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This undated photo provided by Infiniti shows the interior of the 2019 Infiniti QX50, an SUV with two screens and a fairly complex interface. (Infiniti North America via AP)

Edmunds: How to shop for a low-tech car

Feb. 26, 2020 6:00 AM EST

New vehicles are more technologically advanced than ever. A car today can mirror your smartphone on its center display screen, warn you of objects in your blind spot, brake on its own in an emergency, adjust the climate control via voice, and much more. Automakers say the technology makes the vehicles safer and...

CEO of PSA Groupe Carlos Tavares arrives for the presentation of the company's 2019 full year results, in Rueil-Malmaison, west of Paris, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. The French carmaker announced a new profitability record in 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Peugeot maker sees record profit, but virus clouds horizon

Feb. 26, 2020 5:35 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Despite record profits last year, Peugeot maker PSA Group said Wednesday it lost 700 million euros ($760 million) in China — and that was before the new virus hit a key manufacturing center. As it prepares to merge with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, PSA forecast a cloudy market for 2020,...

Beam Institute to hold first bourbon conference

Feb. 26, 2020 3:33 AM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits will hold its first bourbon industry conference this week at the University of Kentucky. The Beam Institute collaborated with the Kentucky Distillers Association to plan the event around key industry issues, according to a statement...

This Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 photo shows Bartlomiej Kolatek, general manager of Kolatek's Bakery in Chicago. For many of Polish decent, both in the U.S. and beyond, Tuesday is Paczki Day. It's the kickoff to Lent, the 40 days of fasting and prayer Catholics and many Christians in liturgical traditions observe leading up to Easter. This week, Kolatek's Bakery alone will sell 25,000 paczki, a bready dough fried and stuffed with jams or custard.     (Emily McFarlan Miller/RNS via AP)

Before Lent begins, Paczki Day brings Chicagoans together

Feb. 25, 2020 11:02 PM EST

CHICAGO (RNS) — Lidia Kieca bought her paczki last Thursday (Feb. 20), when Paczki Day is celebrated in Poland. Kieca also bought some Monday to send overnight to her adult daughter in Nashville, Tennessee, where she said the traditional Polish pastries are harder to find. And she was back at the bakery on...

In this Feb. 17, 2020, file photo released by Xinhua News Agency, workers assemble Audi A6 L cars at a workshop of FAW-Volkswagen Automobile Co., Ltd. in Changchun, northeast China's Jilin Province.Factories that make the world's smartphones, toys and other goods are struggling to reopen after a virus outbreak idled China's economy. But even with the ruling Communist Party promising help, companies and economists say it may be months before production is back to normal. (Zhang Nan/Xinhua via AP, File)

China struggles to revive manufacturing amid virus outbreak

Feb. 25, 2020 10:54 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Factories that make the world’s smartphones, toys and other goods are struggling to reopen after a virus outbreak idled China’s economy. But even with the ruling Communist Party promising help, companies and economists say it may be months before production is back to normal. ...

In this Feb. 21, 2020 photo, a worker pushes a cart inside an Amazon Go Grocery store set to open soon in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. Following the opening of several smaller convenience-type stores using an app and cashier-less technology to tally shoppers' selections, the store will be the first Amazon Go full-sized cashier-less grocery store. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

No checkout needed: Amazon opens cashier-less grocery store

Feb. 25, 2020 6:40 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon wants to kill the supermarket checkout line. The online retailing giant is opening its first cashier-less supermarket, where shoppers can grab milk or eggs and walk out without waiting in line or ever opening their wallets. It's the latest sign that Amazon is serious about shaking...

File - In this June 17, 2019, file photo, a cashier displays a packet of tobacco-flavored Juul pods at a store in San Francisco. Investigators from 39 states will look into the marketing and sales of vaping products by Juul Labs, including whether the company targeted youths and made misleading claims about nicotine content in its devices, officials announced Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. Juul released a statement saying it has halted television, print and digital advertising and eliminated most flavors in response to concerns by government officials and others.  (AP Photo/Samantha Maldonado, File)

'A world of hurt': 39 states to investigate Juul's marketing

Feb. 25, 2020 2:58 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A coalition of 39 states will look into the marketing and sales of vaping products by Juul Labs, including whether the company targeted youths and made misleading claims about nicotine content in its devices, officials announced Tuesday. Attorneys general from Connecticut, Florida,...

A farmer blocks the center of the city with his tractors during a protest in Pamplona, northern Spain, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. Farmers across Spain are taking part in mass protests over what they say are plummeting incomes for agricultural workers. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

Spain tries to appease protesting farmers over unfair prices

Feb. 25, 2020 10:15 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish government has introduced new regulations on the pricing of food in supermarkets, in response to weeks of country-wide farmers' protests over plummeting incomes. Under the new rules, adopted under a royal decree Tuesday by ministers in Spain's left-wing governing coalition,...

Quentin Declerck, from Le Champignon de Bruxelles, inspects the progress of shelves of mushrooms growing in various substrates at the company's urban farm in the cellars of Cureghem in Brussels, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. When the founding members of the company first tried to grow their Shiitake, Maitake and Nameko mushroom varieties using coffee grounds as a substrate, they realized the fungi much preferred organic beer waste. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Mushrooms grow from beer waste in the cellars of Brussels

Feb. 25, 2020 7:29 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — In Belgium, a country where beer is the culinary king, its brewing also creates magic for mushrooms. In the cellars of the famed Abattoir meat market in Brussels' Anderlecht neighborhood, Quentin Declerck and his partners have come up with a business idea for the times: Growing exotic...

Cuba opens its annual trade fair for the key cigar sector

Feb. 24, 2020 5:10 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba’s annual cigar trade fair started Monday, bringing thousands of buyers and aficionados of the island’s iconic stogies to sample the latest wares and place orders for sale oversees. According to Habanos SA officials, Cuba sold $531 million worth of cigars worldwide in 2019,...