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In Mexico, migrants turn to 'The Beast' after highway raids

In Mexico, migrants turn to 'The Beast' after highway raidsIXTEPEC, Mexico (AP) — The train known as "The Beast" is once again rumbling through the night loaded with people headed toward the U.S. border after a raid on a migrant caravan threatened to end the practice of massive highway marches through Mexico



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2 arrests, officer on desk duty after wild NYC highway chase

2 arrests, officer on desk duty after wild NYC highway chaseNEW YORK (AP) — A police officer has been placed on desk duty after shooting at a car during a wild four-mile chase onto a Manhattan highway.



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Southern California storm: Zuma Beach, Pacific Coast Highway closed in Malibu

Southern California storm: Zuma Beach, Pacific Coast Highway closed in MalibuAs the first in a series of storms moved into the Southland on Thursday, lighting, mudslides and flooding led to road and beach closures.



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Tesla Model X owner caught sleeping on the highway with Autopilot turned on

Tesla Model X owner caught sleeping on the highway with Autopilot turned onA wild, if not disturbing, video that originally surfaced on Jalopnik shows a Tesla Model X owner taking a full-on snooze while his car drives down the highway. Tesla's Autopilot feature is of course activated but it's clearly not designed to let people fall asleep at the wheel. If anything, the Tesla driver in the video is so relaxed that he's not even at the wheel; he's full-on reclining.

The Model X in question was reportedly on a highway headed to Las Vegas and thankfully didn't get into any type of serious crash. Indeed, there have been cases where Tesla vehicles on Autopilot get into serious crashes even with a fully alert and attentive driver. Tesla, to its credit, began implementing safety measures around its Autopilot feature in response to Tesla owners abusing the feature in downright dangerous ways. In one widely circulated video that has since been removed from YouTube, a Model S owner a few years ago turned on Autopilot and actually went into the backseat while the Tesla handled all the driving.

The slo-mo video of the sleeping Tesla driver can be seen below.

While there's no denying that Tesla's Autopilot feature works well when used correctly — and has even been known to help save lives — some folks believe that the Autopilot name itself is misleading and can cause drivers to rely on the feature too heavily. A few months ago, for example, a consumer watchdog group penned a letter to the FTC arguing that the Autopilot name should be changed.

The letter reads in part:

> The marketing and advertising practices of Tesla, combined with Elon Musk's public statements, have made it reasonable for Tesla owners to believe, and act on that belief, that a Tesla with Autopilot is an autonomous vehicle capable of "self-driving
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> Tesla is the only automaker to market its Level 2 vehicles as "self-driving", and the name of its driver assistance suite of features, Autopilot, connotes full autonomy. In addition to these formal marketing and advertising ploys, Elon Musk, Tesla's CEO, frequently misleads and deceives consumers about Autopilot's safety and capabilities.

There's no indication, however, that Tesla will tweak the Autopilot name in the slightest. At the time of the aforementioned letter, a Tesla spokesperson said that Tesla owners have a "very clear understanding of what Autopilot is, how to properly use it, and what features it consists of."



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The Latest: Highway Patrol to investigate officer shooting

The Latest: Highway Patrol to investigate officer shootingST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on fatal shooting of an off-duty St. Louis police officer (all times local):



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The Latest: Truck crash closes highway lanes in Indiana

The Latest: Truck crash closes highway lanes in IndianaST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on a winter storm sweeping across parts of the Midwest this weekend (all times local):



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California mudslides shut down Pacific Coast Highway, ensnare motorists including rapper Soulja Boy

California mudslides shut down Pacific Coast Highway, ensnare motorists including rapper Soulja BoyA potent winter storm that hammered the West Coast over the weekend triggered mudslides in Southern California in areas scorched by wildfires.



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4 killed when car, tanker collide on New Jersey highway

4 killed when car, tanker collide on New Jersey highwayTOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey state police say four people are dead after a crash involving a car and a tanker truck on the Garden State Parkway.



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Dogs Thrown From Vehicle On New York Highway, Police Say

Dogs Thrown From Vehicle On New York Highway, Police SayTwo beagle mixes are recovering after authorities said they were tossed from a



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Trucker saves dogs thrown from vehicle on New York highway

Trucker saves dogs thrown from vehicle on New York highwayNEW YORK (AP) — A pair of beagle mixes are on the mend after authorities say someone threw them out of a moving vehicle on a snowy New York highway. The dogs were rescued by a passing trucker, but one was so badly mangled that a front leg had to be amputated.



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