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Uber Briefly Suspends Self-Driving Car Program After Weekend Crash

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber says it is resuming its self-driving car program in Arizona and Pittsburgh after it was suspended following a crash over the weekend.

The company had also grounded self-driving cars in San Francisco over the weekend but they resumed operating earlier on Monday. The difference between the California program versus the ones in Arizona and Pennsylvania is that California does not allow passengers to ride in the vehicles.

The company said Monday that it paused the operations over the weekend to better understand what happened in Arizona, but feels confident in returning the cars to the road.

There were no serious injuries reported in the incident in Tempe, Arizona on Friday night. Police said the self-driving Uber SUV was obeying the law while the human driver of the other car was cited for a moving violation.

Uber says it is investigating the incident and that there were no passengers in the back seat of the self-driving car.

Multiple automakers and technology companies are testing fleets of self-driving vehicles. In nearly all cases, the cars have backup drivers who can take the wheel in an emergency.

Testing hasn’t been accident-free. Waymo – a division of Google – has been testing self-driving cars since 2009 and has driven them more than 2 million miles. Last year, Waymo reported 13 accidents involving its fleet in the state of California, which requires companies testing autonomous vehicles to report any accidents. Most of the accidents were minor and weren’t caused by Waymo’s vehicles. But in February 2016, a Waymo test car struck a public bus near the company’s headquarters in Mountain View. No one was injured.

Cruise Automation – a self-driving startup owned by General Motors Co. – and Nissan Motor Co. also reported fender benders involving self-driving cars in California within the last year.

Last year, a driver of a semi-autonomous Tesla – which is different from a self-driving car – was killed with the car’s Autopilot system engaged.

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(Photo) The Raiders Are Saying Goodbye To Oakland And Hello To Las Vegas

Like the movie Field Of Dreams always said, “If you build it they will come…” and it’s official, Las Vegas now has an NFL team! The Oakland Raiders are leaving the Bay Area and headed to the desert. This is a move that Las Vegas has wanted for quite some time and this is what they believe the new stadium will look like:

That ceiling looks pretty awesome and I know this is great news for Las Vegas residents! I’m sure some Oakland fans will still make the drive for the games and now our Houston Texans will be spending weekends in Sin City during road games against the Raiders. That could be good or bad. Let’s hope they aren’t hitting the casino before the games!

My main question: do you think they’ll add a casino, hotel and sportsbook to the stadium?


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‘True Detective’ Update: David Milch Set to Join Creator Nic Pizzolatto for Season 3

“True Detective” is coming back to life for a third season with a little help from HBO veteran David Milch. Milch has been recruited to help “True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto chart the course for the third installment of the anthology series. Entertainment Weekly first reported the news of Milch’s involvement. Sources cautioned that Milch and... Read more »

Mike Myers Loses Big on Lower Manhattan Condo

SELLER: Mike Myers LOCATION: New York City, NY PRICE: $14,000,000 SIZE: 4,241 square feet, 4 bedrooms 4 bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Not counting carrying costs and real estate fees, Canadian-born former “Saturday Night Live” cast member and “Austin Powers” franchise star Mike Myers took a hair-raising, $675,000 blow to his bank account when he sold... Read more »

China Box Office Will Grow 15% to 20%, Wanda Cinemas President Says at CinemaCon

After years of seismic growth, the Chinese box office flagged in 2016, sparking fears in Hollywood that one of the movie industry’s major sources of ticket sales is slowing down. On Monday, John Zeng, president and board director at Wanda Cinemas, Asia’s largest exhibitor, told a crowd of theater owners and studio executives that box office... Read more »

DOT Apologizes For Billing Dead Teen $3K For Highway Guardrail

State officials in Tennessee have apologized to the family of a dead teenager after sending a bill in her name for $3,000 in damages her car caused to the guardrail that some — including her family — blame for the young woman’s death.

On Nov. 1, the 17-year-old was driving her father’s car home on Interstate 75 when she left the road and into the median, and then hit the guardrail on the driver’s side door, a Tennessee Highway Patrol crash report says.

The guardrail end didn’t deflect the car or buckle to absorb its impact, but instead went through it, killing the teen instantly, THP said.

Months later, her father says they received a $2,970 bill, addressed to his daughter, from the Tennessee Dept. of Transportation for the cost of labor and materials to install 25 feet of new guardrail at the scene of the crash.

The father tells the Knoxville News Sentinel he was “flabbergasted” that the department would bill his daughter “for the defective device that killed her.”

A spokesman for TDOT told the News Sentinel that the bill was the result of “a mistake somewhere in processing,” and that TDOT “greatly apologizes for it.” The family will not have to pay the bill and the department is ending a another letter to explain the error.

The News Sentinel reports that TDOT had removed the particular model of guardrail involved in this collision from its approved products list only a week before the incident. There was apparently some concern about its ability to perform against vehicles traveling more than 62 mph. That stretch of I-75 has a 70 mph speed limit.

“What bothers me is that they’re playing Russian Roulette with people’s lives,” the father told the paper. “They know these devices do not perform at high speeds and in situations like my daughter’s accident, but they leave them in place.”

Removing a model from the product list means that the agency won’t use it in future installations. As for the 1,000 X-LITE guardrail ends left out there, TDOT says it will be accepting bids for a contract to remove “most” of the terminals in question where the speed limit is above 45 mph.

In the meantime, the teen’s father says he will be pushing state officials to consider a more risk-based approach to guardrails by preemptively removing and replacing any that may be dangerous.

TV Review: BET’s ‘Rebel,’ From John Singleton

Rebecca “Rebel” Knight (Danielle Moné Truitt), in the grand tradition of hardboiled private investigators, is an ex-cop with a past — a pro who got jaded because of one bad case, one tough story, one loss that was too much to handle. She can take on a room of guys twice her size armed with... Read more »

Hulu Gives Straight-to-Series Order to Sarah Silverman, Funny or Die

Hulu has ordered 10 half-hour episodes of topical show “I Love You, America,” starring Sarah Silverman. The series, from Funny or Die, will have Silverman discuss the current political and emotional landscape of the country. The episodes will be doled out on a weekly basis. Though an avowed liberal, Silverman with this show is looking... Read more »

Joseph On Raiders: ‘You Feel Bad For The Fans’

PHOENIX (CBS4) – Broncos head coach Vance Joseph commented on the Raiders moving to Las Vegas.

Their relocation was announced midday at Monday after NFL owners voted 31-1 to move the team, Miami being the only one against it.

In regards to the move, Joseph said that “obviously Oakland fans are great fans, and you feel bad for the fans. This game is about the fans. They’re losing a great franchise in Oakland.”

“But, whatever is best for the league moving forward,” Joseph added. “Vegas is a great city. Everyone loves to go to Vegas, so to have football in Vegas is going to be new, but exciting.”

Earlier in the day, before the vote occurred, Broncos President Joe Ellis said that “it [would be] three teams that have moved in the last [14 months]. We’re affected by two of those moves, which were great trips for us … so it’ll be different. But I understand the reasons and the motivations.”

It May Not Boost IQ, But Breast Is Still Best For Babies

 By Dr. Dave Hnida

(CBS4) – There’s no question that there are a number of health reasons to breastfeed your baby, but one big question we’ve had is does it really make a child smarter. Over the years some experts have claimed it definitely does, others are more lukewarm on the claim

This week comes a study in the journal Pediatrics that adds more evidence to the belief of “probably not”.

The research followed a group of close to 8000 infants for five years. It finds that those kids who were breast fed for at least 6 months after birth did have a slightly better vocabulary, problem-solving skills, and so forth, up to about age three. Then, by age five, that slight advantage pretty much disappeared. (The study called it a “lack of cognitive boost”).

Frankly, that’s not much of a surprise since the best study to date before this one showed that the average breast fed child had a little more than 1.8 points on an IQ test during childhood.

So I think the claim that breast milk makes a child more intelligent doesn’t quite hold up as we hoped—overall good nutrition, good parenting and specifically spending quality time with a child seem to be the best brain boosters out there. There are just a bundle of variables.

Now that’s not to say breast milk doesn’t offer much else. It does. Quite a bit more, in fact.

Breast feeding for at least six months, preferably to 12 months, does build immunity because of all of the antibodies present in breast milk. Breast fed children tend to have fewer colds, ear infections, bouts of diarrhea, and less risk of the development of allergies.

There are also some suggestions that being breast fed as a baby lowers the risk of things such as obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure during the teenage years and adulthood.

Plus, there are some benefits for a nursing mom, including a lowering lifelong risk of the development of breast cancer.

Sometimes, breast feeding is difficult—from physical to reasons of lifestyle. In any case, there are resources available for you. Most hospitals along the Front Range have lactation support and services. I’d encourage you to take advantage of them and breast feed if possible.

For more info and tips, here’s a link to a great lactation site with the Academy of Pediatrics:

https://www2.aap.org/breastfeeding/faqsbreastfeeding.html

Dr. Dave Hnida is CBS4’s Medical Editor. He blogs about the latest studies and trends in the health world. Read his latest blog entries, check out his bio or follow him on Twitter @drdavehnida