Honolulu mayor vetoes bill to limit Uber, Lyft 'surge' fares

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu’s mayor has vetoed a bill aimed at setting limits for what ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft can charge during peak demand. Mayor Kirk Caldwell said Tuesday he wants to see new technology blend with old. The bill sought to prevent “surge pricing” rates getting...


The Latest: Unionized MGM workers in Las Vegas OK contract

Las Vegas Casinos Contracts

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the ratification of a contract covering unionized workers of MGM Resorts International in Las Vegas (all times local): 8:40 p.m. Housekeepers, bartenders, cooks, bellmen and other unionized workers of casino-resorts operated by MGM Resorts International in Las Vegas...


Alexa, I can trust you with my checkbook, right?

Voice Assistant Banking

NEW YORK (AP) — Hey Alexa, what’s my bank account balance? Big banks and financial companies have started to offer banking through virtual assistants — Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, and Google’s Assistant — in a way that will allow customers to check their balances, pay bills and, in the near...


AMC taking on MoviePass with new movie ticket program

LEAWOOD, Kan. (AP) — AMC Theatres is rolling out its own movie ticket program as it looks to take on the success of MoviePass. MoviePass, a startup that was letting customers watch a movie a day at theaters for just $10 a month, announced in April that it’s limiting new customers to four movies a...


Hyundai Motor, Audi join hands for fuel cell technology

South Korea Hyundai Motor Audi

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Hyundai Motor Group said Wednesday it signed an agreement with Audi AG to jointly develop electronics vehicles powered by fuel cell. Under the multi-year agreement, Hyundai’s affiliates including Kia and Audi’s parent company Volkswagen AG will share components, supply...


Video shows headless rattlesnake striking man

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man who shot a rattlesnake got a surprise when the headless reptile tried to bite him long after he thought it should be dead. Billy Forbus tells WSFA-TV he saw the snake when he was working in his garden and shot it. He later put it in the back of his pickup...


TravelLab: In a forest on the trail of synchronous fireflies

Travel TravelLab Synchronous Fireflies

KELLETTVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Picture a moonless June evening, shortly after midnight, deep in a northwestern Pennsylvania forest. Wild sounds echo gently. Stars glow far above through the canopy of trees. Otherwise it is dark — so very dark. But wait. There — right there, to the left — a single tiny...


The Latest: Volvo watches tariffs as 1st US plant opens

RIDGEVILLE, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on Volvo Cars opening its first U.S. plant (all times local): 11:30 a.m. Volvo is showing off its first car to be made-in-America, even as the economic climate changes radically under President Donald Trump. Volvo Cars officially opened its South Carolina plant...


Automakers improve quality to record level in annual survey

New Car Quality

DETROIT (AP) — A survey of new-vehicle buyers finds that car and truck quality hit a record high this year as automakers started to clear up bugs with infotainment systems. The annual survey by J.D. Power finds that buyers reported a record-low 93 problems per 100 vehicles during the first three...


Esoteric 'brencheese' and buzzy 'spoiler alert' added to OED

Oxford English Dictionary-New Words

NEW YORK (AP) — From the positively medieval to the beat of contemporary music: Brencheese, deathshildy and hip-pop are among about 1,000 new or refreshed entries added in June to the online Oxford English Dictionary. The additions are part of the company’s quarterly update of its searchable...

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