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  • SALT LAKE CITY— A Tesla that crashed while in Autopilot mode in Utah this month accelerated in the seconds before it smashed into a stopped firetruck, according to a police report obtained by The Associated Press. Data from the Model S electric vehicle show it picked up speed for 3.5 seconds before crashing into the firetruck in suburban Salt Lake City, the report...

  • NEW YORK— Revelations that an Amazon Echo smart speaker inadvertently sent a family's private conversation to an acquaintance highlights some unexpected risks of new voice-enabled technologies. According to Amazon, the Echo's Alexa voice assistant misheard a word as "Alexa"— a trigger to activate the device— and interpreted subsequent conversation as a "...

  • SALT LAKE CITY— A Tesla that crashed while in Autopilot mode in Utah this month accelerated in the seconds before it smashed into a stopped firetruck, according to a police report obtained by The Associated Press. Data from the Model S electric vehicle show it picked up speed for 3.5 seconds before crashing into the firetruck in suburban Salt Lake City, the report...

  • SEATTLE— An "unlikely" string of events prompted Amazon's Echo personal assistant device to record a Portland, Oregon, family's private conversation and then send the recording to an acquaintance in Seattle, the company said Thursday. The woman told KIRO-TV that two weeks ago an employee of her husband contacted them to say he thought their device had been...

  • NEW YORK— McDonald's isn't ready to stop offering plastic straws, despite environmental concerns. A New York city councilman introduced a bill this week saying restaurants should replace plastic straws with paper or metal alternatives. Seattle and Miami Beach have passed bans on plastic straws.

  • NEW YORK— A legislator has announced a bill that would ban the use of plastic straws and stirrers in New York City bars, restaurants and coffee shops. Council Member Rafael Espinal introduced the bill on Wednesday. Seattle and Miami Beach have also enacted bans on plastic straws.

  • SEATTLE— Amazon, Starbucks, Vulcan and other companies have pledged a total of more than $350,000 toward an effort to repeal Seattle's newly passed tax on large employers intended to combat homelessness. Amazon, Starbucks, Vulcan, Kroger and Albertsons each promised $25,000 to the effort last week, according to a report filed by the campaign.

  • CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Block Chain Gang LLC, Crypto Cowboy, Something Something Blockchain LLC: Based on the names of dozens of new companies registering to set up shop in Wyoming, the state's effort to lure the latest tech craze appears to be paying off. Proponents say blockchain— the ledger where transactions of digital currencies, like bitcoin, are recorded— could be the...

  • LANSING, Mich.— Michigan's economic development board awarded $618 million in tax incentives on Tuesday for a $2.1 billion development project in Detroit that includes a 58- story building on the site of the iconic former J.L. Hudson department store— the first use of new state tax breaks for "transformational" redevelopment work. It includes constructing the...

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    The tool, called Rekognition, is already being used by at least one agency to check photographs of unidentified suspects against a database of mug shots from the county jail.

  • Josephine Rizo survived chemotherapy, surgery and radiation, but breast cancer treatment wrecked her finances. Money was already tight when doctors told the Phoenix resident she had an aggressive form of the disease. During treatment, Rizo got swamped with more than $50,000 in medical bills.

  • The Washington County Sheriff's Office in Oregon has used it to quickly compare unidentified suspects in surveillance images to a database of more than 300,000 booking photos from the county jail— a common use of such technology around the country— while the Orlando Police Department in Florida is testing whether it can be used to single out...

  • The difference between the produce at farmers markets and supermarkets is more than "tomayto" versus "tomahto." And buying fresh fruit and vegetables at farmers markets offers opportunities to save money in ways you might not find at a grocery store. The produce sold at most supermarkets is typically harvested before it's ripe, says Chris Curtis, executive...

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    Two friends on a mountain bike ride 30 miles east of Seattle were attacked by the animal.

  • SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.— In a story May 10 about indoor farming, The Associated Press inaccurately implied that the farming startup Plenty was pursuing public subsidies to make its business viable. Plenty CEO Matt Barnard has said that "society should consider investing" in this new form of agriculture. SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.— There's a budding industry...

  • RICHLAND, Wash.— A nuclear power plant in southeastern Washington shut down unexpectedly Friday. The Tri-City Herald reports the Columbia Generating Station's systems detected a problem having to do with electrical distribution and automatically shut the plant down at 6:51 a.m.. Bonneville Power Administration, which distributes electricity from the...

  • *Saudi Arabia makes assurances on supplies. *BP sees oil prices falling to $50- $65 a barrel- Dudley. NEW YORK, May 18- Brent oil prices were little changed on Friday but were on track for a sixth straight week of gains, boosted by strong demand, looming U.S. sanctions on Iran and plummeting Venezuelan production.

  • "While their full-price stores are the most modern out of the department store sector, we believe they have not implemented their merchandising strategies across their store fleet to increase the business and Rack is a wild card," according to a note by retail investment firm Jane Hali& Associates LLC that referred to the chain's outlet division, Nordstrom Rack.

  • "While their full price stores are the most modern out of the department store sector, we believe they have not implemented their merchandising strategies across their store fleet to increase the business and Rack is a wild card," according to a note by retail investment firm Jane Hali& Associates LLC that referred to the chain's outlet division, Nordstrom Rack.

  • *Wall St dips, Britain's FTSE 100 at record closing high. Wall Street's main stock indexes slipped, wobbling amid trade jitters as the United States and China hold talks. European stock markets climbed and Britain's FTSE 100 notched a record closing high.