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For driverless cars, a moral dilemma: Who lives or dies?
BOSTON (AP) -- Imagine you're behind the wheel when your brakes fail. As you speed toward a crowded crosswalk, you're confronted with an impossible choice: veer right and mow down a large group of elderly people, or veer left into a woman pushing a stroller....

18 million more uninsured if Obamacare killed, not replaced
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Insurance premiums would soar for millions of Americans and 18 million more would be uninsured in just one year if Republicans scuttle much of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul without a replacement, Congress' budget analysts said Tuesday....

Tobacco giant to emerge from $49 billion deal
LONDON (AP) -- British American Tobacco will take over Reynolds American Inc. to create the world's largest publicly traded tobacco company that would seek to capitalize on growing demand for electronic cigarettes in the U.S. and traditional ones in developing countries....

New prescription: Doctor offices that look like Apple stores
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- After a relative suffered a heart attack a few years ago, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Adrian Aoun got an unsettling look at a health-care system that he diagnosed as an inefficient and outdated mess....

Business group: China preparing to retaliate on trade
BEIJING (AP) -- China is preparing to retaliate if U.S. President-elect Donald Trump carries out promises to impose sanctions on Chinese goods and already has toughened its stance by imposing unusually high duties in an anti-dumping case against a U.S.-made agricultural chemical, an American business group said Wednesday....

William Hilliard, former Oregonian editor, dies at 89
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- William A. Hilliard, who became the first black reporter at The Oregonian newspaper and later its editor in a pioneering 42-year career, has died at age 89....

Gun industry, suicide prevention forge unlikely alliance
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- It's a difficult topic to discuss, fraught with politics and social stigma, and an even tougher one to fix: people who kill themselves with a gun. But now two unlikely allies - the gun industry and a leading suicide prevention group - are coming together to tackle it....

Asian stocks directionless, dollar steadies after slide
HONG KONG (AP) -- Most Asian stock indexes lacked direction Wednesday following a sharp correction overnight in the dollar that sapped investor momentum....

United
CHICAGO (AP) -- United Continental Holdings Inc. (UAL) on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $397 million....

UN report: Asian growth outlook bright despite uncertainty
BANGKOK (AP) -- A United Nations report says Asia's economic outlook for 2017 is strong despite slowing global growth due to sluggish international trade and investment....

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