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The Robots Are Coming, and Sweden Is Fine

A 2016 study by the World Economic Forum surveyed 15 major economies that collectively hold two-thirds of the global work force — about 1.86 billion workers — concluding that the rise of robots and artificial intelligence will destroy a net 5.1 million jobs by 2020.A pair of Oxford University researchers concluded that nearly half of all American jobs could be replaced by robots and other forms of automation over the next two decades.When automated teller machines first landed at bank branches in the late 1960s, some foresaw the extinction of humans working in banks. But employment swelled as banks invested the savings into new areas like mortgage lending and insurance. Similar trends may play out again.Three years ago, Soren Karlsson quit his job on the business side of a Swedish newspaper to start United Robots, a venture that one might initially think was aimed at ruining the lives of his former colleagues: He developed a robot, named Rosalinda, that scans data about sporting events to yield news stories.PhotoSoren Karlsson, the founder of United Robots in Malmo, Sweden, developed a robot that produces sports news stories. What does the president of the Swedish Union of Journalists think? “We have always tried to applaud and embrace new developments.”Credit Linus Sundahl-Djerf for The New York Times“The stories are not as colorful as a human would write,” he says.But his robots never break for lunch. Today, Mr. Karlsson has six people working at his offices in the city of Malmo. He expects that Rosalinda will write 100,000 stories this year for various Swedish media outlets, bringing his company revenue of about 5 million krona (about $590,000).Continue reading the main storyAt the Swedish Union of Journalists, no one seems concerned. Rosalinda is mostly adding coverage that did not exist before — stories about high school floor hockey games, middling soccer matches.“We have always tried to applaud and embrace new developments,” says the union president, Jonas Nordling. […]

Crime in New York City Plunges to a Level Not Seen Since the 1950s

And while rapes were down from last year by one, to 1,417, misdemeanor sex crimes — a catchall for various types of misconduct that includes groping — ticked up 9.3 percent to 3,585 so far.The lower homicide numbers are still preliminary — and include one announced on Wednesday night — but they jibe with large drops in killings in major cities like Chicago and Detroit, while contrasting with sizable increases in killings in smaller cities like Charlotte and Baltimore.The city today is a far cry from what it was when Mr. Bratton arrived in 1990 to become the head of the then-separate Transit Police. Not only were there 2,245 killings that year, but there were more than 527,000 major felony crimes and more than 5,000 people shot. Shootings have plunged to 774 so far this year, well below last year’s record low of 998. And for the first time, fewer than 1,000 people have been hurt by gunfire: 917 as of Sunday.The continued declines are a boon to Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat elected on promises of police reform — promises that prompted warnings of mayhem to come by his opponents in 2013. […]

Bernard Law, Powerful Cardinal Disgraced by Priest Abuse Scandal, Dies at 86

In January 2002, however, the scandal of child molestation by priests that had been gathering across America for years hit Boston like an explosion. It erupted when a judge released documents in the case of the Rev. John J. Geoghan, a defrocked priest who had been shifted among a half-dozen parishes amid accusations of abusing 130 boys over 30 years.The cardinal, who had once acknowledged transferring Father Geoghan to another parish, apologized, saying he had relied on flawed psychiatric assessments.PhotoBernard F. Law, the newly installed archbishop of Boston, at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross there in 1984.Credit Mike Kullen/Associated PressIn the ensuing months, hundreds of people came forward to say they had been molested by priests in the archdiocese. Lawsuits and criminal investigations began. In response, 25 priests were removed, and the cardinal gave prosecutors the names of 80 priests accused of abuse over decades. But when the authorities sought further details, they said he became vague and reticent, citing sketchy records.Abundant information was found, though, in a personnel file on the Rev. […]

Bernard Law, Powerful Cardinal Disgraced by Priest Abuse Scandal, Dies at 86

In January 2002, however, the scandal of child molestation by priests that had been gathering across America for years hit Boston like an explosion. It erupted when a judge released documents in the case of the Rev. John J. Geoghan, a defrocked priest who had been shifted among a half-dozen parishes amid accusations of abusing 130 boys over 30 years.The cardinal, who had once acknowledged transferring Father Geoghan to another parish, apologized, saying he had relied on flawed psychiatric assessments.PhotoBernard F. Law, the newly installed archbishop of Boston, at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross there in 1984.Credit Mike Kullen/Associated PressIn the ensuing months, hundreds of people came forward to say they had been molested by priests in the archdiocese. Lawsuits and criminal investigations began. In response, 25 priests were removed, and the cardinal gave prosecutors the names of 80 priests accused of abuse over decades. But when the authorities sought further details, they said he became vague and reticent, citing sketchy records.Abundant information was found, though, in a personnel file on the Rev. […]

East Africa doesn’t want your used clothes

Used clothing donations are more of a hindrance than a help, in the eyes of the East African Community. We need to listen to what they’re saying. […]

Moore Accuser Says She Wrote Part of Yearbook Inscription

Mr. Moore’s campaign said it would address what it called the “Nelson yearbook forgery” at a news conference in Montgomery on Friday afternoon.The inscription has become a major focus in Mr. Moore’s efforts to refute claims by nine women that he made unwanted advances or worse toward them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. The apparent difference in the lettering of the inscription and the words underneath, which include a date and the words “Olde Hickory House,” have spawned weeks of amateur analyses and conspiracy theories, and have led Mr. Moore to repeatedly suggest the yearbook was a fake.“There are a lot of Alabamians who are looking for any piece of evidence to say this was all an attempt to trash the name of Roy Moore, and there will be a lot of people who do seize on it and try to make that argument,” said Elizabeth BeShears, a Republican consultant in Alabama who said she believes Mr. Moore’s accusers.“The tide has turned in his favor in the last week and a half or so,” Ms. BeShears said, “and I think this really will probably help him.”Newsletter Sign UpContinue reading the main storyThank you for subscribing.An error has occurred. Please try again later.You are already subscribed to this email.View all New York Times newsletters.Mr. Moore, a conservative former judge, was expected to cruise to a fairly easy win over Doug Jones, a Democrat and former prosecutor, to fill the Senate seat left open by the appointment of Jeff Sessions as attorney general — until last month, when a series of women came forward with accusations […]

Why a Firm Believer in Tax Cuts Could Derail the Senate Tax Cut Plan

Senate Republican leaders, who are seeking a major legislative victory before year’s end, hope to bring their tax bill, which differs significantly from the House measure, to a vote after Thanksgiving. But it is unclear whether it has enough support to pass in the narrowly divided chamber.Offering concessions to skeptical senators one by one could prove an impossible task for Republican leaders, who face restraints under Senate rules on the total size of the tax cut package. Those leaders are hoping, instead, that they can pull off a version of Mr. Ryan’s strategy: all but daring holdouts to derail the party’s top priority.Republicans, who control Congress and the White House, are desperately seeking their first significant legislative achievement of the Trump presidency. Mr. Johnson’s public wavering elicited calls from President Trump and a visit from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Gary D […]