• Intel buys password manager PasswordBox

    Updated: Mon, Dec 1, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Intel Corp. said Monday that it bought PasswordBox, a service that saves and remembers passwords so that users can log into different websites without having to remember or type in their passwords. The Santa Clara, California-based chip maker did not disclose financial details of the deal. Intel said PasswordBox has been downloaded 14 million times since its debut a year ago. The company will be a part of Intel's security software business, which includes McAfee. Besides managing passwords, PasswordBox can also store and encrypt credit card information for quicker checkouts when shopping online. All of PasswordBox's 44 employees, based in Montreal, have joined Intel.

  • MIT engineers have high hopes for cheetah robot

    Updated: Mon, Dec 1, 2014

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — It's a robot unlike any other: inspired by the world's fastest land animal, controlled by video game technology and packing nifty sensors — including one used to maneuver drones, satellites and ballistic missiles. The robot, called the cheetah, can run on batteries at speeds of more than 10 mph, jump about 16 inches high, land safely and continue galloping for at least 15 minutes — all while using less power than a microwave oven. It's the creation of researchers at the Massachusetts of Technology, who had to design key elements from scratch because of a lack of or shortcomings in existing technology.

  • LGBT baby boomers face tough retirement hurdles

    Updated: Mon, Dec 1, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — For Kathy Murphy, the difference between being gay or straight is $583 a month. Retirement should have been a "slam dunk," the 62-year-old Texas widow says. She saved, bought a house with her spouse and has a pension through her employer. But Murphy's golden years have not been as secure as they should have been. She is missing out on thousands of dollars a year in Social Security benefits simply because she was married to a woman, not a man. Murphy fell into a loophole in Social Security that denies survivor benefits to same-sex couples depending on what state they live in. Had Murphy and her wife, Sara Barker, lived next door in New Mexico, a state that does recognize same-sex marriage, this wouldn't

  • Lincoln firefighters rescue man from creek

    Updated: Mon, Dec 1, 2014

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a man is recovering from hypothermia after his car fell into a Lincoln creek. Lincoln Fire & Rescue took about 30 minutes to rescue the man on Sunday. Battalion Chief Jeanne Pashalek says the car was upright and the man was sitting in the water. She says the car had likely been in the creek for more than an hour. He was taken to an area hospital in an unknown condition. His identity hasn't been released. The Lincoln Police Department is investigating.

  • Ex-UPS driver's pregnancy bias claim at high court

    Updated: Mon, Dec 1, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Peggy Young only has to look at her younger daughter to be reminded how long she has fought United Parcel Service over its treatment of pregnant employees, and why. Young was pregnant with Triniti, who's now 7 years old, when UPS told Young that she could not have a temporary assignment to avoid lifting heavy packages, as her doctor had ordered. "They told me basically to go home and come back when I was no longer pregnant," Young said in an interview with The Associated Press. "I couldn't believe it." She sued the Atlanta-based package-delivery company for discriminating against pregnant women. She lost two rounds in lower courts, but the Supreme Court will hear her case Wednesday.

  • Snow-day alternative creates new challenges

    Updated: Mon, Dec 1, 2014

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Public school students in 13 districts across Kentucky will be home schooled — mainly via the Internet — during some snow days this year as part of an experiment aimed at keeping students learning amid the growing number of weather-related closings. The state's solution has caused a new set of challenges for some districts in one of the country's most impoverished areas. Some students don't have computers or home Internet access. And the school district might lose some state and federal aid. Nonetheless, the snow day problem is too significant for Kentucky to ignore. Schools across the state had nearly four times as many snow days last year as they did the previous year. Some districts canceled sch

  • Settlement conference set in deaf inmates' lawsuit

    Updated: Mon, Dec 1, 2014

    LAGRANGE, Ky. (AP) — A settlement conference has been scheduled in a lawsuit brought by a pair of deaf and hearing-impaired inmates in Kentucky who are seeking to force the Department of Corrections to provide interpreter services for medical visits, video phones that allow deaf callers to see sign language and other hearing devices. The conference is scheduled for Jan. 27 at the Kentucky State Reformatory in LaGrange. Inmates Oscar Adams and Michael Knights are seeking class-action status to represent all hearing-impaired inmates in the state system. There are no solid statistics on how many inmates in Kentucky are hearing impaired or deaf.

  • State selects Hoosier Care Connect contractors

    Updated: Mon, Dec 1, 2014

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana has chosen Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, MDwise, Inc. and Managed Health Services of Indiana to provide health care services for about 84,000 blind, disabled and older Hoosiers. Those health services will serve Medicaid enrollees under the new Hoosier Care Connect program. The state's Family and Social Services Administration hopes to begin that program in April. Individuals who are enrolled in Medicare and who live in an institutional setting or are enrolled in a home- and community-based services waiver won't be enrolled but will continue to receive benefits as they now do. The state says Hoosier Care Connect's goals include improving quality of care and clinical outcomes and ensurin

  • Enrollment in Pa.'s Medicaid expansion kicks off

    Updated: Mon, Dec 1, 2014

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians frozen out of the first year of coverage under the 2010 federal health care law's Medicaid expansion can now begin applying for it. Enrollment begins Monday for childless adults earning up to $15,600 this year. More parents also will become eligible, depending on income and children. Coverage begins Jan. 1, and state officials say some 600,000 adults are newly eligible. Previously, able-bodied adults under 65 weren't eligible for Medicaid, unless they had practically no income. They can choose from Medicaid-funded insurance plans offered by eight insurers across nine geographic regions. Not all hospitals will carry each regional plan, however.

  • Gift Guide: How to choose a new cellphone

    Updated: Mon, Dec 1, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Now is a good time to get a smartphone. The latest devices hit shelves in time for the holiday shopping season, and there's likely to be a lull in new releases until next spring. So why wait? Here are some things to consider before hitting stores. If you're upgrading from an older model, you can skip the first part aimed at first-time smartphone buyers. ___ Do you need a smartphone? Maybe you've been doing fine with just a basic cellphone, but many people who get smartphones discover things they never thought they could do. You can install a museum's app to get a map or learn about the current exhibits, or you can catch up on e-books with a reading app.

  • Study: Too many infants still sleep with blankets

    Updated: Mon, Dec 1, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — Too many U.S. infants sleep with blankets, pillows or other unsafe bedding that may lead to suffocation or sudden infant death syndrome, despite guidelines recommending against the practice. That's according to researchers who say 17 years of national data show parents need to be better informed. THE STUDY Researchers from the National Institutes of Health and federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed annual telephone surveys involving a total of nearly 20,000 parents. Almost 7 out of 8 used blankets or other soft bedding for their infants in 1993. That dropped sharply over the years but by 2010, more than half still were doing so. The practice was most common among young mothers, blacks and

  • Ex-president wins Uruguay election, pot plan safe

    Updated: Sun, Nov 30, 2014

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Tabare Vazquez's victory in Uruguay's presidential election is a show of support for the leftist coalition that has governed the country for the past decade and allows the government to proceed with its plan to create the world's first state-run marijuana marketplace. Vazquez, a 74-year-old oncologist who was president from 2005 to 2010, topped center-right rival Luis Lacalle Pou of the National Party 53 percent to 40 percent in Sunday's vote. The runoff vote drew international attention after Lacalle Pou promised to undo much of the pioneering plan to put the government in charge of regulating the production, distribution and sale of marijuana on a nationwide scale.

  • Indicted Internet entrepreneur Dotcom avoids jail

    Updated: Sun, Nov 30, 2014

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Indicted Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom on Monday defeated efforts by prosecutors to send him back to a New Zealand jail or make him wear an electronic monitoring bracelet but says his long-running legal battle has left him broke. After a three-day hearing, Auckland District Court Judge Nevin Dawson ruled there was no evidence Dotcom had secret assets or posed a flight risk, according to Fairfax Media. U.S. and New Zealand prosecutors had sought to have Dotcom's bail revoked, arguing he might try to flee the country after earning tens of millions of dollars since his 2012 arrest. Prosecutors said he'd breached his bail conditions in several ways, including indirectly contacting a former asso

  • Samsung keeps mobile chief despite profit plunge

    Updated: Sun, Nov 30, 2014

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung retained the chief of its mobile business in an annual executive reshuffle announced Monday despite a steep decline in mobile profit. The extent of this year's reshuffle was the smallest in recent years, showing how Samsung is opting for stability in its executive ranks in the absence of chairman Lee Kun-hee who was hospitalized in May after a heart attack. Samsung spokesman Lee June said that Shin Jong-kyun, president of mobile communications at Samsung Electronics Co., has made a significant contribution to Samsung's rise to world's top mobile phone maker. Some analysts expected Shin to step down to take responsibility for Samsung's failure to respond quickly enough to the rise of C

  • Ex-president wins Uruguay election, pot plan safe

    Updated: Sun, Nov 30, 2014

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Tabare Vazquez easily won Uruguay's presidential election on Sunday, returning to power a left-leaning coalition that has helped legalize gay marriage and moved to create the world's first state-run marijuana marketplace. The runoff vote had drawn international attention because Vazquez's rival, center-right candidate Luis Lacalle Pou, had promised to undo much of the plan to put the government in charge of regulating the production, distribution and sale of marijuana on a nationwide scale. Lacalle Pou, 41, called Vazquez to concede and "wish him great success" after exit polls showed him losing. Late Sunday night, Uruguay's Electoral Court announced that with all the votes counted, Vazquez had 53

  • Ohio State player dead of self-inflicted gunshot

    Updated: Sun, Nov 30, 2014

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police say an Ohio State football player who disappeared shortly after sending a text message about his concussions was found dead Sunday in a dumpster, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police Sgt. Rich Weiner says a woman and her son apparently looking for items in the dumpster found the body, and police were called. He says a handgun was found in the dumpster. Police found the body near the campus after a search began when Kosta Karageorge (KOH'-stah KAHR'-ah-jorj) went missing Wednesday. The senior defensive tackle had last been seen at his Columbus apartment, when his roommates said he left to go on a walk. University athletic officials say they are grieved to learn of Kara

  • Black Friday weekend slows down as allure fades

    Updated: Sun, Nov 30, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Black Friday fatigue is setting in. Early discounting, more online shopping and a mixed economy meant fewer people shopped over Thanksgiving weekend, the National Retail Federation said Sunday. Overall, 133.7 million people shopped in stores and online over the four-day weekend, down 5.2 percent from last year, according to a survey of 4,631 people conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics for the trade group. Total spending for the weekend is expected to fall 11 percent to $50.9 billion from an estimated $57.4 billion last year, the trade group estimated. Part of the reason is that Target, J.C. Penney, Macy's, Wal-Mart and other major retailers pushed fat discounts as early as Halloween. Some op

  • Congress crams unfinished agenda into final days

    Updated: Sun, Nov 30, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Like a student who waited until the night before a deadline, lawmakers resuming work Monday will try to cram two years of leftover business into two weeks, while also seeking to avoid a government shutdown. Their to-do list includes keeping the government running into the new year, renewing expired tax breaks for individuals and businesses and approving a defense policy measure that has passed for more than 50 years in a row. Also pending are President Barack Obama's requests for money to combat Islamic State militants, battle Ebola and deal with the influx of unaccompanied Central American children who have crossed into the U.S.

  • MSU gets $500,000 for bioengineering fellowship

    Updated: Sun, Nov 30, 2014

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University has received $500,000 to help launch its new Department of Biomedical Engineering. Jack and Dottie Withrow of Naples, Florida, donated the money to establish an endowed graduate fellowship, the university said. "Endowing graduate student fellowships provides the momentum that will help to ensure the future success of the department and propel it forward as an important part of the college's future," Engineering College Dean Leo Kempel said in a statement. Jack Withrow earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a master's degree in business administration from Michigan State.

  • Spain soccer fan clash leaves 1 dead, 11 injured

    Updated: Sun, Nov 30, 2014

    MADRID (AP) — One man died and 11 others suffered minor injuries after a fight broke out outside Atletico Madrid's soccer stadium between its fans and those of visiting team Deportivo La Coruna, officials said Sunday. Madrid's Clinico San Carlos hospital said a man died of injuries sustained in the clash between rival fans that broke out hours before the game near the Vicente Calderon stadium. Police made several arrests. The man, identified only as a 43-year-old Deportivo fan, had to be removed from Madrid's Manzanares River and attended to by emergency services, which initially resuscitated him before transferring him to hospital where he died hours later.