Kentucky jury awards $67.5 million to miners who used defective dust masks

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A Knott County jury has awarded $67.5 million in damages to two coal miners who claimed defective dust masks led to their debilitating black-lung disease.

Of the total, $62.5 million was awarded for punitive damages against the mask maker, 3M Company, according to the verdict form. The remaining amount compensates brothers ...Read more

Trump gamble for quick trade deal with China seen as a long shot

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BEIJING -- President Donald Trump is dispatching two of his top economic deputies to China in hopes of a quick deal on trade. They may find the reality on the ground more daunting.

Trump said on Tuesday that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will depart for China within days. Mnuchin is expected to be accompanied by U.S. Trade Representative ...Read more

Comcast makes formal $31B Sky offer, first-quarter revenues rose 10.7 percent

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Eagles-winning Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics -- both televised by NBC -- boosted Comcast Corp.'s first quarter revenues by 10.7 percent even as telecom competition and cord-cutting ate into its television customer base, the company said on Wednesday.

Comcast also formalized on Wednesday morning its $31 billion bid for ...Read more

Twitter flexes muscles behind revenue, monthly user gains

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Growth in ad sales and monthly users outside the United States were among the key figures that spurred a strong quarter for Twitter as the social-media company on Tuesday reported first-quarter sales that exceeded Wall Street's expectations.

Twitter, which put out its results before the stock market opened Tuesday, said it ...Read more

Restaurant in McDonald's new Chicago headquarters features food from its menus around the world

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CHICAGO -- Globe-trotting fans of the Golden Arches may find some of their favorites in the new McDonald's opening Wednesday in Chicago's booming Fulton Market district.

McSpicy Chicken Sandwich from Hong Kong, anyone? The new location will feature a rotating menu of food served in McDonald's restaurants around the world. The 6,000-square-foot ...Read more

Big-name movie created with technology from two small Seattle startups

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SEATTLE -- In hindsight, the last week of March would have been the perfect time for Marc Barros to buy a lottery ticket. But even without it, the week was a pretty fortunate one for the Seattle startup founder.

His company, Moment, launched a Kickstarter campaign that reached its goal of $50,000 in 41 minutes. The startup then went on to mark ...Read more

Helpware: Picture Keeper helps you back up all your photos

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If you're like many other parents and grandparents, you've taken thousands of photos as the children have grown up. Losing them to a computer crash or theft would be disastrous, which is why I'm the pest in the garden who bellows the three most important words in computing: Backup! Backup! Backup!

If all our photos were neatly labeled and filed...Read more

With in-car delivery, Amazon tests whether customers will sacrifice privacy for convenience

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At a time of heightened concern about user privacy, one of the world's biggest technology companies is seeking access to one of users' most private places: the trunks of their cars.

Amazon Inc. on Tuesday launched what it calls In-Car Delivery, which allows Amazon delivery drivers to open the trunks of certain late-model cars and drop off ...Read more

Overuse of farm fertilizer drives Minnesota's first effort to regulate it

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Farmers in Minnesota are using 10 to 15 percent more fertilizer than they need to maximize crop yields, one reason why drinking water across the state is increasingly contaminated with nitrogen, state agricultural officials say.

They say it's also a clear indication that the voluntary methods that the state has relied on for decades to protect ...Read more

Tech Q&A: Wi-Fi worries solved by update

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Q: I bought a Linksys router and then switched our computers and phones (but not our Roku TV device) to Norton security software. Recently, my wife and I received Norton warnings on our phones that our Wi-Fi had been compromised, even though Norton also showed that our Wi-Fi had strong encryption. Then I read that the Russians have for years ...Read more

Uber's diversity report shows mild gains for women in tech jobs

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"We still have a lot of work to do," Uber said Tuesday as it released its latest company diversity report, revealing that women made mild gains in tech jobs over the last year at the ride-sharing giant.

Uber said men account for 82 percent of tech-related positions at the company, with women making up the remaining 18 percent. The percentage of...Read more

McCormick Media may look to buy more Tronc shares beyond Ferro's 25 percent stake

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McCormick Media, an investor group that struck a deal earlier this month to acquire former Tronc Chairman Michael Ferro's entire stake in the company, may be looking to buy more of the Chicago-based newspaper chain.

In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday, McCormick Media investors said they agreed to buy Ferro's 25.7 ...Read more

Sinclair agrees to sell 23 TV stations to gain approval for Tribune deal

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NEW YORK -- Sinclair Broadcast Group will divest 23 TV stations aimed at clearing the path for its merger with Tribune Media, the company announced Tuesday.

The sale of the stations would occur after the close of Sinclair's $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune's 42 TV stations. The deal would give Sinclair ownership or operational control of 215...Read more

Energy Sec. Rick Perry's son owns an energy investment company. Is that a problem?

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WASHINGTON -- A private investment firm led by Energy Secretary Rick Perry's son has notified the Securities and Exchange Commission that it's seeking investors for a new energy fund, raising concerns about the potential for private businesses run by the offspring of high-ranking government officials to benefit from their parents' policy ...Read more

Michael Hiltzik: In the name of scientific 'transparency,' Pruitt's EPA hobbles its own ability to regulate polluters

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Say this for Scott Pruitt, the embattled administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency: He's immune to irony.

Pruitt demonstrated that quality Tuesday by announcing a rule to enhance "transparency" at the EPA at a ceremony that was closed to the press. No wonder: The "transparency" rule he's proposing would in fact limit his own agency's...Read more

Wells Fargo shareholders reject calls to oust Sloan and vote to support board at annual meeting

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DES MOINES -- A year ago, Wells Fargo & Co. shareholders voted in droves against some of the bank's longest-serving board members, a revolt sparked by the scandal over unauthorized bank accounts.

But 12 months later, even as outrage against the bank continues in the wake of new enforcement actions, shareholders stood with the company.

At Wells...Read more

Why Facebook took down your post, and other community standards revealed

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Facebook, which has faced many a high-profile controversy over policing content on its massive platform, has revealed its internal community standards for the first time.

The company gives a glimpse into how it decides what to do about threats of violence, depiction of crime, sales of drugs and firearms, exploitation of children. The standards ...Read more

Amazon wants to unlock your car for Prime deliveries

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Remember those halcyon days of six months ago, when Amazon introduced a feature for its Prime customers called Amazon Key, which lets a delivery courier use the cloud to unlock your front door and put your packages inside your house?

Well, on Tuesday, Amazon said it will take that concept another step further, by unlocking and making deliveries...Read more

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Facebook issues new content guidelines as it grapples with a transparency crisis: A Q&A

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Hoping to unpack one of the great mysteries of our time -- why Facebook bans some content, but not others -- the social-media giant on Tuesday shared with the world "what is and is not allowed on Facebook."

And it only took them 27 pages to do so.

"Every day, people come to Facebook to share their stories, see the world through the eyes of ...Read more