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The scientist and the AI-assisted remote-controlled killer robot

If Israel wanted to kill a senior Iranian official, an act that had the potential to start a war, it needed US assent and protection. It meant acting before Mr Biden could take office. In Mr. Netanyahu's best case, the assassination would derail any chance of resurrecting the nuclear deal even if Mr. Biden wins.The scientistMohsen Fakhrizadeh grew up in a conservative family in the holy city of Qom, the theological heart of Shia Islam. He was 18 when the Islamic revolution overthrew the Iranian monarchy, a historic record that ignited his imagination.He set out to fulfill two dreams: to become a nuclear scientist and to be part of the military wing of the new government. As a symbol of his dedication to the revolution, he wore a silver ring with a large oval red agate, the same type wo...
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Apple trees are linked to the early settlers of Crawford Notch | Special sections

HART LOCATION - The backyard of Mark Dindorf and his wife Nancy Ritger in this small township of Crawford Notch is home to a historic orchard.Their apple trees were planted and tended by pioneer Crawford Notch innkeepers Abel and Hannah Crawford in the early 1800s when they built their Crawford's Tavern, where cider was the drink of choice.“It's pretty impressive that the trees are here, alive and still producing apples,” Dindorf said. "They're quite tart, but we're told they were grown for cider, or, more accurately, probably hard cider, given that the Crawfords operated their tavern and called it a tavern and not an inn."Dindorf himself is an innkee...
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Finding a job in the United States: NPR

Ahmad Zai Ahmadi began performing for US forces in Afghanistan as a teenager. Since arriving in the United States as a recipient of a Special Immigrant Visa, he has mainly relied on work to support his family. Andrea Hsu / NPR hide caption toggle legend Andrea Hsu / NPR ...
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Finding a Gold Rush Town Named Chinese Camp

Four aging horses dragged us across the manzanita and rocks, the stagecoach lurching dangerously with every bump and movement. The kids screamed in excitement as we made our way through Columbia State Historic Park, a Gold Rush-era mining camp about a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Oakland, Calif.Suddenly a bearded white man in a red bandana jumped from the trees. He held up an old-fashioned pistol in our direction, and at the sight of the gun, we all froze. The laughter stopped. "Give me your gold!" He drawled. He pointed the gun at us and sneered. "Will he shoot us?" Whispered my 5 year old daughter.Wrapped up in this sweaty stagecoach, we were three couples - Chinese, Japanese, Filipino and Korean Americans - with six children, making our first post-pandemic road trip in the mou...
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Biden gears up to fight for tax hikes on rich and corporate

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC, the United States on Wednesday, September 15, 2021.Olivier Contreras | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesWASHINGTON - After a tough summer, President Joe Biden is set to spend the fall fighting for tax increases on the rich and on businesses.The surge in the delta variant of Covid-19, the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, hurricanes, wildfires, evictions and inflation have all shaken Biden's approval ratings and exhausted staff at the White House.Now he is shifting his attention to adopting a unique expansion of the social safety net and an infrastructure package.Biden told the White House on Thursday why Congress needed to raise taxes on wealthier Americans and corporations in order to fu...
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Durham residents told to ‘stay indoors and keep windows and doors closed’ after construction fire

Residents have been told to 'stay inside and keep windows and doors closed' after smoke rises over downtown Durham as fire crews tackle a massive construction fire in the old city passport officeEight fire crews tackle cavity wall fire at new construction site in Durham The photographs showed thick plumes of smoke rising above the city centerThe fire department confirmed the fire was contained in a cavity wall at the site Residents nearby were advised to stay indoors and keep doors and windows closed By Kate Dennett For Mailonline Posted: 12:16 p.m. EDT, September 15, 2021 | Update: 1:06 p.m. EDT, September 15, 2021 Local re...
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Why Hurricane Ida crippled New Orleans’ power grid

September 4 (Reuters) - 150 mph winds from Hurricane Ida crippled a Louisiana power grid already vulnerable to aging transmission lines, power bottlenecks and $ 2 billion in damage from three hurricanes that hit last year.Ida's landing on Sunday left a trail of destruction and suffering. More than a million customers were without power immediately after the storm - a ordeal that, for some, could last for weeks.Entergy Corp (ETR.N), Louisiana's largest utility, faces tough questions about whether it has done enough to harden the power system, which has lost eight major transmission lines feeding the metro area. of New Orleans.Entergy was in the midst of system-wide upgrades following Hurricane Laura in 2020. From 2017 to 2019, the Entergy Louisiana subsidiary spent approximately $ 1.2 bill...
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Tornado warnings, flash floods, water rescues as Ida’s remains enter DC area

“Everything is on the table, from blinding rains and flash floods to thunderstorms producing tornadoes,” said Chuck Bell, meteorologist for Storm Team4. "The weather will deteriorate quickly this afternoon and travel is strongly discouraged." The remnants of Hurricane Ida set off near constant lightning over the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC before dawn on September 1, 2021. (WTOP / Dave Dildine) The remnants of Hurricane Ida sprayed the Washington area with blinding waves of rain and high winds early Wednesday, waking residents up with frequent lightning and triggering flash floods. What there is to know: A Tornado warning is in effect in northwestern St. Mary's County, Maryland, and King George County in central Virginia until 2:00...
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How Amazon EC2 went from a notion to a fundamental part of cloud computing – TechCrunch

The beta launched 15 years ago this week Fifteen years ago this week August 25, 2006, AWS lit the very first beta instance of EC2, its cloud-based virtual machines. Today, cloud computing, and more specifically infrastructure as a service, is a critical part of how businesses use IT, but at that time this concept was not well known or widely understood. EC in EC2 stands for Elastic Compute, and this name was chosen on purpose. The idea was to provide as much computing power as needed to get a job done and then stop it when you no longer need it, making it flexible like a rubber band. The launch of EC2 in beta was preceded by the beta of S3 storage six months earlier, and the two services marked the starting point of AWS's cloud infrastructure jour...
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Eurozone business boom continued in August -PMI

Staff wear face masks on the Volkswagen assembly line in Wolfsburg, Germany April 27, 2020. Swen Pfoertner / Pool via REUTERSLONDON, Aug. 23 (Reuters) - Trade activity in the euro area rose sharply again this month, only declining from the two-decade high monthly rate in July in July, as a rapid vaccination campaign against the coronavirus has allowed more businesses to reopen and customers to venture out, an investigation has shown.Without continued supply chain disruptions, business could have grown faster, but fears that new strains of coronavirus could lead to further restrictions continued to dampen optimism.The IHS Markit Flash Composite Purchasing Managers Index, considered a good indicator of economic health, fell to 59.5 in August from 60.2 last month. It was ahead of the 50 mark...