• Daimler's self-driving big rig makes big entrance in Nevada

    Updated: Wed, May 6, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Its name is "Inspiration" and Daimler Trucks says it's the first ever self-driving semi-truck licensed to drive on public roads — in this case Nevada's highways — not only for testing, but business, too. Daimler Trucks North America LLC debuted the self-driving big...

  • Review: Small life enhancements come with Apple Watch

    Updated: Wed, May 6, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Apple Watch isn't so much a lifestyle revolution as it is a collection of small enhancements that add up. Apple's smartwatch has a wider range of apps than rival watches from Samsung, Motorola and others. In my few weeks with one, I've been following my favorite...

  • Alexion Pharma to pay $8.4 billion for Synageva BioPharma

    Updated: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Alexion Pharmaceuticals will pay a huge premium to buy fellow rare disease treatment maker Synageva BioPharma in an $8.4-billion deal for a company with no products on the market. Shares of Synageva more than doubled in value before markets opened Wednesday and after Alexion said it...

  • US productivity slumps 1.9 percent in Q1, while labor costs rise in sign of weaker growth

    Updated: Wed, May 6, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — US productivity slumps 1.9 percent in Q1, while labor costs rise in sign of weaker growth.

  • Survey: Hiring by US businesses slows sharply in April

    Updated: Wed, May 6, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. companies hired in April at the slowest pace in nearly a year and a half, as a strong dollar dragged down overseas sales and energy companies cut back on spending in the face of lower oil prices. Payroll processor ADP says businesses added just 169,000 jobs in...

  • US productivity drops at 1.9 percent rate in first quarter

    Updated: Wed, May 6, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. worker productivity declined in the first three months of the year as labor costs jumped, reflecting a slowdown in growth. The Labor Department says productivity, which is the amount of output per hour of work, fell at 1.9 percent rate in the first quarter....

  • Wendy's to sell 640 restaurants, bakery ops; 1Q mixed

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Wendy's is planning to sell 640 of its company-owned restaurants to franchisees and will also sell off its bakery operations. The hamburger chain also announced Wednesday that its first-quarter profit topped Wall Street's expectations as sales improved in North...

  • Chesapeake reports 1Q loss

    Updated: Wed, May 6, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK) on Wednesday reported a first-quarter loss of $3.74 billion, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. On a per-share basis, the Oklahoma City-based company said it had a loss of $5.72. Earnings, adjusted for asset...

  • Study: Top tech firms bypassing Asian workers for exec jobs

    Updated: 59 min ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google, Yahoo and other major technology companies are far more inclined to hire Asians as computer programmers than to promote them to become managers or executives, according to a study released Wednesday. The analysis uncovered a glaring imbalance between the...

  • Daughter's sleep disorder prompts UCCS professor to invent 'sleep hat'

    By Wayne Heilman wayneh@gazette.com -
    Updated: 1 hr ago

    Sleep isn't a problem for most high school students - some would sleep until noon every day if they could. But for Jessica Larson, staying asleep was a huge challenge, and the treatment she received ended up doing more harm than good. "The doctor put me on some prescription drugs...

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