Researchers smoke out weed users with mobile device

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AKRON, Ohio -- Two University of Akron students are developing a mobile device similar to a Breathalyzer that will test the level of marijuana in one's system.

Called the Cannibuster, it could be a significant roadside tool for law enforcement as more states allow the medical and recreational use of the drug.

"Marijuana is considered to be the...Read more

Gail Marks Jarvis: Retirement or kid's college? Better choice might surprise you.

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No parent wants to be the bad guy.

But as they try to figure out whether they should let their children say yes to college acceptances that have just arrived, parents may wonder if they dare give the go-ahead. For many families, the choice between an exciting yes or an excruciating no is a fraught decision. And if parents trust their gut, they ...Read more

America's tax wish list: The arcane, the petty, the greedy

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WASHINGTON -- Since members of Congress and President Barack Obama haven't been able to make much progress on reforming the tax code, the Senate Finance Committee in March asked the general public for ideas. And America came through with more than 1,400 submissions.

Among the many ideas that the Finance Committee made public this week, there ...Read more

Cruz's ideology trumps Texas' interests, businesses complain

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WASHINGTON -- When Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was in his first year in the Senate, he took to the floor to oppose a bill on a program to manage federal helium that was about to expire and that all sides had agreed on.

The bill passed 97-2, with Cruz voting against it. What was striking was that the Federal Helium Reserve is based in Texas. He ...Read more

Hillary Clinton a free trader, or not, depending on the moment

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WASHINGTON -- Three years ago Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised a proposed deal to reduce trade barriers among Pacific Rim nations as "the gold standard" for such pacts.

Now, the presidential candidate Clinton has nothing to say as President Barack Obama fights to win expanded negotiating authority to complete the agreement over ...Read more

71 fall ill on Holland America cruise ship

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Seventy-one people on a Holland America Line cruise ship fell ill before the ship returned to Port Everglades here early Friday.

Sixty of 1,138 passengers on the ms Maasdam and 11 of 578 crew members experienced vomiting and diarrhea during the cruise, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

The ship ...Read more

Most striking port truck drivers return to work

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LOS ANGELES -- Most of the port truck drivers who walked off the job this week went back to work Friday, ending their four-day job action against companies they accuse of wage theft.

On Monday, organizers said several hundred drivers walked off the job and picketed four companies that serve the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports: Pacific 9 ...Read more

Why Tesla is plugging energy storage batteries?

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LOS ANGELES -- Billionaire Elon Musk's Tesla Motors Inc. unveiled a line of inexpensive residential and commercial energy storage systems at a rock concert-like gala Thursday night at the company's design studio, located outside Los Angeles.

The battery-based systems are expected to make solar power systems more efficient, provide backup power ...Read more

In the NFL — as in business — hiring is hard

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CHICAGO -- With the NFL draft continuing in Chicago, you might wonder how those football players are likely to work out as employees, especially those picked early enough to become newly minted millionaire athletes. Will those coveted first-rounders provide great value and lead their teams to a Super Bowl title?

Probably not.

At least that's ...Read more

Apple Watches and wrist tattoos not meshing well

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Well, that inks.

The newly released Apple Watch may be problematic for people with dark tattoos on their wrist, the company acknowledged after complaints from customers.

"Permanent or temporary changes to your skin, such as some tattoos, can also impact heart rate sensor performance. The ink, pattern, and saturation of some tattoos can block ...Read more

Ford expands recall for door latch problems

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DETROIT -- Ford on Friday said it is expanding by another 156,000 the number of vehicles being recalled for door latch problems at the directive of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, bringing the total to 545,906 vehicles in North America that need to be checked for the problem.

The expanded recall includes 2011-14 Ford Fiestas...Read more

Motoring Q&A: Dead Cadillac battery may be linked to heated seats

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Q: My 2006 Cadillac DTS has had a battery problem ever since I purchased it used in 2010. The morning after I bought the car, it would not start due to a dead battery. The dealer replaced the battery but the car continued to have this problem intermittently. They eventually installed a trickle charger because they said I didn't drive the car ...Read more

Bar owners betting big on Mayweather-Pacquiao fight

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CHICAGO -- One thing's for sure, there's a lot of money to be made on Saturday's so-called fight of the century between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. But for bar and restaurant owners hosting viewing parties, not so much.

Commercial establishments pay a lot more to have the fight on television than do home viewers, who can watch the ...Read more

Fiat Chrysler, GM sales rose 6 percent; Ford up 5 percent in April

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DETROIT -- Americans' appetite for bigger and more expensive vehicles continued to grow in April as easy credit and lower gas prices bolstered a modestly improving economy.

General Motors and Fiat Chrysler posted 6 percent increases in their April U.S. sales, while Ford was up 5 percent.

Toyota saw its sales increase 1.8 percent and Nissan ...Read more

US, Canada agree on new standards for railroad oil tankers

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PITTSBURGH -- The U.S. and Canada on Friday announced regulations that would phase out or strengthen the railroad oil tankers involved in several recent explosions by 2020.

The regulations impose enhanced design standards for tankers built after Oct. 1 and establish a schedule for retrofitting or eliminating existing tankers. They also require ...Read more

Under the Hood: Otherwise healthy car struggles up long grades

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Q: I have a 1996 Oldsmobile Ciera with a 3.1-liter engine. Its odometer reading is around 175,000 miles. It struggles while going up a long grade and I sometimes hear pinging noise. The car's pickup and acceleration are quite good on highways. Replacing the fuel filter has not helped. The car does not use up much engine oil. What else needs to ...Read more

Auto review: New Jeep is nimble, fun to drive

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In 1940 the U.S. government asked America's car companies to design a general purpose vehicle for World War II combat support -- and the Jeep was born.

Seventy-five years later, the storied military machine has finally become a true general purpose vehicle, used for off-roading, canyon climbing and getting to yoga class.

Especially getting to ...Read more

The Week Ahead: Trade talks in focus

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A trade debate in the week ahead puts President Barack Obama on the side of Congressional Republicans with global investors hoping for a deal.

The U.S. Senate could vote in the new week on Trade Promotion Authority. The bill puts forth a special authority to more quickly approve international trade deals. This is the first step in a larger ...Read more

Automakers rev up innovation in the Bay Area

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- In the future, your car will anticipate your every need, from where you're heading to what you'd like to listen to along the way -- and, of course, drive itself.

That's the vision automakers are test-driving in Silicon Valley, which has emerged as ground zero in the race to reimagine the automobile. Car companies ranging ...Read more

Mark Phelan: Automakers learn green is the color of money

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Go green. For automakers and suppliers, it's not a suggestion. Environmental sustainability has become a recipe for success.

"Sustainability is a long-term concern that creates stakeholder value," said David Tulauskas, General Motors' global director of sustainability.

"Not just in the U.S., but globally, customers have become much more ...Read more