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1. Gift Guide 2021: Best of Blu-ray, 4K UHD and DVD movies

Here's a selection of top gift ideas for the DVD, Blu-ray and 4K UHD-loving, cinema connoisseurs in the family.

Middle-Earth: The Ultimate Collector's Edition (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, 2,290 minutes, Rated: PG-13 and R, 2.39:1 aspect ratio, $249.99) — Filmmaker Peter Jackson’s grand gift of his Academy Award-winning adaptation of ...

Friday 26 November 2021 / 26 Nov 2021 | 7:28 pm EST / Author: Joseph Szadkowski
2. New Russian module docks with International Space Station

MOSCOW (AP) – A Russian cargo craft carrying a new docking module successfully hooked up with the International Space Station Friday after a two-day space journey.

The new spherical module, named Prichal (Pier), docked with the orbiting outpost at 6:19 p.m. Moscow time (1519 GMT). It has six docking ports ...

Friday 26 November 2021 / 26 Nov 2021 | 11:12 am EST / Author: Joseph Szadkowski
3. Aiden Adams, 7-year-old social influencer, urges unity over the holidays

Aiden Adams is one of those people who can make you question what you're doing with your life: He's published six books, written three poems, crafted three songs (one of which is streaming on Spotify) and is a social media influencer.

Oh, and he's 7 years old.

For Thanksgiving, ...

Wednesday 24 November 2021 / 24 Nov 2021 | 3:46 pm EST / Author: Sean Salai
4. Texas leaders, White House hail plans for Samsung semiconductor chip plant

Texas leaders and the White House are celebrating news that South Korean tech giant Samsung will build a $17 billion semiconductor plant outside of Austin, a move that could help fill a shortage of computer chips used in phones and cars.

“The largest foreign direct investment in the state of ...

Wednesday 24 November 2021 / 24 Nov 2021 | 9:09 am EST / Author: Tom Howell Jr.
5. NASA launches first mission to test space tech to defend Earth from asteroids

NASA and SpaceX on Tuesday night launched a spacecraft that will crash into an asteroid, the first-ever test to see if it's possible to redirect a space rock that could smash into the planet.

The experimental technology took off at 10:21 p.m. PST on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from ...

Wednesday 24 November 2021 / 24 Nov 2021 | 7:55 am EST / Author: Shen Wu Tan
6. Elizabeth Holmes denies deception at her criminal trial

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – Biotechnology entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes, a former billionaire accused of engineering a massive medical scam, expressed some remorse while on the witness stand Tuesday, but denied trying to conceal that her company's blood-testing methods weren't working as she had promised.

In her third day of testimony ...

Wednesday 24 November 2021 / 24 Nov 2021 | 12:06 am EST / Author: Michael Liedtke
7. 'Clock is ticking' as U.S. vulnerable to Chinese electromagnetic attack, experts warn

America's electric grid and other key infrastructure remain vulnerable to an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack from China, North Korea or other adversary, and the U.S. is at a pivotal moment if it wants to avoid a potential doomsday scenario, a panel of experts warned Tuesday.

At a major virtual forum ...

Tuesday 23 November 2021 / 23 Nov 2021 | 5:55 pm EST / Author: Ben Wolfgang
8. Italy hits Amazon and Apple with more than $225 million in fines

Italy’s regulatory watchdog hit American tech behemoths Amazon and Apple with fines on Tuesday totaling more than $225 million for alleged anti-competitive cooperation in the sale of Apple products. 

The Italian Competition Authority said Tuesday that its investigation discovered a 2018 agreement between Amazon and Apple that blocked various resellers ...

Tuesday 23 November 2021 / 23 Nov 2021 | 12:10 pm EST / Author: Ryan Lovelace
9. Launch of new NASA space telescope delayed after incident

BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency says the launch of a new NASA telescope to replace the famed Hubble observatory is being postponed to allow experts to check the device for possible damage following an incident at its spaceport in French Guiana.

The ESA said in a statement late ...

Tuesday 23 November 2021 / 23 Nov 2021 | 4:48 am EST / Author: Ryan Lovelace
10. SEC warns of scammers impersonating the federal government in messages, calls

The Securities and Exchange Commission is warning investors to beware of scammers impersonating government officials in phone calls and messages, marking the latest effort by fraudsters invoking the authority of the government in an effort to fleece ordinary Americans. 

The alert cites misleading emails, letters, phone calls and voicemails that ...

Monday 22 November 2021 / 22 Nov 2021 | 10:56 am EST / Author: Ryan Lovelace
11. White House official: China engaged in 'dramatic' military buildup

China’s "dramatic" military buildup has triggered unease across Asia and was the driving factor behind the recent formation of a three-way U.S., Britain and Australia security pact focused on the region, said President Biden’s top national security advisor for the Indo-Pacific.

Kurt M. Campbell, deputy assistant to the president and ...

Friday 19 November 2021 / 19 Nov 2021 | 4:43 pm EST / Author: Guy Taylor
12. NASA seeks ideas for nuclear reactor on moon

BOISE, Idaho — If anyone has a good idea on how to put a nuclear fission power plant on the moon, the U.S. government wants to hear about it.

NASA and the nation’s top federal nuclear research lab on Friday put out a request for proposals for a fission surface ...

Friday 19 November 2021 / 19 Nov 2021 | 12:47 pm EST / Author: Keith Ridler
13. Iranians charged, sanctioned over alleged effort to interfere in 2020 U.S. elections

The Justice Department has accused Iranians of attempted interference in the 2020 election, including efforts to influence Republican lawmakers, Democratic voters and American news reports.

An indictment unsealed Thursday charged two Iranian nationals, Seyyed Mohammad Hosein Musa Kazemi and Sajjad Kashian with computer fraud and voter intimidation. The Treasury Department, ...

Thursday 18 November 2021 / 18 Nov 2021 | 5:22 pm EST / Author: Ryan Lovelace
14. North Korea ramped up hacking attempts in 2021: Report

Hackers linked to the North Korean regime waged weekly hacking campaigns in 2021, producing a noticeable uptick in activity from years past, cybersecurity company Proofpoint said in a new report Thursday.

Proofpoint analysts have tracked the hacker group called TA406 since 2018, but the volume of their work remained low ...

Thursday 18 November 2021 / 18 Nov 2021 | 12:15 pm EST / Author: Ryan Lovelace
15. Differences endure as Biden brings back North America summit

WASHINGTON (AP) – North America's leaders are reviving three-way summitry after a Trump-era break.

As President Joe Biden, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador resume the tradition of the North America Leaders' Summit on Thursday, the three allies face deep differences on migration, climate ...

Thursday 18 November 2021 / 18 Nov 2021 | 12:06 am EST / Author: Aamer Mahdani, Rob Gillies and Maria Verza
16. Biden's push for electric vehicles includes tax credit favoring union factories over non-union plant

President Biden’s alliance with labor unions was on display on Wednesday with a proposal favoring union shops in his push for electric vehicles, snubbing Tesla and other nonunion plants while promoting his infrastructure programs and offering extra federal subsidies only for cars assembled at union factories.

Speaking on the floor ...

Wednesday 17 November 2021 / 17 Nov 2021 | 6:19 pm EST / Author: Jeff Mordock
17. Biden accedes to another Chinese demand on media

The Biden administration has given in to a Chinese government demand, reversing curbs imposed on officials working for Chinese state-controlled media outlets in the United States that were put into place by the Trump administration.

A State Department spokesman confirmed Chinese state media reports that Beijing had agreed to issue ...

Wednesday 17 November 2021 / 17 Nov 2021 | 3:48 pm EST / Author: Bill Gertz
18. Musk sells more shares than he needs to pay current tax bill

DETROIT (AP) - Elon Musk is selling more Tesla shares than he needs to pay current tax obligations, and experts say he's either converting part of his fortune from stock to cash, or he's saving for bigger tax bills that will come due next year.

As of early Wednesday, Musk ...

Wednesday 17 November 2021 / 17 Nov 2021 | 2:56 pm EST / Author: Tom Krisher
19. Amazon stops accepting U.K. Visa credit cards, cites high fees

LONDON (AP) — Amazon says it will stop accepting Visa credit cards issued in the United Kingdom because of a dispute over fees.

The e-commerce giant said in a message Wednesday to customers that they won't be able to use the payment company's U.K. credit cards starting Jan. 19, blaming ...

Wednesday 17 November 2021 / 17 Nov 2021 | 5:50 am EST / Author: Tom Krisher
20. Biden pushes electric vehicle chargers as energy costs spike

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Joe Biden is highlighting billions of dollars in his giant bipartisan infrastructure deal to pay for the installation of electric vehicle chargers across the country, an investment he says will go a long way to curbing planet-warming carbon emissions while creating good-paying jobs.

Biden on Wednesday ...

Wednesday 17 November 2021 / 17 Nov 2021 | 5:19 am EST / Author: Aamer Madhani and Tom Krisher