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Federal rules now require all young dogs entering U.S. be microchipped to prevent spread of rabies

All dogs coming into the U.S. from other countries must be at least 6 months old and microchipped to help prevent the spread of rabies, according to new government rules published in May. The new rules require vaccination for dogs that have been in countries where rabies is common. The update applies to dogs brought in by breeders or rescue groups as well as pets traveling with their U.S. owners. “This new regulation is going to address the current challenges that we’re facing,” said Emily Pieracci, a rabies expert at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who was...

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Tick season is underway: How Milwaukee residents can avoid the little blood suckers

Tick season has started across the U.S., and experts are warning the bloodsuckers may be as plentiful as ever. Another mild winter and other favorable factors likely means the 2024 tick population will be equal to last year or larger, some researchers say. “It’s very bad and has only been getting worse,” said Susanna Visser of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An increasing variety of ticks are pushing into new geographical areas, bringing unusual diseases. Exotic southern species like the Gulf Coast tick and the lone star tick are being detected in New York and other northern...

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Police officers who were injured defended the Capitol on January 6 are fighting Trump’s election lies

Former Capitol Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonell has mostly recovered from the brutal assaults he endured from Donald Trump’s supporters on January 6, 2021. But not completely. His shoulder still has limited endurance and there are screws and a metal plate holding his right foot together after bone fusion surgery. Emotional recovery has been more difficult. Gonell struggled when he heard that former Trump visited Capitol Hill last month and received what he called a “hero’s welcome” from the Republican lawmakers Gonell had protected that day, and when Trump falsely told millions of viewers in last week’s debate that many...

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Augmenting humans: Why the CIA’s Chief Technologist is cautious about embracing generative AI

Knowledge advantage can save lives, win wars, and avert disaster. At the Central Intelligence Agency basic artificial intelligence, machine learning and algorithms, has long served that mission. Now, generative AI is joining the effort. CIA Director William Burns says AI tech will augment humans, not replace them. The agency’s first chief technology officer, Nand Mulchandani, is marshaling the tools. There is considerable urgency: Adversaries are already spreading AI-generated deepfakes aimed at undermining U.S. interests. A former Silicon Valley CEO who helmed successful startups, Mulchandani was named to the job in 2022 after a stint at the Pentagon’s Joint Artificial...

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The bigger picture: How to spot deepfake images as generative AI tools continue to advance

AI fakery is quickly becoming one of the biggest problems confronting us online. Deceptive pictures, videos, and audio are proliferating as a result of the rise and misuse of generative artificial intelligence tools. With AI deepfakes cropping up almost every day, depicting everyone from Taylor Swift to Donald Trump to Katy Perry attending the Meta Gala, it is getting harder to tell what is real from what is not. Video and image generators like DALL-E, Midjourney and OpenAI’s Sora make it easy for people without any technical skills to create deepfakes — just type a request and the system...

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Not unknown anymore: Black Union soldiers finally honored by name at Civil War battlefield in Vicksburg

Thelma Sims Dukes grew up during the 1940s and 1950s in a segregated Mississippi town steeped in Civil War history. As a small Black girl, she would walk to school through Vicksburg National Military Park — the hilly battlefield where Union and Confederate soldiers fought and died over whether the U.S. would continue allowing slavery in the South. Union forces won a pivotal campaign to capture the town of Vicksburg and gain control of the Mississippi River in 1863, hastening the war’s end. But during Dukes’ childhood, Vicksburg venerated the Confederacy and ignored the history of Black soldiers who...

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