Business Briefs – June 11, 2017

Apple CEO to MIT Grads: Tech Without Values Is Worthless

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) – Apple CEO Tim Cook has urged graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology not to forget humanity and compassion in scientific pursuits. In his commencement address on Friday, Cook told MIT graduates and their families that technology without basic human values is worthless.

Honda to Roll Out All-New Accord With No V6 Option

DETROIT (AP) – Honda says its Accord midsize car will be offered only with four-cylinder or gas-electric hybrid engines when an all-new version comes out later this year. The company says the smaller engines are sufficient for what its customers want.

Big Blue Cross-Blue Shield Insurer Aims for ACA Return

A big Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurer is aiming to return to the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges next year in several states, including big markets like Texas and Illinois. Health Care Service Corp. says it also intends to sell coverage in Oklahoma, where it is the only insurer on the exchange, as well as New Mexico and Montana. Coverage options are growing thin in many parts of the country on the exchanges.

U.S. Bucks Trend Amid Increases For Clean Energy Research

BEIJING (AP) – As energy ministers from around the world gathered in Beijing to report increased spending to help counter climate change, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has delivered a starkly countervailing message. India, France, Norway, Canada, Australia and Japan said they were on track to double their clean energy research spending. Perry says in the U.S., the private sector will have to do more as President Trump promotes fossil fuels and proposes to roll back clean energy spending.