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May 15, 2018

IN THE NEWS: AUTOPILOT ACTIVE ON LATEST TESLA CAR TO CRASH

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Autopilot. Again. The driver of the Tesla electric car that slammed into the back of a Utah fire truck over the weekend says the vehicle was in its autonomous Autopilot mode when the vehicle crashed. The driver told police near Salt Lake City the system was engaged — and she had been looking for her phone before the Friday evening crash. It’s a blow to those putting their faith in the technology of Tesla’s system, which uses radar, cameras and sensors to drive the vehicle and avoid collisions. However, there have been a number of crashes involving cars with such self-driving features.

IN THE NEWS: SUPREME COURT PAVES WAY FOR SPORTS GAMBLING

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wanna bet? If the answer is “yes,” you’ll soon be able to do so legally without state laws blocking you. The Supreme has cleared the way for states to legalize betting on sports. The justices have struck down a federal law that bars wagering on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states. The ruling ends a longtime ban on sports betting — and that could create a financial boon for states and the gambling industry. The first bets could be placed within weeks. Sports leagues have long expressed concern about expanding legal sports gambling, saying it might encroach on the integrity of the games.

ON THE WEB: MUSICAL AUCTIONS

CYBERSPACE (AP) — It’s a chance for music fans to score some of the stuff some of their idols, wore, used or created. Julien’s Auctions is prepping for two days of auctions focused on a number of musical icons. Among the stars whose stuff will be up for bids are Prince, Bob Dylan and George Harrison. For example, the lot includes a guitar Prince had commissioned, as well as outfits he wore on stage — and handwritten lyrics. The auction is set for Friday and Saturday.

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Julien’s Auctions site: http://www.juliensauctions.com

IN STORES: AMAZON GO STORES TO EXPAND

NEW YORK (AP) — Going into a store without anyone working on a cash register — and that being the norm? It’s getting another step closer to reality, as Amazon is announcing an expansion of its cashier-less stores. The company is planning stores in Chicago and San Francisco to go along with the one it launched in Seattle this year. While it is confirming the new stores are coming, Amazon isn’t saying when. Here’s how they work: shoppers enter the stores by scanning a smartphone app. Once inside, they can take items and walk out. Amazon’s technology, including overhead cameras, keeps track of what they buy and charges customers once they leave.

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Amazon site: http://www.amazon.com

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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