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Panic Room Maker Says Business Is Hot: 'People Are Scared to Death'

Bill Rigdon says people are seeking out extra security in the face of civil unrest, election fears

(Newser) - Worried about how November is going to go, or if Civil War the movie might come to fruition in real life? Talk to Bill Rigdon, whose company Building Consensus Inc. is tasked with erecting panic rooms, bunkers, and the like for an uneasy population. What he's being asked most...

NFL Gives Green Light to Guardian Caps in Games

League won't mandate soft-shell helmet covering in games, but players can wear if they want to

(Newser) - The NFL announced Friday it will allow players to wear protective soft-shell helmet covers known as Guardian Caps during games next season if they choose. The league is also expanding the use of the devices during practices. Defensive backs and receivers have joined the position groups now required to wear...

These 3 Nations Get an Asterisk for Spring Break

US issues travel advisories for popular destinations Mexico, Jamaica, Bahamas over safety threats

(Newser) - For those prepping for spring break, Uncle Sam is waving the caution flag. The United States has issued travel advisories for multiple destinations popular with spring breakers, along with advice on how to stay safe if you do make the trip:
  • Mexico: reports that the US Embassy and

This Year's Iditarod Dogs Are Wearing Something Special

They'll be sporting light-up harnesses, necklaces in famous Alaska race after 5 dogs died while training

(Newser) - The Iditarod, the annual sled dog race celebrating Alaska's official state sport, is set to get underway Saturday with a new focus on safety after five dogs died and eight were injured in collisions with snowmobiles while training on shared, multiuse trails. For the first time, mushers who line...

This Is the Least Surprising Lawsuit of 2024

Complaint filed on behalf of passengers who were on Alaska Airlines flight when door plug blew off

(Newser) - There was bound to be fallout from the Alaska Airlines plane that lost a door plug last week , and the first of it is here in the form of a lawsuit. As Axios reports, a Seattle firm has filed a proposed class-action complaint Thursday on behalf of six passengers and...

Regulations Dragged as Home Item Kept Killing Kids

Cords from window coverings caused the death of more than 450 kids in the last 50 years

(Newser) - More than 450 kids, most of them toddlers, died from strangulation after getting tangled up in the cords of window coverings since the early '70s. An NBC News investigation—formatted via a timeline that tracks industry and government actions, alongside tragic firsthand accounts from parents—now asks why more...

Microsoft's Hiring of Ousted CEO a 'Poker Move for the Ages'

What we know so far about the drama at OpenAI with Sam Altman

(Newser) - The drama at OpenAI , the dominant company in the field of artificial intelligence, is apparently not over. The board surprised all of tech by ousting CEO Sam Altman, who was promptly hired by Microsoft. But with most OpenAI employees now threatening a mutiny over the board's actions, it's...

This Is the Safest State in America
This Is the Safest
State in America

This Is the Safest State in America

Vermont tops WalletHub's list, while Louisiana comes in last

(Newser) - After the upheaval of the pandemic, it's soothing to get back to "normal." But that normality has brought us back to Earth on many other issues we're still contending with, including general safety, a term that can encompass many different forms. To see which states keep...

Here Are the Most, Least Safe US Cities

Nashua, New Hampshire, comes in as the safest on WalletHub's list; St. Louis ranks last

(Newser) - Community safety "comes in many forms," notes WalletHub —from avoiding mass shootings, natural disasters, and car accidents, to having health insurance, financial security, and avoiding eyebrow-raising websites. WalletHub looked at more than 180 of the nation's largest cities to see which ones are safest, using more...

Ohio Setting Aside $1M for Solar Eclipse Costs

Big crowds are expected for the 2024 solar eclipse

(Newser) - One of the biggest celestial events of 2024 is set to be an April 8 solar eclipse. One of the best viewing spots? Ohio . To that end, USA Today reports the state has earmarked $1 million to cover safety and security costs during the event. Cities like Cleveland, Dayton, and...

Yet Another School Attack in China Leaves 6 Dead

Stabbing in Lianjiang is latest of its kind, renewing talk of school safety in gun-shy China

(Newser) - Six people are dead and one injured after a stabbing attack at a kindergarten in southeastern China. The rampage took place Monday morning, starting at around 7:40am, in the city of Lianjiang in Guangdong province, and a 25-year-old man was arrested afterward, according to local police and media. A...

Finally, a Very Cool Amenity for UPS Drivers

Company strikes tentative deal with Teamsters union to install air conditioning in delivery trucks

(Newser) - "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds" may be the creed of US postal workers, but UPS drivers, also charged with making deliveries to Americans nationwide, just scored a victory in taking the "heat"...

More Twitter Safety Execs Flee Twitter
More Safety Execs
Flee Twitter

More Safety Execs Flee Twitter

AJ Brown, platform's head of brand safety and ad quality, steps down right after Ella Irwin

(Newser) - First Ella Irwin, Twitter's second head of trust and safety under Elon Musk, resigned earlier this week. Now, two more safety executives at the company are stepping away as well, leaving many wondering what this means for the platform's future with advertisers. Sources tell the Wall Street Journal ...

Michigan School District Makes Big Safety Move

Flint Community Schools bans backpacks for all students through at least the end of school year

(Newser) - Students of a public school district in Michigan are, as of Monday, banned from carrying backpacks. Flint Community Schools cited safety concerns in unveiling the new rule—approved by the Flint Board of Education in a 7-0 vote, per the Hill —which will be in place for K-12 students...

Halt AI Learning Indefinitely, or 'Everyone Will Die'
AI Founder: 'Shut It All Down'

AI Founder: 'Shut It All Down'

Eliezer Yudkowsky calls for 'indefinite' moratorium on AI learning to save humanity

(Newser) - Eliezer Yudkowsky, regarded as a founder in the field of artificial intelligence, has big concerns about where that field is headed. Yet he refrained from joining Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak, and others in signing an open letter calling for a six-month halt on AI systems learning. As he writes at...

This Is the Safest City in America
This Is the Safest
City in America

This Is the Safest City in America

Frisco, Texas, comes in at No. 1 in new ranking

(Newser) - A new ranking of the safest cities in America has a repeat champ: Frisco, Texas, is No. 1 for the second straight year in the assessment by SmartAsset , reports the Hill . The ranking crunched data on violent crime, property crime, the vehicular mortality rate, the drug poisoning mortality rate, and...

This State's Road Signs Were Too Much for the Feds
This State's Road Signs
Were Too Much for the Feds
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This State's Road Signs Were Too Much for the Feds

New Jersey DOT forced by FHWA to take down humorous messages promoting highway safety

(Newser) - Quirky highway signs described as "quintessential New Jersey" that were designed to raise awareness on road safety have been getting the thumbs-up from motorists in the Garden State. But the feds apparently didn't approve and reportedly directed them to be switched off. "Hold on to your butts—...

These Are the 10 Safest, Least Safe US Cities
This Is the Safest
City in America

This Is the Safest City in America

Columbia, Md., tops WalletHub's rankings; St. Louis is at the bottom

(Newser) - When people think of "safety" in their homes and communities, crime is often the first thing that pops into their heads. But as WalletHub notes for its rankings of the safest cities in America, there's more to it than that. Safety can also encompass a variety of other...

Whistleblower: Twitter Has 'Egregious' Security Gaps

Peiter 'Mudge' Zatko, former security chief for the social media platform, has filed a complaint

(Newser) - Elon Musk has been trying to wriggle out of his $44 billion deal to buy Twitter, and two new reports from CNN and the Washington Post may help out the richest man in the world in those endeavors. Both outlets have seen a complaint filed by whistleblower Peiter Zatko, Twitter'...

Tesla Self-Driving Feature Puts Car in 'Assertive' Mode

It allows vehicle to shorten follow distance, come to 'rolling stops'

(Newser) - A Tesla self-driving feature is drawing backlash for what some are saying could lead to too-aggressive driving. The Verge reports that the company's Full Self-Driving (FSD) beta allows vehicle operators to choose from one of three driving modes that control how the car reacts to road conditions: "Chill,...

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