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Waymo’s Autonomous Cars Get First Real Drivers in Phoenix

After almost a decade of research, Google’s autonomous car project is close to becoming a real service. Now known as Waymo, the Alphabet Inc. self-driving car unit is letting residents of Phoenix, Ariz., sign up to use its vehicles, a …

Boise Will Have Flood Risks Assessed Before FEMA Maps are Finalized

Boise, Idaho, officials have expressed concerns with federal maps that propose adding hundreds of acres to a flood plain in the city, which could increase the cost and difficulty of buying or developing nearby property. The city disagrees with the …

Washington Drivers Face New Distracted Driving Penalties

Holding a phone while driving in Washington state becomes illegal in 2019 once Gov. Jay Inslee signs a distracted driving measure passed by the Legislature. “I am just thrilled that we have been able to forge a step forward on …

Dozens Charged in $23M California Insurance Fraud Scam

Prosecutors in California announced charges Thursday against more than two dozen doctors, pharmacists and medical business owners in a multimillion dollar scheme to bilk workers compensation insurance by prescribing unnecessary treatments and tests. Tanya Moreland King, 37, and her husband …

Arizona House Give Initial OK to Teen Texting While Driving Ban

The Arizona House has given initial approval to legislation banning texting or other cellphone use by drivers with only a learner’s permit or during the first six months teenagers have a regular license – a major move after years of …

Tesla Sued Over Defective Autopilot Software

Tesla Inc. is facing its first U.S. legal challenge over self-driving technology in a case alleging the electric carmaker sold 47,000 vehicles with Autopilot software that’s “dangerously defective” when engaged. Drivers have “become beta testers of half-baked software that renders …

Washington High Court Sides With Goodyear in Personal Injury Dispute

A unanimous Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with Goodyear Rubber & Tire Co. in a dispute over a $2.7 million penalty the company was ordered to pay an Arizona family to reimburse their legal fees in a personal injury case. …

Below-Average Wildfire Season Expected in Colorado

Colorado is in store for an average to slightly below-average wildfire season this year, despite dry conditions and early outbreaks on the eastern plains, officials said Friday. “But the fires will occur,” said Michael Morgan, the director of state Division …

Hawaii Legislators to Vote on Lifeguard Liability Protections

Hawaii officials are looking over two bills that would either keep or end liability protection for cities and counties during drowning incidents. Kauai, Maui and Honolulu officials held a news conference last week to urge lawmakers to extend liability protections …

Young Tech Prodigy Touts Better Lidar for Self-Driving Cars

Austin Russell, now 22, was barely old enough to drive when he set out to create a safer navigation system for robot-controlled cars. His ambitions are about to be tested. Five years ago, Russell co-founded Luminar Technologies, a Silicon Valley …

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