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Privacy groups take 2nd hit on license plate data

- Associated Press

A California judge’s initial ruling against a tech entrepreneur seeking access to records kept secret in government databases detailing the comings and goings of millions of cars in the San Diego area via license plate scans was the second legal setback within a month for privacy advocates.

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Loveland sculptor creates a mastodon for museum

- Associated Press

Kent Ullberg has designed a shark for Nova Southeastern University in Florida; a 23-foot-tall elephant for the St. Louis Zoo; and 58 Canada geese taking flight for a venue in Omaha, Nebraska. He has designed more than 100 monumental sculptures, all originating in Loveland.

Alibaba employees attend the opening bell ceremony during the company's IPO at the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

With Alibaba's big debut, 10 things to know

- Associated Press

China's e-commerce giant Alibaba began trading its shares Friday on the New York Stock Exchange. Here are ten things to know about Alibaba, and why its initial public offering made history:

In this Aug. 7, 2014 photo, Jon Daniel speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois office in Chicago. Daniel, who created a spoof Twitter account in the name of Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis, is taking his case to federal court after police raided his home. Ardis saw the account as an attempt to steal his identity. Daniel says the raid violated his constitutional rights. The police response also ignited a debate about online satire and free speech. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Twitter parody plays differently in middle America

- Associated Press

Jon Daniel was watching cartoons with one of his sons when he created a spoof Twitter account in the name of the Peoria mayor. Out of boredom, he said, he soon began sending profane messages about sex, drugs and alcohol.

Colleges partner on renewable energy program

Associated Press

Vermont Technical College and the Community College of Vermont have formed a partnership for students who want to further their studies in the field of renewable energy.

Yahoo rakes in another jackpot from Alibaba's IPO

- Associated Press

Yahoo is making amends for years of blundering with one smart move: an early investment in Alibaba Group that has turned into a multibillion-dollar boon.

UWSP student, instructor teaming up on safety app

Associated Press

Two members of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point community are developing a safety app that allows students to track the location of friends who are out on the town.

Alibaba poised to surge on the NYSE

- Associated Press

Alibaba's stock is surging as the Chinese e-commerce powerhouse begins its first day trading as a public company.

Apple locks itself out of devices with passwords

- Associated Press

Apple has tightened its technological security so not even the company can pry into a password-protected iPhone or iPad, a move meant to reassure the millions of people who are increasingly storing vital pieces of their lives on the devices.

Drag queens from left, Lil Ms. Hot Mess, Sister Roma and Heklina take turns speaking about their battle with Facebook during a news conference at City Hall Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in San Francisco, Calif. San Francisco drag queens are sparring with Facebook over its policy requiring people to use their real names, rather than drag names such as Pollo Del Mar and Heklina. In recent weeks, Facebook has been deleting the profiles of self-described drag queens and other performers who use stage names because they did not comply with the social networking site's requirement that users go by their "real names" on the site. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Drag queens dress down Facebook over names

- Associated Press

San Francisco drag queens are sparring with Facebook over its policy requiring people to use their real names, rather than drag names such as Pollo Del Mar and Heklina. But the world's biggest social network is not budging from its rules.