News of The Day 12/14/2019

Ferguson, Inslee seek ban on sale of assault-weapons

Texas town mandates diversity training after bigoted comment on Facebook against a Muslim woman

From Diagnosis to Holistic Patient Care, Machine Learning is Transforming Healthcare

AI puts final notes on Beethoven’s Tenth Symphony

‘CONCERNED FOR OUR SAFETY’: COUNTY CLERK SOUNDS ALARM AT NEW YORK ALLOWING DRIVER’S LICENSES FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS

Pentagon Approves GI Bill Benefits for National Guard Troops Serving on Border

High School Blocks Christian Club Because it’s Too ‘Exclusive’


Ferguson, Inslee seek ban on sale of assault-weapons

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson say they want to make mass shootings less likely in the state by banning the sale of high-capacity gun magazines and assault weapons.

The Democrats on Thursday announced plans for legislation that would limit magazine capacities to 10 rounds and that would ban the sale of assault weapons, defined as semi-automatic weapons that have at least one military-style feature.


Texas town mandates diversity training after bigoted comment on Facebook against a Muslim woman

The chamber of commerce in the town of Gilmer, Texas, has mandated diversity training after a former member posted a message on her Facebook page against a Muslim woman who had visited the town


From Diagnosis to Holistic Patient Care, Machine Learning is Transforming Healthcare

From Picture family members escorting a shaky elderly relative into the hospital emergency department after a fall down the stairs. The patient is complaining of a headache, but a crisis doesn’t look imminent. It’s a Friday, a busy night in the local ER. There are 85 patients already on the radiologist’s work list, and a likely two-hour wait before the patient’s massive—and massively dangerous—pulmonary embolism is discovered on the scans.

That is, until now. After years of digitizing patient records and leveraging the cloud, the healthcare industry has created a massive and still-growing pool of data. That data, used by analytical tools and increasingly machine learning, can drive everything from streamlining hospital workflows to promoting early detection of cancer or a pulmonary embolism. Diagnosis to Holistic Patient Care, Machine Learning is Transforming Healthcare


AI puts final notes on Beethoven’s Tenth Symphony

Berlin (AFP) – A few notes scribbled in his notebook are all that German composer Ludwig van Beethoven left of his Tenth Symphony before his death in 1827.

Now, a team of musicologists and programmers is racing to complete a version of the piece using artificial intelligence, ahead of the 250th anniversary of his birth next year.


‘CONCERNED FOR OUR SAFETY’: COUNTY CLERK SOUNDS ALARM AT NEW YORK ALLOWING DRIVER’S LICENSES FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS

A New York county clerk expressed deep concern over the state’s new law allowing illegal aliens to obtain driver’s licenses, arguing that such a law risks public safety and paves the way for voter fraud.

New York’s Democratic-controlled state legislature passed earlier this year what’s known as the “Green Light” bill, legislation that allows New Yorkers to apply for a driver’s license without a Social Security number. The bill deems foreign documentation as valid, allowing illegal aliens to apply with a foreign passport. The Green Light law — which the governor signed and recently survived a courtroom challenge — officially went into effect Saturday.

However, numerous country clerks across New York are dismayed at the new law and contend it opens the door to voter fraud, identify theft and even terrorism.


Pentagon Approves GI Bill Benefits for National Guard Troops Serving on Border

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has approved GI Bill eligibility for National Guard troops stationed at the U.S.-Mexico border after nearly a year of confusion over whether stateside service entitles soldiers to federal benefits.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper wrote in a memo Thursday that National Guard troops performing active service responding to a national emergency declaration by the president can accrue GI Bill benefits, unlike most other domestic service, which does not entitle guard members to federal benefits. Until now, guard troops deployed to the southern border weren’t accruing GI Bill benefits and there has been confusion on the ground and in Washington about whether responding to domestic emergencies entitles troops to those benefits.


High School Blocks Christian Club Because it’s Too ‘Exclusive’

A New York school district violated both the U.S. Constitution and federal law when it repeatedly denied a freshman student the right to form a Christian club at her high school, according to a religious liberty legal group.

First Liberty Institute is representing Ketcham High School freshman Daniela Barca, who says she was denied by the principal and the district’s assistant superintendent the right to form an officially recognized Christian club – even though the high school has multiple clubs, including the Pride Club (GSA) and the Masque & Mime Society.

The principal allegedly told her such a religious club would be “seen as exclusive.” The school is located in Wappingers Falls, N.Y.

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