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Colt Suspends Production of AR-15 for Civilian Market

In this Thursday, July 26, 2012 file photo, an AR-15 style rifle is displayed at the Firing-Line indoor range and gun shop, in Aurora, Colo. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Gunmaker Colt says it is suspending its production of rifles for the civilian market including the popular AR-15. Colt’s chief executive officer, Dennis Veilleux, says it is…

Walgreens, Google Affiliate to Test Drone Deliveries

Walgreens and a Google affiliate are testing drone deliveries that can put drugstore products on customer doorsteps minutes after being ordered. Snacks like Goldfish Crackers or gummi bears as well as aspirin for sick kids will be delivered starting next month in Christiansburg, Virginia, by a 10-pound drone flying as fast as 70 miles per hour, the companies said Thursday….

Facebook CEO Visits Washington Amid Push for Tech Oversight

WASHINGTON (AP) – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is visiting Washington to discuss potential regulation of the tech industry with lawmakers, particularly when it comes to the collection of users’ personal data on their platforms. Congress has been debating a privacy law that could curtail the ability of companies like Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple to collect and make money off…

Key Senate Panel Approving $250 Million for Election Security

WASHINGTON (AP) – A key Senate panel is approving $250 million to help states beef up their election systems, freeing up the money after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell came under criticism from Democrats for impeding separate election security legislation. The Kentucky Republican announced Thursday in a floor speech in advance of an Appropriations Committee vote that he would support…

From DNA, Scientists Create Skull of Neanderthal Cousin

This image provided by Hebrew University in Jerusalem shows a statue reconstruction of a juvenile female Denisovan based on a skeletal profile reconstructed from ancient DNA methylation maps. Scientists say they’ve recreated a skull and some other features of a mysterious, extinct cousin of Neanderthals by analyzing its DNA. The genetic material came from the finger bone of a female…

Airbnb Says it Will Go Public in 2020

NEW YORK (AP) – Home-sharing company Airbnb Inc. says it plans to go public in 2020. It’s a long-awaited move for the company, which was founded in 2008 in San Francisco. Airbnb is one of the largest home-sharing platforms. It has more than 7 million listings in 100,000 cities worldwide. Airbnb said earlier this week it made $1 billion in…

House Set to Pass Stopgap Spending Bill to Prevent Shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House is set to pass a government-wide temporary spending bill to prevent a federal shutdown when the budget year ends Sept. 30. The bipartisan measure would give lawmakers until the Thanksgiving break to pass and negotiate $1.4 trillion worth of annual agency spending bills. Those bills would fill in the details of this summer’s budget and…

Study Finds Air Pollution Reaches Placenta During Pregnancy

WASHINGTON (AP) – A new study suggests when a pregnant woman breathes in air pollution, it can travel beyond her lungs to the placenta that guards her fetus. Pollution composed of tiny particles from car exhaust, smokestacks and other sources is dangerous to everyone. During pregnancy, particle pollution is linked to premature births and low birth weight, but scientists don’t…

‘Jeopardy!’ Host Trebek Says He’s Resumed Chemotherapy

(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) – “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek says he’s had a setback in his battle with pancreatic cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy again. Trebek told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday that after a short period of optimism when he stopped chemotherapy, his “numbers shot up” and doctors ordered him back on the treatment. The…

Vapes Spiked With Illegal Drugs Show Dark Side of CBD Craze

An Associated Press investigation shows a dark side to booming sales of the cannabis extract CBD. Some people are substituting cheap and dangerous street drugs for the real thing. As a result, vapes and other products marketed as helping a range of ailments instead have sent dozens of people to emergency rooms because they were spiked with synthetic marijuana. Lab…

Illinois Police Searching for ‘Walter White’ Lookalike Suspect

(Galesburg Police)GALESBURG, Ill. (KWQC) – Followers of the Galesburg Police Facebook page have been doing double takes since the booking photo of a wanted Galesburg man was posted last week. “Wow, the resemblance,” Christina Balmer commented, referring to the likeness Todd W. Barrick, Jr. bears to Walter White, the main character of the popular TV show “Breaking Bad.” Barrick, 50,…

Congress Marks 400th Anniversary of Slaves Arriving in US

WASHINGTON (AP) – Members of Congress are observing the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in America. The commemoration Tuesday at the Capitol comes at a time of renewed interest over the history of slavery and its aftermath on contemporary society. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said it’s time to “tell the unvarnished truth.” The Republican leader…

US Seeks to Dismiss Tribes’ Lawsuit Over Keystone Pipeline

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) – Attorneys for the Trump administration are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit from Native American tribes that want to block the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Tribes in Montana and South Dakota say President Donald Trump approved the pipeline in March without considering potential damage to cultural sites…

Trump Fires National Security Adviser John Bolton

“We also today call on the Venezuelan military and security forces to accept the peaceful, democratic and constitutional transfer of power,” John Bolton said Monday.Evan Vucci / APWASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has fired national security adviser John Bolton. Trump tweeted Tuesday that he told Bolton Monday night that his services were no longer needed at the White House….

EPA to Reduce Use of Animal Testing In Predicting Hazards

FILE – In this Sept. 21, 2017, file photo, a sign on a door of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington. Long-running research projects credited with pivotal discoveries about the harm that pesticides, air pollution and other hazards pose to children are in jeopardy or shutting down because the Environmental Protection Agency will not commit to their continued funding, researchers…