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New Uber Feature Connects You to 911 in an Emergency

The "call 911" feature in Uber's app also displays your location information, the make and model of the driver's vehicle, and its license plate number

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    New Uber Feature Connects You to 911 in an Emergency
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    Uber unveiled a new security feature Tuesday that allows you to connect directly with a police dispatcher at the tap of a button.

    The "call 911" feature in Uber's app also displays your location information, the make and model of the driver's vehicle, and its license plate number, NBC's "Today" show reported.

    An Uber pilot program in six cities will go further. The ride-hailing company's "call 911" button will automatically send information about the car's location and driver directly to police.

    Cities kicking off the pilot program are: Denver, Charleston, South Carolina; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Louisville, Kentucky; Naples, Florida; and Tri-Cities, Tennessee.

    Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    [NATL] Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    A would-be robber armed with a knife had a surprise in store when an Alabama store clerk pulled out a machete in defense. The two's brief knife fight was caught on camera before the clerk runs out to damage the robber's car.

    According to police, suspect Seth Holcomb walked up to the counter to make a purchase. He leaves the store and then comes back in as if to make a second purchase. Then, he pulled out a knife at the counter. What he didn't expect was that the clerk would pull out a machete of his own.

    (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)