- Taiwan pilot in February TransAsia crash described as hasty
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A pilot described by colleagues as nervous and hasty mistakenly throttled down a still-running engine following a glitch with the other engine in an airline crash that killed 43 people in Taiwan in February, flight safety officials said Thursday.
- Former federal agent pleads guilty to extortion
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A former undercover drug agent pleaded guilty Wednesday to extortion and other charges after authorities said he used his position to steal more than $700,000 in digital currency, most of it siphoned from an online drug bazaar known as Silk Road that he infiltrated as part of a federal investigation.
- Hewlett-Packard moves forward with plan to split in 2
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard is moving forward with plans to split into two companies, filing paperwork to create a new entity that will sell commercial technology, while a separate spinoff will sell personal computers and printers.
- California slips back to No. 8 economy in world
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Less than a month after edging out Brazil, California has slipped back to its ranking as the eighth-largest economy in the world based off an update of global economic data released Wednesday.
- Robot kills man at Volkswagen plant in Germany
BERLIN (AP) — A robot has killed a contractor at one of Volkswagen's production plants in Germany, the automaker said Wednesday.
- Love your country, love your dog: Keep pets safe over July 4
LOS ANGELES (AP) — To us, fireworks are the sparkling embodiment of July Fourth. But to dogs, they truly are bombs bursting in air.
- Austrian court rejects jurisdiction in Facebook privacy suit
VIENNA (AP) — A court in Austria has rejected a class-action lawsuit against Facebook alleging invasion of privacy, saying it lacks jurisdiction in the case.
- New Chinese law reinforces government control of cyberspace
BEIJING (AP) — China's legislature passed sweeping legislation on Wednesday that reinforces government controls over cyberspace, as the nation's leaders try to address what they see as growing threats to Chinese networks and national security.
- Toyota, Nissan, Honda back hydrogen stations for fuel cells
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota, Nissan and Honda are working together to get more fuel cell vehicles on roads in what they call Japan's big push toward "a hydrogen society."
- Review: Gadgets for the beach and getting you there
NEW YORK (AP) — If you're headed to the beach or any other weekend getaway, don't forget these "essential" gadgets.
- Drug and device firms paid $6.5B to care providers
WASHINGTON (AP) — From research dollars to free lunches and junkets, drug and medical device companies paid doctors and leading hospitals nearly $6.5 billion last year, according to government data posted Tuesday.
- Disney picks McCarthy as CFO; names Mayer as strategy chief
BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Disney named its treasurer, Christine McCarthy, as its new chief financial officer, replacing Jay Rasulo, a longtime executive who announced he was resigning earlier this month after it became apparent he would not likely be elevated to CEO.
- First lady: Career, technical studies offer students options
WASHINGTON (AP) — A high school diploma is not enough to compete in the global economy, but a college degree is not the only option, first lady Michelle Obama told a group of students gathered at the White House on Tuesday.
- EU clinches deal to end mobile roaming charges
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has agreed to end mobile roaming charges within two years and allow travelers with European phone plans to pay the same price for calls, text messages and data anywhere in the 28 EU nations.
- Toshiba's 'scorpion' robot will look into Fukushima reactor
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — A new robot that raises its tail like a scorpion is scheduled to look at melted nuclear fuel inside one of the three wrecked Fukushima reactors in Japan.