Why Hold UN Climate Talks 28 Times? Do They Even Matter?

[ad_1] DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Ask most people what the annual U.N. climate talks are and the likely answer will be: “Huh?” Ask those who do know and the answer may be: “Why should I care?” The negotiations, called Conference of Parties, are nearly two weeks long and in their 28th iteration in … Read more

Montana Miner Backs off Expansion Plans, Lays off 100 Due to Lower Palladium Prices

[ad_1] The owner of two precious metals mines in south-central Montana is stopping work on an expansion project and laying off about 100 workers because the price of palladium fell sharply in the past year, mine representatives said Thursday. Sibanye-Stillwater announced the layoffs Wednesday at the only platinum and palladium mines in the United States, … Read more

Federal Judge Blocks Montana’s First-In-The-Nation Ban on TikTok, Says It’s Unconstitutional

[ad_1] HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana’s first-in-the-nation law banning the video-sharing app TikTok in the state has been blocked while a legal challenge to the law moves through the courts, a federal judge ruled Thursday. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy said the ban “oversteps state power and infringes on the Constitutional right of users and … Read more

Haslam Family Refutes Allegation From Warren Buffett’s Company That It Bribed Truck Stop Chain Execs

[ad_1] OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An attorney for the billionaire Haslam family called bribery allegations leveled by Warren Buffett’s company a “wild invention” Thursday. But a judge didn’t decide immediately whether those allegations will be resolved at a January trial that should help determine the multibillion-dollar price Berkshire Hathaway might have to pay the Haslams … Read more

Casino Workers Seethe as Smoking Ban Bill Is Delayed Yet Again in New Jersey Legislature

[ad_1] TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A bill to end smoking in Atlantic City’s casinos that appeared headed for its first vote Thursday was delayed yet again when Democratic lawmakers said they did not have enough votes to advance it. They also said they would listen to alternatives proposed by the casino industry including enclosed smoking … Read more

Cockpit Voice Recordings Get Erased After Some Close Calls. the FAA Will Try to Fix That

[ad_1] WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators will propose requiring that new planes be capable of recording 25 hours of sounds in the cockpit, up from the current two hours, to prevent valuable information from being lost after close calls. The Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday that it will publish its proposal in the Federal Register … Read more

Facebook Parent Meta Sues the FTC Claiming ‘Unconstitutional Authority’ in Child Privacy Case

[ad_1] MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — The parent company of Instagram and Facebook has sued the Federal Trade Commission in an attempt to stop the agency from reopening a 2020 privacy settlement with the company that would prohibit it from profiting from data it collects on users under 18. In a lawsuit filed late Wednesday … Read more

Tesla Delivers 13 Stainless Steel Cybertruck Pickups as It Tries to Work Out Production Problems

[ad_1] DETROIT (AP) — With manufacturing kinks still to be worked out, Tesla delivered the first dozen or so of its futuristic Cybertruck pickups to customers Thursday, two years behind the original schedule amid uncertainty over when large-scale production will begin. CEO Elon Musk showed off the angular electric trucks with an event at the … Read more

Drivers Would Pay $15 to Enter Busiest Part of NYC Under Plan to Raise Funds for Mass Transit

[ad_1] NEW YORK (AP) — Most drivers would pay $15 to enter Manhattan’s central business district under a plan released by New York officials Thursday. The congestion pricing plan, which neighboring New Jersey has filed a lawsuit over, will be the first such program in the United States if it is approved by transportation officials … Read more

Appeals Court Reinstates Gag Order That Barred Trump From Maligning Court Staff in NY Fraud Trial

[ad_1] NEW YORK (AP) — A New York appeals court Thursday reinstated a gag order that barred former President Donald Trump from commenting about court personnel after he disparaged a law clerk in his New York civil fraud trial. The decision from a four-judge panel came two weeks after an individual appellate judge had put … Read more