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    Robots are getting more social. Are humans ready?

    BOSTON (AP) — Personal home robots that can socialize with people are starting to roll out of the laboratory and into our living rooms and kitchens. But are humans ready to invite them into their lives? It’s taken decades of research to build robots even a fraction as sophisticated as those featured in popular science […]
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    Retailers raise game on back-to-school supplies

    NEW YORK (AP) — The microwave ate my homework? Reusable notebooks where writing disappears with heat are among the basic school supplies raising their game against gadgets like iPads. Also hot in the paper aisle this year: Decorative tape, creative journals and scented pencils in smells like bacon and pickle. “There’s an explosion of innovation […]
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    Advocates condemn psych techniques used to keep kids online

    CHICAGO (AP) — Children’s advocates want the American Psychological Association to condemn the tech industry’s practice of using persuasive psychological techniques to keep kids glued to their screens. The advocates, citing research that links excessive use of social media and video games with depression and academic troubles, say it’s unethical for psychologists to be involved […]
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    Small businesses find tight job market makes it hard to hire

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Even with the U.S. economy booming and the job market strong, hiring has slowed among one category of employers: Small businesses. Yet it isn’t because these companies are hurting. Far from it. Small businesses today are generally optimistic, and most say they’re enjoying healthy sales. Rather, smaller companies are being hamstrung by […]
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    How to reduce plastic, foil and other kitchen disposables

    Disposables have become a mainstay of many American kitchens — plastic baggies, plastic wrap, paper towels, aluminum foil, plastic straws and more. Reducing or even eliminating them can save you money in addition to cutting down on trash that ends up in landfills. “It’s easy to be overwhelmed by it all, but little differences really […]
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    Utah business leader heads to India for skilled workers

    The Chairman of Utah's Board of Regents is traveling to India later this month in search of skilled workers.
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    Amazon hiring event continues in Salt Lake City

    SALT LAKE CITY — Amazon holds another job fair Tuesday as they try to fill 1,500 new jobs. But will they have success finding enough workers in this booming economy? The hiring fair is going on at the Hilton Salt Lake, 255 South West Temple, from August 7 to August 16 9am-4pm each day. Some […]
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    Testing finds flaws with car electronic car safety systems

    DETROIT (AP) — Cars and trucks with electronic driver assist systems may not see stopped vehicles and could even steer you into a crash if you’re not paying attention, an insurance industry group warns. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in a paper titled “Reality Check,” issued the warning Tuesday after testing five of the […]
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    Company removes Milwaukee scooters until rules are in place

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Bird Rides Inc. removed its electric scooters from the streets of Milwaukee Monday in an agreement with the city to bring them back once there’s a regulatory framework in place. The deal comes after a weekslong dispute — and amid a pending federal lawsuit — between Milwaukee officials and the California-based company […]
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    Utah to drill 2 wells near Milford for geothermal study

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A U.S. government-funded research project in Utah to study the feasibility of man-made geothermal energy will use a new type of directional drilling on two wells. The Deseret News reports that University of Utah chemical engineering associate professor John McLennan says the advent of horizontal drilling and other new technology […]