Government will consider Google computer to be car’s driver

By TOM KRISHER and JUSTIN PRITCHARD Associated Press (DETROIT, AP) — Computers that control cars of the future can be considered drivers just like humans, the federal government’s highway safety agency has found. The redefinition of “driver” by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is an important break for Google,…

Fortis buying electric transmission company ITC for $6.9B

(NEW YORK, AP) — Canadian utility Fortis is buying electric transmission company ITC Holdings in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $6.9 billion as it looks to further diversify its business. ITC owns and runs high-voltage transmission facilities in Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. ITC Holdings Corp.…

Gov’t creates new student aid enforcement office

By JENNIFER C. KERR Associated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — The Obama administration is taking new steps to protect students amid increased scrutiny of for-profits colleges and other schools. The Education Department said Monday that it was creating a new student aid enforcement unit that will “respond more quickly and efficiently…

Drug exec takes the Fifth on Capitol Hill, angers lawmakers

By MARCY GORDON Associated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — Infuriating members of Congress, a smirking Martin Shkreli took the Fifth at…

US stocks give up an early gain and move lower; Yahoo down

By KEN SWEET Associated Press (NEW YORK, AP) — The stock market was heading for a second loss in a…

US Bank CEO on economy, interest rates, vanishing branches

By KEN SWEET Associated Press (NEW YORK, AP) — Richard Davis, the chief executive of regional banking giant U.S. Bank,…

Upper Midwest farmers transitioning to organic can get aid

By BLAKE NICHOLSON Associated Press (BISMARCK, N.D., AP) — North Dakota and Minnesota are helping farmers with the three-year transition…

A coffee named ‘Death Wish’ wins a Super Bowl commercial

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG Associated Press (NEW YORK, AP) — A coffee with an edgy name and made by a…

Danish food-packaging maker plans Missouri plant

(ROLLA, Mo., AP) — A Danish food-packaging manufacturer says it plans to build a $30-million factory in central Missouri’s Rolla,…

Stocks open higher, led by energy sector as oil price rises

(NEW YORK, AP) — Higher oil prices and some positive earnings news from U.S. companies are helping to send the…

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