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Most of us will be snapping photos with our smartphones this holiday season. These accessories can help you capture those magical moments.

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    TERNATE, Indonesia (AP) — A volcano in eastern Indonesia erupted Friday, spewing towering clouds of hot ash into the air and leaving four hikers injured and one missing when they scrambled to safety, an official said. Mount Gamalama on Ternate island in North Maluku province shot thick gray smoke up to 2,000 meters (6,560 feet)…

  • Lava slows but still on track to hit Hawaii market

    HONOLULU (AP) — Lava from an active volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island slowed slightly but stayed on track to hit a shopping center in the small town of Pahoa. The molten rock was 1,200 to 1,300 yards away from the edge of Pahoa Marketplace on Thursday and had advanced about 165 yards from the previous…

  • How to block creepy stalker ads

    PHOENIX — Q: Whenever I go shopping online, whatever I look at seems to follow me around the Internet.  How do I keep that from happening? A: The process used to accomplish what a lot of people refer to as creepy stalker advertising is known as re-marketing or behavioral re-targeting. What started as a way to…

  • Gift Guide: Strong photo, video gear options

    ATLANTA (AP) — What to buy an experienced photographer or video shooter? There is some strong gear on the market from Nikon, GoPro and Domke. ___ – Nikon D750 camera ($2,300 body only; $3,000 kit with 24-120mm lens): I couldn’t find anything to complain about the D750 after spending a few weeks with it. The…

  • Poll: Americans skeptical of commercial drones

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are skeptical that the benefits of the heralded drone revolution will outweigh the risks to privacy and safety, although a majority approve of using small, unmanned aircraft for dangerous jobs or in remote areas, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. By a 2-1 margin, those who had an opinion opposed…

  • Hack attack spurs call for more NKorea sanctions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Suspicions that North Korea was behind a destructive hacking attack against Sony Pictures and a threat against movie theaters are intensifying calls for tougher U.S. steps to cut that country’s access to hard currency and declare it once more as a state sponsor of terrorism. At first glance, U.S. options for responding…

  • How the AP-GfK Poll was conducted

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  • Companies’ data security in question after Sony hack

    ATLANTA (AP) — Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. The hack, which a U.S. official has said investigators believe is linked to North Korea, culminated…

  • AP News in Brief at 9:58 p.m. EST

    Convicted spy’s parents searching for son after Cuba-US relations breakthrough HAVANA (AP) — When convicted spy Rolando Sarraff Trujillo failed to call home from prison, his parents went to the jail to see if their son had fallen ill. Officials told the elderly couple not to worry, saying only that he was better off. A…

  • Japan scientist quits as cell research discredited

    TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese researcher whose claim of a major breakthrough in stem cell research was discredited has resigned after the government lab where she worked failed to replicate her results. Haruko Obokata said in a statement Friday that she was leaving the Riken Center for Developmental Biology after the lab concluded the stem…

  • AP News in Brief at 7:58 p.m. EST

    Evidence in Sony hack ‘whodunit’ mostly circumstantial; US weighs a North Korea response WASHINGTON (AP) — The detective work blaming North Korea for the Sony hacker break-in appears so far to be largely circumstantial, The Associated Press has learned. The dramatic conclusion of a Korean role is based on subtle clues in the hacking tools…

  • ‘The Interview’ jeopardizes overseas movie villains

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood loves its overseas villains. Evil forces from Russia, China and North Korea have tirelessly menaced our big-screen heroes in recent years. But, in the wake of the startling cancellation of “The Interview,” an entire species of movie baddies might be in danger of extinction. One film already bit the dust.…

  • Uber suspends operations in Portland for 3 months

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Less than two weeks after the ride-hailing app Uber launched in Portland without officials’ approval, the company said it is suspending operations for three months to work out its differences with the city. General manager Brooke Steger wrote in a blog post Thursday that Portland is working to update its regulations…

  • Group challenges timber producer’s ‘green’ label

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A watchdog group is challenging the environmentally friendly “green lumber” certification for Plum Creek Timberlands, one of the nation’s biggest landowners and timber producers. The Center for Sustainable Economy, based in Lake Oswego, Oregon, filed the complaint Thursday with a nonprofit group that verifies whether timber producers follow standards for…

  • Sony hacking fallout puts all companies on alert

    ATLANTA (AP) — Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. The hack, which a U.S. official has said investigators believe is linked to North Korea, culminated…