Walmart to Stop Some Ammo Sales, Ask People to Not Openly Carry Guns

Killer Robots Are Coming ; Left-Handed DNA Found ; and More Picks

Walmart, gun sales
The author writes, “Walmart says it will stop selling handgun and short-barrel rifle ammunition, while requesting that customers not openly carry firearms in its stores, even where state laws allow it. The announcement comes just days after a mass shooting claimed seven lives in Odessa, Texas, and follows back-to-back shootings last month, one of them at a Walmart store.” Photo credit: Jared C. Benedict / Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)
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Document Reveals the FBI Is Tracking Border Protest Groups as Extremist Organizations (DonkeyHotey)

From Yahoo News: “The FBI has gathered intelligence from people with ‘direct access’ to the organizations and is monitoring their social media, according to the document, called an ‘external intelligence note,’ that was obtained by Yahoo News. The note, which was produced by the FBI office in Phoenix and sent to other law enforcement and government agencies, said there are indications these groups are ‘increasingly arming themselves and using lethal force to further their goals.’ However, almost all of the evidence cited in the report involved nonviolent protest activity.” 

Google Will Pay 170M to Settle Allegations That YouTube Illegally Collected Kids’ Data (Chris)

The author writes, “The Federal Trade Commission announced the settlement Wednesday morning, following the federal agency’s investigation into whether YouTube and its parent company, Google, have been violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, known as COPPA.”

Seattle Students Walk Out on First Day of School to Demand Equitable Funding (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “Prompted by staff cuts based on enrollment projections at Rainier Beach and other high schools in Seattle, five students decided to organize a walkout in front of Rainier Beach community center on the first day of school to protest those inequities. … More than 50 students from around the area attended the event, which was organized and publicized through Instagram.”

Coming Soon to a Battlefield: Robots That Can Kill (Mili)

The author writes, “Lethal, largely autonomous weaponry isn’t entirely new: A handful of such systems have been deployed for decades, though only in limited, defensive roles, such as shooting down missiles hurtling toward ships. But with the development of AI-infused systems, the military is now on the verge of fielding machines capable of going on the offensive, picking out targets and taking lethal action without direct human input.”

Left-Handed DNA Found — and It Changes Brain Structure (Mili)

From the BBC: “Scientists have found the first genetic instructions hardwired into human DNA that are linked to being left-handed. The instructions also seem to be heavily involved in the structure and function of the brain.”

 

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