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LESTER HOLT (00:16:58): Back now with the potential dangers on the road

from self-driving cars. There`s already been at least one fatal accident

involving these kinds of vehicles here in the U.S. And today the feds

jumped into the fray urging new rules to keep this rapidly expanding

technology as safe as possible. We get details from NBC`s Jo Ling Kent.

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JO LING KENT (00:17:18): The rules of the road are changing just months after a man died at the wheel while driving his Tesla Model S Sedan on auto-pilot. Last week, we test-drove Uber`s self-driving car, and for a second, there was a malfunction during a right turn. And I had to grab ahold of the wheel which is exactly what federal regulators are doing today, rolling out new guidelines for driverless cars.

ANTHONY FOXX (U.S. Secretary of Transportation) (00:17:40): The policy is about establishing safety as a cornerstone of autonomous vehicles from the outset.

JO LING KENT (00:17:47): The Transportation Department recommending a fifteen-point compliance plan, requiring carmakers to report on a range of issues, including data sharing, cyber security, and how passengers will be protected in the event of a crash. Plus, federal authorities may require carmakers to submit driverless cars for safety inspections before they hit the market. In an op-ed Monday, President Obama said, "If a self-driving car isn`t safe, we have the authority to pull it off the road." Until now autonomous-vehicle rules have been set state by state.

DEBORAH HERSMAN (National Safety Council, CEO) (00:18:19): We`ve got to crawl, walk, and then run when it comes to autonomous vehicles. It can`t be the wild west out there.

JO LING KENT (00:18:26): The self-driving coalition for safer streets, which includes Ford, Google, and Uber, saying today they`re on board with the new guidelines, no matter who or what is behind the wheel.

(00:18:36): Jo Ling Kent, NBC News, Detroit.

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LESTER HOLT (00:18:40): We`re back in a moment with Hollywood heartbreak. The famous couple shocking fans by calling it quits.

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LESTER HOLT (00:21:47): We`re back with the bombshell rocking Hollywood. Superstars, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are splitting up. Yes, much to the sadness of their fans, Brangelina is no more, after Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt, citing irreconcilable differences. They were married in 2014, but they`ve been together more than a decade and have six children. Pitt issued a statement saying he`s very saddened and asking for space during this, quote, "Challenging time."

(00:22:15): Now to a story involving three political dynasties, the Bushes, Clintons, and Kennedys. According to Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy, former President George H.W. Bush announced at an event yesterday who he would be voting for. Kennedy says Bush forty-one is backing Hillary Clinton. But the former President has not given any endorsement so far publicly.

(00:22:38): Some incredible images from Costa Rica tonight. This time-lapse video shows the Turrialba volcanos ending a massive ash cloud more than thirteen thousand feet into the air over the last two days. The country`s main airport was forced to close yesterday, but operations resumed this afternoon.

(00:22:55): When we come back, one family`s desperate journey from a war zone to a better life in America.

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