Government will consider Google computer to be car’s driver
Business / Technology

Government will consider Google computer to be car’s driver

DETROIT (AP) — Computers that control cars of the future can be considered drivers just like humans, the federal government’s highway safety agency has found. The redefinition of “driver” by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is an important break for Google, taking it a step closer to its goal of self-driving cars without steering … Continue reading

California marijuana growers face new crop of local bans
Business / Health / National

California marijuana growers face new crop of local bans

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When the California Legislature passed the state’s first comprehensive medical marijuana regulations in September, pot advocates hoped the move heralded a new era of trust in their often-tumultuous relationship with wary local officials and police. So far, it hasn’t turned out that way. Facing what appears to be a rapidly closing … Continue reading

Dubai police: Exposed wiring likely sparked NYE tower fire
Business / Middle East

Dubai police: Exposed wiring likely sparked NYE tower fire

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Exposed wiring likely sparked the New Year’s Eve blaze that engulfed a 63-story skyscraper in Dubai just hours before a nearby fireworks display at the world’s tallest building, police said Wednesday, Jan. 20. Dubai’s police chief Maj. Gen. Khamis Mattar al-Mazeina said investigators ruled out any criminal cause for … Continue reading

Obama to take in Detroit auto show as industry flourishes
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Obama to take in Detroit auto show as industry flourishes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will take a victory lap Wednesday, Jan 20, in Detroit with a tour of the North American International Auto Show. The tour gives Obama the chance to highlight the industry’s remarkable turnaround over the past seven years, and to remind the public that his administration came to the industry’s … Continue reading

Rauner, GOP leaders want state takeover of Chicago schools
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Rauner, GOP leaders want state takeover of Chicago schools

CHICAGO (AP) — Backed by Gov. Bruce Rauner, top Illinois Republicans called Wednesday, Jan. 20, for a state takeover of the financially troubled Chicago Public Schools, which faces a nearly $1 billion budget deficit that could lead to thousands of teacher layoffs and a possible strike in a matter of months. Senate GOP Leader Christine … Continue reading

Botched French drug trial leaves 1 brain dead, 5 in hospital
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Botched French drug trial leaves 1 brain dead, 5 in hospital

PARIS (AP) — One man is brain dead and three others are facing possible permanent brain damage after volunteering to take part in a botched drug test in western France, the French Health Ministry said Friday, Jan. 15. The prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation into what French Health Minister Marisol Touraine called “an accident of … Continue reading