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California lawmakers near vote on raising smoking age to 21

By JONATHAN J. COOPER Associated Press (SACRAMENTO, Calif., AP) — California’s Senate is poised to vote on a sweeping package of anti-smoking measures_including raising the smoking age to 21— as lawmakers try…

US cyber pros test skills in exercise meant to stop attacks

By TAMI ABDOLLAH Associated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — The moment a U.S. official pressed a computer key, dozens of security experts who gathered in an underground control room girded themselves for a…

Trump received tax credit for middle class taxpayers

By JEFF HORWITZ Associated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — In three consecutive years, Donald Trump has received a property tax credit for people with incomes of less $500,000. The perk from the New…

US appeals ruling on accessing data in New York iPhone case

By TAMI ABDOLLAH Associated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — Calling a New York judge’s ruling “an unprecedented limitation” on judicial authority, the Justice Department has asked a Brooklyn federal court to…

VW employee chief urges US to consider fallout of fines

(BERLIN, AP) — The head of Volkswagen’s employee council said Tuesday he hopes that American authorities will consider the potential fallout on jobs in the U.S. and beyond as they…

In symbolic move, Starbucks to open first shop in Italy

By KEN SWEET Associated Press (NEW YORK, AP) — Starbucks says it plans to enter probably its most intimidating market yet: Italy. The coffee chain said Sunday that the first Starbucks will…

Electronic cards to make WIC easier to use

By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated PRess (WASHINGTON, AP) — Pregnant women and parents using the Women, Infants and Children program will have an easier time buying food at the grocery store. The…

Apple asks judge to vacate order on locked iPhone

By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — Apple Inc. on Thursday asked a federal magistrate to reverse her order that the company help the FBI hack into a locked iPhone, accusing…

Apple: Congress, not courts, must decide

By TAMI ABDOLLAH Associated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — Apple Inc. will tell a federal judge this week in legal papers that its fight with the FBI over accessing a locked and encrypted…

Apple to fight order to help FBI unlock shooter’s iPhone

By TAMI ABDOLLAH and ERIC TUCKER Associated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook says his company will fight a federal magistrate’s order to help the FBI hack into an…