Mark Zuckerberg on philanthropy: Move slow and build things
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Mark Zuckerberg on philanthropy: Move slow and build things

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After making their fortunes from new software or social networks, some Silicon Valley entrepreneurs have vowed to apply their skills to “hacking” philanthropy and “disrupting” old models for funding charity. Not so Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, who isn’t afraid to take a more conventional approach to giving. Local officials … Continue reading

New apps help Palestinians navigate Israeli checkpoints
Middle East / Science / Technology

New apps help Palestinians navigate Israeli checkpoints

QALANDIYA CHECKPOINT, West Bank (AP) — A pair of new mobile apps hopes to help Palestinians navigate their way around snarled traffic at Israeli checkpoints in the West Bank, offering a high-tech response to an intractable problem: constant, burdensome and often seemingly random restrictions on movement. “Azmeh,” which means traffic jam in Arabic, and “Qalandiya,” … Continue reading

Russia finalizes air defense missile contract with Iran
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Russia finalizes air defense missile contract with Iran

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has finalized a contract for the delivery of advanced air-defense missile systems to Iran, the head of a Russian state-controlled industrial conglomerate said Monday. Sergei Chemezov, the head of Russian Technologies, the holding company that includes the Rosoboronexport arms trader, said Monday on a trip to Dubai that “the contract with … Continue reading

Charges possible if Chinese hackers keep it up
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Charges possible if Chinese hackers keep it up

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. could consider criminal charges or sanctions against China if the U.S. determines hackers there are violating an agreement not to conduct economic cyber espionage on American industry, a senior Justice Department official said Tuesday. The remarks by John Carlin, the Obama administration’s top national security attorney, came amid continuing skepticism … Continue reading

Apple boss Cook says he’ll resist UK government spy law plan
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Apple boss Cook says he’ll resist UK government spy law plan

DUBLIN (AP) — 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. Last week, Britain published a draft law that seeks to ensure that telecommunication companies “provide wider assistance to law enforcement and the security and intelligence agencies in … Continue reading

Stocks open lower as worries over weak China trade data loom
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Stocks open lower as worries over weak China trade data loom

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening slightly lower, breaking a winning streak, as traders worried about weak Chinese trade figures. Transportation company Ryder sank 7 percent Tuesday after the company cut its earnings forecast. SABMiller jumped 10 percent in London after the beer maker agreed to a sweetened takeover offer from Anheuser Busch InBev, … Continue reading

Obama administration designates 2 new marine sanctuaries
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Obama administration designates 2 new marine sanctuaries

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is announcing the designation of two new National Marine Sanctuaries — the first chosen in 15 years — as part of President Barack Obama’s efforts to protect the environment. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will designate a marine sanctuary in the tidal waters of Maryland, and another in … Continue reading

Spanish police probe garages offering emission cheating
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Spanish police probe garages offering emission cheating

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police have cracked down on a string of garages that allegedly provided customers with mechanical and software services that enabled their cars to cheat emission checks in a scam similar to that which has engulfed Volkswagen, a statement said Saturday. Police said a tip-off led them to discover that eight garages … Continue reading

NYC celebrates 150th anniversary of ‘Alice in Wonderland’
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NYC celebrates 150th anniversary of ‘Alice in Wonderland’

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is marking the 150th anniversary of “Alice in Wonderland” with an array of events celebrating the adventures and characters in the beloved children’s tale. There’s no shortage of wonderful offerings to reintroduce fans of Lewis Carroll’s 1865 book to the White Rabbit, the Caterpillar, Queen of Hearts, Mad … Continue reading