Economy Briefs: Safeway to stop buying pork from pregnancy-crate farms

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PLEASANTON, Calif. — The nation’s second-largest grocery chain says it will adopt purchasing policies that favor more humane treatment of pigs.

Safeway Inc. announced Monday that it’s planning to stop buying from suppliers that use pig gestation crates. Most pork currently comes from sows confined during their four-month pregnancies in narrow crates.

Animal welfare activists, including the Humane Society of the United States, have pushed for using open pens.

Other corporations such as McDonald’s and Burger King also plan to buy pork from pigs not kept in crates.

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Abu Dhabi-based Etihad cancels Airbus A350 orders

PARIS — Airbus says fast-growing Abu Dhabi-based airline Etihad Airways has canceled another seven orders for its A350-1000 wide-body long-range jet.

Spokeswoman Aude Lebas said the April cancellation follows a similar decision in December not to go through with orders for six of the same jets. Etihad still has orders for 12 of the aircraft, a rival of Boeing’s 777, according to Airbus’ website.

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Self-driving cars set for Silver State test

CARSON CITY — Nevada drivers could soon be sharing the road with vehicles that don’t need them.

Department of Motor Vehicles officials say they’ve issued Google Inc. the nation’s first license to test self-driving cars on public streets.

Nevada officials said Monday that demonstrations on the Las Vegas Strip and in Carson City helped show that the tech company was ready to move the autonomous autos into the next stage of development.

Self-driving vehicle technology works like auto-pilot to guide a car - in this case a modified Prius - with little or no intervention from a human operator.

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