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London 2012 Security: 'Sonic Weapon' to be Used

May 12, 2012 6:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Britain's Defense Ministry says an acoustic device that can be used as a "sonic weapon" will be deployed during the London Olympics.The ministry says the long-range acoustic device, which can emit an ear-piercing beam of sound, will mostly be used as a high-powered loudspeaker to issue verbal...

India to buy 145 howitzers from US BAE Systems

May 12, 2012 3:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

India has agreed to purchase 145 howitzers from American defense contractor BAE Systems Inc. as it pushes to modernize its military, an official said Saturday.Defense Ministry spokesman Sitanshu Kar said the government will spend 30 billion rupees ($560 million) on the M777 artillery. No...

End of line for Minnesota coal plants?

May 11, 2012 9:50 pm | by LESLIE BROOKS SUZUKAMO - St. Paul Pioneer Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Sherburne County Generating Station, better known as Sherco, is a power-producing workhorse. But even good workhorses head to the glue factory eventually.The 2,400 megawatt coal-fired plant in Becker, 45 miles northwest of the Twin Cities, has generated the bulk of Xcel Energy's electricity for...

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Ex-tabloid chief spills on links to UK's Cameron

May 11, 2012 4:50 pm | by DAVID STRINGER - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Former hotshot editor Rebekah Brooks has drawn Prime Minister David Cameron closer into Britain's tabloid phone hacking scandal, saying he had offered her some support after the uproar over illegal journalistic practices forced her to quit.Brooks, who resigned in July as chief executive of News...

U.S. Post Office Bars Shipping Laptops, iPads Abroad

May 11, 2012 2:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Postal Service is banning international shipments of electronics with lithium batteries such as smartphones, laptops and iPads, citing the risk of fire.Beginning Wednesday, consumers may no longer make the shipments, including to army and diplomatic post offices. That means friends and...

Mo. judge rejects challenge to Medicaid contracts

May 11, 2012 2:50 pm | by DAVID A. LIEB - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge dismissed a legal challenge Friday to Missouri's new Medicaid contracts, brushing aside an attempt to halt an enrollment period for 430,000 low-income residents picking among three insurance providers.Special Judge B.C. Drumm Jr. rejected all aspects of a lawsuit brought by Molina...

American Airlines agrees to study merger idea

May 11, 2012 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

American Airlines says it is agreeing with creditors to consider potential mergers.American parent AMR Corp. says that the company and its bankruptcy creditors agreed to develop "potential consolidation scenarios," but that didn't mean it would pursue a deal with any particular party.AMR...

UPS says has financing for TNT Express deal

May 11, 2012 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

United Parcel Service Inc. said Friday that it has lined up the financing it needs for its bid to acquire Europe's No. 2 express-mail company, Netherlands-based TNT Express.UPS, the world's largest delivery company, said Friday it plans to use about €3.7 billion ($4.8 billion) in cash, plus...

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Milestones for Facebook: New data use policy

May 11, 2012 12:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Some key developments in the eight years since Facebook Inc.'s creation:February 2004: Mark Zuckerberg starts Facebook as a sophomore at Harvard University.March 2004: Facebook begins expansion to other colleges and universities.June 2004: Facebook moves headquarters to Palo Alto, Calif.September...

US gov checks first rapid, take-home test for HIV

May 11, 2012 12:50 pm | by MATTHEW PERRONE - AP Health Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S.Food and Drug Administration is considering approval of the first over-the-counter HIV test that would allow people to test themselves for the virus at home, quickly and without medical supervision.FDA reviewers said Friday the OraQuick In-Home HIV test could play a significant role in...

Legendary Car Designer, Racer Shelby Dies at 89

May 11, 2012 12:50 pm | by JEFF WILSON - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Carroll Shelby , the legendary car designer and champion auto racer who built the fabled Shelby Cobra sports car and injected testosterone into Ford's Mustang and Chrysler's Viper, has died. He was 89.Shelby's company, Carroll Shelby International, said Friday that Shelby died the night before...

Facebook updates data use policy to give more info

May 11, 2012 12:50 pm | by BARBARA ORTUTAY - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Facebook is updating its data use policy in an attempt to give people more clarity on how the company uses information they share.As part of the changes, Facebook is also signaling that it may start showing people ads on sites other than Facebook, targeting the pitches to interests and hobbies...

AIDS fight enters new phase with prevention pill

May 11, 2012 12:50 pm | by LINDSEY TANNER - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Condoms and other safe-sex practices have accomplished only so much. Now the 30-year battle against AIDS is on the verge of a radical new phase, with the government expected to endorse a once-a-day pill to prevent infection with the virus.Some doctors are already giving patients the drug,...

Keel laying for US Navy submarine held in RI

May 11, 2012 11:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Navy has held a keel laying ceremony for a submarine under construction at Electric Boat's Rhode Island manufacturing plant.Navy officials called the keel laying at Quonset Point a milestone in the construction of the Virginia-class submarine North Dakota.Electric Boat is a subsidiary...

Post office will not ship laptops, iPads abroad

May 11, 2012 11:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Postal Service is banning international shipments of electronics with lithium batteries such as smartphones, laptops and iPads, citing the risk of fire.Beginning Wednesday, consumers may no longer make the shipments, including to army and diplomatic post offices. That means friends and...

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