On-demand ride companies Uber and Lyft suffered an embarrassing defeat in a Saturday election in Austin as voters backed a measure requiring fingerprint background checks for drivers. The two companies spent more than $8 million to repeal a city ordinance requiring the fingerprint-based criminal checks and launched what turned into the most expensive race in the Texas capital's history. Voters said by a margin of 56 to 44 percent they wanted the fingerprint checks to stay.
A federal officer was charged on Saturday with first-degree murder after a two-day shooting rampage outside Washington D.C. that killed his wife and two apparent strangers and wounded three others, police said. The suspect, Eulalio Tordil, a 62-year-old police officer with the Federal Protective Service, was arrested without incident on Friday in Silver Spring, Maryland, a Washington suburb where one of the shootings took place. Tordil is suspected of shooting his estranged wife, Gladys Tordil, and a bystander who came to her aid on Thursday outside High Point High School in Prince George's County, Maryland.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — American Pharoah's journey to racing history a year ago spurred Richie Columbus to make his first trip to Churchill Downs to be part of a near-record crowd for the Kentucky Derby on Saturday.
(Reuters) - Favorite Nyquist ran a perfect race to extend his unbeaten record winning the 142nd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville on Saturday, sparking talk of a second consecutive Triple Crown champion. Nyquist, who had won a record $3.3 million heading into the Derby, extended his unbeaten record to 8-0 with a smooth trip under jockey Mario Gutierrez. Nyquist pulled away from Gun Runner down the stretch and then held off a closing charge by Exaggerator to win the first leg of U.S. thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown series for 3-year-olds.
Saturday's running of the 142nd Kentucky Derby, the most famous race in America and the first in the Triple Crown series of three races, puts horse racing at the center of attention for many sports fans, a place it only rarely occupies. In a sport in which a star horse captures headlines like American Pharoah but then retires the next year to make the real money in breeding, arguments are playing out over whether a commissioner is needed, or perhaps a group of leaders.