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Can AI flag disease outbreaks faster than humans? Not quite

BOSTON (AP) — Did an artificial-intelligence system beat human doctors in warning the world of a severe coronavirus outbreak in China?
In a narrow sense, yes. But what the humans lacked in sheer speed, they more than made up in finesse.
Early warnings of disease outbreaks can help people and governments save lives. In ... (full story)

Ticker symbols

Q: Can you explain stocks' ticker symbols? -- P.D., Santa Rosa, California
A: A ticker symbol is a unique identifier for a company's stock. On the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), tickers generally used to have three or fewer letters, while stocks trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market usually had four or five letters. That made it e ... (full story)

Ohio wants to put Lake Erie on a new, strict pollution diet

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio wants to put Lake Erie on a new, stricter pollution diet to fight back against the toxic algae blooms that have flourished for more than a decade, environmental regulators said Thursday.
The state intends to establish a plan to reduce runoff that's feeding the outbreaks by limiting how much of the ... (full story)


Environmentalists: Lake Erie won't recover without new rules

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Political leaders and environmentalists who have spent years pushing Ohio to adopt a pollution diet to combat toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie say the state's plan to do just that will fall short if there are no new regulations on farmers.
They contend that the only way the lake will meet federally mand ... (full story)

New visa rules set off 'panic wave' in immigrant communities

BOSTON (AP) — After nearly a dozen years moving through the U.S. visa system, Sai Kyaw's brother and sister and their families were at the finish line: a final interview before they could leave Myanmar to join him in Massachusetts and work at his restaurant.
Then a dramatic turn in U.S. immigration policy halted their plan ... (full story)

Boomers have a drug problem, but not the kind you might think

(THE CONVERSATION) Baby boomers – that's anyone born in the U.S. between 1946 and 1964 – are 20% of the population, more than 70 million Americans. Decades ago, many in that generation experimented with drugs that were both recreational and illegal. Although boomers may not be using those same drugs today, many are takin ... (full story)