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Google retreating from military AI project: reports

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 22:19

Google workers on Friday got word that the internet titan will retreat from a deal to help the US military use artificial intelligence to analyze drone video following an outcry from staff, according to reports. The collaboration with the US Department of Defense was said to have sparked rebellion inside the California-based company. An internal petition calling for Google to stay out of "the business of war" garnered thousands of signatures, and some workers reportedly quit to protest a collaboration with the military.

Police: Uber driver said rider was shot during attack try

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 21:18

DENVER (AP) — An Uber driver arrested in the fatal shooting of a passenger told a witness that he opened fire after his customer tried to attack him, police said Friday.

Canadian ex-Afghan captive granted bail in assault case

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 19:43

A Canadian former hostage who has been charged with sexual assault, misleading police and making death threats after returning home from years in captivity in Afghanistan was granted bail Friday. Joshua Boyle, however, will be required to live with his parents in Smith Falls, near Ottawa, and under electronic monitoring. The court has banned the identification of Boyle's alleged victims.

Wildfire burns empty Boy Scouts' buildings in dry New Mexico

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 19:19

CIMARRON, N.M. (AP) — A wildfire raced across a swath of tinder-dry forest in northeastern New Mexico on Friday, sending up a thick plume of smoke that forced residents to flee their homes as heat and wind threatened to drive the flames.

E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce Is Deadliest in Decades

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 18:15

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Friday confirmed four more deaths and 35 new cases in the E. coli outbreak from tainted romaine lettuce, bringing the death toll to five and t...

Hundreds abused in Chicago schools after systemic failures: report

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 16:40

Hundreds of Chicago students have been sexually assaulted over the past decade after the third largest public school system in the US failed to implement basic safeguards like conducting adequate background checks or reporting abuse to authorities. The school system employed "ineffective background checks," the Tribune said, which failed to weed out employees with criminal convictions and arrests for sex crimes. More than 370,000 students are enrolled in CPS, which employs nearly 36,000 people.

Trump-Putin Summit reportedly in the works

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 16:09

Pres. Trump is negotiating his way to a potential summit with Vladimir Putin and a confirmed summit with North Korea on June 12. But what will Trump actually accomplish by meeting with these leaders?

Google Employees Discuss Staging Protest Of Their Own Company

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 15:32

A small group of Google employees, in response to a company contract with a

MSNBC Stands By Joy Reid After She Apologizes For Controversial Blog Posts

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 15:18

MSNBC said Friday that it is standing by host Joy Reid, who apologized for

Niall Ferguson leaves Stanford role after ordering 'opposition research' on a student in free speech row

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 15:17

Niall Ferguson, the prominent British historian, has left his role with a Stanford university free speech initiative after leaked emails showed him suggesting "opposition research" be carried out on a left-wing student. Ferguson resigned from a leadership position on the Cardinal Conversations programme at at the institution in California, which invites guest speakers from across the political spectrum to give talks. The academic said he had made an "error of judgment" but had been "deeply concerned" by the reaction on campus against a talk by Charles Murray, the controversial social scientist, who spoke on February 22. Ferguson said he acted because he believed the Cardinal Conversations programme was being taken over by "elements fundamentally hostile to free speech". His resignation from the programme's committee came against a background of controversy over free speech at universities in the US and UK. Last month Sam Gyimah, the British higher education minister, warned against left-wing bias on campuses, "institutional hostility” to unfashionable views, and the "danger of a mono-culture" where only certain views were accepted. Ferguson's leaked emails showed him in communication with conservative students including the president of Stanford College Republicans Credit: Getty In the US last year Berkeley cancelled speeches by two conservative political commentators after protesters set fires and caused $100,000 in damage. Ferguson's leaked emails, published by The Stanford Daily, showed him in communication with conservative students including John Rice-Cameron, president of Stanford College Republicans, who is the son of Barack Obama’s former national security adviser Susan Rice. A subject of discussion was left-wing activist student Michael Ocon, who was referred to as "Mr O". In one email Ferguson wrote that “some opposition research on Mr. O might also be worthwhile" and a research assistant replied they would "get on the opposition research for Mr. O." Opposition research is the practice of collecting information on a political opponent or other adversary that can be used to discredit or otherwise weaken them. In another Ferguson wrote: “Now we turn to the more subtle game of grinding them down on the committee. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance." Rice-Cameron, added: "Slowly, we will continue to crush the Left’s will to resist, as they will crack under pressure." Ferguson suggested that the original Cardinal Conversations steering committee "should all be allies against O. Whatever your past differences, bury them. Unite against the SJWs (social justice warriors)." He also indicated that someone with a position at a Christian student publication was "especially good and will intimidate them". The Cardinal Conversations initiative was launched in January as a "thought-provoking community discussion of key issues across the political spectrum". Ferguson, a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford, and at the Center for European Studies, Harvard, said his emails had been prompted by the opposition to Murray's visit. In a statement to The Telegraph he said: "I very much regret the publication of these emails. I also regret having written them.    "Having put a great deal effort into creating and organising Cardinal Conversations, I was deeply concerned by the events before, during and after the event that took place on February 22. "It seemed to me that the Cardinal Conversations student steering committee was in danger of being taken over by elements that were fundamentally hostile to free speech." He added: "It was, however, rash of me to seek to involve the Stanford Republicans, and reckless to use such inflammatory language. Realising subsequently that I had made a serious error of judgment, I resigned from Cardinal Conversations. "I remain hopeful that Cardinal Conversations will continue to foster free speech on the Stanford campus."

The Funniest Tweets From Parents This Week

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 14:09

Kids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest

John Cena And Nikki Bella Are 'Officially' Back Together: Reports

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 13:57

Pro wrestlers John Cena and Nikki Bella might be a romantic tag team again.

Koch Backed Group Launches Ad Campaign Thanking Vulnerable North Dakota Democrat

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 13:49

"We commend her for taking a stand against the leaders of her party"

Parkland seniors balance grief, activism as graduation nears

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 13:37

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — When a gunman killed 17 people at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February, senior Chris Grady was slogging through his final few weeks before reporting for duty in the Army.

Puerto Rico hurricane season starts today. 11,000 Puerto Ricans are still without power

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 13:18

Hurricane season has officially begun in Puerto Rico, where some 11,000 people remain without power after Hurricane Maria storm hit the island nearly eight months ago. Officials said it could take another two months to fully restore power to Puerto Rico’s 3.3m residents, extending what is already the longest blackout in US history. It’s teetering,” said Hector Pesquera, Puerto Rico’s commissioner of public safety.

Facebook No Longer The Dominant Social Media Platform For Teens

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 13:16

Only about half of teenagers use Facebook these days, says a new Pew Research

Judge Temporarily Blocks Iowa From Enforcing Nation's Strictest Abortion Ban

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 13:13

A county judge in Iowa on Friday temporarily barred the state from enforcing

Alfa Romeo to Add Both Larger and Smaller SUVS

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 13:06

Because Quadri-drive-io vehicles are pretty popular these days.

Michael Rotondo, 30-Year-Old Evicted From Parents' Home, Finally Moves Out

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 12:40

Michael Rotondo has finally left the building.