Saturday, August 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-08-23 17:25:45 GMT
Some of the trucks in a Russian aid convoy that entered Ukraine in a move denounced by Kiev as an invasion are returning to Russia.Full Story >
Hundreds of Russian aid trucks returned home from rebel-held eastern Ukraine on Saturday, highlighting a dire need for long-term assistance to the region where homes and livelihoods have been destroyed by months of fighting.Full Story >
Saturday, August 23 2014 1:15 PM EDT2014-08-23 17:15:26 GMT
A senior Hamas leader says the group signed a pledge to back any Palestinian bid to join the International Criminal Court. Such a step could expose Israel - as well as Hamas - to war crimes investigations.Full Story >
Witnesses say an Israeli airstrike has collapsed a 12-story apartment tower in central Gaza City.Full Story >
Saturday, August 23 2014 1:05 PM EDT2014-08-23 17:05:55 GMT
Organizers expect up to 5,000 people to attend a march protesting the death of an unarmed black man who died after being placed in a chokehold by a white New York police officer.Full Story >
Thousands of people expressing grief, anger and hope for a better future have taken to New York City streets to protest the chokehold death of an unarmed black man by a white police officer.Full Story >
On a perfect autumn day full of blue skies and sunshine at Kentucky Speedway, FOX19 put an insurance monitoring device to the test. Fast acceleration. Slamming on the breaks. A beep, beep, beep from Snapshot.
It's Cleveland-based Progressive Insurance's version of the driving monitor that plugs into your car's data port, often located under the steering wheel. (This is the same place your mechanic hooks-up his computer to diagnose what's wrong with your car.)
The executive in charge of Snapshot, Dave Pratt, told FOX19 that so far 1.6 million Progressive customers have tried it. And they saved an average of $150 off their premium.
Hard braking is a major concern for Progressive because it suggests you were driving too fast, following another car too closely, or both. That's why you hear the device beep at you.
"And obviously a few hard brakes is fine because sometimes it's important to avoid an accident," said Pratt. "But we've found people who are safe drivers tend not to have very many hard braking events. And so we can give them a big discount on their insurance."
Progressive also monitors what time of day you drive and how far you drive over a six-month period. State Farm does, too, and also monitors how fast you drive, according to local agent Pete Gross. Anything over 80 m.p.h. will count against you.
But Gross acknowledges a lot of his clients in the Tri-State are wary about this technology.
"And they're not sure because of the fear of the Big Brother type of mentality of who's looking over my shoulder," he said, saying this is especially an issue for his clients after all of the NSA spying stories.
State Farm would not release how many of its customers have tried the driving monitor, which in its case can be through OnStar, Ford Sync, or its third-party vendor.
To find out whether FOX19's Matthew Nordin was able to save any money after enduring the six-month test, click on the video above.
Friday, August 22 2014 1:17 PM EDT2014-08-22 17:17:39 GMT
Portland city leaders are considering a plan to build tiny houses for homeless people to help get them off the streets. The tiny houses would be about 200 square feet and look a lot like the ones at TheFull Story >
The tiny houses would be about 200 square feet and look a lot like the ones at The Caravan Tiny House Hotel in northeast Portland.Full Story >