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Wacky gifts for the tech-savvy person who has everything

NEW YORK (AP) -- The latest technology can make for an easy holiday gift, but when it comes to the ultra-tech-savvy people in your life, finding a cool gadget they don't already own can be tough.

Fear not! From "Star Wars"-themed speakers to radiation-blocking boxer briefs, there's a lot to pick from for all the super geeks in your life.

DEATH STAR LEVITATING SPEAKER

That's no moon. It's a $180 wireless speaker shaped like the Death Star from "Star Wars."



Tech solutions to tackle overfishing, labor abuse at sea

BANGKOK (AP) — Fishing boats used high-tech systems to find vast schools of fish for decades, depleting stocks of some species and leading to the complete collapse of others. Now more than a dozen apps, devices and monitoring systems aimed at tracking unscrupulous vessels and the seafood they catch are being rolled out - high-tech solutions some say could also help prevent labor abuse at sea.



No holiday for political talk, social media posts suggest

(AP) — As Americans feasted on turkey Thursday during the nation's first major post-election holiday, some took to social media to describe the political gloating, loathing and subject avoiding they experienced around the Thanksgiving table.

Facebook and Twitter posts, many even before dinner was served, revealed some people still struggling to come to grips with Donald Trump's victory and others expressing relief that his rival, Hillary Clinton, didn't win.



Zika-caused birth defect may become clear only after birth

NEW YORK (AP) -- Researchers say a severe birth defect caused by Zika infection may not be apparent at birth but develop months afterward, further confirmation that the virus can cause unseen damage to developing babies.

The findings come from a study of 13 Brazilian babies whose heads all appeared normal at birth but then grew much more slowly than normal.



Update: Quake strikes NZ, tsunami now downgraded

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A powerful earthquake struck New Zealand's South Island early Monday, shaking residents awake, causing damage to buildings and prompting emergency services to warn people along the coast to move to higher ground to avoid tsunami waves.

Authorities in New Zealand have now downgraded tsunami warnings around the country.



After blistering campaign, US wonders how to heal

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) -- For an hour they stood shoulder to shoulder, those who supported Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, praying together in a service of postelection healing. Noting the painful labels and divisions of the just-finished campaign, the Rev. Jenna Faith Strizak said, "We've got to figure out how to live together. And not just live together, but be one."



Trump wins stunning victory to be 45th president

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump claimed his place Wednesday as America's 45th president, an astonishing victory for the celebrity businessman and political novice who capitalized on voters' economic anxieties, took advantage of racial tensions and overcame a string of sexual assault allegations on his way to the White House.



Honesty, RIP: Facts take a beating across US

NEW YORK (AP) -- Is this when it ends for that ancient ideal, the truth? Is this where it has come to die, victim of campaigns and conspiracies, politicians and internet trolls and the masses who swallow their rhetoric?

Rest in peace, honesty?

"The value of facts in a democracy has taken a beating," said David Barrett, a political science professor at Villanova University.



Why health care eats more of your paycheck every year

(AP) — Millions of Americans are finding out this month that the price of their health insurance is going up next year - as it did this year, last year, and most of the years before that.

And it's not just that the price is going up, it's that it goes up faster than wages and inflation, eating away at our ability to pay for other things we want (beer, televisions, vacations) or need (rent, heat, food).

Does it have to be this way? Why does health care grow so much faster than almost any other spending category so consistently? And will it ever stop?



Zika ravages testes of mice; study raises concern about men

NEW YORK (AP) -- Zika virus ravages the testes of male mice, sharply reducing sperm counts and fertility, says a study that raises a new specter about its threat to people.

Experiments found testes of infected mice shrank about 90 percent by weight, while their output of useful sperm fell by three-quarters on average, and often more.

Now it's time to find out if Zika causes similar damage in men, experts said.



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