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  • Top NY regulator issues final rules for bitcoin licenses

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New York state’s chief financial regulator has issued final rules for companies dealing in bitcoin, adding more oversight to the virtual currency that has widened in popularity and moved into the commercial…

  • Sea lions hurt by chlorine at center waddle back into waves

    LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A crowd in Southern California cheered as 14 sea lions injured by chlorine contamination at a rehab center waddled back into the waves. Mary Beth Steen of the Pacific Marine…

  • Showtime follows HBO into the streaming game

    NEW YORK (AP) — Showtime will join rival HBO with an online streaming service for those that don’t want to pay for cable. The cable channel said Wednesday that it will begin streaming in July…

  • Apple recalls Beats Pill speakers because they may overheat

    NEW YORK (AP) — Apple said it is recalling its Beats Pill XL speakers after a customer reported getting burned when it overheated. There were eight reports of the speaker’s battery overheating, the U.S. Consumer…

  • Solar system’s weirdest dance scene: The moons around Pluto

    WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s a chaotic dance going on at the far end of our solar system, involving Pluto and five of its closest friends, a new study finds. Hubble Space Telescope images of Pluto,…

  • US officials warn of encrypted communications by extremists

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. law enforcement officials expressed concern Wednesday about the growing use of encrypted communication and private messaging by supporters of the Islamic State, saying the technology was complicating efforts to monitor terror…

  • Wind damages wing of solar plane sidelined in Japan

    NAGOYA, Japan (AP) — A solar-powered plane forced to land in Japan when it hit bad weather during its trip around the globe has encountered more challenges after wind gusts damaged a wing on the…

  • Update on the latest business

    FINANCIAL MARKETS Encouraging job market news sends US stocks higher NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are higher in afternoon trading on Wall Street as traders welcome some encouraging news about the job market. The Dow,…

  • Sandberg on mourning: ‘I want to choose life and meaning’

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sheryl Sandberg is marking the end of a 30-day period of mourning following the death of her husband by saying “I want to choose life and meaning.” Sandberg, Facebook’s No. 2…

  • Entrepreneurs bet on the smartphone to solve money problems

    NEW YORK (AP) — It can be used to buy lattes, order cabs and get pizza delivered, but some tech entrepreneurs are betting the smartphone can also play an even greater role in saving people…

  • Tech Tips: Your guide to the myriad phone-upgrade options

    NEW YORK (AP) — Upgrading your phone is no longer as simple as paying $100 or $200 and extending your service contract by two years. Phone companies have been shifting away from contracts and trying…

  • Giant atom smasher back in business after 2-year upgrade

    BERLIN (AP) — Scientists successfully restarted experiments at the world’s biggest particle collider Wednesday, after a two-year shutdown and upgrade that allows it to smash together atoms with almost double the energy used in its…

  • ‘Skylanders’ injecting vehicles in next installment

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Skylanders” is pushing the pedal to the metal. The popular Activision video game franchise that jumpstarted the toys-to-life genre four years ago is souping up its latest edition with air, land…

  • Softbank invests $1B in SKorean e-commerce firm Coupang

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Coupang, a South Korean online shopping site, has secured a $1 billion investment from Japanese Internet company Softbank Corp. Coupang said Wednesday that Softbank founder Masayoshi Son decided to back…

  • 2004 Nobel chemistry winner Irwin Rose dies at 88

    DEERFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Irwin Rose, a biochemist who shared the 2004 Nobel Prize in chemistry for discovering a way that cells destroy unwanted proteins — the basis for developing new therapies for diseases such…