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Pioneering black NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson dies

By BEN FINLEY | February 24, 2020

Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who calculated rocket trajectories and earth orbits for NASA’s early space missions and was later portrayed in the 2016 hit film “Hidden Figures,” about pioneering black female aerospace workers, has died. She...

3 Arizona students returning from car event killed in crash

By PAUL DAVENPORT | February 22, 2020

PHOENIX (AP) — Three Arizona high school students enrolled in an automotive technology program were killed when a college van went off a highway on the way back from a professional drag racing event near Phoenix, officials said Saturday.The van crashed...

Asian stocks mixed after Wall Street rises to record

By YURI KAGEYAMA | February 19, 2020

TOKYO (AP) — Shares were mixed Thursday in Asia after Wall Street recovered to record highs, but worries persist about damage to the regional economy from the new virus that began in China.Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 0.3% to 23,474.78, shedding...

Asian shares mostly rise despite continuing virus fears

By YURI KAGEYAMA | February 18, 2020

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares mostly rose Wednesday, despite overnight losses on Wall Street and continuing fears about an outbreak of a new virus that began in China.The Nikkei 225 rose 1.1% in morning trading to 23,453.59 after data for January showed...

Macron to get hybrid car as France steps up climate fight

February 12, 2020

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron's government announced a raft of plans Wednesday to curb its carbon emissions, including getting a new hybrid-engine armored car for the French leader.Other new steps include an annual bonus of 200 euros...

Asian shares rise despite worries about virus outbreak

By YURI KAGEYAMA | February 11, 2020

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were higher Wednesday, although the outbreak of a new virus in the region continued to weigh on investor sentiments.Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 0.5% in morning trading to 23,813.14. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.6% to 7,094.00....

Daimler profits slump as auto industry comes under pressure

By DAVID McHUGH | February 11, 2020

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Daimler AG, maker of Mercedes-Benz cars, saw profit slump in 2019 and turned in a loss for the fourth quarter, underlining the pressures on the auto industry from economic headwinds and the need to invest in electric cars to...

Solar Orbiter blasts off to capture 1st look at sun’s poles

By MARCIA DUNN | February 10, 2020

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Europe and NASA's Solar Orbiter rocketed into space Sunday night on an unprecedented mission to capture the first pictures of the sun's elusive poles.“We're on the way to the sun. Go Solar Orbiter!” said Cesar Garcia...

S&P 500 slips for first time this week as momentum stalls

By ALEX VEIGA and STAN CHOE | February 7, 2020

Wall Street closed out the market’s best week in eight months Friday with a broad slide as technology and health care stocks gave back some of their recent gains.The pullback, which followed a sell-off in markets around the world, snapped a four-day...

Asian shares up on China efforts despite virus worries

By YURI KAGEYAMA | February 4, 2020

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares rose Wednesday on optimism that China's latest actions may help curtail some of the expected economic damage from the virus outbreak.Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 1.1% to 23,330.11 in morning trading. Australia's S&P/ASX...

UK boosts climate effort by banning new gas vehicles by 2035

By JILL LAWLESS | February 4, 2020

LONDON (AP) — Britain announced Tuesday that it plans to ban the sale of new gas and diesel cars by 2035 — five years earlier than its previous target — in a bid to speed up efforts to tackle climate change.The announcement was timed to coincide...

In fight to survive, US dairy farmers look for any tech edge

By IVAN MORENO | February 2, 2020

PICKETT, Wis. (AP) — At Rosendale Dairy, each of the 9,000 cows has a microchip implanted in an ear that workers can scan with smartphones for up-to-the-minute information on how the animal is doing — everything from their nutrition to their health...