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October 25

Minority communities question election-year push by EPA

The Trump administration is drawing criticism for an election-year push to portray itself as a champion of a cleaner environment in disadvantaged communities
October 25
October 25

This is how scientists potentially could turn discarded plastic into consumer goods

Chemicals from waste plastic could be used in detergent, paint or medicine.
October 25
October 24

Facebook demands academics disable ad-targeting data tool

Facebook demands NYU halt collection of data on political ads targeting site.
October 24
October 24

Crews vacuum 'murder hornets' out of Washington nest

Heavily protected crews in Washington state have worked to destroy the first nest of so-called murder hornets discovered in the United States
October 24
Sven Spichiger, Washington State Department of Agriculture managing entomologist, displays a canister of Asian giant hornets vacuumed from a nest in a tree behind him Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. Scientists in Washington state discovered the first nest earlier in the week of so-called murder hornets in the United States and worked to wipe it out Saturday morning to protect native honeybees. Workers with the state Agriculture Department spent weeks searching, trapping and using dental floss to tie tracking devices to Asian giant hornets, which can deliver painful stings to people and spit venom but are the biggest threat to honeybees that farmers depend on to pollinate crops. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
October 23

Asteroid samples escaping from jammed NASA spacecraft

A NASA spacecraft is stuffed with so much asteroid rubble from this week's grab that it's jammed open and precious particles are drifting away in space
October 23
October 23

First 'murder hornet' nest discovered in US

Scientists in Washington state have discovered the first nest of so-called murder hornets in the United States and plan to wipe it out Saturday to protect native honeybees
October 23
In this Oct. 7, 2020, photo provided by the Washington State Department of Agriculture, a live Asian giant hornet is affixed with a tracking device before being released near Blaine, Wash. Washington state officials say they were again unsuccessful at live-tracking an Asian giant hornet while trying to find and destroy a nest of the so-called murder hornets. The Washington State Department of Agriculture said Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, that an entomologist used dental floss to tie a tracking device on a female hornet, only to lose signs of her when she went into the forest. (Karla Salp/Washington State Department of Agriculture via AP)
October 23

Huawei sales up, but growth slows under virus, US pressure

Chinese tech giant Huawei says its revenue rose 9.9% in the first nine months of this year, but growth slowed due to U.S. sanctions and the coronavirus pandemic
October 23
FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2020, file photo, a man wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus walks past a billboard advertising Chinese technology firm Huawei at the PT Expo in Beijing. Chinese tech giant Huawei, one of the biggest makers of smartphones and switching equipment, said Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 its revenue rose 9.9% in the first nine months of this year, but growth slowed due to U.S. sanctions and the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
October 23

Legal setback for Uber and Lyft

The rideshare companies must now classify drivers as employees rather than independent contractors.
October 23
VIDEO: Legal setback for Uber and Lyft
October 22

Tesla 'full self-driving' vehicles can't drive themselves

A small group of Tesla owners is testing the company's “full self-driving” system on public roads
October 22
FILE - This Oct. 18, 2019, photo shows a Tesla logo in Salt Lake City. A small group of Tesla owners is testing the company's “full self driving” system on public roads. But in fine print the company says the $8,000 system doesn't make the vehicles autonomous and they still have to be supervised by humans. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
October 22

Colorado wildfires drag on later than normal, break records

In parts of Colorado, the sky has been gray, the sun hazy and the odor of a burning campfire has persisted for much of September and October
October 22
Smoke rises from mountain ridges as a wildfire burns south of Highway 34 Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, near Granby, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
October 22

US regulators seek advice on thorny issues as vaccines near

A group of scientific advisers say they're concerned that the U.S. government's plans to expedite COVID-19 vaccines could damage public confidence in the shots
October 22
October 22

Self-driving shuttle debuts in high-traffic Virginia spot

The future of transportation arrived in northern Virginia, looking like a big blue toaster on wheels that seats six and drives itself through the region’s notorious traffic
October 22
Deployment Manager Jason Peres prepares to close the doors on the Relay, an electric autonomous vehicle, in Fairfax, Va., Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. The future of transportation arrived in northern Virginia, looking like a big blue toaster on wheels that can seat six and drive itself through the region’s notorious traffic. State and local officials debuted the Relay system Thursday, an all-electric, autonomous vehicle that will provide free shuttle rides back and forth from the Dunn Loring Metrorail stop to the bustling Mosaic District in Fairfax County, Va.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
October 22

Self-driving shuttle debuts in high-traffic Virginia spot

The future of transportation arrived in northern Virginia, looking like a big blue toaster on wheels that seats six and drives itself through the region’s notorious traffic
October 22
Deployment Manager Jason Peres prepares to close the doors on the Relay, an electric autonomous vehicle, in Fairfax, Va., Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. The future of transportation arrived in northern Virginia, looking like a big blue toaster on wheels that can seat six and drive itself through the region’s notorious traffic. State and local officials debuted the Relay system Thursday, an all-electric, autonomous vehicle that will provide free shuttle rides back and forth from the Dunn Loring Metrorail stop to the bustling Mosaic District in Fairfax County, Va.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
October 22

Pandemic hurts AT&T in 3rd quarter; wireless unit stable

The pandemic continued to hit AT&T in the third quarter as closed theaters, wary U.S. moviegoers and the Hollywood shutdown hurt its WarnerMedia movie and TV business
October 22
October 22

New Huawei phone comes at crucial time for Chinese company

Huawei’s new smartphone has an upgraded camera, its latest advanced chipset and a better battery
October 22
The new Huawei Mate 40 Pro smartphone is held for a photo, in London, Wednesday Oct. 21, 2020. Huawei, has unveiled its Mate 40 line of phones, Thursday Oct. 22, 2020, a product release that comes at a crucial moment for the company. (AP Photo/James Brooks)
October 22

Quibi calls it quits

Video streaming service Quibi shuts down six months after launching.
October 22
VIDEO:  Quibi calls it quits
October 22

Trio who lived on space station return to Earth safely

A trio of space travelers has safely returned to Earth after a six-month mission on the International Space Station
October 22
In this handout photo released by Roscosmos Space Agency, the Soyuz-2.1a rocket booster with Soyuz MS-17 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station (ISS) blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. A trio of space travelers has launched successfully to the International Spce Station, for the first time using a fast-track maneuver to reach the orbiting outpost in just three hours. NASA's Kate Rubins and Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos lifted off as scheduled at 10:45 a.m. (1:45 a.m. EDT, 5:45 a.m. GMT) Wednesday from the Russia-leased Baikonur space launch facility in Kazakhstan for a six-month stint on the station. (Andrey Shelepin/Roscosmos Space Agency via AP)
October 21

Russian-US crew has landed safely after six-month mission on International Space Station

Russian-US crew has landed safely after six-month mission on International Space Station
October 21
October 21

NASA spacecraft sent asteroid rubble flying in sample grab

Scientists are optimistic that a NASA spacecraft has collected samples at asteroid Bennu for return to Earth
October 21
October 21

Tesla posts net profit for fifth straight quarter

Tesla charged through a summertime auto industry sales slump in the U.S. to post stronger-than-expected net earnings for the third quarter
October 21
FILE - This March 18, 2020 photo shows a Tesla charging station for automobiles in Port Huron, Mich. Tesla charged through a summertime auto industry sales slump in the U.S. to post stronger-than-expected net earnings for the third quarter. The electric car and solar panel maker says Wednesday, Oct. 21, that it made $874 million, or 27 cents per share, for its fifth-straight profitable quarter.(AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
October 21

After explosive growth at Square, Chase launches own version

After watching the explosive growth at electronic payment start-ups like Jack Dorsey’s Square, JPMorgan Chase has launched its own version to lure small business owners increasingly relying on technology during the pandemic
October 21
FILE - This Sept. 13, 2014, file photo, shows the Chase bank logo in New York. JPMorgan Chase says profits improved marginally in the third quarter, a notable change after the nation’s largest bank had to set aside billions in the last two quarters to cover losses from the coronavirus pandemic. The New York-based bank said it earned a profit of $9.44 billion, or $2.92 a share, in the July to September period. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
October 21

Suit: Feds ignore risk of huge spills to endangered species

Environmental groups have asked a federal court to toss out the Trump administration's assessment of how oil and gas activity could affect endangered species in the Gulf of Mexico
October 21
FILE - In this Monday, April 26, 2010, aerial file photo taken over the Gulf of Mexico, weathered oil is seen near the coast of Louisiana from a leaking pipeline that resulted from the explosion and collapse of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig a week earlier. Environmental groups have asked a federal court to toss out the government's assessment of oil and gas activity's likely effects on endangered species in the Gulf of Mexico. A lawsuit filed Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, says the report doesn’t consider the likelihood of another catastrophic oil spill like BP's Deepwater Horizon spill of 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
October 21

After years grappling with Google, Europe has tips for US

The U.S. antitrust crackdown on Google might seem like deja vu for European Union regulators
October 21
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. The Trump administration's legal assault on Google actually feels like a blast from the past. The U.S. Justice Department filed an equally high-profile case against a technology giant in 1998. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)
October 21

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez voting Twitch stream becomes one of platform's most-viewed

The congresswoman turned to online gaming to encourage young people to vote.
October 21
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attends a rally for Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders in Queensbridge Park in New York, Oct. 19, 2019.
October 21

Can't crush this: Beetle armor gives clues to tougher planes

Scientists say the armor of a seemingly indestructible beetle offers clues for designing stronger planes and buildings
October 21
This 2016 photo provided by the University of California, Irvine, shows a diabolical ironclad beetle, which can withstand being crushed by forces almost 40,000 times its body weight and are native to desert habitats in Southern California. Scientists say the armor of the seemingly indestructible beetle could offer clues for designing stronger planes and buildings. In a study published Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in the journal Nature, a group of scientists explains why the beetle is so squash-resistant. (Jesus Rivera, Kisailus Biomimetics and Nanostructured Materials Lab, University of California Irvine via AP)
October 21

NASA skims surface of asteroid to collect rock sample

NASA's plan, which had never been done before, was to touch an asteroid, break off a sample, and bring it back to Earth.
October 21
NASA's plan, which had never been done before, was to touch an asteroid, break off a sample, and bring it back to Earth.
October 21

‘Hummer’ to make an electric comeback

General Motors says the updated electric super truck will run on three motors and put out around 1,000 horsepower.
October 21
VIDEO: ‘Hummer’ to make an electric comeback
October 21

Australian watchdog considers its own Google antitrust case

Australia’s competition watchdog will consider its own antitrust case against Google after the U.S. Justice Department sued the company for abusing its dominance in online search and advertising
October 21
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. The Trump administration's legal assault on Google actually feels like a blast from the past. The U.S. Justice Department filed an equally high-profile case against a technology giant in 1998. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)
October 20

How Google evolved from 'cuddly' startup to antitrust target

Google once reviled Microsoft as a technological bully that ruthlessly abused its dominance of the PC software market to choke off competition, spurring Google to adopt “Don’t Be Evil” as a corporate motto
October 20
FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2019, file photo, a woman walks below a Google sign on the campus in Mountain View, Calif. Google is in the crosshairs of U.S. antitrust regulators who accuse it of wrongdoing similar to charges Microsoft faced 22 years ago, when Google was starting out in a Silicon Valley garage. How Google grew from its idealistic roots into what regulators describe as a cutthroat behemoth is a story shaped by unbridled ambition, savvy decision making, technology’s networking effects, lax regulatory oversight and the pressure to pump up profits. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
October 20

Intel to sell NAND business to SKorean rival for $9 billion

Intel has agreed to a $9 billion deal to sell most of its memory business to South Korea’s SK Hynix as it moves toward more diverse technologies while shedding a Chinese factory at a time of trade friction between Washington and Beijing
October 20
FILE - In this April 23, 2018 file photo, the logo of SK Hynix Inc. is seen at its office in Seongnam, South Korea. Intel has agreed to a $9 billion deal to sell most of its memory business to South Korea’s SK Hynix as it moves toward more diverse technologies while shedding a major Chinese factory at a time of deepening trade friction between Washington and Beijing. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)
October 20

US spacecraft touches asteroid surface for rare rubble grab

A NASA spacecraft has descended to an asteroid and momentarily touched the surface to collect a handful of cosmic rubble for return to Earth
October 20
October 20

NASA spacecraft touches surface of asteroid, aiming to scoop up rubble and return it to Earth.

NASA spacecraft touches surface of asteroid, aiming to scoop up rubble and return it to Earth.
October 20
October 20

UK to infect healthy volunteers in vaccine research trial

U.K. researchers are preparing to infect healthy young volunteers with the new coronavirus to study the disease in hopes of speeding up development of a vaccine
October 20
FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 file photo, senior Clinical Research Nurse Ajithkumar Sukumaran prepares the COVID 19 vaccine to administer to a volunteer, at a clinic in London. The British government on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 says it may take part in a study that tries to deliberately infect volunteers who have been given an experimental vaccine against the coronavirus in an effort to more quickly determine if the vaccine works. The approach, called a challenge study, is risky but proponents think it may produce results faster than typical studies, which wait to see if volunteers who have been given an experimental treatment or a dummy version get sick. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
October 20

The top 10 audiobooks on Audible.com

Audible best-sellers for week ending October 17th
October 20
October 20

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store For week ending 10/18/20
October 20
October 20

Apple Books-Top-10

Apple Books-Top-10 for week ending 10/18/2020
October 20
October 20

The top iPhone and iPad apps on Apple App Store

The top iPhone and iPad apps on Apple App Store for week ending 10/18/20
October 20
October 20

The top 10 movies on the Apple Store

US-Apple-Movies-Top-10 for week ending 10/18/20
October 20
October 20

Sweden bans Huawei, ZTE from 5G, calls China biggest threat

Sweden is banning Chinese tech companies Huawei and ZTE from building new high-speed wireless networks after a senior security official called China one of the country’s biggest threats
October 20
FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 file photo, attendees wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus walk past a booth from Chinese technology firm Huawei at the PT Expo in Beijing. The Swedish telecom regulator said Tuesday Oct. 20, 2020 is banning Chinese tech companies Huawei and ZTE from building new high-speed wireless networks after a senior security official called China one of the country’s biggest threats. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
October 20

Apple releases TV channel for music videos

Apple Music TV streams videos 24-hours a day with no ads, live chat or interactive features.
October 20
VIDEO: Apple releases TV channel for music videos
October 20

NATO to set up new space center amid China, Russia concerns

NATO plans to create a new space center to help manage satellite communications and the alliance’s military operations
October 20
Satellite dishes inside Kevlar domes at the Kester Satellite Ground Station in Kester, Belgium, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. This week, the site at Kester, which has been in use for decades but was totally overhauled in 2014, is set to fall under a new orbit, when NATO announces that it is creating a space center to help manage satellite communications and key parts of its military operations around the world. (AP Photo/Lorne Cook)
October 19

NASA's OSIRIS-REx to touch down on asteroid Bennu

On Oct. 20, the spacecraft will descend to the rocky, boulder-strewn surface of asteroid Bennu, touch down and attempt to collect a sample.
October 19
On Oct. 20, the spacecraft will descend to the rocky, boulder-strewn surface of asteroid Bennu, touch down and attempt to collect a sample.
October 19

Trial of Russian charged in bitcoin fraud begins in Paris

The trial of a Russian man alleged to have used ransomware in a 135 million euros ($157 million) bitcoin fraud will begin Monday
October 19
FILE - In this Oct.4, 2017 file photo, police officers escort Alexander Vinnik, center as they leave a courthouse at the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki. The Russian bitcoin fraud suspect Alexander Vinnik goes on trial on Monday in Paris for allegedly having used ransomware in a fraud involving 200 victims and estimated to a global amount of 135 million euros. Alexander Vinnik, who is also wanted in the United States and in Russia, is facing up to ten years in prison in a four-day trial in France over charges of extorsion, money laundering and criminal association. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos, File)
October 19

New details about Samsung's next phone release

Three new models are in the works, including an "ultra" model which is expected to have a stylus pen and up to four camera lenses.
October 19
VIDEO: New details about Samsung's next phone release
October 18

What social media giants are doing to counter misinformation this election

These steps come after the saga of the 2016 presidential election.
October 18
What social media companies are doing to combat misinformation/maintain election integrity ahead of the presidential vote
October 18

Touch-and-go: US spacecraft sampling asteroid for return

A NASA spacecraft circling an asteroid 200 million miles away will make contact.
October 18
This undated image made available by NASA shows the asteroid Bennu from the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. After almost two years circling the ancient asteroid, OSIRIS-REx will attempt to descend to the treacherous, boulder-packed surface and snatch a handful of rubble on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. (NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/CSA/York/MDA via AP)
October 18

Leather-covered balls in Chinese graves evidence of 3,000-year-old sport: Study

The hair-filled balls are roughly the size of baseballs.
October 18
Leather balls were found in an approximately 3,000-year-old cemetery in northwestern China.
October 17

'Big pile' of eels dumped in NYC park; impact not yet known

New York state and city wildlife officials say it's too soon to know the local impact of exotic eels dumped into a Brooklyn lake last month
October 17
October 17

UK Space Agency backs medical drone delivery project

A medical drone delivery service founded by trainee doctors that aims to transport coronavirus samples, test kits and protective equipment between hospitals has won the backing of Britain’s Space Agency
October 17
October 17

'Intoxicating': These new cars offer what no Tesla can

"The experience of an engine will become more and more important."
October 17
The exhaust note on Lexus' LC 500 convertible has been called "soul-stirring."