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Renewed disturbances in Chile; many line up for food

Oct. 21, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Hundreds of protesters defied an emergency decree and confronted police in Chile's capital on Monday, continuing disturbances that have left at least 11 dead and led the president to say the country is "at war." Police used tear gas and streams of water to break up the march of...

Online ordering boom gives rise to virtual restaurants

Oct. 21, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Frato's Pizza looks like a typical family restaurant, with its black-and-white checkered floor and red chairs. But in the kitchen, the cooks are whipping up dishes for four other restaurants at the same time. There is, of course, the gourmet pizza that patrons have come to expect from...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Uber to acquire food delivery service Cornershop

Oct. 11, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

Ride-hailing service Uber is acquiring Cornershop as it tries to gain a foothold in the Latin American grocery delivery business. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. San Francisco-based Uber, whose $5.24 billion loss last quarter was its largest ever, has been expanding its offerings to include food...

Uber driver not guilty in death of passenger in Denver

Oct. 10, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A jury on Thursday found an Uber driver not guilty of murder in the fatal shooting of a passenger he said attacked him while driving on a freeway in Denver. Jurors sided with Michael Hancock, 31, who argued that he was defending himself against passenger Hyun (Huhn) Kim. About four hours...