The European Union fined Google a record $5 billion Wednesday for using the market dominance of its Android mobile operating system to force handset makers to install Google apps, reducing choice for consumers.
EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Google went against EU rules when it required mobile phone producers to pre-install the Google Search and browser apps as a condition for licensing Google's app store. She said Google also paid big producers to exclusively pre-install the Google Search app.
Vestager said that "companies must compete on their merits," playing by antitrust rules that favor consumers and open markets, and not restrict competition.
South Africans along with former U.S. President Barack Obama were marking the centennial of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela's birth on Wednesday with acts of charity in a country still struggling with deep economic inequality 24 years after the end of white minority rule.
Obama met with young leaders from around Africa to mark the anniversary, a day after he delivered a spirited speech in Johannesburg about Mandela's legacy of tolerance and criticized President Donald Trump and his policies without mentioning him by name. An enthusiastic crowd of 14,000 gave Obama a standing ovation for his address, the highest-profile one since he left office.
"Most people think of Mandela as an older man with hair like mine," the 56-year-old, grey-haired Obama said to laughter from his audience on Wednesday. But he added that people forget that Mandela "started as a very young man, at your age, trying to liberate this country."
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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump paid their respects Wednesday to the family of a Secret Service agent who died in Scotland while supporting their overseas trip.
Special Agent Nole E. Remagen suffered a stroke Monday during Trump's trip to Belgium, England, Scotland, and Finland. The 19-year veteran died in Scotland on Tuesday, surrounded by immediate family and Secret Service colleagues. His body was being returned to the U.S. on Wednesday.
Puerto Rico's governor named a new CEO on Wednesday to lead the U.S. territory's power company, which has now seen three top executives in two weeks as it struggles with a lack of leadership, bankruptcy and the restoration of electricity to hundreds who remain in the dark since Hurricane Maria.
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President Donald Trump and his supporters have a new buzz phrase to diagnose his critics: "Trump Derangement Syndrome."
The term is supposed to describe voters who are so angry and opposed to the U.S. president that they are incapable of seeing any good in what he does. "TDS" has popped up on Fox News in recent weeks and was cited by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., in interviews this week before being used by the president himself on Twitter on Wednesday.
It's the latest linguistics salvo by a president who fundamentally altered the definition of "fake news" and tries to discredit opponents of his administration by pointing to the most extreme critiques.
New York is leading a multi-state lawsuit against U.S. Department of Justice to block the federal government’s alleged efforts to punish so-called “sanctuary” jurisdictions by putting immigration-related conditions on federal grants.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and General Attorney Barbara Underwood jointly announced the lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Attorney General of the United States Jeff Sessions Wednesday.
The suit was led by Underwood and also filed by the attorneys general of New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Washington.
Twitter users — including singer Richard Marx — are having a field day after President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he misspoke about his beliefs on Russian election interference.
After Trump said he had meant to say "I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia" instead of "why it would," people took to Twitter to rewrite famous lines in pop culture.
A boy and a girl were bitten by sharks in separate attacks off Fire Island Wednesday, according to local officials and the father of one of the children.
A spokeswoman from the town of Islip said the 13-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl were bitten off the shores off Atlantique Beach and Sailors Haven -- two beaches about 4 1/2 miles apart -- around 11:15 a.m.
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Montenegro, a U.S. ally that is smaller than Connecticut and about as populous as Baltimore, found itself in President Donald Trump's cross hairs late Tuesday as he once again criticized NATO, NBC News reported.
The president suggested during an interview with Fox News' Tucker Carlson that he would be unhappy defending "tiny" Montenegro if it were attacked, calling into question NATO's central principle of mutual defense.
Trump also questioned whether the country's "very aggressive people" could draw NATO into a war with Russia.
Carlson had asked why his son would have to defend Montenegro should it be attacked. Trump replied that was a good question and said that Montenegro "may get aggressive, and congratulations you're in World War III."
Trump's comments come as 14 people are standing trial in Montenegro, accused of plotting to kill the prime minister and stage a coup to bring a pro-Russian party to power.
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An MMA hold was used to keep a suspected burglar still until police could arrive.
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A Honduran father says his 3-year-old son is not the same as he was before the two were separated for nearly two months while the father was held in detention centers around the country, NBC News reported.
"It has been difficult to gain his trust like it was before," said José, who asked that his last name not be used out of concern for his family's safety.
José and his son, José Jr., sought asylum after crossing the border in Hidalgo, Texas, but were soon separated by immigration officials. They fled Honduras after criminals killed other family members and warned that José was next, according to José and advocates supporting his case.
The father and son are staying with relatives in Virginia as José waits for his case to be heard in immigration court.
José said he hopes to explain what happened when he's older, but fears his son will be “left with problems.”
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California transportation officials say an iconic stretch of Highway 1 in the scenic Big Sur coastal region that was blocked last year by a massive landslide is ready to reopen to traffic.
The California Department of Transportation says the road that connects Los Angeles to San Francisco will be open to all travelers by midmorning Wednesday.
The department says construction workers made great progress and the road will open weeks earlier than expected. They had announced its opening by the end of July.
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Air Force One is getting a patriotic makeover, President Donald Trump says.
The familiar baby blue color on the presidential aircraft will give way to a red-white-and-blue color scheme on updated models that could be delivered in time for a potential second term, Trump said in a CBS News interview broadcast Tuesday.
Trump said he wondered, after reaching a deal with Boeing for the new aircraft, whether to stick with the baby blue color that's recognized worldwide. But he said he decided against it.
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A 71-year-old New Hampshire woman was badly injured when she was attacked by a black bear inside her own home early Tuesday and had to drag herself to the phone to call for help, her daughter said.
Apryl Rogers, of Groton, was hospitalized after suffering serious injuries to her head and face during the encounter.
New Hampshire Fish and Game officials said that the attack occurred around 1:15 a.m. at the woman's home on Hall Brook Road. They believe the bear injured the woman accidentally while trying to get out of the home.
Rogers' daughter, Stacey Murray, surveyed the aftermath: A wad of animal fur resting on the kitchen counter, claw marks left on the door, household items strewn across the floor and a blood trail in some places.
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A Republican Arizona state Senate candidate has shocked gun control advocates by sharing details about shooting and killing his mother in apparent self-defense more than 50 years ago.
Bobby Wilson, who is running to represent a southern Arizona district, told The Associated Press that he's not trying to hide anything. He says his mother was "insane" and shot at him with a rifle when he was in bed in their Oklahoma farmhouse one night in 1963. He then shot and killed her — Wilson's sister also died that night, and the house caught on fire.