Character witnesses for Brock Turner apologize after intense backlash

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As Brock Turner's six-month sentence for rape continues to generate outrage, two women who had served as character witnesses for Turner have now apologized for their support. SEE ALSO: 'Brock made a mistake': The letters that could help explain Stanford rapist's light sentence Most prominent is Leslie Rasmussen of indie rock band Good English. It is because these universities market themselves as the biggest party schools in the country. This is completely different from a woman getting kidnapped and raped as she is walking to her car in a parking lot. These are idiot boys and girls having too much to drink and not being aware of their surroundings and having clouded judgement.


Kidnapping suspect shot and killed by deputies in East Los Angeles

Los Angeles Times

Sheriff's deputies shot and killed a man who barricaded himself in an East Los Angeles home Wednesday after authorities contacted him about a kidnapping investigation. The man, who hasn't been publicly identified, exited the home in the 6400 block of Northside Drive and threatened deputies with a handgun during the barricade episode, according to Deputy Lisa Jansen of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Deputies fired at the kidnapping suspect and struck him several times in the upper torso, Jansen said. The man was taken to an area hospital, where he died. Deputies first went to the East Los Angeles neighborhood about 10 a.m. while following up on an investigation into a kidnapping and assault with deadly weapon that occurred March 19 in the area of Rowan Avenue and Cesar Chavez Boulevard.


Climbers capture intense footage of yet another rockfall at Yosemite

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For the second day in a row, rockfalls have occurred on El Capitan, a popular rock formation located in Yosemite National Park in California. The national park confirmed the fall on Twitter on Thursday, telling visitors that the Northside Drive exiting the Yosemite Valley is closed due to the fall crossing the road. Northside Drive exiting Yosemite Valley is closed due to a new rockfall off of El Capitan. Use Southside Drive to exit Yosemite Valley. Climber Peter Zabrok shared a video through NBC from above the fall, which shows the dusty aftermath through the trees.


When Jacksonville Floods, the Rich Don't Worry; the Poor Fight to Get Through

Mother Jones

This story was originally published by CityLab and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Jacksonville's Northside region was covered with swampland before the 1950s. The floodplain was home to some bait and tackle shops, commercial fisheries, and luxury waterfront homes, but all that changed as the fledgling city grew. Builders constructed middle-class white suburbs in Northside, at first out of the way of major tributaries that were known to regularly spill over and flood--and then, to keep up with demand, eventually right near the waterways. Home prices in the Northside area began to drop in the '70s, as newer suburbs eventually went up in the city's Southside area.


Interview: IBM Watson's creative director on Amazon Echo and how AI can save lives

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IBM Watson burst onto the scene in 2011 as a Jeopardy-playing computer and quickly became synonymous with artificial intelligence. Since then, AI has become a lot more commonplace thanks to the rise of digital assistants like Siri, Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant, but Watson is still chugging away in more ways than you might think, powering everything from cancer treatment software to hotel concierge robots (pictured above). I had a chance to talk to Maya Weinstein, Senior Interaction Design and Creative Director at IBM Watson, about everything from the current crop of AI assistants to how the technology can help save lives. Check out the full interview (with some light edits for clarity) below. Jacob Kleinman: What do you think of the rise of consumer AI products like chatbots or Amazon Echo?