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PBMC offers free pediatric speech and language screening for preschoolers

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Early intervention in especially important to detect and remediate speech and language impairments. Peconic Bay Medical Center is offering a free screening to identify children who may be at risk for speech and or language developmental difficulties. Each child will be screened by a New York State licensed speech pathologist who will determine if the child should continue with a further complete and full evaluation. The event will take place Saturday, April 1, 2017, from 12 to 3 p.m. at the Ruth C. Laboda Conference Center, Peconic Bay Medical Center, 1300 Roanoke Avenue in Riverhead. For more information or to schedule your child for an appointment please call Peconic Bay Medical Center Speech Language Pathology at 631-548-6744.

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What If You Held An African Summit And No Africans Could Come?

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Enlarge this image Photo illustration by David Malan/Getty Images The African Global Economic and Development Summit took place at the University of Southern California from March 16th to 18th. None of the approximately 60 invited guests from Africa were able to attend. The problem was that none of the African delegates were able to get U.S. visas. Humphrey Mutaasa from the mayor’s office in Kampala, Uganda, had organized a delegation of 11 business leaders from Uganda to attend the African Global Economic and Development Summit at the University of Southern California. He says it was a very high level group of leaders from private businesses, the Ugandan ministry of trade, chambers of commerce and the Kampala mayor’s office. “The delegation …

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Hate to Break It to Steve Mnuchin, But AI’s Already Taking Jobs

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Today, in 2017, the president’s top economic advisor said he had no worries about robots putting people out of work. “In terms of artificial intelligence taking over the jobs, I think we’re so far away from that that it’s not even on my radar screen,” Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told an audience in Washington. “I think it’s 50 or 100 more years.” Great! That’s a relief! President Trump can go back to horsing around on his big rig confident in the knowledge self-driving trucks won’t replace millions of drivers in a few years. Except Mnuchin’s wrong. Like super-wrong. Artificial intelligence is not only coming for jobs, the jobs it’s coming for are the precious few left over after old-school automation …

GameStop expects to have Nintendo Switch supply problems for the rest of the year

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Every time GameStop gets a new shipment of Nintendo’s Switch hardware, it sells out within hours. And the company expects a similar level of demand through the end of the year. GameStop, the world’s largest gaming-specific brick-and-mortar retailer, announced the results of its 2016 fiscal year today. And while gaming sales are down, the company points out the Switch as a potential bright spot moving forward — although GameStop admitted it did not factor in aggressive sales of the Switch into its forecast for the next fiscal year. “There’s a lot of excitement about the Switch, but there’s also a lot of caution,” GameStop chief executive Paul Raines said in a conference call with investors. “We’re very cautious simply because of limited …

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The Best Drones

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Our pick DJI Mavic Pro Our top pick combines easy flying, class-leading portability, good battery life, great image quality, three-axis stabilization, and great fail-safe features in a $1,000 package. The best camera is always the one you have with you, and drones are no exception: The DJI Mavic Pro’s extraordinary portability means you’ll bring it to more places, so you’ll get better shots. Because it measures just 3.3 by 3.3 by 7.8 inches and weighs 1.6 pounds when fully folded, you can take it almost anywhere—simply unfold everything, and you’re good to go. We got approximately 19 minutes of flight time in our tests, and its 4-mile operating range extends farther than the eye can see. It comes with a …

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Self-driving car expert and Project Cars exec to speak at GamesBeat Summit

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Our newest speakers for our upcoming GamesBeat Summit event are Ted Chong, chief commercial officer at Project Cars maker Slightly Mad Studios, and Laszlo Kishonti, CEO of self-driving car software maker AImotive. You could call them the odd couple at our GamesBeat Summit 2017: How games, sci-fi, and tech create real-world magic. GamesBeat Summit 2017 will take place on May 1 and May 2, 2017, at the historic Claremont resort hotel in Berkeley, Calif., just a short distance from San Francisco. You can secure your seat here. Register today and receive 20 percent off current ticket prices. Use the code Deantak. Above: Laszlo Kishonti, CEO of AImotive, shows off the company’s test car in Mountain View, Calif. Image Credit: Dean Takahashi Chong has been at …

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Watch Amazon’s Prime Air drone make its first demo delivery in the US

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Can Arianna Huffington Save Uber?

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Enlarge this image Ariana Huffington speaks on stage during a conference in 2016 in New York City. She’s taking a bigger role at Uber. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Neilson Barnard/Getty Images Uber is in crisis. This week the president resigned, after just six months on the job. Morale has been shaken, following a damning account of sexual harassment. The board of directors is so concerned about the CEO’s ability to lead, they’re looking for a No. 2 to help steer the company. And now — in a curious plot twist — media mogul Arianna Huffington is emerging as chief of Uber’s campaign for culture change. The company decided to hold a conference call on Tuesday with reporters. …

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Liu Zhiqin talks about Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2017

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To talk more about the forum and Asia’s economic growth, CGTN’s Elaine Reyes spoke to Senior Fellow Liu Zhiqin from Renmin University of China. Watch CGTN LIVE on your computer, tablet or mobilehttp://america.cgtn.com/livenews Subscribe to CGTN America on YouTube Follow CGTN America:Twitter: @cgtnamericaFacebook: @cgtnamericaGoogle+: CctvamericaTvnews »» Watch CGTN «« Washington, DC (and greater area)• MHz – Channel 3• COMCAST (Xfinity) – Channel 273• FIOS – Channel 277 New York City• Time Warner – Channel 134• FiOS (Verizon) – Channel 277 Los Angeles• Charter Cable – Channel 562• Time Warner – Channel 155 Satellite Nationwide• DISH TV – Channel 279

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Designers and manufacturers showcased their developments at 2nd Russian Military Robotics Conference

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Russian robotics designers and manufacturers showcased their last developments, which could potentially join the Russian army. About 89 models were demonstrated during the 2nd Russian Military Robotics Conference at the Patriot Park in Kubinka near Moscow.In 2014, The Russian Defense Ministry approved a complex program called ‘Creating of Advanced Military Robotics for 2025l,’ which prioritized robotics as one of the top priorities of the Russian arms program. COURTESY: RT’s RUPTLY video agency, NO RE-UPLOAD, NO REUSE – FOR LICENSING, PLEASE, CONTACT http://ruptly.tv RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c… Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/RTnewsFollow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/RT_comFollow us on Instagram http://instagram.com/rtFollow us on Google+ http://plus.google.com/+RTListen to us on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/rttv RT (Russia Today) is a global news network broadcasting …

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How the House Freedom Caucus Dominated Trump on Health Care

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Along with other conservatives, Mark Meadows, the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, has proved to be a persistent obstacle to Donald Trump’s health-care bill.CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY TOM WILLIAMS / CQ ROLL CALL / GETTY At 11:30 on Thursday morning, about two dozen members of the House Freedom Caucus arrived at the Oval Office. The arch-conservative House members were there for the last of a series of sessions in which President Donald Trump would try to convince them to support his health-care bill. Just two days earlier, Trump had reportedly told the group’s leader, North Carolina’s Mark Meadows, that the White House would target him politically if he continued to oppose the bill. “I’m gonna come after you,” Trump reportedly said. …

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The winds of war swirl around off-shore turbines

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By GREGORY ZELLER // As a concept, ocean-based wind-energy harvesting is gaining momentum on Long Island – but don’t expect completely smooth sailing for the increasingly popular form of alternative-energy generation. Although wind farms are rising around the globe and contributing ever-larger percentages of the electricity flowing through international energy grids, the “green” projects often face stiff opposition –  ironically, from environmentalists, and often from commercial fishermen who say the ocean-based platforms disrupt natural breeding grounds and threaten their livelihoods. Several Long Island anglers, for instance, have thrown their lines into a class-action lawsuit against the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Management, aimed at stopping wind-farm developments off the New York and New Jersey coasts. Despite the rough seas, Stony Brook University’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology …

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At AERTC, expansion (maybe) and the winds of war

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By GREGORY ZELLER // There’s an overload at the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center. With demand edging supply and its incubators overflowing, Stony Brook University’s hub of academia, research and commercial energy production is looking to expand. The AERTC’s incubator programs now host eight tenants with next-level energy-efficiency aspirations – and they’d like to welcome more, according to AERTC Chairman Robert Catell, who this week teased the possibility of future constructon. “The good news is, we’re out of space,” Catell told Innovate LI. “The bad news is, we’re out of space.” While those eight tenants are at various points on the commercialization spectrum, most are not extremely close to commercial independence – and certainly, none are especially eager to …

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New Jersey unemployment rate falls to 4.4 percent

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, center, talks to employees of a QuickChek convenience store after a news conference talking about jobs, Thursday, March 23, 2017, in Cedar Knolls, N.J. New data shows New Jersey added 12,600 jobs last month and the unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent from 4.6 percent. Bureau of Labor Statistics preliminary reports announced on Thursday show the state jobless rate has reached a 10-year low. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Credit: AP) (AP) — New data shows New Jersey added 12,600 jobs last month and the unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent from 4.6 percent. Bureau of Labor Statistics preliminary reports announced on Thursday show the state jobless rate has reached a 10-year low. The data also show …

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‘Defeating ISIS No.1 US goal’: Tillerson at coalition summit coinciding with London attack

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While London has been dealing with terrorism, Washington is hosting a major security conference – the Global anti-ISIS coalition summit. It is the first time the foreign ministers of all 68 member-states have met since the formation of the coalition in 2014. RT’s Gayane Chichakyan has been following the conference. RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c… Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/RTnewsFollow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/RT_comFollow us on Instagram http://instagram.com/rtFollow us on Google+ http://plus.google.com/+RTListen to us on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/rttv RT (Russia Today) is a global news network broadcasting from Moscow and Washington studios. RT is the first news channel to break the 1 billion YouTube views benchmark.

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Neil Gorsuch Makes the Case for His Own Independence

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Judge Neil Gorsuch addresses the Senate Judiciary Committee at his Supreme Court confirmation hearing.CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY MARK PETERSON / REDUX FOR THE NEW YORKER The Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Judge Neil Gorsuch has been an endurance event. On Tuesday, Charles Grassley, the eighty-three-year-old chair of the Judiciary Committee, planned out a ten-hour hearing and then sat through it, measuring out precise ten-minute breaks. (“That means we’ll reconvene at 3:31,” he said at one point.) Gorsuch, who is forty-nine, with trim white hair, wore a blue shirt and a purple tie, and followed custom by declining to comment on any topic that might theoretically appear before the Court. But, during the day, hints of Gorsuch’s personality appeared. He is a familiar …

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“Paging Dr. Fraud”: The Fake Publishers That Are Ruining Science

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For years, spurious journals have proliferated online, promising academic credibility in exchange for cash.CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY GREG PEASE / GETTY In the fall of 2015, a young scholar named Anna Olga Szust began sending her C.V. and a cover letter to scores of scientific journals, with the hope of being named an editor. Editors play a vital role in the world of science publishing, checking the methodology of authors and managing the peer-review process; they are the thin red line between fact and fakery. At the same time, being appointed a journal editor is one of the many essential rungs in a scientist’s climb toward credibility and tenure. Szust is—or was, until today—an associate professor at Adam Mickiewicz University, in Poznań, …

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SAP Ariba unveils Procurement bot, an AI assistant for supply chain management

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SAP Ariba unveiled an AI-powered assistant named Procurement today to speak with buyers and suppliers about orders in a conversational interface. The announcement was made onstage at SAP Ariba Live conference in Las Vegas. “Through its bot, the company plans to enable buyers and suppliers to converse with their SAP Ariba applications much as they would Siri or Alexa,” the company said in a statement shared with VentureBeat. “Leveraging machine learning, the bot will be able to train and learn about a user’s preferences and a company’s policies and procedures and guide actions in line with them to reduce errors and speed processing.” Procurement bot will part of “a portfolio of bot applications that SAP is developing by the end of …

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 review: This great iPad Pro competitor is worth $600

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Samsung has introduced the latest generation of its Galaxy Tab device, evolving it to now include the bells and whistles you’d get from its Galaxy smartphone lineup. The 9.7-inch Tab S3 is focused around productivity and entertainment, being akin to the Android version of the iPad Pro. But with a price tag of nearly $600, is this flagship tablet really worth it? Compared to its predecessor, the Galaxy Tab S3 contains a better camera, improved processor, support for a detachable keyboard and S Pen stylus, and more. One way to view it is that the device is a tablet version of the Galaxy Note7, minus the exploding battery part. While the $600 price tag could catch people off guard, it’s …

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AptoZen and VETCON Announce a Strategic Partnership to Deliver Next Generation Talent Acquisition to Veteran Entrepreneur Businesses

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AptoZen sponsors annual Veteran Conference to help veteran-led startups find elite talent. SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 22, 2017– AptoZen, a global leader in cloud-based Predictive Talent Acquisition technology, announced today a strategic partnership with VETCON. The alliance will help veterans’ tech businesses build teams better, faster and cheaper than any other recruiting solution in the marketplace. AptoZen’s power comes from a comprehensive data model derived from hundreds of thousands of talent-matching situations to help startup businesses out-task and solve any hiring problem. This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the full release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170322005452/en/ VETCON is an annual conference with a strategic focus on veteran entrepreneurs and provides a nurturing place to gather, promote, learn and network their startup among mentors, …

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Chinese premier visits Australia to expand bilateral ties

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FILE – In this March 15, 2017, file photo, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang speaks at a press conference after the closing session of the National People’s Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Li is due to arrive in the Australian capital Canberra on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, on a mission to expand bilateral ties as U.S. President Donald Trump proposes an “America First” overhaul of global trade. Li’s visit to Australia and New Zealand is the first by a Chinese premier in 11 years. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is due to arrive in the Australian capital Canberra on Wednesday on a mission to expand bilateral ties as …

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AP Top Stories March 22 A

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Here’s the latest for Wednesday, March 22nd: South Korea says North Korea launched failed missile; Trump plans trip to NATO conference; Oklahoma wildfire mostly contained; Gong Show host Chuck Barris dead. Subscribe for more Breaking News: http://smarturl.it/AssociatedPressGet updates and more Breaking News here: http://smarturl.it/APBreakingNews Find the 45th President of the United States Donald Trump’s latest press conferences, announcements, speeches and highlights here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list… The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats.AP’s commitment to independent, comprehensive journalism has deep roots. Founded in 1846, AP has covered all the major news events of the past 165 years, providing high-quality, informed reporting of everything from wars …

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New Moroccan prime minister revives hope for end to deadlock

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Morocco’s new Prime Minister Saadeddine Othmani arrives at a press conference at the headquarter of the Islamist Justice and Development Party, known as the PJD, in Rabat, Morocco, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Morocco’s king named Saadeddine Othmani on Friday, giving him the responsibility to form a new government. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Morocco’s new prime minister is determined to succeed where his predecessor failed, and swiftly began negotiations this week with rivals to build a government and end a crisis threatening the economy and Morocco’s reputation for stability. The nomination of Saadeddine El Othmani as prime minister, after a surprise political intervention by Moroccan King Mohammed VI, has revived hopes… Content Preview This content is exclusive for …

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Daniel Dennett’s Science of the Soul

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Four billion years ago, Earth was a lifeless place. Nothing struggled, thought, or wanted. Slowly, that changed. Seawater leached chemicals from rocks; near thermal vents, those chemicals jostled and combined. Some hit upon the trick of making copies of themselves that, in turn, made more copies. The replicating chains were caught in oily bubbles, which protected them and made replication easier; eventually, they began to venture out into the open sea. A new level of order had been achieved on Earth. Life had begun. The tree of life grew, its branches stretching toward complexity. Organisms developed systems, subsystems, and sub-subsystems, layered in ever-deepening regression. They used these systems to anticipate their future and to change it. When they looked within, …

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The Saga of Tom Brady’s Jersey

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The theft, and then recovery, of Tom Brady’s Super Bowl jersey was like a tale of Trumpian fan fiction.CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY AARON M. SPRECHER / AP On Monday morning, moments before James Comey, the director of the F.B.I., confirmed the existence of one of his agency’s investigations—the one into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia—news broke about the results of another one. The F.B.I. had helped track down the jersey worn by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during last month’s Super Bowl, in Houston, which had gone missing in the moments following the game and was valued at about half a million dollars. According to a statement from the N.F.L., the jersey had “been found in the possession …

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Uber’s board is confident with Travis Kalanick staying CEO

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Weeks after numerous issues have plagued Uber, the company’s board sees no immediate changes to take place at the top of its organization. During a conference call with the media on Tuesday, Uber board member Arianna Huffington expressed support for Travis Kalanick to remain at the helm of the on-demand ride sharing service. Questions have come up about his effectiveness as leader after multiple allegations of sexual harassment surfaced, along with video of Kalanick arguing with a driver, use of Greyballing to avoid authorities, and the departure of several executives including Uber’s president of ridesharing Jeff Jones. But in an effort to put any speculation to rest, Huffington said that “nothing has been addressed and we don’t think [Kalanick’s firing] …

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Cuomo: GOP’s Health Care Changes Potentially ‘Devastating’ To New York

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An outraged Gov. Andrew Cuomo Tuesday accused Republicans of punishing New Yorkers and potentially dealing a “devastating” blow to Long Island’s health care industry by pushing an amendment to President Donald Trump and the House Republicans’ health care repeal bill exclusively aimed at the Empire State. An angry Cuomo slammed House Republicans Tuesday after the provision to scrap Medicaid payments from county governments and shift the cost to the state was added to the beleaguered health bill as a way to sway unconvinced Republicans in Congress to support the bill. “The consequences will really be devastating to this state,” Cuomo said, adding that the amendment would cut $2.3 billion from Medicaid in upstate New York and on Long Island. New …

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Developmentally disabled adults face uncertainty as N.Y. changes Medicaid payments and deep federal cuts loom

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With elected officials and others arguing about the House Republican bill intended to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, some local residents who are dependent on Medicaid — and the nonprofit organization that serves them — are anxiously awaiting the outcome. Christine Barker and Alissa Slade are two residents of a group home for developmentally disabled adults operated by East End Disability Associates in Manorville. They rely on Medicaid for a lot more than doctor visits and prescription drugs. That’s because their housing, supervision and assistance, various therapies, job training — a wide range of services — are all largely paid for by Medicaid. “I rely on Medicaid for just about everything, I think,” said Slade, 23, who has …

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Doctors Remove Extra Legs, Spine from Infant

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An infant born with four legs and two spines is thriving and expected to live a normal life following surgery at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Illinois, doctors said at a press conference Tuesday. (March 21) Subscribe for more Breaking News: http://smarturl.it/AssociatedPressGet updates and more Breaking News here: http://smarturl.it/APBreakingNews The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats.AP’s commitment to independent, comprehensive journalism has deep roots. Founded in 1846, AP has covered all the major news events of the past 165 years, providing high-quality, informed reporting of everything from wars and elections to championship games and royal weddings. AP is the largest and most trusted …

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Uber offers more promises to fix its toxic culture, but the CEO is staying

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President Trump warns GOP to back health care reform; Dems blast Comey

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned House Republicans they could lose their seats in next year’s midterm elections if they failed to back the GOP health care overhaul and fulfill a long-promised goal to undo Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. In a rare trip to the Capitol, the president met behind closed doors with rank-and-file Republicans, some wavering on the legislation two days before a climactic vote. Top House Republicans unveiled revisions to their bill Monday night in hopes of nailing down support. Trump’s message to Republicans: “If you don’t pass the bill there could be political costs,” said Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C. The lawmaker said Trump said House GOP seats could be at risk if the bill …

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Ivanka Trump's Move To The White House Raises Questions About Ethics

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Enlarge this image Ivanka Trump arrives for a joint news conference between President Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the East Room of the White House earlier this month. Ethics experts say that Ivanka Trump’s dual role as a business owner and a West Wing staffer raises questions about conflicts of interest. Ivanka says she will comply voluntarily with ethics rules. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images When Donald Trump was elected president, his daughter Ivanka Trump said she would move to Washington, D.C., but not into a White House office. Since then, she has often been photographed in key White House meetings with foreign leaders and Cabinet members. Now she will have her own …

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3 female Uber leaders discuss sexual harassment investigation

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Uber today provided an update on its investigation into alleged sexual harassment and discriminatory practices at the company. “No woman should ever have to choose between her career and sexual harassment,” said Arianna Huffington, a director of the company, on a conference call with reporters. Liane Hornsey, chief human resources officer who has been at the company just 11 weeks, and Rachel Holt, head of U.S. and Canada, also participated in the call. Appointing three women to address this issue seems like calculated decision to send a strong message to the female rank and file at Uber. The only question is whether these efforts are too little too late. “We wanted to have the people responsible for making things happen on the …

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Game about Iran’s revolution nets first U.K. acting nomination for a Muslim actor

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) made a historic move this week: It nominated Navid Negahban for his acting performance in the video game 1979 Revolution: Black Friday. It makes the first time a Middle Eastern and Muslim actor has been nominated for the prestigious award. Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Ink Stories studio developed and published the PC and mobile narrative game about the Iranian Revolution in April 2016. It earned a number of kudos for director Navid Khonsari, who is also of Iranian descent. The BAFTA awards are the United Kingdom’s equivalent of the Oscars in the U.S. Negahban won the nomination for best actor for his role as Hajj Agha. Negahban is known for his role as Abu …

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Android O, Google’s Next OS, Is Coming to Save Your Phone’s Battery

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Apple gets all the attention, but Android remains the world’s biggest operating system. You find it everywhere, which means it absolutely must work on devices of every size, shape, and spec. Now that you can use Android apps on ChromeOS, that opens them up to gadgets with trackpads, keyboards, pens, and who knows what else. Android works in your car, on your TV, and on your face. All of which makes being an Android dev complicated, and gives Google a lot to consider as it works on upgrades. Google just released a few tidbits about the next version of Android, which arrives later this year and is known for now as Android O. (Not that I’m speculating, but Android Oreo? Android …

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Google launches Android O developer preview with background limits, notification channels, and Picture in Picture

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Google today launched the first Android O developer preview, available for download now at developer.android.com. The preview includes an updated SDK with system images for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, the official Android Emulator, and there’s even an emulator for testing Android Wear 2.0 on Android O. In the past, Google has unveiled the next Android version and released the accompanying developer preview at its I/O developer conference. That changed last year with the release of the first Android N developer preview in March 2016, along with the Android Beta Program, which lets you get early Android builds via over-their-air updates on Nexus devices. This year, Android O is getting previewed early like …

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James Comey under fire from Democrats after FBI probe revelation

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WASHINGTON — FBI Director James Comey’s testimony that the bureau has been quietly investigating possible links between associates of President Donald Trump and Russian officials since the summer enraged Democrats who already blamed him for rattling the 2016 campaign’s closing days. For the first time, Comey confirmed that the FBI had opened a probe into the Trump campaign in July, the same month he called an unusual news conference to announce the agency had finished its investigation into whether Hillary Clinton mishandled classified information – and three months before he scrambled the White House race a second time by announcing that the Clinton probe was continuing, just days before the election. The revelation drew the ire of Clinton supporters who …

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West Hempstead Rape, Kidnapping Suspect Arrested

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A suspect was arrested Monday for allegedly kidnapping and raping a 21-year-old woman at gunpoint in West Hempstead three months ago, Nassau County police said. Levar Burton was charged with kidnapping, first-degree rape and sexual abuse. The 24-year-old Amityville man was also charged last week with robbery and sexual abuse stemming from a case in Great Neck earlier this month. And now investigators are asking any other potential victims that might have been targeted by the suspect to come forward. “This individual is misguided,” Det. Lt. Richard LeBrun, a Nassau police spokesman, told reporters during a news conference Tuesday at police headquarters. “His actions are reprehensible.” Police alleged that Burton was masked and armed with a handgun when he approached …

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At Trump's D.C. Hotel, A U.S.-Turkey Relations Conference Stirs Up Ethics Questions

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Enlarge this image The annual conference has taken place in recent years at Washington’s Ritz-Carlton hotel, but is scheduled this May for the Trump International Hotel. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption toggle caption Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP This spring, the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., will host a three-day event co-hosted by a business group. That’s not unusual. But here’s what is: The group’s chair founded the company that paid President Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, for lobbying work that may have benefited the Turkish government. This mashup of money involving Turks, Flynn and Trump has concerned ethics experts who worry about a “pay-to-play” atmosphere in Washington. Here are the basics: What: The 36th Annual Conference on U.S.-Turkey …

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Azure and Adobe announce joint cloud offerings

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Microsoft has announced the first set of cloud services to be offered in partnership with Adobe. The services will be unveiled at the Adobe Summit in Las Vegas today and are available immediately. The new cloud services include the integration of Adobe Campaign and Microsoft Dynamics 365, which will allow companies to combine customer input for marketing initiatives. Further marketing data will be available to clients with the combination of Adobe Analytics with Microsoft Power BI, which will create a gateway for an enterprise to visualize the impact of marketing and advertising campaigns to better measure their effectiveness. Also, the partnership between the two companies will make Adobe Experience Manager available through the Azure cloud platform, increasing the effectiveness of brand …

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Game academy opens submissions for video game scholarships

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The AIAS Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), has opened submissions for all three of its annual scholarship programs benefiting students pursuing a dream career in the video games industry. The Randy Pausch, Mark Beaumont and WomenIn Scholarships give talented students in game design, production or business a chance to understand what the industry is like. The scholarships are awarded to those who aspire to make a mark on the games industry through their dedication, passion and interest in pushing forward the medium of interactive entertainment. I met some of the scholars at the recent DICE Summit in Las Vegas, and they were a bright bunch that were thrilled to hobnob with some …

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Innovation competition produces new educational apps to help Syrian refugee children

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An international consortium of humanitarian aid groups have announced the winners of a competition to develop educational apps for Syrian children displaced by that country’s brutal civil war. The two winners were Feed the Monster and Antura & The Letters, games that are designed to help improve the literacy skills of the estimated 2.5 million Syrian children who are now without schools. The two were chosen as part of EduApp4Syria, a $1.7 million competition that was developed as a partnership between Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Australian government. The competition, including the development process and judging, was overseen by Alf Inge Wang, a game developer and a professor in the department of computer science at the Norwegian University …

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Venezuela's troubles put US heating oil charity in limbo

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FILE – In this Jan. 7, 2009 file photo, Joseph P. Kennedy II, Citizens Energy Corporation Chairman and President speaks during a news conference in Boston where he announced that Citgo ended the suspension of its free heating oil program for the poor, crediting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez for his intervention to help keep the program going. Amid continuing economic turmoil, Venezuela skipped heating oil contributions to the Massachusetts-based nonprofit program during the winter of 2016-2017. (AP Photo/Bizuayehu Tesfaye, File) (Credit: AP) Venezuela’s economic turmoil has placed in limbo that country’s participation in a free heating oil program run by a Massachusetts-based nonprofit that has helped hundreds of thousands of people, signaling that the program may be kaput. This marks …

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Walmart is bringing a tech incubator to Silicon Valley

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Walmart wants to drastically speed up its development of retail tech. To do that, the discount retailer announced on Monday it was launching Store No 8, an innovation cluster whose entrepreneurs will be free from the diktats of its Bentonville, Arkansas headquarters and Wall Street’s short attention span, to develop the retail tech Walmart needs in order to modernize over the next five to ten years. And, more crucially, the tech is aimed at helping it fight back against rivals like Amazon.com. Store No 8 will be located in Silicon Valley and will house startups wholly owned by Walmart but run independently. It’s the latest manifestation of the new, dynamic culture Walmart is looking to instill into its e-commerce strategy …

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Inside the Hunt for Russia’s Most Notorious Hacker

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Craig’s first major break in the case came in September 2009. With the help of some industry experts, he identified a New York–based server that seemed to play some sort of role in the Zeus network. He obtained a search warrant, and an FBI forensics team copied the server’s data onto a hard drive, then overnighted it to Nebraska. When an engineer in Omaha examined the results, he sat in awe for a moment. The hard drive contained tens of thousands of lines of instant message chat logs in Russian and Ukrainian. Looking over at Craig, the engineer said: “You have their Jabber server.” This was the gang’s whole digital operation—a road map to the entire case. The cybersecurity firm …

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5 bots to try this week: Resistbot, SXSW, Rock Paper Scissors, MovieBot, and MojiHunt

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If you’re fired up about politics — say the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, or President Donald Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns — and wish to make your voice heard, well a message to Congress is just an SMS away. Resistbot, which debuts this week on 5 bots to try, can route text messages to your U.S. Senators. To good to be true? The company says “We’e confirmed that Resistbot messages are received and read by actual Congressional staffers.” U.S. Representatives are next! Here are the five most popular bots this past week, as they appear on Botlist. Give them a try and let us know what you think. 5. MojiHunt Blast emojis, feed pandas, kill aliens, eat mushrooms, …

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James Comey’s Remarkable Five Hours on Capitol Hill

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Washington hasn’t seen the likes of the F.B.I. director James Comey’s hearing before the House Intelligence Committee in many a day—if, indeed, there has ever been anything like it. CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY MARK PETERSON / REDUX / THE NEW YORKER Just before 3:20 on Monday afternoon, Devin Nunes, the Republican head of the House Intelligence Committee, asked James Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who was testifying before the committee on his agency’s investigation into Russian interference in last year’s Presidential election, a last set of questions. Earlier in the hearing, Nunes, seemingly taking his lead from series of early–morning tweets by President Trump, had focussed his questions on the leaks of classified information that have plagued the Administration since …

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The emerging business strategies for monetizing virtual reality

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A lot of people love the experience of virtual reality, but not many have figured out the business side of it. The fledgling medium for games, entertainment, and many other applications has sprouted a lot of startups, but not much revenues yet. But where there’s investment, there’s likely to be profits. Or so the VR believers say. We explored how to make money in VR in a panel at the recent Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Nelson Rodriguez, director of games industry marketing at Akamai, moderated the panel. The panelists included Dean Takahashi, lead writer for GamesBeat at VentureBeat (yes, me); Mihir Shah, CEO of Immersv, a mobile VR advertising network; and Arnaud Dazin, cofounder of ADVR. Here’s an …

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Reality Check: New Equality Measure Targets Gender Bias in Ads and Media

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Association of National Advertisers Shares #SeeHer GEM™ (Gender Equality Measure) Methodology with Advertising Research Community 17,000-plus ads have been evaluated using GEM™ to assess realistic and accurate portrayal of girls and women in advertising and media GEM™ brings equality into established pre- and post-testing equation NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 20, 2017– Gender bias is bad for business. Research proves that ads and entertainment in which women and girls are accurately portrayed generate significantly more awareness, recall, and purchase intent than ads in which they are not. Now the Association of National Advertisers’ Alliance for Family Entertainment (ANA AFE) has given the industry a potent, new, data-driven methodology to identify – and eliminate – gender bias. This Smart News Release features multimedia. …

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IBM launches a cold storage service 5 years after AWS

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At its Interconnect conference in Las Vegas today, IBM announced the launch of IBM Cloud Object Storage Cold Vault, a service for storing data that only needs to be served up occasionally. The service is available now. A cold storage service with “pay as you use” pricing, called IBM Cloud Object Storage Flex, will become available in the second quarter of this year, IBM said in a statement. The thing is, these services are becoming available nearly five years after the biggest public cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS), introduced a cold storage service. Amazon Glacier arrived in August 2012. The No. 2 public cloud, Microsoft Azure, added a Cool Blob storage option last year. Google, who operates the No. 3 …

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Freeport officials hope senior facility will help with housing crunch, provide jobs

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FREEPORT, Long Island (WABC) — A $60 million redevelopment plan is in the works to help one area of Long Island deal with a housing crunch while also putting people to work. It is part of the Village of Freeport’s continued effort to revitalize the Sunrise Highway Corridor, and the latest step involves a building vacant since the 1980s that will eventually house 250 luxury apartment units for people 55 and over. The building is located at the intersection of Grove Street and Sunrise Highway, and it will include a fitness center and retail shops on the lower level. The builder hasn’t decided whether to keep the existing structure or knock it down to start from scratch. The project fulfills …

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Jeff Bezos looks a little too happy piloting a giant mechanical robot

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Senate hearings get underway on Trump pick of Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thirteen months after Antonin Scalia’s death created a vacancy on the Supreme Court, hearings get underway on President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace him. Judge Neil Gorsuch, 49, is a respected, highly credentialed and conservative member of the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. His nomination has been cheered by Republicans and praised by some left-leaning legal scholars, and Democrats head into the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Monday divided over how hard to fight him. The nomination has been surprisingly low-key thus far in a Capitol distracted by Trump-driven controversies over wiretapping and Russian spying as well as attempts to pass a divisive health care bill. That will change this week as the hearings give …

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New 'Basic Economy' Airfares May Not Be As Cheap As You Think

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Enlarge this image Passengers check in for flights with United Airlines at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. United, American and Delta now offer no-frills “basic economy” fares. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Scott Olson/Getty Images The big three U.S. airlines — American, Delta and United — are all taking on the discount carriers by offering no-frills, discounted fares, called “basic economy.” Some critics call it “misery class” because you’ll board last, sit in a middle seat near the back of the plane, and on United and American, you can’t bring a carry-on bag. Now there is evidence that this lower class of fare is not any lower priced, but instead is a way to raise standard economy fares. In …

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Can Chuck Schumer Check Donald Trump?

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Seen as a pragmatist, Schumer hopes to reclaim populism for the Democrats.CreditIllustration by Barry Blitt On a morning not long after Michael Flynn, having lied about conversations with the Russian Ambassador, was forced to step down as national-security adviser, but before Jeff Sessions, having lied about conversations with the Russian Ambassador, was forced to recuse himself from any Justice Department investigation involving the Trump campaign, Chuck Schumer rose from his desk on the floor of the United States Senate to reflect on the state of the union. “We are in a moment of profound unease about the stability of the executive branch of our government,” he began. “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. “I’ve been in Congress a …

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Ryan: More help for older people needed in GOP health bill

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FILE – In this March 8, 2017, file photo, House Paul Ryan, of Wis., speaks during a news conference at Republican National Committee Headquarters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Ryan said he will seek changes to a divisive GOP health care bill to provide more help to older people hard hit by the plan. A Congressional Budget Office analysis concluded that older people would likely pay higher premiums under the proposal to repeal and replace Barack Obama’s health care law. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Days before a pivotal vote, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Sunday he will seek changes to a GOP health care bill to provide more help to older people. The new willingness …

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Stop all the ‘hype’ talk. We’ve only scratched the surface with blockchain

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Recently, there’s been a lot of talk about blockchain being all hype. From institutions like the University of Pennsylvania to tech-focused investment conferences, the blockchain discussion has begun to veer into what is starting to sound like an apology from the industry about what blockchain hasn’t yet achieved. Instead of trying to use the game-changing technology in new ways, it seems like blockchain specialists are starting to cower under the weight of high expectations and attempting to backtrack on promises of far-reaching possibilities. I heard someone who runs a blockchain company say at a recent conference that everyone is too fascinated with blockchain, that it’s just a way to track financial transactions. Now, I understand the general sentiment of overhype …

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How Parkopedia became a parking data powerhouse

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“It didn’t take a genius to realize that if I couldn’t find any useful online information for finding parking in San Francisco, then drivers in Paris, Shanghai, and thousands of other cities around the globe were probably also struggling with the exact same problem,” explained Eugene Tsyrklevich, founder and CEO of London-based parking platform Parkopedia, in an interview with VentureBeat. It was way back in 2007, during the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco, that Tsyrklevich tried to find a place to park his rental car before his arrival at the event. But after Googling for reliable parking information for the Moscone Center, he came up blank. So he left home earlier than should otherwise have been necessary and circled the block several times …

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German cybersecurity watchdog raises attack alert level

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(Reuters) – Germany has raised its alert level against cyber attacks to “heightened readiness” ahead of parliamentary elections, saying government websites are already subjected to daily assault, newspaper Welt am Sonntag said. “We are noticing attacks against government networks on a daily basis,” Arne Schoenbohm, president of Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), told the paper. BSI is in close contact with election officials, political parties and German Federal States to discuss how to guard against cyberattacks and stands ready to react to potential attacks ahead of the elections, Schoenbohm said. The newspaper did not give details of the number and types of alert levels but said the level has been raised since cyberattacks interfered in U.S. Presidential elections. …

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MacroSolve: Donald Trump Jr.’s favorite patent enforcer

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Enlarge / Donald Trump’s sons, Donald Trump Jr. (L) and Eric Trump, walk in Trump Tower on November 14, 2016 in New York City. They will be in charge of the Trump Organization’s myriad businesses while Donald Trump is president. Getty Images reader comments 77 Share this story Before President Donald Trump took the oath of office in January, he handed off management of the Trump Organization’s business interests to his two eldest sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump. The family-owned company has been in various lines of business over the years—most famously, there are hotels, casinos, and golf resorts, some owned and others licensed. Ties, steaks, and a controversial seminar business have also borne the Trump name. But Donald Trump Jr. has …

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Tech’s political impact? “14 people watch me on C-SPAN… 1M on Facebook”

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Enlarge / Last year at this time, Cory Booker spoke at the conservative AEI conference. This year, he felt compelled to talk some tech. Nathan Mattise reader comments 99 Share this story Ars at SXSW 2017 Documentary reveals how a troubled Bill Nye tries to save the world The design philosophies behind some of our favorite movie aliens The Kim Dotcom film: How to avoid a trial for 5 years and counting The CIA uses board games to train officers—and I got to play them Stranger Things wanted its music to be “something people talked about” View more stories AUSTIN, Texas—Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) may not generate the same attention as our current tweeter-in-chief, but he embraces social media just as much. When serving …

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At Mnuchin's First Big Meeting, G20 Shies From Endorsing Free Trade

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Enlarge this image U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, right, and German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, left, address the media during a joint press conference in Berlin, Germany, on Thursday in advance of the weekend’s G20 summit. Michael Sohn/AP hide caption toggle caption Michael Sohn/AP At this weekend’s gathering of the Group of 20, the world’s 20 largest economies, the group took a step back from its typically overt pro-free trade agenda, in the wake of pushback from the United States. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen represented the U.S. in two days of meetings with their counterparts from the world’s 20 largest economies in Baden-Baden, Germany. “We are working to strengthen the contribution of trade to …

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What we can learn about the future of meetings from Google

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I process meeting requests all day, especially on Fridays (my day for holding a few phone briefings and meeting with some volunteers at a local college). You would think we would have figured out how to improve the process by now, ever since my corporate career ended around 2001. Back then, I sat through countless meetings every day…all day long. You can feel sorry for me now. My “other” full-time job at the time was adjusting my schedule. It was often difficult to know who was actually available and in the office, even if Outlook gave me a few clues. No one had invented a sensor for tracking the boss. These days, a few apps help somewhat, but they “live” …

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WebVR isn’t sexy, but it will change the game for VR this year

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Events have taken a dramatic turn since I published an article last September on how WebVR, the JavaScript API that allows immersive VR experiences to be played straight from your web browser, will make virtual reality massively available. Back then the only big player that was generating some appreciable degree of buzz was the pioneer itself, Mozilla, with their WebVR open source library, A-Frame. But in the past several months news began to roll out from the likes of Google, Samsung, Microsoft, and Oculus, each giant announcing advances in powering up their browsers with WebVR. “We are now capable of creating VR content that is available on the most widespread medium in existence by simply sharing a URL,” Diego Gonzalez, …

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Two Bit Circus combines VR and motion simulator to make you feel vertigo on a skyscraper

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Two Bit Circus showed off a demo that conveyed just how real you could make virtual reality feel. Staged at the Experiential Technology Conference, the demo consisted of a motion platform that could shake under your feet and an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. The demo made you feel like you were going up the side of a skyscraper in a window-washing platform. You stepped on the platform and put on the headset. There was a rail behind you that you could hold onto, and a gate in front of you. As I went up the side of the building, I peered over the rail, looking down on the ground. I must have gone up 40 floors. Then the platform …

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Can AI stamp out fake news?

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During the recent U.S. Presidential election, it became clear that both the left and right were using the Internet and social media to disseminate false information using a new form of insidious propaganda: “fake news.” Nearly in real-time and at little cost to the campaigns, organizations and individuals were able to post fake news stories on news sites, social media, and blogs that looked and felt legitimate. Millions of people saw these stories and may have been influenced by what they read. As President Barack Obama stated in a joint press conference with German Chancellor Merkel: “If we are not serious about facts and what’s true and what’s not — and particularly in an age of social media where so many people are …

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What kind of experience should virtual reality deliver?

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Virtual reality is in its infancy, and we’re still trying to figure out what kind of experience it can deliver for the masses, at an affordable price. So we assembled some people who are thinking about this every day, as they try to figure out the next few decades of this new medium. I moderated a panel on “Virtual Reality Entertainment Experiences” at the close of the Experiential Technology Conference this week in San Francisco. The event, organized by Zack Lynch, was all about how digital technology and neuroscience are coming together to improve human life. Our panel included Margaret Wallace, CEO of Playmatics; Theresa Duringer, cofounder of Temple Gates Games; Noah Falstein, chief game designer at Google; and Shiraz …

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Blackstorm Labs seizes the HTML5 instant games opportunity

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Facebook opened up a new gaming platform with Instant Games for Messenger in November. And Blackstorm Labs seized the chance to launch its own HTML5-based title called EverWing. The creators of Instant Games hope that it will bring virality back to the social mobile games business and create a chance for breakout hits on messenger platforms. Those hits can spread on social, bypassing the app stores. “We call ourselves the post-app store company,” said Ernestine Fu, cofounder of Blackstorm, in an interview with GamesBeat at the recent Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. “There’s a change in how software developers are creating apps and how consumers are consuming. You don’t have to develop an iOS or Android app to just …

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Pols: Brookhaven National Lab Possible Victim of Trump Budget Cuts

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Long Island’s premier scientific research center could lose millions in federal aid under President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, lawmakers warned Friday. U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer held a press conference at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) in Upton in which he raised concern over the potential loss of funds as part of Trump’s proposed $900 million cut to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. The lab, which falls under the purview of the Energy Department, employs close to 3,000 people, many of them decorated scientists. BNL in recent years has received more than $540 million in federal funds from the various agencies that support scientific research, including the Energy Department’s Office of Science. “This major Department of Energy …

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Peer Into the Post-Apocalyptic Future of Antimicrobial Resistance

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About 4 million years ago, a cave was forming in the Delaware Basin of what is now Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico. From that time on, Lechuguilla Cave remained untouched by humans or animals until its discovery in 1986—an isolated, pristine primeval ecosystem. When the bacteria found on the walls of Lechuguilla were analyzed, many of the microbes were determined not only to have resistance to natural antibiotics like penicillin, but also to synthetic antibiotics that did not exist on earth until the second half of the twentieth century. As infectious disease specialist Brad Spellberg put it in the New England Journal of Medicine, “These results underscore a critical reality: antibiotic resistance already exists, widely disseminated in nature, …

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Trump supports NATO as long as allies pay their fair share

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Published on Mar 17, 2017 President Trump urged NATO countries to contribute their share of defense spending during a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel Category License Standard YouTube License

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Tillerson: Pre-emptive force an option with NKorea

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, looks on South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se during a press conference in Seoul Friday, March 17, 2017. Tillerson visited the world’s most heavily armed border, greeting U.S. soldiers on guard near the tense buffer zone between rivals North and South Korea.(Jung Yeon-Je/Pool Photo via AP) (Credit: AP) (AP) — The United States signaled a tougher strategy toward North Korea on Friday that leaves open the possibility of pre-emptive military action and rejects talks with the communist nation until it gives up its weapons of mass destruction. “Let me be very clear: the policy of strategic patience has ended,” said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. “We are exploring a new range of diplomatic,… …

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The Scrolls from the Dead Sea

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Gerald Lankester Harding sorts fragments of manuscript in the Palestine Archaeological Museum at Jerusalem, 1953.CreditPhotograph by Ronald Startup / Stringer / Getty At some point rather early in the spring of 1947, a Bedouin boy called Muhammed the Wolf was minding some goats near a cliff on the western shore of the Dead Sea. Climbing up after one that had strayed, he noticed a cave that he had not seen before, and he idly threw a stone into it. There was an unfamiliar sound of breakage. The boy was frightened and ran away. But he later came back with another boy, and together they explored the cave. Inside were several tall clay jars, among fragments of other jars. They took …

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President Trump hosts Angela Merkel, holds joint press conference

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President Trump hosted German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House for a roundtable meeting and press conference on Friday, after having spent much of his 2016 campaign bashing her. It was the first meeting between the German leader and the new president. Watch the full press conference. Subscribe to the “CBSN” Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1Re2MgSWatch “CBSN” live HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1PlLpZ7Follow “CBSN” on Instagram HERE: http://bit.ly/1PO0dkxLike “CBSN” on Facebook HERE: http://on.fb.me/1o3Deb4Follow “CBSN” on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1V4qhIu Get the latest news and best in original reporting from CBS News delivered to your inbox. Subscribe to newsletters HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1RqHw7T Get your news on the go! Download CBS News mobile apps HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1Xb1WC8 Get new episodes of shows you love across devices the next day, …

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Trump OKs changes in GOP health care bill, winning support

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Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, joined by, from left, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., chair of the Republican Conference, Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., and Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, March, 17, 2017, as House Republicans push for unity in advancing the GOP’s “Obamacare” replacement bill. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (Credit: AP) (AP) — President Donald Trump agreed to add fresh Medicaid curbs to the House Republican health care bill Friday, bolstering the measure with support from some conservative lawmakers but leaving its prospects wobbly. House leaders discussed other amendments calibrated to round up votes and scheduled a showdown vote for Thursday. “I just want to let the world …

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Column: IOC must consider serious reforms to save Olympics

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International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach speaks during a press conference in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, March 17, 2017. The IOC has moved closer toward picking both Los Angeles and Paris to host a Summer Games in an unprecedented double vote this year. Bach has repeatedly hinted at picking both LA and Paris by awarding both the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games hosting rights at the IOC Session on Sept. 13. (Yoo Hyung-jae/Yonhap via AP) (Credit: AP) And the winner is … Paris! Oh, and also … Los Angeles! The International Olympic Committee, no stranger to embarrassing predicaments, has devised an unprecedented strategy to avoid — or, at least, put off — the indignity of having an empty queue of …

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Trump, Merkel Declare Commitment to NATO

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Speaking at a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Donald Trump expressed “strong support” for NATO but insisted allies “must pay what they owe.” Merkel pledged that Germany will increase its own payments. (March 17) Subscribe for more Breaking News: http://smarturl.it/AssociatedPressGet updates and more Breaking News here: http://smarturl.it/APBreakingNews Find the 45th President of the United States Donald Trump’s latest press conferences, announcements, speeches and highlights here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list… The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats.AP’s commitment to independent, comprehensive journalism has deep roots. Founded in 1846, AP has covered all the major news events of the past 165 years, providing high-quality, …

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Trump Defends 'America First' Agenda

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President Donald Trump defended his “America First” policy during a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday. Trump bristled at a German reporter’s question implying that he is an isolationist. (March 17) Subscribe for more Breaking News: http://smarturl.it/AssociatedPressGet updates and more Breaking News here: http://smarturl.it/APBreakingNews Find the 45th President of the United States Donald Trump’s latest press conferences, announcements, speeches and highlights here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list… The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats.AP’s commitment to independent, comprehensive journalism has deep roots. Founded in 1846, AP has covered all the major news events of the past 165 years, providing high-quality, informed reporting of …

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After First Face-To-Face Meeting, Trump And Merkel Address Media

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Enlarge this image President Donald Trump looks on as German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the media at a joint news conference Friday at the White House. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Updated at 1:15 p.m. ET Like any diplomatic visit worth its salt, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s first personal meeting with President Trump since he took office was punctuated by the flash and snap of cameras. The two leaders sat side by side for photographers in the Oval Office after Merkel arrived Friday, smiling despite months of unease between the two longtime allies. Naturally, though, the photo op isn’t the only order of business between Trump and Merkel, who are capping their meeting with a …

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Trump meets with German Chancellor, predicts quick passage of health care plan

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday predicted that a new health care law would be passed by a substantial margin and “pretty quickly,” expressing optimism for his top legislative priority during his first news conference alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Trump reiterated his contention that majority Republicans will win passage of a troubled health care bill that would repeal and replace the sweeping health care law signed by former President Barack Obama. His comments came with the bill’s future uncertain as party leaders push to gain enough support to pass it through the House next week. “It’s going to be passed I believe substantially pretty quickly. It’s coming together pretty quickly,” Trump said as Merkel stood by. The health …

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The Reclusive Hedge-Fund Tycoon Behind the Trump Presidency

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Last month, when President Donald Trump toured a Boeing aircraft plant in North Charleston, South Carolina, he saw a familiar face in the crowd that greeted him: Patrick Caddell, a former Democratic political operative and pollster who, for forty-five years, has been prodding insurgent Presidential candidates to attack the Washington establishment. Caddell, who lives in Charleston, is perhaps best known for helping Jimmy Carter win the 1976 Presidential race. He is also remembered for having collaborated with his friend Warren Beatty on the 1998 satire “Bulworth.” In that film, a kamikaze candidate abandons the usual talking points and excoriates both the major political parties and the media; voters love his unconventionality, and he becomes improbably popular. If the plot sounds …

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Here is the worst day to fly this summer, according to air travel site data

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If you’re planning your summer travel, there’s one day you’ll especially want to avoid flying. July 9 has been named the most expensive day to fly between June 1 and September 30 by air travel site CheapAir.com. That’s because it’s the Sunday after the July 4 holiday. Sundays are often the most expensive day of the week to fly, explained CheapAir CEO Jeff Klee. “Leisure travelers who want to squeeze every last minute out of their summer vacations often choose Sunday afternoon and evening return flights,” he told ABC News. “Business travelers who need to be able to report for work or a conference on Monday morning will often choose to come in the day before.” The average flight that …

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The DeanBeat: Experiential Technology event shows how far VR has to go

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I attended the Experiential Technology Conference (XTech) in San Francisco this week to hear talks about creating virtual experiences that truly immerse you in another world. It showed me that virtual reality has only scratched the surface. I liked the event, curated by Zack Lynch of Jazz Venture Partners, because it reminded me of the long view of VR and how much of a role that research and development still has to play in it. VR has made our eyes feel like we’ve gone to someplace else, but that’s only one of our senses. We have 3D sound as well, but we need more than that to achieve real immersion, said Tal Blevins, head of media at UploadVR, in a …

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WATCH LIVE: After First Face-To-Face Meeting, Trump And Merkel Address Media

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[embedded content] YouTube Updated at 1:15 p.m. ET Like any diplomatic visit worth its salt, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s first personal meeting with President Trump since he took office was punctuated by the flash and snap of cameras. The two leaders sat side by side for photographers in the Oval Office after Merkel arrived Friday, smiling despite months of unease between the two longtime allies. Naturally, though, the photo op isn’t the only order of business between Trump and Merkel, who are capping their meeting with a joint news conference. And “business” is a fitting word, for Merkel didn’t make her visit alone. She embarked on her trans-Atlantic trip with some notable companions: top executives at BMW, Siemens and the …

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Donald Trump's campaign insults complicate Merkel's visit

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WASHINGTON — If President Donald Trump wanted a close working relationship with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, he had a funny way of showing it during his presidential campaign. Trump, who will welcome Merkel to the White House on Friday, spent much of 2016 bashing the chancellor, accusing her of “ruining” Germany for allowing an influx of refugees from Syria. “You watch what happens to Angela Merkel, who I always thought of as a very good leader until she did this. I don’t know what went wrong with her,” said then-candidate Trump at an August rally in Virginia. “What went wrong? Angela, what happened?” Trump may not ask the same question directly to Merkel as the leaders of the Western world’s …

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Smart, self-driving car unveiled at South by Southwest

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South by Southwest, the digital, music and film conference in Austin, Texas, this year showcased smart cars and attire as well as technology in the age of Donald Trump and the need for social conscience as well as social media. The conference, known as SXSW for short, has turned into a far-reaching tech festival attracting visitors and companies from around the nation, including Long Island. And it has turned into a window on the future. The digital and interactive festival portion, which opened last Saturday and continues through this Sunday, is followed by the musical festival. Twitter, which has turned into President Donald Trump’s podium and preferred means of communication, launched at this conference. While many start-ups and launches presented their …

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Merger of Suffolk County National Bank with People’s United approved by Federal Reserve Board; deal cleared to close

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The approval of the merger of Suffolk Bancorp with People’s United Financial was announced yesterday by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. The Fed board approved the merger in a unanimous vote Monday in an order that took effect yesterday. Under the board’s order the merger may not be consummated before the 15th calendar day after the March 16 effective date of the order and no later than three months after the effective date. The Federal Reserve Board’s approval was the last regulatory hurdle the Bridgeport, Connecticut-based bank had to clear in its bid to acquire Suffolk Bancorp, the parent company of Suffolk County National Bank. The Office of Comptroller of the Currency approved the merger application on Feb. 2. …

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VW sales dip as demand weakens in western Europe, China

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Volkswagen cars are lifted inside a delivery tower of the company in Wolfsburg, Germany, Tuesday, March 14, 2017. The CEO of German automaker Volkswagen says the United States remains a “core market” for the company despite its diesel emissions scandal and has underlined that it hopes to expand there. Matthias Mueller made the comments Tuesday at the company’s annual news and investor conference at its headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany. (Rainer Jensen/dpa via AP) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Volkswagen says its global deliveries were down 0.9 percent in February compared with a year earlier as lower sales in China and western Europe outweighed improved performances in the continent’s east and the United States. The Volkswagen Group, which includes brands such as …

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Israeli tech firms revving up engines for self-driving cars

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In this Tuesday, 14 March 2017 photo, from left: co-founder and CTO of Mobileye Prof. Amnon Shashua, Israeli Economy Minister Eli Cohen, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich and the co-founder and CTO of Mobileye, Ziv Aviram, attend a press conference at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem.As the world moves toward an era of self-driving cars, Israel is positioning itself to be the Detroit of the future. The country has emerged as a global leader in the fast-growing field of driverless cars, as illustrated by Intel’s $15 billion acquisition of Israeli firm Mobileye this week. (AP Photo/Olivier Fitoussi) ***ISRAEL OUT*** (Credit: AP) (AP) — As the world moves toward an era of self-driving cars, Israel is …