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Some 3,500 U.S. companies sue over Trump-imposed Chinese tariffs

Some 3,500 U.S. companies sue over Trump-imposed Chinese tariffs

By WASHINGTON (Reuters) - About 3,500 U.S. companies, including Tesla Inc, Ford Motor Co, Target Corp, Walgreen Co and Home Depot have sued the Trump administration in the last two weeks over the imposition of tariffs on more than $300 billion in Chinese-made goods.The suits, filed in the U.S. Court of International Trade, named U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and the Customs and Border Protection agency and challenge what they call the unlawful escalation of the U.S. trade war with China through the imposition of a third and fourth round of tariffs.The legal challenges from a...

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Justice Department asks judge to allow U.S. to bar WeChat from U.S. app stores

Justice Department asks judge to allow U.S. to bar WeChat from U.S. app stores

By The Justice Department filing said Beeler’s order was in error and “permits the continued, unfettered use of WeChat, a mobile application that the Executive Branch has determined constitutes a threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.”Tencent had put forward a “mitigation proposal” that sought to create a new U.S. version of the app, deploy specific security measures to protect the new apps source code, partner with a U.S. cloud provider for user data storage, and manage the new app through a U.S.-based entity, the filing said.However, its proposal still...

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California to ban sale of new gasoline-powered passenger vehicles starting 2035

California to ban sale of new gasoline-powered passenger vehicles starting 2035

By , WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California plans to ban the sale of new gasoline powered passenger cars and trucks starting in 2035 as the top U.S. auto market shifts to electric vehicles to reduce climate-warming emissions, Governor Gavin Newsom said on Wednesday.The move is the most significant yet by a U.S. state aimed at ending the use of fossil fuel-burning internal combustion engines, and clashes with the pro-fossil fuel policies of the Trump White House.Newsom declared earlier this month he would step up the state’s already aggressive efforts to combat climate change amid a...

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U.S. Justice Department proposes changes to internet platforms immunity

U.S. Justice Department proposes changes to internet platforms immunity

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department unveiled a legislative proposal on Wednesday that seeks to reform a legal immunity for internet companies and follows through on President Donald Trump’s bid from earlier this year to crack down on tech giants.The bill would need congressional approval and is not likely to see action until next year at the earliest. There are several pieces of legislation doing the rounds in Congress that seek to curb the same immunity. It was not immediately clear whether the Justice Department will support any single piece of legislation already out...

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Two key GOP senators propose $28.8 billion in airline assistance to avoid job cuts

Two key GOP senators propose $28.8 billion in airline assistance to avoid job cuts

By WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two key Republican senators on Monday introduced legislation that would authorize $28.8 billion in payroll assistance to avoid thousands of airline industry layoffs set to begin on Oct. 1.Slideshow Senators Roger Wicker, who chairs the Commerce Committee, and Susan Collins, who chairs the appropriations subcommittee overseeing airline issues, introduced the measure that would grant airlines a new bailout days before existing payroll support runs out.Airlines are making a last-ditch effort to win funding, but face an uphill battle with Congress shifting its...

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U.S. House lawmakers seek review of delayed U.S. auto safety rules

U.S. House lawmakers seek review of delayed U.S. auto safety rules

By WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three senior Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday asked government auditors to study why U.S. auto safety regulators have failed to write dozens of new auto safety regulations.The delayed rules include rear belt warnings, revisions to vehicle defect reporting requirements, child restraint side impact tests, requiring automakers to e-mail recall notices, large bus and motor-coach rollover structural integrity requirements and making it easier to install child safety seats. Many have been delayed by more than four years.Representative Frank...

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Safety driver in fatal Arizona Uber self-driving car crash charged with homicide

Safety driver in fatal Arizona Uber self-driving car crash charged with homicide

By Slideshow Rafael Vasquez, age 46, who is also known as Rafaela, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday after being charged in the death of Elaine Herzberg on Aug. 27, court records show. She was released pending trial set for February 2021.Herzberg died after she was struck while walking a bicycle across a street at night. The first recorded death involving a self-driving vehicle prompted significant safety concerns about the nascent autonomous vehicle industry.Uber declined comment. A lawyer for Vasquez did not immediately respond to a request to comment.A Tempe police report said Vasquez was...

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Mnuchin says he was not involved in postmaster general selection

Mnuchin says he was not involved in postmaster general selection

United States WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday he played no role in the selection of a supporter of President Donald Trump as the head of the U.S. Postal Service, even as a former official accused him of interfering in agency operations. Democrats have harshly criticized Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who was tapped by the board of governors to take over in June. Mnuchin said he was “surprised” to learn that DeJoy was a finalist for a job. After heavy criticism, DeJoy said Tuesday he suspended all “operational initiatives” on the Postal Service...

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China, U.S. will allow air carriers to double flights between nations

China, U.S. will allow air carriers to double flights between nations

United States WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China and the United States will each allow air carriers to double current flights to eight per week between the world’s two largest economies, the U.S. Transportation Department said on Tuesday. The department said it will allow four Chinese passenger airlines currently flying to the United States to double flights to eight weekly round-trips, as China has agreed to allow U.S. carriers to double flights to China. U.S. carriers voluntary halted flights to China after the coronavirus outbreak. President Donald Trump on Jan. 31 barred nearly all non-U.S....

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Exclusive: U.S. Postmaster General to pause all operational reforms after outcry

Exclusive: U.S. Postmaster General to pause all operational reforms after outcry

United States WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is set to announce later on Tuesday that he will suspend all operational reforms and initiatives until after the November presidential election, according to a draft statement seen by Reuters and sources briefed on the matter. “I am suspending these initiatives until after the election is concluded,” DeJoy will say, according to the draft release, adding that the changes are to “avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail,” according to the draft statement seen by Reuters. The U.S. Postal Service did not...

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U.S. tightening restrictions on Huawei access to technology, chips

U.S. tightening restrictions on Huawei access to technology, chips

United States WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration announced on Monday it will further tighten restrictions on Huawei Technologies Co, aimed at cracking down on its access to commercially available chips. The U.S. Commerce Department actions, first reported by Reuters, will expand restrictions announced in May aimed at preventing the Chinese telecommunications giant from obtaining semiconductors without a special license - including chips made by foreign firms that have been developed or produced with U.S. software or technology. The administration will also add 38 Huawei...

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Trump orders ByteDance to divest interest in U.S. TikTok operations within 90 days

Trump orders ByteDance to divest interest in U.S. TikTok operations within 90 days

United States WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump ordered ByteDance on Friday to divest the U.S. operations of its video-sharing app TikTok within 90 days, the latest effort to ramp up pressure on the Chinese company over concerns about the safety of the personal data it handles. “There is credible evidence that leads me to believe that ByteDance ... might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States,” Trump said in the order. Trump’s latest move comes on top of an executive order he issued last week that would prohibit certain transactions with...

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Daimler agrees to U.S. diesel settlements worth nearly $3 billion

Daimler agrees to U.S. diesel settlements worth nearly $3 billion

United States WASHINGTON/BERLIN (Reuters) - Daimler said on Thursday it has reached agreements costing nearly $3 billion to settle civil investigations by U.S. regulators and lawsuits from vehicle owners stemming from a long-running probe into software to cheat diesel emissions tests. The settlements in principle address civil and environmental claims tied to 250,000 U.S. diesel passenger cars and vans in the United States and include claims from the Environmental Protection Agency, Justice Department, California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the California Attorney General’s Office. The...

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Daimler agrees to U.S. diesel settlements worth nearly $3 billion

Daimler agrees to U.S. diesel settlements worth nearly $3 billion

United States WASHINGTON/BERLIN (Reuters) - Daimler said on Thursday it has reached agreements costing nearly $3 billion to settle civil investigations by U.S. regulators and lawsuits from vehicle owners stemming from a long-running probe into software to cheat diesel emissions tests. The settlements in principle address civil and environmental claims tied to 250,000 U.S. diesel passenger cars and vans in the United States and include claims from the Environmental Protection Agency, Justice Department, California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the California Attorney General’s Office. The...

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Trump preps bans on WeChat, TikTok, stoking tension with Beijing

Trump preps bans on WeChat, TikTok, stoking tension with Beijing

United States (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has unveiled sweeping bans on U.S. transactions with the Chinese owners of messaging app WeChat and video-sharing app TikTok, escalating a high-stakes confrontation with Beijing over the future of the global tech industry. The executive orders announced Thursday and effective in 45 days come after the Trump administration this week flagged increased effort to purge “untrusted” Chinese apps from U.S. digital networks, calling Tencent Holdings Ltd’s () WeChat and Bytedance’s popular TikTok “significant threats.” China firmly opposes the...

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Virgin Atlantic Airways seeks U.S. Chapter 15 bankruptcy protection

Virgin Atlantic Airways seeks U.S. Chapter 15 bankruptcy protection

United States WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) - Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd [VA.UL] is seeking protection from creditors in the United States under Chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, which allows a foreign debtor to shield assets in this country, according to a court filing on Tuesday. Virgin Atlantic’s filing in U.S. bankruptcy court in the southern district of New York said it has negotiated a deal with stakeholders “for a consensual recapitalization” that will get debt off its balance sheet and “immediately position it for sustainable long-term growth.” In July, Virgin Atlantic said it...

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FCC chair says agency will take public comment on Trump social media petition

FCC chair says agency will take public comment on Trump social media petition

United States WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission will take public comment for 45 days on a petition filed by the Trump administration seeking new transparency rules in how social media companies moderate content, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said on Monday. Pai rejected calls from Democrats that he summarily dismiss the petition without public comment. The decision came after President Donald Trump directed the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to file the petition after Twitter Inc in May warned readers to fact-check...

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White House opposes requirement for passengers to wear masks on planes, trains

White House opposes requirement for passengers to wear masks on planes, trains

United States WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Thursday said it opposed language in a bill before Congress that would require airline, train and public transit passengers and workers to wear masks amid the coronavirus pandemic. The White House Office of Management and Budget called the provision in a U.S. House of Representatives spending bill requiring the masks “overly restrictive.” It added that “such decisions should be left to states, local governments, transportation systems, and public health leaders.” Airlines, Amtrak and most public transit systems and U.S. airports...

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Senate Democrats press Postal Service on delivery complaints

Senate Democrats press Postal Service on delivery complaints

United States WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four U.S. Senate Democrats on Friday pressed new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy about complaints from Americans about slow delivery since he took office in June and whether service problems could hinder attempts to mail in 2020 election ballots during the pandemic. Gary Peters, top Democrat on the committee overseeing the Postal Service, along with Amy Klobuchar, Tom Carper and Charles Schumer sought answers about mail delivery under DeJoy, a top supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump who was also finance chair for the 2020 Republican National...

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Trump administration petitions FCC on social media content rules

Trump administration petitions FCC on social media content rules

United States WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Commerce Department agency on Monday petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to reinterpret a 1996 law to require transparency in how social media companies moderate content, after President Donald Trump asked it to intervene in the matter. Trump directed the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to file the petition after Twitter in May warned readers to fact-check his posts about unsubstantiated claims of fraud in mail-in voting. Trump’s executive order asked the NTIA to petition the FCC to write regulations...

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U.S. admits making false statements in New York' Trusted Traveler' suit

U.S. admits making false statements in New York' Trusted Traveler' suit

United States WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government admitted late Thursday it had made false statements in a lawsuit brought by New York state and told a court it would immediately lift a ban on New York residents participating its Trusted Traveler Program. The disclosure came hours after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had said it would reinstate New Yorkers in the program, which allows participants faster passage between the United States and either Canada or Mexico. In February, the DHS cut off New York from the program in response to the state’s passage last June of a law...

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FAA issues emergency directive on 2,000 Boeing 737 NG, Classic planes

FAA issues emergency directive on 2,000 Boeing 737 NG, Classic planes

United States WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Friday issued an emergency airworthiness directive for 2,000 U.S.-registered Boeing 737 NG and Classic aircraft that have been in storage, warning they could have corrosion that could lead to a dual-engine failure. The directive covers planes not operated for seven or more consecutive days. The FAA issued the directive after inspectors found compromised air check valves when bringing aircraft out of storage.  If corrosion is found, the valve must be replaced prior to the aircraft’s return to service, the FAA...

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U.S. EPA proposing first-ever airplane emissions standards

U.S. EPA proposing first-ever airplane emissions standards

United States WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday announced it was proposing the first U.S. emissions standards for commercial aircraft. In 2016, the U.N. International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) agreed on global airplane emissions standards aimed at makers of small and large planes, including Airbus SE () and Boeing Co (), which both backed the standards. The EPA-proposed regulation seeks to align the United States with the ICAO standards, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said. “We are implementing the ICAO recommendations, ICAO standards,”...

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Non-essential travel restrictions extended at U.S. borders with Canada, Mexico

Non-essential travel restrictions extended at U.S. borders with Canada, Mexico

United States WASHINGTON/OTTAWA (Reuters) - Restrictions on non-essential travel at U.S. land borders with Canada and Mexico will be extended through Aug. 21, Canada and the United States announced on Thursday. “Canada and the United States have agreed to extend the current border measures by one month until August 21, and we’re going to keep working closely with our American neighbors to keep people safe on both sides of the border,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at a news conference. Earlier, acting U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf announced the 30-day extension on...

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15 states are joining California's huge push to phase out diesel trucks and buses

15 states are joining California's huge push to phase out diesel trucks and buses

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of 15 U.S. states and the District of Columbia on Tuesday unveiled a joint memorandum of understanding aimed at boosting the market for electric medium- and heavy-duty vehicles and phasing out diesel-powered trucks by 2050.The announcement comes weeks after the California Air Resources Board approved a groundbreaking policy to require manufacturers to sell a rising number of zero-emission vehicles, starting in 2024 and to...

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