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  • Republican Wyoming on board with federal sage grouse policy

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Many Republicans are wary of a large federal effort to protect the greater sage grouse — but not the Republican governor of Wyoming, the state with the biggest share of the…

  • Paul running hard on civil liberties after his Senate gambit

    CHICAGO (AP) — He infuriated his party leaders by almost single-handedly delaying the extension of the Patriot Act. Now, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is fighting to transform his recent Capitol Hill victory into momentum with…

  • Authorities eye reopening of goo-struck California beaches

    MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Crews scouring 7 miles of Southern California beaches had scooped up truckloads of mysterious oily goo Thursday and the area might be clean enough to reopen for the weekend, authorities…

  • Google unveils Android’s latest technological tricks

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google’s next version of its Android operating system will boast new ways to fetch information, pay merchants and protect privacy on mobile devices as the Internet company duels with Apple in…

  • Google offers unlimited free storage of photos, videos

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is willing to store and organize all of the world’s digital photos and videos for free. The online photo service announced Thursday is the latest example of Google’s desire to…

  • Fossils of previously unknown beaver species found in Oregon

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A fossilized skull and teeth from a newly described species of beaver that lived 28 million years ago have been unearthed in eastern Oregon. The fossils worked their way out…

  • Apple buys a maker of futuristic augmented-reality software

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple has bought a company that makes augmented-reality software, which adds information or images to real-world scenes when viewed through a special headset or even a smartphone camera. It’s the latest…

  • GoPro gets real … virtually real

    NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of GoPro jumped to a five-month high Thursday after the company’s CEO said the company is getting into the drone and virtual reality business. The company already dominates the action…

  • After security scandal, a tech firm says it’s changing focus

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Silicon Valley startup says it’s shutting down operations and shifting to a new business model after it was blamed earlier this year for turning unwitting computer users into targets for…

  • HBO Now will be available through Android too this summer

    NEW YORK (AP) — HBO Now, the premium channel’s new online service for people who don’t pay for cable, will be available through Android devices this summer. HBO Now has been available since April for…

  • Avago looks to grow with $37B deal for chipmaker Broadcom

    NEW YORK (AP) — Avago Technologies is buying rival chipmaker Broadcom in a cash and stock deal worth about $37 billion, vastly expanding its lineup of products for the rapidly growing wireless device market at…

  • When popping the question to @POTUS, anything goes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Give people a chance to pop a question to POTUS, and they’ll take the invitation and run with it. President Barack Obama took to Twitter on Thursday for his first Q-and-A since…

  • Uber, Lyft push back against proposed NYC regulations

    NEW YORK (AP) — Representatives of Uber and Lyft warned Thursday that a New York City effort to regulate app-based ride-hailing services will stall innovation and threaten competition. The regulations “will be crushing to our…

  • Rules aim to protect imperiled bird’s habitat in 10 states

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell revealed plans Thursday to preserve habitat in 10 Western states for an imperiled ground-dwelling bird, the federal government’s biggest land-planning effort to date for conservation of a…

  • Express and Broadcom are big market movers

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market: NYSE Express Inc., up 79 cents to $17.41 The clothing retailer reported…