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  • Budget passed, Legislature taking up tax cuts

    Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    PHOENIX (AP) — Just a day after adopting a $9.23 billion state budget, the Arizona House and Senate gave final approval Tuesday to a pair of tax cuts for manufacturers, including one that would give a multimillion-dollar tax credit to the world's biggest corporation to install and run a solar facility. The Legislature approved Senate Bill 1413, pushed by Gov. Jan Brewer, eliminating sales taxes on electricity purchased by manufacturers and mining smelters. It is expected to cost the state general fund $17 million a year. Brewer called for the elimination of the tax in her State of the State address in January, saying it was needed to make Arizona more competitive and draw new manufacturing to the state.

  • Frontier Elementary shows off classrooms in Edmond

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Edmond Public Schools held an open house for Frontier Elementary on Sunday.

  • Edmond, Oklahoma, company plugs into growing tech industry

    By James A. Pearson, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    Behind the bland beige walls and humble glass doors of a little, one-story commercial building in Edmond, next to a pharmacy and an insurance agent and an aquarium store, is a long, dim room that glows with the cool light of computer monitors.

  • Security flaw threatens passwords, email

    Published: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    Passwords and other sensitive data are at risk after security researchers found a problem with encryption technology used to securely transmit email, e-commerce transactions, social networking posts and other Web traffic.

  • US stocks rise for the first time in four days

    Updated: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Maybe the sell-off was a little overdone. That was the sentiment on Wall Street Tuesday as the stock market broke a three-day losing streak. The gain pushed the Standard & Poor's 500 index back into positive territory for the year. The rebound was driven partly by bargain-hunting as investors picked up stocks that hold fallen the most in the slump over the previous three days. Utilities stocks also rose sharply as skittish investors bought less-volatile stocks. "Longer-term investors should really use this as an opportunity to buy attractive areas that have sold off," said Kristina Hooper, US Investment Strategist at Allianz Global Investors. "For them, stocks are on sale." Stocks have had a vola

  • GM to invest $449M in 2 Detroit-area factories

    Updated: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    DETROIT (AP) — General Motors plans to invest $449 million in two Detroit-area factories to build the next-generation Chevrolet Volt hybrid electric car and two unspecified new vehicles. The company said the investment eventually will bring a second shift at the Detroit assembly plant that makes the Volt and other cars. But it wouldn't say how many jobs would be added or when the people would be hired. The plant now employs about 1,600 on a single shift. GM says it will invest $384 million at the assembly plant and another $65 million in a battery pack plant in nearby Brownstown Township. The company also didn't release any details on the next generation Volt. The current version can go about 38 miles on battery power

  • The top 10 books on Apple's iBooks

    Updated: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    iBook charts for week ending April 7, 2014: Top Paid Books 1. Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis (W. W. Norton & Company) 2. Divergent by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books) 3. Insurgent by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books) 4. Allegiant by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books) 5. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Penguin Group US) 6. NYPD Red 2 by James Patterson & Marshall Karp (Little, Brown and Company) 7. Missing You by Harlan Coben (Penguin Group US) 8. The Divergent Series Complete Collection by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books) 9. I've Got You Under My Skin by Mary Higgins Clark (Simon & Schuster) 10. Bad for You by Abbi Glines (Simon Pu

  • People Who Frequently Use Twitter May Be More Likely to Cheat and Get Divorced

    Published: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    People who are active on Twitter are more likely to get involved in the types of confrontations that may eventually lead to infidelity and divorce, according to a study published online in the journal of Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. TIME reports the study surveyed 581 Twitter users of all ages, gauging “active Twitter use” by answers to questions about how often they log into Twitter and tweet, how often they reply to tweets, direct message users, and scroll through the Twitter timeline.

  • Tesla to offer electric car leases to businesses

    Updated: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    DETROIT (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. says it will begin leasing cars to small and midsize businesses. The leases, announced in a blog posting on Tuesday, vary in cost with options on the car. Leasing a base Model S for 36 months would cost $1,012 per month with roughly $6,000 up front, according to Tesla's website. The company says the cost would be offset by $261 per month in gasoline savings and $343 in business tax deductions, for a net monthly cost of $408. Tesla's example assumes an 11-cent-per-kilowatt hour electricity cost versus $4.90 per gallon for premium gas in a car that gets 20 miles per gallon. It also includes a 40 percent effective tax rate with the business using the car 70 percent of the tim

  • 'Staggering' experiment: New hope for victims of spinal cord injury

    Published: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    Paralysis may not last forever anymore, says USA Today. In an experiment hailed as "staggering," a team of researchers at the University of Louisville and the University of California-Los Angeles restored some voluntary movement to four men who were told they would never move their legs again. The finding, published online today by the journal Brain, upends understanding of the spinal cord and is likely to transform the lives of more than 1.2 million Americans who lack control over their lower limbs.

  • French scientists are working on an acoustic earthquake shield

    Published: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    A group of French scientists has developed a method of shielding cities from the force of an earthquake, and after devastating earthquakes in Chile, the idea is drawing some much-deserved attention, reports The Verge. It works on the principle of refraction, planting an array of boreholes to redirect the reverberations around the city and into areas where they will do less damage. If the system works, it could be a new way to shield populated areas from the devastating effects of an earthquake.

  • Samsung's profit falls as smartphones get cheaper

    Updated: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Declining smartphone prices hit profit at Samsung Electronics Co. for a second straight quarter. The consumer technology heavyweight said Tuesday that it expects operating income of about 8.4 trillion won ($8 billion) for the January-March quarter, down 4 percent from a year earlier. Sales were flat at 53 trillion won. Samsung, the world's largest maker of smartphones, televisions and memory chips, will release full quarterly results later this month. The operating profit was in line with the median estimate by analysts surveyed by FactSet. Compared with the previous quarter, sales sank 11 percent while operating income inched up 1 percent.

  • Microsoft ends its support of Windows XP

    By BREE FOWLER, Associated Press | Published: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    Microsoft will end support for the persistently popular Windows XP on Tuesday, and the move could put everything from the operations of heavy industry to the identities of everyday people in danger.

  • Man sentenced to time served in tax fraud scheme

    Updated: Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    PHOENIX (AP) — A California man who admitted receiving $1.9 million in fraudulent electronic tax returns from a sophisticated scheme that federal authorities found difficult to crack was soon expected to walk out of jail after being sentenced Monday in a federal court in Phoenix to the five years he's spent in custody. Daniel David Rigmaiden, 34, of Santa Clara, Calif., who was sporting a long beard, shaggy hair and an orange prison suit in court, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy, two counts of wire fraud and one count of mail fraud. He has been in jail since his August 2008 arrest in California. He initially pleaded not guilty to 74 counts, and prosecutors dismissed the remaining 70 charges under a plea agreement.

  • Wisconsin's 'lemon law king' sues Tesla

    Updated: Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's self-proclaimed "lemon law king" filed a lawsuit Monday against direct-order car maker Tesla Motors, accusing the company of refusing to give a Franklin doctor a refund on a defective electric sedan that cost nearly $100,000. Tesla is currently fighting new regulations in New Jersey that effectively prohibits car companies from using a direct-sales model. Earlier this month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration closed an investigation into Tesla car battery fires after the company said it would install more heat shields beneath the cars. Attorney Vince Megna filed the Wisconsin lawsuit in Milwaukee County Circuit Court. He said he believes the lawsuit is the first lemon law cla

  • Review: 'Kinect Sports Rivals' a moving experience

    Updated: Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — When the Xbox One was unveiled last year, Microsoft boasted the Xbox 360 successor would feature an updated — and mandatory — version of its camera-based Kinect sensor with more accurate movement tracking and voice detecting. Then, when the Xbox One was released last November, there were hardly any games that actually employed the new doodad. That's changing now with the release of "Kinect Sports Rivals" ($59.99), a stylish collection of virtual athletic pursuits crafted by veteran game maker Rare. "Rivals" hopes to compel Xbox One owners to use Kinect for more than just navigating menus. The game itself is composed of six activities: Jet Ski racing, bowling, rock climbing, tennis, target shooting and socce

  • Charge your phone in 30 seconds? An Israeli firm says it can

    Published: Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    A Tel-Aviv based start-up unveiled Monday a prototype phone charger that promises to take you battery from zero to 100%, all in about 30 seconds, reports the Wall Street Journal. StoreDot was born out of the nanotechnology department at Tel Aviv University and developed its prototype for Samsung’s Galaxy 4. It unveiled the device at Microsoft's Think Next conference in Tel Aviv. StoreDot says it plans to make chargers for other smartphones, too.

  • Maker Faire Detroit event set to return in July

    Updated: Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Organizers of an annual Detroit-area event that celebrates arts, crafts, engineering and technology are asking for entries. Maker Faire Detroit 2014 will be held July 26-27 at The Henry Ford, the Dearborn attraction that includes Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. Maker Faire Detroit is looking for a variety of eclectic, diverse and out-of-the-box ideas that highlight the do-it-yourself and tinkerer spirit. Exhibits and displays can range from student projects, robotics, 3D printers, textile arts and crafts, home energy monitoring, rockets, green tech, radios, vintage computers and game systems, electronics and chemistry projects. The Henry Ford encourages exhibits that are interact

  • Navy center in RI to launch new sensor facility

    Updated: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport is preparing to formally inaugurate a facility that includes a massive tower designed to repair and certify periscopes, submarine communication systems, electronic warfare equipment as well as imaging and optical systems. U.S. Sen. Jack Reed is expected to attend Monday's ribbon-cutting ceremony at the $20 million Electromagnetic Sensor Facility. The 54,000-square-foot building includes six laboratories and a five-story periscope tower. The new building has space for both workers and equipment for prototyping, acquisition and production support, as well as in-service engineering and test functions. Reed helped secure funding for the project through his

  • Samsung adding anti-theft solutions to smartphones

    Updated: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Samsung Electronics will add two safeguards to its latest smartphone in an effort to deter rampant theft of the mobile devices nationwide, the company said Friday. The world's largest mobile-phone maker said users will be able to activate for free its "Find My Mobile" and "Reactivation Lock" anti-theft features to protect the soon-to-be-released Galaxy 5 S. The features that will lock the phone if there's an unauthorized attempt to reset it will be on models sold by wireless carriers Verizon and U.S. Cellular. The phones go on sale next week. "Samsung takes the issue of smartphone theft very seriously, and we are continuing to enhance our security and anti-theft solutions," the company said in a s