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Philippine volcano spews fountains of lava, big ash plumes

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 01:24:29 UT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' most active volcano spewed fountains of lava and massive ash plumes overnight and Tuesday morning after authorities warned a violent eruption may be imminent. Lava fountains reached up to 700 meters (2,300 feet) above Mount Mayon's crater and ash plumes rose up to 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) during the night and before daybreak, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. An explosive eruption Monday was the most powerful since the volcano started acting up more than a week ago. Disaster officials in Albay province, where Mayon lies, say more than 30,000 people are staying in evacuation centers.



Get your stuff and go: Amazon opens store with no cashiers

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 01:08:33 UT

SEATTLE (AP) — No cashiers, no registers and no cash — this is how Amazon sees the future of store shopping. The online retailer opened its Amazon Go concept to the public Monday in Seattle, which lets shoppers take milk, potato chips or ready-to-eat salads off its shelves and just walk out. Amazon's technology charges customers after they leave. "It's such a weird experience, because you feel like you're stealing when you go out the door," said Lisa Doyle, who visited the shop Monday. Amazon employees have been testing the store, at the bottom floor of the company's Seattle headquarters, for about a year. Amazon.com Inc.



Uber driver in US illegally charged with 4 California rapes

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:21:19 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Mexican man living in the U.S. illegally used his job as an Uber driver to target intoxicated young women and was charged Monday with raping, assaulting and robbing four victims, California prosecutors said. Alfonso Alarcon-Nunez drove women to their homes, assaulted them, and stole property including cellphones, computers and jewelry, officials said. He collected his fare payments through the smartphone app Venmo to disguise his identity and his Uber records. DNA evidence helped lead detectives to Alarcon-Nunez, who was arrested at his Santa Maria home last week, San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow said at a news conference.



Netflix's success turns net neutrality into an afterthought

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:27:36 UT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix once fought fiercely for net neutrality, fearing that its online video service would suffer if internet providers were free to discriminate against it. But now that it boasts one of television's largest audiences, Netflix isn't spending much time worrying about the demise of the government rules that once protected it. With millions of subscribers still flocking to its service, Netflix figures internet providers are unlikely to do anything that might alienate large numbers of their own customers who also turn to Netflix for trendy shows such as "Stranger Things," ''The Crown and "Black Mirror.



Montana mandates 'net neutrality' for state contracts

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:10:14 UT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana on Monday became the first state to bar telecommunications companies from receiving state contracts if they interfere with internet traffic or favor higher-paying sites or apps, under an order from Gov. Steve Bullock intended to protect so-called net neutrality. The Democratic governor's order comes after the Federal Communications Commission last month repealed rules enacted in 2015 that had more tightly regulated companies such as AT&T and Verizon. Commission members said the repeal was needed to ensure the government maintains a "light touch" in its oversight of the internet. But critics such as Bullock contend change will hurt consumers and make it harder for startup companies to enter the market.



Media mogul Rupert Murdoch says Facebook should pay for news

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:03:31 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — Media mogul Rupert Murdoch says Facebook should pay fees to "trusted" news producers for their content. Facebook said last week that it will boost news sources that its users rank as most trustworthy , while shrinking the percentage of news posts overall in users' news feeds. Murdoch, whose companies own The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, the New York Post and other media properties, said Monday that publishers are "enhancing the value and integrity of Facebook through their news and content but are not being adequately rewarded for those services." Murdoch has previously criticized Google for the "theft" of news stories without payment. The news industry has struggled as print advertising erodes.



Solar industry on edge as Trump weighs tariffs on panels

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:53:49 UT

DALLAS (AP) — Solar energy is booming in the United States, but companies riding the wave fear that President Donald Trump could undercut them this week if he decides to impose new tariffs on imported solar panels. Businesses that install solar-power systems are benefiting from a glut of cheaper panels made overseas, mostly in Asia. That has made solar power more competitive with electricity generated from coal and natural gas. A green-technology research firm estimates that tariffs could cost up to 88,000 U.S. jobs related to installing solar-power systems. On the other side are two U.S.



French president hosts 140 world business leaders

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:36:28 UT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron promoted his government's changes to French tax and labor laws Monday in front of 140 world business leaders in a bid to convince them to invest and hire in France. At the same time, the 40-year-old Macron, elected last May, hopes to persuade the French themselves of the merits of his economic policies. Macron visited a Toyota plant in northern France before heading to the evening business event at the chateau of Versailles, in the presence of 15 French government ministers. Several companies seized the occasion to announce investments plans in the country. German-based SAP software company announced a 2 billion-euro ($ 2.



Cuban boy dies after surgery to remove 10-pound face tumor

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:09:09 UT

MIAMI (AP) — A Cuban teenager has died, days after doctors in Miami removed a 10-pound tumor from his face. The Miami Herald reports that 14-year-old Emanuel Zayas' condition went downhill after the surgery at the Holtz Children's Hospital at Jackson Memorial Hospital. He died Friday from lung and kidney complications. Dr. Robert Marx, head of the maxillofacial surgery at the University of Miami Health System, said the Zayas family donated the boy's remains to science with the goal of learning more about Polyostotic fibrous dysplasia. The teen's tumor was benign, but it pressed on his trachea and threatened to suffocate him. The family came to Miami for medical care that wasn't available in Cuba.



Mayon volcano has an explosive eruption and Philippine authorities have raised alert to level four

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 06:06:04 UT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Mayon volcano has an explosive eruption and Philippine authorities have raised alert to level four.



Weather Channel co-founder dies; doubted climate science

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 02:26:35 UT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — John Coleman, who co-founded The Weather Channel and was the original meteorologist on ABC's "Good Morning America" during a six-decade broadcasting career but who later drew people's anger for his open skepticism about climate change being man-made, has died. He was 83. Coleman died Saturday night at home in Las Vegas, said his wife, Linda Coleman, who did not give the cause of his death. The Texas native got his first TV job while still a student at the University of Illinois. He worked at several local stations in Chicago and the Midwest before joining "GMA" when it launched in 1975, staying with the program for seven years. He served as CEO of The Weather Channel for about a year after helping launch it in 1981.



Rocket launched in New Zealand deploys commercial satellites

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 02:11:08 UT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A rocket launched from New Zealand on Sunday successfully reached orbit carrying small commercial satellites. California-based company Rocket Lab said its Electron rocket, which carries only a small payload of about 150 kilograms (331 pounds), successfully deployed an earth imaging and two other satellites for weather and ship tracking after blastoff from the Mahia Peninsula on North Island's east coast. Company CEO and founder Peter Beck, a New Zealander, said the launch marks the beginning of a new era in commercial access to space. He said that deploying customer payloads on a second test flight "is almost unprecedented.



Amazon to debut cashier-less store in downtown Seattle

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 01:12:03 UT

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon employees have been testing it, but is the public ready for a cashier-less store? More than a year after it introduced the concept, Amazon is opening its artificial intelligence-powered Amazon Go store in downtown Seattle on Monday. The store on the bottom floor of the company's Seattle headquarters allows shoppers to scan their smartphone with the Amazon Go app at a turnstile, pick out the items they want and leave. By combining computer vision, machine learning algorithms and sensors, the online retail giant can tell what people have purchased and charges their Amazon account. If someone puts an item back, they aren't charged.



Science Cafe moving to new location for free events

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 18:34:25 UT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska State Museum's Science Cafe is moving to a new location in Lincoln for its series of free events. The events will take place at the Happy Raven, a local craft beer bar in Lincoln. The events are scheduled for the fourth Tuesday of each month, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Science Cafe is a casual, educational and entertaining series where those who are at least 21 years old can hear from scientists and ask questions in an informal setting. Food is available for purchase from The Gilded Swine, and a cash bar is available. A full schedule of events is available at http://museum.unl.edu/sciencecafe



Island volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts with ash, steam

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:12:09 UT

SYDNEY (AP) — An island volcano in Papua New Guinea erupted again Sunday, sending plumes of steam and ash into the air. Thousands of people have been evacuated from islands surrounding Kadovar Island off the South Pacific nation's north coast since the volcano there began erupting on Jan. 5. Flights nearby have been canceled due to the risk posed by ash plumes and ships were warned to stay away from the island. Experts warned last week that seismic activity beneath the volcano meant that a major eruption could be imminent. Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has previously said state resources were being made available to support evacuations and he has warned northern coastal communities to be alert for possible tsunamis.