Americans received about 2.4 billion unwanted, automated calls every month, according to 2016 estimates by the FCC.

Nearly half of cellphone calls next year will be scams, report says

Prominent spam calls involve fraudsters pretending to be representatives from a bank, a debt collector or cable company.

Apple designer Jony Ive is 'zealous' over the tech giant's most personal device

September 18
Jonathan Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, looked at some new iPhone models with CEO Tim Cook during an event to announce new products Wednesday.
The man who turned Macs into candy colors now pays the most attention to Apple's watch.

1st private moon flight passenger to invite creative guests

September 18
SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk announces the name of the person who would be the first private passenger on a trip around the moon, Mond
After announcing that he'll take the first-ever commercial rocket trip around the moon, Yusaku Maezawa said he wants company for the weeklong journey. The Japanese billionaire said he plans to invite six to eight artists, architects, designers and other creative people to join him on board the SpaceX rocket "to inspire the dreamer in all of us."
Local
September 19
A tour boat on Lake Michigan near downtown Milwaukee, Wis., July 16, 2015. A 2008 compact among the eight states that touch one of the Great Lakes bar

Correction: Great Lakes-Water Diversion story

In a story Sept. 18 about the diversion of Lake Michigan water to Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, The Associated Press erroneously referred to Peter Annin as director of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition. Annin is a journalist and director of the Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation at Northland College. Todd Ambs directs the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition.
Business
September 18
In this April 18, 2017, file photo, Conference workers speak in front of a demo booth at Facebook's annual F8 developer conference, in San Jose, Calif

Facebook accused of allowing bias against women in job ads

Company is accused of using targeting tools to discriminate.
Local
September 16
Some of the last of the First Kiss apples from the U's Horticultural Research Center.

With First Kiss, University of Minnesota apple growers find their sweet spot

David Bedford bites into 500 apples a day in peak season, so he knows a thing or two about taste and texture. And when the…
Local
September 15

Hype or hope? Unlocking genes to block diseases

Mayo conference weighs ethical responsibilities of individualizing medicine.
Science
September 15
Ragweed

Climate change has extended Minnesota's ragweed season

A classically harsh August for weed allergies has given way, so far, to a milder September. But — sniff, sniff — allergy season might not…
Nation
September 14

As Earth's ice melts, NASA's new satellite will be watching

If all goes well for NASA on Saturday, climate scientists will get a new eye in the sky that will be able to watch the…
Science
September 13

The latest transformation in cancer care: Doing less

Oncologists are using biomarkers, other new tools to shift to less aggressive or toxic therapies.
Science
September 13
Insect pests — including a European corn borer — consume as much as 20 percent of the plants that humans grow for food, an amount likely to grow.

The bugs are coming – and they will want more of our food

Ever since humans learned to wrest food from soil, creatures like the corn earworm, the grain weevil and the bean fly have dined on our…
Science
September 13
Dr. Gregory Van Stavern, seated, and Dr. Rajendra Apte examine the eyes of a woman using technology that one day may make it possible to screen patien

Eye exam may help detect Alzheimer's before symptoms emerge

ST. LOUIS – Using an easy eye exam, researchers at Washington University of Medicine in St. Louis were able to detect evidence of Alzheimer’s…
Science
September 13
Avital Falk with a patient who rated her anxiety at 20 on a scale of 1 to 20 at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, April 9, 2018. Advocates say short

Some patients finish therapy in just weeks with short, intense sessions

New wave of intensive therapy touted as being as effective as treatment over time.
Science
September 13
Researchers used 187,585 satellite images to create the Reference Elevation Model of Antarctica. The project’s lead investigator said, “Until now,

New Antarctica map is like 'putting on glasses for the first time and seeing 20/20'

The new map reveals unprecedented detail of the most desolate place on Earth.
Science
September 13
In this Sept. 2016, photo provided by the University of California Irvine, UC Irvine grad student, Samantha Leigh handles a bonnethead shark in Irvine

First of its kind: An omnivorous shark

Turns out bonnetheads digest plants along with prey, much like humans.
Science
September 13
NASA released a composite image of the Curiosity rover at Mars’ Vera Rubin Ridge, where the car-size rover has been exploring for about a year. NASA

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity snaps dusty selfie

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has snapped a dusty but cool selfie, as seen in a newly released panorama. A thin layer of dust is visible…
World
September 11
In this Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, photo, a volunteer carries a malnourished child from a newly arrived Rohingya family to a transit camp in the Kutupalon

Hunger worsens worldwide, and climate change is blamed

Africa and South America have been the most heavily affected.
Nation
September 11
FILE - In this June 3, 2017, file photo, the coal-fired Plant Scherer, one of the nation's top carbon dioxide emitters, stands in the distance in Juli

With U.S. out of Paris accord, states are taking the lead on setting climate goals

Group hopes to set global example after U.S. pulled out of Paris accord.
Nation
September 11
A vinegaroon, a non-poisonous scorpion that produces a vinegar scent to ward off predators.

Thieves made off with 7,000 insects and spiders from Philadelphia museum

Exotic pets — even those most would call "creepy" — go fast on black market.
Business
September 11
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg told a Senate panel last week that the company estimates 3 to 4 percent of Facebook accounts are inauthentic.

Survey shows Facebook users still fear for their privacy

Half have changed privacy settings in past year, and more than 4 in 10 have taken a break.
Nation
September 10
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said, “I’d like to see, maybe one day, NASA astronauts on the cover of a cereal box.”

Why NASA's next rockets might say Budweiser on the side

WASHINGTON – The constant creep of corporate America into all aspects of everyday life — from the Allstate Sugar Bowl to Minute Maid Park…
Local
September 10
A two-year ban on mineral exploration was lifted last week, and companies are expected to resume drilling soon as they hunt for copper, nickel, platin

Business of mining set to return near the Boundary Waters area

The federal government's sudden decision to reopen mineral exploration just outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness was a resounding defeat for wilderness advocates. But for the mining industry, it means back to business as usual.
World
September 8
A conservation group says poaching has increased in Botswana, which has long been viewed as a rare elephant refuge. This 2013 photo was taken in Chobe

Conservation group claims it's open season for elephant poachers in Botswana

Botswana is home to one of the largest elephant populations in Africa, more than 130,000, according to the Great Elephant Census.