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Tesla Self-Driving Feature Puts Car in 'Assertive' Mode

It allows vehicle to shorten follow distance, come to 'rolling stops'

(Newser) - A Tesla self-driving feature is drawing backlash for what some are saying could lead to too-aggressive driving. The Verge reports that the company's Full Self-Driving (FSD) beta allows vehicle operators to choose from one of three driving modes that control how the car reacts to road conditions: "Chill,...

This Is the Safest Airline in the World

Air New Zealand takes top spot in AirlineRatings.com's annual ranking

(Newser) - People are flying again, though the current COVID surge has put a damper on many a winter vacation. If you're going to fly, though, you'll want to make sure your airline of choice is following best practices for safety—which is why AirlineRatings.com's latest ranking comes...

Teen Brand Quits Social Media: 'Something Has to Change'

Lush will shutter IG, FB, TikTok, Snapchat on Black Friday, won't come back til user safety is improved

(Newser) - While most brands are revving up their social media for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the rest of the holiday shopping season, one teen favorite just made a shocking announcement: It's shuttering its social media entirely on the day after Thanksgiving. At least for now, says Lush Cosmetics—known...

These Are the Safest States Amid the Pandemic
10 Safest, Least Safe
States in US

10 Safest, Least Safe States in US

Vermont is No. 1 and Louisiana is last

(Newser) - WalletHub usually considers a wide range of factors in determining the safest states in America, including the number of assaults, mass shootings, and terrorist attacks. This year, with the coronavirus pandemic still in play, it's also considering the percentage of residents who are fully vaccinated. That's one...

This Is the Safest City in the Whole Country

WalletHub ranked 182 US cities based on community, financial safety

(Newser) - If you have a deep fear of natural disasters, avoid Oklahoma City , which was ranked the worst US city for such disasters in a new report by WalletHub . On the natural-disaster front, Dover, Delaware, emerged as the safest, but not the safest overall. WalletHub used data from the Census Bureau,...

Current, Former Blue Origin Staff Pen Scathing Essay

Former comms chief says Jeff Bezos' company ignores safety concerns

(Newser) - "Blue Origin's culture sits on a foundation that ignores the plight of our planet, turns a blind eye to sexism, is not sufficiently attuned to safety concerns, and silences those who seek to correct wrongs." So claim 21 current and former employees of Jeff Bezos' spaceflight company...

CDC: Evidence Growing on Schools, COVID

Agency: In-person schooling seems to be safe if masks, social distancing are required

(Newser) - Health officials say evidence continues to mount that it's generally safe to have in-person schooling, if US schools require mask wearing and other precautions. The latest study, published online Tuesday by a CDC journal, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, looked at schools in rural Wisconsin and found cases linked...

10 Safest US Cities
10 Safest American Cities

10 Safest American Cities

Columbia, Maryland, comes out on top in new ranking

(Newser) - If feeling safe is a high priority when it comes to where you live, then the city of Columbia, Maryland, might be worth checking out. A new analysis at WalletHub ranks the city as the safest in the country. The ranking, however, factors in more than crime stats. It also...

Army May Move Vindman for Safety
Vindman
Reminds 
Nunes of
His Rank

Vindman Reminds Nunes of His Rank

Also, Army may move him and family to military base for protection

(Newser) - The Army is looking into the possibility of moving impeachment witness Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and his family onto a military base to make sure they're safe, reports the Wall Street Journal . The Ukraine native, who's testifying Tuesday, has been the subject of much online vilification from supporters...

Researchers Examine Pot Use in Pregnancy, Get Pushback

Controversial study examines whether marijuana can help with morning sickness

(Newser) - There's no proof that cannabis can relieve morning sickness, and mainstream medicine advises against use in pregnancy due to studies suggesting it might cause premature birth, low birthweight, and infant brain deficits. But the National Institute on Drug Abuse is pressing for more solid evidence. With nearly $200,000...

CDC to Army Lab: 'Cease and Desist' Studying Deadly Germs

Maryland's Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases temporarily shuttered over safety concerns

(Newser) - A "cease and desist" order from the Centers for Disease Control has been issued, a military biodefense lab has been shuttered, and "research is currently on hold" there, possibly for months. The issue: safety worries that cropped up over processes used to contain dozens of dangerous toxins and...

The 10 Safest, Least Safe States in US

WalletHub ranks them for 2019

(Newser) - There are many elements to safety, and in determining this year's safest states in America, WalletHub looked at dozens of them. The site compared all 50 states across 52 safety indicators from the areas of personal and residential safety (things like terrorist attacks, mass shootings, violent crimes, overdoses, suicides),...

Aviation Unions on Shutdown: We Can't Calculate the Risk

Reps for air traffic controllers, pilots, flight attendants say air safety system 'deteriorating'

(Newser) - Is it still safe to fly during the government shutdown? That's a question with a potentially uncomfortable answer, at least according to the unions representing more than 130,000 pilots, flight attendants, and air traffic controllers, per the New York Times . In a statement , the presidents of the three...

Traveling in 2019? These Airlines Are the Safest Bet

AirlineRatings.com reveals its top safety picks of 405 airlines

(Newser) - The world's safest airline for 2019 is also the industry's most experienced, according to AirlineRatings.com . The website, which monitors the safety records of 405 airlines worldwide, considered industry and government audits; crash and incident reports; profitability; safety initiatives; and fleet age in coming up with the 20...

Here Are the 10 Safest Cities in America

These locales boast lower crime, less risk of natural disasters, and better financial security

(Newser) - Feeling secure is often a top priority when people are seeking a place to settle down—and that doesn't just mean finding locales with boring weekly police logs. WalletHub looked at more than three dozen safety metrics for 180 cities, examining what automatically comes to mind when you think...

Attorney: 'Blood on the Hands' of Cities That Allow E-Scooters

Injuries from the motorized devices now a daily problem in ERs

(Newser) - It felt like grains of salt floating around Earl Wilkinson's mouth. "In fact, they were teeth remnants"—the result of the 52-year-old's face-plant during an electric scooter crash. Wilkinson ended up in the emergency room with a broken arm in what BuzzFeed describes as a fairly...

It's a Chair. No, It's a Bulletproof Vest

Seattle inventor's seat converts into a life-saving device

(Newser) - An enterprising attorney has created a portable chair that converts to a bullet-proof vest, for use in schools and entertainment venues. Aaron Ansel came up with the idea for the CoverMeSeat following the October 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas. "I just thought, is there any sort of technology-based...

Cops Pull Over School Chief for Passing School Bus

It happened during a safety campaign in Melbourne, Florida

(Newser) - Bad: Authorities say a Florida school superintendent was pulled over for illegally passing a school bus. Worse: It happened as police were running a bus safety campaign. Florida Today reports that Brevard Public Schools Superintendent Desmond Blackburn was driving his district-issued SUV the morning of March 27 when he was...

Traveling by Plane Was Mind-Bogglingly Safe in 2017

Zero commercial jets crashed

(Newser) - Two separate reports reveal a big find for 2017: zero crashes of commercial passenger jets anywhere in the world, report the BBC and Reuters . The reports come courtesy of the To70 Dutch consultancy group and the Aviation Safety Network , with the latter proclaiming 2017 "the safest year ever, both...

10 Safest, Least Safe Cities in America

Nashua, NH, comes in at No. 1; Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is at the bottom of the list

(Newser) - When seeking a place to settle down, safety is usually at the top of home seekers' priority list. WalletHub scoured more than 180 cities nationwide, looking at natural-disaster risks, financial perils, and the safety of homes and communities in general. The site used nearly three dozen key safety indicators in...

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