Archive for July 18th, 2018

AI Innovators Take Pledge Against Autonomous Killer Weapons | | July 18 2018, 11:40 PM

"We will neither participate in nor support the development, manufacture, trade, or use of" artificial intelligence that is used to kill people, leading AI researchers vowed.

Sean Spicer Praises Successor Sanders: 'She Understands What The President Wants'

Politics | | July 18 2018, 11:00 PM

The former White House press secretary has a new book coming out. Spicer tells NPR that he regrets dressing down the press for reporting on the crowd size at Trump's inauguration.

How Rwanda Tidied Up Its Streets (And The Rest Of The Country, Too) | | July 18 2018, 3:00 PM

On the last Saturday of the month, citizens must spend 3 hours beautifying the nation. Some people question the authoritarianism approach. But the results are impressive.

EU Hits Google With $5 Billion Fine For Pushing Apps On Android Users | | July 18 2018, 2:20 PM

The European Commission found that the tech giant broke EU antitrust rules by requiring manufacturers to pre-install the Google and Chrome apps. Google plans to appeal the record fine.

Australian Couple Who Lost Children In MH17 Blame Trump For Not Confronting Putin | | July 18 2018, 1:40 PM

Russia has repeatedly denied any involvement in the destruction of the Malaysia Airlines flight shot down by a Russian missile over eastern Ukraine in 2014, killing 298 passengers and crew.

Empowering Kids In An Anxious World | | July 18 2018, 11:20 AM

Teen depression and anxiety rates have been rising for years, and two new books offer advice to parents and caregivers.

Lawsuit Says Migrants Were Subjected To Dirty Detention Facilities, Bad Food And Water

US & World | | July 18 2018, 11:00 AM

In interviews that appear in the suit filed by the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, detainees also reported not being allowed to shower for days and sleeping in overcrowded rooms.

Ferguson fire near Yosemite harbinger of California's fire year ahead

Environment & Science | | July 18 2018, 3:37 AM

The Ferguson fire continues to threaten Yosemite, as it more than doubled in size over the past few days. The hot and dry conditions that've made it difficult to tackle the blaze have been present across other parts of the state, hinting at a destructive fire year ahead for California.

LA County voters to decide on new stormwater tax proposal

Politics | | July 18 2018, 1:22 AM

Eligible Los Angeles County voters will be asked in November to approve a new land tax to fund projects that catch, treat and reuse stormwater.

Family of Anthony Avalos accuses DCFS of negligence

Crime & Justice | | July 18 2018, 1:22 AM

New internal documents at the Department of Child and Family Services suggest officials there knew of abuse at the 10-year-old boy's home before he died.

Former Equestrian Says She Sprayed Pig's Blood In Lover's Home As Revenge For Affair | | July 18 2018, 12:40 AM

In May, Lizzie Purbrick discovered her beau, a member of the British Parliament, was cheating. With the help of a butcher, she struck back. Now she's been sentenced to community service.

Nelson Mandela's Prison Letters: 'One Day I Will Be Back At Home' | | July 18 2018, 12:20 AM

The late South African leader would have turned 100 on Wednesday. As part of the commemorations, a new book brings together many of the deeply personal letters he wrote during his 27 years in prison.

New study looks at African-American men with prostate cancer | | July 18 2018, 12:12 AM

African American men are much more likely to get prostate cancer and die from it than men of other races.   

'Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!' 20th Anniversary Tour comes to LA

Inside KPCC | | July 18 2018, 10:24 PM

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MGM sues Vegas shooting victims to avoid liability. We discuss the legal grounds and backlash

| July 18 2018, 4:44 PM

MGM Resorts International has sued hundreds of victims of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in a bid to avoid liability for the gunfire that rained down from its Mandalay Bay casino-resort in Las Vegas.

Taking the President at his word: So what would better US-Russia relations look like?

| July 18 2018, 4:42 PM

Repercussions of the summit between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are still being felt in DC and beyond, three days after their historic summit.

Forgotten...again: Middle children are on the decline and, as usual, nobody’s noticed

| July 18 2018, 4:15 PM

Were you that kid who was somehow missing from all the family Christmas photos? Did you exact peacemaker moves on your older and younger siblings that would put a diplomat to shame? What about winning first place at a spelling bee none of your family attended?

After Microsoft calls for regulation on facial recognition technology, we examine Silicon Valley’s protest of controversial government projects

| July 18 2018, 4:12 PM

Microsoft is calling on Congress to regulate the use of facial recognition technology to protect people's privacy and freedom of expression.

Is there room for niche sports in an already crowded sports media landscape? Streaming may just be the answer

| July 18 2018, 4:01 PM

While it might sound like something you’d find on the fictional channel ESPN 8 “The Ocho” from the 2004 cult classic “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” the World Armwrestling League (WAL) is not only an actual organization, but it recently signed a multi-year deal to air on B/R Live, a new streaming service from Turner and the well-known sports media shop Bleacher Report.

Two years ago CA passed a strict immunization law – how has it affected vaccination rates?

| July 18 2018, 3:48 PM

Two years ago, after a measles outbreak originating at Disneyland, California passed one of the stricted immunization laws in the country which prevented parents from getting vaccination exemptions for their kids based on personal belief.

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