Brazil meat exports collapse in wake of inspection scandal

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazil's meat exports effectively collapsed this week, the agricultural minister said Wednesday, as several countries halted imports from the South American country in the wake of a meat inspection scandal. Brazil is struggling to contain the scandal, in which investigators say that health inspectors were bribed to overlook expired meats and chemicals and that other products were added to meat to improve its appearance and smell.

New security measure could cause travelers to reroute trips

DALLAS (AP) -- A new security measure banning many electronic devices on flights from 10 mostly Muslim countries is leading travelers to reconsider their plans to fly through some airports in the Middle East and Africa. Paula Berger, an energy-company manager, and a co-worker have tickets to fly from the U.S. through Dubai to Hyderabad, India, where her company has an office.

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.

First daughter Ivanka Trump gets West Wing office

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Cementing her role as a powerful White House influence, Ivanka Trump is working out of a West Wing office and will get access to classified information, though she is not technically serving as a government employee, according to an attorney for the first daughter.

All ears: Caro working on audio-only project

NEW YORK (AP) -- Robert Caro's next project is for ears only. The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian is planning an audio-only release, "On Power," drawing upon his years as an investigative journalist and his research into the lives of President Lyndon Johnson and municipal builder Robert Moses. "On Power" will be narrated by Caro and released exclusively through the audiobook producer and distributor Audible Inc.

China's trading partners alarmed by food import controls

BEIJING (AP) -- China's trading partners are bringing the top U.N. food standards official to Beijing in a last-ditch attempt to persuade regulators to scale back plans to require intensive inspections of food imports -- including such low-risk items as wine and chocolate -- that Washington and Europe say could disrupt billions of dollars in commerce. The rule could inflame tensions with the administration of U.S.

China's trading partners alarmed by food import controls

BEIJING (AP) -- China's trading partners are bringing the top U.N. food standards official to Beijing in a last-ditch attempt to persuade regulators to scale back plans to require intensive inspections of food imports -- including such low-risk items as wine and chocolate -- that Washington and Europe say could disrupt billions of dollars in commerce. The rule could inflame tensions with the administration of U.S.

Chelsea Clinton joins Expedia board of directors

NEW YORK (AP) -- Chelsea Clinton is joining the board of directors of online travel booking site Expedia. Documents filed with securities regulators say the daughter of defeated U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has joined its 14-member board. The company is controlled by Barry Diller. Chelsea Clinton is also a director of another company that Diller controls, IAC/InterActiveCorp.

Dallas offers cautionary tale as it moves to fix 911 woes

DALLAS (AP) -- Dallas has been experiencing disruptions in its 911 service that began in October and at one point last week resulted in 360 calls being placed on hold. More dispatchers have been assigned to field 911 calls and technological glitches have been fixed, which should smooth operations, a city spokeswoman said Friday.

A third of Chipotle's board is on the way out

NEW YORK (AP) -- Chipotle, which is trying to revive its fortunes after being rattled by food safety scares, said a third of its board members will leave in May after their terms expire, including three long-time members who were on the board before Chipotle became a public company more than a decade ago.

High-tech backpacks open world of whales to deaf students

SAMANA, Dominican Republic (AP) -- Every winter, whale-watching excursions take tourists to ride alongside humpbacks frolicking in the Caribbean. One voyage this week pursued whales for their mysterious, multi-octave songs, but with passengers who didn't hear the grunting and squealing. The dozens of deaf students wore high-tech backpacks that turn whale songs into vibrations, opening the world of whales to children who gasped and marveled at feeling the sounds for the first time.

2nd child dies in fire linked to exploding hoverboard

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A second child has died from a fire in Pennsylvania that fire officials blamed on an exploding hoverboard, a coroner said Thursday. The deaths -- if definitively linked to the two-wheeled, battery-powered scooter -- would be the first in the United States caused by a hoverboard fire. A county coroner said 10-year-old Savannah Dominick died at a hospital from severe burns.

Dallas scrambles to fix 911 delays in wake of 2 deaths

DALLAS (AP) -- Dallas officials are working with T-Mobile engineers to determine what's prompting a flood of ghost calls that's forced hundreds of 911 calls to be placed on hold and may have slowed the emergency response to two people who died. Dallas resident David Taffet confronted Mayor Mike Rawlings at a news conference Wednesday to say it took 20 minutes to get through to 911 after his husband stopped breathing last week.

Charges coming in Yahoo breach...Lawmakers see no evidence of wiretap...Judge hears new challenge to travel ban

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A law enforcement official says the Justice Department is preparing to announce charges against four defendants, including two Russian security services officers, in a mega data breach at Yahoo. The official says two of the defendants are Russian FSB officers and the other two are criminal hackers. One of the defendants has been taken into custody in Canada. The charges arise from a 2014 compromise of Yahoo user accounts.

AM Prep-Cyber Corner

IN THE NEWS: PANDORA LAUNCHING ON-DEMAND SERVICE NEW YORK (AP) -- Pandora is trying to think outside the box when it comes to the way it's offering its music to users. It is launching an on-demand music service that will cost $10 a month. The existing Pandora is more like traditional radio -- where listeners can listen to customized stations.

FDA OKs new Novartis drug for type of advanced breast cancer

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- U.S. regulators have approved a new drug as an initial treatment for postmenopausal women with a type of advanced breast cancer. The drug, called Kisqali and developed by Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG, is a pill that works to slow the spread of cancer by blocking two proteins that can stimulate growth and division of cancer cells. It's for women who have metastatic breast cancer known as HR+/HER2-.

Pandora starts on-demand music subscription service

NEW YORK (AP) -- Internet radio company Pandora is launching an on-demand music service for $10 a month. Pandora's existing service works more like radio. People listen to music on customizable stations. The premium service launching this month will let users choose specific songs or albums and will personalize recommendations based on people's listening habits. There is also an "offline mode.

A look at some Israeli high-tech successes

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Intel announced Monday it will spend more than $15 billion to acquire Mobileye, an Israeli company that develops technology that essentially gives computers a sense of their physical surroundings -- the largest high-tech acquisition in the history of the Jewish State. Faced with limited natural resources, Israel has fostered a vibrant high-tech culture in recent decades. Mobileye joined a long list of high-tech companies that have earned Israel the nickname "Startup Nation.

Making autonomous car play, Intel offers $15B for Mobileye

DETROIT (AP) -- Computer chip maker Intel paid handsomely for a piece of the next big thing Monday as it offered more than $15 billion for Mobileye, an Israeli company at the forefront of autonomous vehicle technology. The purchase, scheduled to close by year's end, creates another major player in self-driving technology as traditional automakers and tech companies vie to put the cars into public use.