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Armoured van spills thousands of dollars in cash across major highway. Police are asking for it back

Armoured van spills thousands of dollars in cash across major highway. Police are asking for it backAn armoured truck spilled thousands of dollar bills onto a busy highway, prompting chaos as commuters pulled over to pick up fistfuls of money.On Tuesday before sunset, a fluttering swirl of cash blowing through the air brought traffic to a halt and people into the street when a side door of an armoured Garda truck suddenly opened on a highway.About $ 175,000 (£140,000) in bills spilled out and were carried away by the wind over a section of Interstate 285, which encircles Atlanta, Georgia, police said.The bills scattered to the shoulder of the six-lane westbound section of the highway. Some floated across the divider into eastbound lanes. Bills blew into the woods or sank into storm drains.More than a dozen commuters screeched to a halt or veered off to the shoulder of the highway near the Dunwoody Road exits, police said. They scooped up bills from the pavement and returned to their vehicles with fistfuls, and sometimes armloads, of cash.One of them was Randrell Lewis, an Uber Eats driver who was en route to Alpharetta, Georgia.“I just saw a cloud full of what looked like leaves,” he said in an interview. “No, it was money. I could not believe my eyes. I am not going to lie. The first thing I did was I pulled over and started picking up some money. Everybody started pulling over and it was crazy.”Within minutes, Mr Lewis said, he had snatched up about $ 2,000 in singles, fifties and hundreds. He returned $ 2,094 on Wednesday, police said.“I just wanted to really make sure I am not going to get in trouble for this,” he said.As investigators from the Dunwoody Police Department scoured videos on social media of the spontaneous cash grab, reports filtered in on Wednesday of people stopping on their morning drives on the half-mile stretch of highway to see if there was anything left to scavenge, Sergeant Robert Parsons, a department spokesperson, said.“If the temptation is there, and you see money falling from the sky, most people would probably take the money,” he said.The nation’s highways have been accidentally generous before. In 2004, an armoured truck carrying $ 2 million flipped over on the New Jersey Turnpike during the evening rush, spilling tens of thousands of dollars in coins.Last year, the back door of a Brink’s armoured truck swung open during the morning rush on Interstate 70 near Indianapolis, Indiana, losing an estimated $ 600,000 in cash onto the highway. A few months later, a Brink’s armoured truck was driving on Route 3 in East Rutherford, New Jersey, when one of its doors malfunctioned and money blew out onto the roadway.Some returned the money to police, while others made off with sacks of cash. In the East Rutherford incident, police recouped about $ 6,000.As authorities did elsewhere when the highways were unexpectedly giving, the police in Dunwoody, a suburb north of Atlanta, were watching on Wednesday to see how the limits of ethical behaviour would play out.“Heads up Dunwoody, it’s cloudy with a chance of cash,” the department said on Facebook, adding, “While we certainly understand the temptation, it’s still theft and the money should be returned.”In an interview, Mr Parsons said that officers received a 911 call around 8pm on Tuesday about people “frantically” scooping up the money near the Ashford Dunwoody Road exit along the highway, which is bordered by creek beds, trees and office towers.“Multiple callers said there was cash flying all over the road,” he said.By the time officers arrived, people who had pulled over to grab the bills were nowhere to be seen, Mr Parsons said.“People likely saw the police lights coming over the highway,” he said. “‘Oops, time to go! Police are here! Party’s over!’ ”Officers spoke to the Garda employees, who had stopped the truck on the shoulder after passing drivers had gestured to them that a door was open.About $ 200 was retrieved from the highway and surrounding woods — a small fraction of the estimated $ 175,000 believed to have gone missing, or into peoples’ pockets, he said.Detectives were trying to contact drivers by looking for license plate numbers on mobile phone videos that had been posted on social media. But Mr Parsons said authorities had no intention of prosecuting anyone who returns the money.“No harm, no foul,” he said. “But you need to turn that money in.”The New York Times



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A 12-foot alligator was found on a Florida highway: 'He wasn't happy'

A 12-foot alligator was found on a Florida highway: 'He wasn't happy'The 463-pound alligator was suffering from injuries after being hit in the head by a semi-truck on Interstate 10. It was later euthanized.



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Train derails in Nevada, spilling vegetable oil, closing major highway

Train derails in Nevada, spilling vegetable oil, closing major highwayThe vegetable oil spilled out of one of the 22 derailed cars after the train went off the tracks shortly before 11 a.m. local time, the Elko County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook, citing Union Pacific Railroad officials. “We had some vegetable oil and some diesel spill. There was nothing hazardous that was released or in the derailed cars,” Union Pacific spokeswoman Kristen South said.



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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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