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Tesla rear-ends bus in Germany, driver blames autopilot

Police in northern Germany say that a Tesla driver is blaming the car's autopilot after crashing into the rear end of a bus on a highway. Ratzeburg police say that the crash happened Wednesday afternoon on a stretch of autobahn about 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of Hamburg. The Tesla ...

Denmark receives Panama Papers data to fight tax dodging

Denmark has received data leaked from a Panamanian law firm that helped customers open offshore companies to avoid paying taxes, authorities said Thursday, adding they paid nearly 6 million kroner ($902,500) for it. Jim Soerensen, an official with the Danish Customs and Tax Administration, said they "were given permission Sept. ...

Study: Police using body cameras see huge drop in complaints

A Cambridge University study of British and U.S. police shows a 93 percent decrease in the number of complaints made against officers when they are using body cameras — pivotal findings that suggest the simple devices could reduce conflicts between police and the public. The idea behind the study is ...

Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, prior to testifying before the House Financial Services Committee investigating Wells Fargo's opening of unauthorized customer accounts. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Wells Fargo CEO faces lawmakers, apologizes again

Wells Fargo's CEO, newly stripped of tens of millions in compensation in a scandal over sales practices, told angry lawmakers Thursday the bank is expanding its review of accounts and will evaluate executives' roles. John Stumpf faced more bipartisan outrage from the House Financial Services Committee, following a grilling he ...

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2012, file photo, a CBS logo is displayed on the exterior of CBS Scene Restaurant and Bar, at Gillette Stadium, in Foxborough, Mass. On Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, National Amusements, the company that controls CBS and Viacom, announced it wants the two media companies to combine again, more than a decade after they went their separate ways. CBS Corp. produces TV shows and owns its namesake network. Viacom Inc. owns cable channels MTV, Nickelodeon and VH1. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Redstone push is on to reunite CBS and Viacom

Media mogul Sumner Redstone's firm is calling for CBS and Viacom to combine again, more than a decade after they went their separate ways. National Amusements, which owns most of the voting shares of the two companies, sent a letter to CBS and Viacom board members Thursday saying that a ...

This photo provided by Anthony Pidgeon, taken Aug. 21, 2015, shows the Asian-American band The Slants, from left, Joe X Jiang, Ken Shima, Tyler Chen, Simon "Young" Tam, Joe X Jiang in Old Town Chinatown, Portland, Ore. The Supreme Court will hear a First Amendment challenge over the government's refusal to register offensive trademarks in a case that could affect the Washington Redskins. The justices agreed Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, to take up a dispute involving an Asian-American rock band called the Slants, but did not act on a separate request to hear the higher-profile Redskins case at the same time. (Anthony Pidgeon/Redferns via AP)

Justices take up trademark case that could affect Redskins

The Supreme Court will hear a First Amendment challenge over the government's refusal to register offensive trademarks in a case that could affect the Washington Redskins. The justices agreed Thursday to take up a dispute involving an Asian-American rock band called the Slants, but they did not act on a ...

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, file photo, trader James Dresch, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Energy stocks led most markets higher on Thursday, Sept. 29, after OPEC nations reached a preliminary deal to cut oil production for the first time in eight years. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Stocks off to quiet start as oil price surge slows

U.S. stocks are wavering between small gains and losses early Thursday as as a slide in health care and high-dividend stocks offsets gains in energy and materials companies. PepsiCo and ConAgra Foods are rising after strong quarterly earnings reports. Oil prices are little changed after a big surge a day ...

In this photo dated Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, Algerian Energy Minister Noureddine Boutarfa, center, gestures as he leaves the International Conference Center in Algiers, Algeria, with Minister of Energy and Industry of Qatar, Bin Saleh Al-Sada, left, and acting Secretary General of OPEC Mohammed Barkindo, after a meeting of oil ministers of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting countries, OPEC, in Algiers, Algeria. OPEC nations reached a preliminary agreement Wednesday to curb oil production for the first time since the global financial crisis eight years ago, in an effort to reduce a global glut of crude that has depressed oil prices for more than two years and weakened the economies of oil-producing nations. (AP Photo/Sidali Djarboub)

OPEC deal shows cartel's resolve _ and desperation

OPEC's unexpected agreement to trim production shows the cartel still has the resolve — and even desperation — to try to guide energy markets higher. But don't expect triple-digit oil prices anytime soon. Ministers from the oil cartel reached a preliminary deal Wednesday in Algeria to cut production for the ...

Economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa to fall to 1.6 percent

A new World Bank report says economic growth across sub-Saharan Africa is projected to fall to 1.6 percent in 2016, the lowest level in more than two decades. Growth was 3 percent last year. The report released Thursday says the weak growth mainly reflects the deteriorating performance of the continent's ...

Hotel workers seek new safety measures after freezer death

Federal regulators and hotel employees are calling for new safety measures after a worker was found dead inside a walk-in freezer at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in downtown Atlanta. Investigators believe Carolyn Mangham spent about 13 hours at temperatures below minus 10 Fahrenheit. Her frozen body was found after her ...

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2016 file photo, Mylan CEO Heather Bresch testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Lawmakers are venting outrage these days over high prescription drug costs, but if Congress is looking for culprits, it may want to look in the mirror. Republican and Democratic-controlled Congresses, and presidents of both parties, may have set the stage for the startling prices that now have consumers on edge.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Did landmark laws from Congress enable high drug prices?

Lawmakers are venting outrage over high prescription drug costs, but if Congress is looking for culprits, it might want to look in the mirror. Republican- and Democratic-controlled Congresses, and presidents of both parties, may have set the stage for the startling prices that have consumers on edge. In the last ...

FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, file photo, a "Sale Pending" sign sits atop a realty sign outside a home for sale in Surfside, Fla. On Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, the National Association of Realtors releases its July report on pending home sales, which are seen as a barometer of future purchases. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

US pending home sales slump in August

Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in August, as a shortage of properties for sale is weighing on the market. The National Association of Realtors said Thursday its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index fell 2.4 percent last month to 108.5, its lowest reading since January. The number of ...

Members of trade unions and others march during a general strike in Brussels on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. Demonstrators marched on Thursday against cost cutting measures and government reforms. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

Tens of thousands of Belgians protest reforms, labor law

Tens of thousands of workers have rallied in the Belgian capital to protest against government reforms and labor laws, disrupting public transport and traffic. Brussels police spokeswoman Ilse Van de Keere said around 45,000 people took part in Thursday's protest, the fourth since Prime Minister Charles Michel took office in ...

Italy's Novamont invests 100M euros in biochemical plant

The Italian biochemical company Novamont has opened the first plant in the world to make a chemical compound used in the production of plastics with renewable sources. Novamont CEO Catia Bastioli said Thursday the company has invested 100 million euros ($112 million) to convert an abandoned plant near Rovigo in ...

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, file photo, a Pepsi truck delivers products to vendors at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, Ill. PepsiCo reports financial results Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

PepsiCo's drinks, snacks boost sales in North America

PepsiCo sold more of its beverages and Frito-Lay snacks in North America during the third quarter, helping it deliver a profit that beat Wall Street expectations. The maker of Gatorade sports drinks and Mountain Dew soda said sales volume for both snacks and drinks rose 2 percent for its flagship ...

Supreme Court to hear 'swipe fees' case

The Supreme Court will hear a dispute over state laws that prohibit merchants from imposing fees on customers who use credit cards. The justices said Thursday they will take up a case involving swipe fees that merchants must pay to the credit-card issuer each time a customer charges a purchase. ...

This Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, photo, shows a sign advertising a sale in the window of an Express store on Lincoln Road Mall, in Miami Beach, Fla. On Thursday, Sept. 29, the Commerce Department issues the third and final estimate of how the U.S. economy performed in the April-June quarter. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

US economy grew at 1.4 percent rate in spring

The U.S. economy expanded at a slightly faster pace in the spring than previously reported, aided by new-found strength in business construction. The Commerce Department said Thursday the gross domestic product, the broadest measure of the economy, expanded at an annual pace of 1.4 percent in the April-June quarter. That ...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, file photo, job applicants fill out forms during a job fair at Dolphin Mall in Miami. On Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, the Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits the week before. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Applications for US unemployment aid tick higher to 254,000

More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week but the number of applications remained low, the latest sign that layoffs are scarce. THE NUMBERS: The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for jobless aid rose 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 254,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, ticked down ...

Rear view of the newly unveiled Ferrari Aperta on display during the first press day at the Paris Auto Show in Paris, France, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. The Paris Auto Show will open its gates to the public from Oct. 1st to 16th. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Automakers show off electric cars at Paris show

Global automakers are showing off new electric vehicles at the Paris auto show as they look ahead to a world of tighter environmental standards and brace for rapid changes in technology. Volkswagen, trying to recover from revelations some of its diesel cars pollute far more than is allowed, displayed the ...

Spain's central bank warns of cost of political impasse

Spain's central bank is warning that the political impasse in the country could have negative economic effects. The warning came Thursday as the bank revised up its 2016 economic growth forecast for Spain to 3.2 percent from 2.8 percent, and maintained estimates for the subsequent two years at 2.3 percent ...

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