• BP exits Alaska in $5.6bn deal

      BP exits Alaska in $5.6bn deal

      British oil giant BP announced Tuesday it will sell all of its Alaska operations for $5.6bn, exiting the state after 60 years to help meet divestment goals. The local firm Hilcorp Alaska will acquire the BP assets, including operations in the mammoth Prudhoe Bay oilfield, BP said in a statement.

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    • NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is finally complete

      NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is finally complete

      Following more than two decades of design and construction, engineers have now finally put the last remaining pieces in place for NASA’s next generation orbiting observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope. Built to succeed Hubble as NASA’s premier space telescope, the now-complete instrument will take our space exploration capabilities to whole new levels, with the sensitivity to spot a single firefly a million kilometers away.

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    • Tech giants 'put world at risk of a killer AI'

      Tech giants 'put world at risk of a killer AI'

      The invention of an artificial super-intelligence has been a central theme in science fiction since at least the 19th century. From E.M. Forster's short story The Machine Stops (1909) to the recent HBO television series Westworld, writers have tended to portray this possibility as an unmitigated disaster. 

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    • J&J to pay $572m for opioid addiction crisis

      J&J to pay $572m for opioid addiction crisis

      An Oklahoma judge on Monday ordered US health care giant Johnson & Johnson to pay $572m in damages for its role in fostering the state's opioid addiction crisis. In the first civil trial of a drugmaker over an epidemic that has caused hundreds of thousands of overdose deaths, Judge Thad Balkman said prosecutors had demonstrated that J&J contributed to a "public nuisance" in its deceptive promotion of highly addictive prescription painkillers.

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    • US, France reach draft deal on digital tax

      US, France reach draft deal on digital tax

      French and US negotiators have reached a compromise agreement on France’s digital tax, a levy which prompted US President Donald Trump to threaten a separate tax on French wine imports, a source close to the negotiations said.The compromise struck between French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Donald Trump’s White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow envisages that France would repay to companies the difference between a French tax and a planned mechanism being drawn up by the OECD.

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    • Apple, Samsung sued over handset RF emissions

      Apple, Samsung sued over handset RF emissions

      Apple and Samsung have been hit with a class-action lawsuit over claims that their phones expose users to radio frequency emissions up to 500 percent beyond the limits "set forth by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)," the website Apple Insider reported on Saturday.

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