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ME Santa launches 2022 campaign as demand for assistance skyrockets | Middlesex East

ME Santa launches 2022 campaign as demand for assistance skyrockets |  Middlesex East

The Middlesex East Santa (ME Santa) is getting to be an old hand at raising funds for The Salvation Army these days around the Christmas holiday! The ME Santa puts out a hand (a kettle in Salvation Army terms!) with constant small donations going in a long way to help out in the Middlesex East …

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Effective Altruism Is Pushing a Dangerous Brand of ‘AI Safety’

Effective Altruism Is Pushing a Dangerous Brand of 'AI Safety'

Since then, the quest to proliferate larger and larger language models has accelerated, and many of the dangers we warned about, such as outputting hateful text and mass disinformation, continue to unfold. Just a few days ago, Meta released its “Galactica” LLM, which is purported to “summarize academic papers, solve math problems, generate Wiki articles, …

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Bribery trial tests US cases against Venezuela kleptocrats

Bribery trial tests US cases against Venezuela kleptocrats

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – For years, as the US has ramped up pressure on Venezuela’s socialist government, dozens of allegedly corrupt insiders have raced through the US criminal justice system, cutting plea bargains to avoid lengthy prison sentences and sparing prosecutors the work of having to prove their cases in short. But not Claudia Diaz. …

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Lawmakers aim to tackle gas tax holiday, home heating assistance, ‘hero pay’ during special session

Lawmakers aim to tackle gas tax holiday, home heating assistance, 'hero pay' during special session

HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – State lawmakers have a busy agenda ahead of them on Monday as a special legislative session begins. They said their plan is to tackle some big issues that could save people money. Lawmakers said they are planning to vote on whether to extend the state gas tax holiday for another month …

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US releases internet sanctions on Iran in support of protesters | Women’s Rights News

US releases internet sanctions on Iran in support of protesters |  Women's Rights News

US Treasury expands Iran sanction exemptions to social media platforms, video conferencing and cloud services. Washington, DC- The Biden administration has issued a license to relax sanctions on internet services in Iran, saying the move aims to “support the free flow of information” for Iranians amid widespread anti-government protests. The US Treasury Department said on …

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AI in connected cars eased rush hour congestion

AI in connected cars eased rush hour congestion

TRAVIS LOLLER Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — As millions of people travel the interstates this Thanksgiving, many will encounter patches of traffic at a standstill for no apparent reason — no construction or accident. Researchers say the problem is you. Human drivers just don’t do a good job of navigating dense traffic conditions, but an …

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How ‘Anonymous’ and other hacking groups are helping protests in Iran

How 'Anonymous' and other hacking groups are helping protests in Iran

An internet user purporting to be affiliated with Anonymous said the Iranian assembly had been hacked. Jakub Porzycki | Nurphoto via Getty Images Anonymous and other global hacking groups are engaged in a multipronged cyber assault on Iran, joining the fight with protesters on the ground in resistance to the country’s strict hijab laws. Thousands …

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North Carolina awarded $6.4M in grants toward internet improvements | State / Regional

North Carolina awarded $6.4M in grants toward internet improvements |  State / Regional

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Increased energy assistance announced to help low-income Nebraskans

Increased energy assistance announced to help low-income Nebraskans

A boost in federal energy assistance will help low-income Nebraskans over the next year. The federal government is sending an extra $9.7 million beyond the usual allocation to the state for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program, commonly known as LIHEAP. The Biden Administration recently announced the increased funding. The funding comes from a continuing …

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Reynoldsville Pool Committee seeks more assistance from borough on projects | Local

Reynoldsville Pool Committee seeks more assistance from borough on projects |  Local

REYNOLDSVILLE — Marilyn Hoare, representing the Reynoldsville Pool Committee, provided an update on the financials of the pool at a recent Reynoldsville Borough Council meeting and explained work that still needs done following phase one of construction that was completed earlier this year. She began by discussing how much money was brought in just through …

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