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Bowl games look to future after weathering challenging year

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even after canceling the Tournament of Roses parade during the summer and scaling back the pregame festivities normally associated with the Rose Bowl, David Eads and his staff were still preparing for a College Football Playoff semifinal on New Year’s Day to be played at the picturesque stadium in Pasadena, California. […]

The tech that will invade our lives in 2021

We’re looking at another year of internet services dominating many aspects of our lives, says tech writer Brian X. Chen. Here are four tech trends that are set to invade our lives this year.

Pandemic hit seafood industry hard, federal report says

The coronavirus pandemic has taken away about a third of the commercial fishing industry's revenue, according to a new federal report. Revenues declined every month from March to July, the report said.

WhatsApp delays privacy changes amid user backlash

WhatsApp said that it would delay a planned privacy update to give users more time to review what it planned to do as the Facebook-owned messaging service tries to stem backlash by users worried about the changes.

FAA approves fully automated commercial drone flights

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Massachusetts company has been granted approval to operate commercial drone flights without a person directing the machine and keeping it in sight. It’s the first time that the Federal Aviation Administration has allowed fully automated commercial drone flights. American Robotics Inc. touted the advantage of its machines as being able to […]

Ralph Lauren drops Justin Thomas after gay slur heard on TV

HONOLULU (AP) — Ralph Lauren Corp. said Friday it is ending its sponsorship with Justin Thomas after he was heard muttering a homophobic slur to himself after missing a putt last week in Hawaii. Thomas has worn the company’s clothing since he turned pro. He has reached No. 1 in the world briefly on two […]

TSA looking into adding Capitol rioters to US no-fly list

Federal officials are investigating people who took part in the riot at the U.S. Capitol to determine whether they should be barred from traveling on airlines. The assessments are one of several steps federal agencies are taking to increase security before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week. The Transportation Security Administration said Friday it will […]

Amazon and major publishers colluded to keep e-book prices high, lawsuit says

The same Seattle law firm that once sued Apple for propping up e-book prices to the detriment of consumers filed a nearly identical complaint against Amazon, where more than 80% of all e-book sales occur.

Kansas City, Illinois sue ATF over arms manufacturer license

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City and the state of Illinois filed a lawsuit Friday against a federal agency that awarded a license to an arms manufacturer that was sued last year for illegally selling guns and went bankrupt. The lawsuit alleges the Bureau of Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives awarded the […]

None of Washington state’s eight regions is ready for Phase 2 of reopening plan

Healthy Washington, the state's new reopening plan, groups counties by region to meet benchmarks for reopening. So far, not one of the eight groups is ready to move to Phase 2.

NY prosecutors interview Michael Cohen about Trump finances

NEW YORK (AP) — New York prosecutors conducted an hours-long interview Thursday of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former attorney, asking a range of questions about Trump’s business dealings, according to three people familiar with the meeting. The interview focused in part on Trump’s relationship with Deutsche Bank, his biggest and longest standing creditor, according […]

How major US stock indexes fared Friday

Wall Street dropped again Friday to close out its first losing week in three after reports showed the pandemic is deepening the hole for the economy, as Washington prepares to throw it another lifeline. Stocks of companies that most need a healthier economy took some of the sharpest losses. Treasury yields also dipped as reports […]

Wells Fargo, Exxon Mobil fall; Thermo Fisher, Axon rise

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved heavily or traded substantially Friday: Exxon Mobil Corp., down $2.42 to $47.89. The energy company’s stock slipped as oil prices fell. Progress Software Corp., down $4.67 to $44.14. Most Read Stories Washington state will move to the next phase of coronavirus vaccination in the ‘coming days.’ Here's what […]

Extremists exploit a loophole in social moderation: Podcasts

Major social platforms have been cracking down on the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories in the leadup to the presidential election, and expanded their efforts in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. But Apple and Google, among others, have left open a major loophole for this material: Podcasts. Podcasts made available by […]

Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities

Benchmark U.S. crude oil for February delivery fell $1.21 to $52.36 a barrel Thursday. Brent crude oil for March delivery fell $1.32 to $55.10 a barrel. Wholesale gasoline for February delivery fell 3 cents to $1.53 a gallon. February heating oil fell 3 cents to $1.59 a gallon. February natural gas rose 7 cents to […]
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