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Alphabet's self-driving car company sues Uber over alleged theft

Alphabet's self-driving car company Waymo said Thursday it was suing Uber and its subsidiary Otto for allegedly stealing its technology and infringing its patents.

California declares state of emergency amid fears for dam spillway

The governor of California declared a state of emergency in three northern counties late Sunday after an emergency spillway of one of the largest dams in the United States threatened to fail and unleash severe flooding.

Adele sweeps top awards at 2017 Grammys

Adele made a clean sweep of the Grammy's top prizes at the annual music awards Sunday, besting Beyonce with Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year trophies for her album "25" and its smash single "Hello."

Los Angeles, Budapest, Paris enter final stage of 2024 Olympics bids

Los Angeles, Budapest and Paris on Friday entered the deciding stage of the bid process for the 2024 Olympics by submitting the final part of their candidature file.

Trump threatens Berkeley funding after 'alt-right' event cancelled

US President Donald Trump on Thursday threatened to halt federal funding to a university in California that was forced to cancel an event at which far-right blogger Milo Yiannopoulos had been invited to speak due to violent protests.

Beyonce's baby bump photo breaks Instagram record

Pop star Beyonce, 35, has set a new record on photo-sharing website Instagram with a post announcing her pregnancy with twins.

Violent protests force California uni to cancel right-wing event

Protests against the invitation of far-right blogger Milo Yiannopoulos to speak at a California university escalated into rioting late Wednesday, forcing the event to be cancelled.

Boom in sales of iPhone 7 help Apple to record quarterly revenue

Strong sales of Apple's iPhone 7 have helped the California-based company post record quarterly revenue in the fiscal first quarter ending in December, the company said Tuesday.

Iranian director Farhadi will not attend Oscars over US travel ban

Iranian filmmaker Ashgar Farhadi said Sunday he would not attend next month's Oscars ceremony due to US President Donald Trump's travel ban.

Mexico: Trump, Pena Nieto agree to keep mum on wall payment

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and US President Donald Trump agreed in a phone call to not publicly discuss the contentious issue of who will pay for a wall to be built on the border between their countries' borders, Pena Nieto's office says.

'La La Land' ties record with 14 Oscar nominations

Musical romance "La La Land" secured its place in Oscar history Tuesday with a record-tying 14 nominations including best picture.

Mexican drug baron 'El Chapo' pleads 'not guilty' in US court

The world's most notorious drug kingpin, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, pleaded not guilty in a New York court Friday to charges including running a criminal enterprise and other drug trafficking related crimes, US media reported.

Orlando nightclub shooter's widow charged in attack

The widow of the man who gunned down 49 people in a nightclub in Florida last June was charged Tuesday with helping him prior to the attack and obstructing justice in its aftermath, the US Department of Justice said.

VW admits guilt in emissions scandal as US indicts six

Volkswagen will admit guilt and pay 4.3 billion dollars in criminal and civil settlements to the US government over the German carmaker's cheating on diesel emissions, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Wednesday.

Hollywood star Debbie Reynolds dies day after daughter Carrie Fisher

Hollywood star Debbie Reynolds died Wednesday in Los Angeles, just one day after the death of her daughter Carrie Fisher.

British man gets prison term for failed attack on Trump

A British man who tried to grab a police officer's gun to shoot Donald Trump at a Las Vegas rally in June was sentenced Tuesday to a year and a day in prison, federal prosecutors said.

Report: Trump to nominate Exxon chief for secretary of state

US president-elect Donald Trump will nominate Exxon Mobil chief executive Rex Tillerson to be his secretary of state, US media reported Saturday.

Amazon tests checkout-free food store

Online retail giant Amazon is testing a new type of physical store in the US that promises no lines or checkouts, the company announced Monday.

Trump sex assault accuser demands he retract threat to sue

One of the women who accused US president-elect Donald Trump of sexual assault on Friday demanded that he withdraw his threat to sue them after the election and said she would not be intimidated into silence.

"Terrible error" on Facebook "kills" Mark Zuckerberg and others

A glitch on Facebook briefly declared many of the social media site's users dead on Friday, including its founder Mark Zuckerberg, local media reported.

Five people shot in Seattle near anti-Trump rally

Five people were injured, one critically, in a shooting in the US city of Seattle Wednesday night, local police said.

California votes no on requiring condoms for porn actors

California rejected a proposal to require the use of condoms by actors in pornographic films produced in the US state, final vote results showed Wednesday.

California legalizes marijuana

Californians voted Tuesday to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, in the first big win in a string of similar measures across the country.

One dead, two wounded in shooting near California polling location

One person was killed and two were wounded Tuesday in a shooting near a polling location in southern California, local police said.

Cyberattack downs major websites; US investigating

Major internet sites including Twitter, Paypal, Netflix and Spotify were offline in parts of the US and Europe Friday after cyberattacks targeted a service provider that enables users to connect to them.

Google takes on Apple with launch of new smartphones

Google officially launched its own smartphone on Tuesday in San Francisco, re-starting its challenge to Apple's iPhone.

Police shoot dead unarmed black man near San Diego

Activists in a San Diego suburb Wednesday called for a federal investigation into the police killing of an unarmed black man who relatives said was mentally ill.

Twitter shares surge on takeover rumour

Twitter's share price jumped as much as 20 per cent Friday on media reports that Google and software company Salesforce were eyeing a takeover of the struggling social network.

Game of Thrones, HBO dominate Emmy Awards

The HBO television series "Veep" and "Game of Thrones" took the top prizes at the 68th Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, in a televised ceremony that delivered some laughs but few suprises.

"Game of Thrones," "Fargo," "House of Cards" up for 68th Emmy Awards

The hit HBO series "Game of Thrones," tops the list of nominees at Sunday's 68th Emmy Awards, US television's top honours.

Trump insists Mexico will pay for wall, slams illegal immigrants

Donald Trump doubled down on his controversial hard-line policy proposals on illegal immigration and border security Wednesday in a tough-talking speech unlikely to broaden his appeal to moderate voters.

Person in Zorro costume detained at LA airport after shooting scare

A man wearing a Zorro costume was detained during a shooting false alarm at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday, law enforcement sources told local media.

Twitter bans 235,000 over six months for terrorist ties

Twitter announced an escalation in its war on terrorist tweets Thursday, saying it had suspended 235,000 more accounts linked to terrorism since February.

California fire beats firefighters, forces thousands to flee

Tens of thousands of people in southern California were ordered to flee a raging wildfire burning out of control in a rural mountain area on Wednesday, authorities said.

First female-to-male sexual transmission of Zika recorded

The first documented case of Zika virus transmitted from a woman to a man through sex was reported by US health authorities Friday, raising new concerns about how the epidemic might spread.

Zika may have passed its peak, researchers say

The Zika epidemic in Latin America may have already passed its peak, according to a study in the US journal Science published Thursday.

Hundreds protest Los Angeles police ruling on 2015 shooting

Hundreds of protesters thronged Los Angeles' police headquarters and city hall Tuesday, according to news reports, after an investigation into the fatal 2015 shooting of a black robbery suspect found police had not broken department rules.

Three dead, several wounded in US courthouse shooting

A shooting at a courthouse in the northern US state of Michigan on Monday left two court security officers and the suspected shooter dead, the sheriff said, according to news reports.

Reports: Police identify Dallas shooter

Officials identify a dead suspect in a sniper attack that killed five law enforcement officers in the US city of Dallas as 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson, according to media reports.

US to "evaluate" Tesla autopilot after fatal crash

The US highway safety authority has launched a "preliminary evaluation" of Tesla's self-driving technology in the wake of a fatal crash, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Friday.

In diversity push, Oscars Academy opens door to 683 new members

Hollywood's most exclusive club opened its ranks Wednesday to hundreds of new members Wednesday in a bid to increase diversity, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said.

Celebration day for "grateful" Zeppelin after Stairway copyright win

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and frontman Robert Plant thanked a Los Angeles jury Thursday for ruling they did not steal the opening to their rock classic Stairway to Heaven.

Boeing signs airplane deal with Iran

Boeing has signed a deal to sell commercial passenger airplanes to Iran, Boeing said Tuesday, marking the first time the US airplane manufacturer has done business with the country in nearly 37 years.

Police arrest "heavily armed" man going to LA gay pride parade

Police in Santa Monica, California, arrested a "heavily armed" man overnight who said he had planned to go to a gay pride rally Sunday in West Hollywood, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says.

Facebook's Zuckerberg latest high-profile hack victim

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg's non-Facebook social media accounts were secure again Monday after being briefly hacked, Facebook said.

Prince died of accidental painkiller overdose

An official autopsy report released Thursday confirmed that Prince died of an accidental overdose of prescription painkillers.

Clashes outside Trump rally in San Diego lead to 35 arrests

Police and demonstrators clashed at a rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in southern California late Friday, leading to the arrests of 35 people.

In US election year, Trump pinatas take a beating

In an already rough-and-tumble election season, some people in the United States are welcoming the chance to take a swing at Donald Trump - in the form of Trump pinatas that are becoming an election-year party trend.

iPhone sales lag drags Apple revenue to first drop in 13 years

Waning sales of Apple's signature iPhone weighed on the company's second quarter results Tuesday, bringing the first year-on-year decline in revenue since 2003.

Apple revenue sees first fall in 13 years

Apple reported a drop in iPhone sales for the second quarter Tuesday, and with it the company's first fall in quarterly revenue in 13 years.

Solar Impulse lands in California after three-day Pacific crossing

Solar Impulse 2, the single-seat solar-powered plane on a round-the-world flight, landed late Saturday in California after a three-day journey across the Pacific Ocean from Hawaii.

Prince died alone, no signs of suicide

Music icon Prince was alone when he died in an elevator at his Minnesota home, but investigators have "no reason to believe" his death was suicide, authorities told media Friday.

Prince death investigation could take weeks

Medical examiners said Friday they had completed a four-hour autopsy of pop superstar Prince, who died Thursday at 57 in his estate outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

At 57, pop icon Prince ends his purple reign

Pop icon Prince was found dead at his home Thursday, cutting short one of music's most prodigious and influential careers.

Report: Pop icon Prince dead at 57

Pop icon Prince has died at his home in the US state of Minnesota at the age of 57, gossip site TMZ reports.

WhatsApp encrypts its entire service

Communications app WhatsApp has instituted end-to-end encryption for all communications on its network of one billion people worldwide, the company's founders told the tech magazine Wired Tuesday.

Tesla bets big on first mass-market model

Electric car maker Tesla unveiled its Model 3 late Thursday, the first model pitched at the mass market, in what experts say could be a game-changer for the sector.

FBI opens iPhone without Apple's help

US authorities say in a court filing that they successfully accessed data stored on an iPhone linked to the San Bernardino terrorist attack, and dropped a demand that a court force Apple to hack the device for them.

Alaska volcano sends ash cloud 11 km high

The eruption of Alaska's Pavlof volcano continued Monday, spouting fountains of lava and a plume of volcanic ash more than 11 kilometres into the atmosphere, the Alaskan Volcanic Observatory reported.

Apple case delayed as FBI tries its own iPhone hack

A US judge cancelled a high-profile hearing between Apple and the FBI set for Tuesday after the FBI made the surprise announcement it may have found its own way to hack an iPhone at the center of the legal dispute.

Apple goes small at spring product debut

Apple debuted new, smaller versions of the iPhone and iPad Pro and a price cut for the Apple Watch at a subdued spring product event Monday, a day ahead of the company's courtroom showdown with the US government over encryption.

Apple chief: "we will not shrink" from fight over privacy

A day ahead of a court hearing over his refusal of a government order to hack the iPhone, Apple chief executive Tim Cook says the company "will not shrink" from the responsibility to help protect data and privacy.

Apple spring event Monday could bring news of smaller iPhones, iPads

Apple's spring product debuts Monday will technically remain secret until Apple chief executive Tim Cook unveils the season's new gadgets on stage at company headquarters.

Apple and FBI to face off in court

Weighing data security against public safety, the world's richest company is headed for a showdown with the FBI.

Keyboard legend Keith Emerson dead in possible suicide

British keyboard legend Keith Emerson, co-founder of the rock trio Emerson, Lake and Palmer, died early Friday at his home in California, with police treating the case as a possible suicide.

Apple to introduce new products on March 21

Apple is inviting media to a March 21 event at its headquarters in Silicon Valley, where the company is widely expected to introduce a new, smaller iPhone and the iPad's next generation.

Sharapova thanks fans, hopes to resume tennis career

Maria Sharapova took to Facebook on Wednesday to thank fans for massive online support after her positive test for a newly banned medicine which she has been taking for a decade.

In apparent first, Google car self-drives into city bus

The computers at the wheels of Google's self-driving cars appear to be becoming more and more like human drivers.

"Diversity Oscars" turn spotlight on race

With yet another all-white slate of nominations for this year's Oscars, host Chris Rock pulled no punches in his criticism of racism in the movie industry.

Oscars take stage as host Cris Rock calls Hollywood "racist"

Oscars host Chris Rock kicked off the 88th Academy Awards telecast Sunday by confronting the race debate that has overshadowed the film world's annual awards gala, calling Hollywood "racist."

Apple: Court must reverse "dangerous" FBI order

Apple responded in court Thursday to an order it hack an iPhone linked to the San Bernardino, California, terrorist attack, calling the FBI's demand unconstitutional, illegal and dangerous.

Trump wins Nevada caucus with nearly 46 per cent of votes

Donald Trump scored another clear victory Tuesday night in the Nevada caucus, clinching 45.9 per cent of votes and further cementing his status as front-runner in the race for the Republican Party's presidential nomination.

In Nevada, Trump celebrates "winning, winning, winning"

Donald Trump thanks supporters in the south-western US state of Nevada with a giddy victory speech after projections showed he had won the state's Republican caucus.

Gates breaks with Apple, Google on FBI phone order

Microsoft founder Bill Gates has said the US government should be allowed to hack into an Apple iPhone belonging to a gunman who carried out a deadly shooting in California.

Google, WhatsApp back Apple in encryption fight with FBI

The heads of Google and WhatsApp Thursday threw their support behind Apple as it takes on a US government order to hack its own iPhone security, even as other leading tech voices remained silent in the debate.

Apple, FBI headed for showdown over San Bernardino encryption

Battle lines were being drawn Wednesday over a US federal judge's order that Apple help the FBI crack the encryption on an iPhone linked to the San Bernardino, California, terror attack.

Twitter cuts Islamic State short with 125,000 blocked accounts

Twitter has stepped up its efforts to purge its membership of terrorism supporters, suspending 125,000 accounts since the middle of 2015, the social network said Friday.

Analyst: Apple Watch two-thirds of 2015 smartwatch sales

The Apple Watch led the world smartwatch market in 2015, making up two-thirds of all sales, according to market research published Friday.

Google parent Alphabet rivals Apple as top-valued company

Alphabet, the parent company of internet giant Google, surpassed Apple as the world's most valuable company Monday, when investors snapped up stock after the company reported fourth-quarter earnings of nearly 5 billion dollars.

"Big Three" help Cavaliers race past Spurs for fourth straight win

LeBron James scored 29 points and Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love added 21 apiece Saturday night as the hosts Cleveland Cavaliers ran roughshod over the San Antonio Spurs in a 117-103 victory, their fourth straight win. 

2016 SAG Award winners

The following is a full list of winners at Saturday's 22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards:

Mixed results for Microsoft as PC market shrinks, cloud grows

Microsoft reported just under 5 billion dollars in net income for the second quarter Thursday, in results dragged down by a shrinking PC market but mitigated by growth in cloud-based services.

Oregon anti-government standoff continues after arrests, death

A judge in the US state of Oregon ordered seven members of an anti-government militia held until at least Friday, after prosecutors argued they might return to the ongoing armed standoff at a federal wildlife refuge, news media reported.

Spurs' Popovich named to coach West squad in NBA all-star game

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich was named to guide the Western Conference in the NBA All-Star Game for the fourth time, the league announced Wednesday.

Academy changes Oscars voting rules amid racism outcry

The US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced measures Friday to increase diversity among its Oscars voters, addressing a public outcry after the slate of acting nominees came up all-white for a second year running.

Survival struggles top Globes as Revenant, Martian win main honours

A man alone in a hostile environment. A struggle to survive. Both of the top winners in film categories at Sunday’s Golden Globes featured dramatic battles against the odds

Winslet, Tierney early winners at 73rd Golden Globes

Kate Winslet won the Golden Globe for best female supporting actor in a motion picture Sunday, the first winner in an evening that will award 25 prizes to the year's best of film and television in a ceremony in Beverly Hills.

Netflix launched in Croatia, goes global to 130 new countries

Video streamer Netflix went live around the world Wednesday, adding 130 new countries to its service and launching what Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings called a "global internet TV network."

Deadly storms cause record flooding in US, prompting evacuations

Hundreds of people in the US Midwest fled their homes Tuesday ahead of rising flood waters amid violent storms affecting much of the eastern half of the country that killed at least 48 people over the Christmas holiday period.