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November 24, 2020
November 24, 2020
New data shows 28% rise in child COVID-19 cases in last two weeks

New data shows an uptick in COVID-19 cases among children as health experts warn the public not to travel for the holidays. The American Academy of Pediatrics reported Monday there’s been 144,145 new cases of coronavirus in children from Nov. 12 to 19. Nearly 1.2 million children have tested positive for the virus as of […]

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November 24, 2020
Dying Alabama man ready to ‘meet his maker’ confesses to 1995 cold case murder: cops

An Alabama man diagnosed with terminal lung cancer confessed Wednesday to killing another man 25 years ago, solving a cold case murder that had "nothing else to follow up on," according to authorities. Johnny Dwight Whited, 53, of Trinity, called the Decatur Police Department wanting to confess to the murder, telling police he wished to "lift […]

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November 24, 2020
Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins dead at 93

David Dinkins, who served as New York City's first and only Black mayor during the 1990s, has died at 93. Dinkins' health aide found him unresponsive in his Lenox Hill apartment Monday night, the New York Post reported. The NYPD confrimed the report. He died just over a month after his wife, Joyce Dinkins, passed away […]

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November 24, 2020
Florida rapper accused of fatally two men inside recording studio

A well-known Florida rapper was charged on Saturday with murdering two men inside a recording studio after he finished making music, police said. Billy Bennett Adams III, 23, known as the musician ACE NH, is accused of fatally shooting the men last Thursday night in the makeshift studio in a shed behind a home in […]

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November 24, 2020
NYC to levy 15K fine against Brooklyn synagogue that held illegal wedding

That “mazel cough” will cost a lot! City Hall will levy a $15,000 fine against the Brooklyn synagogue that broke social distancing regulations by hosting thousands at a clandestine wedding for the grandson of a top religious official in the Hasidic community, Mayor Bill de Blasio said late Monday. Hizzoner announced the fine and summons […]

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November 24, 2020
My Name Is GPT-3 and I Approved This Article

This summer, an artificial intelligence lab in San Francisco called OpenAI unveiled a technology several months in the making. This new system, GPT-3, had spent those months learning the ins and outs of natural language by analyzing thousands of digital books, the length and breadth of Wikipedia, and nearly a trillion words posted to blogs, […]

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November 24, 2020
When A.I. Falls in Love

GPT-3, the latest incarnation of artificially intelligent natural-language systems, knows how to write — and write and write and write. For a taste of what it can (and cannot) do, here are three examples of its verbosity. In each case, we gave the system a short prompt (in italics) and let it roll. First we […]

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November 24, 2020
Apple security chief accused of trying to bribe sheriff’s office

Apple’s head of global security was indicted on Monday for allegedly trying to bribe a California sheriff’s office with the promise of 200 iPads in exchange for concealed-weapon permits for company employees. In addition to Thomas Moyer, 50, the tech-giant’s chief security officer, two officers with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office were also charged […]

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November 24, 2020
How Archaeologists Are Using Deep Learning to Dig Deeper

Finding the tomb of an ancient king full of golden artifacts, weapons and elaborate clothing seems like any archaeologist’s fantasy. But searching for them, Gino Caspari can tell you, is incredibly tedious. Dr. Caspari, a research archaeologist with the Swiss National Science Foundation, studies the ancient Scythians, a nomadic culture whose horse-riding warriors terrorized the […]

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November 24, 2020
Qantas Airlines to Make Coronavirus Vaccination Mandatory for International Travel

"We are looking at changing our terms and conditions to say for international travellers, that we will ask people to have a vaccination before they can get on the aircraft," CEO Alan Joyce said in a Monday interview with Channel 9's A Current Affair. On the prospect of whether the vaccination would be required for […]

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November 24, 2020
NYC sees six-hour lines for COVID-19 testing ahead of Thanksgiving

Lines for COVID-19 tests in Manhattan stretched for more than six hours Monday, as New Yorkers rushed to get checked ahead of Thanksgiving. Outside a CityMD clinic on East 86th Street in the Upper East Side, the line stretched for three blocks, down First Avenue and onto East 85th Street, by early afternoon. CORONAVIRUS: WHAT […]

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November 24, 2020
Ex-Police Officer Charged With Manslaughter in 2017 Killing of Suspect

A former rookie police officer in San Francisco was charged with manslaughter on Monday, nearly three years after he fatally shot an unarmed carjacking suspect, the authorities said. The ex-officer, Christopher Samayoa, who was on his fourth day of field training after graduating from the police academy, shot and killed Keita O'Neil, 42, on Dec. […]

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November 24, 2020
Ex-Texas teacher gets 20 years for sexually assaulting teen couple

A former Texas teacher was sentenced to 20 years in the slammer after admitting to sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy and his 13-year-old girlfriend. Leticia Lowery, 40, pled guilty last week to charges of second-degree sexual assault of a child and first-degree sexual performance by a child, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office. […]

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November 24, 2020
Long lines at new Colorado In-N-Out spark wild pantless fight

These customers can’t wait for their double-doubles. The enthusiasm at one of Colorado’s new In-N-Out burger locations sparked a pantless fight amid a 14-hour wait for the popular grub. The wild scene unfolded in Aurora on Friday — one of two Colorado cities to open outposts of the California-based burger chain that day. In a video […]

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November 24, 2020
MRI Reveals Joe Burrow Injury Worse Than Originally Thought

ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter tweeted that an MRI of Burrow’s knee revealed “more damage than anticipated:” “Burrow will have reconstructive surgery, and it’s unclear whether he’ll be ready to go in nine months when the 2021 regular season is getting started,” Pro Football Talk reports. Schefter later reported that the recovery timeline for a […]

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November 24, 2020
GSA Chief Emily Murphy Details Threats to Her Life, Family, Pets

Earlier Monday, President Donald Trump tweeted that he had told Murphy to move ahead with plans for a transition, though he reiterated that he believed he would prevail in his legal challenges to the results of the election in several key states. In a letter to Biden notifying him that the GSA would make federal […]

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November 24, 2020
Biden Nominates Alejandro Mayorkas to Lead Homeland Security Dept.

WASHINGTON — In between leading his law office’s response to the coronavirus and working on high-profile legal cases, Alejandro N. Mayorkas has spent the past four years studying the Trump administration’s immigration agenda, often answering questions from his law partners on the legality of President Trump’s policies. His attentiveness should be helpful as he sets […]

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November 24, 2020
Washington boy allegedly stabbed to death in broad daylight by older brother

A Washington state boy was allegedly stabbed to death in broad daylight by his older brother, authorities said. Bobby Hak, 22, chased his 11-year-old brother Murphy Hak outside their Renton home around noon Saturday, and then started attacking him on a sidewalk, the Renton Police Department said. The older brother was arrested at the scene, […]

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November 24, 2020
Texas high school opens grocery for students, accepts good deeds as payment

At a grocery store inside of Linda Tutt High School in Sanger, Texas, you don't pay with money but good deeds, such as cleaning around the school building. "It's not something that you see every day in a school building," school principal Anthony Love said. "I think a big part of it is about empowering […]

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November 24, 2020
NY Dems busted at packed indoor birthday party without masks, here's how they reacted when caught

High-profile Brooklyn Democrats came under fire last week for attending a birthday party at which many of the attendees were neither wearing a mask nor social distancing. Yet when news broke of the COVID rule-breaking party, many of them reacted with a shrug, while some came off as annoyed that it had made news in […]

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November 24, 2020
Florida Teen Repairs Tattered American Flags

Matthew Amatulli's mother told WPEC that the movement of the flag would always help him calm down as a little boy. As he grew older, his love for flags became more of a hobby when he learned to sew American flags with his grandmother. He eventually had enough practice to fix tattered American flags with […]

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November 24, 2020
Saudi Foreign Minister Denies Netanyahu Met Crown Prince, Pompeo for Iran Talks

Citing two Saudi government advisers, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier that the three had met in Neom on Saudi Arabia's Red Sea coast, but that the talks had yielded no substantial agreements. The meeting was also attended by Mossad chief Yossi Cohen, an Israeli official told the media. Stopping Iranian hegemony in the region […]

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November 24, 2020
Joe Biden gives first post-election TV interview to NBC's Lester Holt

President-elect Joe Biden will give his first post-election TV interview to Lester Holt of NBC News, the network announced Monday. The interview will air Tuesday at 6:30 pm on "NBC Nightly News." Additional clips will air Wednesday on the "Today" show and cable channel MSNBC. Holt hosted a controversial campaign town hall event with Biden […]

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November 24, 2020
Florida town fines protesters for megaphone use

More than a dozen people in one Florida town have been fined for using megaphones during racial justice protests in violation of a local noise ordinance. Officials in New Port Richey have issued 14 citations to at least five protesters totaling around $4,700, according to The AssociatedPress. "The point of protesting is so people can […]

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