Author: Scotfree

US Charges Former Olympic Figure Skater in COVID-19 Small Business Fraud

A pair of figure skating boots in a file photo. (Jacques Demarthon/AFP via Getty Images) NEW YORK—A former Slovenian figure skater who competed in the 1992 Winter Olympics has been criminally charged in Manhattan with fraudulently raising $1.6 million meant to help small U.S. businesses cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday charged…

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In The News podcast: Why is the DUP tearing itself apart?

Even by the notoriously brutal standards of politics, the end of Arlene Foster’s reign as leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) was particularly savage. The fallout has been even more devastating . What has happened since she was effectively and summarily dismissed by the party has left more than one political ego bruised and…

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CCP Official at Chinese University in Shanghai Stabbed to Death

A high-ranking Chinese Communist Party (CCP) official at a top Chinese university in Shanghai died after being attacked by a teacher colleague, according to media reports. The Shanghai police issued a brief notice that said there was a deadly knife attack at a university on Handan Road, Yangpu district, Shanghai city, on June 7, 2:52…

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Microsoft Provides Australian State Police with Facial Recognition Services For Surveillance

Microsoft has announced it will provide the Australian New South Wales (NSW) Police force with its facial recognition technology to speed up the state’s surveillance footage analysis. The state police’s older systems involved CCTV footage—and other forms of evidence required in investigations—stored on servers locally, which required time-consuming manual review from police. The new system…

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