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An experimental policing tool is gaining traction across the country — and there are major civil-liberties concerns

"Predictive policing" software is now employed by at least 20 of the country's 50 largest police departments, including New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles.<p>But advocates of criminal-justice reform say those practices could lead to racial profiling and aggressive policing.<p>A sweeping coalition of …

Why Detroit has one of America's worst public transportation systems

At the end of World War II, Motown and its environs were home to the largest municipally owned streetcar system in the United States.<p>Regional streetcars, buses, and commuter rail counted an annual ridership of 490 million.<p>Today, the streetcars and commuter rail are gone. Until a new streetcar line …

Smarter artificial intelligence is one of 21st century’s most dire threats, writes Yuval Noah Harari in follow-up to Sapiens<p>It is hard to miss the warnings. In the race to make computers more intelligent than us, humanity will summon a demon, bring forth the end of days, and code itself into …

Singularity

FindFace compares photos to profile pictures on social network Vkontakte and works out identities with 70% reliability<p>If the founders of a new face recognition app get their way, anonymity in public could soon be a thing of the past. FindFace, launched two months ago and currently taking Russia by …

Machine Perception

Korean novelist Han Kang will share £50,000 prize with translator Deborah Smith, for ‘lyrical and lacerating’ story<p>South Korean author Han Kang and her translator Deborah Smith, who only began learning Korean seven years ago, have beaten writers including Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk and …

Books

Stanford study shows how details gleaned from telephone ‘metadata’ by National Security Agency pose a threat to privacy of ordinary citizens<p>The mass collection of telephone records by government surveillance programs poses a clear threat to the personal privacy of ordinary citizens, according to US …

Surveillance

We asked, you answered. Students say they would make the security council add permanent African and Latin American members and sort out tax havens if they landed the UN top job<p>With the UN set to appoint a new secretary general at the end of the year, the spotlight is on who will step into the most …

Africa

If today’s atrocity in Baghdad draws Shia militias into reprisals against Sunnis, it would kill off hopes for the democratic restoration of the Iraqi state and society<p>“Isis is an idea, not the first of its kind and not the last of its kind,” said a powerful security official when I visited Iraq …

Middle East

• Alleged payment believed to be under scrutiny by French police<br>• Pressure on IOC to investigate links between Diack regime and Olympic bids<p>A seven-figure payment from the Tokyo Olympic bid team to an account linked to the son of the disgraced former world athletics chief Lamine Diack was …

Corruption

Outdoor pollution has risen 8% in five years with fast-growing cities in the developing world worst affected, WHO data shows<p>Outdoor air pollution has grown 8% globally in the past five years, with billions of people around the world now exposed to dangerous air, according to new data from more than …

Pollution

Top earners, Kenneth Griffin and James Simons, made $1.7bn each despite ‘hedge fund killing field’ on Wall Street where many companies lost billions or closed<p>The world’s top 25 hedge fund managers earned $13bn last year – more than the entire economies of Namibia, the Bahamas or Nicaragua.<p>Kenneth …

Hedge Funds

Written at the height of Britain’s imperial project, those 23 little tales are really a primer for navigating the merciless currents of amoral capitalism<p>The 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s birth this summer is already kicking up a host of merchandising possibilities that might appear to come …

Books

Young Indians are paying for complex, painful procedures despite the absence of medical oversight in the race to improve career and marriage prospects<p>Komal never told her friends where she really went for six months last year.<p>The 24-year-old, from the town of Kota, in western India, went to see Dr …

Radiation Therapy

Trump calls for end to federal minimum wage as views shift

Donald Trump has called for the elimination of the federal minimum wage, as he retreated from primary promises and once again refused to release his tax returns because of “a link” to an audit.<p>I don't need Republican unity to win, says new Republican party leader<p>Read more<p>The presumptive Republican …

Donald Trump

Barack Obama is taking executive action to close loopholes used by foreigners in US, White House announces<p>Barack Obama is launching a crackdown on international tax evasion in response to recent disclosures in the Panama Papers revealing the scale of offshore financial activity.<p>In a series of …

Corruption

• 78% of junior doctors did not report for work - NHS England<br>• Cameron backs Hunt’s handling of junior doctors<br>• Ministers say bust-up is ‘miners’ moment’<p>8.22pm BST<p>6.35pm BST<p>Vanessa Redgrave has taken to the stage to address the protesters.<p>6.32pm BST<p>This photo gives some sense of the scale of the protest …

Radiation Therapy

I warned that students were being misled and was rebuked but it was true. Ministers owe them and me an apology<p>A few years back, I got my knuckles rapped by a government minister. In public. It was 2010: David Cameron had just come to power, and he was about to thrust university students into a new …

College & University

Specialists say handing inhalers out like sweets hides the fact the disease still kills three people a day in Britain<p>Asthma is being over-diagnosed and trivialised, say two leading specialists. And this is a major problem, because they say doling inhalers out like Smarties means that the small …

Medicine

Governments of every stripe tend to see social mobility as a Good Thing. And so did Lynsey Hanley – but there was a psychological cost, as she recounts in this extract from her new book<p><b>I can’t remember the day</b> I started calling dinner “lunch” and tea “dinner”, but I know that it happened, because …

University of London

The documentary film reveals the toxic social divisions caused by low pay for US and UK workers<p>Janet, a Walmart shop assistant in Louisiana, is so visibly stressed by working in a very understaffed store that a customer tells her she looks as if she’s going have a heart attack. Rochelle, a care …

Income Inequality

• Leicester sold sponsorship rights to company which sold them back to owners<br>• Football League investigating amid concerns club appear to have broken rules<p>Leicester City’s dash to an unlikely Premier League title is billed as football’s most romantic story in a generation but the Football League is …

Soccer

From US billionaires to City barons, the super-rich are buying political influence as never before. Our politicians now work for them, not for us<br>• The questions David Cameron still faces over his tax affairs<br>• We mustn’t let this Panama Papers anger go to waste<p>Over the past 72 hours, you have seen …

Corruption

Fleeing the grip of a sect can be a matter of life or death. Megan Phelps-Roper, and two other former believers, reveal how they lost almost everything when they lost their faith<p>My first memories are of picketing ex-servicemen’s funerals and telling their families they were going to burn in hell. …

Religion

Can we trust robots to make moral decisions?

Last week, Microsoft inadvertently revealed the difficulty of creating moral robots. Chatbot Tay, designed to speak like a teenage girl, turned into a Nazi-loving racist after less than 24 hours on Twitter. “Repeat after me, Hitler did nothing wrong,” she said, after interacting with various …

The Future

Coffee shops take flak for being markers of gentrification. But they might not be so different now from the social and intellectual hubs of 350 years ago<p>It’s a bright February morning at the Proud Archivist (now the Proud East), a coffee shop facing the canal just off Kingsland Road in London, and …

Coffee

New Ford Leasing Program Lets Friends, Neighbors Share a Car

Ford has started a leasing program that lets a group of people share ownership of a car, a move that reflects a broader trend among major automakers …

Take flight with these four great drone deals

With all the quadcopters and drones on the market, finding the right balance of value and quality can be tricky.<p>That’s why we’re highlighting four terrific deals on the best stunt-flying, video-streaming fun you can find!<p>The SKEYE Hexa Drone is a next-generation drone with supremely impressive …

In France, It's Now A Crime To Pay For Sex

A new law in France makes it a crime to pay for sex.<p>Under the law, passed Wednesday, "customers will face fines and be made to attend awareness classes on the harms of the sex trade," The Associated Press reports. Clients will be fined about $1,700 for the first offense — and that increases to more …

Inside Apple CEO Tim Cook’s Fight With the FBI

The day after the massacre in San Bernardino, Calif., where Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik shot to death 14 people and wounded 22 others at a …