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Tesla’s ‘full self-driving’ vehicles can’t drive themselves

Earlier this week, Tesla sent out its “full self-driving” software to a small group of owners who will test it on public roads. But buried on its website is a disclaimer that the $8,000 system doesn't make the vehicles autonomous and drivers still have to supervise it.

US official: Nuclear energy can attract more supporters

BOISE – The resurgence of interest in nuclear power as a clean energy source could be boosted by emphasizing how it would help humanity, the chairwoman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Wednesday.

Bleak outlook without stimulus: More layoffs, anemic growth

President Donald Trump's move Tuesday to cut off talks on another government aid package will further weaken an economy straining to recover from an epic collapse, economists say, and deepen the hardships for jobless Americans and struggling businesses.

Employees can’t wear BLM buttons at Fred Meyer, QFC stores

In another struggle over protest symbols in the workplace, employees at Seattle-area QFC and Fred Meyer stores are saying a ban on “Black Lives Matter” buttons violates federal labor law and their union contract.

Bank shares slide on report of rampant money laundering

The financial sector was hit hard Monday following a report alleging that a number of banks, JPMorgan, HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank, Deutsche Bank and Bank of New York Mellon among them, have continued to profit from illicit dealings with disreputable people and criminal networks despite previous warnings from regulators.

A breakdown of what’s in Senate Republicans’ $1 trillion pandemic relief plan

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Republican leaders on Monday unveiled a draft plan to provide $1 trillion in coronavirus relief funding ahead of talks with Democrats. A package of separate bills, it gives Congress the option of passing parts of the agenda – such as extensions of unemployment insurance or schools funding – now and leaving the rest for later.

Idaho lawmakers seek options for calling special sessions

BOISE – Lawmakers concerned that Republican Gov. Brad Little has too much power following his emergency declaration because of the coronavirus pandemic considered on Monday ways to reconvene after the regular legislative session has ended.

Undaunted, U.S. global media chief plows ahead with changes

Despite a barrage of criticism from both Democrats and Republicans, the new chief of U.S. global media is plowing ahead with changes to the Voice of America and other international broadcasters that are heightening concerns about their future as independent news organizations.

Small business program scrutinized for loans to big firms

Congress set aside $659 billion to throw a lifeline to small businesses and organizations side-swiped by the coronavirus pandemic and to help paychecks keep flowing to workers who might otherwise head to the unemployment line. Yet that's not exactly how it worked out.