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Max Schrems, left, and his lawyer Herwig Hofmann, right, walk in the hallway at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. Europe's highest court has ruled in favor of an Austrian law student who claims a trans-Atlantic data protection agreement doesn't adequately protect consumers. (Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

EU voids data-sharing deal for U.S. firms

- The Washington Times

Europe’s top court ruled Tuesday that data stored on U.S. servers isn’t adequately protected because of government spying, a giant blow to companies such as Facebook and Google that had relied on a 15-year-old data-sharing agreement with the European Union and now may be forced to change the way they handle private data and user records.

Actress Lin Shaye plays spiritual medium Elise Rainier in Insidious: Chapter 3 now available on Blu-ray from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Blu-ray review: ‘Insidious: Chapter 3’

- The Washington Times

A prequel from a popular paranormal film franchise makes it to home theaters to allow viewers a creepy look at medium Elise Rainier battling evil, years prior to helping the Lambert family’s infestation.

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FILE - In this April 28, 2015, file photo, Senate Judiciary chairwoman Hannah-Beth Jackson, D- Santa Barbara, gestures during a hearing on the mandatory vaccination bill SB277 at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Female workers in California are getting new tools to challenge gender-based wage gaps under legislation signed Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, by Gov. Jerry Brown. The legislation by Sen. Jackson of Santa Barbara lets female employees allege pay discrimination based on the wages a company pays to other employees who do substantially similar work. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater, File)

California governor signs law targeting gender wage gap

- Associated Press

Female workers in California will get new tools to challenge gender-based wage gaps under legislation signed into law Tuesday that supporters say offers the strongest equal-pay protection in the nation.

Faculty members embrace as they are allowed to return to Umpqua Community College Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, in Roseburg, Ore. The campus reopened to faculty for the first time since Oct. 1, when armed suspect Chris Harper-Mercer killed multiple people and wounded several others before taking his own life at Snyder Hall. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Oregon shooter's mother wrote about guns in online forum

- Associated Press

The mother of a gunman who killed nine people and himself at an Oregon community college allowed her troubled son to have guns and acknowledged in online posts that he struggled with autism, but she didn't seem to know he was potentially violent.

Microsoft vice president for Surface Computing Panos Panay talks about the new Surface Pro 4 tablet during a presentation, in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. The Surface Pro 4 tablet is faster and thinner than before, yet it comes with a slightly larger screen at 12.3 inches. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Competition for Microsoft lineup, which targets high end

- Associated Press

The success of Microsoft's fall lineup of devices will ride on the company's ability to convince people who got free Windows 10 software upgrades this summer to spring for new devices - specifically, Windows devices.

Vote on loosening emissions testing awaits Tenn. lawmakers

- Associated Press

Tennessee lawmakers are set to vote on loosening vehicle emissions testing requirements as soon as they return in January, undeterred by Volkswagen's recent admission that it had been gaming the tests already in place.

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2011 file photo, a sign with Facebook's "Like" logo is posted at Facebook headquarters near the office for the company's User Operations Safety Team in Menlo Park, Calif. Europe's highest court on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 has ruled in favor of an Austrian law student who claims a trans-Atlantic data protection agreement doesn't adequately protect consumers. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

European data sharing pact with US ruled invalid

- Associated Press

Facebook and thousands of other companies could find it vastly more complicated to do business in Europe after a court ruled that personal data sent to U.S. servers is potentially unsafe from government spying.

Researchers say charging stations key to electric cars

Associated Press

An Idaho National Laboratory study has found that widespread adoption of electric vehicles could reduce the country's gas consumption, but that the availability of charging stations will determine if more people buy.

Correction: Invasive Species-Lawsuit story

- Associated Press

In a story Oct. 5 about a federal appeals court ordering the government to rewrite regulations on ballast water discharges from ships, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of an environmental group that challenged the rules. It is the Natural Resources Defense Council, not the National Resources Defense Council.

NH attorney general offers guidance after data breach

Associated Press

The state attorney general says about 21,000 New Hampshire residents who are T-Mobile wireless customers may have had personal data exposed in the recent breach at the Experian credit reporting agency.

South Bend students get manufacturing pitch

- Associated Press

When trying to get a work permit for his 14-year-old son, Dan Adams, co-owner and chief technology officer of Manufacturing Technology Inc., ran into some frustrating misconceptions about his industry.