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Lava spread raises fears of more damage on Spanish island

The advance of lava from a volcanic eruption in Spain’s Canary Islands has slowed significantly
16 minutes ago
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)
37 minutes ago

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
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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)
1 hour ago

Microsoft unveils latest Surface devices

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

China's Ant Group shares credit data with central bank

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
4 hours ago
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

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
September 21

J&J: Booster dose of its COVID shot prompts strong response

Johnson & Johnson says a booster dose to its one-shot coronavirus vaccine provides a strong immune response months after people receive a first dose
September 21
FILE - In this March 26, 2021, file photo a member of the Philadelphia Fire Department prepares a dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination site setup in Philadelphia. Religious objections, once used only sparingly around the country to get exempted from various required vaccines, are becoming a much more widely used loophole against the COVID-19 shot. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
September 21

Apple launches a healthy update for iPhones

The launch of iOS 15 will give some users the option to share health data directly with their doctors.
September 21
VIDEO:  Apple launches a healthy update for iPhones
September 21

Twitter to pay $809.5 million to settle shareholder lawsuit

Twitter said Monday it will pay $809.5 million to settle a consolidated class action lawsuit alleging that the company misled investors about how much its user base was growing and how much users interacted with its platform
September 21
FILE - This April 27, 2021 file photo shows the login/sign up screen for a Twitter account on a laptop computer in Orlando, Fla. Twitter said Monday, Sept. 20, it will pay $809.5 million to settle a consolidated class action lawsuit alleging that the company misled investors about how much its user base was growing and how much users interacted with its platform. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
September 21

Concern or entertainment? Gabby Petito case goes viral on social media

Young people are sharing their reactions to the investigation online.
September 21
Police confirmed that they have been looking into TikTok user Miranda Bakers claim, but have yet to officially confirm her story.
September 20

Iowa farm cooperative hit by ransomware, systems go offline

A ransomware attack hit a cooperative of Iowa corn and soy farmers.
September 20
September 20

UN climate talks: Faint progress on money, none on pollution

Officials are touting faint progress on money, but little on pollution at a United Nations world leader summit on climate change
September 20
The United Nations headquarters is reflected in a window Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, on 1st Ave. in New York. The 76th Session of the UN General Assembly begins this week. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
September 20

Nobody hurt but much damage in Spanish volcano eruption

Giant rivers of lava are tumbling slowly but relentlessly toward the sea after a volcano erupted on a Spanish island off northwest Africa
September 20
Lava flows from an eruption of a volcano near El Paso on the island of La Palma in the Canaries, Spain, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021. Lava continues to flow slowly from a volcano that erupted in Spain’s Canary Islands off northwest Africa. The head of the islands' regional government says Monday he expects no injuries to people in the area after some 5,000 were evacuated. (Europa Press via AP)
September 20

The AP Interview: UN chief warns China, US to avoid Cold War

The head of the United Nations is warning of a potential new Cold War if the United States and China don't repair their relationship
September 20
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres talks to media at a press conference, during the High-Level Ministerial Event on the Humanitarian Situation in Afghanistan, at the European headquarters of the United Nation, in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)
September 20

4 famous giant trees unharmed by Sequoia National Park fire

Authorities say four famous giant sequoias were not harmed by a wildfire that reached the edge of Giant Forest in California’s Sequoia National Park
September 20
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 20

HP, Procter & Gamble join companies pledge to cut emissions

Computer-maker HP, consumer goods business Procter & Gamble and coffee capsule company Nespresso have joined a corporate pledge to sharply cut their greenhouse gas emissions over nearly two decades
September 20
FILE - This July 9, 2015, file photo, shows signage outside Procter & Gamble corporate headquarters in downtown Cincinnati, USA. Computer-maker HP, consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble and coffee capsule company Nespresso have joined a corporate pledge to sharply cut their greenhouse gas emissions over the coming 20 years.The Climate Pledge, a grouping of companies and organizations spearheaded by Amazon, said Monday that it has signed up 86 new members for its voluntary measures. In total they now have 201 members with global annual revenues of more than $1.8 trillion. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
September 20

UN agency: Innovation continued even as coronavirus emerged

The U.N.’s intellectual property agency says innovation marched forward last year despite the impact of the coronavirus outbreak
September 20
September 20

Apple iOS 15 has arrived

The company's latest operating system for iPhones and iPads offers new features like the ability to Facetime Android users.
September 20
VIDEO: Apple iOS 15 has arrived
September 19

Volcano erupts on Atlantic island; lava destroys some homes

A volcano on Spain’s Atlantic Ocean island of La Palma has erupted after a weeklong buildup of seismic activity, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of residents
September 19
Lava flows from an eruption of a volcano at the island of La Palma in the Canaries, Spain, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021. A volcano on Spain's Atlantic Ocean island of La Palma erupted Sunday after a weeklong buildup of seismic activity, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands as lava flows destroyed isolated houses and threatened to reach the coast. New eruptions continued into the night. (AP Photo/Jonathan Rodriguez)
September 19

Spanish scientists say the volcano on La Palma island in the Canary Islands Atlantic archipelago has erupted

Spanish scientists say the volcano on La Palma island in the Canary Islands Atlantic archipelago has erupted
September 19
September 19

Smoke from massive wildfires in Australia led to algae bloom

Iron-laden nutrients in algae were seen thousands of kilometers away.
September 19
A satellite image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission shows wildfires smoke on the east coast of Australia, Dec 31, 2019.
September 19

Same goal, different paths: US, EU seek max vaccine rates

Officials in both the U.S. and the European Union are struggling with the same question
September 19
September 18

Trailblazing tourist trip to orbit ends with splashdown

A trailblazing tourist trip to orbit has ended safely with a splashdown in the Atlantic
September 18
In this image taken provided by SpaceX, a capsule carrying four people parachutes into the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida coast, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. The all-amateur crew was the first to circle the world without a professional astronaut. (SpaceX via AP)
September 18

SpaceX's 1st tourists splash down in the Atlantic off Florida after 3 days in orbit

SpaceX's 1st tourists splash down in the Atlantic off Florida after 3 days in orbit
September 18
September 18

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
September 18
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)