SEATTLE (AP) - One woman's secret Santa this holiday season turned out to be one of the richest men in the world: Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.
The gift exchange happened through the website Reddit's secret Santa event, in which users swap presents across the country.
A spokesman for
By MARCY GORDONAP Business Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - Verizon Communications Inc. says it will publish information on the number of requests for customer records it received from law enforcement agencies this year.
The announcement Thursday from the country's largest cellphone carrier comes as
By JULIE PACEAP White House Correspondent
WASHINGTON (AP) - In a sharp and unexpected shift, the national debate over U.S. government surveillance seems to be turning in favor of reining in the National Security Agency's expansive spying powers at home and abroad.
It's happened suddenly,
By GENE JOHNSONAssociated Press
SEATTLE (AP) - Federal authorities filed criminal and civil charges Thursday against a former Microsoft manager, saying he fed inside information to a day trader who used it to clear $393,000 in illicit transactions.
Brian Jorgenson, 32, was a senior manager in
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - State health researchers have discovered the first new strain of botulism in four decades, but decided to withhold publishing the genetic code because of bioterrorism concerns.
An infant earlier this year fell ill with botulism, but survived, the state Department of Public
By Mike FlacyProvided by 12-19-13 UPDATE: Target has confirmed the attack, up to 40 million accounts could be at risk. Detailed by the New York Times Bits blog, retail giant Target and federal authorities are currently looking into a security breach that potentially put millions of customer's
By MALCOLM RITTERAP Science Writer
NEW YORK (AP) - Can an experimental drug developed to treat epilepsy block the AIDS virus? A preliminary lab study suggests it's possible, and researchers are eager to try it in people.
Scientists experimented with the drug after uncovering details of how they
By BREE FOWLERAP Technology Writer
NEW YORK (AP) - With less than a week until Christmas, a real-life Grinch has stolen the credit and debit card information of about 40 million Target shoppers.
Target says anyone who made purchases by swiping cards at terminals in its U.S. stores between Nov. 27
By GREGORY KATZAssociated Press
LONDON (AP) - Intercepted phone messages from the days when Prince William and Kate Middleton were courting were read at Britain's phone hacking trial Thursday - he calls her "babykins" and makes jokes about almost being shot during a military training exercise.
NEW YORK (AP) - Research firm eMarketer expects spending on mobile advertisements to hit nearly $9.6 billion in the U.S. this year, up from $4.4 billion in 2012 and from less than $1.6 billion in 2011 as Facebook and Google barrel ahead.
Mobile ads now represent nearly 23 percent of the money
By COREY WILLIAMSAssociated Press
DETROIT (AP) - Detroit Mayor-elect Mike Duggan said Thursday that he and emergency manager Kevyn Orr will share some of the duties of running the cash-strapped city but the bulk of the financial responsibilities will remain under Orr's control.
By the Spokane Shock
SPOKANE, WA (December 16, 2013) – The Spokane Shock have been assigned quarterback Erik Meyer to the 2014 roster.
Erik Meyer (6-2, 210, Eastern Washington) rejoins the Shock for the 2014 AFL season. During his 2013 campaign for the Shock, Meyer rewrote the Spokane record
By BRADLEY KLAPPERAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - More than a quarter of the Senate introduced legislation Thursday that could raise sanctions on Iran and compel the United States to support Israel if it launches a pre-emptive attack on the Iranian nuclear program, defying President Barack Obama