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Ken Burns unravels the mysteries of cancer in PBS film

(AP) — There's a mystery to cancer, in large part because of fear, that PBS tries to unravel in next week's six-hour documentary "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies."

'American Idol'-like talent competition app launches

(AP) — For anyone who's ever dreamed of being on "American Idol" or "The Voice" as a performer or judge, a new app seeks to make their fantasy come true.

'Ex-friend' whose recording led to Clippers sale to testify

(AP) — Before V. Stiviano's recordings toppled Donald Sterling from ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, she boasted she would be the next Mrs. Sterling.

Anti-gay initiative puts California attorney general in bind

(AP) — A California lawyer with an idea that has been called offensive, outrageous, reprehensible and illegal is putting the century-old process that gives citizens the right to make laws at the ballot box to its latest test.

Silicon Valley gender discrimination lawsuit goes to jury

(AP) — Jurors were set to begin their second day of deliberations on Thursday in a gender-bias case that has drawn attention to the treatment of women in Silicon Valley.

Facebook's Messenger app to mix business with more pleasure

(AP) — Facebook's Messenger app is evolving into a multitasking tool equipped to send an animated fist bump to a friend at one moment and then get a little business done in the next.

California attorney general moves to end anti-gay initiative

(AP) — California Attorney General Kamala Harris said Wednesday she will ask a state court for permission to reject a proposed ballot initiative stipulating that anyone who engages in gay sex be killed by "bullets to the head or by any other convenient method."

Facebook's Messenger app adding more ways to connect

(AP) — Facebook is trying to mold its Messenger app into a more versatile communications channel as smartphones create new ways for people to connect with friends and businesses beyond the walls of the company's ubiquitous social network.

Animal shelters let kids cozy up to pets at summer camps

(AP) — Children who love to dance, act or play sports have summer camps specialized just for them. But many parents don't realize that kids who are passionate about pets can have the same immersive experience.

Attorney: Firm's promotion decision preceded bias complaint 


(AP) — An attorney for a Silicon Valley venture capital firm said Wednesday it did not retaliate against a female junior partner by deciding not to promote her after she filed a gender discrimination complaint.