Hawaii volcano generates blue flames from burning methane

Hawaii Volcano blue flames

Blue flames from burning methane are the latest natural phenomena being seen at the eruption of the...


Russian billionaire Vekselberg met with Trump lawyer Cohen before the inauguration

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, met at Trump Tower in New York days before the 2017 inauguration with a Russian billionaire who was sanctioned this year by the U.S. government. The meeting between Cohen and Viktor Vekselberg, who made his...


AP Explains: What's changing under new data privacy rules

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Europe’s new data and privacy rules take effect Friday, clarifying individual rights to the personal data collected by companies around the world for targeted advertising and other purposes. Years in the making, the rules are prompting companies to rewrite their privacy policies and in some cases,...


California lawmaker cleared of groping charge back at work

California Legislature Sexual Misconduct

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Embattled California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia returned to the Assembly floor Friday for the first time since an investigation found allegations she groped a male staffer unsubstantiated. The Los Angeles-area Democrat was hugged by a few Democratic lawmakers after she...


Deal dead with investor for Alaska mine project near fishery

Alaska Mine Fishery

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A Canadian company that was courted as a potential partner in a proposed copper-and-gold mine near one of the world’s largest salmon fisheries in Alaska has backed away from the project. Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd., which is seeking to develop the Pebble Mine project in...


Charlottesville officials opt not to rehire city manager

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Officials in the Virginia town where violence broke out last year during a white nationalist rally have voted not to renew the city manager’s contract. The Charlottesville city council has voted not to renew Maurice Jones’ contract past its Dec. 7 expiration. Jones...


2 members of secretive sect plead guilty to fraud charges

Broken Faith Rules

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A father and son who belong to a secretive evangelical church in North Carolina pleaded guilty Friday to federal criminal charges in an unemployment benefits scheme that former congregants have said was part of a plan to keep money flowing into the church. As part of an...


'Smart' gadgets: Ways to minimize privacy and security risks

Amazon Echo Private Conversation

NEW YORK (AP) — Revelations that an Amazon Echo smart speaker inadvertently sent a family’s private conversation to an acquaintance highlights some unexpected risks of new voice-enabled technologies. According to Amazon, the Echo’s Alexa voice assistant misheard a word as “Alexa” — a trigger to...


Utah NAACP head disheartened by sentence in hate-crime case

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man accused of yelling racial slurs at the young son of a black man and then shocking the father with a stun cane has been sentenced to nine months behind bars — an outcome called disheartening by a civil rights leader. Defendant Mark O. Porter, 59, unleashed a diatribe...


Hillary Clinton to be honored with medal from Harvard

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Hillary Clinton is receiving a medal from Harvard University for her leadership and human rights work. The former first lady, U.S. senator, secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate will be awarded the Radcliffe Medal on Friday. The university says it honors...


Handcuffed Weinstein faces rape charge in #MeToo reckoning

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NEW YORK (AP) — It was the moment the #MeToo movement had been waiting for: Harvey Weinstein in handcuffs. His face pulled in a strained smile and his hands locked behind his back, the once-powerful Hollywood figure emerged from a police station Friday facing rape and criminal sex act charges, a...

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