Samsung Electronics Co. reported a bigger-than-expected fall in second quarter profit on Thursday and said it was uncertain if earnings from its handset business would improve in the current quarter.

The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles, into a mucky mess points to the risks and expense many cities face with miles of water lines installed generations ago.

Law school graduates sweated their way through the second and final day of their bar exams Wednesday, some relieved to see paper and pencil after running into a technical glitch that kept test takers in several states from uploading the first day's answers from their computers.

The Portland City Council voted Wednesday to legalize short-term rentals in single-family homes, giving added legitimacy to rental websites such as Airbnb.

More than 2,000 union workers and others organized by the coal industry in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia joined top state elected officials Wednesday to rally against proposed stricter federal pollution regulations for coal-burning power plants.

3-D printing is all the rage. You can hit a button on your computer, which sends a file to a printer, which produces a small 3-D object out of plastic. It's a cool technology, but it's not exactly a hands-on way to make things.

A former IRS official at the center of the agency's tea party controversy referred to some right-wing Republicans as "crazies" and more in emails released Wednesday. A key GOP lawmaker says the remarks show that Lois Lerner was biased against conservative groups and targeted them for extra scrutiny.

The European Union's sanctions against Russia are bound to inflict pain on the country's ailing economy. While still narrowly targeted, they come as a warning shot to convince Moscow to change its Ukraine policies or face even tougher penalties.

Jacquie Whitt's trip to the Galapagos with a group of teenagers was memorable not just for the scenery and wildlife, but also for the way the kids preserved their memories. It was, said Whitt, a "selfie fest."

Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers:

A former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party controversy called Republicans "crazies" and more in newly released emails.

University of Alabama chemist Robin Rogers imagines a future where shrimp shells could become more than a smelly seafood byproduct.

British police have charged two former senior journalists at the now-defunct News of the World tabloid with conspiring to hack phones.

The Lafayette Police Department wants to install crime cameras in troubled neighborhoods throughout the city, allowing officers to monitor activity from headquarters and on their laptop computers.

U.S. and European sanctions against Russia's energy and finance sectors are strong enough to cause deep, long-lasting damage within months unless Moscow persuades the West to repeal them by withdrawing support for Ukrainian insurgents.

What do you call a group selfie? An usie, of course!

The Oregon Scientific Weather@Home (model BAR218HG) is one of those gadgets, which you don't think you need until you need it.

West Virginia University at Parkersburg has signed a transfer agreement with Pierpont Community and Technical College.

Officials are preparing to open a $2 million technology center in Brookings in a few weeks.

British officials says driverless cars will be tested on roads in as many as three cities in a trial program to begin in January

Eastern Kentucky University has joined the Higher Education Video Games Alliance to boost academic program in video game development.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation had added a fugitive from Sevierville to its top 10 most wanted list.

The Indiana State Fair is offering a free updated mobile app for smartphones aimed at helping visitors navigate their way around the fairgrounds on Indianapolis' north side.

Nintendo Co. sank to a worse-than-expected loss for the fiscal first quarter on lagging Wii U and 3DS video-game machine sales.

New technology at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport aims to make the U.S. customs process a little easier for international travelers.

Microsoft is spreading its Cortana digital assistant abroad, starting with China and the U.K.

A Marshall University faculty member is conducting NASA research that's aimed at better understanding how microgravity will impact crew members on extended missions.

Nearly every weekend, Chris Nassetta is cooking in his family's oversized kitchen, outfitted with two commercial-grade refrigerators, three sinks and a deep fryer.

The world's largest online retailer is facing off in India against a new name in e-commerce that was founded by former Amazon employees.

Citing Russia's stalled growth rate and a flow of foreign capital out of Moscow, U.S. and European officials hope a new round of sanctions targeting energy and defense entities, as well as major banks, will deepen Russia's economic pain even further and force President Vladimir Putin to end provocations in Ukraine.



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