Stocks tick higher in a quiet start; Apple is a bright spot

Los Angeles Times

U.S. stocks were slightly higher Wednesday morning as utility companies climbed. Energy companies were trading lower as the price of oil continued to slip. Stocks are at their lowest levels in two months after large losses in two of the last three days. The Dow Jones industrial average advanced 31 points, or 0.2%, to 18,097 as of 10:05 a.m. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 5 points, or 0.2%, to 2,132.


The Angle: Double Trump Fail Edition

Slate

Another failure: Add to Trumpcare's death in the Senate Monday's less-noted Trump fail, which was his inability to mess with Obama's nuclear deal with Iran.


Mollie Tibbetts investigation: Chevy Malibu seen in surveillance video not registered to suspect Rivera, source says

FOX News

Attorney Peter Lumaj takes a look at the case on'Fox & Friends First.' BROOKLYN, Iowa EXCLUSIVE – The Chevy Malibu that investigators linked to Cristhian Rivera, the illegal immigrant suspected of killing Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts, was not registered in Rivera's name, a law enforcement source revealed to Fox News on Wednesday. Police said Tuesday that the Malibu, which was caught on surveillence footage in Brooklyn, Iowa, was driving back and forth in the area where Tibbetts, a 20-year-old University of Iowa student, was running in the "late afternoon hours of July 18," the day she went missing. "We were able to, first of all, see what we believed to have been Mollie running on one of the streets," Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation special agent Rick Rahn told Fox News. "From that, we started to look into all the vehicles that were also captured on video and eventually identified the vehicle that was driven by Mr. Rivera." The surveillance footage in which the Malibu was seen was not able to capture the vehicle's license plates, but there were "unusual markings" on the car which helped lead investigators track it down, Rahn told said.


Why AI is about to make some of the highest-paid doctors obsolete - TechRepublic

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Radiologists bring home $395,000 each year, on average. In the near future, however, those numbers promise to drop to $0. Don't blame Obamacare, however, or even Trumpcare (whatever that turns out to be), but rather blame the rise of machine learning and its applicability to these two areas of medicine that are heavily focused on pattern matching, a job better done by a machine than a human. This is the argument put forward by Dr. Ziad Obermeyer of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital and Ezekiel Emanuel, PhD, of the University of Pennsylvania, in an article for the New England Journal of Medicine, one of the medical profession's most prestigious journals. Machine learning will produce big winners and losers in healthcare, according to the authors, with radiologists and pathologists among the biggest losers.


Neal Shusterman's 'Dry' is a harrowing look at a world without water

Mashable

Just months after the release of his new novel Thunderhead in his Arc of the Scythe series, National Book Award-winning author Shusterman has a new novel, Dry, that explores what would happen if the United States ran out of water. The dystopian climate tale, co-written with his son Jarrod Shusterman, follows Alyssa, a teenage girl living in California during an extreme drought, which everyone calls "the flow crisis," and then "the Tap-Out." "That's what the media's been calling the drought, ever since people got tired of hearing the word'drought,'" Alyssa explains in the novel. "Kind of like the way'global warming' became'climate change,' and'war' became'conflict.' But now they've got a new catchphrase. SEE ALSO: Neal Shusterman redefines dystopian fiction with his'Arc of the Scythe' series But when Arizona and Nevada pull out of a vital reservoir relief deal that brings some of the country's scarce water supply to Southern California, Alyssa and her community are left dry. "Suddenly, Alyssa's quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbors and families turned against each other on the hunt for water. And when her parents don't return and her life--and the life of her brother--is threatened, Alyssa has to make impossible choices if she's going to survive," the book outlines. Of course, it's hard not to see parallels between the plight of Dry and the environmental disasters in our current news cycle. In 2017, Southern California faced historic wildfires that decimated 1.2M acres of land. The rapid spread of those wildfires aided by years of drought. And Flint, Michigan, still doesn't have clean water, almost four years after it was revealed that the city's water was heavily contaminated with lead in 2014. Dry doesn't come out until Oct. 2, 2018, but if you can't wait for the story, don't worry -- MashReads has a exclusive sneak peek at the novel. Check out the book's cover and an excerpt from the novel below. The kitchen faucet makes the most bizarre sounds. It coughs and wheezes like it's gone asthmatic. It spits once, and then goes silent. Our dog, Kingston, raises his ears, but still keeps his distance from the sink, unsure if it might unexpectedly come back to life, but no such luck.