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California relishes role as liberal trendsetter, Trump foe

Oct. 20, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Democrats who rule California took on homegrown tech giants Uber and Lyft over their workforces, convinced some of the world's biggest automakers to buck the president on fuel emissions and passed a law that could change college sports nationwide. On issues big and small...

US agency eyes fatal crash involving self-driving car

Oct. 18, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board is moving to determine the probable cause of the first fatal crash involving a self-driving vehicle. Elaine Herzberg died in March 2018 when an Uber vehicle struck her as she walked across a darkened street in Tempe, Arizona. The board will meet...

Phoenix City Council OKs new fees for airport rideshares

Oct. 16, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — New fees for ride-hailing pickups and drop-offs at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport have been approved by the city council. Council members voted 7-2 Wednesday to charge companies such as Uber and Lyft a $4 fee for each ride to and from the airport starting in 2020. With the fee...

Congress calls on ride-hailing companies to improve safety

Oct. 16, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

Snubbed by Uber and Lyft, a House committee went ahead with its hearing Wednesday on safety and employment issues plaguing ride-hailing companies. Members of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure called on Uber and Lyft to clean up their act, even though neither company sent representatives to...

Despite defections, Facebook officially launches Libra

Oct. 14, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook officially moved forward with its plans Monday to create a new digital currency called Libra, despite several high-profile defections from the project and intense criticism from U.S. regulators and politicians. The Libra Association, the nonprofit that will govern the currency,...

Man struck, killed after jumping out of Uber on LA freeway

Oct. 14, 2019 2:41 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say an Uber rider was struck and killed by a California Highway Patrol car on a Los Angeles freeway when he jumped out of the ride-share vehicle during a physical fight with another passenger. The incident before dawn Monday on U.S. 101 caused a massive traffic jam. CHP...

Uber lays off 350 employees in Eats, autonomous vehicles

Oct. 14, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Uber is laying off 350 employees from its food delivery, autonomous vehicles, safety, insurance and other teams. The move is the latest in a string of staff reductions at the ride-hailing giant since its ill-fated initial public offering. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in an email to employees...

Police: Man used Uber to transport meth in Utah

Oct. 12, 2019 1:41 PM EDT

PROVO, Utah (AP) — An Uber passenger in Utah is facing charges after police say he used the ride-hailing service to transport nearly 11 pounds of methamphetamine. The Provo Daily Herald reports Edgar Esteban Ramos Valdez was arrested Friday following a confrontation with a Provo, Utah, officer who spotted...

Visa, Mastercard shun Facebook's Libra digital currency plan

Oct. 11, 2019 6:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Visa and Mastercard on Friday announced their departure from Facebook's Libra project, a major setback to the social network's plan for a worldwide digital currency. Along with the two payment giants, several other large companies have said they're exiting Libra. Payment processing company...

Chicago mulls hiking fares for ride-hailing solo downtown

Oct. 11, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials are considering an increase in ride-hailing fees for solo riders traveling downtown, in a move aimed at reducing traffic congestion and pushing more drivers to pick up passengers in the city's predominantly minority areas. Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she will recommend the...