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WASHINGTON, April 24- In an unusual move, three top officials with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Thursday came out in opposition to laws that ban automakers like Tesla Motors Inc from selling their automobiles directly to consumers. Such laws are currently in place in Arizona, Maryland, New Jersey, Texas and Virginia.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Puerto Rico hopes to persuade wealthy investors to bet on the U.S. territory at a two-day conference aimed at attracting new money amid the island's struggles to recover from a nearly eight-year recession.
PHOENIX— The fate of how Uber and Lyft operate in Arizona is now in the hands of Gov. Warren Petersen, R- Gilbert, a supporter of the bill. Tom Forese, R- Gilbert: "Support this in the name of innovation and in the name of disruption."
PHOENIX— A Southern California woman who was held at a Phoenix airport four years ago after refusing to have her breast milk X-rayed said Wednesday she has reached a tentative settlement with the Transportation Security Administration.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Honeywell Aerospace is investing $24 million to expand its business in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. Alejandro Garcia Padilla says the Arizona- based aerospace industry company is opening a second plant that will begin operations in April 2016. Honeywell Aerospace opened its first Puerto Rico plant in 2007..
HARTFORD, Conn.— An Ovation guitar factory in the western Connecticut hills that produced instruments for music legends from Paul Simon to Cat Stevens to Glen Campbell will be closing in June after 47 years and production of the Ovation line in the United States will stop, the manufacturer's parent company told the shop's 46 workers this week.
PHOENIX— Calling Uber a cutting-edge concept, the Arizona Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that exempts it and other rideshare companies from the same regulations that traditional taxi and limo companies have. It would require that Uber insure its drivers with $1 million policies.
RACINE, Wis.— Frank Lloyd Wright fans will get their first look at one of his most unusual buildings, an industrial tower with a tree-like design, when a home products company opens its former research and development center to the public this spring.
BEIJING— Tesla Motors Inc. delivered its first eight electric sedans to customers in China on Tuesday and CEO Elon Musk said the company will build a nationwide network of charging stations and service centers as fast as it can. Tesla probably will invest several hundred million dollars in charging infrastructure in China, Musk told reporters.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— Facing a high prevalence of diabetes, many American Indian tribes are returning to their roots with community and home gardens, cooking classes that incorporate traditional foods, and running programs to encourage healthy lifestyles. A proposed 2 percent sales tax on chips, cookies and sodas failed Tuesday in a Tribal Council vote.
HONOLULU— Surveillance cameras at San Jose International Airport successfully recorded the teenager on the tarmac, climbing up the landing gear of a jet. Hawaii's Department of Human Services said in a statement that child welfare officials were continuing to work to ensure his safe return home to Northern California.
NEW YORK, April 21- Twitter Inc has won the dismissal of an unusual lawsuit accusing the social media company of fraudulently arranging a private stock sale it never intended to complete, with a goal of stoking interest in its November 2013 initial public offering.
PALMDALE, Calif.— Boeing Co. will pay $47 million to hundreds of current and former Southern California employees who are owed back pay and benefits, a union announced Friday.
PHOENIX— Among the major issues left to cover at the Arizona Legislature before the session ends is how to regulate the increasingly popular ridesharing programs like Uber and Lyft. The Senate on Monday is expected to debate a bill that aims to regulate Uber and others.
WASHINGTON— Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits increased slightly last week to a seasonally adjusted 304,000. The four-week average for claims dipped to its lowest level since October 2007, two months before the Great Recession began. California: Down 13,982, due to fewer layoffs in services. Iowa: Down 1,266, due to fewer layoffs in manufacturing.
NEW YORK— Airline executives frequently complain about fuel costs. "Traditionally, it was too easy to start an airline and too difficult to kill one off," says Jamie Baker, an airline analyst with JPMorgan Chase. Last year, they paid an average of $3.03 a gallon, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
FRESNO, Calif.— While much of the country has relaxed rules on killing gray wolves, California will consider protecting the species after a lone wolf from Oregon raised hopes the animals would repopulate their historic habitat in the Golden State.
WASHINGTON— Democratic worries about this November's elections, a lack of Senate votes and House opposition are forcing congressional gun-control supporters to significantly winnow their 2014 agenda, a year after lawmakers scuttled President Barack Obama's effort to pass new curbs on firearms.
PHOENIX— The Phoenix Fire Department said Monday it can't account for hundreds of keys for lock boxes that allow firefighters responding to fires or alarms to enter thousands of businesses and apartment complexes when they are closed.
The Bureau of Land Management took the action after hundreds of states' rights protesters, including militia and tea party members, showed up at corrals outside Mesquite to demand the animals' return to rancher Cliven Bundy.