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National & World California puzzles over safety of driverless cars California puzzles over safety of driverless cars
California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they'll know whether "driverless" vehicles are safe.
National & World States trying to lure lawyers into rural practice States trying to lure lawyers into rural practice
By landing a steady job in a hopping metropolis, Jake Fischer achieved the dream of many who finished law school during the Great Recession. Then, he left the big-city life and moved to a small South Dakota town, lured by a program that seeks to boost the number of rural attorneys.
National & World Killer of 2 NYC officers had long criminal history Killer of 2 NYC officers had long criminal history (Photo Gallery) (Video)
The gunman who fatally ambushed two police officers in their squad car had a long criminal record, a hatred for police and the government and an apparent history of mental instability that included an attempt to hang himself a year ago, authorities said Sunday.
National & World 2 NYPD officers 'assassinated' as they sat in patrol car 2 NYPD officers 'assassinated' as they sat in patrol car (Photo Gallery)
A gunman who announced online that he was planning to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the chokehold death of Eric Garner ambushed two police officers in a patrol car and shot them to death in broad daylight Saturday before running to a subway station and killing himself, authorities said.
National & World Protesters: 'It's not the time' for more Cuba ties Protesters: 'It's not the time' for more Cuba ties
Waving flags and chanting "Obama, traitor," anti-Castro protesters gathered Saturday in a Little Havana park in a show of opposition to the president's plan to normalize relations with Cuba.
National & World Crime in NYC drops even as tactics draw criticism Crime in NYC drops even as tactics draw criticism
Even as New York's police department takes heat for its tactics in the outrage over the Eric Garner chokehold case, year-end crime statistics show two clear trends: low-level arrests are holding steady and overall crime continues to fall.
National & World EPA coal ash standards a setback for environmental groups EPA coal ash standards a setback for environmental groups
Six years ago, there was a massive spill of coal ash sludge in Tennessee. Three years later, tons of coal ash swept into Lake Michigan. Last February, there was another spill and gray sludge spewed into the Dan River in North Carolina.
National & World Air Force admits nuke flaws, but will fixes work? Air Force admits nuke flaws, but will fixes work?
Faced with one of its biggest challenges in years - repairing a troubled nuclear missile corps - the Air Force has taken an important first step by admitting, after years of denial, that its problems run deep and wide.
National & World China arrests US aid work in North Korean border town
A Korean-American aid worker working in a Chinese city near North Korea has been arrested on charges of embezzlement and possession of fake invoices, his lawyer said Friday, in a sign that authorities are increasingly sensitive about activities by foreigners in the border region.
National & World Cuban cigar boom? Not yet, stores and customers say Cuban cigar boom? Not yet, stores and customers say
The coveted Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the U.S. in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing American travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in their suitcases. But the cigars won't roll into stores just yet, and owners say they aren't worried about any dip in business.
National & World Lawsuit shows resistance to legalization of pot Lawsuit shows resistance to legalization of pot
Despite growing public support for legalizing marijuana, a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma shows that at least two segments of American society are prepared to fight the idea before the nation's highest court - social conservatives and law enforcement.
National & World Australian woman arrested in deaths of 8 children Australian woman arrested in deaths of 8 children
An Australian woman was arrested for murder in the killings of eight children, seven of whom are believed to be her own, police said Saturday. The children were found dead inside the woman's home.