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Big hit for Bulls, 'Benny's Day Off' connects online

CHICAGO (AP) -- Dancing on the roof, microphone in hand as he lip-synched to "Twist and Shout," Benny the Bull was putting on quite a performance as his tricked-out black van rolled through downtown Chicago. It was not quite "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," and it won't be coming to a theater near you. But as spoofs go, "Benny's Day Off" is quite a production.

New Zealand judge upholds Kim Dotcom extradition ruling

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- A New Zealand judge on Monday upheld an earlier court ruling that flamboyant internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and three of his colleagues can be extradited to the U.S. to face criminal charges. The decision comes five years after U.S. authorities shut down Dotcom's file-sharing website Megaupload and filed charges of conspiracy, racketeering and money laundering against the men. If found guilty, they could face decades in prison.

Milwaukee to 'Pokemon' monsters: Get a permit to enter parks

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- "Pokemon Go" monsters can roam virtually wherever they please, but they'll need a permit to get into Milwaukee County parks. At the height of the game's popularity last summer, the large crowds it attracted to one Milwaukee park left county officials at a loss for how to deal with the sudden influx of players and the trash they left behind.

Electronic media searches at border crossings raise worry

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Watchdog groups that keep tabs on digital privacy rights are concerned that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are searching the phones and other digital devices of international travelers at border checkpoints in U.S. airports. The issue gained attention recently after at least three travelers, including a Canadian journalist, spoke out publicly about their experiences.

Fastest computer in the Rockies tapped for range of projects

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- A new supercomputer at a federally funded research center in Wyoming will do important work for a wide range of Earth science research. Among upcoming projects: -- Researchers at the University of Wyoming are simulating air currents around the spinning blades of wind turbines, data that could help make wind farms more efficient.

New supercomputer aids climate research in top coal state

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- A new supercomputer in the top coal-mining state has begun critical climate-change research with support from even some global warming doubters, but scientists worry President Donald Trump could cut funding for such programs. The $30 million, house-sized supercomputer named Cheyenne belongs to a federally funded research center.

Robot probes show Japan reactor cleanup worse than expected

TOKYO (AP) -- Robot probes sent to one of Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear reactors have suggested worse-than-anticipated challenges for the plant's ongoing cleanup. The plant's operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the remote-controlled "scorpion" robot was sent into the Unit 2 reactor's containment vessel Thursday to investigate the area around the core that had melted six years ago, but its crawling function failed while climbing over highly radioactive debris.

Surprise, surprise. AT&T trumpets its own new unlimited plan

NEW YORK (AP) -- AT&T says any cellphone customer can sign up for unlimited data plans starting Friday. That option had been limited to customers of AT&T-owned DirecTV. The change comes just days after Verizon announced an unlimited plan without such restrictions. All four major cellphone providers now offer unlimited plans, a major reversal from a few years ago.

Some excerpts from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's missive

In Mark Zuckerberg's vision, Facebook can help build communities, encourage civic engagement, and keep us safer and more informed. That's the long-term plan at least, years, if not decades, down the line. He outlined his view for the social network and the world in a sweeping 5,500-word manifesto posted on his Facebook page Thursday. It's as much a vision for the world as it is a missive for Facebook. Written to the 1.

Can internet-beaming balloons outmaneuver shifting winds?

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) -- For its next trick, an internet-beaming balloon factory spun out of Google believes it can outmaneuver the wind. In doing so, the 4-year-old "Project Loon" says it will be able to bring remote parts of the world online more quickly with a smaller fleet of the balloons than it previously thought. Engineers involved in the eccentric project, a part of the X Lab owned by Google's corporate parent Alphabet Inc.

AP FACT CHECK: Gates didn't say Trump would be like Reagan

SEATTLE (AP) -- A story shared widely on social media falsely attributes to Bill Gates a tweet saying Donald Trump would be regarded as "one of the greatest presidents," like Ronald Reagan. Gates' office says the awkwardly-worded tweet, which misspelled the word "minutes," was not sent out by him. The site that posted the story, departedmedia.

Vienna cafe bills patrons to charge cellphones over drinks

VIENNA (AP) -- A Viennese cafe owner has a message for customers who dawdle over drinks while charging their cellphones: Pay up. And Galina Pokorny says that instead of complaining when they see a power charge on their bills, customers should read the menu: "Electricity, 1 euro" is printed there.

Snap values itself at up to $22B ahead of IPO

NEW YORK (AP) -- The parent company of the social network Snapchat is valuing itself at up to $22 billion as it prepares for the tech industry's biggest initial public offering in years. Snap Inc. said in a regulatory filing Thursday that the IPO is likely to be priced between $14 and $16 per share. Had the IPO price matched the $30.

Yahoo issues another warning in fallout from hacking attacks

LONDON (AP) -- Yahoo is warning users of potentially malicious activity on their accounts between 2015 and 2016, the latest development in the internet company's investigation of a mega-breach that exposed 1 billion users' data several years ago. Yahoo confirmed Wednesday that it was notifying users that their accounts had potentially been compromised but declined to say how many people were affected.

French president calls for more cybersecurity for election

PARIS (AP) -- French President Francois Hollande is calling for new security measures around the country's presidential race, notably to protect against hacking. Hollande's order came after the campaign of centrist Emmanuel Macron accused Russia of trying to sway the April 23-May 7 election. Hollande asked top security officials Wednesday to present electoral security measures next week "including in the cyber domain.

Swedish supermarket tests lasers to label organic produce

MALMO, Sweden (AP) -- Something high-tech is happening in the produce aisle at some Swedish supermarkets, where laser marks have replaced labels on the organic avocados and sweet potatoes. Swedish supermarket chain ICA started experimenting in December with "natural branding," a process that uses low-energy carbon dioxide lasers to remove the pigment from the outer skins of fruits and vegetables.

Casting Oscar: Foundry creates each statuette as work of art

ROCK TAVERN, N.Y. (AP) -- Every Oscar fist-pumped or tearfully cradled by Academy Award winners is first cast, buffed and fussed over at a foundry far from Hollywood. Workers at the Polich Tallix fine art foundry, about 50 miles north of New York City, began work in late September on the awards to be handed out Feb. 26.