June 16
In this photo illustration, an iPhone is used to make an Apple Pay purchase.

EU authorities open twin Apple antitrust investigations

European Union regulators opened two investigations on Tuesday into Apple's mobile app store and payment platform over concerns its practices distort competition, opening a new front in the EU's battle against the dominance of big tech companies.
Coronavirus
June 16
Friends, from left, Tracey, who did not give her last name, Cindy Coleman and Lori Stayberg meet for food and drinks at Jonesy's Local Bar on the firs

Cross-border stats complicate Minnesota's COVID response

While both neighbor states show declining growth in COVID-19 cases and deaths, Minnesota has reported 1,304 deaths so far in the pandemic compared with Wisconsin's 694.
June 12
A boy stands on the shore of the Ganges River during a hot May day in Prayagraj, India.

Temperature spike: Earth ties record high heat May reading

Earth's temperature spiked to tie a record high for May, U.S. meteorologists reported Friday. Last month the global average temperature was 60.3 degrees (15.7 degrees…
Duluth
June 11
The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board headquarters in Eveleth, Minn

Mining politics stall money for Minn. tribe's water treatment project

IRRRB members cite Fond du Lac band's "anti-mining" stance in opposing aid request.
Science
June 11
FILE -- An employee displays a handgun at a gun store in Johnston, Iowa, Jan. 22, 2016. The decision to buy a handgun for the first time raises the pu

First-time gun buyers have elevated risk of suicide for years

The findings are from the largest analysis to date tracking individual, first-time gun owners and suicide for more than a decade.
Science
June 11
This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the s

U.K. lab to sidestep drug industry to sell potential virus vaccine

The Imperial College London technology has the potential to develop a vaccine that is cheaper and easier to manufacture than others, the project's lead scientist said.
Science
June 11
In a photo provided by NASA, the cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev and Sergey Prokopyev installe an antenna on the International Space Station in 2018 to track

With an internet of animals, scientists aim to track and save wildlife

A large antenna and other equipment on the International Space Station will soon be able to relay a wider range of data than previous tracking technologies.
Science
June 11
Lessons for care With few options early in the pandemic, doctors turned to a familiar intervention: antibiotics. Now doctors are seeking to draw lesso

Doctors heavily overprescribed antibiotics early in the pandemic

It highlights another global health threat: the antimicrobial resistance.
Science
June 11
Key component The safety of injectable medicines rely on a component in horseshoe crabs. Some want to protect the creature and the birds, such as a re

Horseshoe crab blood is key to vaccine safety; is there enough?

Conservationists and some businesses have pushed for wide acceptance of an alternative test.
Science
June 11
In a photo provided by Public Health England, an ampul store in the collection. Britain’s National Collection of Type Cultures, a library of human b

6,000 strains of bacteria are under one roof for the study of how they make us sick

Library of pathogens enables scientists to study how they continue to make us sick.
Coronavirus
June 11
Amazon began issuing vague warnings about price policy violations in March that extended through April, threatening to kick merchants off the site.

Amazon price-gouging crackdown worsened shortage of sanitizer, wipes

Vague warnings led merchants to pull products to avoid suspensions.
June 11
The Microsoft logo in Issy-les-Moulineaux, outside Paris.

Microsoft joins Amazon, IBM in pausing face scans for police

Microsoft has become the third big tech company this week to say it won’t sell its facial recognition software to police, following similar moves by…
June 10
Recent additions to Amazon's senior leadership are making the team more diverse, though still less so than the company as a whole. (Dreamstime/TNS)

Amazon bans police use of its face recognition for a year

Amazon banned police use of its face-recognition technology for a year, making it the latest tech giant to step back from law-enforcement use of systems that have faced criticism for incorrectly identifying people with darker skin.
June 9
The logo for IBM appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

IBM quits facial recognition, joins call for police reforms

IBM is getting out of the facial recognition business, saying it's concerned about how the technology can be used for mass surveillance and racial profiling.Ongoing…
June 6
Harry Henri, a research assistant, worked with blood samples from coronavirus patients in New York.

How much does it take to make you sick?

It's a key question scientists can't answer, which is why they say: limit amount of virus you face.
Science
June 6
A new study has explained what parts of the brain's cerebral cortex influence stomach function and how it can impact health.

Study shows brain and stomach connections are a two-way street

In first, study identifies how brain influences microbiome and what it means for health.
June 6
A sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.

Facebook removes nearly 200 accounts tied to hate groups

The accounts on Facebook and Instagram were tied to the Proud Boys and the American Guard, two hate groups already banned on the platforms.
Local
June 5
A Predator B unmanned aircraft in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Which agency wanted drone flown over Minneapolis protests?

U.S. Customs & Border Protection declined to answer questions
June 4
A COVID-19 particle is pictured in this image provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Genes may make some people more vulnerable to severe COVID-19

Variations at two spots in the human genome are associated with an increased risk of respiratory failure in COVID-19 patients, researchers found.
June 4
Our sun seems a little less active than hundreds of similar-sized stars in our galaxy, scientists said.

Why our boring sun is good for us

Hundreds of other sun-like stars in our galaxy have on average five times more magnetic activity.