the life-saving shots stepped to the podium to speak at the U.N.’s annual meeting of world leaders
September 23
A seat is marked off for social distancing because of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic as Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi addresses the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. (Eduardo Munoz/Pool Photo via AP)
September 23

Oldest human footprints in North America found in New Mexico

Fossilized footprints discovered in New Mexico indicate that early humans were walking across North America around 23,000 years ago
September 23
This undated photo made available by the National Park Service in September 2021 shows fossilized human fossilized footprints at the White Sands National Park in New Mexico. According to a report published in the journal Science on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, the impressions indicate that early humans were walking across North America around 23,000 years ago, much earlier than scientists previously thought. (NPS via AP)
September 23

Climate change fuels California emphasis on preventing fires

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has approved nearly $1 billion in new spending to prevent wildfires that are getting bigger and more destructive from climate change
September 23
FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2021, file photo firefighter Austin Cia sprays water as the Windy Fire burns in the Trail of 100 Giants grove in Sequoia National Forest, Calif. California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, approved nearly $1 billion in new spending to prevent wildfires, signaling a policy shift in a state that historically focused more on putting out fires than stopping them before they start. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
September 23

NTSB seeks video, photos of fiery South Florida Tesla crash

U.S. safety investigators are asking anyone who witnessed a fiery Tesla crash near Miami that killed two people to send them video or photos taken at the scene
September 23
FILE - This Feb. 9, 2019, file photo shows a sign bearing the company logo outside a Tesla store in Cherry Creek Mall in Denver. Federal officials said Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 they will investigate a fiery Tesla crash that left two people dead in South Florida. Three investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are traveling next week to Coral Gables, where a Tesla Model 3 left the roadway and collided with a tree Monday, the agency announced on Twitter. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
September 23

EU pushes for universal chargers for all smartphones

The European Commission pushed legislation that would require all mobile electronic devices to be charged on the USB-C cables to cut down on electronic waste.
September 23
The European Commission pushed legislation that would require all mobile electronic devices to be charged on the USB-C cables to cut down on electronic waste.
September 23

GM invests $300M in China's self-driving car company Momenta

General Motors is investing $300 million in China’s self-driving car company Momenta
September 23
This image provided by General Motors shows the GM Logo. General Motors is investing $300 million in China’s self-driving car company Momenta. GM said Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021 that the investment will speed up the development of next-generation self-driving technologies for its future vehicles in China. (General Motors via AP)
September 23

China's Ant Group to share credit data with central bank

China’s central bank will soon have access to the private credit information of hundreds of millions of users of Ant Group’s online credit service, in a move signaling more regulatory oversight of the financial technology sector
September 23
FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2020, file photo, a view of the signage of Ant Group is seen at the headquarters compound of the fintech giant in Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang province. China’s central bank will soon have access to private credit information of hundreds of millions of users of Ant Group’s online credit service, in a move signaling more regulatory oversight of the financial technology sector. (Chinatopix via AP, File)
September 23

Woman plans to help fellow Rwandan amputees get prosthetics

A Rwandan woman who was orphaned during her country’s genocide and lost part of her leg to childhood cancer has been fitted with a new prosthetic leg
September 23
Claudine Humure, of Rwanda, takes a step with her new prosthetic leg as Arthur Graham, prosthetist at Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics, looks on, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, in Newton, Mass. Humure was orphaned during her country's genocide and lost part of her leg to childhood cancer. Her new leg was provided free by the prosthetic clinic and features the latest in artificial limb technology. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
September 23

Microsoft unveils latest Surface devices

The Surface Laptop Studio features a screen that flips into tablet mode.
September 23
VIDEO:  Microsoft unveils latest laptop in its Surface series
September 23

America Strong: Immigrant-founded nonprofit gives laptops, tech to students in need

"I can never repay them for the situation I'm in right now," one student said.
September 23
First Tech Fund supplies students with the adequate technology and resources to support them throughout the school year.
September 23

US projections on drought-hit Colorado River grow more dire

The U.S. government has released projections that indicate an even more troubling outlook for a river that serves 40 million people in the American West
September 23
FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2020, file photo, a bathtub ring of light minerals delineates the high water mark on Lake Mead at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area near Boulder City, Nev. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation released projections Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, that indicate an even more troubling outlook for a river that serves millions of people in the U.S. West. The agency recently declared the first-ever shortage on the Colorado River, which means Arizona, Nevada and Mexico won't get all the water they were allocated next year. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
September 22

Business group: China's tech self-reliance plans hurt growth

A foreign business group in China says the ruling Communist Party’s campaign to tighten control over China’s industries and reduce use of foreign technology is denting its economic growth
September 22
A child reaches out to a depicting of a globe and the word "Global" during the China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) in Beijing, China, Monday, Sept. 6, 2021. The ruling Communist Party's campaign to tighten control over China's industries and reduce use of foreign technology is slashing economic growth, a foreign business group warned Thursday, Sept. 22 and it appealed to Beijing to reverse course and open state-dominated markets wider. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
September 22

Epic CEO: Apple won't let Fortnite back until case ends

Tim Sweeney, CEO of Fortnite maker Epic, said Wednesday it's been told by Apple that the game will be “blacklisted from the Apple ecosystem" until the companies' legal case is resolved and all appeals are exhausted, which could take as long as five years
September 22
Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney enters the Ronald V. Dellums building in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, May 21, 2021. Sweeney said Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021 it's been told by Apple that the game will be “blacklisted from the Apple ecosystem" until the companies' legal case is resolved and all appeals are exhausted, which could take as long as five years. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
September 22

Facebook tech chief Mike Schroepfer to step down

Facebook’s Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer is stepping down from the social media company, taking on a part time role while longtime executive Andrew Bosworth will replace him next year
September 22
FILE - In this April 14, 2020 file photo, the thumbs up Like logo is shown on a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook's semi-independent oversight board says it will review the company's “XCheck," or cross check system following an investigation by The Wall Street Journal into the use of an internal system that has exempted high-profile users from some or all of its rules. The board said Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, that it expects to have a briefing with Facebook on the matter and “will be reporting what we hear from this" as part of a report it will publish in October. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
September 22

New push on to expand nuclear radiation compensation in US

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is renewing a push to expand a U.S. compensation program for people who were exposed to radiation following uranium mining and nuclear testing carried out during the Cold War
September 22
FILE - In this May 11, 2003, file photo, protesters lie on the pavement opposed to the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear storage facility and weapons testing after crossing the line into the Nevada Test Site at Mercury, Nev., and were arrested for trespassing about 70 miles north of Las Vegas. A bipartisan group of lawmakers is renewing the push to expand a federal compensation program for radiation exposure following uranium mining and nuclear testing carried out during the Cold War. Advocates have been trying for years to bring awareness to the lingering effects of nuclear fallout surrounding the Trinity Site in southern New Mexico and on the Navajo Nation, where more than 30 million tons of ore were extracted over decades to support U.S. nuclear activities. (AP Photo/Joe Cavaretta,File)
September 22

Thousands fight wildfires threatening California's sequoias

Growing armies of firefighters are battling wildfires in the heart of California’s sequoia country
September 22
A firefighter hoses down hot spots around a sequoia tree in the Trail of 100 Giants of Sequoia National Forest, Calif., as the Windy Fire burns on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. According to firefighters, the tree sustained fire damage when the fire spotted into its crown. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
September 22

Apple, Google raise new concerns by yanking Russian app

Apple’s and Google’s cooperation with the Russian government’s efforts to suppress an app opposed to the ruling regime is escalating concerns about whether Big Tech’s pursuit of ever-higher profits has trampled their commitment to protecting civil rights
September 22
FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 file photo, The app Smart Voting is displayed on an iPhone screen in Moscow, Russia. Big Tech companies that operate around the globe have long promised both to obey local laws and to protect civil rights while doing business. But when Apple and Google capitulated to Russian demands and removed Smart Voting, a political-opposition app from their local app stores, it raised worries that two of the world's most successful companies are more comfortable bowing to undemocratic edicts — and maintaining a steady flow of profits— than upholding their stated principles.(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
September 22

Ford invests in electric vehicle battery recycling company

Ford Motor Co. is investing $50 million in an upstart electric vehicle battery recycling company as the automaker moves to bolster its U.S. battery supply chain
September 22
A Ford logo is seen on signage at Country Ford in Graham, N.C., Tuesday, July 27, 2021. Ford Motor Co. is investing $50 million in an upstart electric vehicle battery recycling company as the automaker moves to bolster its U.S. battery supply chain. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
September 22

Microsoft poised to unveil its latest line of Surface devices

Tech watchers are anticipating the new Surface Pro X with chip refresh.
September 22
VIDEO:  Microsoft poised to unveil its latest line of Surface devices
September 22

5.9 earthquake causes minor damage in Australia, no injuries

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake has caused slight damage in suburban Melbourne in an unusually powerful temblor for Australia
September 22
A police officer closes an intersection where debris is scattered in the road after an earthquake damaged a building in Melbourne, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021. A magnitude 5.8 earthquake caused damage in the city of Melbourne in an unusually powerful temblor for Australia, Geoscience Australia said. (James Ross/AAP Image via AP)
September 22

Ravaged by war, Syrian rebel area struggles with virus surge

Coronavirus cases are surging to the worst levels of the pandemic in a rebel stronghold in Syria
September 22
Medical workers carry a patient infected with the coronavirus on a stretcher at the Syrian American Medical Society Hospital, in the city of Idlib, northwest Syria, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. Coronavirus cases are surging to the worst levels of the pandemic in Idlib province, a rebel stronghold in Syria — a particularly devastating development in a region where scores of hospitals have been bombed and that doctors and nurses have fled in droves during a decade of war. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed)
September 21

China, US unveil separate big steps to fight climate change

Both China and the United States are starting new financial attacks on climate change
September 21
China's President Xi Jinping remotely addresses the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in a pre-recorded message, Tuesday Sept. 21, 2021, at UN headquarters.(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, Pool)
September 21

Sequoia National Park's Giant Forest unscathed by wildfire

The ancient massive trees of Sequoia National Park’s famed Giant Forest are unscathed even though a wildfire has been burning near them in California’s Sierra Nevada for nearly two weeks
September 21
Firefighters battling the Windy Fire extinguish a spot fire near the Trail of 100 Giants grove of Sequoia National Forest, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
September 21

US govt to probe Zoom's $14.7B Five9 deal for natsec risks

A U_S_ government committee that reviews foreign investment in telecom is probing videoconferencing company Zoom’s $14_7 billion deal for cloud call center company Five9 for national security risks due to “foreign participation.”
September 21
FILE - This April 18, 2019, file photo shows a sign for Zoom Video Communications ahead of their Nasdaq IPO in New York. A U.S. government committee that reviews foreign investment in telecom is probing videoconferencing company Zoom’s $14.7 billion deal for cloud call center company Five9 for national security risks due to “foreign participation.” The Justice Department declined to answer questions Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
September 21

Biden bets on rapid COVID tests but they can be hard to find

President Joe Biden is betting on millions more rapid, at-home tests to help curb the latest deadly wave of the COVID-19 pandemic
September 21
September 21

Toxic gas, new rivers of molten lava endanger Spanish island

On the Spanish island of La Palma, a new volcanic vent has blown open and unstoppable rivers of molten rock are flowing
September 21
Lava erupts from a volcano near El Paso on the island of La Palma in the Canaries, Spain, Monday Sept. 20, 2021. Giant rivers of lava are tumbling slowly but relentlessly toward the sea after a volcano, seen in backround, erupted on a Spanish island off northwest Africa. The lava is destroying everything in its path but prompt evacuations helped avoid casualties after Sunday's eruption. (Kike Rincon, Europa Press via AP)
September 21

Activision confirms SEC probe into discrimination allegation

Activision Blizzard, one of the world’s most high-profile video game companies, has confirmed a regulatory probe and said it is working to address complaints of workplace discrimination
September 21
FILE - This June 13, 2013 file photo shows the Activision Blizzard Booth during the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. Activision Blizzard, one of the world’s most high-profile video game companies, confirmed an SEC probe and said it is working to address complaints of workplace discrimination. The Santa Monica, California, company said Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, that it is complying with a recent Securities and Exchange Commission subpoena sent to current and former employees and executives and the company itself on “employment matters and related issues.” (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
September 21

Google to spend $2.1 billion on Manhattan campus acquisition

Google is planning to buy New York’s St.  John’s Terminal for $2.1 billion, making it the anchor of its Hudson Square campus
September 21
FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, a man using a mobile phone walks past Google offices in New York. Google is planning to buy New York's St. John’s Terminal for $2.1 billion, making it the anchor of its Hudson Square campus. Alphabet and Google Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat said Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, that the company is looking to invest more than $250 million in its New York campus this year. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, FILE)
September 21

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

Apple-Apps-Top-10 for week ending 9/19/2021
September 21