Am­trak’s fa­tal crash not crim­i­nal Ap­ple un­veils $1K iPhone

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - National -

PHILADEL­PHIA— An un­usual, 11th-hour at­tempt to put an Am­trak en­gi­neer be­hind bars for a deadly 2015 derail­ment in Philadel­phia un­rav­eled Tues­day as a judge dis­missed the case with­out trial be­cause he found the ev­i­dence pointed to an ac­ci­dent, not neg­li­gence.

Judge Thomas Gehret’s ra­tio­nale echoed the think­ing of city pros­e­cu­tors, whose de­ci­sion in May not to charge en­gi­neer Bran­don Bos­tian led a vic­tim’s fam­ily to seek charges on its own as a statute of lim­i­ta­tions loomed.

Mr. Bos­tian­hugged his lawyeras Judge Gehret made­his rul­ing at the end ofa four-hour pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing.Eight peo­ple died, and­about 200 were hurt.

Mr. Bos­tian’s Wash­ing­ton-to-New York train rounded a sharp curve at more than twice the 50mph speed limit and hur­dled off the tracks in a vi­o­lent derail­ment that crum­pled cars and cat­a­pulted pas­sen­gers into the woods.

Tesla Au­topi­lot’s crash

WASH­ING­TON— De­sign lim­i­ta­tions of the Tesla Model S’s Au­topi­lot played a ma­jor role in the first known fa­tal crash of a high­way ve­hi­cle op­er­at­ing un­der au­to­mated con­trol sys­tems, the Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Board said Tues­day.

The board said the di­rect cause of the crash was an inat­ten­tive Tesla driver’s over re­liance on technology and a truck driver who made a left­hand turn in front of the car. But the board also rec­om­mended that au­tomak­ers in­cor­po­rate safe­guards that keep driv­ers’ at­ten­tion en­gaged and that limit the use of au­to­mated sys­tems to the con­di­tions for which they were de­signed.

CU­PER­TINO, Calif. — Ap­ple has bro­ken the $1,000 bar­rier with its lat­est, and most ex­pen­sive, phone, the iPhone X.

With a price start­ing at $999 and a host of new features, the phone will be a big test for both Ap­ple and con­sumers. Will peo­ple shell out re­ally big bucks for a rel­a­tively frag­ile de­vice that’s be­come an es­sen­tial part of daily life?

On Tues­day, CEO Tim Cook called the iPhone X “the big­gest leap for­ward” since the first iPhone. ("X‘‘ is pro­nounced like the num­ber 10, not the let­ter X.) It loses the home but­ton, which rev­o­lu­tion­ized smart­phones when it launched; of­fers an edge-toedge screen; and will use fa­cial recog­ni­tion to un­lock the phone.

Seat­tle mayor re­sign­ing

SEAT­TLE — Seat­tle Mayor Ed Mur­ray re­signed Tues­day, just hours af­ter new al­le­ga­tions that he had sex­u­ally abused a younger cousin decades ago in New York.

Mr. Mur­ray said in a state­ment that he is re­sign­ing ef­fec­tive 5 p.m. PDT Wed­nes­day.

“While the al­le­ga­tions against me are not true, it is im­por­tant that my per­sonal is­sues do not af­fect the abil­ity of our city govern­ment to con­duct the pub­lic’s busi­ness,” the Demo­cratic mayor said in a state­ment.

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Over the ob­jec­tions of four lib­eral jus­tices, the Supreme Court ruled Tues­day night that Texas does not im­me­di­ately have to re­draw elec­toral dis­tricts that a lower court found di­min­ished the in­flu­ence of mi­nor­ity vot­ers.

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