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How Self-Driving Car Makers Measure Their Own Progress

As each function improves, “you can start crossing them off the list,” says Don Burnette, who runs the self-driving truck outfit Kodiak Robotics. “How many features do you still have left to implement? How many features have you included? That is a ...

Puppy rescued from well in Connecticut

Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Police and firefighters in Connecticut came to the rescue of a puppy heard crying from about 15 feet down in an old well. The Montville Police Department said two fishermen contacted police Monday morning to report they had heard a ...

Massachusetts gas company to pay $53M fine for deadly 2018 blasts

Feb. 26 (UPI) -- A Massachusetts gas company responsible for a series of explosions that killed one person in 2018 has agreed to pay a $53 million criminal fine, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday. As part of the settlement, Columbia Gas of ...

Toy Fair 2020 Madness: Mega-Pikachu, Beanie Baby Fashion, and More

Matt Jancer is a staff writer for WIRED who focuses on reviewing outdoor gear. Previously, he spent a decade as a freelance writer covering automobiles, motorcycles, and lifestyle stories for magazines. Some of his longest gigs were at Car and ...

Study: To curb biodiversity declines, protect land in the tropics

Feb. 26 (UPI) -- If world leaders, land managers and other policymakers can find a way to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius and conserve a third of the land in the tropics, global species loss could be cut in half. Currently, ...

Recalls potentially affect over 250,000 Ford trucks

Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Ford Motor Co. announced recalls of its F-series trucks this week for three separate issues, affecting more than 250,000 vehicles. The company issued a safety compliance recall for F-150 vehicles with LED headlamps made between 2018 ...

In photos: Democrats campaign for president in South Carolina

Seven candidates qualified to compete in the debate hosted Tuesday by CBS News in Charleston: from left to right, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sanders, Biden, Sen. Amy ...

Leaders of Spain, Catalonia begin key talks on independence fallout

Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Catalonia regional leader Quim Torra met Wednesday to begin dialogue to end secessionist-related violence in Spain, which has stemmed from previous Catalan attempts at independence. When he ...

What Is ‘USB Fast Charging’ and Why Does It Matter for Your Smartphone?

You might have seen that Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra are the first smartphones to receive “fast charging” certification from the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF). Many smartphones claim to have “fast charging” batteries, but ...

Appeals court sides with Trump in sanctuary cities threat

Feb. 26 (UPI) -- A federal appeals court ruled in favor of the Trump administration Wednesday, allowing the Justice Department to withhold federal funds from local and state jurisdictions that have so-called sanctuary policies. The 2nd U.S. Circuit ...

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