LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Minecraft” has built a big reputation on YouTube.

The video streaming service announced Wednesday that content featuring the virtual brick-building video game has been watched more than any other interactive title in the 10 years since YouTube launched.

“There are over 42 million ‘Minecraft’ videos on YouTube today,” said Ryan Wyatt, YouTube’s global head of gaming content. “It’s crazy because ‘Minecraft’ is also the second most searched term on YouTube. It’s a testament to (publisher) Mojang understanding the marketing capacity and power of our content creators.”

The blocky indie game was originally released by Swedish studio Mojang and creator Markus “Notch” Persson more than five years ago and has gone on to become a cultural phenomenon spawning books, toys and other merchandise. The franchise’s popularity prompted Microsoft to buy “Minecraft” for $2.5 billion in 2014.

“Minecraft” videos on YouTube range from crafters showing off their digital creations to virtual explorers traversing the game’s procedurally generated landscape.

In honor of the streaming video site’s 10th anniversary, YouTube released a list of the top 10 most popular games that have been streamed since the site debuted in 2005.

Rockstar Games’ gangster series “Grand Theft Auto” arrived in second place, followed by Riot Games’ multiplayer arena title “League of Legends” in the third spot, and Activision’s “Call of Duty” military shooter franchise in fourth place. Electronic Arts’ soccer simulator “FIFA” rounded out the top five most streamed games.

“It’s funny that a lot of the titles on the list tie in with the theme of open imagination and entertainment,” said Wyatt.

Other titles on the list included “Garry’s Mod,” ”The Sims,” ”Five Nights at Freddy’s” and “Puzzles & Dragon.” The complete list from YouTube:

1. “Minecraft”

2. “Grand Theft Auto”

3. “League of Legends”

4. “Call of Duty”

5. “FIFA”

6. “Garry’s Mod”

7. “The Sims”

8. “Five Nights at Freddy’s”

9. “Puzzles & Dragon”

10. “Dota 2″

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NEW YORK (AP) — After selling millions of Americans their mobile phones, Verizon now wants to capture their eyeballs, too.

As its phone business slows down, the nation’s largest wireless carrier is making a $4.4 billion bet that it can find growth in mobile video and advertising by buying AOL, one of the Internet’s oldest brands, which has been through its own share of transformations since introducing much of America to the online world nearly a generation ago.

The acquisition is the latest effort by a wireless company to tap into some of the money shifting to streaming video and mobile devices.

Ken Doctor, a media analyst for consulting company Outsell, said Verizon is becoming less of a utility that merely provides access to online services and more of a player in the digital arena as it sees growth in the likes of Apple, Google and Facebook.

“They’re trying to move into that league of players getting money from digital, both from consumers and advertisers,” Doctor said.

For consumers, the deal could mean more advertising — and ad targeting — from Verizon. That might mean more personalized ads in online videos and AOL content that appears on Verizon handsets and in marketing messages to customers.

AT&T has taken a different tack. Last year, the company said it would buy satellite TV provider DirecTV for $48.5 billion so it could offer bundles of TV, Internet and phone services — just like cable companies. In many cases, the Internet component would be through wireless rather than fixed-wire broadband.

With the AOL acquisition, Verizon will gain access to advanced advertising technology, including the “One by AOL” platform that lets customers buy ads across platforms, including video, online and TV.

AOL reported a 7 percent boost in revenue during its first quarter, mainly on strong global advertising sales.

“AOL’s focus on unifying the advertising experience across display, video, mobile and TV makes it an attractive asset because advertisers are looking for better ways to reach their audience across screens,” said Lauren Fisher, analyst at eMarketer. “Coupled with Verizon’s existing mobile (and streaming video) presence, the companies’ combined ad offerings mean massive cross-screen reach with much richer audience data.”

Verizon also gains control over significant AOL content, including The Huffington Post and TechCrunch. AOL is the nation’s fourth-largest online property with about 200 million monthly consumers of its premium brands, according to its website. And AOL is the third-largest desktop video company in the U.S. by users, accounting for about 35.4 of total unique viewers of online video via desktop computer in February 2015, according to IBIS World.

AOL’s own shows include a reality series of half-hour episodes called “Connected” and a two-minute daily satirical sports analysis show called “2 Point Lead.”

When it comes to providing Web services, Verizon has already come under fire for inserting unique tracking codes into some of its customers’ traffic. Although the trackers did not contain personal information, they could be used to gauge a customer’s interests and habits and used for ad targeting. Following complaints, Verizon began letting customers withdraw from the tracking program.

Still, analysts said, the move should not be overstated since it’s a relatively small part of Verizon’s overall value.

According to MoffettNathanson partner Craig Moffett, the investment in AOL is “tiny.” He says AOL will account for little more than 1 percent of Verizon’s total value.

“It’s the tip of the tip of the tail, and it is clearly not going to wag the whole dog,” he said in a research note. “Verizon is still, first and foremost, a wireless phone company.”

The deal marks yet another transformation for AOL, which as a powerhouse dial-up provider in the 1990s acquired Time Warner Cable in 2000 for $165 billion. The deal with Time Warner failed and came to be regarded as one of the most disastrous business combinations in history.

In 2009, AOL was spun off from Time Warner, becoming an independent, publicly traded company and since then has transformed itself into a media and ad tech company.

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Associated Press writers Tali Arbel, Anick Jesdanun, Barbara Ortutay and Damian Troise contributed to this report.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Dramatic video captured by a Montana wildlife official shows a mother black bear with cubs running toward a knot of camera-clicking tourists as the animals try to cross a bridge in Yellowstone National Park.

No one is hurt, but at one point the adult bear rushes full-tilt toward a group of people standing at one end of the bridge. Yelling is heard as people scramble to get to their vehicles.

Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks spokesman Bob Gibson witnessed the encounter and said some visitors ignored or were slow to heed a park official’s commands to leave the bridge. As the nervous-seeming cubs scattered, the mother bear raced to round them up, frightening the tourists.

“The bear was the only one doing anything right there,” Gibson said. “The bear was definitely not charging at people. The bear was trying to get across the bridge, and people were in the way.”

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HOW SHOULD THE TOURISTS HAVE REACTED?

Each year, Yellowstone sees about 1,000 so-called bear jams, in which grizzly or black bear sightings prompt dozens and sometimes hundreds of tourists to pull over their vehicles hoping for a photo.

Ideally, the visitors on the bridge would have stayed in their vehicles, said Kerry Gunther, the park’s bear management program leader.

Once the bears started approaching, the tourists worsened the situation by running and screaming, Gunther said. They instead should have grouped together on one side of the bridge and allowed the bears to pass.

Yellowstone has never had a bear-caused injury among groups of three or more people, he said.

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HOW DANGEROUS ARE BLACK BEARS?

Another species of bear — the grizzly — is generally more feared because of its larger size and reputation for aggressive behavior.

However, researchers have recorded at least 63 people killed by black bears since 1900 in the U.S. and Canada.

Of those fatal attacks in which black bears exhibited predatory behavior, 92 percent involved male bears, defying the commonly held belief that females with cubs are the most dangerous bears.

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WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF INJURY?

Hundreds of bears of both species live in and near Yellowstone, making for a high potential for dangerous run-ins.

Over a three-decade period ending in 2011, black and grizzly bears injured 43 people, park officials said.

When stacked against total visitation numbers — more than 3.5 million passed through Yellowstone last year — that works out to a 1 in 2.1 million chance of a visitor getting hurt by a bear, according to the park. More often people are injured by the park’s buffalo.

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HOW BIG ARE BLACK BEARS?

In Yellowstone, adult male black bears can top 300 pounds, while females weigh 135 to 200 pounds. Black bears elsewhere can get much larger because of differences in their diet.

In the park, the animals live up to 30 years, surviving on elk calves, trout, pine nuts, grasses, rodents and insects.

The cubs in the bridge encounter were more than a year old, which likely worked in the tourists’ favor. Their mother would have been more aggressive had she been traveling with newborns, Gibson said.

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SHOOT OR SPRAY?

Some backcountry travelers carry large-caliber handguns for protection against bear attacks.

Wildlife officials say a much more effective deterrent is bear spray, which is similar to mace. It shoots out a mist of capsaicin, a form of pepper that makes an animal’s eyes burn and causes trouble breathing.

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WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE SPRAY?

If the bear is more than 100 yards away, wildlife officials advise people to retreat quietly and without running to avoid attracting its attention.

If the bear is within 100 yards, people are advised to slowly back away and speak to the bear so the animal can recognize that it’s having an encounter with a human and not one of its typical prey species.

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WHERE ELSE ARE BLACK BEARS FOUND?

The animals are widely distributed from Canada to Mexico and are found in at least 40 U.S. states, according to the advocacy group Defenders of Wildlife.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Dramatic video captured by a Montana wildlife official shows a mother black bear with cubs running toward a knot of camera-clicking tourists as the animals try to cross a bridge in Yellowstone National Park.

No one is hurt, but at one point the adult bear rushes full-tilt toward a group of people standing at one end of the bridge. Yelling is heard as people scramble to get to their vehicles.

Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks spokesman Bob Gibson witnessed the encounter and said some visitors ignored or were slow to heed a park official’s commands to leave the bridge. As the nervous-seeming cubs scattered, the mother bear raced to round them up, frightening the tourists.

“The bear was the only one doing anything right there,” Gibson said. “The bear was definitely not charging at people. The bear was trying to get across the bridge, and people were in the way.”

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HOW SHOULD THE TOURISTS HAVE REACTED?

Each year, Yellowstone sees about 1,000 so-called bear jams, in which grizzly or black bear sightings prompt dozens and sometimes hundreds of tourists to pull over their vehicles hoping for a photo.

Ideally, the visitors on the bridge would have stayed in their vehicles, said Kerry Gunther, the park’s bear management program leader.

Once the bears started approaching, the tourists worsened the situation by running and screaming, Gunther said. They instead should have grouped together on one side of the bridge and allowed the bears to pass.

Yellowstone has never had a bear-caused injury among groups of three or more people, he said.

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HOW DANGEROUS ARE BLACK BEARS?

Another species of bear — the grizzly — is generally more feared because of its larger size and reputation for aggressive behavior.

However, researchers have recorded at least 63 people killed by black bears since 1900 in the U.S. and Canada.

Of those fatal attacks in which black bears exhibited predatory behavior, 92 percent involved male bears, defying the commonly held belief that females with cubs are the most dangerous bears.

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WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF INJURY?

Hundreds of bears of both species live in and near Yellowstone, making for a high potential for dangerous run-ins.

Over a three-decade period ending in 2011, black and grizzly bears injured 43 people, park officials said.

When stacked against total visitation numbers — more than 3.5 million passed through Yellowstone last year — that works out to a 1 in 2.1 million chance of a visitor getting hurt by a bear, according to the park. More often people are injured by the park’s buffalo.

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HOW BIG ARE BLACK BEARS?

In Yellowstone, adult male black bears can top 300 pounds, while females weigh 135 to 200 pounds. Black bears elsewhere can get much larger because of differences in their diet.

In the park, the animals live up to 30 years, surviving on elk calves, trout, pine nuts, grasses, rodents and insects.

The cubs in the bridge encounter were more than a year old, which likely worked in the tourists’ favor. Their mother would have been more aggressive had she been traveling with newborns, Gibson said.

———

SHOOT OR SPRAY?

Some backcountry travelers carry large-caliber handguns for protection against bear attacks.

Wildlife officials say a much more effective deterrent is bear spray, which is similar to mace. It shoots out a mist of capsaicin, a form of pepper that makes an animal’s eyes burn and causes trouble breathing.

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WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE SPRAY?

If the bear is more than 100 yards away, wildlife officials advise people to retreat quietly and without running to avoid attracting its attention.

If the bear is within 100 yards, people are advised to slowly back away and speak to the bear so the animal can recognize that it’s having an encounter with a human and not one of its typical prey species.

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WHERE ELSE ARE BLACK BEARS FOUND?

The animals are widely distributed from Canada to Mexico and are found in at least 40 U.S. states, according to the advocacy group Defenders of Wildlife.

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A militant video purports to show Taliban fighters with a surface-to-air missile, claiming they used a similar one to shoot down a Pakistani helicopter carrying diplomats.

The video, obtained by The Associated Press, includes a message from the Pakistani Taliban claiming they fired a missile from a distance of 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) to down the helicopter Friday.

“The missile hit the tail rotor,” a written message in Urdu says at the video’s start.

The crash killed the ambassadors to Pakistan from the Philippines and Norway and the wives of the ambassadors from Malaysia and Indonesia, as well as three Pakistani crew members. Twelve passengers, many of them diplomats, were injured.

Military officials could not be immediately reached Sunday. Previously, Pakistan said a technical failure caused the crash and dismissed an earlier Taliban claim as opportunistic.

However, the surface-to-air missile shown in the video appeared real. In the video, a masked militant discusses the missile’s parts, while another portion shows what appears to be a hand-drawn picture of how a missile can strike a helicopter’s tail rotor.

The video was released late Saturday via militant websites and corresponded to other messages distributed by the Pakistani Taliban, though the AP could not independently verify it. Militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan do have access to surface-to-air missiles.

A later Taliban statement Sunday said fighters’ missile hit the rotor as the helicopter turned, saving it from being destroyed in mid-air.

“No matter if the Pakistani government accepts it or not, it doesn’t bother us,” the statement said. “God willing, we will carry out (more) such attacks.”

Pakistani security forces have been battling militants in the country’s northwestern tribal regions bordering Afghanistan for the past several years. That fighting took on a new urgency after a Taliban attack in December on a military school killed 150 people, many of them children.

The helicopter’s crash site Friday in Naltar is several hundred kilometers (miles) from the North Waziristan tribal area, where fighting recently has been focused.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Surveillance video could help confirm witness accounts of an amphibious tourist boat crash that killed a woman on a downtown Philadelphia street at the height of rush hour, authorities said Saturday.

Witnesses reported that “the victim was walking while looking at an electronic device and proceeded to cross the street against the red light” when she was hit by the Ride The Ducks boat in Friday evening in Chinatown, a police spokeswoman said.

Elizabeth Karnicki, 68, of Beaumont, Texas, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Chief Inspector Scott Small told reporters that the woman’s husband had been walking several feet ahead of her.

“The husband heard her scream, turned around, and saw that his wife had been struck,” Small told The Philadelphia Inquirer.

He said passengers and eyewitnesses on the street had been interviewed, and footage from multiple surveillance cameras will be reviewed, but it appears to be “a tragic accident.” No charges have been filed.

Investigators hadn’t yet received video that captures the accident, the police spokeswoman said Saturday.

The duck boats are a popular way for tourists to see the sights of Philadelphia from both land and water.

Atlanta-based Ride The Ducks said in a statement that “the thoughts and prayers” of the entire organization were with the woman’s family and friends.

“We will provide counseling for those affected by the accident and offer support wherever possible,” the statement said.

In July 2010, a tugboat-guided barge slammed into and sank a duck boat in the Delaware River, killing two Hungarian tourists. The tug pilot, who was on his cellphone at the time of the crash, was sentenced to a year in prison. The tour company and tug operator agreed to a $17 million settlement. The duck boats did not operate tours for eight months after the crash.