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Search Resumes for Tangled Blue Whale off California Coast

Search Resumes for Tangled Blue Whale off California Coast

Whale watch boats and the Coast Guard are resuming their search off Southern California for a blue whale entangled in hundreds of feet of fishing line. Federal marine officials said Sunday that they are seeking assistance from boaters and pilots who may spot the 80-foot mammal. The whale hasn’t been…

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Report: Some Top Baby Monitors Lack Basic Security Features

Report: Some Top Baby Monitors Lack Basic Security Features

Several of the most popular Internet-connected baby monitors lack basic security features, making them vulnerable to even the most basic hacking attempts, according to a new report from a cybersecurity firm. The possibility of an unknown person watching their baby’s every move is a frightening thought for many parents who…

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Global Warming Carving Changes Into Alaska in Fire and Ice

Global Warming Carving Changes Into Alaska in Fire and Ice

Global warming is carving measurable changes into Alaska , and President Barack Obama is about to see it. Obama leaves Monday for a three-day visit to the 49th state in which he will speak at a State Department climate change conference and become the first president to visit the Alaska…

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Pentagon Funding New High-Tech Venture

Pentagon Funding New High-Tech Venture

Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Friday that the Pentagon is funding a new venture to develop cutting-edge electronics and sensors that can flex and stretch and could be built into clothing or the skins of ships and aircraft. The high-tech investment could lead to wearable health monitors that could be…

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Twitter Sets Modest Goals to Diversity Its Workforce

Twitter Sets Modest Goals to Diversity Its Workforce

Twitter is setting modest goals to diversify its workforce while it fights a proposed class-action lawsuit that says the online messaging service discriminates against its female employees. The hiring targets were released Friday along with data showing that Twitter primarily employs white and Asian men in high-paying technology jobs, like…

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Scientists, Tribe Study Shrinking Washington State Glacier

Scientists, Tribe Study Shrinking Washington State Glacier

Mauri Pelto digs his crampons into the steep icy slope on Mount Baker in Washington state and watches as streams of water cascades off the thick mass of bare, bluish ice. Every 20 yards, the water carves vertical channels in the face of the glacier as it rushes downstream. What…

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Californians Cut Water Without State Imposing Fines

Californians Cut Water Without State Imposing Fines

For the second straight month, Californians exceeded hefty water conservation mandates during the relentless drought without the state imposing fines, officials said. Cities cut water use by a combined 31 percent in July, exceeding the governor’s statewide conservation mandate of 25 percent, the State Water Resources Control Board reported Thursday….

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Facebook Testing Its Own Virtual Assistant in Messaging App

Facebook Testing Its Own Virtual Assistant in Messaging App

Facebook is the latest technology company to offer users a virtual assistant service. Facebook is testing the artificial intelligence-powered service, called simply “M,” inside its messaging app, Messenger, with some users. David Marcus, the head of messaging products at the Menlo Park, California company, says in a Facebook post that…

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State Department Officials Routinely Sent Secrets Over Email

State Department Officials Routinely Sent Secrets Over Email

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the Des Moines Area Community College, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Ankeny, Iowa. The transmission of classified information across Hillary Clinton’s private email is consistent with a culture in which diplomats routinely sent secret material on unsecured email during the Obama and…

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Ashley Madison Users in US Sue Cheating Website Over Breach

Ashley Madison Users in US Sue Cheating Website Over Breach

Eight people across the U.S. who registered to use Ashley Madison are suing the website for cheaters after hackers released personal and detailed information of millions of users, including financial data and sexual proclivities. The lawsuits were filed between last month and Monday by Ashley Madison users in California, Texas,…

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