U.S. states could not set self-driving car rules under Republican plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – California and other states would be barred from setting their own rules governing design and testing of self-driving cars, while federal regulators would be blocked from demanding pre-market approval for autonomous vehicle technology, according to a U.S. House Republican proposal reviewed by Reuters on Thursday.

Ten’s morning host looks down the barrel to plead for media law change | The Weekly Beast

Studio 10’s Sarah Harris delivers message to Shorten, Hanson and the Greens. Plus: tributes from the top as Michael Gordon hangs up his Fairfax hat

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With Channel Ten in voluntary administration and a new lease of life largely dependent on changes to media laws, the network’s morning show Studio 10 took matters into its own hands. Looking down the barrel of the camera, the show co-host Sarah Harris asked the opposition parties to support the government’s media reform package. “These laws need to change,” she said, asking them to change their votes, with not a hint of self-interest.

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‘Huge validation’: Oregon becomes first state to allow official third gender option

State adopts new rule that allows people to put an ‘X’ on state IDs and driver’s licenses instead of the traditional ‘M’ for male or ‘F’ for female

Oregon has become the first state in the US to allow a third gender option on licenses and identification cards, a major civil rights victory for non-binary people who identify as neither male nor female.

State officials adopted a new rule on Thursday that allows people to put an “X” marker on state IDs and driver’s licenses instead of the traditional “M” for male or “F” for female, a move that activists hope will spark reforms across the country that expand the legal recognition of gender-nonconforming people.

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