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Dogs destroyed after attack on Minneapolis mother and her young children

MINNEAPOLIS — Two dogs were subsequently euthanized mauled a mother and her two young children in Minneapolis last week.

Minneapolis Animal Care and Control (MACC) says the Pit Bulls were seized immediately after the attack on Wednesday afternoon and their owner ultimately surrendered them to be “humanely euthanized and subjected to rabies testing.”

The attack happened near Hall Curve and Harry Davis Lane, just west of Interstate 94 in the Lyn Park neighborhood.

Neighbor Ron Swengel told WCCO that he heard screams coming from the victims’ backyard, and a child shouting, “They’re killing my mother!” Swengel says he ran over to help.

“There was a board there, I picked it up and waved it at the dogs trying to get them off her,” Swengel said.

Angel, 3-year-old Kani Jr. and 8-year-old Markell

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Home surveillance video shows the owner eventually arriving and ushering the dogs into his vehicle.

According to MACC officials, the mother suffered life-threatening injuries. Her children, ages 3 and 8, are expected to survive.

Residents who spoke with WCCO after the attack say neighbors had filed multiple complaints about the dogs with MAAC in the past.

Minneapolis police and MACC are still investigating. A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family with medical expenses.

NOTE: The original air date of the video for this article is May 23, 2024.

Does it come directly from AI, or from competition with AI skills?

Nearly half of professionals in a new survey from Microsoft and LinkedIn say they fear artificial intelligence will replace their jobs.

And more than half of respondents who use AI at work said they worry that using it for important tasks makes them feel expendable, according to the Work Trend Index survey of thousands of knowledge workers — those who typically work at a desk .

Two-thirds of leaders in the survey said they would not hire someone without AI skills. According to the report, about 70% would rather hire a less experienced person with AI skills than a more experienced person without these skills.

Laurence Liew, director of AI innovation at AI Singapore, recently spoke about the importance of AI-skilled workers.

“AI is not going to replace you,” Liew reportedly said during a panel discussion. “You’re being replaced by someone who uses AI to outperform you.”

Molly Kinder, a fellow at Brookings Metro and an expert on how innovations can impact the labor market, said Tuesday that Liew’s statement is an “oversimplification” of AI’s impact on the labor market.

“Technology impacts employment in many ways,” she says. “It is very nuanced, and in some cases AI is even taking over people’s jobs.”

AI will disrupt jobs. It will change roles. And sometimes positions are eliminated, she said.

But Kinder said AI, and especially generative AI, is not an immediate threat to most jobs right now.

“My colleagues and I at the Brookings Institution have analyzed some data from OpenAI, and our main conclusion is that at this stage, with this level of technology, we are likely to see larger impacts than automation impacts,” she said. “So I think it’s just not true that the majority of people are about to see their jobs disappear.”

Kinder echoed part of Liew’s statement, that it’s really up to workers to find ways AI can improve their jobs.

The Microsoft and LinkedIn report shows that 75% of global knowledge workers use generative AI. According to the report, usage has almost doubled in the past six months.

Kinder said the technology has the potential to make jobs faster, better or even more fun.

Last summer, the Pew Research Center broke down which types of tasks and skills could be replaced by AI or most helped by the technology.

It found that about a fifth of workers have jobs that are highly exposed to AI.

Workers with higher education and higher incomes are more exposed to AI, the Pew Research Center finds.

Analytical skills are more important in jobs with more exposure to AI, according to the Pew Research Center. These include the areas of critical thinking, writing, science and mathematics.

Kinder said there seems to be increasing agreement that back-office work and customer service jobs are riper for automation and cost savings with the help of AI.

But she said many jobs could simply see a heavy expansion of AI. This includes finance, engineering, computer programming, law, business, operations and marketing, she said.

Where it is most difficult for computers to outperform humans is in personal interactions.

An AI system cannot replace a lawyer presenting an argument to a jury, or a salesperson taking a client out to lunch to acquire new business.

“Those kinds of personal communication and interpersonal skills are extremely valuable, and the machine can’t do that,” Kinder said.

An earlier Gallup survey found that 75% of people think AI will reduce the number of jobs over the next decade.

Will companies hire less if AI makes their employees more productive?

“There’s a lot of hope and a lot of hype that this could be a transformational technology that will really deliver huge productivity gains,” Kinder said. “We simply don’t have the data yet to show whether this is true.”

Some companies will see productivity gains as a way to reduce their workforce.

Others will want more of a good thing.

“Do we want more with less? Do we want more with more? And part of this is really about the kind of market response and how much… the economy demands of different types of labor services,” she said.

Generative AI is still not as good as most workers at their jobs, Kinder said.

And most people perform a combination of tasks in their jobs, meaning AI may not be a direct replacement for them.

Kinder said AI has the potential to be as disruptive as some of our greatest technological advances of the past, from computers to cars.

“But it’s not guaranteed,” she said. “And I think it absolutely requires that the technology improve significantly.”

Miami man convicted of using fraudulent driver’s license to live in luxury apartment – ​​NBC 6 South Florida

A Miami man has been found guilty of using a fraudulent driver’s license to become a resident of a luxury condominium, authorities said.

Alfred Lenoris Davis, 50, was convicted by a federal jury of using a counterfeit access device to facilitate an identity concealment scheme, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida said Tuesday.

Prosecutors said Davis, a previously convicted felon, used a fraudulent Florida driver’s license to become a resident of the luxury condo in Sunny Isles Beach.

When Davis used the permit, his criminal history was not disclosed to condominium board members when they reviewed his qualifications, authorities said.

Davis will be sentenced on July 11. He faces a prison sentence of up to ten years.

Lexi Thompson, 29, will retire from golf full-time at the end of 2024

Lexi Thompson, who will compete in her 18th US Women’s Open this week at the age of 29, will retire from full-time professional golf at the end of 2024, she announced on Tuesday.

A major champion and 11-time winner on the LPGA Tour, Thompson broke onto the women’s golf scene at age 12 when she became the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open. She turned professional at the age of 15 and won her first event on the Tour at the age of 16, setting another record.

“While it is never easy to say goodbye, it is indeed time,” Thompson said in a video she posted to Instagram.

“I’m looking forward to enjoying the rest of the year as there are still goals I want to achieve,” she said. “I look forward to the next chapter of my life, time with my family, friends and my trusted companion, Leo. I will always look for ways to contribute to the sport and inspire the next generation of golfers. And of course I’m looking forward to some time for myself.”

Thompson has experienced ups and downs throughout her career, including a victory at the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship (now the Chevron Championship) and a final-round collapse with a five-shot lead at the 2021 US Women’s Open. Thompson nearly lost in 2023 her LPGA Tour card while recovering from a lingering wrist injury. She took an extended break from competitive golf to reset and spend time with family back home in South Florida.

“I’m just a lot fresher,” Thompson said at the 2023 Chevron Championship. “I’m in a better mindset, more relaxed, just happier to be here. Not saying I wasn’t there before, just refreshed.

“I had the free time I needed. Of course I probably trained harder than ever when I was home, but I made sure to take time later in the day and evenings to really relax and take my mind off golf and make sure I feel like getting back to come out.”

Thompson mounted a late-season effort last season to salvage her status and find form just in time for the 2023 Solheim Cup. After the team competition in Spain, Thompson posted three straight top-10 finishes and almost made the cut at a PGA Tour event, which she played on a sponsor’s waiver.

This season, Thompson has scored just twice, including a T3 finish in the Ford Championship.

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Alpacas test positive for H5N1 bird flu for the first time

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Scientists have been closely monitoring the H5N1 virus for about two decades.



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Highly pathogenic bird flu, also called bird flu, has been identified for the first time in alpacas, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories.

The animals that tested positive were on a farm in Idaho where poultry had tested positive for the virus and were culled in May. The alpacas tested positive on May 16, the USDA said in a news release.

The USDA noted that the discovery of other infected animals on the same farm as the infected birds were not necessarily a surprise.

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The gene sequence of viruses isolated from alpacas shows that they are closely related to the H5N1 viruses currently circulating among dairy cattle.

According to the Alpaca Owners Association, there are more than 264,000 registered alpacas in the US.

Scientists have been closely monitoring the H5N1 virus for about two decades. For most of that time, the disease has mainly affected birds. However, over the past two years the virus has infected a wider variety of wild and farmed mammals, raising concerns that the virus is moving closer to becoming a pathogen that can be easily transmitted between humans.

Over the years, human cases have been reported sporadically around the world, including three in the US, but no person-to-person transmission has been reported during the ongoing livestock outbreak in the US.

Neches’ Jessi Sumpter leads 1A semifinal win over Hermleigh softball

The Hermleigh softball team’s reign as state champions ended Tuesday, thanks in large part to Jessi Sumpter.

The Neches senior recorded 13 strikeouts to thwart the Cardinals in a 7-2 victory in the Class 1A state semifinals at McCombs Field in Austin. Sumpter allowed three hits and one earned run as the Tigers advanced to their first championship game.

Hermleigh (20-10) took a 1-0 lead at the top on Summer Smith’s single. The Cardinals struggled to rally much afterward. Sumpter issued three walks, but none after the second inning.

Hermleigh’s other run was unearned and scored by Destiney Hopkins after she led the sixth inning with a two-base error. Neches (16-2) then led 5-2.

The Tigers tied the game in the bottom of the first on Kacie Trimble’s single and scored the go-ahead runs in the second. Trimble had a team-high three RBIs despite going 1 for 4. Neches took advantage of four Cardinals errors.

Smith allowed three earned runs in a complete game. She gave up six hits and six walks, striking out seven.

The Tigers advanced to the 1A final against Jonesboro on Wednesday. The Eagles (22-7) shut out Slocum 10-0 in six innings in the other semifinal.

CDC: 1 in 9 US Children Now Have ADHD, with a Rise in Diagnoses Since 2016

(NEW YORK) – Diagnoses of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the United States have increased dramatically in recent years, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The study, which examined data from more than 45,000 parental responses to the 2022 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH), found that by 2022, seven million children between the ages of 3 and 17 had previously been diagnosed with ADHD, a increase of one million compared to 2016.

This amounts to approximately 1 in 9 American children being diagnosed with ADHD at some point in their lives. Furthermore, in 2022, 10.5% of children, or 6.5 million, were found to currently have ADHD.

The study found that 58.1% of children with current ADHD had moderate or severe ADHD and 77.9% had at least one co-occurring disorder. Co-occurring disorders included behavioral problems such as anxiety or depression and developmental problems such as a learning disability or speech delay.

ADHD is a condition that includes attention problems, hyperactivity and impulsivity. It starts in childhood and can last into adulthood.

A child with ADHD may often daydream; forgetting or losing things; talks too much; squirming or fidgeting; have difficulty getting along with others; have difficulty taking turns; and making careless mistakes, according to the CDC.

There is no single test that can diagnose ADHD. Parents concerned that their child has ADHD should first speak with a healthcare provider to discuss whether the symptoms fit an ADHD diagnosis, the CDC says. A diagnosis may be made by a mental health professional, such as a psychologist or psychiatrist, or by a primary care provider, such as a pediatrician.

Despite behavioral therapy being often recommended alone or as an adjunct to medications, according to parent responses, only about half of children with current ADHD, 53.6%, had taken medications in the past year and 44.4% had received behavioral therapy.

Nearly a third of children, 30.1%, did not receive any ADHD-specific treatment, the study found. In addition, older children between 12 and 17 years of age were more likely than younger children between 6 and 11 years of age to remain untreated. Children living in non-English speaking households were also less likely to report having received treatment.

While a lack of access may be one reason why some children do not receive treatment, a shortage of medications may be another reason. According to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, ADHD medications have faced national shortages for years.

Among them is the ADHD drug Adderall. The shortage arose at the end of 2022, initially due to delays at a manufacturer. According to the US Food and Drug Administration, the shortage will be demand-driven from early 2024.

There are a few reasons why the number of diagnoses might have increased, the authors said. First, as public awareness of ADHD has changed over time, more children may be correctly diagnosed with ADHD. Second, there may be less stigma around getting treatment for ADHD.

Finally, the COVID-19 pandemic may have played a role, with poor mental health during the pandemic possibly worsening ADHD symptoms in many children, the authors said.

The authors noted that children with ADHD are more likely to experience poor health outcomes than adults, including obesity, chronic diseases and accidental injuries.

They added that the study’s estimates could be used to help clinicians be alert to ADHD and children going untreated, and to “help policymakers, government agencies, health care systems, public health professionals and other partners plan for the needs of children with ADHD, for example by ensuring access to ADHD care and services.”

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