World and regional powers meet in Vienna on Syria

VIENNA (AP) — World and regional powers met Tuesday in an attempt to overcome stubborn divisions among Syrian factions that have led to the rise of Islamic extremists and claimed hundreds of thousands of lives since violence turned to war five years ago.

  • Written by MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press GEORGE JAHN, Associated Press

Will robot cars drive traffic congestion off a cliff?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Self-driving cars are expected to usher in a new era of mobility, safety and convenience. The problem, say transportation researchers, is that people will use them too much.

  • Written by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press

US, other powers want to arm Libyan government

VIENNA (AP) — In a move fraught with risk, the United States and other world powers said Monday they would supply Libya's internationally recognized government with weapons to counter the Islamic State and other militant groups gaining footholds in the chaos-wracked country's lawless regions.

  • Written by GEORGE JAHN, Associated Press MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press

Bid to raise California tobacco tax nears November ballot

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A well-financed campaign whose backers include billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer, medical groups and organized labor has collected enough signatures for a ballot measure to raise California's cigarette tax by $2 a pack, officials said.

  • Written by ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press