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California air regulators vote to keep tough fuel standards

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) -- California air regulators voted Friday to keep the state's tough vehicle emissions standards through 2025. The state Air Resources Board voted unanimously at a meeting in Riverside to continue with the standards for 2022 to 2025 after reaching a conclusion similar to one by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Obama administration.

WikiLeaks: CIA hacked Apple devices in ways users can't fix

NEW YORK (AP) -- New documents from WikiLeaks point to an apparent CIA program to hack Apple's iPhones and Mac computers using techniques that users couldn't disable by resetting their devices. Security experts say the exploits are plausible, but suggest they pose little threat to typical users. They say that many of the tricks are older -- the iPhone hack involves the 3G model from 2008, for instance.

17,000 AT&T workers will come back on the job Thursday

NEW YORK (AP) -- Some 17,000 AT&T workers in California and Nevada are returning to their jobs after a one-day walkout. They had been protesting changes in job duties for some employees. A Communications Workers of America union local official had said Wednesday that AT&T was asking technicians who install cable to also work outside maintaining phone and cable wires, which is a higher-paid job.

Google's YouTube losing major advertisers upset with videos

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- AT&T, Verizon and several other major advertisers are suspending their marketing campaigns on Google's YouTube site after discovering their brands have been appearing alongside videos promoting terrorism and other unsavory subjects. The spreading boycott confronts Google with a challenge that threatens to cost it hundreds of millions of dollars.

UN atomic chief: Iran inspections at risk without more money

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The inspections regime put in place to closely monitor Iran's nuclear activity is in jeopardy unless the U.S. and other nations contribute more money, the head of the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency said Wednesday. Yukiya Amano, the agency's director general, said he used his visit to Washington to make the case for an increase to the Trump administration and to U.S. lawmakers who control the federal budget.

17,000 AT&T workers in California and Nevada go on strike

NEW YORK (AP) -- A union representing AT&T workers says about 17,000 employees in California and Nevada have gone on strike. The workers install cable and phone service and work in call centers where customers can phone in with questions and problems. Union local official Sheila Bordeaux says AT&T is asking technicians who install cable to also work outside maintaining phone and cable wires, which is a higher-paid job.

Google Maps already tracks you; now other people can, too

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google Maps users will soon be able to broadcast their movements to friends and family -- the latest test of how much privacy people are willing to sacrifice in an era of rampant sharing. The location-monitoring feature will begin rolling out Wednesday in an update to the Google Maps mobile app, which is already installed on most of the world's smartphones. It will also be available on personal computers.

Report: Climate outlook improves as fewer coal plants built

BEIJING (AP) -- Led by cutbacks in China and India, construction of new coal-fired power plants is falling worldwide, improving chances climate goals can be met despite earlier pessimism, three environmental groups said Wednesday. A joint report by the groups CoalSwarm, the Sierra Club and Greenpeace follows a warning this week by two international agencies that the world needs to shift quickly away from fossil fuels to curb global warming.

Comey corrects Trump's tweets in real time

WASHINGTON (AP) -- As FBI Director James Comey was in the hot seat, being grilled on Russia's interference in the 2016 election, the White House was busy trolling him on Twitter. The official White House account was used to tap out a series of tweets Monday trying to shift the focus to problematic leaks instead of what they'd revealed.

Wells Fargo: All ATMs will take phone codes, not just cards

NEW YORK (AP) -- Wells Fargo plans to upgrade all 13,000 of its ATMs next week to allow customers to access their funds using their cellphones instead of traditional bank cards. The announcement was made by Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan on Tuesday at an employee town hall in Orlando. While banks like JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America have announced similar upgrades to their ATMs, those are still being rolled out.

Jailed over locked computer, ex-cop loses again in court

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A U.S. appeals court has rejected a fired police sergeant's stance that forcing him to unlock his encrypted computer files in a child porn investigation would violate his constitutional rights. Former Philadelphia officer Francis Rawls has not been charged with a crime, but he has been jailed for 18 months for contempt because he hasn't entered the right passwords for investigators to access the files. The 3rd U.S.

Police: Chicago teen apparently gang-raped on Facebook Live

CHICAGO (AP) -- A 15-year-old Chicago girl was apparently sexually assaulted by five or six men or boys on Facebook Live, and none of the roughly 40 people who watched the live video reported the attack to police, authorities said Tuesday. The video marks the second time in recent months that the Chicago Police Department has investigated an apparent attack that was streamed live on Facebook.

Apple cuts prices on lower-end iPads, releases red iPhones

NEW YORK (AP) -- Apple is cutting prices on two iPad models and introducing red iPhones, but the company held back on updating its higher-end iPad Pro tablets. A much-speculated 10.5-inch iPad Pro didn't materialize, nor did new versions of existing sizes in the Pro lineup, which is aimed at businesses and creative professionals. The new devices are mostly refreshes of existing models.

US says Canadian accused in Yahoo hack poses flight risk

TORONTO (AP) -- A Canadian man accused of breaking into hundreds of millions of Yahoo email accounts poses an "extremely high flight risk" due to alleged ties to Russian intelligence agents, U.S. authorities say. U.S. law enforcement officials call Karim Baratov a "hacker-for-hire" paid by members of the Russian Federal Security Service.

Leadership change at Comcast cable as CEO Smit changes role

NEW YORK (AP) -- Comcast's cable unit is switching up its leadership ranks, with longtime executive Dave Watson taking over for Neil Smit as CEO. Smit will become vice chairman of Comcast Corp. at the start of next month. Comcast said Monday that he will work with Watson on the transition for a few months, and then will work part time for the company.

YouTube reverses some restrictions on gay-themed content

NEW YORK (AP) -- The YouTube video shows two women, dressed in suits and ties. They smile; they sniffle back tears; they gaze into each other's eyes. They are reading their wedding vows to one another. The four-minute video titled "Her Vows" contains no nudity, violence or swearing. There's no revealing clothing. No one is engaging in activities that have a "high risk of injury or death.