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Hackers Use US Alert System For Zombie Warnings

By Jeff Karoub and Matthew Brown DETROIT, Mich. (AP) – Warnings about the zombie apocalypse may seem pretty amusing, but officials say they’re dead serious about figuring out who hacked into the U.S. public warning system to broadcast such messages in a handful of states. So far, people in California, Michigan, Montana and New Mexico [...]

Blog Focuses On Champaign Buildings

By Mary Schenk CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – When T.J. Blakeman goes for a walk in downtown Champaign, he sees not just the buildings as they are, he sees what they were. The man who is a city planner by day and preserver of history in his off hours recently launched a blog about those buildings [...]

Black Boxes In Cars Raise Privacy Concerns

By Joan Lowy WASHINGTON (AP) – Many motorists do not know it, but it is likely that every time they get behind the wheel, there’s a snitch along for the ride. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposed long-delayed regulations requiring auto manufacturers to include event data recorders – better known as “black boxes” – [...]

LED Replacements Hit Stores Empty Of 100W Bulbs

By Peter Svensson NEW YORK, N.Y. (AP) – Sorry to see 100-watt bulbs disappear from stores because they were energy hogs? You can now get LED bulbs that roughly match the 100-watters for size and brightness, but use far less energy. Until recently, your only alternative was a compact fluorescent bulb, which has several drawbacks [...]

Solar Device Looks To Add Outlets To Remote Spots

By Dirk Lammers SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota entrepreneur Brian Gramm was tailgating outside a college football game one sunny day when he wondered why he couldn’t use that energy to plug in a radio. The first-world inconvenience led him to develop the Forty2, an all-in-one “utility in a box” that Gramm now [...]