Spacewalking astronauts upgrade lab's power grid

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The International Space Station's solar power grid got three more top-of-the-line batteries Friday during the second spacewalk in a week.

Commander Shane Kimbrough and French crew member Thomas Pesquet plugged in three new lithium-ion batteries, adding to the three hooked up last week.

Iran gets OK to import up to 130 tons of uranium

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The U.S. and five other world powers have approved Iran importing as much as 130 tons of uranium, Iran's English language Press TV reported Friday.

Playing Critic: Nintendo reveals Switch price, release date

Two months ago, I wasn't very optimistic about the Nintendo Switch, the next game console from the home of Mario, Link and the gang.

But after Thursday night's Nintendo live-streamed event, I'm ready to hand them my money.

$299.99 plus tax, to be exact, the price of the system when it launches on March 3.

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Facebook boosting media ties to promote trusted news

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is launching a journalism project aimed at strengthening its ties with media organizations to help them expand their audiences, come up with new products and generally promote trusted news in today's "post-truth" era.

Local startup impresses tech publication at CES

LAS VEGAS — A Champaign start-up has made heads turn at the Consumer Electronics Show, making it onto Engadget's "Best of CES 2017" awards.

Amber Agriculture had already won the 2016 Cozad New Venture Challenge.

Rich Warren: CES was picture-perfect, yet underwhelming

At the turn of the millennium, Japanese companies Sony and Panasonic dominated the Consumer Electronics Show. Around these binary stars orbited Sharp, Pioneer, Sanyo, and other mostly Japanese planets, many now like Pluto. Last week's CES in Las Vegas centered on Korean companies LG and Samsung, circled by a galaxy of Taiwanese and Chinese companies.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: 16-year project covers St. Louis burials

The St. Louis Genealogical Society has completed a 16-year project to transcribe an index for every burial in the city and county of St. Louis. Over 1.5 million burials in 444 cemeteries are included in the database.

Yahoo to change name, board if sale to Verizon goes through

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo will adopt a new corporate identity and slash the size of its board if the proposed $4.8 billion sale of its digital services to Verizon Communications goes through.