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Review: Gadgets for the beach and getting you there
NEW YORK (AP) -- If you're headed to the beach or any other weekend getaway, don't forget these "essential" gadgets....

Robot kills man at Volkswagen plant in Germany
BERLIN (AP) -- A robot has killed a contractor at one of Volkswagen's production plants in Germany, the automaker said Wednesday....

Hewlett-Packard moves forward with plan to split in 2
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Hewlett-Packard is moving forward with plans to split into two companies, filing paperwork to create a new entity that will sell commercial technology, while a separate spinoff will sell personal computers and printers....

Toyota, Nissan, Honda back hydrogen stations for fuel cells
TOKYO (AP) -- Toyota, Nissan and Honda are working together to get more fuel cell vehicles on roads in what they call Japan's big push toward "a hydrogen society."...

Microsoft sheds some of its ad business, mapping service
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Microsoft is handing off some its digital advertising business to AOL and selling its street-image mapping operation to Uber, as the giant software company tries to focus on activities more relevant to its core business....

5 ways airlines are actually making flying better
NEW YORK (AP) -- Packed planes Less legroom. Fewer frequent flier miles....

Austrian court rejects jurisdiction in Facebook privacy suit
VIENNA (AP) -- A court in Austria has rejected a class-action lawsuit against Facebook alleging invasion of privacy, saying it lacks jurisdiction in the case....

New Chinese law reinforces government control of cyberspace
BEIJING (AP) -- China's legislature passed sweeping legislation on Wednesday that reinforces government controls over cyberspace, as the nation's leaders try to address what they see as growing threats to Chinese networks and national security....

Love your country, love your dog: Keep pets safe over July 4
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- To us, fireworks are the sparkling embodiment of July Fourth. But to dogs, they truly are bombs bursting in air....

Union sues feds over hack, says agency had ample warning
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The largest federal employee union filed a class action lawsuit Monday against the federal personnel office, its leaders and one of its contractors, arguing that negligence contributed to what government officials are calling one of the most damaging cyberthefts in U.S. history....

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