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Jürgen Moltmann, who reconciled religion with suffering, has died at the age of 98
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Jürgen Moltmann, who reconciled religion with suffering, has died at the age of 98

Dr. Moltmann had a variety of influences, including the Swiss theologian Karl Barth and the Marxist philosopher and avowed atheist Ernst Bloch, whose three-volume work “The Principle of Hope” (1938-47) inspired his first education. He married Elisabeth Wendel, a fellow student who also became an eminent theologian, in 1952, and the two remained together until her death in 2016. Along with his daughter Anne-Ruth, he leaves three more daughters, Susanne Moltmann-von Braunmühl. , Esther Moltmann and Friederike Moltmann; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Dr. Moltmann has written more than 40 books, including a series of six on systematic theology, another branch of study that attempts to create a coherent and comprehensive set of doctrines that define the Christian faith. ...
Christophe Deloire, who fought for threatened journalists, has died at the age of 53
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Christophe Deloire, who fought for threatened journalists, has died at the age of 53

Christophe Deloire, whose nonpartisan organization to protect journalists saved dissidents from prison and championed a diversity of viewpoints in the profession around the world, died Saturday in Paris. He was 53 years old. The cause would be complications due to brain cancer, according to Reporters Without Borders, the media group of which he has been general secretary for 12 years. Deloire, who was himself a journalist and author, lobbied publicly and worked behind the scenes to promote a free press in countries that muzzled journalists. He helped negotiate freedom for those who had been threatened with arrest, imprisoned or held hostage. In 2023, Reporters Without Borders, known by its French initials RSF, coordinated the clandestine escape of Marina Ovsyannikova, a former Rus...
How the Humane AI Pin Failed
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How the Humane AI Pin Failed

Ms Bongiorno and Mr Chaudhri said Humane was working on problems with the device. The startup has added more voice navigation options to the device, as well as sound effects, to make it easier to use. The updates include the integration of OpenAI's latest chatbot system, GPT-4o, designed to improve battery life by 25% and reduce the device's response time to two seconds. Those updates responded to questions raised by auditors, the founders said. Ms. Bongiorno defined the reviews and feedback as “a gift given to us”. Companies are interested in the device, he added. Within 48 hours of its launch, more than 1,000 companies – including the retail, medical and education sectors – reached out to discuss a possible collaboration or creation of pin software, Bongiorno said. Humane ha...
Israel saves 4 hostages during assault;  Gaza officials say dozens of people are killed
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Israel saves 4 hostages during assault; Gaza officials say dozens of people are killed

Four hostages kidnapped from the Nova music festival and held by militants in Gaza over the past eight months were rescued by Israeli forces on Saturday.After the Hamas-led terrorist attack on October 7, Israel released only a small number of hostages through military force. Saturday's rescue efforts occurred in Nuseirat, central Gaza, where health officials said dozens of Palestinians had been killed. Here's what we know about the four hostages brought back to Israel. Noa Argamani Noa Argamani, 26, was taken hostage in the October 7 attack along with her boyfriend, Avinatan Or. Viral footage showed Ms Argamani being taken to Gaza on the back of a motorbike while she screamed in despair. Ms Argamani and her boyfriend were kidnapped during the Nova music festival in southern Israe...
The NHL's move to Salt Lake City is the latest downsizing of the sport
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The NHL's move to Salt Lake City is the latest downsizing of the sport

Sometimes, smaller is better. For decades, major sports leagues have sought to place teams in the country's largest markets, in hopes of selling more tickets and sponsorships, as well as satisfying broadcasters who want to reach as many viewers as possible. But in recent years, leagues have embraced the allure of smaller markets. Teams moved to cities like Oklahoma City, Las Vegas, and Winnipeg, Manitoba, seeking financial incentives, newer arenas and stadiums, and more devoted fans. In early April, the National Hockey League approved the $1.2 billion sale of the Arizona Coyotes to tech billionaire Ryan Smith and his wife Ashley. The team, which will be renamed, will begin play next season at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, home of another Smiths team, the Utah Jazz of the Natio...
The rise and fall of BNN Breaking, an AI-generated news channel
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The rise and fall of BNN Breaking, an AI-generated news channel

A closer look, however, would have revealed that individual BNN journalists were publishing long stories as many as multiple times a minute, writing in generic prose familiar to anyone who has tinkered with the AI ​​chatbot ChatGPT. BNN's "About Us" page featured an image of four children looking at a computer, some bearing the gnarled fingers that are a telltale sign of an AI-generated image. The ease with which the site and its errors entered the ecosystem for legitimate news highlights a growing concern: AI-generated content is disrupting, and often poisoning, the supply of information online. Many traditional news organizations are already struggling for traffic and advertising dollars. For years they have competed for clicks with journalism about the pink slime, so named for it...
US expands sanctions against Russia during G7 leaders' meeting
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US expands sanctions against Russia during G7 leaders' meeting

While the measures expand the scope of the U.S. sanctions program, the Biden administration has so far refrained from imposing sanctions on Chinese or European banks it believes are helping Russia. The new measures do not prevent banks from facilitating transactions related to Russia's energy exports, which the Biden administration has allowed to continue out of fear that restricting them could stoke inflation. Announcing the sanctions, Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen said in a statement that “Russia's war economy is deeply isolated from the international financial system, leaving the Kremlin's military desperate for access to the outside world.” At the heart of the measures is an expansion of “secondary” sanctions that give the United States the power to blacklist any ban...
Sony Pictures Acquires Alamo Drafthouse in Lifeline to Cinema Chain
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Sony Pictures Acquires Alamo Drafthouse in Lifeline to Cinema Chain

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Sony bought Alamo from Altamont Capital Partners and Fortress Investment Group, as well as the chain's founder, Tim League. Mr League said the cinema chain was “more than thrilled” with the deal. This comes at a time of financial difficulty for the Alamo and the film industry as a whole. Many of Alamo's franchised locations filed for bankruptcy and closed this month, making Sony's move a potential lifeline for the struggling chain. Alamo filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2021 before a private equity firm intervened. The theaters will continue to operate under the Alamo Drafthouse brand, Sony said, although they will be operated by a newly formed division at Sony led by Michael Kustermann, Alamo's chief executive. “Alamo Drafthouse...