Why tech has been slow to fight wildfires, extreme weather

Why tech has been slow to fight wildfires, extreme weather

SAN FRANCISCO  — For two years running , California’s wildfires have sent plumes of smoke across Silicon Valley. So far, that hasn’t spurred much tech innovation aimed at addressing extreme-weather disasters associated with climate change. It’s true that tech companies from 

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Trump says he’s open to witnesses as trial rules are set

Trump says he’s open to witnesses as trial rules are set

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WASHINGTON  — The U.S. Senate plunged into President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial with Republicans abruptly abandoning plans to cram opening arguments into two days but solidly rejecting for now Democratic demands for more witnesses to expose what they deem Trump’s “trifecta” of offenses.

Battle for India’s new citizenship law moves to top court

Battle for India’s new citizenship law moves to top court

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India’s top court on Wednesday began hearing dozens of petitions seeking the revocation of amendments to the citizenship law following nationwide protests and a security crackdown that led to more than 20 deaths. The Supreme Court would not grant a stay before hearing from

Senate approves impeachment trial rules, rejecting witnesses

Senate approves impeachment trial rules, rejecting witnesses

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WASHINGTON  — The U.S. Senate plunged into President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial with Republicans abruptly abandoning plans to cram opening arguments into two days but solidly rejecting Democratic demands

S. Korean military decides to discharge transgender soldier

S. Korean military decides to discharge transgender soldier

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   South Korea’s military decided Wednesday to discharge a soldier who recently undertook gender reassignment surgery, a ruling expected to draw strong criticism from human rights groups. It was the first time in South Korea that an active-duty member has

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Boeing doesn’t expect Max jet to be cleared until summer

Boeing doesn’t expect Max jet to be cleared until summer

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Boeing said Tuesday that it doesn’t expect federal regulators to approve its changes to the grounded 737 Max until this summer, several months longer than the company was saying just a few weeks ago. That timetable — the latest of several delays in the plane’s approval process — will

Davos: Hopes for digital tax breakthrough between France, US

Davos: Hopes for digital tax breakthrough between France, US

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Hopes are rising that a breakthrough in discussions on how to tax digital companies will emerge at the World Economic Forum on Wednesday. José Ángel Gurria, the secretary general of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development group of leading industrial nations, told The Associat

Netflix holds its own in the streaming wars - for now

Netflix holds its own in the streaming wars - for now

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SAN FRANCISCO  — Netflix is holding its ground in the streaming wars, passing its first big test since Apple and Disney launched rival services. The company added 8.8 million worldwide subscribers during its fourth quarter, surpassing expectations at a time when it faces heated competition.

Google CEO calls for regulation of artificial intelligence

Google CEO calls for regulation of artificial intelligence

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Google’s chief executive called Monday for a balanced approach to regulating artificial intelligence, telling a European audience that the technology brings benefits but also “negative consequences.” Sundar Pichai’s comments come as lawmakers and governments seriously consider putting

Putin to meet mother of Israeli backpacker jailed in Russia

Putin to meet mother of Israeli backpacker jailed in Russia

MOSCOW  — Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to meet with the mother of an Israeli tourist jailed in Russia for carrying a few grams of hashish, the Kremlin said Wednesday. Putin will meet with Naama Issachar’s mother during his visit to Israel on Thursday, his foreign affairs adviser Y

Will Grammy voters take the ‘Old Town Road’ on Sunday?

Will Grammy voters take the ‘Old Town Road’ on Sunday?

NEW YORK  — The 2020 Grammy Awards are shaping up to be the night of the new kids, with Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X leading in nominations. Those acts, who all released huge No. 1 hits in the last year, have strong chances of beating their more-seasoned competitors, from Lady Gaga to Vampir

Tilda Swinton backs public appeal to buy Derek Jarman house

Tilda Swinton backs public appeal to buy Derek Jarman house

LONDON  — Academy Award-winning actress Tilda Swinton has urged art lovers to chip in and help save the home of the late British artist and filmmaker Derek Jarman for the public. Jarman, whose radical and experimental films included “Caravaggio” and “The Last of England,” l

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Why tech has been slow to fight wildfires, extreme weather

Why tech has been slow to fight wildfires, extreme weather

SAN FRANCISCO  — For two years running , California’s wildfires have sent plumes of smoke across Silicon Valley. So far, that hasn’t spurred much tech innovation aimed at addressing extreme-weather disasters associated with climate change. It’s true that tech companies from 

US stocks rise as health authorities focus on China virus

US stocks rise as health authorities focus on China virus

NEW YORK  — U.S. stocks rose in early trading Wednesday as health authorities around the world take steps to monitor and contain a deadly virus that could spread globally. China and other countries are ramping up screenings for fever on aircraft and at airports. The World Health Organization is ex

US, France reach tax deal averting broader trade war

US, France reach tax deal averting broader trade war

DAVOS, Switzerland  — France’s finance minister said Wednesday that his country will delay its tax on the digital business of big tech firms like Google and Faceook in exchange for the United States’s promise to hold off retaliatory sanctions. The deal struck between Bruno Le Maire and

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Trump says he’s open to witnesses as trial rules are set

Trump says he’s open to witnesses as trial rules are set

WASHINGTON  — The U.S. Senate plunged into President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial with Republicans abruptly abandoning plans to cram opening arguments into two days but solidly rejecting for now Democratic demands for more witnesses to

Mexico begins flying, busing migrants back to Honduras

Mexico begins flying, busing migrants back to Honduras

Hundreds of Central American migrants who entered southern Mexico in recent days have either been pushed back into Guatemala by Mexican troops, shipped to detention centers or returned to Honduras, officials said Tuesday. An unknown number slipped past Mexican authorities and continued north. The latest migr

Battle for India’s new citizenship law moves to top court

Battle for India’s new citizenship law moves to top court

India’s top court on Wednesday began hearing dozens of petitions seeking the revocation of amendments to the citizenship law following nationwide protests and a security crackdown that led to more than 20 deaths. The Supreme Court would not grant a stay before hearing from the government, which has arg

Davos: Hopes for digital tax breakthrough between France, US

Davos: Hopes for digital tax breakthrough between France, US

Hopes are rising that a breakthrough in discussions on how to tax digital companies will emerge at the World Economic Forum on Wednesday. José Ángel Gurria, the secretary general of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development group of leading industrial nations, told The Associat

Asian shares higher after selloffs spurred by Chinese virus

Asian shares higher after selloffs spurred by Chinese virus

Shares mostly rose in early Asian trading on Wednesday after a slide in U.S. stocks overnight as a virus outbreak in China rattled global markets. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index climbed 0.6% to 24,013.15 and the Kospi in South Korea surged 0.8% to 2,256.95. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng jumped 0.8% to 28,216.7

World shares mixed ahead of central bank decisions

World shares mixed ahead of central bank decisions

Stock markets were trading in narrow ranges Monday as investors awaited central bank decisions and earnings reports due out in coming weeks. U.S. stock markets will be closed in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. In Europe, France’s CAC 40 declined 0.2% to 6,089, while Germany’s DA