• JetBlue plants a seed with farm-to-tray-table concept

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — JetBlue Airways is trying to bring a little bit of country to the city — opening its own "farm" at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. The 24,000 square-foot space — less than half the size of a football field — outside JFK's Terminal 5 is meant to educate travelers more than actually feed them. Although eventually JetBlue would like to serve items grown there in terminal restaurants and even make some blue potato Terra Chips that are served on flights. One day, if the airport allows it, there might even be animals, such as bees and butterflies. The goal is to try and teach people about farming and to improve the appearance of the terminal's exterior. "We know people like gree

  • Google is latest tech giant to claim space in mobile news

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Technology giants — Apple, Facebook, Snapchat and now Google — want to take charge of how we get and see news on our phones. Google on Wednesday was the latest company to announce a news-focused tool that it says will speed up how fast stories load after a Google search. Reading news is increasingly something we do from a hand-held gadget. It's not widely available yet. Facebook in May started testing "Instant Articles," which load news stories faster from a handful of publishers, like the New York Times, BuzzFeed and the Washington Post, inside the social network's mobile app. Apple's News app came automatically built into the latest version of its mobile operating system and has stories from dozens of

  • Urban Outfitters to end on-call scheduling in New York

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Urban Outfitters will end on-call scheduling at stores in New York state, becoming the latest retailer to respond to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's inquiry into the practice of requiring workers to report for shifts on short notice. The Philadelphia-based retailer plans to phase in the change next month, Schneiderman said. The company agreed to provide New York employees with work schedules at least one week in advance, he said. Urban Outfitters did not immediately respond to requests for comment. "Workers deserve basic protections, including a reliable work schedule that allows them to budget living expenses, arrange for childcare needs, and plan their days," Schneiderman said.

  • Freeport-McMoRan adds 2 board members from Carl Icahn's firm

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Freeport-McMoRan rose sharply Wednesday after the copper miner added two board members chosen by Carl Icahn. The activist investor and firms that he controls own an 8.8 percent stake in Freeport-McMoRan. The board members, Andrew Langham and Courtney Mather, work at Icahn Capital LP. "I hope and believe that we will work with Freeport's board to enhance value as we have done with so many others," Icahn said in a statement. The additions come a day after Freeport-McMoRan slashed its board members to nine from 16, and said that it may split off its oil and gas operations. The board, with Icahn's two picks, will have 11 directors. Shares of Freeport-McMoRan Inc. rose $1.11, or 9.4 pe

  • Study: Mammals thrive in Chernobyl exclusion zone

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — Nearly 30 years after a nuclear reactor caught fire and spewed a lethal cloud of radiation, some species of mammals are thriving in the zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, a new study says. The study, published in the journal Current Biology, found that elk, deer, wild boar and wolves are abundant in the 2,160-square-kilometer (835-square-mile) Polesie reserve in Belarus, which was established after the 1986 disaster. More than 20,000 people once lived in what is now the reserve. "We're not saying radiation is good for animals, but we are saying that human interference can be more harmful to certain animal populations than radiation," said Jim Smith, an environmental scientist at Britain's Universit

  • New auto safety technologies leave some drivers bewildered

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Many Americans buying new cars these days are baffled by a torrent of new safety technology. Some features will automatically turn a car back into its lane if it begins to drift, or hit the brakes if sensors detect that it's about to rear-end someone else. There are lane-change and blind-spot monitors, drowsiness alerts and cars that can park themselves. Technologies once limited to high-end models like adaptive cruise control, tire-pressure indicators and rear-view cameras have become more common. The features hold tremendous potential to reduce deaths and injuries by eliminating collisions or mitigating their severity, safety advocates say. But there's one problem: Education on how to use them does

  • Monsanto posts 4Q loss, to eliminate 2,600 jobs to cut costs

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Monsanto Co. said Wednesday it will eliminate 2,600 jobs as part of a cost-saving plan designed to deal with falling sales of its biotech seeds and herbicides, which pushed its quarterly losses deeper into the red. The job cuts will reduce the company's 22,500-employee workforce of by about 12 percent over the next two years. The St. Louis-based agricultural giant predicts the move will generate between $275 million and $300 million in annual savings by the end of fiscal 2017. The cost of the reorganization — which will streamline sales, R&D and other departments — is estimated at $850 million to $900 million. Monsanto's last round of layoffs came in June 2009, when the company slashed 900 jobs.

  • Cash-strapped group says it'll sell historic ship for scrap

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A historic cruise ship moored in Philadelphia could be destined for the scrap heap if a group trying to save it doesn't get an infusion of cash. The SS United States Conservancy sent a virtual SOS to supporters Wednesday, saying ongoing expenses have become unsustainable. The nonprofit says it needs more than $60,000 per month to keep the rehabilitation project afloat. It's retained a broker to explore selling the ship to a metals recycler. The SS United States was once the world's fastest ocean liner. It launched in 1952 after a secret Cold War project to build the world's fastest ship. It still holds the trans-Atlantic speed record. The conservancy has planned to repurpose the SS Unit

  • Expect more online fraud as new credit cards arrive

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The new chip credit cards that shoppers are getting in their mailboxes may prevent criminals from stealing from stores, but many thieves are expected to move their operations online. Small businesses could be the most vulnerable. Online fraud in the U.S. is expected to nearly double to $19 billion by 2018 from $10 billion in 2014, according to Javelin Strategy & Research, a consulting company based in Pleasanton, California. In Britain, which began shifting to chip cards in 2001, online fraud rose 55 percent from 2005 to 2008, according to the UK Cards Association, an industry group. "It's inevitable it will happen," says Steve Platt, an executive vice president at Experian, the credit reporting company.

  • US stocks climb in early trading, led by energy companies

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks continued to rally on Wednesday, helped by rising oil prices and energy stocks. Yum Brands plunged after cutting its profit forecast for the year, citing weakness in China. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 137 points, or 0.8 percent, to 16,925 as of 9:50 a.m. Eastern. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 15 points, or 0.8 percent, to 1,995 and the Nasdaq composite rose 33 points, or 0.7 percent, to 4,781. The Dow has risen for the past three days, while the S&P 500 for five days out of the past six. OIL REBOUND: Oil prices continued to advance, following reports that U.S. and foreign drillers are continuing to cut production. U.S. benchmark crude oil rose 96 cents, or 2 percent, to

  • Fact Sheet: 2016 Mazda MX-5

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club BASE PRICE: $24,915 for Sport manual; $26,395 for Sport automatic; $28,600 for Club manual. PRICE AS TESTED: $32,820. TYPE: Front-midship engine, rear-wheel drive, two-passenger convertible. ENGINE: 2-liter, double overhead cam, Skyactiv four-cylinder with VVT. MILEAGE: 27 mpg (city), 34 mpg (highway). TOP SPEED: 115 mph. LENGTH: 154.1 inches. WHEELBASE: 90.9 inches. CURB WEIGHT: 2,332 pounds. BUILT AT: Japan. OPTIONS: Brembo/BBS package (includes Brembo front brakes with red calipers, BBS gunmetal forged 17-inch wheels, advanced keyless entry, aero kit) $3,400. DESTINATION CHARGE: $820.

  • Mazda Miata eschews cute for upscale styling

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    The two-seat Mazda MX-5 Miata isn't cute anymore. Instead, the best-selling roadster in the world is arriving in U.S. showrooms with a sleek, upscale look that many will compare to the BMW Z4. There's a new engine, too, and lighter overall weight that makes the rear-drive 2016 Miata quicker and more fun to drive. Already one of the most diminutive cars on the market, the Miata was clipped by 3.4 inches for an overall length of just 12.8 feet. But the interior is better arranged, giving the interior a roomier feel. Best of all, the 2016 Miata gets better gas mileage than its predecessor: The top federal government rating for a manual-transmission Miata is 27 mpg in city driving and 36 mpg on the highway with manual trans

  • A look at some of the safety technologies in new cars

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With automakers offering an increasing array of safety technologies, drivers sometimes find themselves struggling to stay up to speed with the systems in their cars. Some of the devices have been around a decade or more but have only become common in the past few years. Others are still available primarily in high-end vehicles. A quick description of some of them: —Backup cameras. After a driver shifts into reverse, the camera activates to display what's behind. The display screen may be on the center console, in the rearview mirror or even in the sun visor. Most new cars now come with this feature. —Rear cross-traffic alert.

  • A look at some of the safety technologies in new cars

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With automakers offering an increasing array of safety technologies, drivers sometimes find themselves struggling to stay up to speed with the systems in their cars. Some of the devices have been around a decade or more but have only become common in the past few years. Others are still available primarily in high-end vehicles. A quick description of some of them: —Backup cameras. After a driver shifts into reverse, the camera activates to display what's behind. The display screen may be on the center console, in the rearview mirror or even in the sun visor. Most new cars now come with this feature. —Rear cross-traffic alert.

  • VW, with limited DC lobbying footprint, braces for Congress

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, Volkswagen Group of America President and CEO Michael Horn will appear before a congressional committee this week. He, and the company, bring little Washington political clout to the table. The world's No. 1 automaker has a modest political footprint in the nation's capital, compared to the lobbying and fundraising efforts of rivals Toyota, GM and Ford. That dynamic that could put Horn at a disadvantage Thursday when he appears before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on oversight and investigations.

  • Sports galore online: Cricket, wrestling, ice skating

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Football, baseball and men's basketball have major sites dedicated to streaming games for hard-core fans. But other sports do too. Here's a list of some free and paid services: BASEBALL http://Mlb.tv BASKETBALL http://www.nba.com/leaguepass https://liveaccess.wnba.com BOWLING https://www.youtube.com/user/BowlTV CRICKET http://www.willow.tv CYCLING http://www.cycling.tv http://tourdefrance.nbcsports.com FOOTBALL https://www.nfl.com/gamepass http://sundayticket.tv https://www.nfl.com/apps GOLF https://www.pgatourlive.com HOCKEY http://nhl.com/gamecenterlive ICE SKATING http://icenetwork.com

  • Public gets chance to weigh in on pipeline proposal

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — Member of the public are getting a change to weigh in on a proposal to convert a crude oil gathering pipeline in northwestern North Dakota into a transmission line. The state Public Service Commission scheduled a public hearing in Watford City on Wednesday on the application by Hiland Crude LLC. Regulators say the company wants to convert the 4.5-mile-long Alexander Tank Farm Crude Oil Pipeline and associated facilities in McKenzie County. The pipeline is an extension of the Market Center pipeline system, which has been approved for conversion to a transmission pipeline. Public service commissioners will make a final decision later.

  • NY attorney general opens probe into fantasy sports websites

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The state's attorney general on Tuesday sent letters to daily fantasy sports websites DraftKings and FanDuel demanding they turn over details of any investigations into their employees, saying they "may have gained an unfair, financial advantage in a contest known as Daily Fantasy Football." The letters were prompted by media reports a DraftKings employee may have had access to valuable company data before winning second place in a FanDuel contest. The incident has been likened to insider trading. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, in opening his investigation, said DraftKings and FanDuel employees may have exploited their access to nonpublic data.

  • Asian shares mostly higher, Japan muted on BOJ decision

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly higher Wednesday, taking in stride the IMF's lower global growth forecast, while Japan traded cautiously as its central bank left monetary policy unchanged. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 slipped 0.3 percent to 18,129.00 while South Korea's Kospi gained 0.4 percent at 1,999.12. Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 0.9 percent to 22,022.24. China's markets are closed until Thursday. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 was little changed while benchmarks in Singapore and Indonesia rose. GROWTH DOWNGRADE: China's slowdown and tumbling commodity prices will push global economic growth this year to the lowest level since the 2009 recession, the International Monetary Fund says. The fund forecasts the wo

  • AP NewsBreak: Alaska hired consultants ahead of Obama visit

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Bill Walker's administration spent $50,000 on consultants to help prepare for a visit by President Barack Obama and nearly another $2,000 on a professional photographer to capture what was described as a once-in-a-lifetime encounter. The expenditures were revealed in public records obtained by The Associated Press and came at a time when state spending is under renewed scrutiny as Alaska grapples with multibillion-dollar budget deficits amid low oil prices. The firm Perkins Coie was hired in a contract running from July 8 to Aug. 31, when Obama arrived in Alaska for a multiday visit. The contract was for up to $50,000 — the final amount paid, Walker spokeswoman Katie Marquette said Tuesday.