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  • Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said on Sunday she was reviewing self-driving vehicle guidance issued by the Obama administration and urged companies to explain the benefits of automated vehicles to a skeptical public. Automakers called on Congress earlier this month to make legislative changes to speed self-driving cars to U.S. roads.

  • BARCELONA, Feb 26- Phonemakers are piling in to fill a gap in the market left by Samsung, still licking its wounds from a costly recall of its flagship Note 7 and with no key device of its own to launch at the telecom industry's biggest annual fair. China's Huawei, the most likely contender to fill the hole in the premium end of the market, took the wraps off a new phone in...

  • CAMARILLO, Calif.— The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline rose 2 cents nationally during the past two weeks, to $2.33. Gas in Los Angeles was the highest in the contiguous United States at an average of $2.94 a gallon Friday. The lowest average was in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at $2.02 per gallon.

  • *New version of retro phone 3310 priced at 49 euros. Nokia also launched four moderately priced smartphones ranging from 139 to 299 euros. It gets a lot of affection from millions and millions of people, "Nokia Chief Executive Rajeev Suri told a news conference at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the telecom industry's largest annual trade fair.

  • ALGIERS, Feb 26- Algeria's Sonatrach wants to start offshore oil drilling and has begun discussions with U.S. operators Exxon Mobil Corp and Anadarko as well as Italy's Eni, a source at the state energy company told Reuters on Sunday. "Seismic operations carried out by Sonatrach have shown an interesting potential in the areas including Bejaia and Oran," said the...

  • WASHINGTON— Administration officials say President Donald Trump has no plans to cut Social Security or Medicare. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Fox News Channel's "Sunday Morning Futures" that "we are not touching those now." Asked about potential cuts to the programs on ABC's "This Week," Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said...

  • NEW YORK— Samsung's product showcase Sunday is notable for what's missing: a new flagship phone. That's partly so that Samsung wouldn't have to share the stage with its smartphone rivals at the Mobile World Congress trade show, which begins Monday in Barcelona, Spain. "The microscope is going to be firmly on Samsung," said Geoff Blaber, an analyst with the research...

  • LOS ANGELES— Great reviews and buzz propelled comedian Jordan Peele's directorial debut, the micro-budget thriller "Get Out," to a chart-topping opening weekend with $30.5 million according to studio estimates Sunday. The Blumhouse-produced and Universal Pictures- distributed film cost an estimated $4.5 million to make. "Get Out" has a 100 percent rating on...

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 26- "Get Out," a trenchant horror film about race relations, rode critical raves to a smashing box office debut. The low-budget film was the weekend's top-grossing domestic release, earning $30.5 million, and propelling its director and writer Jordan Peele onto the Hollywood A-list. "Get Out" benefited from being embraced by reviewers, earning a rare...

  • DUBLIN, Ohio— Central Ohio- based fast food giant Wendy's plans to install self-ordering kiosks in about one out of six of the burger chain's franchises nationwide by the end of this year. A typical location would get three kiosks for about $15,000, The Columbus Dispatch reported. David Trimm, Wendy's chief information officer, estimates that payback on those...

  • MANILA, Feb 26- Thirteen people facing drug charges escaped from a police detention facility in the Philippines on Sunday after sawing through iron bars, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency said. The guard on duty at the facility north of the capital Manila is now under investigation, said PDEA regional director Juvenal Azurin. Philippine President...

  • ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— His city is a half-billion dollars in debt, its casino industry continues to shrink, and the state has seized most of his power. Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian must walk an almost impossible tightrope this year: submitting to painful, deeply unpopular measures the state insists on to improve the city's finances, while answering to voters who...

  • PAWTUCKET, R.I.— The billionaire industrialist Charles Koch and hair braider Jocelyn DoCouto have at least one thing in common. She is supported by the Koch-affiliated libertarian law firm Institute for Justice, based in Arlington, Virginia, which through lawsuits and lobbying in more than a dozen states has been fighting to deregulate the practice of natural...

  • BEATRICE, Neb.— It started with a murder, was followed by a botched trial and has ended with a small Nebraska county facing a $30 million judgment it can't possibly pay. Now the farmers and small town residents of Gage County find themselves on the brink of a rare public bankruptcy, and wondering about possibly selling off the county's road equipment, public...

  • BOSTON— A new nickname for the river valley in western Massachusetts isn't sitting well with some residents. Pioneer Valley generally refers to the Massachusetts portion of the Connecticut River Valley. It includes Springfield, New England' s fourth largest city, and the college towns of Amherst, Northampton and Holyoke.

  • The Affordable Care Act has two main components for expanding coverage: subsidized private health insurance available in all 50 states, and an optional Medicaid expansion that has been accepted by 31 states and the District of Columbia. A report by the consulting firms Avalere Health and McKinsey& Company concluded that the changes under consideration by...

  • BARCELONA, Feb 26- Nokia sees demand for higher speed 4 G network equipment starting to recover this year, led by Japan, the company's chief executive Rajeev Suri said on Sunday as he announced a series of contracts with telecom operators. "Noise about carrier M&A will heat up dramatically in United States and India. Nokia repeated that while it expected the global...

  • Last year the IRS issued 111 million refunds, with an average refund of $2,860. More than 70 percent of taxpayers will get refunds this year, the IRS estimates. You can even have the IRS deposit the cash directly into a savings account so you aren't tempted to touch it.

  • UNDERHILL, Vt.— Maple syrup doesn't get that rich flavor and color in an instant. It's a long process from tree to bottle. It all comes down to how efficient you can be to make syrup, and this is just the next big step to save time, "said Timothy Perkins, director of the University of Vermont's Proctor Maple Research Center.

  • JERUSALEM— Israel's official Holocaust memorial has asked Amazon to stop selling literature on its site that denies the genocide of 6 million Jews during World War II and otherwise promotes anti-Semitism. Yad Vashem's director of libraries Robert Rozett says he has dispatched a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos offering his assistance to "curb the spread of...