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Trucker hours reviewed

The Obama administration has agreed to reconsider a rule that allows long-haul truckers to drive for up to 11 hours straight, bowing to safety advocates who say longer hours could lead to greater fatigue and more accidents.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration signed an agreement late Monday with safety and labor groups pledging to revise the rule that became final in the waning days of the Bush administration.

For 60 years, truckers were allowed to drive a maximum of 10 hours at a time. The Bush administration and the trucking industry wanted to let truckers have an extra hour of driving time.

Retirement delay seen

The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College says its latest analysis of financial status shows 51 percent of U.S. households are at high risk of falling short of having enough money in retirement. That’s up from 44 percent in 2007.

The center’s National Retirement Risk Index was developed with funding from Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co.

The index was first released in June 2006, when 43 percent of households were at risk of falling short of their pre-retirement standard of living.

Airline in new alliance

Continental Airlines has changed teams in the battle among three large alliances of global airlines.

The move gets Continental out from under the shadow of Delta Air Lines and could mean a bigger piece of international revenue that is shared among team members.

It will also pull Continental closer to United Airlines.

Continental customers will get more flights to choose from, and its frequent fliers will get a new roster of international airlines on which to earn and spend miles.

Google gets contract

The Los Angeles City Council has tentatively approved a multimillion-dollar proposal to tap Google Inc. for government e-mail and other Internet services.

The vote on Tuesday shows progress in Google’s plan to wrest market share for office software from rival Microsoft Corp.

The city’s police officers’ union and privacy advocates raised security concerns over the plan because it places data online rather than on individual computers under a government agency’s direct control.

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