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Millions Of Voiceprints Quietly Being Harvested

By Raphael Satter LONDON (AP) – Over the telephone, in jail and online, a new digital bounty is being harvested: the human voice. Businesses and governments around the world increasingly are turning to voice biometrics, or voiceprints, to pay pensions, collect taxes, track criminals and replace passwords. “We sometimes call it the invisible biometric,” said [...]

Commercial HVAC Contractor Of The Year: Air Comfort

By Ron Rajecki, Contracting Business CHICAGO, Ill. — The skyline of Chicago is one of the most recognizable in the world. It is comprised of architectural masterpieces as well as simple, functional buildings, and includes three of the five tallest buildings in America. Each building has its own story, but it’s the skyline as a [...]

Man Cleaning Missile Silo Leftover From Cold War

By Amy Bickel HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) – The paved road that leads to the Cold War relic is full of potholes. It only stretches about a mile across this remote area of Rice County, laid more than 50 years ago for military vehicles. On occasion, Jeff Flaningam says, a few partyers searching for his site [...]

In Vermont, A Milestone In Green-Energy Efforts

By Wilson Ring BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) – Vermont’s largest city has a new success to add to its list of socially conscious achievements: 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water and biomass. With little fanfare, the Burlington Electric Department crossed the threshold last month with the purchase of [...]

Tesla Selects Nevada For Battery Plant

By Justin Pritchard and Scott Sonner RENO, Nev. (AP) – Tesla Motors has chosen Nevada as the site for a massive, $5 billion factory that will pump out car batteries for a new generation of less-expensive electric vehicles, a person familiar with the company’s plans said. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because [...]