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Social media timeout as French election reaches final stage
PARIS (AP) -- The final hours of many electoral campaigns are frantic affairs, dominated by last-minute pitches, late-breaking polls and massive social media campaigns aimed at drumming up turnout....



Icelandic language at risk; robots, computers can't grasp it
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) -- When an Icelander arrives at an office building and sees "Solarfri" posted, they need no further explanation for the empty premises: The word means "when staff get an unexpected afternoon off to enjoy good weather."...



Russian man sentenced to 27 years in hacking case
SEATTLE (AP) -- A federal judge on Friday handed down the longest sentence ever imposed in the U.S. for a cybercrime case to the son of a member of the Russian Parliament convicted of hacking into more than 500 U.S. businesses and stealing millions of credit card numbers, which he then sold on special websites....



Drones used for first time in major search at Grand Canyon
PHOENIX (AP) -- The desperate effort this week to find two hikers who disappeared at the bottom of the Grand Canyon represented the National Park Service's most extensive use yet of drones in a search-and-rescue mission....



Russian accused of running spam ring is indicted in US
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A Russian man described by U.S. authorities as one of the world's most notorious criminal spammers has been indicted by a federal grand jury, officials announced Friday....



Pioneering computer scientist Harry Huskey dies at 101
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) -- One of the last surviving members of the team that created the pioneering ENIAC computer in the 1940s has died. Harry Huskey was 101....



GM plans to launch 10 electric cars in China by 2020
SHANGHAI (AP) -- General Motors Co. plans to launch 10 electric and gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles in China by 2020, an executive said Friday, as automakers speed up the rollout of alternative vehicles under pressure from Beijing to promote the industry....



Google Home's assistant can now recognize different voices
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google's voice-activated assistant can now recognize who's talking to it on Google's Home speaker....






As orbit becomes more crowded, risk from space debris grows
BERLIN (AP) -- Decades' worth of man-made junk is cluttering up Earth's orbit, posing a threat to spaceflight and the satellites we rely on for weather reports, air travel and global communications....