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10 things to know, Friday, May 15

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Why did Amtrak train speed up before crash That’s a question investigators are exploring in the wake of the deadly derailment in Philadelphia. 2. Grim discovery near chopper crash in Nepal Rescuers find three bodies right by Read More…

Latest Google self-driving car headed to streets

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — The latest version of Google’s self-driving car — a pod-like two-seater that needs no gas pedal or steering wheel — will make its debut on public roads this summer, a significant step in the technology giant’s mission to have driverless cars available to consumers in the next five years. This prototype Read More…

Verizon barges into online video with $4.4B AOL purchase

NEW YORK — Verizon is buying AOL for about $4.4 billion, advancing the telecom’s push in both mobile and advertising fields. The acquisition gives Verizon an entry into increasingly competitive online and mobile video. The New York company is the country’s largest wireless carrier as well as an Internet and TV provider — and wireless Read More…

AP exclusive: Self-driving cars getting dinged in California

LOS ANGELES — Four of the nearly 50 self-driving cars now rolling around California have gotten into accidents since September, when the state began issuing permits for companies to test them on public roads. Two accidents happened while the cars were in control; in the other two, the person who still must be behind the Read More…

Social media being used to find, help Nepal quake victims

SEOUL, South Korea — After the earthquake hit Nepal, Prem Raja Mahat spent a sleepless night at his Baltimore home, trying again and again to reach his son, who was visiting friends and family back in Mahat’s home country. “My wife was crying, crying so much, ‘My son is not here, keep calling, keep calling.’ Read More…

10 things to know, Friday, April 17

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. What Italian leader, Obama will discuss Matteo Renzi and the U.S. president will be comparing notes on a range of issues, including Libya, the migrant issues stemming from the chaos there, Islamic State militants and Ukraine. 2. Read More…

Google embraces mobile-friendly sites in search engine shake-up

SAN FRANCISCO — Google is about to change the way its influential search engine recommends websites on smartphones and tablets in a shift that’s expected to sway where millions of people shop, eat and find information. The revised formula, scheduled to be released Tuesday, will favor websites that Google defines as “mobile-friendly.” Websites that don’t Read More…

Obama to address climate change as public health issue

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will ask Americans to think of climate change as a threat not just to the environment, but also to their health. Obama on Tuesday was to announce a series of steps that private entities like Google and Microsoft are taking to better prepare the nation’s health systems for the inevitable Read More…

Google glitch disrupts search engine, e-mail

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) – Technical problems at Google are preventing an unknown number of people from using its Internet search engine, e-mail and other services. In a Thursday post on its Web site, the Mountain View-based company reports that a “small subset of users” hasn`t been able to get into their e-mail accounts. Without Read More…