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June 22

Investigation of Russian hack on London hospitals may take weeks amid worries over online data dump

An investigation into a ransomware attack earlier this month on London hospitals by the Russian group Qilin could take weeks to complete with some patients needing to undergo repeat tests
June 22
June 21

Climate change makes India's monsoons erratic. Can farmers still find a way to prosper?

Most of India’s 120 million farmers depend on rain from monsoons for a good harvest
June 21
FILE - A farmer carries a sack of paddy on his bicycle during monsoon rains as clouds hover over the sky on the outskirts of Guwahati, India, June 20, 2024. Human-caused climate change is making rainfall more unpredictable and erratic, which makes it difficult for farmers to plant, grow and harvest crops on their rain-fed fields. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath, File)
June 21

Facial recognition startup Clearview AI settles privacy suit

Facial recognition startup Clearview AI has reached a settlement in a lawsuit alleging its massive photographic collection of faces violated the subjects’ privacy rights
June 21
FILE - Hoan Ton-That, CEO of Clearview AI, demonstrates the company's facial recognition software using a photo of himself in New York on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. Facial recognition startup Clearview AI has reached a settlement in a lawsuit alleging its massive collection of images violated the subjects’ privacy rights. Attorneys estimate the deal could be worth more than $50 million. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
June 21

Car dealerships are being disrupted by a multi-day outage after cyberattacks on software supplier

Car dealerships across North America have faced a major disruption this week
June 21
FILE - Vehicles sit in a row outside a dealership, June 2, 2024, in Lone Tree, Colo. Car dealerships across North America have faced a major disruption this week. CDK Global, a company that provides software for thousands of auto dealers in the U.S. and Canada, was hit by back-to-back cyberattacks on Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
June 21

Steeplechaser Mason Ferlic shoots for the stars on the track and in his field as aerospace engineer

Steeplechase runner Mason Ferlic is taking aim at the stars both on the track and in his field
June 21
FILE - Michigan's Mason Ferlic reacts after finishing first in the men's 3000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships in Eugene, Ore., Friday, June 10, 2016. Ferlic may someday boldly go where no steeplechaser has gone before — space. The 30-year-old with a master's in aerospace engineering from Michigan has aspirations to become an astronaut. For now, that plan remains a galaxy away. Ferlic's focus is on the track this week at the U.S. Olympic Trials as he tries to earn a spot at for Paris Games.(AP Photo/Ryan Kang, File)
June 21

How does heat kill? It confuses your brain. It shuts down your organs. It overworks your heart.

When dangerous heat waves strike, what happens inside the human body can become a life-or-death battle decided by just a few degrees
June 21
FILE - A man pours cold water onto his head to cool off on a sweltering hot day in the Mediterranean Sea in Beirut, Lebanon, July 16, 2023. As temperatures and humidity soar outside, what's happening inside the human body can become a life-or-death battle decided by just a few degrees. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)
June 21

AmEx buys dining reservation company Tock from Squarespace for $400M

American Express will acquire the dining reservation and event management platform Tock from Squarespace for $400 million cash
June 21
FILE - An American Express logo is attached to a door in Boston's Seaport District, July 21, 2021. American Express announced Friday, June 21, 2024, it will acquire the dining reservation and event management platform Tock from Squarespace for $400 million cash. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
June 21

Amazon cuts down on plastic waste

The company announced it has reduced the use of plastic air pillows in packages by 95%.
June 21
VIDEO:  Amazon cuts down on plastic waste
June 21

Cybersecurity firm Kaspersky denies it's a hazard after the US Commerce Dept bans its software

The cybersecurity firm Kaspersky has denied it is a security threat after the U.S. Commerce Department banned the use of its software in the United States
June 21
FILE - The sign is seen above the headquarters of Kaspersky Lab in Moscow Monday, Jan. 30, 2017. The cybersecurity firm Kaspersky has denied it is a security threat after the U.S. Commerce Department banned use of its software in the United States. Kaspersky said in a statement that the Commerce Department's decision, announced Thursday, June 20, 2024, would not affect its ability to sell and promote its cyber threat intelligance offerings and training in the U.S. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)
June 21

Japan's space agency hit by multiple cyberattacks

Officials say Japan’s space agency has suffered a series of cyberattacks since last year, but sensitive information related to rockets and satellites was not affected and it is continuing to investigate and take preventive measures
June 21
The logo of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, is seen at its Tanegashima Space Center in Minamitanecho, Kagoshima prefecture, Feb. 16, 2024. Japan’s space agency has suffered a series of cyberattacks since last year, but sensitive information related to rockets and satellites were not affected as the agency continues probe and takes preventive measures, officials said Friday, June 21, 2024. (Kyodo News via AP)
June 21

Should young kids have smartphones? These parents in Europe linked arms and said no

Parents across Europe are rallying to make it normal for young kids to live smartphone-free
June 21
A 12-year-old boy plays with his personal phone outside school in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, June 17, 2024. Parents across Europe are rallying to make it normal for young kids to live smartphone-free. From Spain to Ireland and the UK, groups are ballooning on chat groups like WhatsApp and agreeing to link arms and refuse to buy children younger than 12 smartphones. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
June 21

Takeaways from AP's report on access to gene therapies for rare diseases

The promise of gene therapy looms large for families dealing with rare, genetic disorders
June 21
FILE - This undated image made available by the National Human Genome Research Institute shows the output from a DNA sequencer. Collectively, about 350 million people worldwide suffer from rare diseases, most of which are genetic. But each of the 7,000 individual disorders affects perhaps a few in a million people or less. So there’s little commercial incentive to develop or bring to market these one-time therapies to fix faulty genes or replace them with healthy ones. (NHGRI via AP, File)
June 21

Gene therapy may cure rare diseases. But drugmakers have few incentives, leaving families desperate

The promise of gene therapy looms large for families dealing with rare, genetic disorders
June 21
Robin Alderman, right, looks up to her son, Camden Alderman, 21, who has a rare disease called Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome, as they pose for a portrait near their home in Greensboro, N.C., Wednesday, June 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
June 20

TikTok introducing AI avatars

The "Symphony" program allows brands to create AI-generated avatars of real influencers and actors to sell their products. ABC News' Emanuelle Saliba joins the show to explain how the program works.
June 20
VIDEO: TikTok introducing AI avatars
June 20

How Nvidia became an AI giant

Tech giant Nvidia is now worth over $3.2 trillion, with its dominance as a chipmaker making it the poster child of the artificial intelligence boom
June 20
FILE - Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang speaks at the Computex 2024 exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan, June 2, 2024. Nvidia passed Microsoft on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, to become the most valuable company in the S&P 500. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying, File)
June 20

Change Healthcare to start notifying customers who had data exposed in cyberattack

Change Healthcare is starting to notify hospitals, insurers and other customers that they may have had patient information exposed in a massive cyberattack
June 20
June 20

Bugatti unveils 1st electrified sports car

The $4.1 million Tourbillon is currently in the testing phase.
June 20
The $4.1 million Tourbillon is currently in the testing phase.
June 20

TikTok accuses federal agency of 'political demagoguery' in legal challenge against potential US ban

TikTok on Thursday disclosed a letter the company sent to the government in April accusing the federal agency that once held the platform’s future in its hands of “political demagoguery.”
June 20
FILE - The icon for the video sharing TikTok app is seen on a smartphone, Feb. 28, 2023, in Marple Township, Pa. The Federal Trade Commission has referred a complaint against TikTok and its parent company, ByteDance, to the Department of Justice. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
June 20

New York moves to limit 'addictive' social media feeds for kids

New York's governor has signed a bill that would allow parents to block their children from getting social media posts suggested by a platform’s algorithm, a move to limit feeds critics argue are addictive
June 20
In this still image taken from video of the Office of the New York Governor, Gov. Kathy Hochul signs a bill, in New York, Thursday, June 20, 2024. Hochul signed a bill that would allow parents to block their children from getting social media posts suggested by a platform's algorithm, a move to limit feeds critics argue are addictive. (Office of the New York Governor via AP)
June 20

AT&T to hike rates for unlimited plans

Starting in August, AT&T is increasing their rates for the unlimited lines while offering more high-speed and hotspot data.
June 20
VIDEO: AT&T to hike rates for unlimited plans
June 20

TikTok to contain AI-generated avatars of influencers

ABC News’ Emmanuelle Saliba reports on the new program and its potential pitfalls.
June 20
VIDEO: TikTok to contain AI-generated avatars of influencers
June 20

So long plastic air pillows: Amazon shifting to recycled paper filling for packages

Amazon is moving from putting plastic air pillows in its packages in North America to using recycled paper filling instead, a move that’s more environmentally friendly and is said to secure items in boxes just the same, if not better
June 20
FILE - The Amazon logo is seen, June 15, 2023, at the Vivatech show in Paris. Amazon is moving from putting plastic air pillows in its packages to using recycled paper filling instead, a move that's more environmentally friendly and secures items in boxes better. The company said Thursday, June 20, 2024 that it's already replaced 95% of the plastic air fillers with paper filler in North America and is working toward complete removal by year's end. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)
June 20

OpenAI co-founder Sutskever sets up new AI company devoted to 'safe superintelligence'

One of the founders of OpenAI who was involved in a failed effort to push out CEO Sam Altman says he’s starting a safety-focused artificial intelligence company
June 20
FILE- The OpenAI logo is displayed on a cell phone with an image on a computer monitor generated by ChatGPT's Dall-E text-to-image model, Dec. 8, 2023, in Boston. lya Sutskever, one of the founders of OpenAI who was involved in a failed effort to push out CEO Sam Altman, said he's starting a safety-focused artificial intelligence company. Sutskever, a respected AI researcher who left the ChatGPT maker last month, said in a social media post on Wednesday, June 19, 2024 that he's setting up Safe Superintelligence Inc. with two co-founders. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
June 20

A ship found far off Israel's coast could shed light on the navigation skills of ancient mariners

The Israel Antiquities Authority says a company drilling for natural gas off the coast of northern Israel has discovered a 3,300-year-old ship and its cargo, one of the oldest known examples of a ship sailing far from land
June 20
This photo made from video released by Israel's Antiquities Authority (IAA) on Thursday, June 20, 2024 shows a Canaanite jar being retrieved by a robot from a depth of 1.11 miles (1.8 kilometers) that was carried on the world's oldest known deep-sea ship, as seen some 55.9 miles (90 kilometers off of the Israeli coastline.. A company drilling for natural gas off the coast of northern Israel discovered a 3,300-year-old ship and its cargo, one of the oldest known examples of a ship sailing far from land, the Israel Antiquities Authority said on Thursday. (Energean/ Israel Antiquities Authority via AP)
June 20

Climate change made killer heat wave in Mexico, Southwest US even warmer

A new study finds that human-caused climate change dialed up the heat and drastically increased the odds of this month’s killer heat that has been baking the Southwestern United States, Mexico and Central America
June 20
FILE - A surfer rides a wave at Windandsea Beach on May 30, 2024, in San Diego. Human-caused climate change intensified and made far more likely this month's killer heat with triple digit temperatures, a new flash study found Thursday, June 20. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
June 20

Tropical Storm Alberto dissipates over central Mexico after heavy rains killed 4

Tropical Storm Alberto, the season’s first named storm, has weakened as it moves inland over northeast Mexico — but not before bringing heavy rains to the parched region and leaving at least three dead
June 20
Palapas sit deserted on a beach in Miramar, in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. Tropical Storm Alberto formed on Wednesday in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of the hurricane season. (AP Photo/Fabian Melendez)
June 19

Snapchat Inc. to pay $15 million to settle discrimination and harassment lawsuit in California

Snapchat Inc. will pay $15 million to settle a lawsuit brought by California’s civil rights agency
June 19
FILE - The Snapchat app on a mobile device is seen in New York. Snap Inc., Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. The owner of Snapchat will pay $15 million to settle a lawsuit brought by California’s civil rights agency that claimed the company discriminated against female employees, failed to prevent workplace sexual harassment and retaliated against women who complained. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
June 19

Colombian family's genes offer new clue to delaying onset of Alzheimer's

Scientists studying a Colombian family plagued by early-in-life Alzheimer's have found a rare gene variant that seems to delay initial symptoms by about five years
June 19
Neuropsychologist Yakeel Quiroz poses for this undated selfie in front of a imaging screen. (Yakeel Quiroz via AP)
June 19

Scientists studying a family plagued by early Alzheimer’s found some carry a genetic oddity that delays their symptoms

Scientists studying a family plagued by early Alzheimer’s found some carry a genetic oddity that delays their symptoms
June 19
June 19

'Verzuz' will return after Swizz Beatz, Timbaland lock in new distribution partnership with X

Swizz Beatz and Timbaland are bringing the “Verzuz” series back with a new major platform for viewers to watch musicians face off in a song-against-song battle
June 19
Swizz Beatz, left, and Alicia Keys attend the Gordon Parks Foundation Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
June 19

Collecting sex-crazed zombie cicadas on speed: Scientists track a bug-controlling super-sized fungus

With their bulging red eyes and their alien-like mating sound, periodical cicadas can seem scary and weird enough
June 19
West Virginia University mycology professor Matt Kasson cuts the head and thorax from a live periodical cicada infected with the Massospora cicadina fungus during field processing at Morton Arboretum on Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Lisle, Ill. Kasson is tracking the fungus, the only one on Earth that makes amphetamine. It takes control over the cicada, makes them hypersexual, looking to spread the parasite as a sexually transmitted disease. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
June 19

Apple shifts focus on Vision headsets, report says

Apple is creating a cheaper version of its Vision Pro headset to be released by 2025, The Information reported.
June 19
VIDEO: Apple shifts focus on Vision headsets, report says
June 19

For the endangered Nashville crayfish, its rebound is both good and bad news

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering removing the Nashville crayfish from the endangered species list, but some biologists argue it still needs protection because its range is so limited
June 19
Chad Cogburn, of the Nashville Zoo, holds a Nashville crayfish during an annual census of the endangered species on Wednesday, June 11, 2024, in Nashville, Tenn. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering removing the Nashville crayfish from the endangered species list, but some biologists argue it still needs protection because its range is so limited. (AP photo by Kristin M. Hall)
June 18

Florida medical marijuana patients get an unexpected email praising DeSantis

Medical marijuana patients and advocates are upset that the Florida Department of Health emailed its patient registry to praise Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis for signing the state budget
June 18
FILE - Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo delivers remarks during a bill-signing ceremony in Sanford, Fla., Monday, April 8, 2024. Medical marijuana patients and advocates are upset that the Florida Department of Health emailed its patient registry to praise Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis for signing the state budget. Nothing in the email mentions medical marijuana, and patients say that the DeSantis administration violated their privacy. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP, File)
June 18

Federal Trade Commission refers complaint about TikTok's adherence to child privacy law to the DOJ

The Federal Trade Commission has referred a complaint against TikTok and its Beijing-based parent company to the Department of Justice
June 18
FILE - The icon for the video sharing TikTok app is seen on a smartphone, Feb. 28, 2023, in Marple Township, Pa. The Federal Trade Commission has referred a complaint against TikTok and its parent company, ByteDance, to the Department of Justice. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
June 18

California governor wants to restrict smartphone usage in schools

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has said he wants to restrict students' usage of smartphones during the school day
June 18
June 18

It's summer solstice time. What does that mean?

Summer kicks off in the Northern Hemisphere with the summer solstice on Thursday
June 18
FILE - Revelers gather at the ancient stone circle Stonehenge to celebrate the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, near Salisbury, England, June 21, 2023. Summer kicks off in the Northern Hemisphere once again with the summer solstice on Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
June 18

"Code Dependent" by Madhumita Murgia flips the script on AI

Madhumita Murgia dissects AI from the human level in her book "Code Dependent."
June 18
VIDEO: Madhumita Murgia dissects AI from the human level in her book 'Code-Dependent'
June 18

What's a heat dome? Here's why so much of the US is broiling this week

Much of the Midwest and the Northeast is broiling — or set to broil — in extreme summer heat this week
June 18
A pedestrian crosses a street as heat waves rise from the pavement as the temperature hits 104-degrees Monday, June 17, 2024, in Phoenix. Another excessive heat warning, caused by a heat dome, is expected in the Phoenix area on Thursday and Friday. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
June 18

McDonald's is ending its test run of AI-powered drive-thrus with IBM

Ever get your McDonald’s order mixed up at an AI-powered drive-thru
June 18
FILE - A McDonald's restaurant is seen, Feb. 14, 2018, in Ridgeland, Miss. McDonald’s confirmed, Tuesday, June 18, 2024, that it’s decided to end a global partnership with IBM, which has been testing an artifical intelligence technology at select McDonald’s drive thrus since 2021.(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
June 18

Apple kills off its buy now, pay later service service barely a year after launch

Apple is discontinuing its buy now, pay later service known as Apple Pay Later barely a year after its initial launch in the U.S., and will rely on companies who already dominate the industry like Affirm and Klarna
June 18
FILE - An Apple logo adorns the facade of the downtown Brooklyn Apple store on March 14, 2020, in New York. Apple is discontinuing its buy now, pay later service known as Apple Pay Later, barely a year of it being broadly available in the U.S., and instead plans to rely on the larger companies who already dominate the industry like Affirm and Klarna. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
June 18

Fisker files for bankruptcy protection, the second electric vehicle maker to do so in the past year

Electric vehicle maker Fisker filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the second electric startup to do so in the last year as even industry leaders struggle to lure more buyers beyond the early adapters of the technology
June 18
FILE - Fisker Automotive's Fisker Karma, a sports luxury plug-in hybrid car, is displayed at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, Nov. 18, 2010. Electric vehicle maker Fisker has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a period when even the top manufacturers in the industry are struggling. Its operating subsidiary, Fisker Group Inc., said in its filing that its estimated assets were between $500 million and $1 billion. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
June 18

Apple ends its buy now, pay later service

The company said it will stop issuing loans through its pay-later service.
June 18
VIDEO:  Apple ends its buy now, pay later service
June 18

Undersea explorers mark tragic day. What to know about the Titan disaster anniversary

Unanswered questions linger a year after the implosion of the Titan submersible during its deep-sea voyage to the wreckage of the Titanic
June 18
FILE-The Polar Prince arrives at the port in St. John's, Newfoundland in this June 24, 2023, file photo. Authorities from the U.S. and Canada began the process of investigating the cause of the fatal Titan submersible implosion even as they grappled with questions of who was responsible for determining how the tragedy unfolded. The deadly implosion of an experimental submersible en route to the deep-sea grave of the Titanic last June has not dulled the desire for deep-sea exploration. Tuesday, June 18, 2024, marks one year since the Titan vanished on its way to the historic wreckage site. (Adrian Wyld /The Canadian Press via AP, file)
June 17

Madhumita Murgia dissects AI from the human level in her book 'Code-Dependent'

ABC News' Linsey Davis speaks with author Madhumita Murgia about the impact and involvement of artificial intelligence in our daily lives in her book "Code-Dependent: Living in the Shadow of AI."
June 17
VIDEO: Madhumita Murgia dissects AI from the human level in her book 'Code-Dependent'
June 17

Vermont Legislature overrides governor, passing overdose prevention, renewable energy, tax measures

The Democratic-controlled Vermont Legislature on Monday overturned a number of the Republican governor’s vetoes, passing measures to prevent drug overdoses, restrict a pesticide that’s toxic to bees and to require state utilities to source all renewabl...
June 17
June 17
FILE - A child holds an iPhone at an Apple store on Sept. 25, 2015 in Chicago. Parents — and even some teens themselves — are growing increasingly concerned about the effects of social media use on young people. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)
June 17

Tobacco-like warning label for social media sought by US surgeon general who asks Congress to act

The U.S. surgeon general has called on Congress to require warning labels on social media platforms similar to those now mandatory on cigarette boxes
June 17
FILE - Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, arrives to testify before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 31, 2024, to discuss child safety. In a Monday, June 17, 2024, opinion piece for The New York Times, Dr. Vivek Murthy has called on Congress to require warning labels on social media platforms similar to those now mandatory on cigarette boxes. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
June 17

A year after the Titan's tragic dive, deep-sea explorers vow to press on

The deadly implosion of an experimental submersible en route to the deep-sea grave of the Titanic last June has not dulled the desire for ocean exploration
June 17
FILE-The Polar Prince arrives at the port in St. John's, Newfoundland in this June 24, 2023, file photo. Authorities from the U.S. and Canada began the process of investigating the cause of the fatal Titan submersible implosion even as they grappled with questions of who was responsible for determining how the tragedy unfolded. The deadly implosion of an experimental submersible en route to the deep-sea grave of the Titanic last June has not dulled the desire for deep-sea exploration. Tuesday, June 18, 2024, marks one year since the Titan vanished on its way to the historic wreckage site. (Adrian Wyld /The Canadian Press via AP, file)
June 17

2 political outliers claim seats in European Parliament by leveraging social media's viral power

One is a wildly popular, seemingly happy-go-lucky YouTuber with no political experience from Cyprus
June 17
Fidias Panayiotou, right, speaks to his supporters after elected in the European Elections in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Sunday, June 9, 2024. Panayiotou, a popular YouTuber and TikToker who's humorous and occasionally obnoxious posts have earned him tens of thousands of followers has stunned Cyprus' political world by appearing to wrest one of six seats allotted to the island nation in the European Parliament from traditional political powerhouses. (AP Photo/Philippos Christou)