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Injured pedestrian dies after ambulance blocked by driverless cars

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A pedestrian struck by a car tragically lost their life due to critical delays caused by two driverless cabs blocking the path of an ambulance in San Francisco.

According to a report by the San Francisco Fire Department, the pedestrian had been riding a scooter when they collided with a BMW SUV and the delays in the emergency vehicles response contributed to their death.

Multiple officials have corroborated that the only available lanes were obstructed by stationary Cruise autopilot vehicles, which displayed no signs of movement or engagement with the accident scene.

Crucially, it did not appear that these driverless taxis were either picking up or dropping off passengers at the time.

“This delay, no matter how minimal, contributed to a poor pt [patient] outcome,” the report said.

Regrettably, the patient was pronounced dead at the hospital just 20 to 30 minutes after their arrival, painting a stark picture of the consequences of such delays.

Cruise, a prominent “driverless ride-hail service” as per their website, faced immediate scrutiny in the aftermath of this incident.

Cruise spokesperson Tiffany Testo defended their role, claiming that one of their driverless cars did clear the scene, leaving the right lane unblocked for other vehicles, including the ambulance behind the autonomous vehicle.

The incident has also sparked renewed debates about the expansion of driverless ride-hailing services in San Francisco.

The California Public Utilities Commission recently voted to expand these services, despite numerous residents expressing concerns about their safety. Critics have labelled self-driving cars as “death traps,” and their fears seem to have been vindicated by this tragic event.

San Francisco Fire Department Chief Jeanine Nicholson addressed the commission, revealing that her department had received 55 reports of driverless cars driving too close to first responders, obstructing traffic, or blocking emergency service stations.

“You might say well, 55, that’s not a lot. Well, if it’s your family, it’s a lot,” she said.

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How to make your money work for you over the next decade

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With high interest rates, persistent inflation, and a tight labor market—the next decade is expected to be very different from the last 10 years.

 
Companies and households around the world are still trying to get back to pre-pandemic economic outputs and lifestyles.

So, how can people successfully invest and better manage their personal finances?

James Faris, an Investing Reporter with Insider joins Veronica Dudo to discuss. #InAmericaToday #featured #money #finance #economy #investing

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Parents buying houses for their adult children

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Rise in parents purchasing homes for adult children sparks concerns

A growing trend of parents buying houses for their adult children is causing a stir, raising questions about the potential downsides of such arrangements. While the gesture may seem benevolent, experts warn of the pitfalls associated with this practice.

Financial advisors express concerns about the impact on both generations’ financial independence. By providing ready-made homes, parents might inadvertently hinder their children’s ability to learn crucial financial lessons, such as budgeting, mortgage management, and property ownership responsibilities.

The trend also sparks debates on the long-term implications for the housing market. Critics argue that such parental interventions can distort property prices and exacerbate existing affordability challenges, particularly for younger individuals aspiring to enter the property market independently.

There’s a call for a broader societal discussion on the balance between parental support and fostering financial autonomy. While the intention is often rooted in care, the unintended consequences of sheltering adult children from financial realities are prompting a reassessment of this well-meaning practice.

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Victoria’s Secret criticized for trans woman’s apology

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Victoria’s Secret is facing backlash after issuing an apology to a transgender woman who had a negative experience while trying on bras at one of their stores.

The incident has ignited a debate about inclusivity and sensitivity in the fashion industry.

The controversy began when the trans woman, who remains anonymous, visited a Victoria’s Secret store to shop for bras. She reported feeling uncomfortable and discriminated against by store staff.

In response to her complaint, Victoria’s Secret issued an apology, acknowledging the incident and expressing their commitment to diversity and inclusion.

However, the apology itself has come under fire from both supporters and critics.

Some argue that the brand’s apology is insincere and merely an attempt to save face, while others believe it is a step in the right direction towards a more inclusive shopping experience for all customers.

The incident raises important questions about how brands should handle situations involving discrimination and whether their apologies are genuine or performative.

It also highlights the ongoing challenges faced by transgender individuals when accessing spaces traditionally designed for cisgender customers.

As the fashion industry continues to evolve, many are calling for a deeper examination of inclusivity and sensitivity, not just in policies but in practice.

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