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US turns up heat on Takata over air bag problem

- Associated Press

U.S. safety regulators are ordering Japanese auto supplier Takata Corp. to provide more information about air bags that can explode and shoot shrapnel toward drivers and passengers.

NV's push for 'kill switch' law alarms advocates

- Associated Press

Nevada is one of a handful of states pursuing legislation to require cellphone manufacturers to equip their devices with "kill switch" technology that would allow the phone to be remotely shut down and wiped of its information if it is stolen.

MSU to boost biomedical engineering research

Associated Press

Michigan State University's College of Engineering plans to add a new academic department next year as part of an effort to boost research related to health care.

This product image provided by Microsoft shows the Microsoft Band. Microsoft is looking to challenge Apple and Google with its own system for consolidating health and fitness data from various fitness gadgets and mobile apps. The company is releasing the $199 band to work with this system. (AP Photo/Microsoft)

Microsoft unveils fitness gadget, health tracking

- Associated Press

Microsoft is releasing a $199 fitness band that also checks your email and even pays for coffee as the software company seeks to challenge Apple and others in the still-infant market for wearable devices.

MCC expanding workforce training program

Associated Press

Meridian Community College is tripling its capacity of a workforce training program with the dedication Friday of a new welding technology center.

Want to buy a New Hampshire election ad? Good luck

- Associated Press

A Democratic super PAC wanted to run a 30-second ad during a Friday evening newscast on New Hampshire's one network station - and was even willing to shell out the $10,000 that the station demanded.

FILE - Apple chief executive and Alabama native Tim Cook laughs with a group before an Alabama Academy of Honor ceremony at the state Capitol in this Oct. 27, 2014 file photo taken in Montgomery, Ala. In an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek, and published Thursday Oct. 30, 2014  Cook says that while he never denied his sexuality, he never publicly acknowledged it, either.  (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Apple CEO publicly acknowledges that he's gay

- Associated Press

Apple CEO Tim Cook's declaration that he's "proud to be gay" wasn't exactly news in Silicon Valley, where his sexual orientation was no secret. But advocates say that given Apple's immense reach and visibility, his coming-out could help change attitudes in workplaces across America.

Graffiti found in 3 more national parks in West

Associated Press

The National Park Service says it has found more graffiti in some of the West's most scenic locations in a case that sparked an uproar on social media last week.

Education hot topic in New York as election nears

- Associated Press

With the Common Core taking a hit during an education-heavy campaign season, a coalition supporting the learning standards has released an analysis that concludes repealing them would be a costly mistake.

Ryan Vicente, left, and Rocky Pankratz walk through the pyrolysis reactor during a DNR Mobile Pyrolysis Demonstration at Willis Enterprises Chip Plant in Cle Elum, Wash. on Oct. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Yakima Herald-Republic, Kaitlyn Bernauer)

Market sought for tree-thinning wood in Washington

- Associated Press

Scientists are searching for the fuels of the future in high-tech laboratories around the world, but last week one research team debuted its new technology at a wood-chipping plant tucked in the forest outside Cle Elum.