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Gig workers face shifting roles, competition in pandemic

NEW YORK (AP) — There were the two-hour, unpaid waits outside supermarkets when San Francisco first started to lock down, on top of the heavy shopping bags that had to be lugged up countless flights of stairs. And yet even after signing up for...

 

Fracking pioneer Chesapeake files for bankruptcy protection

NEW YORK (AP) — Chesapeake Energy, a shale drilling pioneer that helped to turn the United States into a global energy powerhouse, has filed for bankruptcy protection. The Oklahoma City-based company said Sunday that it was a necessary decision...

 

Chesapeake, struggling to survive, skips $13.5M in payments

Chesapeake Energy, which has warned that it's unsure if it can survive much longer, failed to make $13.5 million in interest payments that came due this week, according to a federal filing. The pioneering energy company grew to become one of the...

 

Uber loses $2.9 billion, offloads bike and scooter business

NEW YORK (AP) — Uber lost $2.9 billion in the first quarter as its overseas investments were hammered by the coronavirus pandemic, but the company is looking to its growing food delivery business and aggressive cost-cutting to ease the pain. The...

 

Q&A: With rock-bottom prices, will the oil industry recover?

NEW YORK (AP) — With a barrel of crude oil costing less than a New York pizza, many U.S. shale producers are being pushed to the brink of bankruptcy and experts are wondering when, and if, the oil industry will recover. The price of benchmark U.S....

 

Q&A: Oil prices hit new lows as economic pain deepens

NEW YORK (AP) — A barrel of oil now costs less than a cheap bottle of wine. U.S. benchmark crude was trading as low as $6.50 a barrel Tuesday, more than 80% lower than the start of the year. The dizzying drop reflected stark suffering in the...

 

Chaos and scrambling in the US oil patch as prices plummet

NEW YORK (AP) — In Montana, a father and son running a small oil business are cutting their salaries in half. In New Mexico, an oil truck driver who supports his family just went a week without pay. And in Alaska, lawmakers have had to dip into...

 

Boeing ousts its CEO after two deadly 737 Max crashes

NEW YORK (AP) — Boeing ousted CEO Dennis Muilenburg on Monday with no end in sight to the crisis that has engulfed the vaunted American aircraft manufacturer since the crash of two of its 737 Max airliners. The Boeing board had supported...

 

Exxon trial probes how oil giant accounts for climate change

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's attorney general is accusing Exxon Mobil of lying to investors about how profitable the company will remain as governments impose stricter regulations to combat global warming. The lawsuit, which is set to go to trial...

 

EPA moves to revoke rules on oil industry methane leaks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration moved Thursday to revoke regulations on methane leaks from oil facilities, a proposal environmental advocates said would renounce key federal authority to regulate the climate-damaging gas. The proposed...

 

Boom in electric scooters leads to more injuries, fatalities

Andrew Hardy was crossing the street on an electric scooter in downtown Los Angeles when a car struck him at 50 miles per hour and flung him 15 feet in the air before he smacked his head on the pavement and fell unconscious. The 26-year-old snapped...

 

Mounting tensions with Iran, China leave oil prices in flux

NEW YORK (AP) — A rare mix of geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and China is tugging oil prices in opposite directions and creating uncertainty over where they might land. Deteriorating trade talks between the United States and China, the...

 

Oil prices climb in wake of Iranian oil sanctions decision

NEW YORK (AP) — Global oil prices are rising in the wake of President Donald Trump's decision to impose sanctions on nations that import Iranian oil and could eventually climb to levels that would impact American consumers. Analysts said Tuesday...

 

AP Explains: What a Venezuelan oil embargo could mean for US

NEW YORK (AP) — Diplomatic relations between U.S. and Venezuela have hit a new low over President Donald Trump's decision to recognize the leader of the South American country's opposition as its legitimate president. But the two countries have...

 

Need some milk? Driverless cars start delivering groceries

The nation's largest grocery chain stepped into the driverless delivery market Tuesday, bringing milk, eggs and other items to a customer's home in a vehicle with nobody at the wheel. Although limited to delivering within about a mile (1.5...

 

GM, Honda team up to produce self-driving vehicles

General Motors and Honda are teaming up on self-driving vehicle technology as big automakers and tech giants race to develop the next generation of personal transportation. Japan's Honda Motor Co. will invest $2.75 billion in the autonomous vehicle...

 

Report: One-third of households struggle to pay energy bills

NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly a third of U.S. households have trouble paying their energy bills, and the problem mainly impacts racial minorities, according to a report released Wednesday by the Energy Information Administration. One in five households...

 

An old problem: Aging pipelines lead to deadly explosions

The natural gas pipeline in the United States is vast, sprawling across 2.5 million miles in a complex pressurized system that delivers a quarter of the energy consumed nationwide, according to the American Gas Association. Many of the pipes are...

 

As robots edge into workplace, free money idea takes hold

HONOLULU (AP) — Driverless trucks. Factory robots. Delivery drones. Virtual personal assistants. As technological innovations increasingly edge into the workplace, many people fear that robots and machines are destined to take jobs that human...

 

Guam's worries grow as tensions rise between US, North Korea

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Residents of the tiny Pacific island of Guam say they're afraid of being caught in the middle of escalating tensions between the U.S. and North Korea after Pyongyang announced it was examining plans for attacking the strategica...

 

Health care lobby pushes back on Hawaii LGBT fertility bill

HONOLULU (AP) — Health care lobbyists in Hawaii are pushing lawmakers to kill part of a bill that would expand access to fertility treatments to same-sex couples who want to have a child. They're saying requiring insurers to cover fertility...

 

Hawaii bill would allow medical aid in dying

HONOLULU (AP) — As a stage-four prostate cancer patient, Joe Herzog has been considering how he might die and knows he could face intractable vomiting and starvation in the final days or weeks of his life. As a retired veterinarian, Herzog...

 

Hawaii bill would classify homelessness as medical condition

HONOLULU (AP) — As an emergency room doctor, Hawaii Sen. Josh Green sees homeless patients suffering from diabetes, mental health problems and an array of medical issues that are more difficult to manage when they are homeless or do not have...

 

Trump's victory creates uncertainty for wind and solar power

HONOLULU (AP) — President Donald Trump has disputed climate change, pledged a revival of coal and disparaged wind power, and his nominee to head the Energy Department was once highly skeptical of the agency's value. What this means for states'...

 

Prosecutors want crackdown on websites selling illegal sex

HONOLULU (AP, Sept. 30, 2016) — Prosecutors from around the world say the fight against sex trafficking is moving online as traffickers use popular websites to advertise sexual services. They talked Friday about how they can crack down on the...

 

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