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Winton Supercars: Coulthard leads all-Kiwi top three

Coulthard got a massive free kick at the start of the race, the Kiwi arriving at Turn 1 all on his own after teammate and polesitter McLaughlin bogged down badly when the lights went green.That meant Coulthard could streak into the lead ahead of Nissan driver

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Trump official in charge of stolen children best known for blocking detained teens' abortion access

Remember the Trump administration official who made it his business to try to personally block immigrant women from getting abortions? That guy, Scott Lloyd, is in charge of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which is responsible for the children who the T
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Trump official in charge of stolen children best known for blocking detained teens' abortion access

Remember the Trump administration official who made it his business to try to personally block immigrant women from getting abortions? That guy, Scott Lloyd, is in charge of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which is responsible for the children who the Trump administration has stolen from their parents. So let’s revisit who Scott Lloyd is. Lloyd has no background whatsoever in child welfare or refugee resettlement. Again, this is the person Donald Trump has put in charge of refugee resettlement. Including thousands of traumatized children whose trauma is a result of Trump administration policy. Mostly, Lloyd is an anti-abortion activist whose “most relevant work was on behalf of Christians persecuted by ISIS during his time as an attorney in the Knights of Columbus public policy office in Washington.” How’s he responding to the sudden influx of stolen, terrified children under his department’s responsibility? We don’t know, because: Lloyd hasn't been heard from publicly since he spoke on a United Nations panel in April about his desire to create stricter standards for accepting unaccompanied minors who cross the border into the federally run shelters.

Abbreviated Science Round-up: AI IDs animals, why cancer causes weight loss, fat cells that aren't

A few weeks ago, I downloaded an application, one of the over two million in the App Store that supports my phone. But this particular download wasn’t yet another camera filter, or another effort in my attempt to find the perfect hiking companion. It was a
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Abbreviated Science Round-up: AI IDs animals, why cancer causes weight loss, fat cells that aren't

A few weeks ago, I downloaded an application, one of the over two million in the App Store that supports my phone. But this particular download wasn’t yet another camera filter, or another effort in my attempt to find the perfect hiking companion. It was a program called “iNaturalist” that works to help identify the plants and animals around us. I took a picture of a large insect pulled from a pool behind a family home — iNaturalist instantly identified it as a a American Giant Water bug. I took a picture of a frog screaming loudly from a perch high on a wall. INaturalist tagged it as a Grey Tree Frog. Over in the garden some long tendrils and a cluster of long, arrowhead-shaped leaves were outed as the first steps of an invasion from Field Bindweed.  All three of these pictures were not staged or professional. They were shots taken from my phone—a bug on the lip of a plastic cup, a frog crouched down on a board, a few leaves in dappled shade. And in every case, I didn’t provide the app a single prompt for what I was looking at — not even whether what I was looking at was a plant or an animal. Since then, iNaturalist has quickly and accurately identified turtles, birds, bugs, trees, with no input from me other than pointing the camera. That little white flower I don’t know the name of? Common Star-of-Bethlehem. That rather nondescript moth turns out to be a Willow Beauty. The way the app pulls the item of interest from the background for evaluation is a bit of edge-detecting software magic, but the way it got so smart about hammering out those IDs is easier to explain — lots and lots of people. About 70,000 people a day add more than 10,000 new images every day and also go back to look at other people’s images and share their own identifications. Behind the scenes, the app and it’s web counterpart use these feedback to hone identification skills. At one point in the last couple of weeks … I was a bad use. I uploaded an image that was intentionally nondescript, a small brown bird, and added an ID of my own. That was intentionally wrong. However, within a matter of minutes, both the app and multiple users had appeared to drown out by mis-identification with correct results. They kept piling on—and kept being right, despite me seeding this little experiment with an incorrect response. Which seems to indicate that iNaturalist isn’t just an amazing app, it’s an app that does a good job of capturing the combined ID skills of an amazing and dedicated community of users. In a lot of ways, the ID skills of iNaturalist are an extension of projects like this one at Zooniverse where participants are asked to identify creatures imaged by trap cameras in a New York forest. Those IDs don’t just go toward answering the immediate question of “What’s in this picture?” They also build up a database that can be used by software to better make these identifications in an automated fashion. And as the first article today reveals, programs are getting very, very good at this game ...

Deluxe charter schools serve up opportunities for taxpayer-funded white flight

Charter schools are often billed as benefiting disadvantaged urban kids—but in lots of places around the country, charters are segregating school systems by offering rich white families a way to get their kids away from students of color and poor students.
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Deluxe charter schools serve up opportunities for taxpayer-funded white flight

Charter schools are often billed as benefiting disadvantaged urban kids—but in lots of places around the country, charters are segregating school systems by offering rich white families a way to get their kids away from students of color and poor students. In reality, 115 charter schools nationwide have student populations at least 20 percentage points whiter than public schools in their districts; more than 700 charter schools nationally are whiter than their district’s public schools.  Why charter schools do this is no mystery: racism pays. As for how they they do it, Emmanuel Felton reports on common tactics like not offering school bus service so that parents have to have the flexibility and the reliable vehicle to get their kids to and from school. Or they require uniforms from Land’s End that low-income families can’t afford. Or they create “priority attendance zones” that ensure that kids from mostly white neighborhoods will get an admissions advantage. Felton reports in depth on Lake Oconee Academy in Georgia, which is 73 percent white while public schools in the district are just 12 percent white. It was founded essentially at the behest of a company selling luxury lakeside properties, and when the school opened, 80 percent of its spots were reserved for people living in that company’s properties. Lake Oconee Academy has a “piano lab” with 25 pianos. It has 17 Advanced Placement courses. And just 10 percent of its students are black in a district where 68 percent of public school students are black. As one mother, who ruled out trying to send her kids to Lake Oconee Academy because there was no school bus to get them there, said, “It’s like a black and white thing, who has money and who doesn’t have money.” It’s not just Lake Oconee Academy, and it’s the kind of education policy the Trump administration, with Betsy DeVos heading the Education Department, is pushing.

After the NRA deleted their archive of lawmaker ratings, a top gun safety group steps in to help

Last week the Washington Post discovered that the National Rifle Association had, without explanation, quietly erased their online database tracking lawmaker «grades» on gun issues. The organization had long assigned letter grades to elected offic
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After the NRA deleted their archive of lawmaker ratings, a top gun safety group steps in to help

Last week the Washington Post discovered that the National Rifle Association had, without explanation, quietly erased their online database tracking lawmaker «grades» on gun issues. The organization had long assigned letter grades to elected officials based on their compliance with each NRA demand; those that voted against new gun legislation or voted for new attempts to weaken gun safety laws got «A» grades, and lawmakers who did not bend to their demands got lower grades. There was no announcement from the NRA; the ratings were simply gone. Was it an error? Was it intended? The only comment that could be pried from the domestic terrorism lobbying group was an anonymous staffer who opined «I think our enemies were using that.» But there's good news, NRA! One of the nation's leading gun safety groups has helpfully reconstructed the list and made it available to the public! Aren't you happy? The grades, which thanks to the group Everytown for Gun Safety are now available for download here, stretch back to 2009. You can use it to find out that House Speaker Paul Ryan has gotten an A or A+ rating from the NRA every time they have graded him, making him a loyal foot soldier in the effort to protect mass shooters from unfair gun restrictions. Marco Rubio got a shameful, shameful B+ during his 2010 Senate bid, but thanks to some good and proper toadying was able to pop up to an A+ rating by the time 2016 rolled around. Rick Scott earned the same cherished A+ rating during his own last campaign—and it's probably only a coincidence that some of the most horrific mass murders in America have happened under his watch, in his state. Aren't you just thrilled, National Rifle Association? These grades will no longer be lost to history. Everyone will be able to once again look up whether their lawmaker has been a sniveling coward catering to the domestic terrorism lobby or a voice, at long sodding last, for basic sanity. And you won't even have to pay for it! That's probably important, seeing how you've been so hard up for cash of late that you've had to ask your Russian friends to help you with your usual campaign efforts.

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Saudi Arabia invites Russia to join OPEC as observer, Moscow says it’s ‘an option’

Riyadh has invited Moscow to join OPEC as an observer, the Saudi energy minister says. The announcement follows an agreement between OPEC and non-members led by Russia to increase crude oil output by a million barrels per day. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Saudi Arabia invites Russia to join OPEC as observer, Moscow says it’s ‘an option’

Riyadh has invited Moscow to join OPEC as an observer, the Saudi energy minister says. The announcement follows an agreement between OPEC and non-members led by Russia to increase crude oil output by a million barrels per day. Read Full Article at RT.com

Opec, Russia to raise oil output, Saudi pledges 'measurable' supply boost

Opec and non-Opec said in their statement that they would raise supply by returning to 100 per cent compliance with previously agreed output cuts, after months of underproduction
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Opec, Russia to raise oil output, Saudi pledges 'measurable' supply boost

Opec and non-Opec said in their statement that they would raise supply by returning to 100 per cent compliance with previously agreed output cuts, after months of underproduction

United States demands that Japan stops buying oil from Iran – reports

Washington has asked Tokyo to halt all crude purchases from Iran, insisting that its allies cease all trade with the country, according to Bloomberg. Read Full Article at RT.com
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United States demands that Japan stops buying oil from Iran – reports

Washington has asked Tokyo to halt all crude purchases from Iran, insisting that its allies cease all trade with the country, according to Bloomberg. Read Full Article at RT.com

Opec meets Russia, other allies today for new deal to raise oil output

Saudi Arabia said the move would translate into a nominal output rise of around 1 million barrels per day (bpd), or 1 per cent of global supply, for OPEC and non-OPEC producers
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Opec meets Russia, other allies today for new deal to raise oil output

Saudi Arabia said the move would translate into a nominal output rise of around 1 million barrels per day (bpd), or 1 per cent of global supply, for OPEC and non-OPEC producers

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How backups, backups, backups protect NYC’s cellular infrastructure

The infrastructure that underpins our lives is not something we ever want to think about. Nothing good has come from suddenly needing to wonder “where does my water come from?” or “how does electricity connect into my home?” That pondering gets even m
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How backups, backups, backups protect NYC’s cellular infrastructure

The infrastructure that underpins our lives is not something we ever want to think about. Nothing good has come from suddenly needing to wonder “where does my water come from?” or “how does electricity connect into my home?” That pondering gets even more intense when we talk about cellular infrastructure, where a single dropped call […]

What Is Transgender?

The term transgender describes people whose gender identity differs from the sex to which they were assigned at birth.
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What Is Transgender?

The term transgender describes people whose gender identity differs from the sex to which they were assigned at birth.

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Alaska city honors Guardsmen killed in crash after '64 quake

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A month after the second most powerful earthquake ever was recorded, the Alaska port community of Valdez remained in ruins. A hulking Alaska National Guard cargo plane's mission April 25, 1964, was to deliver Gov. William Egan to over
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Alaska city honors Guardsmen killed in crash after '64 quake

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A month after the second most powerful earthquake ever was recorded, the Alaska port community of Valdez remained in ruins. A hulking Alaska National Guard cargo plane's mission April 25, 1964, was to deliver Gov. William Egan to oversee efforts to rebuild the town on a ...

Interview With Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Game Director Scott Phillips

One of the biggest games shown during Ubisoft’s E3 conference was none other than Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Set in Ancient Greece, this installment is riding the positive wave generated by last year’s Assassin’s […] The post Inte
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Interview With Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Game Director Scott Phillips

One of the biggest games shown during Ubisoft’s E3 conference was none other than Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Set in Ancient Greece, this installment is riding the positive wave generated by last year’s Assassin’s […] The post Interview With Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Game Director Scott Phillips appeared first on Geek.com.

Motorists in New Jersey, nation see lower gas prices

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Motorists in New Jersey and around the nation continue to see lower prices at the pump as the summer driving season accelerates before the July 4 holiday. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in New Jersey o
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Motorists in New Jersey, nation see lower gas prices

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Motorists in New Jersey and around the nation continue to see lower prices at the pump as the summer driving season accelerates before the July 4 holiday. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in New Jersey on Friday was $2.90, ...

Major New York-area traffic bottleneck about to get worse

NORTH BERGEN, N.J. (AP) - It is the bane of tourists and truckers, theatergoers and weekday 9-to-5ers: the congested, pothole-strewn roadway that bisects the teeming towns overlooking the Hudson River before descending into the Lincoln Tunnel to New York City
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Major New York-area traffic bottleneck about to get worse

NORTH BERGEN, N.J. (AP) - It is the bane of tourists and truckers, theatergoers and weekday 9-to-5ers: the congested, pothole-strewn roadway that bisects the teeming towns overlooking the Hudson River before descending into the Lincoln Tunnel to New York City. In a region known for its soul-crushing gridlock and delay-prone ...

Oklahoma City pays marketing costs for some nonstop flights

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City has provided about $1.2 million in incentives over the past five years to airlines that provide nonstop flights to new destinations. The Oklahoman reports airlines that provide new nonstop flight
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Oklahoma City pays marketing costs for some nonstop flights

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City has provided about $1.2 million in incentives over the past five years to airlines that provide nonstop flights to new destinations. The Oklahoman reports airlines that provide new nonstop flights on unserved routes can receive up to $75,000 in ...

This Amazing Machine Can Cook And Assemble 100 Delicious Burgers An Hour

Welcome to the future, burger lovers! The massive roboticized contraption you see before you is the next big thing in culinary automation. You may have read about burger-flipping robots, but this machine fully […] The post This Amazing Machine Can Cook
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This Amazing Machine Can Cook And Assemble 100 Delicious Burgers An Hour

Welcome to the future, burger lovers! The massive roboticized contraption you see before you is the next big thing in culinary automation. You may have read about burger-flipping robots, but this machine fully […] The post This Amazing Machine Can Cook And Assemble 100 Delicious Burgers An Hour appeared first on Geek.com.

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AP source: Avalanche put Orpik on buyout waivers

DALLAS (AP) A person with knowledge of the move tells The Associated Press that the Colorado Avalanche have placed veteran defenseman Brooks Orpik on unconditional waivers to buy out his contract.
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AP source: Avalanche put Orpik on buyout waivers

DALLAS (AP) A person with knowledge of the move tells The Associated Press that the Colorado Avalanche have placed veteran defenseman Brooks Orpik on unconditional waivers to buy out his contract.

A's recall OF Martini, send Bassitt, Coulombe to Triple-A

CHICAGO (AP) The Oakland Athletics recalled outfielder Nick Martini from Triple-A Nashville on Saturday and optioned right-handed pitcher Chris Bassitt and left-hander Danny Coulombe before their game at Chicago against the White Sox.
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A's recall OF Martini, send Bassitt, Coulombe to Triple-A

CHICAGO (AP) The Oakland Athletics recalled outfielder Nick Martini from Triple-A Nashville on Saturday and optioned right-handed pitcher Chris Bassitt and left-hander Danny Coulombe before their game at Chicago against the White Sox.

Serbs angrier at World Cup ref than at nationalist gestures

KALININGRAD, Russia (AP) Serbs appeared angrier Saturday at the referee who officiated their country's 2-1 World Cup defeat than at two Swiss players who provocatively flashed Albanian nationalist gestures after scoring.
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Serbs angrier at World Cup ref than at nationalist gestures

KALININGRAD, Russia (AP) Serbs appeared angrier Saturday at the referee who officiated their country's 2-1 World Cup defeat than at two Swiss players who provocatively flashed Albanian nationalist gestures after scoring.

Red Bull: Downforce gamble couldn't make up for top speed deficit

With the team well aware that its Renault power unit is lacking compared to Mercedes and Ferrari, it elected to trim out Max Verstappen's wing in a bid to not lose out in a straight line.But although Verstappen managed to qualify on the second row – just th
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Red Bull: Downforce gamble couldn't make up for top speed deficit

With the team well aware that its Renault power unit is lacking compared to Mercedes and Ferrari, it elected to trim out Max Verstappen's wing in a bid to not lose out in a straight line.But although Verstappen managed to qualify on the second row – just three tenths adrift of Sebastian Vettel – Horner said that the team was still losing out in top speed term."I think Max is slightly ... Keep reading

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