Pedestrian in self-driving Uber crash probably would have lived if braking feature hadn’t been shut off, NTSB documents show

A pedestrian killed when she was struck by a self-driving Uber SUV last year probably would have been saved if the company had not disabled the automatic emergency braking feature that came with the vehicle, according to new documents released Tuesday by federal investigators. Uber retrofitted the Volvo XC90 with sensors and computers as part of an aggressive bid to make quick progress in the highly competitive world of autonomous vehicles. (Wash. Post)

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Homicides in Baltimore County are up 52% in 2019. Officials can’t say why.

Baltimore County has experienced a 52% increase in homicides in the first 10 months of 2019, according to police data — with more than one-third of those killings occurring in two precincts on the county’s eastern side. There have been 38 homicides in the county through Oct. 22, compared with 25 during the same period last year, according to county crime data. Even as homicides jumped, there’s only been one more non-fatal shooting than last year with police reporting 47 through Oct. 22, the latest data available from the county. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore Light Rail service to be disrupted for a week beginning Wednesday

Light Rail service will be disrupted between the North Avenue and Camden Yards stations for nearly a week, beginning Wednesday, because of construction, the Maryland Transit Administration announced Monday. A shuttle bus will operate between the two stations during the closure, which is expected to last from 4:30 a.m. Wednesday until 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, the MTA said. The agency blamed “construction and repair work in the downtown area” for the closure. (Balt. Sun)

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CBS News’ Bill Whitaker Talks To Lonnie Bunch, First African American To Lead The Smithsonian At Baltimore Book Festival

CBS News correspondent Bill Whitaker will talk to newly instated Smithsonian Director Lonnie Bunch at an event at the Baltimore Book Festival and Light City on Tuesday night. Bunch is first African American to lead the Smithsonian in its 173-year history. A Fool’s Errand: Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture talk will be held on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the Columbus Center. (WJZ-TV)

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Frederick police surpass charity fundraising goal from October event

The Frederick Police Department announced that it surpassed its goal for an October fundraising event for Special Olympics Maryland, according to a department press release. At this year's Cops on Rooftops event, held Oct. 18 and 19 at the Dunkin' coffee and doughnut shop on West Patrick Street, the department raised $4,276 to support Special Olympics Maryland athletes and events, beating the previous year's total by about $1,000 and surpassing the department's goal by close to $300, according to the release. (News-Post)

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Ravens’ Brandon Carr Gifts Women Battling Cancer With Makeovers

While the Ravens are on a high following Sunday’s big win against the New England Patriots, cornerback Brandon Carr spent the day making a few women undergoing chemotherapy feel beautiful. Monday, Carr gifted eight women at the Under Armour Performance Center with full makeovers. Since the death of his mother in 2014 following a long battle with breast cancer, Carr has made it a priority to support other women fighting the disease. (WJZ-TV)

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Smoke from electrical component causes brief Boonsboro library evacuation

The Boonsboro Free Library was briefly evacuated Monday night following the report of a potential fire, but no fire was found, according to a Washington County emergency services supervisor. (Herald-Mail)

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Plane that left Maryland airport makes emergency landing on New York beach

A plane flying out of Stevensville, Maryland, made an emergency landing on a New York beach after experiencing engine troubles. The Federal Aviation Administration wrote in a statement that a Cessna 150 civilian plane that departed from an airport in Stevensville made an emergency landing in Point Lookout at 2:20 p.m. Monday. The beach is about nine miles east of John F. Kennedy International Airport. (Balt. Sun)

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