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Tesla on Autopilot slams into police cruiser, driver claims he was checking on his dog
Connecticut State Police (NEW YORK) -- A Tesla on Autopilot slammed into two vehicles on Saturday, one of which was a Connecticut State Police cruiser, officials said.The driver of the Tesla told police that he put the car on Autopilot because he was checking on his dog in the backseat, according to a statement from Connecticut State Police.The incident happened in the early morning hours Saturday on Interstate 95 in Norwalk.Police had been called to the highway because of a disabled vehicle that was occupying a lane, authorities said.As troopers were waiting for a tow truck for that car, the...
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US added 266K jobs in November, unemployment remains at 50-year low
wingedwolf/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. economy added a solid 266,000 jobs in November, exceeding economists' exceptions, according to the latest jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released Friday. Average hourly earnings rose by 7 cents to $28.29 and unemployment remained at a 50-year low of 3.5%.Employers added the most jobs in the health care and professional and technical services industries, the data showed.November also saw a rise in manufacturing jobs, though this was likely due to unionized autoworkers returning to work after the strike at General Motors. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
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Uber reveals nearly 6,000 incidents of sexual assaults in new safety report
Uber (NEW YORK) -- Uber says it received nearly 6,000 reports of sexual assault from both riders and drivers across the United States in 2017 and 2018.The San Francisco-based ride-hailing company voluntarily released the information, among other data, in its first-ever safety report on Thursday. In 2017, Uber recorded 2,936 reports of sexual assault during a total of one billion trips throughout the United States. There were 3,045 reported sexual assaults the following year during 1.3 billion total trips.Overall, riders accounted for 45% of the accused parties. The report noted that some assaults occurred between riders.Among the sexual assault incidents,...
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Hybrid-powered cruise ship could be key to lessening emissions from ocean travel
Hurtigruten AS (NEW YORK) -- Cruise ships conjure up images of fun in the sun, beautiful vistas and crystal-blue waters.But along with cargo and other large ships, they are also increasingly being scrutinized as polluters -- both in terms of sewage and greenhouse gas emissions. With the number of passengers exploding -- nearly doubling from just a decade ago to around 30 million this year, according to industry estimates -- and the number of ships around 300, some are looking to a more environmentally friendly solution.Norway-based transport company Hurtigruten AS, which offers expeditions to Antarctica and the Arctic, has constructed...
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What will driving be like in 2030? Experts offer a few clues
baona/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Your car, unfortunately, will not fly a la The Jetsons in the next decade.It will, however, likely be a crossover SUV that still requires a human driver. That Uber or Lyft ride? Expect an autonomous vehicle to pick you up in certain cities. Keys, like manual transmissions, will fade into oblivion. Gasoline refineries will still be in business but charging stations for electric vehicles will become more prevalent, experts say. The next 10 years for the automobile could look very similar to the decade we're about to close out -- or radically different, depending on tech...
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Signs show separate bathrooms for Uber employees and drivers at Rhode Island hub
jetcityimage/iStock (NEW YORK) -- A viral tweet reveals an Uber business place in Rhode Island had separate bathrooms for employees and drivers, at a time when tensions between the two groups at the ride-share company are already running high."I’ve just always wondered why Uber viewed us as two separate classes," Erika Betts, who snapped the photo and shared it on Twitter, told ABC News Thursday."These signs are commercially made, somebody made them, somebody ordered them, somebody paid for them," she added.Betts, 28, said she has been an Uber driver for over two years and was at the Uber Greenlight Hub...
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Tufts University removes Sackler name from buildings, citing 'toll of the opioid epidemic'
DenisTangneyJr/iStock (BOSTON) -- Tufts University announced plans to sever ties with the Sacklers on Thursday, saying it would remove the billionaire family's name from buildings and medical programs due to concerns over their reported role in the opioid crisis.University officials said the school would end its decades-long relationship with the family that owns OxyContin producer Purdue Pharma, citing concerns from students and staff about "the negative impact the Sackler name has on them each day.""Our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and others have shared with us the negative impact the Sackler name has on them each day, noting the human toll...
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Huawei calls FCC's order 'unlawful,' takes new legal action
Dafinchi/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Chinese tech giant Huawei is not backing down from an ongoing battle with U.S. regulators by taking new legal action on Thursday against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over an order it calls "unlawful."Huawei filed a court petition to overturn an FCC order from November that bans wireless carriers in rural America from purchasing Huawei equipment through a government subsidy fund known as the Universal Service Fund (USF). The FCC has previously argued the order was imposed because Huawei poses a potential national security threat.Huawei fought back, saying in a new statement that the FCC's order...
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Two Russian nationals indicted in alleged massive hacking, bank fraud scheme
sestovic/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- Two Russian nationals have been indicted on bank fraud and international computer hacking charges over an alleged decade-long scheme that “deployed two of the most dangerous financial malware ever used and resulted in tens of millions of dollars of losses to victims worldwide," according to the Department of Justice. Maksim Yakubets and Igor Turashev, described by prosecutors as leaders of “one of the most sophisticated transnational cybercrime syndicates in the world,” are accused in the 10-count indictment of deploying a malware system designed to steal personal and financial information, including online bank information, from infected computers.The FBI...
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US Postal Service creates new stamp to raise money for veterans with PTSD
US Postal Service (NEW YORK) -- A new stamp with a cause has sprouted up thanks to the U.S. Postal Service.The USPS announced Monday that it has issued a semipostal stamp that will help raise funds for people who have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).The stamp features a photographic illustration of a green plant sprouting from the ground covered in fallen leaves, intended to symbolize the PTSD healing process.Greg Breeding designed the bright green bud set on a black background with the words "Healing PTSD" and the original art was done by Mark Laita."The Postal Service is honored...
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Oscar Munoz to step down as CEO of United Airlines
Meinzahn/iStock (CHICAGO) -- Oscar Munoz will step down from his role as CEO of United Airlines, the company announced Thursday.Munoz will be leaving the position in May 2020 but will stay on with the company as executive chairman of the board of directors."With United in a stronger position than ever, now is the right time to begin the process of passing the baton to a new leader," Munoz said in a statement.Scott Kirby, the current president, will take over as the new CEO in the spring, the company said."One of my goals as CEO was to put in place a...
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After a decade of explosive growth, Silicon Valley grapples with 'unintended consequences' and 'responsibility'
monkeybusinessimages/iStock (NEW YORK) -- The technology that connects us has revolutionized the world over the past decade -- at times moving faster than we could keep up with, irrevocably changing how people interact and in many ways changing our lives for the better.But as the decade comes to a close, some say the most significant development in tech was its unintended consequences -- including impinging on privacy and presenting new opportunities for criminals and those who wish to sow political chaos and discord and at times taking a toll on health and relationships.Robert Scoble, a longtime tech evangelist at Microsoft...
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