Dallas Police Department completes search after reports of a new threat

Dallas police completed a search near its headquarters after receiving an anonymous threat on Saturday.

“The Dallas Police Department received an anonymous threat against law enforcement across the city and has taken precautionary measures” to heighten security, Dallas police said in an emailed statement to Reuters.

Police conducted a search at a department parking garage, but found no suspects, the department tweeted.

Earlier, Dallas Police said that officers were searching the police parking garage for a “suspicious person.”

The Dallas Morning News also noted that a possible sighting of a masked man prompted police to go on heightened alert.

Dallas police Sgt. Warren Mitchell told Dallas Morning News reporter Naomi Martin that no shots have been fired.

Later, the department tweeted that it was clearing floors of the parking garage one-by-one. In a follow-up tweet, it said the search was complete and employees were allowed to retrieve their vehicles.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown applauded officers after the search:

The department noted that it acted “out of an abundance of caution” to make sure reports of a suspicious person were “thoroughly investigated.”

Police in Dallas are still reeling from a massive sniper attack in which a lone gunman killed five officers and wounded several others on Thursday.

It was the largest loss of life by a police department since the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Police officers were also attacked in Georgia and Missouri on Friday.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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CNN commentator: Black people and police have more in common than they think

CNN Commentator Van Jones made an unconventional point on Saturday about the ongoing discussion of race relations and law-enforcement in America.

“[Black people and the police] literally are having and describing the same experience,” Jones said, “the police say they feel vulnerable — that’s exactly what the kids in Black Lives Matter are saying.”

After a mass shooting targeting police in Dallas on Thursday and at least two more shootings of police officers in Missouri and Georgia on Friday, some law-enforcement representatives have said they feel like the ones with targets on their backs.

Radio host and conservative political commentator Ben Ferguson noted this week that officers told him “we feel like people want to kill us.”

Here’s more from Jones:

“If, to both sides, it seems that the world is misunderstanding them, it’s a good time to say let me open my heart … listen to the pain of the law-enforcement community, listen to their fear, their sense of being labeled and wronged and misunderstood. Listen to those African-American kids. They can’t take off their badge, they can’t take off their uniform, but they still feel like they’ve got a target on their back because of their skin color … there’s now enough pain in both communities that we should be able to understand each other.”

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Another media influencer took issue with Jones’ suggestion. The Daily Beast’s editor-at-large, Goldie Taylor, said of black people, “They don’t have the same experience. They don’t have the same power.”

Taylor is referring to the fact that police have the power to detain, arrest and, in some cases, kill under the protection of the law.

Speaking from Poland, President Obama said that he doesn’t believe America is as “divided as some have suggested.”

“This is not who we want to be as Americans, and that serves as the basis of us being able to move forward in a constructive and positive way,” Obama said, referring to this week’s unprecedented violence in the US.

Obama’s hopefulness echoed a message posted by Facebook user Natasha Howell on Friday describing an unexpected encounter she had with a police officer. Howell, whose post has since gone viral, said she went into a store where a white police officer was talking to a clerk.

In the post, Howell says the officer asked her how she was doing. “I’m tired,” Howell said. “Me too,” the officer responded, adding “I guess it’s not easy being either of us right now, is it?” According to Howell’s posting, they both hugged it out.

Watch Van Jones’ commentary here:

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‘We have seen too many tragedies like this’: Obama delivers emotional speech on recent police shootings

President Barack Obama on Thursday delivered an emotional statement on the recent police shootings of two black men.

Speaking from Warsaw, Poland, where he is attending a NATO summit, Obama addressed the shooting deaths of Alton Sterlingin Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota

“We have seen too many tragedies like this,” he said.

“These are not isolated incidents,” Obama added, before citing several disturbing statistics that paint a picture of police practices in the US:

  • African-Americans are 30% more likely than whites to be pulled over by the police.
  • African-Americans and Hispanics are three times more likely to be searched.
  • Last year, African-Americans were shot by police at more than twice the rate of whites.
  • African-American defendants are 75% more likely to be charged with offenses carrying mandatory minimums.
  • African-Americans receive sentences that are 10% longer than those handed down to whites arrested for the same crime.

“Because of the color of their skin, they are not being treated the same, and that hurts,” Obama said. “This is not just a black issue or a Hispanic issue — this is an American issue.”

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The president also had words of support for police officers.

“We know you have a tough job, we mourn those in uniform that are protecting us, who lose their lives,” he said.

Obama’s words followed a statement released earlier Thursday on Facebook in which he said:

“All Americans should be deeply troubled by the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota,” the statement read. “We’ve seen such tragedies far too many times, and our hearts go out to the families and communities who’ve suffered such a painful loss.”

Nationwide protests

Demonstrations have kicked off in cities nationwide following the latest police-involved shootings. Protesters have criticized the killings, which statistics show disproportionately befall black civilians during encounters with police.

The recent shootings follow a long list of fatal encounters involving civilians and the police. More than 500 people have been killed in police-involved shootings in 2016, as noted in an extensive report by The Washington Post.

As a result, civil-rights leaders, politicians, and community activists have called for greater oversight of police agencies nationwide — citing the need for body cameras for officers and pushing for independent reviews and prosecutions of officers involved in police killings.

Obama ended his speech on this note: “We can do better. And I believe we will do better.”

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Video shows the immediate aftermath of a deadly police shooting in Minnesota

A man was shot during a traffic stop in the Minnesota suburb of Falcon Heights near St. Paul on Wednesday evening, the local CBS affiliate WCCO reported.

Video of the incident soon began circulating on social media, reportedly showing the aftermath of the shooting involving a St. Anthony police officer and a man who was later identified by his family as Philando Castile.

The man was inside a car with a woman and a child, according to police officials cited by WCCO.

Castile later died at a local hospital, the police said.

The footage, which was originally streamed via Facebook Live (warning: content is graphic), showed Castile bloodied and slumped over inside the car.

“Stay with me,” the woman says in the first words of the video. “We got pulled over for a busted tail light in the back.”

An unidentified police officer can be seen pointing a gun at the man from outside the vehicle.

A woman seen on the video identified Castile as her boyfriend. “He let the officer know that he had a firearm and he was reaching for his wallet and the officer just shot him in his arm,” she said. She also said he was legally licensed to carry.

The officer can be heard shouting expletives and screaming, “I told him not to reach for it!”

The woman responds, “You told him to get his ID, sir — his driver’s license.”

A copy of the video showing the police encounter was posted on YouTube.

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The woman and the child inside the car were apparently unharmed.

St. Anthony police Sgt. Jon Mangseth, an interim chief with the department, told reporters the shooting was the first he could remember in the department’s history, The Washington Post reported.

“We haven’t had an officer involved shooting in 30 years or more, I’d have to go back in the history books,” he said. “It’s shocking, it’s not something that occurs in this area often.” Mangseth noted that some details of the incident were still unclear.

He said later Thursday morning that the officer who shot Castile has been placed on administrative leave.

Watch the encounter here. Warning: the footage is graphic.

Protesters march to the governor’s mansion

Demonstrators in Minnesota gathered in front of Gov. Mark Dayton’s residence early Thursday morning, Fox 9 reported. The group marched from the scene of the shooting at Larpenteur Avenue and Fry Street to St. Paul, where the governor’s mansion is located.

Pictures from Fox 9 show what appears to be crime-scene tape strewn all over the mansion’s front gate.

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The crowd stood peacefully, holding signs as police officers watched nearby.

On Thursday, Gov. Dayton released a statement, saying “Our state today grieves” with the family of Philando Castile. Dayton said that he asked White House chief of staff Denis McDonough for an independent investigation by the US Department of Justice.

“I will do everything in my power to help protect the integrity of that investigation, to ensure a proper and just outcome for all involved,” Dayton’s statement read.

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Pattern of killings

The incident happened less than a day after the police in Louisiana were rebuked for the shooting of 37-year-old Alton Sterling, a man who was killed in a police encounter in front of a convenience store in Baton Rouge. The US Justice Department announced Wednesday that it was opening an investigation into the case.

The latest shootings follow a long list of fatal encounters involving civilians and the police. More than 500 people have been killed in police-involved shootings in 2016, as noted in an extensive report by The Washington Post.

As a result, civil-rights leaders, politicians, and community activists have called for greater oversight of police agencies nationwide — citing the need for body cameras for officers and pushing for independent reviews and prosecutions of officers involved in police killings.

Within the past year, more police officers have faced charges related to deadly shootings than at any time in the past decade, but convictions have been few and far between.

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Elon Musk is unusually upset about an article slamming Tesla’s Autopilot

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is not finished commenting on an article criticizing the electric-car company’s actions after a driver died in one of its cars.

The story published by FortuneTuesday suggested that Tesla withheld information about the May 7 crash, ahead of a multibillion-dollar stock offering that happened later the same month.

Musk went off on Fortune Tuesday with a couple of tweets, calling the article “BS.”

In a follow-up blog post titled “Misfortune” posted on Wednesday, Tesla went in again on the publication in the first line, saying “Fortune’s article is fundamentally incorrect.”

Tesla decried the assertion that it wanted to keep news of the crash under wraps, and said it “barely started” its investigation of the crash when it notified the US government about it in mid-May, around the same time that the stock sale took place.

Here’s more from Tesla:

 “It was not until May 18th that a Tesla investigator was able to go to Florida to inspect the car and the crash site and pull the complete vehicle logs from the car, and it was not until the last week of May that Tesla was able to finish its review of those logs and complete its investigation.”

Tesla’s blog post goes into a lengthy defense of its semi-autonomous Autopilot technology, and asserts that the crash never damaged the electric-car company’s standing in the market. “Tesla’s stock traded up, not down” despite the government’s late June announcement that it was looking into the crash, the blog post read.

Some observers have taken issue with Tesla’s latest missive:

At least one expert believes the crash won’t damage Tesla.

NYU Stern professor and founder of the research firm, L2, Scott Galloway told Business Insider last week that Tesla and its technologies have built up enough goodwill in the market to withstand the setback.

“Self-driving technology has a lot of momentum. Short of a number of crashes like this, I think it’s going to be a blip on the radar.”

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Chuck Todd grills Hillary Clinton over her meeting with the FBI

MSNBC host Chuck Todd confronted Hillary Clinton after her meeting with the FBI amid an investigation into her email use at the State Department.

“Why do you believe you did not violate the law?” Todd asked, referring to rules regulating government employees’ handling of classified information.

Clinton reiterated that she “never received nor sent any material that was marked classified” while she was secretary of state.

Some of the emails that had not been considered classified during Clinton’s tenure were labeled as such after the fact.

Clinton dodged Todd’s question about who gave her permission to operate a private email server to conduct government business. She insisted that no wrongdoing was committed. “I’ve released more than 55,000 pages of my emails for the public to read for themselves,” she said, adding “I will continue to be as forthcoming as I can.”

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said that she was “eager” to meet with officials handling the case, and said that she was pleased to “assist the department in bringing its review to a conclusion.”

Clinton’s FBI interview happened just days after Attorney General Loretta Lynch was roundly criticized for a meeting earlier this week with former President Bill Clinton aboard an airplane parked on an Arizona tarmac.

When asked about the meeting, Mrs. Clinton said, “I learned about it in the news and it was a short, chance meeting … they did not discuss the Department of Justice’s review.” She later added “hindsight is 20/20,” acknowledging that the meeting between her husband the Lynch was viewed negatively.

It’s unclear what the email investigation will yield, or when it will wrap up. Clinton first admitted in March 2015 that she used a private email server while working for the State Department. Federal authorities began their investigation in August.

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The Tesla Autopilot crash proves self-driving technology isn’t perfect — but it is here to stay

Tesla is one of those companies that people love to love.

The electric-car maker’s story is one of innovation and genius, with a dose of erudite bravado coming from its intrepid CEO, Elon Musk.

Musk has championed Tesla’s technologies, including the driver-assist feature called Autopilot. It’s essentially Tesla’s public autonomous-driving experiment, and a glimpse into a future of self-driving cars.

Much has been said about Autopilot’s virtues — its ability to keep the car in one lane, avoid collisions, and use cameras and radar to detect its surroundings — but the technology is not perfect. Japanese automakers, by comparison, are unwilling to follow Tesla’s aggressive strategy of getting such features into drivers’ hands before they are 100% ready.

Criticism of Tesla’s moves resurfaced this week when it was revealed that a Model S driver died while operating his car with Autopilot activated.

Since the news broke, Tesla’s stock appeared poised to take a hit. Shares fell in after-hours trading on Thursday, the same day the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced its investigation of the incident.

But, as NYU Stern professor and founder of the research firm, L2, Scott Galloway tells Business Insider, Tesla and its technologies have built up enough goodwill in the market to withstand the setback. “Self-driving technology has a lot of momentum,” Galloway said, “short of a number of crashes like this, I think it’s going to be a blip on the radar.”

Tesla shares jumped to $216.50 on Friday, closing the week higher than it started.

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In this case, according to Galloway, Tesla did three things right:

  • It acknowledged the problem in a blog post on its website Thursday.
  • Had the top guy address the matter head-on.
  • And it overcorrected; reiterating Autopilot’s limitations, and reminding drivers to stay alert, even with the feature activated.

“Who did this terribly? It was General Motors,” Galloway said, referring to the company’s handling of a massive ignition defect that led to the deaths of more than 100 people. GM was hit with a $900 million penalty as a result.

In a broader sense, Galloway said Tesla benefits from the halo effect that comes with being a tech innovator.

“They’re seen as changing the world, so people are looking for excuses to love it, and excuses not to be disappointed by it.”

As far as the self-driving technology behind all of this goes, lawmakers don’t appear to be shying away either.

US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx told Reuters earlier this year he planned to introduce guidelines this summer to clear the way for wider deployment of autonomous driving systems.

“This technology is coming,” Foxx said. “Ready or not, it’s coming.”

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FBI interviews Hillary Clinton for more than 3 hours as email probe reaches final stages

The FBI interviewed Hillary Clinton Saturday morning in connection with the ongoing investigation into her use of a private email server as secretary of state, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee’s campaign said.

“Secretary Clinton gave a voluntary interview this morning about her email arrangements while she was secretary,” spokesman Nick Merrill said.

He added: “She is pleased to have had the opportunity to assist the Department of Justice in bringing this review to a conclusion. Out of respect for the investigative process, she will not comment further on her interview.”

The interview occurred at FBI headquarters in Washington, DC, and lasted approximately three and a half hours, a Clinton aide said.

The FBI’s interview came more than a year after Clinton first admitted that she conducted official government business using a personal email address instead of one issued by the government.

Federal authorities began their investigation in August.

The FBI has been looking into whether classified material was mishandled during Clinton’s tenure at the State Department from 2009 to 2013. Reports indicate classified information traversed her home server, but Clinton has maintained that such messages were not classified at the time.

Clinton, who is weeks away from officially accepting the Democratic Party’s nomination for president at the party’s July convention, has maintained that using the private email server was not illegal.

An inspector general’s report released in May appeared to back up Clinton’s claim, but said she “did not comply” with State Department policies requiring her to surrender “all emails dealing with department business before leaving government service.”

Clinton has turned over tens of thousands of her work-related emails over the course of the investigation. About 30,000 more emails that were deemed “personal” were deleted.

Pamela Engel contributed to this report.

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Donald Trump rails against criticism of his immigration policies

Donald Trump got back to touting his proposed immigration policies in a series of tweets Saturday night — the same day he pulled back on his original calls for blanket bans on Muslim immigration to the US.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee said “We must suspend immigration from regions linked with terrorism until a proven vetting method is in place.”

He also insisted that he only wants to admit “those who love our people and support our values.”

Earlier Saturday, CNN reporter Jeremy Diamond, tweeted that Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks clarified that he does not support banning all foreign Muslims — just those from “terror states.”

The clarification comes after the businessman was hit hard by Democrats and his own party for comments he has made suggesting that mass deportations were needed in order to keep America safe.

Trump backed away from the term “mass deportation,” but only so much:

The GOP candidate’s latest proposals come in the wake of the Orlando nightclub massacre, in which 49 people were killed by a New York-born man whose parents are from Afghanistan.

Trump points to the killings — the worst on US soil since the September 11 attacks — as proof that his proposals to keep some Muslims out of the US are necessary. He had words about President Barack Obama, too:

Obama, growing increasingly exasperated with Trump’s rhetoric, tore into him last week, saying “We don’t have time for charlatans, and we don’t have time for hatred, and we don’t have time for bigotry.”

“We don’t have time for just popping off and saying just whatever comes to the top of our heads,” Obama added.

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I drove the $90,000 sport sedan Lexus built to challenge the BMW M5

Lexus is an automotive brand that started its life with luxury as the end-all-be-all for high-end cars. Soft, sedate, and unperturbed.

The cars were big, floaty, and numb. You weren’t supposed to get excited about them. These were cars for the dignified class. No troublemakers.

An early ad campaign for the first-generation Lexus LS400 featured champagne glasses stacked on the car’s hood as the rear wheels turned at 140 mph. A narrator speaks over the engine’s vacuum-like whine:

“The Lexus LS400 is designed to stir the soul, and not much else.”

That was probably a fine one-liner at the time, but also inadvertently self-deprecating. Lexus’ cars have derisively been described as perfect for people who don’t like driving.

For most of the 1990s and early 2000s, Lexus stayed true to its decorous heritage. Even as the German horsepower wars cranked up during that same period — with Mercedes-Benz and BMW frantically upping the ante on power and performance — Lexus stayed above the fray.

Then 2007 happened, and the “F” brand was born.

That was the year Lexus took its second-generation IS sedan, shoehorned a big V8 into it, and stuck a big, fat “F” on it. The IS F was born. The “F” is a nod to Fuji Speedway in Japan, where the company tests its performance models.

The IS F was the first F-branded mass-market Lexus model available in the US. It was best-known for its stacked quad exhaust pipes — which were only cosmetic, and non-functional.

The Lexus LFA came next.

Lexus made the LFA from 2010 to 2012. It sold for $445,000 in the US.

Out goes the LFA, and in comes the RC F. Business Insider transportation reporter Ben Zhang says this one “has a lot going for it.”

The latest F-car comes in the form of the GS — the large Lexus luxury sedan that slots just under the flagship LS.

The 2016 GS F is a beast of a car, with a five-liter V8 producing 467 horsepower …

… and this F-model’s quad pipes are real …

… and so is its bark.

The GS F is a lot of car to handle. It’s 16 feet long…

… but it still manages to drive on rails.

The 467-horsepower engine is reasonably quick, but not quite eager enough. Power comes on just a half-beat too slowly.

Use the paddle-shifters to pump through the gears, and it starts to eat pavement with more urgency, but that initial hesitation is disappointing for this caliber of car.

Yes, the GS F is kind of a whale. It weighs about 4,000 pounds, has four doors and enough room to carry full-sized adults and all their luggage, but power coming from the snarling V8 needs more urgency.

Many of the GS F’s direct competitors are considerably more rowdy. The Cadillac CTS-V pulls in 640 horses, and unleashes every last one of them on demand.

The BMW M5 is far more expensive and complex from an engineering standpoint, but it pulls off Lexus’ classy front while still being an undercover basket case.

The Mercedes E63, though currently on hiatus, delivered a similar kind of buttoned-up recklessness.

The GS F we drove is a decent package overall, but costs about $15,000 more than it should. Add 60, maybe 75 more horsepower and it could be a more serious contender.

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