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Colorado debuts driverless truck to protect road crews

By: The Associated Press

By Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press DENVER — Colorado’s transportation agency began using a driverless truck on Friday that is designed to protect highway work crews from oncoming traffic. The truck is officially known as an Autonomous Impact Protection Vehicle, but it is not really autonomous like the self-driving cars...

U.S. oil rig count decreases by 3 this week to 946

By: The Associated Press

HOUSTON — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. decreased by three this week to 946. A year ago, just 491 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes said Friday that 763 rigs sought oil and 182 explored for natural gas this...

China to limit overseas investments in real estate, sports

By: The Associated Press

BEIJING — China’s government is moving to curb domestic companies’ investments abroad in property, sports, entertainment and other fields, following a series of high-profile, multibillion-dollar acquisitions by Chinese firms. A document released Friday by the State Council, China’s Cabinet, was the latest move by regulators to tap the brakes on...

Fox’s James Murdoch slams Trump’s Charlottesville response

By: The Associated Press

NEW YORK — The CEO of 21st Century Fox denounced racism and terrorists while expressing concern over President Donald Trump’s reaction to the deadly violence surrounding a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. James Murdoch also told friends in a personal email that he and his wife, Kathryn, will donate...

Hollywood’s hacking pains are bigger than movie leaks

By: The Associated Press

By Tali Arbel, The Associated Press NEW YORK — Piracy is a long-running and even routine issue for Hollywood, whether it’s street vendors hawking bootleg DVDs on street corners or video uploaded to file-sharing sites like Pirate Bay. Now cybercriminals are also putting embarrassing chatter and other company secrets at...

Hot stock tip: Chicken Soup for the (Wall Street) Soul

By: The Associated Press

NEW YORK — “These are the times that try men’s souls,” was written more than two centuries ago, but given events this week, they could have popped up in any blog or tweet in recent days. What better time then, for a little Chicken Soup for the Soul? The provider...

Legal marijuana sale faces challenges by banks in Uruguay

By: The Associated Press

By Leonardo Haberkorn, The Associated Press MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — The legal sale of marijuana in Uruguayan pharmacies is facing challenges as banks refuse to deal with companies linked to the drug in order to follow international financial laws. A government official said Friday that Uruguayan banks risk running afoul of...

Former Uber CEO lashes out at VC firm suing company

By: The Associated Press

By Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is skewering a lawsuit filed by a former ally, describing it as a malicious attempt to sever his remaining ties to the widely used ride-hailing service that he co-founded. Kalanick lashed out in legal documents filed...

Once homeless, Iraq War veteran moves into unique new home

By: The Associated Press

By Amanda Lee Myers, The Associated Press MIDWAY CITY, Calif. — Vernon Poling was 44 years old when he finally got a home of his own. The Iraq War veteran was medically discharged from the Army in 2014, had to quit his trucking job for medical reasons, and found himself...

Dashcam video shows white cop punching black man during stop

By: The Associated Press

By Mark Gillispie and Dake Kang, The Associated Press CLEVELAND — A dashcam video of a traffic stop that led to a white police officer with a history of disciplinary issues repeatedly punching a black man and hitting his head on pavement appears to show a different sequence of events...

Finnish police arrest suspect after two killed in stabbing

By: The Associated Press

By Hannu Aaltonen and Lennart Simonsson, The Associated Press HELSINKI — Two people died in a stabbing attack in the center of the southwestern Finnish city of Turku on Friday, with police announcing an investigation into the motive and identity of a male suspect they shot and arrested. The suspect...

Spanish plan for carnage started with botched explosion

By: The Associated Press

By Lori Hinnant, Joseph Wilson and Ciaran Giles, The Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain — A cell of at least nine extremists meticulously plotted to combine vehicles and explosives in a direct hit on tourists, and managed to carry off most of their deadly plan, killing 14 people, authorities said Friday....

Tina Fey returns to ‘Weekend Update’ to talk Charlottesville

By: The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Tiny Fey has returned to “Weekend Update” on “Saturday Night Live” to discuss the violence surrounding a white nationalist rally near her alma mater’s campus in Charlottesville. Fey sported a University of Virginia sweatshirt Thursday on “Weekend Update: Summer Edition.” Related ArticlesAugust 10, 2017 Celebrities’ relationship with...

U.S. Conference of Mayors condemn Trump, form compact to racism

By: The Washington Post

By Sandhya Somashekhar, The Washington Post A coalition of mayors on Friday condemned President Donald Trump for his comments on Charlottesville, Virginia, and announced a new campaign aimed at combating racism. “The Compact,” a project of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Anti-Defamation League, aims to refocus American cities...

Trump’s evangelical advisers sticking with him amid fallout

By: The Associated Press

By Rachel Zoll, The Associated Press NEW YORK — One of President Donald Trump’s most steadfast constituencies has been standing by him amid his defense of a white nationalist rally in Virginia, even as business leaders, artists and Republicans turn away. Only one of Trump’s evangelical advisers has quit the...

Members of presidential arts commission resigning to protest Trump’s comments

By: The Washington Post

By Ed O’keefe, The Washington Post The remaining members of a presidential arts and humanities panel resigned on Friday in yet another sign of growing national protest of President Donald Trump’s recent comments on the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Members of the President’s Committee are drawn from Broadway, Hollywood, and...

Salvation Army, Red Cross, Susan G. Komen abandon Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

By: The Washington Post

By Drew Harwell and David A. Fahrenthold, The Washington Post The Salvation Army, the American Red Cross and Susan G. Komen on Friday joined a growing exodus of organizations canceling plans to hold fundraising events at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, deepening the financial impact to President Donald Trump’s...