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Scientists: Drought Stressing California's Giant Sequoias

Scientists: Drought Stressing California’s Giant Sequoias

Giant Sequoias growing in California’s Sierra Nevada are among the largest and oldest living things on earth, but scientists climbing high up into their green canopies say they are seeing symptoms of stress caused by the state’s historic drought. Patches of brown, dead foliage are appearing more than in past…

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Nasdaq Center Aims to Build Relationships With Startups

Nasdaq Center Aims to Build Relationships With Startups

Nasdaq has long been known as the “tech-heavy” stock exchange, where some of Silicon Valley’s best-known companies have gone to sell shares. Now, as it faces stiff competition from rival exchanges to lure the next hot IPO, it’s reaching out to business startups before they go public. New York-based Nasdaq,…

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Chinese President Pledges Cooperation on Cyber Issues

Chinese President Pledges Cooperation on Cyber Issues

Chinese President Xi Jinping said Tuesday that China and the United States could work together to address cyber crimes, a problem that has sparked mutual tension. Xi’s statement came shortly after leaders from both countries signed an agreement to advance renewable energy and clean technologies to combat climate change. Xi,…

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Investment Treaty Between China and US Key Business Goal

Investment Treaty Between China and US Key Business Goal

When Chinese President Xi Jinping addresses a meeting of some of the top names in Chinese and American business Wednesday, they may be most interested what he says about progress toward a treaty between the nations that would provide a framework for broader investment in each other’s economy. Apple Chief…

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Investigators Say Incorrect GPS May Have Led to Man's Death

Investigators Say Incorrect GPS May Have Led to Man’s Death

Investigators say a GPS error may have led a man astray in a remote part of Oregon before he was found dead after a weeklong search. Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe tells the Argus Observer ( http://bit.ly/1Pky41M ) that 69-year-old Silas Wrigley appears to have missed a turn to a…

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Texas Man Pleads Guilty in NY Bitcoin Securities Fraud Case

Texas Man Pleads Guilty in NY Bitcoin Securities Fraud Case

A man involved in what federal authorities have described as the first bitcoin securities fraud case pleaded guilty on Monday. Trendon Shavers, of McKinney, Texas , pleaded guilty in New York to a count of securities fraud on his 33rd birthday. He told U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn that he…

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Apple iOS 9 Release: Why You'll Want to Upgrade

Apple iOS 9 Release: Why You’ll Want to Upgrade

Apple’s iOS 9 is set to go live later today with a slew of new features designed to provide users with a more proactive experience. The upgraded mobile operating system will be available for the iPhone 4S and later, most iPads, including the forthcoming iPad Pro and 5th and 6th…

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Amazon Fire Tablet: What the $50 Computer Can Do

Amazon Fire Tablet: What the $50 Computer Can Do

Amazon is enticing holiday shoppers to go with a six pack this holiday season. Of tablets, that is. The online retailer unveiled its new low-cost Amazon Fire tablet today, billing it as a “powerful tablet an an incredible price” charging $ 49.99 for one, or the chance to buy five…

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Techies Aim to Solve Ancient Indian Festival's Safety Woes

Techies Aim to Solve Ancient Indian Festival’s Safety Woes

At an ancient Hindu riverside festival, the millions hoping to cleanse themselves of sin are also unwittingly helping to create high-tech solutions in crowd control, disease outbreak and public security. A group of technology innovators has launched a digital information platform at the six-week Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival, that…

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EPA Says VW Intentionally Violates Clean Air Standards

EPA Says VW Intentionally Violates Clean Air Standards

The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that Volkswagen intentionally skirted clean air laws by using a piece of software that enabled about 500,000 of its diesel cars to emit fewer smog-causing pollutants during testing than in real-world driving conditions. The agency ordered VW to fix the cars at its own…

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