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Teamsters President James P. Hoffa says opening the border to the trucks is an attack on the environment, on highway safety and on American truckers and warehouse workers.

Under the North American Free Trade Agreement signed nearly two decades ago, trucks from both countries were supposed to have unhindered access to highways on either side of the border.


Penguin reverses course for now on Kindle lending

SAN FRANCISCO | One of the country’s largest publishers, Penguin Group (USA), is temporarily restoring libraries’ ability to loan their e-books for’s Kindle, but only through the end of the year.

The publisher backtracked Wednesday after saying it was informed by Inc. that the online retailer wasn’t aware of Penguin’s agreement with OverDrive, a leading supplier of e-books to libraries.

Penguin, which is based in New York, had suspended making new e-books available to libraries and said it won’t allow libraries to loan any e-books for the Kindle because of unspecified security concerns.

Amazon, based in Seattle, allows Kindle users to borrow e-books from local libraries through a partnership with OverDrive. The partnership vastly increases the Kindle’s presence in libraries and encourages patrons to visit Amazon’s website and buy books.

Penguin asked OverDrive to disable its “Get for Kindle” function on Penguin books Monday, and OverDrive said it and Penguin were “in the process of looking at new terms” for libraries.


BMW raises prices in North America

DETROIT | German automaker BMW says it is raising prices on most of its models in North America to cover the cost of inflation.

The company says it balanced inflation against competitive pressures and the auto sales market before deciding on increases of less than 1 percent. The raises take effect Jan. 1.

BMW also raised its shipping fee 2 percent to $895. Price increases range from $170 to $320 per vehicle.

The price of BMW’s lowest-cost car, the 128i Coupe, will rise 0.5 percent to $32,095, including shipping. The most-expensive BMW, the X6-M sport utility vehicle, rises 0.4 percent to $91,195.