Local & State
Fort Jackson won’t lose Moncrief hospital
Fort Jackson Deputy Commander Col. Mark Shade told a group of military supporters Tuesday the base will not lose its community hospital, but the Army is looking at ending some services that are duplicative of those available in the local community. The installation commander, Maj. Gen. Bradley Becker, told local media several weeks ago the Army Medical Command was looking at possibly closing Moncrief Army Community Hospital.
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Nation & World
Airfare hikes fail
October has been the month for attempted airfare hikes among major airlines, despite Ebola fears and low jet fuel prices, as a broadbased try by American Airlines last week to raise fares by a few dollars ended in failure, according to FareCompare.com. The latest attempt initiated by American Airlines/US Airways last week for up to $4 per round-trip, failed as too few of its competitors followed.
Lowe’s testing OSHBOT robot clerks in stories
Lowe’s is testing whether new robots on wheels can improve its customer service, like helping a shopper find a match for something as simple as a nail. Four robots are being tested an Orchard Supply Hardware store owned by Lowe’s Companies Inc. in San Jose, Calif. The OSHbots are equipped with 3D cameras so they can scan and identify items and then lead them to the aisle where the item is located.
Mail monitoring needs oversight
An internal Postal Service audit says about 49,000 pieces of mail were monitored during the last fiscal year under a far-reaching federal surveillance program and more oversight is needed to ease privacy concerns. Under the program, called “mail covers,” information on the outside of a piece of mail is recorded for use in law enforcement investigations. The audit says there are insufficient controls to make sure requests are handled properly.
Fed’s economic stimulus program ending
The Federal Reserve’s $3 trillion experiment in stimulating the nation’s economy is slated to come to an end this week – a sign of the central bank’s growing confidence in the recovery as well as a tacit acknowledgment of the limits of its powers to boost growth. The decision to stop pumping money into the economy is expected to come when Fed officials wrap up their two-day meeting Wednesday.
• Google’s latest “moon shot” project is a pill that would test for cancer and other illnesses.
• Fiat Chrysler’s longtime quality chief, Doug Betts, is leaving the company a day after its brands performed poorly in the annual Consumer Reports reliability rankings.
• The 2016 Chevrolet Volt will have an all-new drive train that will deliver a longer driving range on battery power, quicker acceleration and quieter operation when the car’s gasoline engine is running.
The Associated Press, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post and The (Detroit) Free Press contributed.