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States get ready for the self-driving car revolution

States get ready for the self-driving car revolution: Self-driving vehicles are synonymous with sophisticated sensors producing terabytes of data being analyzed by powerful computers. But it seems the success of this transportation revolution hinges on a decidedly low-tech material: Paint.That’s because when it comes to getting the nation’s infrastructure ready for autonomous traffic, the most critical upgrade amounts to making sure the lines on our 4 million miles of roads are solid, bright and preferably white so they can be picked up by computer vision gear. Source: TTLA E-Clips States get ready for the self-driving car revolution

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Philando Castile family settles suit with city of St. Anthony for $3M

Philando Castile family settles suit with city of St. Anthony for $3M: The mother Philando Castile, a black motorist�shot by a suburban Minneapolis police officer a year ago,�agreed to a $2.995 million settlement with the city of St. Anthony,�lawyers announced Monday.Valerie Castile will be paid with insurance funds, and “no taxpayer monies” will be involved, according to a statement issued by the city and the family’s lawyers. Source: TTLA E-Clips Philando Castile family settles suit with city of St. Anthony for M

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Ronaldo summoned to court, Mourinho accused of tax fraud

Cristiano Ronaldo has been summoned to appear before a Spanish judge, and Jose Mourinho could be next. Ronaldo and Mourinho are the latest members of the soccer elite to be accused of tax fraud in Spain. Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano, among others, have already been convicted. On Tuesday, Ronaldo was told to appear in court on July 31, while Mourinho was accused by a state prosecutor of defrauding Spain’s Tax Office of 3.3 million euros ($3.7 million). Ronaldo, who is in Russia at the Confederations Cup with Portugal’s national soccer team, has played in Spain for Real Madrid since 2009. The 54-year-old Mourinho was Real Madrid coach from 2010-13. He now is the coach of English club Manchester United. The cases are about the profits made from image rights, not salaries from their clubs. Real Madrid and Man United are not directly involved. Both Ronaldo and Mourinho are represented by Portuguese agent Jorge Mendes. Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao and Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao, who have also been accused of tax fraud in Spain, are also clients of Mendes. A request for comment from Mendes’ agency, Gestifute, was not immediately answered. Last week, Ronaldo was accused by a state prosecutor of four counts of tax fraud totaling 14.7 million euros ($16.5 million). The Portugal forward is now under official investigation and will have to appear in the Pozuelo de Alarcon court No. 1 on July 31. A judge will then decide if they are grounds to charge him with a crime. The prosecutor said last Tuesday that there was evidence that Ronaldo used a shell company in the Virgin Islands to hide the money he had made from image rights. Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing. The accusations against Ronaldo have caused speculation in Portugal and Spain that he is now considering leaving the country to play elsewhere. The summoning of Ronaldo coincided with the same Madrid-based prosecutor’s office accusing Mourinho of two counts of tax fraud. Source: Legal News Post Ronaldo summoned to court, Mourinho accused of tax fraud

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Top court to hear case that could reshape US political map

The Supreme Court will take up a momentous fight over parties manipulating electoral districts to gain partisan advantage in a case that could affect the balance of power between Democrats and Republicans across the United States. At issue is whether Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin drew legislative districts that favored their party and were so out of whack with the state’s political breakdown that they violated the constitutional rights of Democratic voters. It will be the high court’s first case in more than a decade on what’s known as partisan gerrymandering. A lower court struck down the districts as unconstitutional last year. The justices won’t hear the arguments until the fall, but the case has already taken on a distinctly ideological, if not partisan, tone. Just 90 minutes after justices announced Monday that they would hear the case, the five more conservative justices voted to halt a lower court’s order to redraw the state’s legislative districts by November, in time for next year’s elections. The four more liberal justices, named to the court by Democrats, would have let the new line-drawing proceed even as the court considers the issue. That divide could be significant. One factor the court weighs in making such decisions is which side seems to have a better chance of winning. Republicans who control the state legislature assured the court that they could draw new maps in time for the 2018 elections, if the court strikes down the districts. If the state wins, there’ll be no need for new districts. Democrats hope a favorable decision will help them cut into Republican electoral majorities. Election law experts say the case is the best chance yet for the high court to put limits on what lawmakers may do to gain a partisan advantage in creating political district maps. Both parties have tried to get the largest partisan edge when they control redistricting. Yet Democrats are more supportive of having courts rein in extreme districting plans, mainly because Republicans control more legislatures and drew districts after the 2010 census that enhanced their advantage in those states and in the House of Representatives. Source: Legal News Post Top court to hear case that could reshape US political map

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