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  • Pandemic precautions made QR codes popular again, but privacy concerns remain

    TORONTO - When Sasha Steinberg reopened Cider House after a COVID-19 shutdown last year, she erased the pub's list of about 50 ciders from a wall chalkboard and stopped printing hundreds of menus, instead placing pixelated, black and white squares on tables.
  • Size of Oregon wildfire underscores vastness of the US West

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The monstrous wildfire burning in Oregon has grown to a third the size of Rhode Island and spreads miles each day, but evacuations and property losses have been minimal compared with much smaller blazes in densely populated areas of California.
  • Senate passes bill to boost US tech industry, counter rivals

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Tuesday that aims to boost U.S. semiconductor production and the development of artificial intelligence and other technology in the face of growing international competition, most notably from China.
  • Facebook Canada head warns news posts could be blocked as last resort

    OTTAWA - The head of Facebook Canada says it will try to avoid a repeat of the news blackout it imposed in Australia, so long as impendinglegislation doesn't force it to dim the lights of democracy.
  • WHO report: COVID likely 1st jumped into humans from animals

    GENEVA - A joint World Health Organization-China study on the origins of COVID-19 says that transmission of the virus from bats to humans through another animal is the most likely scenario and that a lab leak is “extremely unlikely,” according to a draft copy obtained by The Associated Press.
  • Ford partners with U-M on robotics research, new building

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Digit marches on two legs across the floor of the University of Michigan’s Ford Motor Co. Robotics Building, while Mini-Cheetah — staccato-like — does the same on four and the yellow-legged Cassie steps deliberately side-to-side.
  • US jobless claims tick up to 745,000 as layoffs remain high

    WASHINGTON - The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits edged higher last week to 745,000, a sign that many employers continue to cut jobs despite a drop in confirmed viral infections and evidence that the overall economy is improving.
  • Moscow court orders Kremlin foe Navalny to prison

    MOSCOW - A Moscow court on Tuesday ordered Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to prison for more than 2 1/2 years, finding that he violated the terms of his probation while recuperating in Germany from nerve-agent poisoning. The ruling ignited protests in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
  • Over 5,000 arrested at pro-Navalny protests across Russia

    MOSCOW - Chanting slogans against President Vladimir Putin, tens of thousands took to the streets Sunday across Russia to demand the release of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, keeping up nationwide protests that have rattled the Kremlin. More than 5,000 people were detained by police, according to a monitoring group, and some were beaten.
  • President-elect's long to-do list to include repairing damaged Canada-U. S. ties

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Joe Biden's to-do list just got a whole lot longer — and it's a safe bet it now includes patching the holes in Canada's relationship with the United States.

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