Facebook programs computers to describe photos for the blind

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook is training its computers to become seeing-eye guides for blind and visually impaired people as they scroll through the pictures posted on the world's largest online social network.

  • Written by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer

US judge OKs $20B settlement from 2010 BP oil spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge in New Orleans granted final approval Monday to an estimated $20 billion settlement over the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, resolving years of litigation over the worst offshore spill in the nation's history.

  • Written by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press

Data trove offers glimpse of how the rich hide their money

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A leak of 11.5 million documents from a Panama-based law firm offers a glimpse into the shadowy world where the rich and powerful hide their money, raising sharp questions about the use of shell companies that obscure the identities of their true owners.

  • Written by DAVID McHUGH, Associated Press FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press

PayPal cancels N. Carolina expansion over discrimination law

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — PayPal says it's canceling plans to bring 400 jobs to North Carolina after lawmakers passed a law that restricts protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

  • Written by EMERY P. DALESIO, AP Business Writer

GOP appeal to conservatives with health care, immigrant cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to win over conservatives, House Republicans are sweetening their budget proposal by putting several programs on the chopping block, including President Barack Obama's health care law and tax credits for children of immigrants living in the country illegally.

  • Written by ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press