Elon Musk unveils underground tunnel, offers rides to VIPs
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elon Musk unveiled his underground transportation tunnel on Tuesday, allowing reporters and invited guests to take some of the first rides in the revolutionary albeit bumpy subterranean tube — the tech entrepreneur's answer to what he calls "soul-destroying traffic."
Stocks mixed in Asia on Fed rate decision, Japanese data
SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed on Wednesday as traders mulled over the Federal Reserve's interest rate decision and weaker-than-expected Japanese trade data.
US reviews report of imports from forced labor in China camp
BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. government said Tuesday that it is reviewing reports of forced labor at a Chinese internment camp where ethnic minorities are sewing clothes that have been shipped to the U.S.
Consumer groups allege Google misleads kids in FTC complaint
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nearly two dozen consumer, privacy and public health groups are urging U.S. regulators to investigate whether children are being endangered by deceptive apps in Google's app store for smartphones running on its Android software.
Need some milk? Driverless cars start delivering groceries
The nation's largest grocery chain stepped into the driverless delivery market Tuesday, bringing milk, eggs and other items to a customer's home in a vehicle with nobody at the wheel.
US sportswear traced to factory in China's internment camps
HOTAN, China (AP) — Barbed wire and hundreds of cameras ring a massive compound of more than 30 dormitories, schools, warehouses and workshops in China's far west.
Google, Facebook to pay $450K for Washington state violation
SEATTLE (AP) — Google and Facebook have agreed to pay $455,000 to settle allegations that they failed to keep proper records about who was paying for campaign ads on their sites, Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Tuesday.
Huawei calls on US, others to show proof of security risk
DONGGUAN, China (AP) — The chairman of Huawei challenged the United States and other governments to provide evidence for claims the Chinese tech giant is a security risk as the company launched a public relations effort to defuse fears that threaten its role in next-generation communications.
Uber approved to resume autonomous car tests in Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has approved Uber's request to resume testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads in the Pittsburgh area.
Launch of next generation GPS satellite postponed for 1 day
DENVER (AP) — The launch of a new GPS satellite was postponed for one day Tuesday because of an unspecified problem with the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that will put the satellite in orbit.
Stock market woes raise a nagging fear: Is a recession near?
BALTIMORE (AP) — Fears of a recession have been mounting with the U.S. stock market appearing to be headed for its worst December since 1931 — during the Great Depression.
Social media and misinformation: It's a game of whack-a-mole
NEW YORK (AP) — It's a high-stakes game of whack-a-mole with no end in sight. Social media companies are fighting an expensive and increasingly complex battle against Russian trolls who are using catchy memes, bots and fake accounts to influence elections and sow discord in the U.S.
Trump administration moves to ban bump stocks
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration Tuesday banned bump stocks, the firearm attachments that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire like machine guns and were used during the worst mass shooting in modern U.S.
Correction: Colorado River Water-Drought story
LAS VEGAS (AP) — In a story Dec. 13 about the Colorado River, The Associated Press erroneously reported the river's mouth. The river empties into the Gulf of California, not the Gulf of Mexico.
5 things to watch for from the Federal Reserve on Wednesday
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is poised Wednesday to raise its key interest rate for the fourth time this year. But beyond that, the Fed's plans are shrouded in uncertainty.
Genoa announces $229M project to replace collapsed bridge
MILAN (AP) — Genoa's mayor on Tuesday announced that a 202-million-euro ($229 million) project by hometown architect Renzo Piano inspired by a naval ship has been chosen to replace the Morandi Bridge that collapsed last summer, killing 43 people.
Clouds grow over German economy after stocks hit bear market
BERLIN (AP) — Worries are growing about the strength of the German economy, Europe's largest, after a key indicator suggested fears about trade wars and Brexit are hitting business activity and after the country's main stocks index slid into a bear market.
UK ramps up 'no-deal' Brexit preparations amid impasse
LONDON (AP) — Britain's government ramped up preparations Tuesday for the possibility that the country could leave the European Union in 101 days without a divorce deal — putting soldiers on standby and warning thousands of businesses and millions of households to get ready for the worst.
Trump signs order to create US Space Command
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump launched the Pentagon's new Space Command Tuesday, an effort to better organize and advance the military's vast operations in space that could cost as much as $800 million over the next five years.
Scary statistic: 90.5 percent of plastic is not recycled
LONDON (AP) — The world's burgeoning plastic waste crisis has won the attention of Britain's Royal Statistical Society, which chose 90.5 percent — the proportion of plastic waste that has never been recycled — as its international statistic of the year.
Czech government office stops using Huawei mobile phones
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic's prime minister has ordered his government office to stop using mobile phones by Chinese telecoms company Huawei.
The Latest: 3,500 troops to be on standby if no-deal Brexit
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's exit from the European Union (all times local): 2:30 p.m. British Defense Secretary says around 3,500 troops will be on standby in support of the government to help deal with any disruptions in the event of a "no-deal" Brexit.
US home construction rose last month, led by apartments
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. developers broke ground on more homes last month, but the increase occurred entirely in apartments. The construction of new single-family houses fell.
EU officials, firms meet African leaders to talk investment
BERLIN (AP) — European officials and companies met with African leaders in Vienna Tuesday for talks intended as a springboard to increase investment in Africa.

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