• This combination made from 2015 photos provided by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) shows crash tests of 2015 Ford F-150 Super Crew, top, and Super Cab pickup trucks. The four-door Super Crew got top ratings in all five of the crash tests. But the Super Cab version, which has a smaller rear door and back seat, did poorly in a small front overlap test, which slams 25 percent of the front of the truck into a barrier at 40 miles per hour. (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety via AP)

    Ford F-150 gets mixed crash test results

    DETROIT (AP) — Ford’s new aluminum-sided F-150 pickup saw mixed results in new crash tests by the insurance industry, and the damaged trucks cost more to repair than steel-bodied ones.

  • In this June 24, 2015, file photo, afternoon rush our traffic moves along a highway in Phoenix. The average vehicle in the U.S. is now a record 11.5 years old, according to consulting firm IHS Automotive, a sign of the increased reliability of today’s vehicles and the lingering impact of the sharp drop in new car sales during the recession.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

    Average US vehicle age hits record 11.5 years

    DETROIT (AP) — In the age of Apple’s CarPlay, a lot of cars on the road still have tape decks.

  • Correction: Earns-TowneBank story

    PORTSMOUTH, Virginia (AP) — In a story July 24 about TowneBank earnings — generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research — The Associated Press reported erroneously the company’s headquarters location. It is based in Portsmouth, Virginia.

  • Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., center, talks with committee members Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, prior to the committee's hearing on the impacts of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on U.S. Interests and the Military Balance in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

    Lawmakers poised to leave town with lots of work left undone

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to shore up federal highway aid and veterans’ health care before heading out of town for its August recess, leaving unresolved an array of sticky issues that are sure to complicate an autumn agenda already groaning under the weight of indecision.

    Updated: 3:51 pm

  • Microsoft’s 3Q earnings grow 31 pct; stock falls

    In this Jan. 5, 2011 file photo, Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer gives his Keynote speech for the Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas. Microsoft reports quarterly earnings Thursday, April 28, 2011, after the market close.(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, file)

    Microsoft Corp.’s latest quarterly earnings rose 31 percent even as sales of its Windows operating system sagged.