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IBM pits computer against human debaters

Matt O'Brien, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 4:18am

IBM pitted a computer against two human debaters in the first public demonstration of artificial intelligence technology it's been working on for more than five years.

IBM pits computer against human debaters

Matt O'Brien, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 4:18am

IBM is testing a computer against two human debaters in the first public demonstration of artificial intelligence technology it's been working on for more than five years.

Alexa, send up breakfast: Amazon launches Echo for hotels

Joseph Pisani, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 4:17am

Alexa has a new job: hotel concierge.

Indian authorities break up police test-cheating gang

Biswajeet Banerjee, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 3:45am

Police in northern India have broken up a gang that promised professional test-takers and high-tech listening devices to help applicants pass a two-day test to become police constables, officials said Tuesday.

In tit-for-tat, Trump threatens more tariffs against China

Jeff Karoub and Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 3:39am

President Donald Trump directed the U.S. Trade Representative to prepare new tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports on Monday as the two nations moved closer to a potential trade war.

Global stocks tumble after new Trump tariff threat

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 3:16am

Global stock markets fell Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump escalated a dispute with Beijing over technology policy by threatening a tariff hike on an additional $200 billion of Chinese goods.

China blasts new US tariff threat, warns it will retaliate

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 2:49am

China warned Tuesday it will retaliate against President Donald Trump's latest tariff threat, fueling fears their escalating dispute could harm global trade and economic growth.

Sacked US Embassy guards in Cambodia stage protest

Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 1:48am

Almost three dozen security guards fired by the U.S. Embassy in Cambodia for allegedly sharing pornography on smartphones they used for work held a protest Tuesday demanding proper compensation from their former employer.

US could back 1st pot-derived medicine, and some are worried

Kathleen Foody and P. Solomon Banda, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 12:49am

A British pharmaceutical company is getting closer to a decision on whether the U.S government will approve the first prescription drug derived from the marijuana plant, but parents who for years have used cannabis to treat severe forms of epilepsy in their children are feeling more cautious than celebratory.

California lawmakers debate creating regional electric grid

Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 12:29am

A contentious proposal to link oversight of California's electric grid with other western states faces a crucial test Tuesday in a state Senate committee.

Less snow, fewer visitors: Utah ski resorts notch down year

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 10:25pm

Utah's two-year streak of record visitation to the state's ski resorts was snapped this past winter when visits dropped by 10 percent.

Trump administration to propose 'association health plans'

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 10:08pm

The Trump administration is close to finalizing a health insurance option for small firms and self-employed people that would cost less but could cover fewer benefits than current plans, congressional officials and business groups said.

In Mexico, longtime foes 'AMLO' and elite getting pragmatic

E. Eduardo Castillo and Peter Orsi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 10:04pm

On the campaign trail, presidential front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has railed against a corrupt and "rapacious minority" of business executives who oppose him because they know they will have to "stop stealing" if he wins the July 1 election.

Veteran journalist named top editor of Los Angeles Times

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 9:44pm

Veteran journalist Norman Pearlstine, a leader at media giants including Time, Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal, was named executive editor of the Los Angeles Times on Monday, when the paper's new owner officially took control. 

IBM pits computer against human debaters

Matt O'Brien, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 9:40pm

IBM pitted a computer against two human debaters in the first public demonstration of artificial intelligence technology it's been working on for more than five years.

Asian stocks tumble after new Trump tariff threat

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 9:38pm

Asian stocks tumbled Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump escalated a dispute with Beijing over technology policy by threatening a tariff hike on additional Chinese goods.

Upping ante, Trump threatens new tariffs on Chinese imports

Zeke Miller and Jeff Karoub, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 9:04pm

President Donald Trump directed the U.S. Trade Representative to prepare new tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports on Monday as the two nations moved closer to a potential trade war.

The Latest: China calls new Trump tariff threat 'blackmail'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 9:02pm

The Latest on U.S.-China trade tensions (all times local):

California lawmakers push diversity through film tax credit

Sophia Bollag, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 7:43pm

California lawmakers passed legislation Monday that puts more conditions on state film tax credits to encourage better sexual harassment reporting and diverse hiring amid revelations of misconduct and discrimination in the movie industry.

Trump to finalize small business health insurance option

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 7:34pm

The Trump administration is close to finalizing a health insurance option for small firms and self-employed people that would cost less but could cover fewer benefits than current plans, congressional officials and business groups said Monday.