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Google Antsy As California Slow On Self-Driving Car Rules

November 16, 2015 10:53 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press

Delay is not what Google had in mind when it pushed the 2012 legislation that made California one of the few states officially to authorize self-driving cars. Google's hope was to trade the independence to innovate without government oversight for regulatory certainty.


Utah Woman Sues After Airbag Sends Shrapnel Into Her Throat

November 13, 2015 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press

Randi Johnston's airbag deployed in September when she was driving to work in a 2003 Honda Civic and rear-ended another car on Interstate 15. Metal lodged in the 25-year-old's throat, slicing her trachea and damaging her vocal cords.


AP Exclusive: Colorado Disputes Key Part Of EPA Mine Report

November 13, 2015 2:35 pm | by Dan Elliott, Associated Press

Colorado officials say they didn't endorse an Environmental Protection Agency cleanup operation that caused a massive spill of toxic wastewater from an inactive mine, disputing a key claim by federal agencies that state experts signed off on the plan.


Hershey Kisses Artificial Flavors Goodbye In Some Chocolates

November 13, 2015 2:25 pm | by Joseph Pisani, AP Business Writer

The change is the first part of The Hershey Co.'s previously announced plans to use simpler ingredients. Many food companies are removing artificial flavors, colors and ingredients to please consumers demanding less processed foods.


Kia Recalls Over 256,000 Souls For Steering Problem

November 13, 2015 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press

Kia is recalling more than 256,000 Soul compact SUVs in the U.S. because the steering could fail.


No Driver, No Ticket: Police Stop Google Self-Driving Car

November 13, 2015 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press

The officer pulled over a self-driving car specially designed by Google that was being tested on local roads Thursday, the Mountain View Police Department said in a statement.


U.S. Producer Prices Drop In Latest Sign Of Tame Inflation

November 13, 2015 9:48 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

The prices charged by farmers, manufacturers and other producers fell in October for the second straight month, fresh evidence that there is little sign of inflation in the U.S. economy.


Campbell Soup Recalls 355,000 Cans Of SpaghettiOs

November 13, 2015 9:46 am | by The Associated Press

Campbell Soup is recalling 355,000 cans of SpaghettiOs Original in the U.S. due to a possible choking hazard.


No. 2 Fed official: Economy Growing Despite Global Weakness

November 13, 2015 9:42 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

The No. 2 official at the Federal Reserve said Thursday that the strong dollar and global economic weakness have been a drag on growth, but the U.S. economy has been weathering the shocks reasonably well.


Clinton Releases Plan To Help Coal Country Adapt To Climate

November 12, 2015 2:39 pm | by Lisa Lerer, Associated Press

Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign announced a $30 billion plan to help coal country adapt to new climate change policies that could have a striking economic impact on their communities.


Ford Plans $900M Investment, 200 More Jobs At Chicago Plant

November 12, 2015 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press

Ford Motor Co. would invest $900 million in its assembly plant on Chicago's South Side and create about 200 new jobs under a tentative labor agreement between the automaker and United Auto Workers.


Teenager Accused Of Setting Manufacturing Plant Alight

November 12, 2015 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press

It took firefighters nearly seven hours to put out the flames.

Big Beer Merger Leaves Future Uncertain For Competitors

November 12, 2015 2:04 pm | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press

Heineken, Molson Coors and Carlsberg are storied brewers that trace their roots back hundreds of years and have loyal drinkers around the world. But the merger of their two biggest competitors leaves such mid-size competitors without a clear way forward.


Fear Not: You'll Get Your Thanksgiving Turkey, Pumpkin Pie

November 12, 2015 10:44 am | by Steve Karnowski, Associated Press

The holiday season perennially generates stories about some items being in short supply or dramatically pricier, but markets have a way of balancing themselves out, particularly around this meal.


VW Offers Some Employees Amnesty For Information On Cheating

November 12, 2015 10:39 am | by The Associated Press

Volkswagen is telling employees that they can come forward with information about how the company cheated on emissions tests — and won't be fired.


Honda To Recall 5 Models Again Over Transmission Flaw

November 12, 2015 10:08 am | by The Associated Press

Honda recalled a total of 384,000 vehicles in the same five models in June 2013 and fixed their hydraulic control computer program. However, the fix is believed to be insufficient as nine cases of the problem have been reported since December 2013.


Applications For U.S. Jobless Aid Stay Near Historic Lows

November 12, 2015 9:56 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Applications are a proxy for layoffs. Just three weeks ago, the average dropped to its lowest level since December 1973. That suggests employers are confident the economy will continue to expand and see little reason to let go of their staffs.


Mayor Raises Pittsburgh Workers' Minimum Wage To $15 By 2021

November 11, 2015 3:13 pm | by Joe Mandak, The Associated Press

Pittsburgh is one on a growing list of cities working toward a $15 minimum wage for city employees. Whether or not these actions in the public sector will ripple out to the private sector is to be determined. 


Report Questions Railroad Bridge Safety, Inspection System

November 11, 2015 2:56 pm | by Josh Funk, The Associated Press

The crude oil often travels in trains with more than 100 tank cars, and there have been several fiery derailments involving crude oil in recent years.


GM, Government Actions Questioned In Car Fire Recalls

November 11, 2015 2:39 pm | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers

The post-recall fires raise questions about whether GM should have acted sooner, whether the government should have taken notice and stepped in, and whether the ineffective fix should have been approved in the first place.



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