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A new police report investigating the self-driving Uber that fatally struck a pedestrial in Arizona in March revealed that the driver was streaming an episode of "The Voice" at the time of the accident — not watching the road, reports the BBC.

The details: The report found that car operator, Rafaela Vasquez, looked up from her phone screen just half a second before the crash. The car was moving at 44 mph and did not brake before the accident.

The big picture: The footage released after the accident sparked outrage across the country, and Uber put their self-driving car program on hold temporarily. The American Automobile Association conducted a survey shortly after the crash measuring trust in self-driving technology, and found that 73% of Americans would be afraid to ride in autonomous vehicles, even though self-driving cars have the potential to reduce accident-related fatalities.

What they're saying: An Uber spokesman said in an emailed statement that mobile device usage by self-driving car operators is a fireable offense, and the company is planning more changes to the program that will be announced soon.

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More than a quarter of the 100 U.S. hospitals with the highest revenue sued patients over unpaid medical bills between 2018 and mid-2020, according to new research by Johns Hopkins University provided exclusively to Axios.

Why it matters: The report suggests that, rather than being an anomaly, patient lawsuits are relatively common across the country and among the largest providers.

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Nextdoor, the neighborhood social network, has seen explosive growth over the past two years as homebound users became more fixated on what was happening on a hyper-local level.

Why it matters: Such rapid growth comes with challenges. What was once a niche social network is now so popular that it's grappling with some of the same thorny problems plaguing Facebook and Twitter, such as content moderation.

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American men plead guilty to helping former Nissan chair escape Japan

Carlos Ghosn, former Nissan chair, during a news conference in Jounieh, Lebanon, last September. Photo: Hasan Shaaban/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Americans Michael Taylor and Peter Taylor pleaded guilty in a Tokyo court Monday to helping former Nissan chair Carlos Ghosn escape Japan in a box aboard a plane in 2019, per the Wall Street Journal.

The big picture: Ghosn was awaiting trial in Tokyo on financial misconduct charges following his 2018 arrest when he fled to Lebanon. He denies any wrongdoing.