Want a self-driving car? California considers public use

California regulators asked the public Wednesday to critique proposed regulations that would — eventually — allow self-driving cars that lack a steering wheel or pedals on public roads.

  • Written by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press

Iraqi special forces join Mosul offensive against IS

BARTELLA, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi special forces charged into the Mosul battle Thursday with a pre-dawn advance on a nearby town held by the Islamic State group, a key part of a multi-pronged assault on eastern approaches to the besieged city.

  • Written by QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press SUSANNAH GEORGE, Associated Press

WHY IT MATTERS: IRS

WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: The Internal Revenue Service touches everyone, not just taxpayers but anyone who receives a government check, drives on roads made possible by tax revenue or sends a child to a school helped by Washington. It's a touch that can come with a heavy hand, in the eyes of critics who believe the agency's far-reaching powers are abused and need to be tamed.

  • Written by ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press