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USDA balks at tougher rules for organic eggs


The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday that it plans to withdraw rules adopted by the Obama administration that would have made it tougher for large-scale egg farms to earn organic certification. The withdrawal would leave intact a ...

GM fires union executive, charged in in UAW-Chrysler scandal


DETROIT -- General Motors has confirmed that Alphons Iacobelli, who faces criminal charges for allegedly diverting UAW-Fiat Chrysler training money for a personal spending spree, was fired this year. GM hired Iacobelli after FCA fired him in 2015...

NLRB overturns rule that made companies liable for franchise employees


The National Labor Relations Board has overturned a rule set during the Obama administration that made companies liable for the employees of their franchisees and contractors. Groups representing industries including restaurants, retail and ...

Pandora, playing catch-up to Spotify, offers free music with ads


Pick a song. Any song. It's almost Christmas, so, how about a song of the season like "Fairytale of New York" by the Pogues? Now, if you were using Pandora to listen to music, and you didn't want to wait through a playlist of who knows what in ...

Former social media insiders are among the fiercest critics


WASHINGTON -- Blistering criticism of social media by two former Facebook insiders has brought a new patch of turbulence for the few of companies that control the platforms even as their influence grows and their stock soars. The former Facebook ...

With majority stake in Hulu, Disney could take a run at Netflix


Netflix is the undisputed champion of streaming TV. Subscribers spend more than 140 million hours a day on the service, whose popular shows include "Stranger Things" and "House of Cards." But that dominance now faces a credible threat from the ...

Uber, other ride-booking services has reduced ambulance usage across the country, study says


SAN JOSE, Calif. -- In what is believed to be the first study to measure the impact of Uber and other ride-booking services on the U.S. ambulance business, two researchers have concluded that ambulance usage is dropping across the country. A ...

Tesla was under federal investigation over Model 3 and may still be, report says


PALO ALTO, Calif. -- The Securities and Exchange Commission investigated Tesla over how it was selling its Model 3 sedan, but the company didn't tell investors about it, and may still be under federal investigation, according to a new report. The...

SpaceX launches supplies for NASA with used booster rocket for first time


SpaceX used a previously flown rocket and spacecraft to launch supplies for NASA to the International Space Station Friday, the first time the space agency -- or any U.S. government agency -- used one of the company's used rocket boosters. The ...

Finally, a midsize truck that isn't built too big


I've been driving trucks lately. All kinds of trucks. Some work trucks. Some play trucks. Some best for long-haul driving. Some best for off-road. But they were all huge. From the Ford F-150 to the Ram 1500 to the Nissan Titan, the 2017 pickups ...