U.S. traffic deaths
rise, reversing trend
After declining for most of the last decade, traffic deaths spiked 8 percent in the first half of this year, prompting a call from the nation's highway safety chief to find ways to reduce the human errors that cause most fatalities.
The new estimate released Tuesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration comes just as millions of Americans prepare to hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday. AAA predicts that 42 million people will drive 50 miles or more over the coming weekend.
Officials released a final number of fatal crashes for 2014, which showed a decline of 0.1 percent. This year, lower gas prices and an improving economy are prompting more travel.
Americans drove 1.54 trillion miles in the first half of 2015, up 3.5 percent from the same period in 2014, according to the Federal Highway Administration. - AP
Hate incident charged
New York City police said a postal worker bumped into and spit on a Muslim woman with an infant before threatening to burn down her place of worship. Dainton Coley, 34, was arrested Tuesday on charges of aggravated harassment, menacing as a hate crime, and child endangerment. - AP