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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration closed its six-month probe into the Tesla Model S that was involved in a deadly collision with a semi-truck nearly two years ago and is not requesting a recall, according to the report released today.

The findings: The data shows the Autopilot was on at the time of the crash, but the Automatic Emergency Breaking system did not recognize the semi-truck. The driver did not brake from his 74 miles-per-hour speed, either. Elon Musk released updates to Autopilot in 2016 to correct the safety deficits. The NHTSA accounted for Musk's updates and determined that "a safety-related defect trend has not been identified at this time."

Between the lines: Musk has continually stressed that its Autopilot is not fully autonomous and drivers must still pay attention, and the NHTSA said Tesla was "not as specific as it could be" in warning drivers of this vulnerability. The lesson companies can learn from this investigation is that they should more clearly communicate that their their "autonomous" systems still require some human engagement. Even though the agency didn't recall the vehicles or the software this time, it has the authority to recall either if there are safety concerns, according to its web site.

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The Trump administration plans to only admit a maximum of 15,000 refugees this fiscal year, the State Department said in a release late Wednesday evening.

Why it matters: This is yet another record low refugee cap. Before leaving office, President Obama set the refugee limit at 110,000 for fiscal year 2017 — a number Trump has continued to slash throughout his presidency.

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Driving the news: The Barstool Sportsbook app saw a record 21,000 downloads per day during its first weekend (Sept. 18–20), breaking DraftKings' and Fanduel's daily records despite Pennsylvania being the only state where it was operational.