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Met Opera Faces 'One More Catastrophic Crisis' As Employees Must Work With Domingo

One of opera's most popular and bankable stars is scheduled to sing at New York's famed opera house next week. But a number of Met employees say that they find the situation untenable.

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Far Right Makes Gains In 2 German State Elections As Centrists Hang Onto Power

The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party won big in this month's Brandenburg and Saxony state elections. A recent poll shows the AfD more popular than ever throughout Germany.

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How to Back Up Your iPhone to iCloud or Mac

Wired Top Stories - 1 hour 31 min ago
Save your memories before you grab that new version of iOS. We explain how to back up to iCloud or your Mac (with or without iTunes).
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New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio Ends 2020 Presidential Bid

The mayor of America's largest city was one of the last major candidates to enter the race, but his progressive pitch never caught on in the crowded field.

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Best iPhone for 2019: Which Model Should You Actually Buy?

Wired Top Stories - 2 hours 31 min ago
Picking the right iPhone has become increasingly difficult, but this breakdown should help you figure out whether you want an iPhone 11 or another model, where to buy a case, and whether it's a good time to purchase.
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Gadget Lab Podcast: Your DNA Belongs on the Blockchain

Wired Top Stories - 2 hours 31 min ago
Guest Megan Molteni tells us about gene-sequencing startup Nebula, and how its privacy practices could positively impact the way we share personal information on the web.
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The Bleak Hopefulness of *Ad Astra*

Wired Top Stories - 3 hours 31 min ago
Brad Pitt goes to space in a new psychodrama from director James Gray—and confronts the idea of home.
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Some 'Podunk' Town In The Middle Of Nowhere

"Podunk" is supposed to be bleak and isolated. But there are a few things that people who use the term might not know. For one, it really exists. For another, its history predates the United States.

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Colt Suspends Manufacture Of Controversial AR-15 For Civilian Market

The gun maker says it will concentrate instead on fulfilling contracts from the military and law enforcement for the semi-automatic weapon that has come for many to be associated with mass shootings,

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'It Gets To You.' Extremism Researchers Confront The Unseen Toll Of Their Work

Day after day, researchers are immersed in the propaganda of ISIS and neo-Nazi factions. But there's almost no discussion of the mental toll of examining the world's most dangerous extremists.

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Global Youth Climate Strike Expected To Draw Large Crowds

Strike organizers are calling on their fellow young people to skip school Friday and rally to demand greater action against climate change.

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Investors May Prefer Companies With More Women In The Workforce

A new study found investors were significantly more likely to bet a company's stock price was going to increase if the company had more women on staff compared with other companies.

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Enter the Capitalocene: How Climate Change Will Ruin Capitalism

Wired Top Stories - 6 hours 31 min ago
Capitalism is responsible for climate change—not you and me. But here’s what one economist says we could do about it.
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Mass Protests In Australia Kick Off Global Climate Strike Ahead Of U.N. Summit

The rallies in Sydney, Melbourne and elsewhere drew tens of thousands of people. Similar protests were expected across the U.S., U.K., Germany, France and elsewhere.

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To Better Understand The Arctic, This Ship Will Spend A Year Frozen Into The Ice

A group of scientists is embarking on a bold plan to better understand an extremely understudied part of the rapidly warming Arctic — the central Arctic Ocean.

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Teen Charged In Fatal Stabbing Of Student That Dozens Filmed, Shared On Social Media

"Kids stood here and didn't help Khaseen. They'd rather video this event," Detective Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick told reporters at a news conference. "They video'd his death instead of helping."

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A facial recognition ban is coming to the US, says an AI policy advisor

MIT Technology Review: “San Francisco and Oakland, California, and Somerville, Massachusetts, have outlawed certain uses of facial recognition technology, with Portland,  Oregon, potentially soon to follow.  That’s just the beginning, according to Mutale Nkonde, a Harvard fellow and AI policy advisor. That trend will soon spread to states, and there will eventually be a federal ban on some uses of the technology, she said at MIT Technology Review’s EmTech conference. Which uses will face a ban, it’s not yet clear: while some cities have banned use by police departments, Portland’s focus is restricting use by the private sector. And the debate is not confined to the US. In the UK, there is growing concern over the use of live facial recognition after it emerged that a property developer had been collecting images of people’s faces in an area of London for two years without informing them. We still don’t know how that data was used, Daragh Murray, a human rights lawyer at the University of Essex, said on stage. “There will be legal challenges, and there will eventually be regulation,” he predicted…”

Categories: Law and Legal

Why Americans Don’t Fully Trust Many Who Hold Positions of Power and Responsibility

Members of Congress and technology leaders are rated lower in empathy, transparency and ethics – “Public gives higher scores to military leaders, public school principals and police officers…”

“People invest their trust in institutions and those who have power for a variety of reasons. Researchers have found that people’s confidence in others and organizations can include their judgments about the competence, honesty and benevolence of the organizations or individuals they are assessing, as well as factors such as empathy, openness, integrity and accountability. These perceptions can be seen as building blocks of trust. Taking account of those insights, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that people offer different judgments about these building blocks of trust when it comes to eight groups of people who hold positions of power and responsibility in America: members of Congress, local elected officials, K-12 public school principals, journalists, military leaders, police officers, leaders of technology companies and religious leaders…”

Categories: Law and Legal

Be Prepared: Find the ER You Want to Go to Before an Emergency Happens

ProPublica: “To be prepared in the event of an emergency, you can use our newly updated ER Inspector (formerly called ER Wait Watcher) to help you evaluate the emergency rooms near you. Using data from the federal government, our interactive database lets you compare ERs on both efficiency measures, including how long patients typically spend in the ER before being sent home, and quality measures, such as how many violations related to ER care a hospital has had…” [h/t Pete Weiss]

Categories: Law and Legal

3 Billion North American Birds Have Vanished: ‘It’s Just Staggering’

The New York Times – “The number of birds in the United States and Canada has fallen by 29 percent since 1970, scientists reported on Thursday. There are 2.9 billion fewer birds taking wing now than there were 50 years ago. The analysis, published in the journal Science, [thank you Barclay] is the most exhaustive and ambitious attempt yet to learn what is happening to avian populations. The results have shocked researchers and conservation organizations. In a statement on Thursday, David Yarnold, president and chief executive of the National Audubon Society, called the findings “a full-blown crisis.” Experts have long known that some bird species have become vulnerable to extinction. But the new study, based on a broad survey of more than 500 species, reveals steep losses even among such traditionally abundant birds as robins and sparrows…”

See also: NYT Opinion, The Crisis for Birds Is a Crisis for Us All – “The mass disappearance of North American birds is a dire warning about the planet’s well-being…” Dr. John W. Fitzpatrick is the director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Dr. Peter P. Marra is the director of the Georgetown Environment Initiative.

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