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Gas prices jump in the Southeast after pipeline rupture in Alabama

Los Angeles Times

Over the weekend, drivers in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas faced longer lines at the gas pumps and, in some cases, dry pumps. Last week, the governors of Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia issued executive orders that temporarily suspended various state and federal regulations to allow truck drivers to work longer shifts to deliver gasoline. Bayer buying Monsanto, Uber's self-driving cars, Cup of noodles is changing its recipe, new battle over child vaccination, an Emmys preview, the new Chevy Bolt, Ryan Lochte's "Dancing with the Stars" premiere gets overshadowed by protesters. Bayer buying Monsanto, Uber's self-driving cars, Cup of noodles is changing its recipe, new battle over child vaccination, an Emmys preview, the new Chevy Bolt, Ryan Lochte's "Dancing with the Stars" premiere gets overshadowed by protesters.


Flame bursts over Torrance refinery, prompting hours-long road closure

Los Angeles Times

A portion of the Exxon Mobil refinery in Torrance is scheduled to reopen Monday night, more than a year after a large explosion at the facility injured four workers and damaged equipment. The refinery is set to restart operations in the fluid catalytic cracker unit between 7 p.m. Monday and 7 a.m.... A portion of the Exxon Mobil refinery in Torrance is scheduled to reopen Monday night, more than a year after a large explosion at the facility injured four workers and damaged equipment. Bayer buying Monsanto, Uber's self-driving cars, Cup of noodles is changing its recipe, new battle over child vaccination, an Emmys preview, the new Chevy Bolt, Ryan Lochte's "Dancing with the Stars" premiere gets overshadowed by protesters. Bayer buying Monsanto, Uber's self-driving cars, Cup of noodles is changing its recipe, new battle over child vaccination, an Emmys preview, the new Chevy Bolt, Ryan Lochte's "Dancing with the Stars" premiere gets overshadowed by protesters.


Low Gasoline Prices, What are Consumers Doing with the Extra Cash? – Data Science Central

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She is currently in the NYC Data Science Academy 12 week full time Data Science Bootcamp program taking place between April 11th to July 1st, 2016. Looking at the scatter plots we can get a better idea if possible relationships exist between web search terms and low gasoline prices. However, Yoga and Restaurants do not appear to be affected by low gasoline prices, maybe they are part of consumers everyday life and not necessary something determined by extra cash they may have. Newborns appears to have a relationship with low gasoline prices, having some extra cash could make consumer thing about expanding their families.


US consumer sentiment slips in April

U.S. News

The University of Michigan said Friday that its index of consumer sentiment slid to 89 in April from 91 in March. Richard Curtin, chief economist of the Michigan surveys, said consumers may have been troubled this month "by growing uncertainty about the economic policies advocated by various presidential candidates." Rising gasoline prices may also have taken a toll. On Tuesday, the Conference Board, a business group, reported that its measure of consumer spirits also slid in April; consumer expectations about the future fell to a two-year low.


US consumer sentiment slips in March to five-month low

U.S. News

U.S. consumer sentiment slipped last month to lowest level since October with Americans worried about the country's economic outlook, the University of Michigan said Friday. The university's index of consumer sentiment dipped to 91 in March, from 91.7 in February. Consumer spending ticked up just 0.1 percent in February, same as in December and January. The economy grew at a lackluster 1.4 percent annual pace from October through December and might be even worse the first three months of 2016: Citing weak consumer spending, many economists have cut their first-quarter forecast below 1 percent.


A General Game-Playing Program

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A general game-playing program must know the rules of the particular playing game. These rules are:(1) an algorithm indicating the winning state;(2) an algorithm enumerating legal moves. A move gives a set of changes from the present situation.There are two means of giving these rules:(1) We can write a subroutine which recognizes if we have won and another which enumerates legal moves. Such a subroutine is a black box giving to the calling program the answer: 'you win' or 'you do not win', or the list of legal moves. But it cannot know what is in that subroutine.(2) We can also define a language in which we describe the rules of a game. The program investigates the rules written with this language and finds some indications to improve its play. Artificial Intelligence and Heuristic Programming Edinburgh University Press