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July 30

California wildfire flares but within line crews have built

California’s largest wildfire so far this year is flaring up, but authorities say it's because flames are chewing through unburned islands of vegetation within a perimeter that firefighters have built
July 30
A firefighter uses a drip torch to ignite vegetation while trying to stop the Dixie Fire from spreading in Lassen National Forest, Calif., on Monday, July 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
July 30

Bezos loses appeal of NASA's plans to use Musk moon lander

Jeff Bezos has lost his appeal of NASA's contract with Elon Musk's SpaceX to build its new moon lander
July 30
This is an illustration provided by SpaceX shows the SpaceX Starship human lander design that will carry the first NASA astronauts to the surface of the Moon under the Artemis program. Jeff Bezos has lost his appeal of NASA's contract with Elon Musk's SpaceX to build its new moon lander. The Government Accountability Office Friday, July 30, 2021 ruled that NASA's award of the $2.9 billion contract to just SpaceX was legal and proper.(SpaceX/NASA via AP)
July 30

STEM industries are growing, but face shortage of qualified workers

Justin Shaifer, an advocate for science, technology, education and math learning, or STEM, discusses how to get students interested in science.
July 30
VIDEO: STEM industries are growing, but face shortage of qualified workers
July 30

Russia blames space station lab incident on software failure

A Russian space official has blamed a software problem on a newly docked science lab that briefly knocked the International Space Station out of position
July 30
In this photo taken by Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky and provided by Roscosmos Space Agency Press Service, the Nauka module is seen prior to docking with the International Space Station on Thursday, July 29, 2021. The newly arrived Russian science lab briefly knocked the International Space Station out of position Thursday when it accidentally fired its thrusters. For 47 minutes, the space station lost control of its orientation when the firing occurred a few hours after docking, pushing the orbiting complex from its normal configuration. The station's position is key for getting power from solar panels and or communications. Communications with ground controllers also blipped out twice for a few minutes. (Roscosmos Space Agency Press Service photo via AP)
July 30

In heat emergency, Greece adds checks for fires, power cuts

Greek authorities are ordering additional fire patrols and infrastructure maintenance inspections as the country grapples with a heat wave expected to last more than a week
July 30
People swim in the sea at Vouliagmeni suburb, southwest of Athens, on Thursday, July 29, 2021. One of the most severe heat waves recorded since 1980s scorched southeast Europe on Thursday, sending residents flocking to the coast, public fountains and air-conditioned locations to find some relief, with temperatures rose above 40 C (104 F) in parts of Greece and across much of the region. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)
July 30

Robotic police dogs: Useful hounds or dehumanizing machines?

If you’re homeless and looking for temporary shelter in Hawaii’s capital, expect a visit from a robotic police dog that will scan your eye to make sure you don’t have a fever
July 30
Honolulu Police Acting Lt. Joseph O’Neal demonstrates a robotic dog in Honolulu, Friday May 14, 2021. Police officials experimenting with the four-legged machines say they’re just another tool, like drones or simpler wheeled robots, to keep emergency responders out of harm’s way. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)
July 30

GrubHub accused of overcharging restaurants

Meanwhile, Amazon's sales have slowed down post-pandemic, and Facebook and Rayban are set to release "smart sunglasses."
July 30
VIDEO: GrubHub accused of overcharging restaurants
July 30

Tourists fined $500 for touching Hawaiian monk seals

U.S. authorities say a Louisiana woman who was honeymooning in Hawaii has been fined $500 after a social media video showed her touching an endangered Hawaiian monk seal
July 30
July 30

China's Didi denies report of plan to buy back shares

Didi Global Inc. has denied a report by The Wall Street Journal that the ride-hailing service was considering buying back its U.S.-traded shares after its June market debut was disrupted by Chinese government orders to overhaul data security
July 30
Workers pass by the Didi headquarters in Beijing Friday, July 16, 2021. Didi Global Inc. on Friday, July 30, 2021 denied a report by The Wall Street Journal that the ride-hailing service was considering buying back its U.S.-traded shares after its June market debut was disrupted by Chinese government orders to overhaul data security. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
July 29

Homes lose water as wells run dry in drought-ravaged basin

With wells drying up, and fish struggling, everyone is wondering what's next.
July 29
Misty Buckley carries dirty water from her animals' pens to water plants in her front yard, Saturday, July 24, 2021, in Klamath Falls, Ore. The Buckley's house well ran dry in May following an historic drought in southern Oregon. Dozens of domestic wells have gone dry in an area near the Oregon-California border where the American West's worsening drought has taken a particularly dramatic toll. (AP Photo/Nathan Howard)
July 29

Amazon's sales growth slows as pandemic shopping surge eases

The world’s return to almost normalcy is slowing down Amazon’s pandemic-induced sales surge
July 29
FILE - This April 16, 2020 shows the Amazon logo in Douai, northern France. Amazon on Thursday, July 29, 2021 turned in a mixed bag of results for its fiscal second quarter, coming up short of Wall Street expectations in revenue but beating on profits. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)
July 29

New Russian lab briefly knocks space station out of position

A problem with a newly docked Russian science lab briefly knocked the International Space Station out of position
July 29
In this photo provided by Roscosmos Space Agency Press Service, the Nauka module is seen prior to docking with the International Space Station on Thursday, July 29, 2021. Russia's long-delayed lab module successfully docked with the International Space Station on Thursday, eight days after it was launched from the Russian space launch facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The 20-metric-ton (22-ton) Nauka module, also called the Multipurpose Laboratory Module, docked with the orbiting outpost after a long journey and a series of manoeuvres. (Roscosmos Space Agency Press Service photo via AP)
July 29

Nikola founder Milton freed on $100M bail after fraud arrest

The founder of Nikola Corp. has been arrested on securities fraud charges alleging he made false and misleading statements to investors about the electric and hydrogen-powered truck startup
July 29
Audrey Strauss, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, speaks during a news conference, in New York, Thursday, July 29, 2021. She announced that Trevor Milton, founder and one-time executive chair of Nikola Corp., surrendered Thursday in New York to face charges alleging he lied about the electric and hydrogen-powered truck startup, duping some financially struggling novice investors looking for income during the pandemic. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
July 29

Boeing's Starliner launch delayed after Space Station incident

The Starliner's shot at redemption after its 2019 flop has been postponed.
July 29
This NASA handout photo shows a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with Boeings CST-100 Starliner spacecraft onboard on the launch pad at Space Launch Complex 41 on July 29, 2021, at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
July 29

What is a COVID-19 vaccine 'breakthrough' case?

A COVID-19 vaccine “breakthrough” case is when a vaccinated person gets infected with the coronavirus
July 29
What is a COVID-19 vaccine “breakthrough” case? (AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin)
July 29

Russia's laboratory module has successfully docked with the International Space Station

Russia's laboratory module has successfully docked with the International Space Station
July 29
July 29

Rocket Lab launches US Space Force experimental satellite

A small satellite, called Monolith, was deployed into a low-Earth orbit.
July 29
Rocket Lab's Electron rocket lifts off from the company's space launch facility on New Zealand's Mahia peninsula before deploying an experimental satellite for the United States Space Force into orbit on July 29, 2021.
July 29

Google, Facebook issue vaccination mandates for in-office employees

Meanwhile, Nokia's XR20 is called "the most durable phone created," and experts recommend turning mobile phone on and off weekly to thwart hackers.
July 29
VIDEO: Google, Facebook issue vaccination mandates for in-office employees
July 28

Facebook profits top $10B as its CEO exalts the 'metaverse'

Concerns about a revenue growth slowdown pushed Facebook’s shares lower in after-hours trading Wednesday, not long after the company reported that its second-quarter profits doubled thanks to a massive increase in advertising revenue
July 28
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 doubled its profit in the second quarter thanks to a massive increase in advertising revenue, especially the price of ads it delivers to its nearly 3 billion users. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
July 28

First sign of animal life on Earth may be a sponge fossil

A geologist has discovered rocks in Canada that may contain sponge fossils dating back 890 million years — potentially making them the earliest fossil record of animal life on Earth
July 28
July 28

Apple reports record profits due to iPhone sales

Meanwhile, Facebook halted sales of a virtual reality gaming headset, and "The Simpsons" arcade game is making a comeback.
July 28
VIDEO: Apple reports record profits due to i-Phone sales
July 28

EXPLAINER: Risks underlie tumbling Chinese company shares

Foreign shareholders in China’s tech companies are learning what its entrepreneurs have long known: The ruling Communist Party’s decisions about what is good for the economy can hurt your business
July 28
FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2020, file photo, a visitor wearing a face mask walks past a logo for Chinese technology firm Tencent at their display at the China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) in Beijing. Foreign shareholders in China's tech companies are learning what its entrepreneurs have long known: The ruling Communist Party's decisions about what is good for the economy can hurt your business. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
July 27

3 tech giants report combined profits of more than $50B

Three tech companies — Apple, Microsoft and Google owner Alphabet — reported combined profits of more than $50 billion in the April-June quarter, underscoring their unparalleled influence and success at reshaping the way we live
July 27
File - In this Friday, May 21, 2021, file photo, customers view the new 24" iMac desktop computers in an Apple store, in New York. Three tech companies that have amassed unparalleled influence while reshaping the way we live released their latest quarterly report cards in a flurry late Tuesday, July 27, 2021. Although Apple, Microsoft and Google owner Alphabet Inc. make their money in different ways, the results for the April-June period served as another reminder of the clout they wield and why government regulators are growing increasingly concerned about whether they have become too powerful. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
July 27

Ex-eBay employee gets 18 months for cyberstalking campaign

A former security operations manager for eBay Inc. has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for his role in an extensive campaign to terrorize and intimidate the editor and publisher of an online newsletter
July 27
July 27

Man gets life for killing woman who mistook his car for Uber

A South Carolina man has been sentenced to life in prison for abducting and murdering the woman who mistook his car for her Uber ride in 2019
July 27
FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Columbia Police Department shows Nathaniel Rowland. Jury selection began Monday, July 19, 2021, in the criminal trial of Rowland, accused of the 2019 killing of the South Carolina woman who got into his car thinking it was her Uber ride. (Columbia Police Department via AP, File)
July 27

Smart Eye Deputy CEO Rana el Kaliouby talks automotive AI

Rana el Kaliouby co-founded and led Boston startup Affectiva, which uses artificial intelligence and computer vision to analyze mood and emotion
July 27
FILE - This April 23, 2018 file photo shows Rana el Kaliouby, CEO of the Boston-based artificial intelligence firm, Affectiva, poses in Boston. El Kaliouby has a new job, deputy CEO of Smart Eye — after the Swedish eye-tracking company bought Affectiva for $73.5 million in June 2021. Carmakers are looking to companies like Smart Eye as they brace for new safety rules and standards around the world that could require dashboard cameras to detect dangerous driver behavior in semi-autonomous vehicles(AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
July 27

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

Apple-Apps-Top-10 for week ending 7/25/2021
July 27
July 27

Tesla sets new record

Elon Musk’s electric car company reported more than $1 billion in net income last quarter.
July 27
VIDEO: Tesla sets new record
July 26

Bitcoin jumps on speculation that Amazon considering crypto

Bitcoin’s price surged again Monday after speculation that Amazon may be entering the cryptocurrency sector after it posted a job seeking a “digital currency and blockchain product lead.”
July 26
FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2021 file photo, the Bitcoin logo appears on the display screen of a crypto currency ATM at the Smoker's Choice store in Salem, N.H. Bitcoin’s price surged again Monday, July 26, 2021, after speculation that Amazon may be entering the cryptocurrency sector after it posted a job seeking a “digital currency and blockchain product lead.” (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
July 26

Defense rests without witnesses in Uber ride murder trial

The defense has rested without calling any witnesses in the murder trial of a man accused of killing a South Carolina college student who mistakenly got into what she thought was her Uber ride
July 26
FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Columbia Police Department shows Nathaniel Rowland. Jury selection began Monday, July 19, 2021, in the criminal trial of Rowland, accused of the 2019 killing of the South Carolina woman who got into his car thinking it was her Uber ride. (Columbia Police Department via AP, File)
July 26

German Greens: Preventing climate disasters will be costly

The Green party candidate hoping to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany’s upcoming election warns that efforts to better prepare the country against climate-related disasters is going to be costly
July 26
Annalena Baerbock, left party leader and candidate for chancellor, arrives for the unveiling of a large-scale Green Party poster in Michendorf, Germany, Monday, July 26, 2021. With this, the Greens set the starting signal for the nationwide billboarding for the Bundestag election 2021. ( Fabian Sommer/dpa via AP)
July 26

As drought cuts hay crop, cattle ranchers face culling herds

As the drought worsens across the West, cattle ranchers are among those feeling the pain
July 26
July 26

Large meteor lights up skies in Norway

Norwegian experts say an unusually large meteor was visible over large parts of southern Scandinavia and illuminated southeast Norway with a powerful flash of light for a few seconds as many observers were reported to also hear a roaring sound afterwards
July 26
In this photo released by the Norwegian Meteor Network, a view of an unusually large meteor visible in Oslo, Sunday, July 25, 2021, giving a powerful flash of light over Eastern Norway. The Norwegian Meteor Network said that it had analyzed and reviewed the unusually large meteor that visible over large parts of southern Scandinavia and illuminated southeast Norway with a powerful flash of light on Sunday.(Norwegian Meteor Network / NTB via AP)
July 26

Vaccine maker BioNTech to use mRNA tech to target malaria

Pharmaceutical company BioNTech says it wants to use the mRNA technology behind its coronavirus vaccine to target malaria
July 26
FILE - In this May 6, 2021 file photo a man with a face mask leaves the headquarters of the German biotechnology company "BioNTech" in Mainz, Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, file)
July 26

Smart Eye Deputy CEO Rana el Kaliouby talks automotive AI

Rana el Kaliouby co-founded and led Boston startup Affectiva, which uses artificial intelligence and computer vision to analyze mood and emotion
July 26
FILE - This April 23, 2018 file photo shows Rana el Kaliouby, CEO of the Boston-based artificial intelligence firm, Affectiva, poses in Boston. El Kaliouby has a new job, deputy CEO of Smart Eye — after the Swedish eye-tracking company bought Affectiva for $73.5 million in June 2021. Carmakers are looking to companies like Smart Eye as they brace for new safety rules and standards around the world that could require dashboard cameras to detect dangerous driver behavior in semi-autonomous vehicles(AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
July 26

WSJ survey: 79% of people plan to use more vacation days this year

According to the survey, 82% said they plan to have less contact with the office during vacations this year than in the past.
July 26
VIDEO: WSJ survey: 79% of people plan to use more vacation days this year
July 26

China launches 6-month campaign to clean up apps

China's industry ministry has announced a 6-month campaign to clean up what it says are serious problems with internet apps violating consumer rights, cyber security and “disturbing market order."
July 26
In this April 26, 2018, file photo, visitors stand in front of an electronic data display showing a map of China at the Global Mobile Internet conference in Beijing. China's industry ministry has announced a 6-month campaign to clean up what it says are serious problems with internet apps violating consumer rights, cyber security and "disturbing market order." (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
July 25

This is why going to Mars is even harder than you think

Travelers will need more than just sunscreen and calcium supplements.
July 25
July 24

Nobel prize-winning physicist Steven Weinberg dies at 88

Physicist Steven Weinberg, the 1979 winner of the Nobel prize in physics with two other scientists for their work unlocking mysteries of tiny particles, has died at 88
July 24
FILE - In this Oct. 15, 1979, file photo, professor Steven Weinberg, of Cambridge, Mass., poses for a picture. Weinberg, the 1979 winner of the Nobel prize in physics with two other scientists for their work unlocking mysteries of tiny particles, has died at 88. Spokesperson Christine Sinatra at the University of Texas at Austin says Weinberg died Friday, July 23, 2021, at a hospital in Austin. (AP Photo/File)
July 23

China's Tencent ordered to end exclusive music contracts

Chinese regulators have ordered internet giant Tencent to end exclusive contracts with music copyright holders
July 23
In this Sept. 5, 2020 photo, people look at a display from Chinese technology firm Tencent at the China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) in Beijing. China's internet watchdog has fined technology platforms operated by e-commerce company Alibaba and gaming firm Tencent for spreading sexually suggestive content involving children, as regulators sought to clean up the internet of content harmful to minors. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
July 23

New technology propels efforts to fight Western wildfires

Firefighters are trying to become smarter in how they prepare for the drought- and wind-driven wildfires that have become more dangerous across the American West in recent years
July 23
A hotshot hand crew walks in line during a wildfire in Topanga, west of Los Angeles, Monday, July 19, 2021. A brush fire scorched about 15 acres in Topanga today, initially threatening some structures before fire crews got the upper hand on the blaze, but one firefighter suffered an unspecified minor injury. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
July 23

Most unvaccinated Americans don't want shots: Poll

U.S. adults who have not yet received a vaccine, 35% say they likely won't.
July 23
FILE - In this July 22, 2021 file photo, a health care worker fills a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Most Americans who haven’t been vaccinated against COVID-19 say they are unlikely to get the shots and doubt they would work against the aggressive delta variant despite evidence they do, according to a new poll that underscores the challenges facing public health officials amid soaring infections in some states.(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
July 23

Marsquakes offer detailed look at red planet's interior

A quake-measuring device on Mars is providing the first detailed look at the red planet's interior
July 23
In this undated photo made available by NASA on Thursday, July 22, 2021, clouds drift over the dome-covered SEIS seismometer of the InSight lander on the surface of Mars. The quake-measuring device is providing the first detailed look at the red planet’s interior, revealing a surprisingly thin crust and a molten core. In a series of articles published in July 2021, scientists reported that the Martian crust is within the thickness range of Earth’s. Mars’ mantle, meanwhile, is roughly half that of our own much bigger planet, while the core _ measured from the dusty surface to dead center _ is more than 1,000 miles smaller. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP)
July 23

Man sentenced for deadly 'swatting' scheme over username

A Tennessee man has been sentenced to five years in prison for his role in an international “swatting” scheme that led to a person’s death
July 23
July 23

Technology has growing role in corralling US West wildfires

Firefighters are trying to become smarter in how they prepare for the drought- and wind-driven wildfires that have become more dangerous across the American West in recent years
July 23
A hotshot hand crew walks in line during a wildfire in Topanga, west of Los Angeles, Monday, July 19, 2021. A brush fire scorched about 15 acres in Topanga today, initially threatening some structures before fire crews got the upper hand on the blaze, but one firefighter suffered an unspecified minor injury. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
July 23

Lawmakers look to hold social media companies accountable for health misinformation

Senate Democrats introduce a bill that would strip social media companies of their liability protection.
July 23
VIDEO:  Lawmakers looking to hold social media companies accountable for health misinformation
July 23

Study: Chinese COVID shot may offer elderly poor protection

A new study suggests that a Sinopharm vaccine offers poor protection from COVID-19 among the elderly
July 23
FILE - In this April 1, 2021, file photo, vials of COVID-19 vaccines produced by Chinese Sinopharm are seen in the office of general practitioner Gyorgy Teleki in Taplanszentkereszt, Hungary. A new study suggests that a Sinopharm vaccine offers poor protection from COVID-19 among the elderly, raising questions for dozens of countries that have given the Chinese company’s shots to their most vulnerable populations. (Istvan Filep/MTI via AP, File)
July 23

GM using expanded Super Cruise on 6 vehicles next year

General Motors says it will feature its expanded Super Cruise hands-free driver-assisted technology on six vehicles next year
July 23
July 22

Western wildfires grow, but better weather helps crews

Lower winds and better weather helped crews using bulldozers and helicopters battling the nation’s largest wildfire in southern Oregon
July 22
A thick haze hangs over Manhattan, Tuesday, July 20, 2021, in New York. Wildfires in the American West, including one burning in Oregon that's currently the largest in the U.S., are creating hazy skies as far away as New York as the massive infernos spew smoke and ash into the air in columns up to six miles high. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
July 22

EXPLAINER: As wildfire smoke spreads, who's at risk?

Smoke from wildfires in the western U.S. and Canada is blanketing much of the continent and reaching unhealthy levels this week in communities from Washington state to Washington D
July 22
This satellite image provided by Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies shows overview of wildfires from Oregon, Idaho, and Northern California on Sunday, July 18, 2021. Extremely dry conditions and heat waves tied to climate change have made wildfires harder to fight. Climate change has made the West much warmer and drier in the past 30 years and will continue to make weather more extreme and wildfires more frequent and destructive. (Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies via AP)