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Mitch McConnell, Republicans visit Kyiv as Russia threatens West over NATO expansion

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell took three Republican senators along on a surprise trip to Kyiv Saturday to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
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В Швеции подтвердили первый случай заражения человека оспой обезьян
В Швеции подтвердили первый случай заражения человека оспой обезьян
Песков о будущем регионов Украины: Жители сами определят свою судьбу
Любые действия в находящихся под контролем российской армии регионах Украины будут производится только по воле местных жителей, заявил Дмитрий Песков. "Без выражения воли жителей этих районов, без того, чтобы они определились сами, как дальше и с кем они хотят жить, ничего делаться не может", - сказал он
Продавцы квартир стали давать покупателям скидки в сотни тысяч рублей
Продавцы квартир стали давать покупателям скидки в сотни тысяч рублей
911 dispatcher allegedly hung up on caller from Buffalo shooting scene
A Tops grocery store assistant manager says she was hiding and explained that she had to whisper so the gunman wouldn't hear her, but the operator hung up. The dispatcher has been put on leave.
Главы МИД России и Ирана обсудили перспективы возобновления ядерной сделки
Главы МИД России и Ирана обсудили перспективы возобновления ядерной сделки
В Калининградской области запретили продавать энергетики подросткам
В Калининградской области запретили продавать энергетики подросткам
Страховщики фиксируют серьезный рост обращений по хищениям деталей авто
Страховщики фиксируют серьезный рост обращений по хищениям деталей авто
Putin's Daughter Flew to Germany More Than 50 Times To See Partner—Report
The Russian president's youngest daughter, Katerina Tikhonova, often travelled with state security on the flights although her current whereabouts is not known.
The Times: Представители Франции обвинили НАТО в конфликте на Украине
The Times: Представители Франции обвинили НАТО в конфликте на Украине
The future of 911 is a little bit creepy
Phonemakers and carriers are developing new technologies that are meant to improve emergency response. | Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images As the 911 system adapts to the age of cellphones, it’s gaining access to all kinds of new data, too. Over the coming weeks, AT&T is rolling out cellphone location tracking that’s designed to route emergency calls to 911 more quickly. The company says the new feature will be nationwide by the end of June and should make it easier for, say, an ambulance to reach someone experiencing a medical emergency. At first glance, it seems like a no-brainer. But it’s also a reminder that as phone companies promise to save lives, they’re also using a lot more data about you in the process. The AT&T upgrade is part of a broader effort to modernize the country’s approach to emergency response. T-Mobile has also started using location-based routing, and experts told Recode that the technology could eventually be universal. At the same time, the federal government is in the midst of a nationwide push to get 911 call centers to adopt a technology called Next Generation 911, which will allow people not only to call 911 but also to send texts including images and video messages — to the emergency line. Meanwhile, Apple and Google have created new software that can directly pass on information from someone’s device, like information stored on a health app. The hope is that more data will save crucial time during emergencies, but privacy experts are already warning that the same technology could be misused or exploited. “I just worry what happens the next time there’s a tragedy, the next time people are scared, and the next time there’s an opportunity to use this data in ways it was never intended,” Albert Fox Cahn, the executive director of the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (STOP), told Recode. One of the main ways phone networks plan to use this data is to connect callers with the right 911 operator more quickly. Because the 911 system was designed to work with landlines, calls to 911 made via cellphones (mobile phones place the majority of 911 calls) sometimes get routed to the wrong 911 center. In places that use older technology, cellphones will generally connect to the 911 operator associated with the antenna on the cell tower that processes the call, not the 911 operator in the jurisdiction the person calling is currently in. When these calls are misdirected, it can sometimes take several minutes to be connected to the right dispatcher. To address this problem, carriers are turning to the sensors in smartphones, like GPS, wifi antennas, accelerometers, and pressure sensors. Depending on the phone you have, either Apple or Google can then use these sensors to estimate your current location. (Google’s system is called Emergency Location Service, or ELS, and Apple’s system is called Hybridized Emergency Location, or HELO.) With AT&T’s and T-Mobile’s new systems, when someone makes a call to 911, the phone network will use this location estimate to make a best guess as to where someone is, and then connect the call to the right 911 operator. AT&T says the whole process should take about five seconds and is supposed to locate someone’s call within 50 meters of their actual location. This isn’t the only data 911 centers have at their disposal. Apple already allows people to load their medical information — like what health conditions they have and medications they’re on — into their devices, and depending on the technology used by the jurisdiction you’re in, that info could be automatically sent to emergency responders when they dial 911. Some Apple Watch models also have a built-in fall detector that can dial 911 on its own. Meanwhile, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has ordered carriers to start transmitting vertical location data in addition to horizontal location data, making it easier for first responders to identify what floor someone might be on in a multistory building during an emergency. And as the federal government rolls out Next Generation 911, it’s also laying the groundwork for 911 operators to collect data from other connected devices, like cars with certain crash notification systems, building sensors, and wearables. This is all in addition to a host of other changes that a growing number of the country’s thousands of 911 call centers have been slowly making: upgrading software, sharing and collecting more analytics, and just getting better training. The idea behind all of these updates is that, with more information, dispatchers can make better decisions about an unfolding situation. “A lot of the underlying efforts around transforming 911 is really trying to help the current nation’s 911 system, prioritize health and safety for call takers and dispatchers, and really just trying to ensure that the right person is being dispatched at the right time,” explains Tiffany Russell, the mental health and justice partnerships project director at the Pew Charitable Trusts. “This police-first model is not necessarily the best response to handle these really complex problems or issues related to mental health.” In an emergency, more information could be helpful, but there are also reasons to worry about 911 collecting additional data. Allowing 911 operators to receive image- and video-based messages could create new opportunities for racial bias, Russell points out, and texting may not be the most efficient way for an operator to communicate during an emergency. The 911 system has played a fundamental role in and contributed to some of American policing’s worst problems, including over-policing, racist police violence, and deeply flawed approaches to domestic violence and behavioral health. Another growing concern is data privacy. While AT&T told Recode that location data is only used when a 911 call is in progress, there are circumstances where 911 operators can directly request that information from a carrier, even if the person who made the call has hung up, according to Brandon Abley, the director of technology at the National Emergency Number Association. There is no way for an individual user to disable the location information sent during 911 calls. These concerns with the 911 system aren’t new. When the FCC rolled out enhanced 911 — an early program to improve the kind of information 911 operators receive about wireless callers — civil liberties organizations like the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) warned about the risk that federal agencies could try to access the data created by the new technology, or it could end up in the wrong hands. A recent FBI guide to cellular data shows that law enforcement does sometimes try to collect data created by carriers’ enhanced 911 capabilities. It’s also abundantly clear that cellphone location data generally isn’t well protected. Agencies like the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security have bought app-created location data on the open market, and as long as they have the right legal paperwork, law enforcement can reach out to any company that collects data about someone and ask for information. “They are not responsible with our data, there are not proper assurances in the law to limit how they use it,” Andrés Arrieta, the director of consumer privacy engineering at EFF, told Recode. “Sometimes even when there are, they keep misusing it.” These risks stand to get a lot more serious — and a lot murkier — as 911 centers across the country start receiving far more data from people’s devices. This could take some time, since 911 call centers are generally run on the local level and vary considerably in terms of the technology they use. Still, it’s critical to remember that even if a new service is designed or marketed as a new way to save lives, there’s no guarantee that’s the only way it will be deployed. This story was first published in the Recode newsletter. Sign up here so you don’t miss the next one!
Аналог "Евровидения" на русском языке предлагает проводить Лариса Долина
Аналог "Евровидения" на русском языке предлагает проводить Лариса Долина
Мартин Скорсезе: Киноэпопея из жизни человекообразных снова на экранах
На российские экраны 19 мая снова выходит фильм Мартина Скорсезе "Волк с Уолл-стрит". Это работа мощная, мудрая, многослойная и трагичная: веры в людей у автора осталось немного. Фильм предлагает беспощадный анализ природы капитализма
Clinton campaign lawyer charged in Durham probe seeks mistrial
The Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer currently on trial as part of special counsel John Durham's investigation requested a mistrial in a late-night filing Wednesday, though the judge overseeing the case has already said he is skeptical of his arguments.
CNN выдал уничтоженные украинские "Булаты" за российские танки
Представители вооруженных формирований Украины обманули журналистов CNN, выдав собственные уничтоженные "Булаты" за российские танки. Одна из машин выгорела полностью, у другой оторвало башню
Песков: Россия будет бороться за свои активы
Арест российских активов на Украине - это воровство, Россия будет бороться за них, подчеркнул пресс-секретарь президента РФ Дмитрий Песков. "Это продолжение той самой линии, которая вошла в моду в последнее время в целом ряде государств - линия на фактическое воровство чужих активов", - считает он
The restaurant where real Italian mothers rule the kitchen
The premise is simple: real Italian mothers and grandmothers are recruited from one of Italy's 20 regions. They then move to London for a three-month residency, showcasing their own traditional recipes based around their local cuisine.
Песков: В Кремле не знают деталей плана Италии по урегулированию на Украине
Песков: В Кремле не знают деталей плана Италии по урегулированию на Украине
CDC's independent vaccine advisers will meet to discuss Covid-19 boosters for kids
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's independent Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will meet Thursday to discuss updates on Covid-19 vaccine safety and effectiveness for children ages 5-11 years, CDC guidance on boosters for that age group and the framework for that booster dose.
Post Politics Now: Harris to meet with abortion providers; Biden heading to Asia
Counting continues in Pennsylvania in the too-close-to-call Republican primary for Senate where celebrity physician Mehmet Oz has a narrow lead over GOP rival David McCormick.
Are the Kids All Right?: Gen(der) Z | CBS Reports
For an unprecedented number of young people in Gen Z, gender is a social construct that needs dismantling. In this CBS Reports documentary, we follow four teens with diverse gender identities to see how they are dealing with and experiencing a world that’s redefining gender.
Хуан Карлос I впервые за два года вернется в Испанию
Хуан Карлос I впервые за два года вернется в Испанию
Desperate families turn to hospitals when their hunt for formula comes up dry
Three-year-old Alexis Tyler survives on Gerber Lil Crunchies cheese puffs and the chocolate flavor of a specialty nutritional formula called Neocate. Her mother hasn't been able to buy that formula for her since March.
Disabled Veteran Gives Mouth-to-Mouth to Loyal Support Dog Shot With Arrow
The owner said his Great Pyrenees appeared with the injury while roaming his Alabama mini farm.
Песков рассказал о перспективах "Северного потока-2"
Европе будет нужен "Северный поток-2", что бы она ни говорила, но пока нет надежд на запуск проекта. Об этом заявил пресс-секретарь президента России Дмитрий Песков. "Тем не менее все-таки инфраструктура этого проекта готова, какое-то время в рабочем состоянии пролежит на дне моря", - добавил он
Sylvester Stallone films 'Tulsa King' Paramount series in New York
Sylvester Stallone filmed Paramount series 'Tulsa Kings' in New York. The new television show marks his first leading role on the small screen.
АвтоВАЗ выпустит новые Logan и Sandero
АвтоВАЗ выпустит новые Logan и Sandero
Failure to open Ukraine's ports is 'war on global food security,' says WFP chief
Azovstal: Russia says more Ukrainian soldiers have surrendered
Anti-war Russians Are Helping Ukrainian Refugees Abroad
"When my children ask me what I did to resist my country's invasion of an innocent neighbor, I want to be able to look them in the eye," Russian volunteer says.
Tom Cruise awarded honorary Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival
The "Top Gun: Maverick" star was moved to tears by the accolade.
'I mean... Ukraine': Bush laughs off gaffe referencing Iraq invasion
The former president, 75, misspoke during a speech about democracy in Dallas -- and blamed the blunder on his age.
'It's a travesty': Camden Yards' new look leaves sluggers steaming, pitchers hopeful in Baltimore
Camden Yards, one of baseball's most beloved ballparks, is no longer a hitters' paradise after changing the dimensions in left field.
Some Ukrainians have found refuge at a 15th century Irish castle
Ireland is giving Ukrainians refugees fleeing war the royal treatment and is housing them in a 15th century castle. CNN's Donie O'Sullivan has the details.
Путин проведет заседание президиума Госсовета 25 мая
Путин проведет заседание президиума Госсовета 25 мая
Chef Recreates Cheesy Pizza from Classic Disney Movie: 'Looks Beyond Good'
Albert Niazhvinski is known for recreating food from the world of TV and film and this latest effort might be his best yet.
White Supremacists Convicted After Training for Civil War in Michigan
Four members of a white supremacist group known as "The Base" have been convicted in Michigan, the state's Attorney General Dana Nessel announced.
Opinion: Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue is a step back in time. And not in a good way
Sports Illustrated rolled out its annual swimsuit iIssue with messaging this year highlighting body diversity and using buzzwords like "inclusive." While including a variety of body types and gender orientations could be seen as a step forward, the esthetics of the photos -- and the WNBA's language around the promotion of its players who appear in the photo spread -- feel like a step backwards, says writer Frankie de la Cretaz. This piece is in hand and being edited for possible Thursday publication.
Neighbor Praised for Creating 'Dog Zapper 2000' in Response to Barking Pet
"I mean I roll over in my bed in my own room in my own house and this damn dog barks at me," the man fumed.
Jean Smart on 'Hacks' Season 2, 'constant stress' of parenting without her late husband
Jean Smart talks hitting the road in Season 2 of "Hacks," and why the HBO Max comedy was "therapeutic" after losing husband Richard Gilliland.
Five migrants found dead in train near U.S. border
Railway security personnel found the bodies after seeing a foot sticking out of a moving railroad car, the National Institute of Migration said.
Got an injury? Should you reach for an ice pack or heating pad?
If you're injured and headed to the ER, you may receive mixed instructions on whether to apply ice or heat to help the pain. One doctor explains.
Taylor Swift's NYU Speech in Full
Taylor Swift is now officially a doctor of fine arts, having received the honorary degree from New York University.
Why will abortion rights tumble? Because conservatives built a well-oiled machine.
Roe v. Wade foes have been working toward its overturn for decades. Progressive lawyers must push back and quit pretending Supreme Court is apolitical.
Mexico exploits Biden's failed foreign policy
Under President Joe Biden’s failed foreign policy leadership, Mexico has shown its willingness to undermine America’s strategic interests.
New Orleans woman gives birth on same day as college graduation, receives hospital room ceremony
Jada Sayles, 21, welcomed a son on the same day she earned a bachelor's in criminal justice with a concentration in pre-law.
'Epic' Room Filled With Cat Wall Shelves Stuns Internet: 'Best Human Ever'
"Can't wait to get rich and do this for my cat, and still get ignored and rejected by him," one user said.
Vandal forces Johnny Cash silhouette to take a leak on his hometown
The bullet hole in an Arkansas town’s water tower spilled about 180,000 gallons over roughly six days.