by on February 11, 2018
Facial recognition technology is improving by leaps and bounds. Some commercial software can now tell the gender of a person in a photograph. When the person in the photo is a white man, the software is right 99 percent of the time. But the darker the skin, the more errors arise — up to nearly 35 percent for images of darker skinned women, according to a new study that breaks fresh ground by measuring how the technology works on people of different races and gender. These disparate ...
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by on December 30, 2017
The plunging temperatures may be deadly for the estimated half a million people who live on the streets. A HOMELESS MAN TRIES TO STAY WARM ON A MANHATTAN STREET ON AN UNSEASONABLY COLD DAY. As an arctic blast sends temperatures plunging across the country this week, advocates for the homeless are warning the frigid conditions could be deadly for the estimated half a million people who live on the streets. Homeless shelters in cities across the Northeast and Midwest are reaching capa...
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by on March 3, 2018
A detective busted for giving false testimony in a carjacking arrest has joined a rogues gallery of NYPD cops caught lying in court or in cases, officials said Saturday. Det. Michael Foder’s arraignment in Brooklyn Federal Court on Tuesday came just a few days before NYPD Police Commissioner James O’Neill announced in an Op-Ed that 87 cops and 11 NYPD employees have either been fired or have quit the department after making perjured statements since 2010. Det. Michael Foder’s arraignme...
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by on January 24, 2018
Alex Azar will take over the Department of Health and Human Services at a time when rising drug prices are a huge political issue. A former pharmaceutical industry official who says drug prices are too high will now be in charge of buying more medications than anyone in the world. Alex Azar, former president of the U.S. arm of Eli Lilly & Co., was confirmed Wednesday as the secretary of health and human services. In that role, he'll oversee the Food and Drug Administration, which re...
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by on January 10, 2018
Families from Puerto Rico who lost their homes to Hurricane María are showing up at homeless programs in New York mainly through third-party referrals, but without information about FEMA's Transitional Sheltering Assistance Program The PATH building in Brooklyn On the morning of Dec. 8, Nellyan Velázquez and her 3-year-old daughter left Puerto Rico for New York, unaware of what their fate would be. After a long wait at the Prevention Assistance and Temporary Housing (PATH) building in ...
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by on December 23, 2017
When Sandy Vierling took a job at a new robot-packed factory her company built just a few miles from an older plant where she made automotive exhaust systems, she crossed into the future of manufacturing in the United States. A job seeker departs the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. career fair held by the New York State department of Labor in New York, April 12, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson She didn’t like it at all. Auto supplier Faurecia SA’s (EPED.PA) new plant - dubbed Columbus South to disting...
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by on May 3, 2018
Samples and a swab containing DNA sample on genetic testing results. The state Attorney General’s Office recently asked a Manhattan judge to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to nullify New York’s familial DNA testing policy, saying the plaintiffs in the case lack standing to bring the complaint and the concerns outlined in it are “fully speculative and hypothetical,” according to court documents. Plaintiffs Terrence Stevens and Benjamin Joseph, Bronx and Westchester residents, respectively, f...
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by on May 19, 2018
A Buffalo business executive who is a defendant in a federal case involving the alleged bid-rigging of massive upstate development projects pled guilty Friday afternoon and agreed to cooperate with the government. Kevin Schuler, a former executive at the Buffalo development firm LPCiminelli, pleaded guilty before before U.S. District Court Judge Valerie Caproni in Manhattan. Schuler pleaded guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss a bribery charg...
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by on March 5, 2018
The most senior Catholic Church leader to be charged with sexual abuse came close to confronting his accusers on Monday in a video-linked Australian court hearing to test the strength of the prosecution's case. Australian Cardinal George Pell, center, leaves the Melbourne Magistrate Court in Melbourne Monday, March 5, 2018. The alleged victims of the most senior Vatican official ever charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis began giving testimony to the Australian court on Monday. ...
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by on January 27, 2018
MINSK, BELARUS - JANUARY 26, 2018: A member of the Minsk Jewish community at the Minsk Ghetto Victims Memorial in a former Jewish cemetery on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day. (Photo by Viktor DrachevTASS via Getty Images) Elderly survivors were gathering Saturday at the former Auschwitz death camp and political leaders warned that the Nazi genocide must continue to serve as a warning as the world marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day. In Warsaw, Poland, U.S. Secretary of...
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by on December 25, 2017
State Senator Brian Benjamin (c.) is rolling out a bill requiring the pension fund to disinvest from companies linked to private prisons. A state senator from Harlem has introduced a bill that would require the pension fund to disinvest from companies with ties to privately run prisons, the Daily News has learned. “There is no reason a progressive state like New York should be benefiting from mass incarceration,” said bill sponsor Sen. Brian Benjamin, a Democrat. “Passing this bill ...
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by on February 5, 2018
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to block a lower court ruling requiring Republican-drawn congressional districts in Pennsylvania to be reworked immediately, boosting Democratic hopes of winning control this year of the U.S. House of Representatives. Light from the setting sun shines on the Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2018.  Justice Samuel Alito denied an emergency application filed by Republicans to stop the immediate reworking of the electoral district boun...
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