(Reuters) – Tesla Motors Inc plans to release an update of its partly automated self-driving system "in a few weeks," Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Twitter on Wednesday. Musk tweeted that improvements to Tesla's Autopilot system, including advanced processing of radar signals, would be detailed in a blog post to be published on the company's website later on Wednesday. (Reporting by Paul Lienert in Detroit)
(Reuters) – Two U.S. senators on Wednesday called on the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate the Aug. 22 crash and explosion of a truck carrying Takata Corp air bag parts that killed a woman and injured four others. Takata makes air bag inflators containing ammonium nitrate, which have been linked to at least 14 deaths and more than 150 injuries and resulted in a massive vehicle recall. The NTSB "must investigate this incident and determine whether this company took appropriate precautions," said a statement by Senators Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Edward Markey of Massachusetts, both Democrats.
Ireland's cabinet could not agree on Wednesday on whether to appeal a European Commission ruling against Dublin's tax dealings with Apple and will meet for further talks later this week, a government source told Reuters. Finance Minister Michael Noonan has recommended lodging the appeal, saying on Tuesday he "disagreed profoundly" with the order from the Commission that the U.S. tech giant should hand over to Ireland unpaid taxes of up to 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) ruled to be illegal state aid.
By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Donald Trump will travel to Mexico on Wednesday and meet President Enrique Pena Nieto in a surprise trip to a country which the Republican presidential candidate has vilified as the main source of illegal immigration and drug smuggling to the United States. Trump's visit to Mexico City takes place hours before he was due to deliver a highly anticipated speech in the border state of Arizona on how he would tackle illegal immigration if he wins the Nov. 8 election.
By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday embarked on a 10-day trip where he will stress the urgency of curbing climate change and try to achieve some final agreements with world leaders at a G20 meeting in China. On Saturday, he will discuss further steps on climate change with Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is hosting the G20 group of leading economies. Obama and Xi worked together last year at a Paris conference to secure a global deal to cut carbon emissions and are expected to take the next steps soon to help bring the agreement into force.
By Caren Bohan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a foreign policy speech meant to reach out to Republican and independent voters, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Wednesday will argue for a robust commitment to U.S. leadership in the world and tout the idea of "American exceptionalism." A Clinton aide said she would contrast her foreign policy approach with that of Republican Donald Trump, who puts the emphasis on what he calls an "America first" vision that includes a crackdown on illegal immigration and opposition to multinational trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Clinton, a former secretary of state, plans to appear at 12:30 p.m. EDT (1630 GMT) at a convention of the American Legion veterans' group in Cincinnati.
(Editor's note: This story contains language in the second paragraph that may offend readers) By Scott Malone (Reuters) – Maine Governor Paul LePage said on Wednesday he will not resign and is seeking spiritual advice after unleashing an obscenity-laden voicemail message on a political rival, as state lawmakers kept the pressure on the Republican to step down. The famously combative two-term governor apologized for the second day in a row to the people of Maine and to state Representative Drew Gattine after calling the Democrat a "little son-of-a-bitch, socialist cocksucker" in a voicemail message last week that has been widely circulated. "I will not resign," LePage told reporters in his office in the state capital of Augusta, a day after he openly discussed the possibility of resigning in a radio appearance.
Oil prices fell 2.5 percent after U.S. government data showed a large unexpected weekly build in U.S. crude and distillate stockpiles and a smaller-than-expected draw in gasoline. The S&P 500 energy index plunged 1.6 percent as Exxon Mobil and Chevron fell 1 percent. Exxon was the top drag on the S&P 500 and Chevron on the Dow.
By Tom Heneghan JAKARTA (Reuters) – An Indonesian teenager who attacked a Catholic priest in his church was inspired by the murder of a French priest in July and guided by a radical compatriot in the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa, Jakarta’s national police chief said on Wednesday. Karnavian said the unsuccessful attack showed the phenomenon of a “lone wolf” radicalized over the internet was spreading in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, projecting the violence of the Middle Eastern militant group Islamic State (IS) as far afield as Indonesia, where Muslims and Christians have mostly lived in harmony. The attacker took his inspiration from reports of the murder of Father Jacques Hamel, 85, who died after two militants slit his throat during Mass in a suburb of Rouen in northern France in July.