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Woman sentenced for false 911 calls sparking fatal drug raid
HOUSTON (AP) — A woman was sentenced on Tuesday to three years and four months in federal prison for making false 911 calls that ultimately resulted in a 2019 drug raid by Houston police that killed both homeowners. Patricia Garcia was the first person to be sentenced in connection with the deadly raid in which Dennis Tuttle, 59, and his wife, Rhogena Nicholas, 58, were fatally shot on Jan. 28, 2019. A dozen current and former officers tied to the narcotics unit that conducted the drug raid have been indicted in state and federal court in the wake of the shooting. Two current and former officers, Gerald Goines and Felipe Gallegos, are facing murder charges in state court.
FedEx has partnered with a robotics company to test a driverless delivery service in Houston, Texas, according to a report from
Fedex and the robotics company Nuro agreed on a multi-year contract to start a test pilot program.
The robotics company's co-founder, Dave Ferguson, shared the news in saying that their company goal is to help communities and make the FedEx's employees' daily work easier with this program.
"This is a big moment for us. Our vision for the future - a better everyday life through robotics - is gathering momentum. It's exciting and humbling, all at once," Ferguson said.
Eying deal, GM softens on tough standards for car pollution
DETROIT (AP) — The nation's largest automaker said Wednesday it can support greenhouse gas emissions limits that other car manufacturers negotiated with California — if they are achieved mostly by promoting sales of fully electric vehicles. It is a new stance for General Motors, which had supported the Trump administration's efforts to end California's ability to set its own limits. The shift brings GM closer to the 2019 California deal signed onto by five other automakers, offering hope for a breakthrough on an industrywide deal.
"We know there's a great amount of work to be done, but we're ready for it, and times like this remind us that it's all worth it. FedEx lives to deliver, and soon, it will be delivering with the help of Nuro's bots."
We're thrilled to announce our new partnership with, the global leader in logistics. Smarter, cleaner deliveries are just around the corner.
Read more about the partnership here:- Nuro (@nurobots)
Due to the surge of last-mile delivery in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many shipping companies are trying to reduce the cost, Reuters noted.
Both FedEx and Nuro will use low-speed vehicles to address inefficient tasks such as late-night pickups in places that are "out-of-the-way," according to Reuters.
"Instead of dispatching a driver to get those packages, a device like Nuro could be super helpful," Rebecca Yeung, FedEx vice president for advanced technology and innovation told Reuters.
The news comes after Nuro partnered with pizza chain Dominos in April for a similar test pilot program in the Houston area.
A Houston hospital has paved the way for employers to require COVID-19 vaccines .
Houston Methodist became the first hospital to require workers to get vaccinated. Now it may set the trend for hospitals across the country.Yet that is precisely what unfolded after the hospital system’s CEO became the first in the nation to require staff vaccinations and a nurse he had never met said no way.