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(Associated Press Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Solar storms join floods, terrorism as risks to UKLONDON (AP) _ Britain has added volcanoes and solar storms to floods, flu and terrorism on a list of threats to national security. The highest-priority risks to Britain are pandemic influenza, coastal flooding, terrorist attacks and _ a new addition _ volcanic eruptions in countries like Iceland, according to the recently published 2012 edition of the government's National Risk Register for Civil Emergencies.
Leader of 'Kony' video group to focus on healthSAN DIEGO (AP) _ Jason Russell may be the most public face of Invisible Children, the nonprofit group he co-founded to stop African war atrocities. He narrates a 30-minute video on warlord Joseph Kony that went viral on the Internet. Less than two weeks after the video's smashing success, Invisible Children is facing the prospect of carrying on without Russell _ at least for a while. He was briefly detained by police and hospitalized after witnesses saw him running through streets in his underwear, screaming and banging his fists on the pavement.
Apple firestorm leads artist to change his showNEW YORK (AP) _ Mike Daisey, the off-Broadway performer who admitted that he made up parts of his one-man show about Apple products being made in Chinese sweatshops, has cut questionable sections from the monologue and added a prologue explaining the controversy. Oskar Eustis, artistic director of The Public Theater, where the monologue is being performed, said Saturday that Daisey has "eliminated anything he doesn't feel he can stand behind" from the show and added a section at the beginning in which he addresses the questions raised by critics.
AT&T scotches appeal, pays small-claims litigantNEW YORK (AP) _ AT&T Inc. on Friday gave up on appealing an $850 award won by an iPhone user in small claims court, and sent him a check. Matt Spaccarelli, of Simi Valley, Calif., had sued the phone company because it was slowing down the data service on his phone. Spaccarelli has an "unlimited data" plan, but as of this fall, AT&T had begun slowing download speeds for these subscribers if they use more than a certain amount of data in a month.
Fans, entrepreneurs among first buyers of new iPadMADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Apple's latest iPad drew the customary lines of die-hard fans looking to be first and entrepreneurs looking to make a quick profit. Many buyers lined up for hours, and in some cases overnight, as the tablet computer went on sale in the U.S. and nine other countries. They did so even though Apple started accepting online orders a week ago.
Feds say 19 arrested in 9 states in ID theft ringLAS VEGAS (AP) _ Nineteen people were arrested in Nevada and eight other states in a Las Vegas-based identity theft and trafficking ring that a federal prosecutor characterized as a sophisticated racketeering organization involving 50 people nationwide. The scheme revolved around the buying and selling of pilfered debit and credit card information on an Internet site called "Carder.su," U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said Friday in Las Vegas.
Is Facebook part of your estate? New laws debatedLINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ When Karen Williams' son died in a motorcycle crash, the Oregon woman turned to his Facebook account in hopes of learning more about the young man she had lost. Williams found his password and emailed the company, asking administrators to maintain 22-year-old Loren Williams' account so she could pore through his posts and comments by his friends. But within two hours, she said, Facebook changed the password, blocking her efforts.
Sprint ends deal with LightSquaredOVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) _ Wireless carrier Sprint Nextel Corp. ended its spectrum hosting agreement with start-up LightSquared, whose network looks doomed because regulators say it interferes with GPS navigation devices. Sprint is returning $65 million in prepayments to LightSquared.
Groupon amends practices after UK probeLONDON (AP) _ A British regulator says online deals site Groupon will change the way it markets its products after drawing criticism from consumers. The Office of Fair Trading said Friday that Groupon had agreed to ensure that original prices are accurately quoted, that it will assess merchants' ability to deliver goods in a reasonable time and that all limitations are clearly displayed on the same screen as the offer.
Cisco to buy video tech company NDS for about $4BNEW YORK (AP) _ Cisco Systems Inc. is buying digital video technology company NDS Group Ltd. to enhance the range of products it sells to pay-TV providers and to expand in emerging markets. The roughly $4 billion deal would be Cisco's first major acquisition since it paid $3.4 billion for Norwegian teleconferencing company Tandberg in April 2010.
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