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Robots Are Trying To Pick Strawberries. So Far, They're Not Very Good At It


Strawberry growers are so worried about the farmworker shortage that they're testing a strawberry-picking robot. But while picking strawberries is easy for humans, machines struggle with the task.

Arizona Governor Helped Make State 'Wild West' For Driverless Cars


Three years ago, Gov. Doug Ducey embarked on a plan to lure companies experimenting with driverless vehicle technology to the state and in 2016, he lured Uber away from neighboring California.

The Weinstein Co. Files For Bankruptcy, Cancels Non-Disclosure Agreements


The deal releases all those who had signed settlement deals that required them to be silent about Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual misconduct, allowing them now to tell their stories.

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Carpool Apps Expand In Pacific Northwest

Google subsidiary Waze is launching a carpool app statewide in Washington Tuesday. The company is the latest to see opportunity in the carpool organizing business in the Pacific Northwest.

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In Push For Convenience, Walmart Wants To Help Shoppers Assemble Furniture, Mount TVs

Walmart has partnered with the app Handy to link customers with home-services professionals. Major retail companies are in a big movement, trying to become more than just places that sell you things.

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Bartels Packing Closes Its Eugene Slaughterhouse, Lays Off More Than 140 Employees

Bartels Packing has shut its Eugene and Fern Ridge Lake-area slaughterhouse and meat packing operations, costing 142 workers their jobs and shuttering a 120-year-old business run by four generations of Bartels family members.

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The Reinvention Of The IPO

Having disrupted the music business, Spotify is trying the same trick with the stock market.

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Venezuelan City Launches Its Own Currency Amid Cash Crunch

The city of Elorza is selling its own bills featuring the image of an independence leader from the area. Venezuela's national currency has lost the vast majority of its value in just the last year.

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Uber Suspends Self-Driving Tests After Pedestrian Is Killed In Arizona

A self-driving car operated by Uber struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Ariz. The incident could be the first pedestrian death involving a self-driving vehicle.

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Kushner Cos. Profited By False Filings On NYC Real Estate, Report Says

The Associated Press working with New York's Housing Rights Initiative has uncovered dozens of cases in which false applications were filed for building permits in rent-controlled properties.


Some Retailers Are Holding Your Returns Against You

Some major retailers use consumer shopping behavior to determine if they are a risk or should be authorized to make returns.

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After Years Of Violence, Chef Offers Colombian Farmers Pride And Profit

A food activist seeks to show the value of traditional agriculture to rural, mainly indigenous people, and transform the way they plant, sell and prepare their goods — as well capture the global eye.

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Oregon Cannabis Regulators To Soon Begin Spot Inspections

State regulators will soon start doing random inspections of cannabis businesses, starting with retailers, according to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.