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Convicted Spy Pollard Released from Prison after 30 Years

November 24, 2015 | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press | Comments

Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard was released from prison early Friday, culminating an extraordinary espionage case that complicated American-Israeli relations for 30 years and became a periodic bargaining chip between two allies.


Older Workers Seeking Options for Reducing Hours on the Job

November 24, 2015 8:20 am | by Adam Allington, Associated Press | Comments

Roberton Williams' plan was to retire on his government pension and take a part-time job to make up the difference in salary. It didn't quite work out that way.

VW Has Only a Few Costly Options to Fix Polluting Diesels

November 24, 2015 7:45 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

When Volkswagen submits a plan to fix emissions-cheating diesel engines on Friday, it will have only two options for most of the cars.


Here We Go Again: Paris Attacks May Renew Encryption Debate

November 17, 2015 8:46 am | by Bree Fowler and Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

The deadly attacks in Paris may soon reopen the debate over whether - and how - tech companies should let governments bypass the data scrambling that shields everyday commerce and daily digital life.


Risk is Lower, But Paris Attack Could Hit United States

November 17, 2015 8:42 am | by Ken Dilanian and Eric Tucker, Associated Press | Comments

When Fran Townsend was counterterrorism adviser to President George W. Bush, she says, her worst nightmare was that the al Qaida network would send men with assault rifles into malls across the American heartland on a crowded shopping day.


Japan its Own Enemy in Push to Improve Cybersecurity

November 17, 2015 8:15 am | by Gerry Shih, Associated Press | Comments

Apart from rogue hackers, criminal organizations or even state-backed cyberwarfare units, Japan's businesses and government agencies are facing a unique cybersecurity foe: themselves.


A Twist for Paris Climate Talks: Al Gore The Optimist

November 17, 2015 8:00 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | Comments

After decades of raising alarms about global warming, former Vice President Al Gore is now raising hopes.

German Transport Agency is Testing Emissions on 23 Brands

November 17, 2015 7:45 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Germany's Federal Motor Transport Authority says it's testing the emissions of vehicles made by 23 foreign and domestic brands following revelations that Volkswagen installed software on some 11 million vehicles allowing them to fake emissions results.


Missouri Protests Embolden Student Leaders on Other Campuses

November 17, 2015 7:30 am | by Collin Brinkley, Associated Press | Comments

In the ouster of the University of Missouri's president, leaders of student groups on other campuses dealing with racial strife see an opening to press their own university administrators for better treatment of black students.


Public Services Grind to Halt in Greek General Strike

November 17, 2015 7:15 am | by Elena Becatoros, Associated Press | Comments

Clashes briefly broke out Thursday between riot police and protesters in central Athens during the first general strike since the country's left-led government initially came to power in January.


Apple Boss Cook Says He'll Resist UK Government Spy Law Plan

November 17, 2015 7:00 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Tech giant Apple will resist the British government's efforts to get access to encrypted data through a new spying law, CEO Tim Cook said Wednesday.


USDA: Chicken, Turkey Farms Affected by Bird Flu Can Restock

November 10, 2015 8:15 am | by David Pitt, Associated Press | Comments

No new cases have been reported since June 17 when the last Iowa farm said chickens were dying from the H5N2 virus.


UN Report Raises Ceiling for Greenhouse Gas Pollution

November 10, 2015 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The new analysis assumes that emissions cuts will drop faster after 2030 than was assumed in previous reports.


Egypt's Grand Plans to Boost Tourism Marred After Crash

November 10, 2015 7:45 am | by Brian Rohan, Associated Press | Comments

Egyptians, who depend on the key sector, were keeping a brave face even as some stranded tourists grew angry and tour operators bristled over possible cancellations.


Aid Groups Warn of Crisis in Earthquake-Hit Nepal

November 10, 2015 7:30 am | by Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press | Comments

There is no sign of the government-promised new houses that were to shelter millions of victims of Nepal's devastating spring earthquake.


Killing Keystone XL, Obama Says Pipeline not in US Interests

November 10, 2015 7:15 am | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | Comments

Environmental groups hailed Obama's decision, with some declaring Friday "a day of celebration."



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