Pete's Prep: Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Self-driving car kills

It was inevitable. And now it's happened. A self-driving car hit and killed a pedestrian yesterday.

Uber abruptly halted testing of its autonomous vehicles across North America on Monday, after a 49-year old woman was struck and killed by one of its cars while crossing a Tempe, Ariz. street Sunday night.

The moratorium on testing includes San Francisco, Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Toronto. Sunday‚Äôs crash was believed to be the first fatality in any testing program involving autonomous vehicles.

The National Transportation Safety Board opened an investigation into the crash, NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss said.

The victim was reportedly not in a crosswalk when she was struck.

There's a domestic terrorist mailing bombs

A fifth package has exploded in Texas, and it appears to be related to a series of bombs that have killed two people around Austin over the past 3 weeks.

From CBS:

The San Antonio Texas Fire Department said a package bomb apparently bound for Austin exploded at a FedEx distribution center in Schertz, Texas, hurting one person, a FedEx employee who apparently suffered a non-life-threatening "percussion-type" injury from the blast. An FBI agent told CBS News "it's more than possible" the package is related to explosions that have occurred in Austin in recent days.

FOX has a timeline.

NC Democrats promote gun control

The proposal from North Carolina state Democratic lawmakers is to ban bump stocks, raise the legal purchase age to 21 for rifles, and "extreme risk protection orders" (also called gun violence restraining orders).

From the News & Observer:

Democratic legislators presented a slate of proposed laws aimed at curbing gun violence that they said should earn bipartisan support.

But no Republicans appeared with the Democratic proponents at a Monday news conference. Democrats said they have reached out to GOP colleagues.

Republican House leaders created a school safety committee to look at ways to prevent school shootings, and the first meeting will be this week.

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