Afternoon Coffee: Obama Pushes TPP Passage, Tesla Reconsiders Autopilot Language Following Crash Stock

The Obama administration is pushing for Congress to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The U.S. Trade Representative sent Congress a 36-page “statement of administrative action,” detailing how the administration would implement and enforce the trade deal.

Tesla edited its Chinese website, removing words like “autopilot” and “self-driving,” in what a spokesperson said was a process of “addressing any discrepancies across languages.” The move comes after a driver in Beijing crashed a Tesla car in “autopilot” mode and said the company had misled drivers on the car’s functionality.

The big rigs and mammoth ships that idled for 2.6 million hours during the months-long labor dispute at the West Coast ports last year contributed to a rise in air pollution, according to a new report. The Long Beach Port’s annual air quality report showed while the air is cleaner than it was in 2005, pollution increased slightly between 2014 and 2015 when port workers halted operations as they negotiated contracts with employers.

BNSF Railway was hit hard by the declining freight volumes in the most recent quarter. The railway reported a 20% drop in quarterly profits for the three-month period ending June 30. The $500 million distribution to its parent company was also the lowest quarterly amount since 2010.


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