The Latest: Facebook vows probe even after firm shuts down
May02

The Latest: Facebook vows probe even after firm shuts down

The Latest on Cambridge Analytica, firm behind Facebook privacy debacle (all times local): 3:25 p.m. Facebook says it will keep looking into data misuse by Cambridge Analytica even though the firm is closing down. Cambridge Analytica said Wednesday it will cease all operations immediately. The company has been linked to Donald Trump’s election campaign and sparked a scandal when it was revealed it collected Facebook user data...

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Dozens of quakes rattle Hawaii volcano, eruption possible
May02

Dozens of quakes rattle Hawaii volcano, eruption possible

Dozens of earthquakes are rattling Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano as magma flows into a new area east of the Puu Oo vent. Officials with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory say the increased activity Wednesday is associated with the collapse of the crater floor at Puu Oo. The floor began to collapse Monday, triggering lava to move into a new area of the volcano and causing a series of earthquakes. There...

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Facebook taps advisers for audits on bias and civil rights
May02

Facebook taps advisers for audits on bias and civil rights

Facebook has enlisted two outside advisers to examine how it treats underrepresented communities and whether it has a liberal bias. Civil rights leader Laura Murphy will examine civil rights issues, along with law firm Relman, Dane & Colfax. Former Sen. Jon Kyl, an Arizona Republican, will examine concerns about a liberal bias on Facebook. The moves come as Facebook deals with a privacy scandal related to access of tens of...

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Hawking’s last physics paper argues for a ‘simpler’ cosmos
May02

Hawking’s last physics paper argues for a ‘simpler’ cosmos

Weeks after his death, famed physicist Stephen Hawking has delivered his last thoughts about the nature of the cosmos. And he says it may be simpler than often believed. Well, simpler if you understand theoretical physics, anyway. It remains incomprehensible for the rest of us — and even some scientists. A paper that outlines his view has been published by the Journal of High Energy Physics. Co-author Thomas Hertog had announced the...

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Activity on Hawaii volcano could indicate new eruption
May01

Activity on Hawaii volcano could indicate new eruption

A series of earthquakes and the collapse of the crater floor at the Puu Oo vent on Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano could trigger a new eruption of lava, officials said Tuesday. Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said that seismic activity over the past 24 hours could lead to a new breakout on the east side of the Big Island volcano. USGS geologist Janet Babb said similar activity has been...

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Storage plan for spent fuel adds to US nuclear debate
May01

Storage plan for spent fuel adds to US nuclear debate

A plan to temporarily store tons of spent fuel from U.S. commercial nuclear reactors in New Mexico is drawing fire from critics who say the federal government needs to consider more alternatives. Dozens of people packed a meeting Monday in Roswell as regulators took comments on the proposal by Holtec International to construct a below-ground space that could house about 100,000 metric tons of used fuel. Ranchers and dairy operators...

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