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  • *Anxiety that India has lost diplomatic ground. *India pushing to buy surveillance drones from U.S. Trump met Chinese President Xi Jinping in April and has also had face time with the leaders of nations including Japan, Britain and Vietnam since taking office in January, prompting anxiety in New Delhi that India is no longer a priority in Washington.

  • Those are among the possible scenarios that unnerved the food industry last week, when Amazon announced a $13.7 billion megadeal to acquire Whole Foods. But the deal has the potential to boost the outsized ambitions of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Whole Foods chief John Mackey, each of whom has already radically altered the way Americans shop.

  • June 22- Ford Motor Co said on Thursday it would expand its shuttle service Chariot to Seattle, making the city its third market in the United States. Ford agreed to buy San Francisco- based Chariot last year to expand beyond auto manufacturing and take another step toward becoming a mobility company. Chariot operated 100 Ford Transit shuttles in the San...

  • The Highway Loss Data Institute, a leading insurance research group, said in study results released Thursday that collision claims in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon went up 2.7 percent in the years since legal recreational marijuana sales began when compared with surrounding states. Legal recreational pot sales in Colorado began in January 2014, followed...

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    A new study finds an increase in car accident insurance claims in three states that allow recreational use of marijuana.

  • LAS VEGAS— Las Vegas property owners interested in renting out their properties for brief periods will have to comply with new rules passed Wednesday meant to crack down on a booming short-term rental industry that has raised concerns among some residents and local officials. Figures released in February by the San Francisco- based home-sharing service...

  • WASHINGTON— Americans shopping for a house are facing an intensifying set of pressures: Fewer and fewer homes are being listed for sale, while prices are climbing at a pace that most incomes can't possibly match. The May sales report released Wednesday by the National Association of Realtors shows a housing market unable to meet the demand from would-be buyers.

  • MOSCOW— The Kremlin voiced displeasure Wednesday about new United States sanctions against Russia and called off much-anticipated talks with a senior U.S administration official in response. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the penalties were designed to "maintain pressure on Russia to work toward a diplomatic solution." In Washington, State...

  • President, Donald Trump and British Prime Minister, Theresa May are pictured ahead of a photo opportunity of leaders as they arrive for a NATO summit meeting on May 25, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium.

    Trump's state visit to Britain appears to have been postponed, as the announcement was omitted from the Queen's Speech on Wednesday.

  • Recent cases in Colorado and Washington are the first known instances of current or former pot regulators being accused of having improper dealings with the industry. In a case that has caught the U.S. Justice Department's attention, former Colorado marijuana enforcement officer Renee Rayton is accused of helping pot growers raise plants for illegal...

  • PARIS, June 21- Emirates, the Middle East's largest airline, is seeing a return in demand on routes to the United States that it had started to retreat from in May, President Tim Clark said on Wednesday. Emirates announced in April it would cut flights on five U.S. routes from May, blaming travel restrictions imposed by President Donald Trump's administration for...

  • RIYADH, Saudi Arabia— The Latest on Saudi Arabia's King Salman appointing his son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince:. Oman has strained ties with Saudi Arabia over serving as a diplomatic channel for the West to Iran. The tiny island off the coast of Saudi Arabia sent several messages on Wednesday welcoming the ascension of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, June 20- Uber said on Tuesday it will for the first time allow drivers to collect tips through its smartphone app, an about-face from previous company policy, as part of the ride-services firm's broader effort to improve an often-contentious relationship. San Francisco- based Uber Technologies Inc had for years opposed adding a tipping feature...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Uber is enabling passengers to tip its U.S. drivers with a tap on its ride-hailing app for the first time, part of a push to recast itself as a company with a conscience and a heart. The San Francisco company will continue to collect part of ride-cancellation fees, as well as the waiting-time charges. The tipping option, long available in the app of rival...

  • SEATTLE— Seattle's $15- an-hour minimum wage law has boosted pay for restaurant workers without costing jobs, according to a study released Tuesday. The report, from the University of California at Berkeley's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, is certain to add to the debate as activists around the country push for increases in local, state and...

  • San Francisco- based Uber Technologies Inc had for years opposed adding a tipping feature to its app despite drivers' complaints that the extra money would help compensate for decreasing wages. Beginning on Tuesday, drivers in Houston, Minneapolis and Seattle can collect tips, Uber said. Lyft Inc, which is Uber's chief ride-services competitor in the United...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, June 20- Uber Technologies Inc will, for the first time, allow drivers to collect tips through the Uber smartphone app, the company said on Tuesday, part of a broader effort to improve its often-contentious relationship with its drivers. Beginning on Tuesday, drivers in Houston, Minneapolis and Seattle can collect tips. Tipping is part of a broader...

  • UBER DRIVERS IN SEATTLE, MINNEAPOLIS AND HOUSTON CAN NOW RECEIVE TIPS, WITH TIPS AVAILABLE FOR ALL DRIVERS BY END JULY- UBER BLOG.

  • WASHINGTON— The Trump administration will enforce an Obama-era regulation aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production, even as it seeks to rewrite the rule to be more industry-friendly, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Tuesday. Zinke told the Senate Energy Committee that Interior will enforce those parts of the methane...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Uber is enabling passengers to tip its U.S. drivers with a tap on its ride-hailing app for the first time, part of a push to recast itself as a company with a conscience and a heart. The San Francisco company will continue to collect part of ride-cancellation fees, as well as the new waiting-time charges. The tipping option, long available in the app of...