Feb 19, 2020 - Sports

NASCAR driver Ryan Newman released from hospital after Daytona 500 crash

Newman's car. Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

NASCAR driver Ryan Newman has been treated and released from the Halifax Medical Center after a crash at the Daytona 500 on Sunday left him with serious injuries.

Context: Newman had been leading in the final lap of the race when his car flipped and burst into flames as it slid across the asphalt. Driver Denny Hamlin won the race.

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Marie Newman beats incumbent Rep. Dan Lipinski in Illinois primary

Marie Newman and Rep. Dan Lipinski. Photos: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call and Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Marie Newman, a progressive challenger to incumbent Rep. Dan Lipinski, won the Democratic primary in Illinois' 3rd Congressional District Tuesday night, AP reports.

Why it matters: Lipinski, one of the most conservative Democrats in the House, is the first incumbent Democratic Congress member to lose their seat this year. He was one of two Democrats to sign an amicus brief in January asking the Supreme Court to revisit and potentially overturn Roe v. Wade, which protects the right for women to seek abortions. Newman, who is an abortion-rights advocate, ran on a platform that highlighted their differences.

NTSB warns about lax oversight of new car tech

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There's mounting evidence that people put too much trust in driver-assistance features like Tesla Autopilot, but federal regulators aren't doing enough to ensure the systems are deployed safely, experts say.

Why it matters: Nearly 37,000 Americans die each year in highway accidents. As automated features become more common, the roads could get more dangerous — not safer — if drivers use the technology in unintended ways.

AOC's PAC endorses slate of progressive female congressional candidates

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The political action committee led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) endorsed Friday a slate of female 2020 congressional candidates, including a number of women of color, in races across the country.

Why it matters: The endorsements, first reported by the New York Times, highlight that Ocasio-Cortez plans to use her fundraising ability and public profile to support candidates that back her progressive aims — and, in the case of the Texas Senate race, directly challenge the party establishment's preferred candidates.