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California one step closer to self-driving cars

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The California state legislature passed a bill Friday that could eventually help self-driving cars become a reality on the state’s highways.

According to WebProNews, the bill, which has yet to be signed by Governor Jerry Brown, would require the California Highway Patrol to adopt safety and performance standards for “autonomous vehicles,” in what the bill’s sponsor, state senator Alex Padilla (D), described as an effort to make the roads safer.

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“The vast majority of vehicle accidents are due to human error,” Padilla said when he introduced the bill in March. “Through the use of computers, sensors and other systems, an autonomous vehicle is capable of analyzing the driving environment more quickly and operating the vehicle more safely. Autonomous vehicles have the potential to significantly reduce traffic fatalities and improve safety on our roads and highways.”

The Huffington Post reported that earlier this week, Google announced that their own fleet of self-driving cars had logged 300,000 total combined miles. The company had also offered test-drives to a number of state lawmakers.

“I have to say that there are some still issues with it,” said state Senator Alan Lowenthal (D). “But it’s a better driver than I am.”

This past June, Nevada passed a bill allowing its state Department of Transportation to develop regulations for driverless cars. And four other states – Arizona, Florida, Hawaii and Oklahoma – are reportedly considering similar bills.

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Watch a demonstration video for one of Google’s automated cars, posted earlier this year on YouTube, below.


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‘Clearly impeachable and serious offense’: Ex-organized crime prosecutor says of Trump’s Ukraine scandal

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Former Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks recalled during an MSNBC panel discussion that she was once the prosecutor for organized crime. It was something that reminded her of this recent move by President Donald Trump and his administration.

This week, it was revealed that Trump said something to a foreign leader that was so concerning to a senior intelligence officer that a complaint was filed and the officer sought whistleblower protections. The White House is now working to obstruct any investigation about the complaint.

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WATCH: Trump admits he talked to Ukraine president about Joe Biden and his son

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President Donald Trump Sunday morning admitted he brought up Joe Biden and the former Vice President’s son Hunter Biden while speaking with the President of Ukraine.

“The conversation I had was largely congratulatory, with largely corruption, all of the corruption taking place and largely the fact that we don’t want our people like Vice President Biden and his son creating to the corruption,” Trump said, speaking to reporters from the White House lawn.

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BREAKING: President Trump admits that he talked to the Ukrainian president about former Vice President Biden. #MTP #IfItsSunday@kristenwelker: "From the president's perspective, the only way to put this story to bed is to release the transcript." pic.twitter.com/aaJ6DjMN0E

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‘Left wing hack’: Fox News fans lose it after anchor calls Ukraine allegations ‘a problem’ for Trump

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Fox News viewers lashed out at the network on Sunday after host Arthel Neville grilled New York Congressman Peter King (R) about President Donald Trump's alleged effort to get Ukraine to help him defeat Joe Biden.

Neville twice asked King about Trump's Ukraine scandal, and both times he evaded the question by saying that Congress does not have a right to know the details of Trump's conversations with foreign leaders.

On her third attempt, Neville got to the point by noting Trump's alleged actions are "a problem."

"We don’t know that it’s true, we hope it’s not true," the Fox News host said of the allegations against Trump. "But if there is a possibility that our president used his office to put pressure on a foreign government -- president-elect -- to dig into his possible, potential political opponent, then that’s a problem."

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