Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska in 2015. Photo: Alexander Zemlianichenko / AP

A federal court has dismissed a libel suit from Russian billionaire oligarch Oleg Deripaska, who alleged that an AP story published in March made it seem that Deripaska's business dealings with Paul Manafort were connected to the Trump campaign when they'd taken place years earlier, per Politico. The AP story detailed Manafort's business dealings in Russia and Ukraine over the years, linking Deripaska to Russian government interests.

Think back: Deripaska has been in the news recently, specifically regarding his associates' interactions with Manafort during the campaign. Manafort apparently promised Deripaska could receive private briefings on the state of the Trump campaign and was told that his position with Trump would "hugely enhance his reputation" with the oligarch.

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Gasoline-powered cars may be going the way of the woolly mammoth, even if it will take decades to replace them and seems hard to fathom today.

The big picture: Internal combustion engines (ICEs) have powered automobiles for more than 100 years. But the shift to electric vehicles, slow to materialize at first, is now accelerating due to tightening government policies, falling costs and a societal reckoning about climate change.

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and his wife, Pamela, both tested positive for coronavirus, his office announced on Friday.

The state of play: The Northams were tested after one of their staff "who works closely within the couple's living quarters" tested positive. The governor is asymptomatic, while his wife is "experiencing mild symptoms." They plan to isolate at home for 10 days.

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Amazon wants to flood America with Alexa cameras and microphones

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In a Thursday event unveiling a slew of new home devices ahead of the holidays, Amazon made clearer than ever its determination to flood America with cameras, microphones and the voice of Alexa, its AI assistant.

The big picture: Updating popular products and expanding its range to car alarms and in-home drones, Amazon extended its lead in smart home devices and moved into new areas including cloud gaming and car security. The new offerings will also fuel criticism that the tech giant is helping equip a society built around surveillance.

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