Colorado passes first-in-US AI regulations

With the stroke of Gov. Jared Polis’ reluctant pen, Colorado this month became the first U.S. state to pass a law expressly regulating the use of artificial intelligence — a milestone that supporters said was an imperfect starting point to establish oversight of an emerging industry. The state’s new law broadly targets the risk of … Read more

Louisiana Republican Says Criminalizing Possession of Abortion Pills Is “Good for Women”

Louisiana Republicans voted on Thursday to classify mifepristone and misoprostol, the medications prescribed for abortions, as dangerous controlled substances. They did so under the guise of helping pregnant women though, of course, that is absolutely not what the legislation will do. The bill, which now heads to Republican governor Jeff Landry’s desk, makes possessing the … Read more

Massachusetts spent nearly $400K on vaccine record checks for shelters

State officials have pumped nearly $400,000 into a program to review the vaccine records of families entering the emergency shelter system, including migrants from other countries who may have foreign documentation, according to the Healey administration. Officials at Boston-based John Snow, Inc., which has long worked with the state, have been contracted to review immunization … Read more

Trudeau says Israel needs to follow ICJ ruling and halt operations in Rafah

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says military operations in Rafah must stop now that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ordered Israel to halt its offensive in the southern Gaza city. Speaking to reporters at a press conference on Friday, the prime minister repeated Canada’s call for a ceasefire and for Hamas to release the … Read more

Ramaswamy Booed For Talking Up Trump at Libertarian Event

Former Republican presidential primary candidate Vivek Ramaswamy was booed more than once at the Libertarian National Convention in Washington, D.C. on Friday, first just for even mentioning Donald Trump, who is speaking at the event on Saturday. Ramaswamy, who has long claimed to be libertarian if not part of the Libertarian Party, has become even … Read more

Hillary Clinton has some tough words for Democrats, and for women

By Lisa Lerer and Elizabeth Dias | New York Times Hillary Clinton criticized her fellow Democrats over what she described as a decades-in-the-making failure to protect abortion rights, saying in her first extended interview about the fall of Roe v. Wade that her party underestimated the growing strength of anti-abortion forces until many Democrats were … Read more

Quartiles is a new puzzle game for iPhone

If you’re a Wordle obsessive, you’ll be pleased to know that the latest iOS 17.5 software update included more than a critical bug fix. In its latest major software update, Apple released a new word puzzle game called Quartiles. Quartiles join two other daily puzzles available on Apple News+: Crossword and Crossword Mini. In statistics, … Read more

Louisiana governor signs bill to classify abortion pills as controlled substances into law

Washington — Louisiana became the first state to classify two abortion-inducing medications as controlled substances, making possession of the pills without a prescription a crime.  Gov. Jeff Landry, a Republican, signed legislation that reclassifies misoprostol and mifepristone — a two-step regimen used to terminate early pregnancies — as Schedule IV drugs into law on Friday … Read more