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Internet traffic hijack disrupts Google services

An internet traffic diversion that rerouted data through Russia and China disrupted Google services on Monday, including search, cloud-hosting services and its bundle of collaboration tools for businesses. Service interruptions lasted for nearly two hours and ended about 5:30 p.m. EST., network service companies said. In addition to Russian and Chinese telecommunications companies, a Nigerian…

AP Interview: US VP's wife champions art therapy in Japan

TOKYO (AP) — Karen Pence, the vice president's wife, announced Tuesday a $54,000 U.S. grant to Tsukuba University in Japan for studying art therapy, a little-known mental health profession she has championed under the Trump administration. Pence was in Japan while accompanying her husband, Mike Pence, on a trip through Asia for a series of…

The Latest: Police search for man who shot 3 at warehouse

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a shooting at a food distribution warehouse that critically injured three people (all times local): 9:35 p.m. Police say the man who shot three people at a food distribution warehouse is an employee, the Albuquerque Journal reports. Police tell the Journal that they are searching for the 30-year-old…

New blazes fan fresh fears in California as some return home

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — The sky was black and flames on the next ridge were fast approaching when Paul Rasmussen, his pregnant wife and 6-year-old daughter fled their mountainside Malibu home Friday for what they thought might be the last time. His only hope that the large home, once billed in real estate listings as…

In Georgia, a certification deadline and another court fight

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge has ordered Georgia's secretary of state to wait until Friday to certify the results of the midterm elections that include an unsettled race for governor and to take steps to protect provisional ballots. U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg ruled Monday that the secretary of state must not certify the…

China postpones on allowing tiger bone, rhino horn trading

BEIJING (AP) — China is postponing its decision to allow trading in tiger and rhinoceros parts a bare two weeks after the easing of the ban had raised fears the country was giving legal cover to poaching and smuggling of endangered wildlife. The official Xinhua News Agency quoted Cabinet official Ding Xuedong as saying Monday…

Democrat Kyrsten Sinema wins Arizona US Senate seat

PHOENIX (AP) — Democrat Kyrsten Sinema won Arizona's open U.S. Senate seat Monday in a race that was among the most closely watched in the nation, beating Republican Rep. Martha McSally in the battle to replace GOP Sen. Jeff Flake. The three-term congresswoman won after a slow vote count that dragged on for nearly a…

Asian stocks sink after Wall Street tech sell-off

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks sank Tuesday after a tech sell-off dragged Wall Street lower. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 tumbled 3.2 percent to 21,554.45 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng lost 1.1 percent. The Shanghai Composite Index was off 0.2 percent at 2,625.37 and Sydney's S&P-ASX 200 gave up 1.9 percent to 5,825.60. Seoul's Kospi…

The Latest: Southern California buildings burned top 400

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Authorities picking their way through burned-out neighborhoods say a Southern California wildfire has now destroyed at least 435 buildings, most of them homes. The new figures released Monday evening come as a wildfire continues to burn its way through scenic…

A universe of flawed heroes: Stan Lee was ahead of his time

It became easy, in recent years, to dismiss him as the wisecracking grandpa of the American comic book, a past-his-prime gimmick who cameoed alongside Earth's angstiest superheroes in the high-grossing Marvel blockbusters of the past decade. But Stan Lee, who died Monday, was far more than that. It's no stretch to say that he helped…