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  • DETROIT, May 22- Ford Motor Co Chief Executive Mark Fields is set to leave the carmaker as part of a shake-up that includes other top executive changes as the company's shares hover near a 52- week low, several media reported on Monday. Forbes and the New York Times reported James Hackett, head of the Ford unit that works on autonomous vehicles, would take the reins.

  • AUSTIN, Texas— Texas lawmakers have revived a more narrowly focused version of a transgender "bathroom bill" like the one in North Carolina that sparked a national backlash, but the Texas law would apply only to public schools and not all bathrooms. A broader proposal mandating that transgender Texas residents use public restrooms according to their birth...

  • A tech inventor said Visa began work on the Apple Pay technology with Apple, MasterCard and American Express, after talks to work with him.

  • AUSTIN, Texas— A transgender "bathroom bill" reminiscent of one in North Carolina that caused a national uproar now appears to be on a fast-track to becoming law in Texas— though it may only apply to public schools. "it's absolutely about child safety," said Paddie, from the East Texas town of Marshall. Texas' legislative session ends May 29, but that's plenty of time to...

  • CAMARILLO, Calif.— An analyst says the average price of regular-grade gasoline fell half a cent nationally over the past two weeks to $2.40 a gallon. However, industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that gas prices actually rose in several Western and Midwestern cities. The highest average gas price, $3.10 a gallon, was in the San...

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— Want to know how much money governments give away in corporate tax breaks? The nonprofit Government Accounting Standards Board changed its guidelines beginning in 2016 to require reporting of economic development tax breaks. "Before you get to the question of whether they're getting their money's worth, you have to know how much is being spent,"...

  • LOS ANGELES, May 21- As this weekend approached, the question lingered if "Alien: Covenant" would be able to unseat "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" from the top spot at the domestic box office. As of Sunday morning, "Covenant," from 20th Century Fox and Scott Free Productions, looks to be the winner with a three-day estimate of $36 million from 3,761 locations.

  • Ridley Scott's latest "Alien" exploit opened with $36 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. Warner Bros.' teen romance "Everything, Everything" debuted in third place with $12 million, and Fox's "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul," opened in fifth with $7.2 million. "Snatched," Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn's R-rated comedy from Fox, fell to fourth...

  • ISTANBUL— Turkey's official news agency says the FBI has detained a Turkish man who attempted to sit in first class on a Los Angeles- Honolulu flight. Uskanli was taken into custody after the plane, escorted by two fighters, landed in Honolulu. Anadolu said Uskanli studied film and journalism in California and London.

  • That's if the plans of California- based company Rocket Lab work out. Rocket Lab is planning the first launch of its Electron rocket sometime from Monday, depending on conditions. Rocket Lab sees an emerging market in delivering lots of small devices, some not much bigger than a smartphone, into low Earth orbit.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— A co-founder of Twitter says he's sorry if the popular social media platform helped put Donald Trump in the White House, as the president has suggested. In an interview with The New York Times, Evan Williams says Twitter's role in Trump's populist rise is "a very bad thing." The 45- year-old Silicon Valley entrepreneur also said the internet is...

  • LOS ANGELES— The Latest on a collision between a plane and airport utility truck in Los Angeles:. Police say an Aeromexico plane taxiing toward a gate at Los Angeles International Airport was crossing a service road when it struck a supply truck, causing the vehicle to overturn and resulting in eight injuries. The Boeing 737 arrived in Los Angeles Saturday...

  • LOS ANGELES— Eight people were injured Saturday after an Aeromexico passenger jet clipped a supply truck shortly after landing at Los Angeles International Airport, authorities said. The Boeing 737 was taxiing to an arrival gate and was crossing a service road when the plane's right wing tip "acted like a hook," lifted the rear top of the high-profile truck and...

  • HONOLULU— A man on a Hawaii- bound flight described as unruly and disheveled was subdued by passengers and a flight attendant who used an airplane drink cart to block him from getting to the front of the jet. He was taken into custody after the plane landed and given a medical evaluation before facing a possible federal charge of interference with a flight crew,...

  • In a story May 19 about a flight disturbance on a flight from Los Angeles to Hawaii, The Associated Press misspelled the last name of a man who was restrained and taken into custody. Two U.S. fighter jets were summoned Friday to escort a flight from Los Angeles to Hawaii after an unruly man was subdued by passengers and flight attendants, who used a drink cart to block...

  • SAN DIEGO— Charges against a father-son partnership for allegedly smuggling more than $17 million worth of sea cucumbers to the United States and exporting them to Asia sheds light on a growing and lucrative illegal cross-border trade. David Mayorquin and his father, Ramon Torres Mayorquin, are accused of a scheme to buy the illegally harvested animals from...

  • NEW YORK— Fears of a terrorist attack prompted officials to ring many of the pedestrian plazas of Times Square with squat steel posts capable of stopping a speeding vehicle. Last year, city officials installed 200 custom-made bollards in the Times Square area, enlisting the California- based Calpipe Security Bollards to manufacture and help design special 8...

  • NEW YORK, May 19- A Virginia man who orchestrated a hoax takeover bid that drove up Fitbit Inc's stock price last November, yet made only about $3,000 for his efforts, has been arrested and charged with fraud, U.S. prosecutors said on Friday. Robert Walter Murray, 24, of Chesapeake, was accused of submitting a sham regulatory filing in which the nonexistent, Shanghai-...

  • HONOLULU— Two U.S. fighter jets were summoned Friday to escort a flight from Los Angeles to Hawaii after an unruly man was subdued by passengers and flight attendants, who used a drink cart to block him from the front of the plane. The man, identified by law enforcement officials as Anil Uskanil, 25, of Turkey, was duct-taped to his seat until the plane landed in...

  • Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Wyoming each gained two, while New Mexico and Ohio each added one. Colorado declined by two rigs and Alaska lost one. Arkansas, California, Kansas, North Dakota, Utah and West Virginia were unchanged.