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Plan to make Utah's DUI limit stricter passes latest hurdle

Hallie Golden, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 11:30am

Utah lawmakers have backed a proposal that could make the state's DUI threshold the strictest in the nation by lowering the blood-alcohol content limit to 0.05 percent.

Panel OKs bill allowing restaurant diners to see drinks made

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 11:24am

A bill allowing Utah restaurants to stop shielding diners from seeing alcoholic drinks being prepared has cleared the first of several votes it needs to pass.

McDonald's to offer mobile order-and-pay toward end of 2017

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 11:19am

McDonald's Corp. says it will launch mobile order-and-pay and curbside pickup across its U.S. restaurants toward the end of the year.

Pepsi to lay off 80 to 100 workers, citing Philadelphia tax

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 11:18am

Pepsi says slumping sales from Philadelphia's new sweetened-beverage tax are prompting layoffs of 80 to 100 workers at three distribution plants that serve the city.

Waldorf Astoria hotel closing for transformative makeover

Verena Dobnik, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 11:08am

The word "grand" matched few hotels in the world better than New York City's Waldorf Astoria, but this bastion of gilded splendor is now closing for two to three years for a transformative makeover.

Illinois Senate faces tough votes on taxes, school funding

John O'Connor and Kiannah Sepeda-Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 11:00am

Illinois senators faced critical votes Wednesday on a plan to break the state's historic budget stalemate, including separate measures that would hike income taxes and freeze property taxes.

Former ABC News employees urge strong stand against Trump

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 11:00am

More than 230 former ABC News correspondents, executives and producers have signed a letter urging the network's current top executive to take a firm stand against any Trump administration effort to curtail press access.

Car parts maker says scam got tax info for 2,400 workers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 10:49am

A Swiss company said Wednesday income tax information was stolen for about 2,400 workers in the United States, putting them at risk of identity theft just as many are awaiting tax refunds.

Oscar winner Affleck speaks about sexual harassment claims

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 10:48am

In an interview following his Oscar win on Sunday, Casey Affleck addressed earlier sexual harassment claims against him and said "everyone deserves to be treated with respect in the workplace and everywhere else."

US construction spending drops 1 percent in January

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 10:38am

Builders cut back on construction spending in January by the largest amount in nine months, with weakness stemming from the biggest reduction in government activity in nearly 15 years.

US factories grew last month at fastest pace since 2014

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 10:38am

American factories expanded last month at the fastest pace in more than two years.

New Exxon CEO says company will boost production

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 10:26am

Exxon's new CEO says the company will increase production and has a mix of projects to handle any level of oil and gas prices.

Twitter adds more safety tools, will curb abusive accounts

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 10:06am

Twitter is adding more tools to curb abuse on its service as part of its ongoing effort to protect users from hate and harassment. Among other things, the service will attempt to identify offenders on its own, even if no one has reported them first.

US demand for trucks, SUVs helps February sales

Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 9:57am

Lured by Presidents Day deals, U.S. buyers snapped up pickups and SUVs in February, brightening what is usually a lackluster month for the auto industry.

Markets Right Now: Stocks rise sharply, Dow over 21,000

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 9:57am

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Wells Fargo cuts pay for CEO, other top executives

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 9:48am

Wells Fargo's board of directors slashed the bonuses and other compensation of its CEO and seven other top executives on Wednesday, a little more than a week after the board publicly fired four senior managers amid an investigation into the bank's sales practices.

Hershey expects to cut 15 percent of global workforce

Candice Choi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 9:48am

Hershey says it expects to cut its global workforce by about 15 percent, with the reductions coming mostly from hourly employees outside the United States.

NTSB launches probe into plane crash that killed ex-mayor

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 9:48am

The National Transportation Safety Board will look into the "man, the machine and the environment" as it investigates a plane crash that killed a former mayor and left the tail of the aircraft poking out of the roof of a condo building, officials said Wednesday.

Facebook beefs up suicide prevention focused on live video

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 9:43am

Facebook is beefing up its suicide prevention tools, including new options for people to report if someone might harm themselves while broadcasting on Facebook Live.

Click for candy: How online retailers boost impulse buys

Candice Choi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 9:39am

Supermarket layouts are carefully calibrated to tempt people into impulsive purchases, and now food makers are trying to adapt their strategies as people do more of their shopping online.