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  • SAN FRANCISCO— A federal appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit by federal officials that claimed AT&T misled millions of smartphone customers with unlimited data plans who had their Internet speeds cut. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Monday that AT&T was exempt from the prohibition against unfair and deceptive practices that the Federal Trade...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Four decades after he signed the nation's first law giving farmworkers collective bargaining rights, California Gov. California employers are already mandated to pay time-and-a half to farmworkers after 10 hours in a day or 60 hours in a week. "There may be situations where people may believe that they will lose something in terms of...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 29- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will study whether to discontinue using privately run detention centers, which the Justice Department recently called unsafe, for migrants and shares of private prison operators fell on Monday after the news. Department Secretary Jeh Johnson said he directed his advisory council to evaluate...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 29- A federal appeals court in California on Monday dismissed a U.S. government lawsuit that accused AT&T Inc of deception for reducing internet speeds for customers with unlimited mobile data plans once their use exceeded certain levels. The company, however, could still face a fine from the Federal Communications Commission regarding the...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Apple is expected to show off a new iPhone next week when the company holds its fall product launch event in San Francisco. The tech giant announced the date for the Sept. 7 launch by sending out invitations to technology journalists and industry analysts on Monday. The Cupertino, California company sold more than 214 million iPhones over the last...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 29- A federal appeals court in California on Monday dismissed a U.S. government lawsuit that accused AT&T Inc of deception for reducing Internet speeds for customers with unlimited mobile data plans once their use exceeded certain levels. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said it reversed a lower court's denial of AT&T's motion to...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 29- An appeals court in California on Monday dismissed the U.S. government's lawsuit accusing AT&T Inc of reducing Internet speeds for customers whose data use exceeded certain levels even though they had bought unlimited plans. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said it reversed the district court's denial of AT&T's motion to...

  • "The iPhones are not fit for the purpose of use as smartphones because of the touchscreen defect," according to the complaint filed in federal court in San Jose, California. Todd Cleary of California, Jun Bai of Delaware and Thomas Davidson of Pennsylvania are the named plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which accuses Apple of fraud and violating California consumer...

  • LOS ANGELES, Aug 29- Los Angeles airport police said on Monday they were investigating whether passengers had mistaken loud noises of some kind for gunfire, leading to panicked evacuations the night before at the huge hub of international travel. Terminals at Los Angeles International Airport were evacuated briefly and 27 flights were diverted on Sunday...

  • PARIS— Attention, legendary Pokemon creatures: You may soon be expelled from the schools of France. She has told a Paris news conference that she intends to meet representatives of California- based Niantic Inc. to explain that the game entices non-students to wander into children's schools. France remains in an official state of emergency following November...

  • NEW YORK— Fitbit wants to help you exercise more by making you think you're hiking famous trails instead of strolling around your neighborhood. The new motivational feature, called Adventures, will be available to all Fitbit users through a free app update Monday. The Fitbit app will unlock badge-like images of trail landmarks— say, a scenic waterfall at mile 5— as...

  • CLEVELAND— A set of 16 postcards from civil rights activist Malcolm X to a woman in Cleveland has been sold at auction for more than $56,000. Nate D. Sanders Auctions says the handwritten cards from 1957, 1958 and 1964 went for $56,426.25 in Los Angeles last week. She was the sister of Maceo X Owens, secretary at a Muhammad's Temple of Islam in New York where Malcolm X...

  • LOS BANOS, Calif.— A drone whirred to life in a cloud of dust, then shot hundreds of feet skyward for a bird's-eye view of a vast tomato field in California's Central Valley, the nation's most productive farming region. In the drought-prone West, where every drop of water counts, California farmers are in a constant search for ways to efficiently use the increasingly...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 28- High-tech computing company Nutanix has acquired two startups to enhance its data and storage services, as the firm continues to grow its business despite a protracted delay in its initial public offering. San Jose, California- based Nutanix said on Sunday it bought PernixData, a software company that facilitates data storage, and Calm.io,...

  • Stage 6 Films produced and Sony's Screen Gems oversaw distribution. It also continues Sony's summer of seeing successes with original films that cost very little to make. "This marks a string of very profitable hits for Sony with very modest budgets.' The Shallows,'' Sausage Party' and now' Don't Breathe' were all incredibly profitable because they were made for...

  • LOS ANGELES, Aug 28- "Don't Breathe," a twisty story of a group of teenage delinquents who pick the wrong house to burglarize, dominated the late summer box office, debuting to a potent $26.1 million and topping charts. "Don't Breathe" was backed by Sony's Screen Gems and Steve Bersch's Stage 6 Films, and cost less than $10 million to produce. After finishing in first for...

  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— Ride-hailing service Uber said Sunday that it and competitor Careem have abruptly suspended services in the United Arab Emirates capital of Abu Dhabi due to "unforeseen circumstances," suggesting potential difficulties with local regulators. "We want to let you know that this was a decision taken by both companies, and our goal is to...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Facebook is taking new steps to reduce the role of human judgment in its "Trending Topics" feature, which drew controversy earlier this year over claims the service was suppressing conservative views. Although it denied bias, Facebook has sought to reassure users that it's not showing favoritism when it highlights stories that are drawing...

  • LOS ANGELES— In a Feb. 20, 2015 story about an antibiotic-resistant "superbug" outbreak at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, The Associated Press mischaracterized a statement an expert made about proving the cause of an infection. Lawrence Muscarella, a health care and sterilization expert, said he was suggesting an argument hospitals might use when he said, "...

  • CHICAGO/ TAMPA, Fla., Aug 26- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended on Friday that all blood donated in the United States and its territories be tested for Zika virus, as it moves to prevent transmission of the virus through the blood supply. The agency said its decision to expand blood screening in the United States was based on concerns about more cases...