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Driverless Cars Pose Regulation Problem

Driverless Cars Pose Regulation Problem

Driverless cars are inevitable. As automakers and technology companies push further into the realm of making cars as safe as possible, driverless cars pose a highly problematic regulation issue.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles held a hearing Tuesday as it tries to figure out how to regulate driverless cars and new technologies that are still being tested.

Three states have already passed driverless car laws, which focus on testing. While automakers and technology companies have been testing driverless cars in California for some time, but as the technology becomes more standard, legislators are scrambling to figure out how to regulate broader use of the technology.

In 2012, the California Legislature passed a law that laid out rules on testing. For broader use, California’s law could become the standard for the nation, as the federal government is years away from setting any standards.

During the meeting Tuesday, privacy concerns were the focus. Concerns about tracking were brought up. Google fought against attempts to add privacy guarantees in the 2012 legislation.

However, if regulation is too stringent, it could stifle research and development. The California Department of Motor Vehicles hopes to strike a balance between public safety, innovation and privacy.

Source: CBS Los Angeles

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Alleged Bitcoin Founder Chased By Reporters

Alleged Bitcoin Founder Chased By Reporters

By Anthony Alaniz

Earlier this week, Newsweek alleged Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto was the creator and founder of Bitcoin, the new, anonymous cryptocurrency.

In the ensuing media frenzy trying to identify the mysterious man, Nakamoto left his home to ride around Los Angeles in a car with a reporter while being chased by several other reporters.

Nakamoto rode with a reporter for the Associated Press, according to Los Angeles Times reporter Andrea Chang. Nakamoto spoke with Chang and he denied being the creator of Bitcoin.

Nakamoto lives in Temple City, Calif., and journalists staked themselves outside his home when the Newsweek report was published Thursday.

Bitcoin was founded in the late 2000s, and has gained popularity as an anonymous and decentralized international currency. The founder and creator of Bitcoin has remained a mystery, though many suspect the creator uses “Satoshi Nakamoto” as a pseudonym.

Many within the Bitcoin community were upset that Newsweek tried to identify the creator.

It looks like we are no closer to learning the identity of the creator and founder of Bitcoin.

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Train, Car Collide in Los Angeles

Train, Car Collide in Los Angeles

By Anthony Alaniz

A car collided with a commuter train today in Los Angeles.

The accident left 13 people were injured, two of them seriously. The driver of the car, a minivan, didn’t have serious injuries. The driver declined to be transported to a medical facility.

The accident occurred around 10 a.m. when the minivan, a Toyota Sienna, apparently ran a red light said Metro spokesman Marc Littman in an interview with WCSH 9 Portland. The accident occurred south of downtown Los Angeles. The accident involved a northbound Blue Line train at an intersection.

Twelve people who were on the train were taken to the hospital said Fire Department spokeswoman Katherine Main in an interview with WCSH 9 Portland. Ten were listed in fair condition, with two in serious condition.

The 22-mile Blue Line between Los Angeles and Long Beach is prone to accidents according to Littman. He says a number of drivers run red lights or turn illegally in front of street-level trains.

The investigation into the accident is ongoing. The names of the driver and those injured in the accident have not yet been released. No charges have been filed against the minivan driver at this time.

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Mercedes-Benz Could Move Into Vacant Boeing Space

Mercedes-Benz Could Move Into Vacant Boeing Space

By Anthony Alaniz

Mercedes-Benz could soon be occupying the old Boeing facility on Lakewood Blvd. and Conant St. in Long Beach after sitting empty for eight years.

Mercedes-Benz, which has a 15-year lease that begins March 1 at the facility, has yet to release any details about what it plans to do with the 1.1 million square foot facility.

“Aerospace is disappearing from this area and going to other states but to have activity like that, a car manufacturer assembling cars?,” Fred Mooshagian, who worked at the facility nearly 60 years ago, said in an interview with NBC Southern California. “Absolutely!”

“We know that Mercedes-Benz is coming in, and then we have the Habit and Starbucks,” said Gary Maldia of the sub shop in an interview NBC Southern California. “They will benefit.”

Mercedes Benz, which has been very tight-lipped about its lease, did not return NBC Southern California’s calls for comment Thursday.

With an unemployment rate of nearly 10 percent, Bob Foster, the mayor of Long Beach, hopes Mercedes-Benz will hire locally.

“Mercedes has a big footprint here,” he said in an interview with NBC Southern California. “They have research facilities near by here. This is going to increase their presence in and around Long Beach.

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Police Defend DUI Arrest of Man Who Blew 0.00 on Breathalyzer

Police Defend DUI of Man Who Blew 0.00 on Breathalyzer

By Anthony Alaniz

Larry Davis was arrested Jan. 13, 2014 and charged with a DUI after he ran a stop sign and appeared to be intoxicated during a field sobriety test, according to arresting officers.

Davis said he had only one drink. After blowing 0.00 on a Breathalyzer, he offered to provide a blood sample as well. He ended up spending a day in jail according to the Austin Statesman.

The results came back negative months later. Now, Davis is trying to have his arrest record cleared. The Austin Police are defending their arrest and DUI charge against Davis.

“If there is someone who is possibly impaired, we don’t want them driving,” said Cmdr. David Mahoney, of Austin police said in an interview with The Raw Story. “We need to get them off the road, so that was probably (the officer’s) mindset.”

Davis’ case was dismissed last week. Travis County picked up his legal fees.

“I was arrested for nothing, really,” Davis said in an interview with The Raw Story. “It was suspicion of drunk driving, which I wasn’t so I was surprised and hurt at the same time.”

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Escaped camel injured man, chased cars in rural Los Angeles County

By Anthony Alaniz

An escaped camel rampaged a rural Los Angeles county Friday in the unincorporated community of Acton. The camel was reported to be chasing cars shortly after 8:30 a.m.

The camel escaped from an enclosure and stomped a 72-year-old man who tried to capture it.

“My dad . . . tried to catch it and it must have cornered him or something, and it took off after him, bit him on the head and knocked him down and stomped on him,” Skylar Dossenbach told KCBS-TV. “He crawled under something and the camel tried to pull him out from under it.”

The father was hospitalized. The man, who hasn’t been identified, needed stiches for a gash in his head, Dossenbach said in an interview with KCBS-TV.

Dossenbach said she eventually captured the camel.

“I just put a halter on him, fed him a treat and he calmly walked down to my round pen and I corralled him,” she said in the interview.

Animal control seized the animal because the owner does not have a permit to have such an animal. The owner, who hasn’t been named, could also be cited for endangering residents, sheriff’s officials said.

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune 

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Darth Vader Watches Man Smash LAPD Windows

Darth Vader Watches Man Smash LAPD Windows

By Anthony Alaniz

Only in Hollywood can you see Darth Vader helplessly watch a man vandalize four Los Angele Police Department cruisers.

A man wielding a metal rod smashed all the windows save for the windshield on the four cruisers. The incident happened near Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Ave. around 1 p.m., said LAPD Officer Bruce Borihanh.

A KTLA photographer who was working in the area shot video of the incident. The video shows someone dressed as Darth Vader, light saber included, watching as the man swings the rod into the window of the car behind him. Some people passing by stared as they walked past the police cruiser.

The rod-wielding man pulls a laptop from the car and takes it to a kiosk, where he opens and then walks away from the scene.

Video later shows the man on the ground and surrounded by police. Someone in a police costume was standing nearby. The man was arrested without incident, Borihanh said.

No other information about the suspect was available, he said. It was just another day good triumphed over evil.

You can watch the video here.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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Former Student Detained In College Shooting Threat

Former Student Detained In College Shooting Threat

Source: CBS Los Angeles

By Anthony Alaniz

Authorities detained a 21-year-old woman Thursday in connection with a shooting threat. The threat was made to LA Valley College, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said.

The woman, who was detained for several hours, was former LAVC student Sydnee Lewis. She was taken into police custody at 10:40 a.m. at her Panorama City apartment near Sylmar Avenue and Plummer Street.

Authorities handcuffed and questioned Lewis as officers searched her apartment. No weapons were found during the search. She was released four hours later. Lewis suspects another woman made the threat.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was alerted to the threat around 9:15 a.m. Deputies considered the threat credible after an anonymous call about a possible shooter heading to the school, officers said.

“We continued to investigate, as we are now. We were able to determine that there was indeed a possibility this was going to happen. We were able to detain someone and we are continuing the investigation at this time,” Lt. Melva Mitchell said in an interview with CBS Los Angeles.

The campus was evacuated as a precaution and all classes before 5 p.m. were cancelled. The case is still being investigated as investigators try to track down the person who actually made the threat.

Source: CBS Los Angeles

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Elderly Man Accidentally Drives Car Into Medical Office

Elderly Man Accidentally Drives Car Into Medical Office

By Anthony Alaniz

Two people were injured Tuesday after an elderly man accidently lost control of his vehicle and drove into a medical building.

The accident occurred at 10:15 a.m. at 999 North Tustin Ave., Santa Ana police officials said in an interview with CBS Los Angeles.

The unidentified 87-year-old man mistakenly hit the accelerator instead of the break when he was pulling into a handicapped-parking space.

“The vehicle, a 4-door Lexus, went over the parking stop, down a small slope and collided into Diamond Medical Office,” police officials said in an interview with CBS Los Angeles.

The car took out several large glass walls and came to rest halfway inside the office according to reports.

The two injured in the incident, a doctor and female patient, suffered only minor injuries that resulted from the glass and debris, according to officials. The driver of the car was not injured. No charges have been filed at this time.

Source: CBS Los Angeles

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C7 Chevrolet Corvette vs. Porsche Carrera 911

C7 Chevrolet Corvette vs. Porsche Carrera 911

By Anthony Alaniz

It may seem like a moot comparison, but when a new, 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray costs as much as the options alone tacked onto a Porsche Carrera 911, answers are needed about one’s sanity if they pluck down the cash for the 911.

In the video below, drifter extraordinaire Chris Harris takes the two sports cars out onto the track at Chuckwalla to see just how close these two cars compared.

While there is a power difference between the two—400 for the Carrera, 460 for the Corvette—they do accomplish their intended goals quite differently. The Corvette is, and always will be a General Motors product. It is the sports car for the masses, offering impeccable performance at bargain basement prices. It’s what the Corvette is known for, and keeps doing it better and better year after year.

The Porsche Carrera 911 is, and always will be a Porsche product. There is a certain level of opulence and importance that comes with the car the Corvette simply cannot match. There are things the 911 does better than the Corvette can ever dream of doing, but at the end of the day, the large price disparity between the two is enough to make anyone second guess their purchasing decision.

Source: Drive

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