Eric Pennucci of Horizon Air Services, a Boston trucking firm, does not like the idea of 18-year-olds behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer.
Some trucking companies are having trouble finding enough interstate drivers. They say cutting the minimum driving age from 21 to 18 is a fix, but critics worry such a move would be a safety disaster.
A pedestrian crosses in front of a vehicle as part of a demonstration at Mcity on July 20, on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Automakers and researchers are using a 32-acre fake city at the University of Michigan to simulate a real-world environment for autonomous vehicles. How will such cars affect urban planning?
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump in front of his campaign plane in Laredo, Texas last week.
Trump says he's rich enough to pay for his own White House bid. But the billion-dollar-plus price tag might be tough, even for him.
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When asked about his major shortcomings, filmmaker Woody Allen says, "I'm lazy and an imperfectionist."
Victoria, a two-year-old rat, sniffs for TNT, sticking her nose high in the air to indicate she's found some. She works her way down a 10-meter [11-yard] line with a handler on either end, and is able to detect the presence of TNT at a distance of approximately half a yard.
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An estimated 4 to 6 million land mines are scattered throughout Cambodia, one of the world's worst-affected places. Rats possessing an exceptional sense of smell are being trained to detect the mines.
Newspaper clippings of young Donnie Dunagan from the early '40s.
Courtesy of Donnie and Dana Dunagan.
A gritty Marine, Donnie Dunagan fought in the Vietnam War and earned decorations for his service. But all his life, there was one thing this commander could never escape: He was the voice of Bambi.
Jason Segel plays writer David Foster Wallace in the new film The End of the Tour.
Instead of telling the author's life story, the film (which the Wallace estate does not approve of) focuses on five days in 1996 during the publicity tour for Infinite Jest.
The bar chart tells all: That's how eighth-graders at Bakgatle Community Junior Secondary School in Botswana can compare the HIV infection rate of older men and of teenage boys.
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They often think an older guy is a great boyfriend. They believe he's less likely to have HIV than a teenager. Plus, he's flush with cash. How do you get them to change their mind?
In this 16th-century painting, Saint Benedict exorcises a demon from a man possessed.
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The Office of Exorcism reports a sharp increase in cases over the past decade — more than its five-man team can handle. Warning: It's a high-stress job. The priests believe the demons strike back.
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Kalle Mattson re-creates the cover of Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A.
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Kalle Mattson's video for "Avalanche" is a music fan's dream, re-creating 35 famous album covers from rock history.
Chimps still aren't considered people.
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The judge wrote that someday they may get legal rights, but courts don't embrace change quickly. The chimps are held by Stony Brook University.
Photos of Samuel DuBose hang on a pole at a memorial, on Wednesday in Cincinnati, near where he was shot and killed by a University of Cincinnati police officer.
A University of Cincinnati officer faces murder charges for the traffic stop death of Samuel DuBose, and now critics are questioning the growing trend of giving campus cops weapons.
Lalo Schifrin composed the soundtrack to the original Mission: Impossible TV series in 1966.
Four different composers have scored the Mission: Impossible stories on the big screen. All have had to contend with the iconic music Lalo Schifrin wrote for the TV series.
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A Lebanese woman covers her nose as she walks past piles of garbage on a Beirut street.
Beirut's streets are piled with two weeks' worth of uncollected trash. To many Lebanese, it's no surprise. The country has been without a president for more than a year.
A teenage girl gets a shot of HPV vaccine, which protects against a virus that causes cervical cancer.
Doctors have a hard time getting teenagers vaccinated, but they're making progress, according to data from the CDC. Low-income teens are most likely to get the first shot of HPV vaccine.
(Left) Afghan girl; (Right) Albert Einstein, by Maria Aristidou
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Ever splashed yourself with coffee? Then you know its staining powers. But where some see a ruined shirt, others have found a canvas.
Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, (left) poses with his uncle, Philip Lee, and father Peter Lee (seated) at the younger Peter Lee's home in Pasadena, Calif., in 2013.
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On Medicare's 50th birthday, two brothers who helped get it off the ground tell their stories. A younger member of the Lee family is at the helm of Covered California, the state insurance exchange.
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Fans attend New York's Brasil Summerfest, which highlights Brazilian music in a wide variety of styles and genres.
For those who can't get to New York City, Alt.Latino samples the festival's diverse lineup.
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Mineral supplements, ape-style: A female chimp called Kana eats clay in the Budongo Forest of Uganda.
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A group of Ugandan chimps has found a great way to boost their mineral intake and neutralize bitter compounds in their diet: by eating clay.
Jason Isbell's new album, Something More Than Free, comes as he's preparing to be a father.
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The country artist's chart-topping new album, Something More Than Free, comes at a turning point in his life.
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Buddy Emmons as a member of Ernest Tubb's Texas Troubadours, circa 1962.
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The legendary musician worked with everyone from Ray Price to Ray Charles while making a complicated instrument seem effortless. He died Wednesday at 78.
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The Ensatina salamander, a lungless species common along the U.S. West Coast, is one of hundreds of species of salamanders endemic to North America threatened by an emerging infectious pathogen.
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The chytrid fungus has wiped out populations of amphibians around the world. A type of the fungus infects only salamanders, and researchers have identified vulnerable areas in North America.