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Study: Most Minneapolis police stops involved Black drivers

Aug. 7, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Black drivers accounted for nearly 80% of police searches and routine traffic stops in predominantly white Minneapolis, according to a public defender's study using city policy data. From June 2019 to May 2020, the study found Black and East African drivers were more often searched when...

AAA: Partially automated driving systems don't always work

Aug. 6, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Two tests by AAA during the past two years show that partially automated driving systems don’t always function properly, so the auto club is recommending that car companies limit their use. Researchers with AAA recently tested systems from five manufacturers over a distance of 4,000...

FILE - In this July 17, 2020 file photo the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind., is shown. Anti-death penalty activists Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, asked a judge to order Indiana State Police to stop blocking roads to a prison where federal executions have resumed after a 17-year pause, arguing the roadblocks set up unconstitutional no-protest zones and impede protesters' free-speech rights. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Anti-death penalty groups sue, say roadblocks impede speech

Aug. 4, 2020 6:09 PM EDT

Anti-death penalty activists asked a judge in a Tuesday lawsuit to order Indiana State Police to stop blocking roads to a prison where federal executions have resumed after a 17-year pause, arguing that the roadblocks constitute unconstitutional no-protest zones and impede protesters’ free-speech rights. ...

FILE - In this file photo dated June 7, 2020, a long row of unsold cars at a Honda dealership in Highlands Ranch, Colo.  The coronavirus pandemic is causing drivers to keep their cars and trucks longer.  The IHS Markit consulting firm says the pandemic has caused consumers to put the brakes on spending and hold onto their current vehicles for a longer period.    (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Pandemic drives average age of cars in US to a record high

Jul. 28, 2020 9:12 AM EDT

Drivers are holding on to cars and trucks longer during the coronavirus pandemic. The average age of a vehicle on U.S. roads rose by a month this year to a record 11.9 years. The IHS Markit consulting firm says the pandemic has caused consumers to put the brakes on spending and hold onto their current vehicles...

A Berkeley police vehicle waits at a stop light near graffiti calling for the defunding of the Berkeley police department on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in Berkeley, Calif. The city of Berkeley moved forward Wednesday with a proposal to eliminate police from conducting traffic stops and instead use unarmed civilian city workers as part of a broad overhaul of law enforcement. The City Council also set a goal of cutting the police budget by 50%. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Berkeley moves toward removing police from traffic stops

Jul. 15, 2020 7:32 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After hours of emotional public testimony and a middle-of-the-night vote by Berkeley leaders, the progressive California city is moving forward with a novel proposal to replace police with unarmed civilians during traffic stops in a bid to curtail racial profiling. The City Council...

FILE - A Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 file photo showing a view of the Morandi highway bridge that collapsed in Genoa, northern Italy. Italy's government says it has scored a victory in a battle stemming from the deadly 2018 collapse of Genoa's bridge, with the Benetton fashion family agreeing to exit the holding company that manages and maintains most of Italy's toll roads and bridges. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)

Italy, Benettons reach deal after Genoa bridge collapse

Jul. 15, 2020 9:40 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy’s government said Wednesday it scored a victory in a battle stemming from the deadly 2018 collapse of Genoa’s main bridge, with the Benetton fashion family agreeing to exit the company that manages and maintains most of Italy’s toll roads and bridges. Italian Premier...

FILE - In this July 18, 2019, file photo, Berkeley councilman Rigel Robinson poses for photos inside the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center building in Berkeley, Calif. The politically liberal city of Berkeley in Northern California is considering a proposal to shift traffic enforcement from armed police to unarmed city workers. Backers say they believe the proposal before the Berkeley City Council Tuesday, July 14, 2020, is the first of its kind in the U.S.

Berkeley to consider removing police from traffic stops

Jul. 14, 2020 1:09 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The politically liberal city of Berkeley in Northern California is considering a proposal to shift traffic enforcement from armed police to unarmed city workers in a bid to curb racial profiling and reduce law enforcement encounters that can turn deadly, especially for Black drivers. ...

Dawit Kelete wears handcuffs chained to his waist as he walks into a court appearance Monday, July 6, 2020, in Seattle. Kelete is accused of driving a car on to a closed Seattle freeway and hitting two protesters, killing one, over the weekend. Seattle has been the site of prolonged unrest over the death of George Floyd, a Black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Driver who hit Seattle protesters charged with 3 felonies

Jul. 8, 2020 8:28 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Prosecutors on Wednesday filed three felony charges against the man who hit two protesters with his car, killing one, while driving on a Seattle freeway that was closed for Black Lives Matter demonstrations. The King County Prosecuting Attorney's office charged Dawit Kelete, 27, with...

Emergency workers tend to an injured person on the ground after a driver sped through a protest-related closure on the Interstate 5 freeway in Seattle, authorities said early Saturday, July 4, 2020. Dawit Kelete, 27, has been arrested and booked on two counts of vehicular assault. (James Anderson via AP)

Protester killed on Seattle freeway was dedicated to cause

Jul. 5, 2020 9:21 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A person killed Saturday when a man who drove his car onto a closed Seattle freeway and into a crowd protesting police brutality was remembered Sunday as someone who was dedicated to the cause. The other person hit in the incident, meanwhile, remained in serious condition Sunday at a...

Emergency workers tend to an injured person on the ground after a driver sped through a protest-related closure on the Interstate 5 freeway in Seattle, authorities said early Saturday, July 4, 2020. Dawit Kelete, 27, has been arrested and booked on two counts of vehicular assault. (James Anderson via AP)

Police: 2 women hit by car on Seattle highway amid protest

Jul. 4, 2020 10:53 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A 27-year-old man drove a car onto a closed freeway in Seattle early Saturday and barreled through a panicked crowd of protesters, critically injuring two women, officials said. Dawit Kelete of Seattle drove the car around vehicles that were blocking Interstate 5 and sped into the crowd...