News Tidbits For March 20, 2018

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Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Pedestrian in Arizona

by Peter Walker | News Tidbits for March 20, 2018

Source: The New York Times

The accident was a reminder that self-driving technology is still in the experimental stage, and governments are still trying to figure out how to regulate it.

While autonomous cars are expected to be safer in the end, the challenge is adjusting for unpredictable behavior. In this case, the woman was crossing the street outside of a crosswalk.

College Dropout May Become Italy's Next Prime-Minister

by Peter Walker | News Tidbits for March 20, 2018

Source: The New York Times

Luigi Di Maio, 31, a college dropout, may be first in line to become Italy’s next prime minister after his anti-establishment Five Star Movement won the most votes in the March 4 election.

With no real-world experience, his ascent is a reflection of Italy’s turbulent politics. In order to form a government, he will very likely have to join forces with the hard-right League, which stands against immigrants and the euro, among other things. Together, the two parties (Five Star Movement and the League) won 50 percent of the Italian electorate.

‘Serial Bomber’ Is Suspected in Explosions in Austin

by Peter Walker | News Tidbits for March 20, 2018

Source: The New York Times

Austin, the capital city of Texas, is getting increasingly alarmed as the authorities confirmed that a new bomb that injured two people on Sunday was connected to three earlier explosions. According to Brian Manley, Austin’s police chief, they are clearly dealing with a serial bomber.

Residents have been asked to remain indoors through the early part of the day and look out for suspicious packages, like backpacks or boxes — meaning nearly every parcel in this city of 947,000 was suddenly an object of potential suspicion.

The Man Who Knows Too Little

by Peter Walker | News Tidbits for March 20, 2018

Source: The New York Times

The most ignorant man in America is called Erik Hagerman. He knows that Donald Trump is president – but that’s about it. Right after Trump’s election, he decided he’d take a break from the world of politics and swore he would avoid learning anything that happened to America.

Although it was just going to be for a few days, it has now lasted for more than a year. He is as ignorant as a contemporary citizen could ever hope to be.

According to Mr. Hagerman, 53, who lives alone on a pig farm, he just looks at the weather.

“I am bored, but it’s not bothering me.”

Erik Hagerman

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