Former Vice President dies
Walter Mondale, former Vice President for Jimmy Carter, died Monday at age 93, according to NBC.
Mondale served as Carter’s close advisor from 1977 to 1981 and was a former senator from Minnesota.
In a statement on Monday night, Carter said, “Today I mourn the passing of my dear friend Walter Mondale, who I consider the best vice president in our country’s history.”
Some of Mondale’s most important efforts as vice president included passing legislation such as the Fair Housing Act and Title IX.
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden described Mondale as one of “our nation’s most dedicated patriots.”
Chad President killed on frontlines
After visiting Chadian frontline troops, the president of Chad Idriss Déby died after run-ins with rebels. However, the circumstances surrounding his death are unclear, according to The Washington Post.
The day before Déby’s death, provisional election results predicted that he would serve another term in office. Déby was one of the longest-serving leaders in Africa, according to BBC.
An army general on state TV said that Déby “breathed his last defending the sovereign nation on the battlefield.”
Déby’s son, Gen. Mahamat Kaka, will now lead the military council for the next 18 months, however, elections will be held once his transition into power is over.
Kaka also announced a 6 a.m. curfew and the closing of the country’s borders.
Two killed in driverless crash in Houston
A Tesla with no one in the driver’s seat, but one person in the front passenger seat and another in the backseat, was found in a fiery wreck Saturday night. One person was 69 and the other was 59, according to KXAN.
Mark Herman, Harris County Precinct 4 constable, told KHOU-TV he was confident that “no one was driving that vehicle.”
The car was traveling fast when it lost control and swerved off the road hitting a tree. It was unclear if the driving assist or autopilot was in use at the time of the crash.
Tesla has warned customers that autopilot should be closely monitored and be ready to take control when in use. The National Transportation Safety Board reported last year that the system allows drivers to avoid paying attention while on autopilot, however, it “fails to limit where autopilot can be used.”