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Wisconsin lawmakers debate billions in incentives for Foxconn plant
The Wisconsin State Assembly on Thursday will consider a $3 billion incentive package for a proposed liquid-crystal display factory by Taiwan's Foxconn, the first vote on the deal by a chamber of the...
Superconductivity research reveals potential new state of matter
A potential new state of matter is being reported with research showing that among superconducting materials in high magnetic fields, the phenomenon of electronic symmetry breaking is common. The ability...
Amazon faces a tax fight in South Carolina that could change how online sellers do business
President Trump has repeatedly attacked Amazon and its CEO Jeff Bezos for dodging financial obligations, tweeting as recently as June that the company avoids "paying internet taxes." While the president's...
Audits show lax oversight by Wisconsin agency counting Foxconn jobs
The Wisconsin agency tasked with holding Foxconn accountable for delivering up to 13,000 jobs in exchange for $1.5 billion in state payroll tax credits has a history of failing to verify job-creation...
Wisconsin won't break even on Foxconn plant incentives for 25 years
Wisconsin is not projected to break even on a $3 billion incentive package for a proposed LCD screen plant by Taiwan's Foxconn for at least 25 years, a legislative analysis showed on Tuesday. Foxconn...
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker defends Foxconn incentive package, touts state's turnaround
The benefits of a new Foxconn plant are worth $3 billion in incentives, according to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Two weeks ago, the Taiwanese technology company announced it will invest $10 billion to...
German automakers agree to update software of 5 million diesel cars to cut emissions
"I think first, of course, the car makers have broken European law, and this has been found by several inquiry committees. But at the same time supervisory authorities were complacent and the responsible...
New twist in battle over plans for sacred Hawaii mountaintop
HONOLULU -- A construction permit should be granted for a giant telescope planned for a Hawaii mountain summit that some consider sacred, a hearings officer recommended Wednesday.Retired judge Riki May...
First ever Earth-orbit teleportation completed
Alas, those of you expecting Scotty to beam them up soon will be sorely disappointed - the object teleported was merely a single photon.While the experiment doesn't bring us any closer to teleporting...
Electric car maker ditches $1 billion Nevada plant
An electric car maker deserted its plan to construct a $1 billion manufacturing plant in southern Nevada in a move experts say could spell trouble for the company and the broader niche electric automobile...
Ukraine claims Russia launched NotPetya ransomware attack
Ukrainian banks were among the enterprises targetedBrendan Hoffman/NYT/EyevineBy Chris BaraniukUkraine has claimed Russia was behind the NotPetya cyberattack that caused havoc around the world, with Ukraine...
10 most exciting Xbox One games Microsoft revealed at E3 2017
In a world that’s oversaturated with undead media in every form, the original State of Decay managed to offer a cooperative affair that made the impenetrable world of DayZ and the drama of Telltale’s...
Minnesota measles outbreak follows anti-vaccination campaign
MMR vaccines save livesCourtney Perry/For the Washington Post/GettyTHE state of Minnesota is in the throes of its biggest measles outbreak in 27 years. As of 5 May, 44 cases had been confirmed. Of these,...
Looking for a job in tech? Try this gorgeous state
"Big Sky" country is rapidly becoming home to big tech.Though it does not have a reputation as a top state for technology, Montana's IT sector is now growing nearly seven times as fast as the state's overall...
California issues historic medical marijuana rules
Medical pot patients could see their marijuana become cleaner and safer, with the cost jumping about ten percent, under new draft regulations for California’s multibillion-dollar medical cannabis industry....
Antenna permitting bill sparks clash between state, local officials
A resolution unanimously approved by San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors on Tuesday may put the city on a collision course with Sacramento legislators over a bill that aims to shift the power to regulate...
California court upholds cap and trade
California’s cap-and-trade system to fight global warming survived a major legal test Thursday when a state appeals court ruled that the auctions at the heart of the system do not constitute an illegal...
8,000 aspiring Uber and Lyft drivers fail state background check
Adam Fagen reader comments 18 Share this story More than 8,000 Massachusetts residents who want to drive for ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft won't be allowed to, because they didn't pass a new...
Russia’s hack of State Department was “hand-to-hand” combat
EnlargeAgnosticPreachersKid reader comments 12 Share this story Russia's 2014 hack of an unclassified State Department computer system was much more aggressive than previously reported, with one official...
The route to high-speed quantum computing is paved with error
Enlarge / Unfortunately, determing quantum computing speed is not as easy as deciding on the track like ol' Robert Kerr did for Canada at the 1908 British Amateur Athletic Association (AAA) Championships.Topical...
Muni broadband customers could lose service unless a new bill becomes law
EnlargeGreenlight Community Broadband reader comments 10 Share this story Last year, the state of North Carolina won a court case against the Federal Communications Commission, a victory that allowed...
Water bears can replace all the fluid in their bodies with a glass matrix
Enlarge / The image shows a scanning electron micrograph of 6 tardigrades in their tun state. When tardigrades dry out they retract their legs and heads within their cuticle, forming these little balls.Thomas...
Researchers present time crystals made of quantum mechanical oscillations
EnlargeChris Monroe reader comments 1 Share this story Time crystals: I'd hoped I'd never write about them again. A long time ago, there was a theory paper that proposed a new idea—time crystals. I was...
‘Fearless Girl’ statue stares down Wall Street’s famed bull
NEW YORK — A statue of a resolute young girl now faces Wall Street’s famous Charging Bull, erected by a major asset managing firm for International Women’s Day to make a point: State Street Global Advisors,...
Oklahoma state bill would let property owners shoot down drones
Enlarge iStock / Getty Images Plus reader comments 0 Share this story Further ReadingWoman shoots drone: “It hovered for a second and I blasted it to smithereens.”An Oklahoma state senator has proposed...
Mike Pence used an AOL e-mail account for state business and it got hacked
EnlargeGage Skidmore reader comments 3 Share this story As the Republican vice presidential candidate, Mike Pence vigorously chastised Hillary Clinton for using a personal server to send and receive official...
More states introduce bills to interfere with science education
reader comments 15 Share this story At the start of this month, we covered a bill making its way through the South Dakota legislature. It's the latest variation on a large collection of state bills that...
Tarty tacos for sale, Breitbart writer to bail, and hydrogen sets sail
After a video where he appeared to condone sex between older men and underage boys drew widespread attention, he had a speech and a book deal canceled. Menu items include a personal Pop-Tart pizza, chili...
Big props to Bigfoot—new bill would name it “official cryptid” of Washington
Enlarge / Look, Sasquatch is real, okay? Here's a picture of him, working in his current gig for Jack Link's jerky. Case closed.Dave Mangels / Getty reader comments 20 Share this story Washington State...
US appeals court upholds suspension of Trump travel ban
A federal appeals court in San Francisco has refused to reinstate President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday wouldn't...
Ex-CIA officials say Trump’s travel ban has “no national security purpose”
Enlarge / National Security Advisor Susan Rice, seen here in March 2016, was one of the former Obama Administration officials who have opposed the Trump executive order.Getty Images News reader comments...
California snowpack reaches drought-busting level
PHILLIPS STATION, Calif. -- Sierra Nevada snowdrifts are at a drought-busting 173 percent of average, with the most snow recorded since 1995, California water managers said Thursday.State water managers...
Trump update: Senate confirms Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State
Senate confirms Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State Former Exxon Mobil chief executive Rex Tillerson has been confirmed as Secretary of State by a 56-43 vote, with both of California’s senators opposing...
Storms preview sea-rise damage to California
SAN FRANCISCO -- Ocean rise already is worsening the floods and high tides sweeping California this stormy winter, climate experts say, and this month’s damage and deaths highlight that even a state known...
New York gets $170M in broadband funding that Verizon turned down
EnlargeGetty Images | XiXinXing reader comments 0 Share this story The Federal Communications Commission yesterday voted to give up to $170 million in broadband funding to New York to support a state...
New York lawmakers want local cops to get warrant before using stingray
Enlarge / Cops.Erland Grøtberg / Getty Images News reader comments 7 Share this story Further ReadingCalifornia cops, want to use a stingray? Get a warrant, governor saysThe New York Civil Liberties Union...
California hits a promising milestone in emerging from drought
SAN FRANCISCO — More than 40 percent of California has emerged from a punishing drought that covered the whole state a year ago, federal drought-watchers said Thursday, a stunning transformation caused...
Watch out hackers: Deploying ransomware is now a crime in California
Aurich Lawson reader comments 9 Share this story Further ReadingRansomware locks up San Francisco public transportation ticket machinesAs of January 1, the delivery of ransomware is illegal in California...
Thousands of medical marijuana applications leaked
Nevada’s state government website has leaked the personal data on over 11,700 applicants for dispensing medical marijuana in the state.Each application, eight pages in length, includes the person’s full...
Solar cells with a dark side may be in your future
EnlargeDr. Sebastian Schulz, KIT reader comments 1 Share this story Modern solar panel technology is pretty damned awesome. I say this from personal experience, since my roof is pretty much maxed out....
Troubled New Mexico nuclear dump moves towards reopening
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- New Mexico regulators have approved restarting normal operations at the nation’s only underground nuclear waste repository, a major step for U.S. officials aiming to reopen the facility...
Gov. Chris Christie tweet rants after 'revenge bill' fails in New Jersey Legislature
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie unleashed his inner pit bull Tuesday on Twitter after the Legislature shelved his bill to yank millions of dollars in ads from state newspapers. The measure was dubbed Christie's...
State Farm ordered to cut homeowners insurance rates in Caifornia
The proposition also authorized the commissioner to limit charges to the amounts needed to cover claims costs, expenses and a reasonable rate of return. “State Farm customers have been overpaying for...
South Carolina will debate bill to block porn on new computers
hansol reader comments 17 Share this story A South Carolina politician is hoping to stop computer owners in his state from viewing pornography. State Rep. Bill Chumley, a Republican from Spartanburg,...
Apple given favorable treatment on tax? No way, insists Ireland
EnlargeWilliam Murphy reader comments 28 Share this story Apple's tax arrangements in Ireland aren't a sweetheart deal between the iPhone maker and Dublin, the Irish government has insisted in its fight...
EU 'exceeding powers' with £13bn Apple ruling
A submission by Dublin's Department of Finance argues the EU's competition watchdog interfered with its sovereignty by finding that the iPhone maker's tax arrangements in the country meant it had under-paid...
Uber threatened in self-driving cars row
State prosecutors have responded by threatening to haul the ride-hailing company before a judge unless the service is suspended immediately.In a sharply-worded letter, lawyers with California's Department...
Uber says it will keep self-driving cars on the road in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO -- Uber’s self-driving cars will keep ferrying passengers around San Francisco, the ride-hailing company said Friday - a few hours before state prosecutors threatened to haul Uber before...
Severe thunderstorm warning issued
Wild weather on December 3 left a trail of destruction across Queensland with several supercell storms moving into the state from New South Wales in the late afternoon. The ABC reported the a teenager...
California lawyers mull ban on sex with clients
While most law offices bear little resemblance to the romance-filled chambers of “Ally McBeal” or “L.A. Law,” the State Bar of California wants to put the kibosh on almost all sex between lawyers and...
California's next global warming target: dairy cows
GALT, Calif. — California is taking its fight against global warming to the farm. The nation’s leading agricultural state is now targeting greenhouse gases produced by dairy cows and other livestock.Despite...
Apple tax case: Ireland to formally appeal against EU state aid ruling
EnlargeAndrew Cunningham reader comments 54 Share this story The European Commission's ruling that Apple should pay Ireland €13 billion (£11.1 billion) in back taxes is set to be formally disputed by...
2016’s craziest “cybersex” political scandal comes from… Nebraska
Enlarge / The Nebraska state capitol building in Lincoln. Education Images / Getty Images reader comments 2 Share this story “Make me pleasure.” That Facebook message was directed at Bill Kintner, a 55-year-old...
State proposition requires final text of bills be online for 3 days
Enlarge / The California State Capitol Building as seen in 2015.Jeff Turner reader comments 0 Share this story Among a slew on ballot propositions that Californians will be asked to consider on Election...
California must awkwardly defend obsolete anti-ballot selfie law
Enlarge / A Los Angeles polling place as seen in 2012.Stephen Velasco reader comments 0 Share this story Further ReadingNew Hampshire law barring ballot selfies is unconstitutional, court rulesOn Wednesday,...
Australian continent getting sunburnt
A severe weather outlook from the Bureau of Meteorology. October to April is the peak time for Australia's tropical cyclones, floods, thunderstorms, bushfires, and heatwaves Australia’s climate is getting...
New York governor approves new regulations on Airbnb
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo approved legislation on Friday that would place new regulations on online home rental companies like Airbnb.Existing New York state law bars most urban apartment-dwellers...
WikiLeaks: Julian Assange's internet severed by "state actor"
PARIS WikiLeaks says that founder Julian Assange’s internet access has been cut by an unidentified state actor. Few other details were immediately available. Julian Assange's internet link has been intentionally...
Could plan for new ‘nation in space’ on a satellite take off?
First step: to gain a foothold in spaceAsgardiaBy Timothy RevellToday, a new nation was born. Possibly. With a name derived from Norse mythology, Asgardia will start recruiting citizens immediately and...
U.S. says hackers probed voting systems, no sign of damage
Hackers have probed the voting systems of many U.S. states but there is no sign that they have manipulated any voting data, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Saturday.National security officials...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark