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Baby, you can drive my car: Taking another step toward allowing autonomous cars on the nation’s highways, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has agreed to Google’s request to consider the computers that control the cars to be “drivers,” just like humans (Page A6).

The good news is that now that they’re “drivers” we have the government’s approval to yell obscenities and flip the bird at inanimate objects that can’t retaliate.

Just when I thought I was out: Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling announced that her new play, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” will be released as a two-part book (Page A2).

That means another Harry Potter movie. Actor Daniel Radcliffe, who made eight movies as Harry, has assumed a new identity in the Screen Actor Guild’s Sanity Protection Program.

Don’t know much about history: On this day in 1812, Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry signed a redistricting law that favored his Democratic-Republican Party — giving rise to the term “gerrymandering” (Today in History, Page D6).

And the Democratic-Republican Party gave rise to the term “oxymoron.”

—Jon Bauer, Herald staff

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