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The Arrival of Self-Driving Ubers in Pittsburgh

September 15, 2016 The first self-driving Ubers will begin picking up passengers in Pittsburgh Wednesday, available to select customers. Journalists, however, were able to test the technology ahead of the official debut, and for the most part reporters seemed dazzled by their robotic chauffeurs—even if the cars tended to drive like your vision-impaired...

The Hack on US Olympians' Medical Records

September 14, 2016 A hacking group that calls itself the Fancy Bears Hack Team broke into the World Anti-Doping Agency’s database and released the medical records of top U.S. Olympic athletes, WADA has confirmed. The hackers are believed to be Russian, and while the accuracy of the records isn’t known, WADA confirmed the...

Zika Advisory Grows to Include One of South Florida's Biggest Tourist Draws

August 19, 2016 Local cases of Zika infection have been found in Miami Beach, Florida Governor Rick Scott said Friday, which means the virus has spread beyond the small neighborhood that health officials had hoped to contain it to, and has infected one of South Florida’s largest tourist areas. The spread of Zika...

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A First Look Inside Border Patrol's 'Iceboxes'

August 19, 2016 For years human- and immigrants-rights advocacy groups have accused U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) of holding people who illegally crossed the Southwest border in processing-facility cells that are too small, dirty, and kept so cold the cells have earned the nickname hieleras, or iceboxes. The problem has always been...

The Autopsy Report in a Chicago Police Shooting

August 18, 2016 The unarmed black teenager who officers chased into a backyard in a Chicago suburb last month and fatally shot as he ran away was struck by a bullet in the back, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. The report, obtained Wednesday by the Chicago Tribune, found that Paul...

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The Navajo, the EPA, and the Accident That Turned a River Orange

August 17, 2016 Leaders with the Navajo Nation said they will file a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency for its role in a large mine spill in 2015, which contaminated a major river with 3 million gallons of toxic acid and metals. The Navajo Nation joins the state of New Mexico, which...

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What the TSA Found in Carry-On Luggage Last Week

August 12, 2016 If the Instagram account for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) tells us anything about the psyche of the United Sates, it is this: The country has asurprising interest in owning Batman-replica boomerangs; and Americans are locked and loaded, and they often forget this fact when flying. Last week TSA caught...

A Weak Spot With Police Body Cameras

August 2, 2016 A Chicago police officer who fatally shot a black man in the back last week was wearing a body camera during the shooting, but the camera was turned off at the time, officials with the city’s police department said Monday. The incident has started a controversy over the effectiveness of...

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a Delivery Drone

July 27, 2016 Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon, said in 2013 he dreamed that soon the packages his online company shipped to homes across the world would be delivered by drones. Amazon was founded in the U.S., which is also its largest market, but there the federal aviation regulations would...

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That Wasn't An Earthquake

July 19, 2016 Florida is home to several disasters: the hurricanes, the sinkholes that swallow homes, and the #Floridaman hashtag. It is not known for earthquakes. So when a magnitude-3.7 temblor struck 100 miles off the coast of Daytona Beach over the weekend, news outlets reported the phenomenon with headlines like this one...