• Heads up, World Cup teams: The robots are coming

    Yesterday

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — When robots first started playing soccer, it was a challenge for them just to see the ball. And to stay upright. But the machines participating in this month's international RoboCup tournament are making passes and scoring points. Their ultimate goal? To beat the human World Cup champs within the next 35 years. "It's hard to predict what will happen in 2050, but we are on the right path," said event co-founder Manuela Veloso, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. A week after the World Cup title game in Rio de Janeiro, teams from 45 countries will face off at RoboCup about 1,200 miles away in the Brazilian coastal town of Joao Pessoa.

  • Cleanup of ND pipeline spill could last weeks

    Yesterday

    MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) — Company officials say cleanup efforts are expected to take weeks after a pipeline on North Dakota's Fort Berthold Indian Reservation leaked around 1 million gallons of saltwater. Some of the brine found its way to a tributary of a lake that provides drinking water to the reservation. Tribal and company officials say the leak near Mandaree has been isolated and drinking water is unaffected. Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Tex Hall tells The Associated Press that the underground pipeline owned by Aero Pipeline LCC leaked about 24,000 barrels, or about 1 million gallons. The company says the leak started over the weekend and was discovered Tuesday. Aero Pipeline is a subsidiary of Houston-based Cre

  • Gas station goes nostalgic for classic car event

    Yesterday

    BIRMINGHAM, Mich. (AP) — A Mobil gas station in Oakland County is expected to take on a more nostalgic look as part of National Collector Car Appreciation Day. Staff with Hagerty Classic Car Magazine will wear vintage attendant uniforms while pumping gas into classic cars from 7-10 a.m. Friday at the station at 36101 Woodward Avenue in Birmingham. Beginning at 25 cents per gallon, gas will be charged at what it cost the year the cars were made. Anyone driving a vehicle 25 years old or older will be eligible for the cheaper gas. Attendants also will wash car windows while a jukebox plays hits from the 1950s and 1960s.

  • US environmental official talks up clean air rules

    Yesterday

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal environmental official will meet with environmentalists, state officials and others in Hartford to discuss the Obama administration's clean air initiatives. Janet McCabe, an acting assistant administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Administration, is scheduled to speak Thursday at the offices of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. McCabe is working on the EPA's clean power plan that is expected to lead to a national rule regulating carbon pollution from electric power plants.

  • Top Army brass defend troubled intelligence system

    Yesterday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army's vice chief of staff, Gen. John Campbell, last year cited his son's experiences as a soldier in Afghanistan to answer a senator's tough questions about a troubled intelligence technology system. This week, after an inquiry by The Associated Press, the Army acknowledged that Campbell misspoke about his son's unit. The general omitted some key facts during a budget hearing on Capitol Hill as he sought to defend a $4 billion system that critics say has not worked as promised. Campbell faces another Senate hearing Thursday morning, this one on his nomination to lead U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

  • ND pipeline leaks about 1M gallons of saltwater

    Yesterday

    MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) — Around 1 million gallons of saltwater has leaked from a North Dakota pipeline, some of it into a bay that leads to a lake that provides drinking water for an American Indian reservation, company and tribe officials said Wednesday. Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Tex Hall told The Associated Press that an underground pipeline near Mandaree leaked about 24,000 barrels, or just over 1 million gallons, of saltwater near Bear Den Bay, a tributary of Lake Sakakawea. The Missouri River reservoir provides water to communities on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, occupied by the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara tribes in the heart of western North Dakota's booming oil patch.

  • U.S. students show average financial know-how in study

    By JENNIFER C. KERR, Associated Press | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    The United States runs in the middle of the pack when it comes to the financial knowledge and skills of 15-year-olds, according to an international study released by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

  • Fed could end monthly bond buying program by October

    By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, Associated Press | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Federal Reserve officials are in broad agreement that they will likely announce an end to their monthly bond buying program in October.

  • Most electric service restored after storm

    Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's largest electric utility says it has restored power to more than 41,000 customers following the latest storm. A storm with high winds moved across Vermont Tuesday night knocking down trees and power lines. Greg Hanson of the National Weather Service says the storm caused mostly wind damage although there was heavy rainfall at times. Only two dozen customers were still without service late Wednesday. It was the second storm to cause widespread outages this week. About 37,000 Green Mountain Power customers lost power over the Fourth of July weekend following a severe rain and wind storm.

  • Oklahomans call for immigration reform

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    A group of Oklahoma leaders are calling on Congress to reform the country’s immigration laws to secure its borders, preserve human dignity and allow immigrants to contribute to the economy.

  • Colorado completes 1st legal pot market study

    Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    DENVER (AP) — Colorado is smoking pot by the ton, and visitors are, too. Colorado's pot regulators issued what is believed to be the world's first post-legalization market study for the weed on Wednesday. The study relied on sales data from Colorado's first three months of recreational marijuana sales, while previous pot market studies relied on survey responses because the drug is illegal. "This study finds total marijuana demand to be much larger than previously estimated," Colorado's study concluded. The study estimated that total market demand for marijuana in Colorado is about 130 metric tons a year. That's about 121 metric tons for residents and almost 9 metric tons a year for visitors. These figures include med

  • Dodgers found partly responsible in fan beating

    Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A San Francisco Giants fan who suffered brain damage in a beating in a Dodger Stadium parking lot won his negligence lawsuit Wednesday, with a jury agreeing that the Dodgers didn't provide adequate security and were partly to blame for the attack. Bryan Stow's father said his son probably wouldn't understand the details of the settlement that will give him about $14 million from the Dodgers, "but Bryan will know that he got some help today." "He's not going to be 100 percent, maybe for a long time, maybe never. What he gets is going to help him through now, and that's what he needs," Dave Stow said.

  • Study: Psych drug ER trips approach 90,000 a year

    Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — Bad reactions to psychiatric drugs result in nearly 90,000 emergency room visits each year by U.S. adults, with anti-anxiety medicines and sedatives among the most common culprits, a study suggests. A drug used in some popular sleeping pills was among the most commonly involved sedatives, especially in adults aged 65 and older. Most of the visits were for troublesome side effects or accidental overdoses and almost 1 in 5 resulted in hospitalization. The results come from an analysis of 2009-2011 medical records from 63 hospitals that participate in a nationally representative government surveillance project. The study was published Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry.

  • Border surge overwhelming, officials tell Congress

    Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Tens of thousands of children streaming from chaotic Central American nations to the U.S. border have overwhelmed the government's ability to respond, senior Obama administration officials testified Wednesday as they urged senators to agree to the president's emergency spending request for the crisis. But as President Barack Obama traveled to Texas, Republican opposition hardened to his $3.7 billion request, leaving any solution unclear. At the same time, the political pressures on the president appeared to grow from all sides, as Republicans denounced him on the Senate floor, and even some Democrats began to join GOP demands for him to visit the U.S.-Mexican border — calls the White House continued to reject.

  • US students in middle of pack on financial knowhow

    Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In an increasingly global economy, just 1 in 10 teenagers around the world is able to make some key — but complex — financial decisions, including choosing among various loans or analyzing invoices and pay slips. The picture is no better in the United States, where only 9.4 percent of 15-year-olds were able to answer the most difficult questions on an international test of their financial knowledge and skills. More than 1 in 6 U.S. students did not reach the baseline level of proficiency in financial literacy. At best, those students could make only simple decisions on everyday spending, said a report released Wednesday by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

  • Nuclear site workers test thousands of air samples

    Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — About 12,000 air samples taken on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation this year after more than three dozen workers reported being sickened by chemical vapors have failed to find a cause for the problem, Hanford officials said Wednesday. But Hanford officials said that doesn't mean that workers aren't getting sick. "Our workers are not exposed to vapors, but they are having symptoms," said Tom Fletcher of the U.S. Department of Energy, which manages Hanford. "The question is: 'Why?' " "This isn't something we are taking lightly," Fletcher said. None of the 12,000 air samples taken this year showed chemical levels above occupational-exposure limits, Fletcher said.

  • Illinois has hired few workers to oversee fracking

    Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — More than a year after a much-lauded compromise paved the way for high-volume oil and gas extraction in Illinois, the agency in charge of overseeing the practice has hired just four of 53 new employees it says it needs as it continues working to complete rules that drillers must follow. The Department of Natural Resources has come under criticism from industry groups, lawmakers and other supporters of hydraulic fracturing who had hoped drilling could begin this summer. That scenario now appears unlikely. The perception of delays led at one point to a threat by lawmakers to strip the DNR of its rule-making role in fracking. More recently, critics have raised suspicions that Gov.

  • Korean firm to pay $2M to settle case in Virginia

    Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A South Korean chemical company has agreed to pay $2 million to settle a criminal complaint alleging attempted theft of a competitor's trade secrets. The complaint against Toray Chemical Korea Inc. was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Richmond. In an accompanying deferred prosecution agreement, Toray admits the allegations are true and agrees to pay the penalty and take corrective actions. The government agrees to drop the case after two years if Toray complies with the agreement. According to court papers, Toray sought to develop a fiber used in protective fabrics, electrical insulation and other products that is similar to a fiber manufactured by E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company.

  • Pot gives Oregonians a reason to visit neighbor

    Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Legal pot means Portlandia is going to get to know "The Couv" a little better. Mayor Tim Leavitt cut a green ribbon outside Main Street Marijuana on Wednesday, opening the doors to the first recreational marijuana store in Vancouver. The city in southwest Washington is just a 10-mile drive from downtown Portland. Culturally, however, it is many miles apart, and Portlanders say they have little reason to cross the I-5 bridge to visit their suburban neighbors. But Portlanders were represented among the hundreds of people who waited in line for the doors to open on the second day licensed, taxed and regulated marijuana was available in Washington state.

  • Airlines give upbeat view of revenue trends

    Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Three of the biggest U.S. airlines are giving upbeat signals about their business as the peak summer travel season kicks into high gear. American, United and Southwest indicated that a key revenue figure was higher than in the same period last year, and American also raised its forecast for profit margin in the second quarter. Shares of airline stocks rose. Since a series of big mergers that started in 2008, airlines have kept a lid on flights, which helps keeps fares high enough to overcome higher fuel prices. Of the four biggest U.S. airline companies, only United lost money in the first quarter, and analysts expect all of them to be in the black for the April-to-June quarter. On Wednesday, American Airlines Gro