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U.S. Chemical Safety Board urges chemical plants to weigh disaster risks
News ImageThe U.S. Chemical Safety Board on Thursday urged chemical plants to weigh the risks of natural disasters just as they would the integrity of pipes and production equipment. "Such facilities should perform an analysis to determine their susceptibility to extreme weather events," the board said in its final report on a chemical fire at the Arkema SA plant in Crosby, Texas, during Hurricane Harvey in August and September 2017. "In addition, companies should assess seismic hazard maps to determine the risk of earthquakes and consider the risk of other extreme weather such as high-wind events," the board said in the report.
Thu, 24 May 2018 11:05:44 -0400
Trump rejects moderate immigration deal, wants 'whole package'
News ImageBy Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday rejected a push by moderate congressional Republicans for a "Dreamer" immigration deal, saying he would only back sweeping immigration legislation that met all of his demands, including a U.S-Mexico border wall. "Unless it includes a wall, and I mean a wall, a real wall, and unless it includes very strong border security, therell be no approvals from me," Trump told Fox News. Any bill would also have to end a visa lottery program and curb visas for legal immigrants' relatives, he added.
Thu, 24 May 2018 10:35:12 -0400
Uber self-driving car failed to recognize pedestrian, brake: U.S. agency
News ImageBy David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An Uber [UBER.UL] self-driving vehicle that struck and killed a woman in Arizona in March failed to identify the pedestrian or to brake, raising serious questions about its performance, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report released on Thursday. The report said the vehicle's radar systems observed the pedestrian six seconds before impact but "the self-driving system software classified the pedestrian as an unknown object, as a vehicle, and then as a bicycle." At 1.3 seconds before impact, the self-driving system determined emergency braking was needed, but Uber said emergency braking maneuvers were not enabled while the vehicle was under computer control in order to reduce the potential for erratic vehicle behavior.
Thu, 24 May 2018 10:09:58 -0400
Same grief, different outcomes: Texas mulls school safety
News Image(This version of the May 21st story corrects first paragraph to say fourth-deadliest school shooting, not fourth deadly school shooting) By Erwin Seba SANTA FE, Texas (Reuters) - Mourners knelt before white wooden crosses on Monday outside the Texas high school where 10 people were killed in the fourth-deadliest U.S. school shooting this year, an image recalling similar gatherings after February's Florida school massacre. A few dozen people, including student survivors of the attack, family members, chaplains and police, gathered at 10 a.m. outside Santa Fe High School to observe a moment of silence called for by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
Thu, 24 May 2018 08:50:22 -0400
Texas mass shooting victims, survivors to meet with governor
News ImageVictims and survivors of Texas mass shootings are expected to take part in a final round of talks on Thursday with Governor Greg Abbott, who is seeking ways to stop gun massacres after a shooter killed 10 people in a Houston-area high school. Students and parents from Santa Fe High School, where a gunman killed eight students and two teachers last Friday, will be joined by several people from Sutherland Springs, where 26 churchgoers were killed in a mass shooting in November, Abbott's office said in a statement.
Thu, 24 May 2018 04:37:28 -0400
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