EU ruling against Google opens 'opportunity,' rival says

BRUSSELS (AP) ” European regulators’ latest swipe at the dominance of U.S. tech giant Google could open new opportunities for rivals in search and web browsers ” that is, if handset manufacturers decide to make the most of the opening.The European Commission on Wednesday fined Google a record $5 billion for forcing cellphone makers that use the company’s Android operating system to install Google’s search and browser apps. It also set a 90-day deadline for Google to rectify the […]

Amid harsh criticism, Trump tries a tougher tone on Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) ” President Donald Trump spent a second day managing the political fallout from his widely criticized meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, shifting stances and mopping up what the White House said were misstatements.His toughness with the longtime American foe in question, Trump said Wednesday he told the Russian president face-to-face during Monday’s summit to stay out of America’s elections “and that’s the way it’s going to be.”That rhetoric marked a […]

Israeli parliament passes contentious Jewish nation bill

JERUSALEM (AP) ” Israel’s parliament has approved a controversial piece of legislation that defines the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people but, critics warn, sidelines minorities.The bill passed early on Thursday morning. The government says it will merely enshrine into law Israel’s existing character.Opponents say it marginalizes the country’s Arab minority. One clause downgrades the Arabic language from official to “special” standing.Politicians took […]

Bruce Springsteen surprises audience at Billy Joel concert

NEW YORK (AP) ” Bruce Springsteen propped himself on top of Billy Joel’s piano to sing a duet with The Piano Man, who was celebrating his 100th concert at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night.Joel told the energetic crowd he had a guest coming onstage who has won a Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Springsteen emerged, surprising the feverish and fanatic audience, who loudly cheered “BRUCE.”“Congratulations Billy on your 100th show,” Springsteen yelled.”Ready, Billy?” he asked, […]

Hawaii searches for safe spots for people to see lava

HONOLULU (AP) ” Authorities in Hawaii want to set up a site where the public can view lava erupting from the Kilauea volcano. But they’re finding this difficult to do while keeping people safe.Images of the eruption have captivated people around the world, but it’s nearly impossible for residents and visitors on the ground to see it. That’s squeezing the tourism-dependent local economy.The safety hazards posed by the volcano came into sharp focus this week when lava flowing […]

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