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2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV. Photo: GM

The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV offers two important innovations in one small package: it runs on electricity, and it can drive itself on the highway.

The big picture: The Bolt EUV — or electric utility vehicle — is the slightly bigger brother to Chevy's refreshed Bolt EV.

  • Yes, but: Without all-wheel-drive, it's a stretch to call it an SUV. Chevy uses the phrase "SUV-like."

Both models are the first Chevys available with GM's Super Cruise hands-free assisted-driving technology.

  • Until now, Super Cruise has been limited to much higher-priced Cadillacs.

Quick take: My hands-free drive around the freeways of southeast Michigan was blissfully relaxing. I sat with my hands in my lap, but kept my eyes on the road, knowing the in-cabin camera was monitoring my alertness.

  • Several speeding cars cut in front of me, but the Bolt EUV slowed appropriately, then resumed the following distance I had set.

How it works: The system is easy to use. Once centered in your lane, the Super Cruise icon illuminates on the instrument panel, indicating it's ready to activate.

  • Push the steering wheel-mounted button and the icon turns green, and a green bar appears across the top of the steering wheel.
  • When it's time to take back control — at an exit or interchange, for example — the bar flashes red.

One fun thing: A new "one-pedal driving" feature for city driving means you don't even need the brake. Take your foot off the accelerator and the car comes to a stop, capturing energy and putting it back into the battery.

By the numbers: Pricing is attractive, partly because Chevy EVs are not currently eligible for a $7,500 tax credit (but that could change soon if Democrats in Washington extend EV incentives).

  • The Bolt EUV starts at $33,995, and a loaded Launch Edition with Super Cruise sells for $43,495. Otherwise, Super Cruise is a $2,200 option.
  • Chevy is even covering the cost of installing Level 2 charging capability in customers' homes.

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Updated 6 mins ago - Politics & Policy

British national named in Colleyville synagogue standoff

A law enforcement vehicle sits near the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue on Jan. 16. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

British national Malik Faisal Akram took four people hostage at a Texas synagogue outside Fort Worth on Saturday, the FBI said in a statement.

State of play: Authorities had initially declined to release the name of the 44-year-old suspect or identify the hostages, all adults, though police chief Michael Miller confirmed that one of those held was Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, who leads the congregation.

Driving the news: Local police responded to a 911 call at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, about an hour after the synagogue's 10 a.m. CST Shabbat services, which were being livestreamed on Facebook.

  • The FBI's Dallas Field Office, including crisis negotiators, and Texas Department of Public Safety then spent the next 10-plus-hours working alongside local authorities to resolve the standoff with Akram.
  • Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted around 9:30 p.m. CST, "Prayers answered. All hostages are out alive and safe."

"Around 9 p.m., the HRT — hostage rescue team — breached the synagogue, they rescued the three [remaining] hostages, the suspect is deceased," Miller said. One of the hostages had been released earlier on Saturday.

  • Matt DeSarno, the special agent in charge at the FBI's Dallas Field Office, said Saturday night that the suspect was focused on "one issue that was not specifically threatening to the Jewish community."
  • According to Texas Department of Public Safety, the suspect said he wanted to see Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist, who is serving an 86-year sentence nearby. Siddiqui was convicted in 2010 for assaulting U.S. federal agents, employees and nationals in Afghanistan.

"We strongly condemn the hostage-taking at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, TX," Siddiqui's attorney Marwa Elbially, said in a statement earlier on Saturday, per CNN. "We implore the hostage taker to immediately release all hostages and turn himself in."

  • "We want to verify that the perpetrator is NOT Dr. Aafia's brother who is a respected architect and member of the community. Whoever the assailant is, we want him to know that his actions are condemned by Dr. Aafia and her family," the statement continued.

What they're saying: "This was an act of terror," President Biden said on Sunday, according to pool reports. The president also said he would be speaking with Rabbi Cytron-Walker.

  • "There is more we will learn in the days ahead about the motivations of the hostage taker. But let me be clear to anyone who intends to spread hate—we will stand against anti-Semitism and against the rise of extremism in this country," the president said in a statement on Saturday.

Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.

Updated 18 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

  1. Health: Concerns grow over CDC's isolation guidelines — Experts warn of more COVID-19 variants after Omicron — WHO recommends 2 new treatments — What "mild" really means when it comes to Omicron — Deaths are climbing as cases skyrocket.
  2. Vaccines: America's vaccination drive runs out of gas— Puerto Rico expands booster shot requirements— Supreme Court blocks Biden's vaccine mandate for large employers.
  3. Politics: Vivek Murthy calls SCOTUS vaccine mandate block "a setback for public health" — Focus group says Biden weak on COVID response, strong on democracy
  4. Economy: America's labor shortage is bigger than the pandemic— — CDC COVID guidance for cruise ships to be optional starting Saturday — The cost of testing.
  5. States: West Virginia governor feeling "extremely unwell" after positive test — Youngkin ends mandates for masks in schools and COVID vaccinations for state workers — America struggles to keep schools open
  6. World: Beijing reports first local Omicron case weeks before Winter Olympics — Teachers in France stage mass walkout over COVID protocols.
  7. Variant tracker
6 hours ago - Sports

Novak Djokovic loses Australian visa appeal

Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a forehand during a practice session ahead of the 2022 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 14, 2022. Photo: Daniel Pockett/Getty Images

Tennis star Novak Djokovic left Australia on Sunday evening, facing a three-year visa ban after an appeals court in the country revoked his visa.

Driving the news: Djokovic will not be able to defend his Australian Open title when the tournament starts in Melbourne. The World No. 1 is looking to break a three-way tie with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for most Grand Slam men's singles titles.

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