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  • NEW YORK, Aug 23- General Motors Co said Tuesday a Texas judge had denied its bid to throw out a lawsuit over a fatal 2011 crash blamed on a faulty ignition switch, after the company accused a car driver and his lawyers of fabricating evidence about the vehicle's key. Harris County Judge Robert Schaffer said in his mid-trial ruling, however, that he would instruct...

  • SAN ANTONIO— The parent company of the Circle K convenience store and gas station chain has agreed to buy San Antonio- based CST Brands in a $4.4 billion deal. Canada- based Alimentation Couche-Tard and CST Brands announced the agreement Monday following approval by their respective boards. CST Brands is one of the largest independent retailers of motor fuels...

  • CHICAGO/ TAMPA, Fla., Aug 23- Florida officials on Tuesday announced the first case of Zika transmitted by mosquitoes in Pinellas County, located some 265 miles from Miami, where the first locally transmitted U.S. cases were reported. Steve Huard, acting spokesman for Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County, said the case involves a woman without a...

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    Uber and Lyft have had big fights with cities over fingerprinting drivers, which they have said does nothing to improve safety.

  • CHICAGO, Aug 23- Florida officials on Tuesday announced the first case of Zika transmitted by mosquitoes in Pinellas County, located some 265 miles from Miami, where the first locally transmitted U.S. cases were reported. Steve Huard, acting spokesman for Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County, said the case involves a woman without a significant...

  • An attorney says four protesters opposed to federal oil lease sales have been arrested at the suburban New Orleans building where the leasing agency has its offices. The protesters want an end to all new drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has scheduled a lease sale Wednesday for 23.5 million acres off of Texas.

  • DALLAS— AT&T has reached a deal for enhanced roaming and other cellphone services for wireless customers visiting Cuba. An AT&T statement says a start date and pricing for the wireless roaming in Cuba— including talk, text and data— will be announced later. Sprint announced a roaming agreement with Etecsa last fall to allow subscribers visiting Cuba to send and...

  • HARAHAN, La.— Four protesters opposed to federal oil lease sales were arrested Tuesday at the suburban New Orleans building where the leasing agency has offices, an attorney said. The four were among about a dozen protesters who walked to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management office building with a copy of an online petition they said had garnered 184,000...

  • PLANO, Texas _ Zoe's Kitchen Inc. on Monday reported second-quarter net income of $1.2 million. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 6 cents per share. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $67 million.

  • The oldest millennials— nearing 20 when airplanes slammed into New York City's Twin Towers— are old enough to remember the relative economic prosperity of the 1990 s, and when a different Clinton was running for president. As part of its Divided America series, The Associated Press spent time with seven millennial voters in five states where the oldest and...

  • Sandy Pettigrew tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram about 20 rail cars from a Union Pacific train went off the tracks Sunday evening in a rural area of Roanoke, a city about 30 miles north of Fort Worth. A Union Pacific spokesman did not immediately respond to a message from The Associated Press seeking comment. Information from: Fort Worth Star-Telegram,...

  • LONOKE, Ark.— Heavy rain that brought record flooding to Louisiana recently has put a damper on the nation's harvest of rice, a food staple that usually likes water as it grows but can't be gathered by machine if fields are inundated. Some fields remain unreachable in parts of Arkansas and Louisiana. "I've heard from a lot of the farmers the water level has been higher...

  • DALLAS— Most restrictions on flights between the U.S. and Mexico will lift on Sunday, a change expected to bring more options and possibly lower prices for travelers. American, Delta and Southwest have already announced that they will offer new flights across the border later this year. The United States and Mexico agreed in December to open their aviation...

  • MIAMI/ CHICAGO, Aug 19- Federal health officials on Friday warned pregnant women not to travel to trendy Miami Beach after Florida confirmed that the mosquito-borne Zika virus was active in the popular tourist destination. The new warnings represent a challenge to Florida's multibillion dollar tourism industry, with Miami Beach accounting for nearly half...

  • MIAMI/ CHICAGO, Aug 19- Federal health officials on Friday warned pregnant women not to travel to trendy Miami Beach after Florida confirmed that the mosquito-borne Zika virus was active in the popular tourist destination. The new warnings represent a challenge to Florida's multibillion dollar tourism industry, with Miami Beach accounting for nearly half...

  • On Thursday, the Department of Justice said it had ordered the Federal Bureau of Prisons to let private prison contracts expire or scale them back to a level consistent with recent declines in the prison population. That announcement triggered fears other federal and state agencies would follow suit, and wiped out nearly a third of the companies' market value...

  • MIAMI/ CHICAGO, Aug 19- Federal health officials on Friday warned pregnant women not to travel to trendy Miami Beach after Florida confirmed that the mosquito-borne Zika virus was active in the popular tourist destination. The new warnings represent a challenge to Florida's multibillion dollar tourism industry, with Miami Beach accounting for nearly half...

  • Aug 19- Massachusetts is preparing to levy a 5- cent fee per trip on ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft and spend the money on the traditional taxi industry, a subsidy that appears to be the first of its kind in the United States. "They've been breaking the laws that are on the books, that we've been following for many years," said Larry Meister, manager of the Boston...

  • MIAMI, Aug 19- Florida officials said on Friday they have identified a new area of Zika virus transmission through local mosquitoes in a small area in Miami Beach, the second area in Miami-Dade county where the Zika virus is spreading. Florida Governor Rick Scott said state health officials have identified five cases of Zika believed to be contracted in Miami...

  • Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 406 rigs sought oil and 83 explored for natural gas this week. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained eight rigs, Pennsylvania was up two and Louisiana, Oklahoma and West Virginia added one each. Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, Ohio, Utah and Wyoming were unchanged.