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Death penalty for drug trafficking?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP (Photo by Michael Vadon).

The death penalty for drug traffickers was put forth Monday by President Donald Trump as one way to combat the nation’s opioid addiction problem.

Speaking in Manchester, New Hampshire, the president said, “Toughness is the only thing they fear.” He also spoke in favor of improving awareness of the dangers of drug abuse.

“Drug traffickers kill so many thousands of our citizens every year,” Trump said. “That’s why my Department of Justice will be seeking so many tougher penalties than we’ve ever had and we’ll be focusing on the penalties that I talked about previously for big pushers, the ones that are killing so many people, and that penalty is going to be the death penalty.”

The U.S. currently has a “Drug Kingpin” law for major drug dealers, but so far there have been no death penalty sentences.

Uber suspends self-driving tests after death

In the wake of a fatal crash Sunday night in which a self-driving Uber Volvo struck and killed a woman in Tempe Arizona, the company agreed to put on hold all testing of its self-driving ride-hailing program.

According to police, the woman was 49 years old and was identified as Elaine Herzberg. She was walking her bicycle outside of a crosswalk when she was hit.

The vehicle was in “self-driving mode” but did have a human driver behind the wheel.

Tripwire used in Austin bombing

The two men injured Sunday night in Austin, Texas by an explosion were victims of a sophisticated “tripwire”-armed bomb, according to authorities. That deviates from early incidents in which bombs were placed on doorsteps, and then exploded when moved or picked-up.

So far two people have been killed and four wounded in a period of less than three weeks. The first four victims were black or Hispanic; the latest two were white and were listed as in stable condition.




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