Monthly Archives: August 2016

Tesla will release Autopilot update ‘in weeks’: Musk

The Tesla Model S version 7.0 software update containing Autopilot features is demonstrated during a Tesla event in Palo Alto(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)

U.S. senators seek federal probe of Takata-linked explosion

A sign with the Takata logo is seen outside the Takata Corporation building in Auburn Hills, Michigan(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.

Irish cabinet fails to agree on Apple appeal, to meet again: source

Ireland's Finance Minister Noonan attends an interview with Reuters at his office in central DublinIreland'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.

Trump to make surprise trip to Mexico after harsh criticism

Republican nominee Donald Trump arrives to speak at "Joni's Roast and Ride" in Des MoinesBy 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.

Obama to highlight climate issues at home before journey overseas

Obama waves as he boards Air Force One for travel from Joint Base Andrews, MarylandBy 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.

Courting Republicans, Clinton to tout ‘American exceptionalism’

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at Truckee Meadows Community College in RenoBy 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.

Maine governor says will not resign, to seek spiritual advice

Maine Governor Paul LePage speaks at the 23rd Annual Energy Trade and Technology Conference in Boston(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.

Wall St falls as lower oil prices weigh on energy stocks

A trader works on the floor of the NYSEOil 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.

Indonesian priest attack inspired by murder of French Catholic cleric

Police are seen outside Saint Joseph catholic church after a suspected terror attack by a knife-wielding assailant on a priest during the Sunday service in Medan, North Sumatra, IndonesiaBy 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.