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Amazon: Echo device sent conversation to family's contact

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 10:38pm

An "unlikely" string of events prompted Amazon's Echo personal assistant device to record a Portland, Oregon, family's private conversation and then send the recording to an acquaintance in Seattle, the company said Thursday.

Officials: Weinstein to surrender in sexual misconduct probe

Colleen Long, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 10:14pm

Harvey Weinstein was expected to turn himself in to police Friday morning to face charges involving an aspiring actress who said he forced her to perform oral sex on him, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.

Sony no more, Bond 25 finds distribution from Universal, MGM

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 10:08pm

After more than a decade at Sony Pictures, James Bond has a few new partners.

Asian shares lower as NKorea cancellation adds uncertainty

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 9:41pm

Asian stock indexes were mostly lower Friday as investors factored in fresh geopolitical uncertainty following the abrupt cancellation of a meeting between the U.S. and North Korean leaders.

Kansas water park to open for season with 11 rides closed

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 9:39pm

A Kansas water park where a boy was killed on a giant waterslide in 2016 planned to open for its annual season as scheduled Friday with 11 of its rides closed following a state audit that park attorneys called a "malicious effort" to "stir up unfounded fear" about safety.

The Latest: Kansas water park to open 6 rides, close others

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 9:05pm

The Latest on developments surrounding a state audit of a Kansas water park where a boy was killed on a waterslide in 2016 (all times local):

The Latest: Woman admits pressing charges against Weinstein

Colleen Long, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 8:40pm

The Latest on the sexual misconduct probe of Harvey Weinstein (all times local):

Brazil says deal reached to suspend damaging trucker strike

Sarah Dilorenzo, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 8:31pm

Brazil's government said late Thursday that a deal had been reached with truckers to suspend a four-day-old strike that caused fuel shortages, cut into food deliveries, backed up exports and threatened airline flights.

Trump fundraiser adds cyber security firm to Qatar lawsuit

Desmond Butler, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 8:06pm

A fundraiser for President Donald Trump who launched a lawsuit against Qatar accusing the Gulf country of hacking his emails updated the filing Thursday to target a cybersecurity firm and two of its executives.

APNewsBreak: Tesla in Autopilot sped up before Utah crash

Julian Hattem, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 7:04pm

A Tesla that crashed while in Autopilot mode in Utah this month accelerated in the seconds before it smashed into a stopped firetruck, according to a police report obtained by The Associated Press Thursday. Two people were injured.

Rachel Dolezal, who posed as black, accused of welfare fraud

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 6:59pm

A former NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unraveled after she was outed as a white woman pretending to be black has been charged with welfare fraud.

California court: Defendants get crack at some social media

Janie Har, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 6:49pm

Facebook and other social media companies can be compelled to give criminal defendants preparing for trial user content that is already public, California's highest court ruled Thursday.

Jury says Samsung must pay $539M for copying parts of iPhone

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 6:10pm

A jury has decided Samsung must pay Apple $539 million in damages for illegally copying some of the iPhone's features to lure people into buying its competing products.

UN adopts measure linking conflict to hunger and starvation

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 5:50pm

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Thursday that for the first time recognizes the link between conflict and hunger and strongly condemns the use of starvation as a method of warfare.

Feds: Uber self-driving SUV saw pedestrian, did not brake

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 5:49pm

The autonomous Uber SUV that struck and killed an Arizona pedestrian in March spotted the woman about six seconds before hitting her, but did not stop because the system used to automatically apply brakes in potentially dangerous situations had been disabled, according to federal investigators.

Agency: Texas chemical plant unprepared for Harvey floods

Reese Dunklin, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 5:26pm

The federal agency that investigates industrial accidents offered muted criticism Thursday of the Houston-area chemical plant that flooded during Hurricane Harvey and partially exploded.

Study: Some public pensions funds could run dry in downturn

Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 5:08pm

Many pension funds for public workers already owe far more in retirement benefits than they have in the bank, and the problem will only grow worse if the economy slows down, according to a report released Thursday.

Police investigate how a handgun ended up in driver's bumper

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 4:49pm

Talk about gunning the engine.

Jury recommends $25M in Johnson & Johnson lawsuit

Christopher Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 4:33pm

A California jury delivered a $25.7 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit brought by a woman who claimed she developed cancer by using the company's talc-based baby powder.