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  • WASHINGTON, July 14- The chairman of the U.S. Senate committee that oversees auto safety issues wrote Tesla Motors Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk on Thursday, asking the automaker to brief the committee on a fatal May 7 crash involving its Autopilot software. Senator John Thune, a South Dakota Republican who heads the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and...

  • WASHINGTON, July 14- The chairman of the U.S. Senate committee that oversees auto safety issues wrote Tesla Motors Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk on Thursday, asking the automaker to brief the committee on a fatal May 7 crash involving its Autopilot software. Senator John Thune, a South Dakota Republican who heads the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and...

  • DETROIT— Consumer Reports said Thursday that Tesla Motors is misleading car owners by calling its semi-autonomous driving system "Autopilot," potentially giving them too much trust in their car's ability to drive itself. With its statement, Consumer Reports joined a debate over autonomous driving technology that escalated after authorities revealed that...

  • WASHINGTON— Congress passed an aviation bill Wednesday that attempts to close gaps in airport security and shorten screening lines, but leaves thornier issues unresolved. The House had passed the measure earlier in the week and it now goes to President Barack Obama, who must sign the bill by Friday when the FAA's current operating authority expires to avoid a...

  • *FCC's net neutrality rules put in place last year. *FCC head hails a "victory for consumers and innovators". In siding with the FCC, the court treated the internet like a public utility and opened the door to further government internet regulations.

  • In siding with the FCC, the court treated the internet like a public utility and opened the door to further government internet regulations. Opponents of the regulations said the FCC exceeded its authority and condemned the ruling as an endorsement of investment-chilling public-utility regulation. But Senator John Thune, a South Dakota Republican who...

  • *Company says internal probe showed no evidence of political bias. *Feature's procedures modified after Congressman seeks answers. SAN FRANCISCO, May 23- Facebook Inc said on Monday that it had changed some of the procedures for its "Trending Topics" section after a news report alleging it suppressed conservative news prompted a U.S.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, May 23- Facebook Inc will no longer rely on a top-10 list of websites to help choose items for its Trending Topics section, even though an internal probe showed no evidence of political bias in the selection process, the company said on Monday. John Thune earlier this month demanding that the company explain how it selects news articles for its "...

  • May 18- Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg heard from more than a dozen U.S. conservative leaders on Wednesday and said he will work to build trust with users who believe the social network displays politically biased news content. After a closed-door meeting at the company's Silicon Valley headquarters, Zuckerberg defended his company's practices...

  • WASHINGTON, May 18- As Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg prepares to meet conservative leaders on Wednesday to discuss allegations about political bias at the social media website, one thing he may not have to worry about is federal regulation. Although the U.S. Senate committee is investigating whether there is liberal bias in how Facebook...

  • May 12- Facebook on Thursday emphasized that it does not permit its employees to block news stories from its "Trending Topics" list based on political bias, amid a controversy over how the social media superpower selects what news it displays. "Facebook does not allow or advise our reviewers to discriminate against sources of any political origin, period," wrote...

  • May 10- A U.S. Senate committee launched an inquiry on Tuesday into how social media website Facebook selects its news stories after a report that company employees blocked news about conservative issues from its "trending" list. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation asked Facebook Chairman and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg in a...

  • WASHINGTON, April 19- The U.S. Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved legislation that would boost domestic travel security in the wake of the Brussels attacks and authorize the programs of the Federal Aviation Administration through September 2017. The 95-3 vote sends the measure to the House of Representatives, where lawmakers have been unable to make...

  • WASHINGTON, April 7- Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Senate reached a deal on Thursday to boost travel security at airports in the aftermath of the Brussels attacks, according to a source familiar with the matter. The deal is being brokered by Senator John Thune of South Dakota, Republican chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, and the panel's top...

  • WASHINGTON, March 15- Members of a U.S. Senate panel and firms working on self-driving vehicles on Tuesday called for national rather than state regulation of the cars to avoid a patchwork of rules that could slow development. "If every state is left to go its own way without a unified approach, operating self-driving cars across state boundaries would be an...

  • WASHINGTON, March 8- The director of the Google self-driving car project and auto industry executives will testify before Congress next week on efforts to develop safe and effective autonomous cars. Senator John Thune, a South Dakota Republican who chairs the Senate Commerce Committee, said on Tuesday that Chris Urmson, director of self-driving cars at...

  • A train conductor signals from an Amtrak train September 3, 2015 in New Carrollton, Maryland.

    The economic impact of an Amtrak shutdown would mean more than an inconvenience for commuters. It may affect the larger economy.

  • That means that communications legislation written in 1934, when Franklin D. Roosevelt was in office, will likely be used to regulate how Internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast do business with content providers like Google, Netflix, YouTube and Amazon. On Wednesday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced a plan that would put Internet service...

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    Hey, 2016 presidential candidates — Are you paying attention to what "American Sniper" is telling you?

  • A customer puts gas into a vehicle at the U-gas station in Miami.

    Gas prices may be at their lowest in five years but wait just a second before you go raising gas taxes, says Jake Novak.