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FILE - This May 13, 2015, file photo, shows Google's new self-driving car during a demonstration at the Google campus in Mountain View, Calif. The federal government's highway safety agency agrees with Google: Computers that will control the cars of the future can be considered their driver. The redefinition of "driver" is an important break for Google. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

Google, what’s the definition of ‘driver’?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

DETROIT — Computers that control cars of the future can be considered drivers just like humans, the federal government’s highway safety agency has found. The redefinition of “driver” by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is an important break for Google, taking it a step closer to its goal of self-driving cars without steering wheels, pedals or human drivers. But … 0

Will drone-attacking eagles be next crime-fighting tool?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

SAN JOSE, Calif. — We’re all getting used to seeing drones over our heads. And birds have been around forever. But birds attacking drones? In one of the more creative countermeasures that the law enforcement brain trust has come up with to combat the growing number of bad guys doing bad things with unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, Dutch police are training eagles … 0

Secret government payload launched into orbit

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

LOS ANGELES — A rocket carrying a government payload was successfully launched early Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base on California’s Central Coast, officials said. The United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket was carrying a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, which develops and operates satellites used for intelligence gathering and national security. “This is our second successful launch within five days … 0

Florida, vulnerable to Zika virus, gets ready to combat the disease

Thursday, February 4, 2016

MIAMI — Florida’s warm climate, year-round mosquitoes and revolving door of international travelers make it vulnerable to the Zika virus, but local governments here have a history of fighting off outbreaks before they become widespread. A crucial component … 0

Price-hiking drug executive takes the Fifth on Capitol Hill, angering lawmakers in hearing

Thursday, February 4, 2016

WASHINGTON — Martin Shkreli giggled and smiled his way through his testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday and at times seemed distracted. And members of the committee called him out on it. Chairman … 0

Pentagon seeks to boost defense in Europe to counter Russia

Thursday, February 4, 2016

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration wants to boost military spending in Europe next year to stockpile heavy weapons, armored vehicles and other military equipment in eastern and central Europe, a substantial expansion of efforts to counter a resurgent Russia. The proposed $3.4 billion initiative will permit the Pentagon … 0

Nation and World Briefs, Feb. 5

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Pacific free-trade deal signed in New Zealand WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim countries including the United States gathered Thursday in New Zealand for the ceremonial signing of a free-trade deal they say will … 0

Congress eyes drug price spikes as antibiotic skin gel soars 1,860%

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

NEW YORK — After Martin Shkreli raised the price of anti-parasitic drug Daraprim more than 50-fold to $750 a pill last year, he said he wasn’t alone in taking big price hikes. As it turns out, the former … 0

Bill Cosby must stand trial

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — A bid by Bill Cosby’s lawyers to have the sexual-assault charges against the entertainer dismissed was rejected by a Philadelphia-area judge Wednesday evening, clearing the way for the famed comedian to be brought to trial. … 0

US Zika case sparks questions about sex and mosquito germs

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

NEW YORK — A sexually transmitted case of Zika in Texas has scientists scrambling to understand how much of a risk infection through sex is for the usually mosquito-spread illness. Experts still stress that mosquitoes are the main … 0

Even as Dems bash drugmakers, insurers may still feel heat

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

NEW YORK — “Price-gouging.” “Predatory.” “Outrageous.” Those are just a few of the barbs presidential candidates, including Hillary Clinton, have thrown the way of the pharmaceutical industry this campaign season. That rhetoric helped sink drug and biotech stocks … 0

From bromance to brawl

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BOW, N.H. — Once a bromance, now a brawl. Donald Trump and Ted Cruz cast aside any veneer of kindness on Wednesday to trade insults and accusations in a show of hardball politics that demonstrated the stakes for … 0

Review reveals problems protecting workers from dangerous pesticides

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BELLE GLADE, Fla. — Dozens of farmworkers looked up at the little yellow plane buzzing over the Florida radish field, a mist of pesticide falling from its wings. Farmworkers are supposed to be protected by government rules regulating … 0