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Ford, Volkswagen join forces on developing electric and self-driving technology

Ford, Volkswagen join forces on developing electric and self-driving technology

fredrocko/iStock(DETROIT) — Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen AG are formally teaming up to develop and invest in electric vehicles, self-driving technology and mobility services, the automakers announced Tuesday from the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.As part of this global alliance, Ford and Volkswagen will manufacture commercial vans and medium-sized pickups for worldwide markets…

Supreme Court hears wine retailer challenge to Tennessee liquor law

Supreme Court hears wine retailer challenge to Tennessee liquor law

dkfielding/iStock(WASHINGTON) — Since the end of Prohibition, the sale of alcohol in the United States has been regulated almost exclusively by state and local governments. But when do those regulations go too far?The Supreme Court on Wednesday will consider whether strict residency requirements for retailers of beer, wine and liquor in Tennessee are constitutional or…

Netflix raising subscription prices, again

Netflix raising subscription prices, again

wutwhanfoto/iStock(NEW YORK) — It’s about to cost you more to get your Stranger Things fix. Netflix is implementing the biggest subscription increase since the video streaming service launched 12 years ago, raising its U.S. prices by 13 to 18 percent, according to Deadline.The price hikes will take effect immediately for new subscribers and will be…

Furloughed by the government shutdown? Enjoy a free beer

Furloughed by the government shutdown? Enjoy a free beer

andresr/iStock(NEW YORK) — Want to do your part to help out a furloughed federal worker during the government shutdown? How about buying them a beer?PayItFurloughed.com is making it happen. All you’ve got to do is make a donation to the cause via the website. PayItFurloughed in turn uses your donation to fund partnerships with Washington,…

Unpaid federal workers get help from food banks during government shutdown

Unpaid federal workers get help from food banks during government shutdown

asiseeit/iStock(NEW YORK) — Food banks around the country near military bases or in cities with a lot of federal government employees have been stepping up to help the furloughed or unpaid workers during the government shutdown.Over the weekend in Washington, a local food bank said 2,200 furloughed federal employees received produce and other items at…

The looming danger in high-tech car safety systems: Experts

The looming danger in high-tech car safety systems: Experts

oatawa/iStock(DETROIT) — Get behind the wheel of a new car and you’ll be amazed at the suite of safety features available. Blind spot detection. Rear-view cameras. Automatic emergency braking. Lane departure warning. These driver-assist technologies are proliferating as cars become increasingly sophisticated computers.At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, which opened to the…

TSA staffing shortages hit nation’s busiest airports amid government shutdown

TSA staffing shortages hit nation’s busiest airports amid government shutdown

David Tran/iStock(WASHINGTON) — Transportation Security Administration officials are closing more security lanes amid increased callouts from officers not being paid during the government shutdown.The absence rate at TSA on Monday is 7.6 percent, up from 3.2 percent on the same day last year, according to TSA spokesperson Michael Bilello.Major airports in cities such as Atlanta…

Traveler was able to get a firearm through a TSA security checkpoint and onto an international flight

Traveler was able to get a firearm through a TSA security checkpoint and onto an international flight

TennesseePhotographer/iStock(NEW YORK) — As concerns about the possible impacts of the government shutdown on airport screening grow, a passenger got a gun through the country’s busiest airport and onto an international flight in his carry-on bag, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).The passenger was traveling through the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport earlier this month…