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5 Ways For Seniors To Protect Themselves From Online Misinformation

WXXI US News - Sat, 06/12/2021 - 7:00am
Online misinformation is a serious threat, from fake cures for COVID-19 to false information on voting eligibility. Seniors are especially at risk. People over 65 were more likely to share false or misleading content on Facebook during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to one study from researchers at Princeton and New York University. Older adults were also exposed to more misinformation on Twitter during that election. Seniors should learn about avoiding misinformation — to protect themselves, and because they are civically active. Over half of poll workers were ages 61 and older in the 2018 U.S. general election, according to Pew Research Center. And older voters in the U.S. are also consistently more likely to vote than younger groups. A scientific study published in the journal Nature in March 2021 found that many people shared misinformation on social media because they did not pay close attention to the content. They were less likely to share misinformation after being

Biden's Summit With Putin Follows A Harrowing History Of U.S. Meetings With Russia

WXXI US News - Sat, 06/12/2021 - 7:00am
President Biden's first meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin could be the most contentious between the leaders of the two countries since the Cold War ended three decades ago. Biden has an agenda of grievances, complaints and protests pertaining to Russian activities abroad and Putin's suppression of dissidents at home. Putin has shown no interest in altering his behavior and has his own lists of accusations about U.S. actions in Europe and the Middle East. So this meeting June 16 in Geneva, unlike Putin's meeting with President Trump in 2018 , will recall the long and often tumultuous series of summits between the leaders of the two powers dating back to World War II and their decades of jockeying for dominance on the global stage. Creating the postwar world British Prime minister Winston Churchill (left), President Franklin D. Roosevelt and USSR Secretary General of the Soviet Communist Party Joseph Stalin pose at the start of the Conference of the Allied powers in Yalta,

Austin Police Arrest 1 Of 2 Suspects In Mass Shooting That Wounded 14

WXXI US News - Sat, 06/12/2021 - 6:44am
Updated June 12, 2021 at 7:31 PM ET AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Police have arrested one suspect and are searching for another after a mass shooting on a crowded downtown Austin street left 14 people wounded early Saturday, two of them critically. The Austin Police Department said in a news release that the U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force assisted in making the arrest, but it provided no other details other than to say it is continuing to follow up on leads for the suspect still at large. Interim Police Chief Joseph Chacon said the shooting happened around 1:30 a.m. on a street packed with bars and barricaded off from vehicle traffic. He said investigators believe it began as a dispute between two parties. Chacon said both suspects are male, but declined to disclose details such as whether both fired shots, saying the investigation was ongoing. "Most of the victims were innocent bystanders, but we're still sorting out all of the victims to see what their involvement is in this

Hate Wiped Away A Muslim Canadian Family. Here's How Friends Want Them Remembered

WXXI US News - Sat, 06/12/2021 - 6:30am
The attack was horrendous: Three generations of a Muslim Canadian family killed, leaving a 9-year-old child orphaned . The motive was horrific: Police say the pickup driver who mowed into them targeted them because of their faith. Friends gathering for the family's janazah , or funeral prayer, on Saturday, say want the Afzaal family remembered as more than just victims of a heinous hate crime. "This entire family is a very well-known family, known to be extremely sweet, extremely hospitable, very active in the Muslim community here in London," said Asad Choudhary, principal of London Islamic School where two of the victims attended. "One hundred percent of the time, they were smiling. They always had great kind, positive words to share," he told NPR. People leave flowers and light candles at the scene of what has been called an Islamophobic terrorist attack that killed four family members earlier this week. Steve Russell / Toronto Star via Getty Images The attack took place Tuesday in

Journalists Discuss New Alzheimer’s Drug, Women’s Alcohol Use, the Hip-Hop and Opioids Link

Latest Updates From Kaiser Health News - Sat, 06/12/2021 - 5:00am

KHN chief Washington correspondent Julie Rovner discussed the FDA’s approval of a new drug for Alzheimer’s disease on WAMU’s “1A” on Wednesday.

KHN correspondent Aneri Pattani discussed the increase in alcohol use and misuse by young women on NPR’s “All Things Considered” on Wednesday.

KHN freelancer Harris Meyer discussed the FDA’s approval of a new drug for Alzheimer’s disease on Newsy on Tuesday and WCPN’s “The Sound of Ideas” on Wednesday.

KHN social media manager Chaseedaw Giles discussed opioid use and hip-hop music on NBC Lx’s “First Look” on Tuesday.

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Apple iPhones Can Soon Hold Your ID. Privacy Experts Are On Edge

WXXI US News - Sat, 06/12/2021 - 5:00am
Buying a coffee and grabbing a train is already possible with an iPhone, but Apple wants to replace the physical wallet completely. To that end, earlier this week Apple announced a new feature to let users scan their driver's licenses and save it to their iPhones to use as a legitimate form of identification. The company is working with an undisclosed number of states and the Transportation Security Administration on the plan, which is aimed at speeding up tedious tasks like getting through airport security. It is expected to launch this fall when Apple rolls out its latest iPhone operating system, iOS 15. Apple touts the feature as an added convenience, though to privacy experts and advocates, it is raising alarm. "This just strikes me as the latest example of where they're trying to weave themselves into more and more aspects of our lives," said Evan Greer, director of the group Fight for the Future, a progressive organization critical of Big Tech. "And when Apple becomes kind of

Appeals court upholds ruling that stripped PAB of disciplinary powers

WXXI US News - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 7:06pm
A decision issued Friday by a panel of state Appellate Division judges upheld a previous ruling that stripped Rochester’s Police Accountability Board of its disciplinary powers.

Crime Is The Key Issue In New York City Mayor's Race

WXXI US News - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 6:39pm
A major primary election kicks off across New York City on Saturday as voters prepare to pick a new mayor for the first time in eight years. Mayor Bill de Blasio is out at the end of the year because of term limits and as voters choose from a crowded field of would-be successors, the issue of crime and public safety has overtaken COVID-19 as the leading concern among voters — boosting moderates and serving as a stress test for the city's progressive left. So far, more than 33,000 city residents have died from COVID-19, more than any other major city in the United States. But as virus rates go down and vaccination rates go up, New York City voters increasingly say that crime and public safety are their biggest concerns, according to a recent poll . Shootings are up 77% year to date, including a spate of recent high-profile incidents. Last weekend, a shooter aimed into a Queens home and killed a 10-year-old boy. A few weeks earlier a 4-year-old was wounded by stray bullets on a Saturday

Rochester church chosen by state to provide COVID-19 vaccine to low-vaccinated population

WXXI US News - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 5:54pm
The Greater Harvest Church in the city’s Maplewood neighborhood opened its doors Friday as a COVID-19 vaccination site. The church is one of 11 locations that the state is using to reach residents in zip codes where vaccination rates are lowest. The 14613 and 14605 zip codes are on the list of 25 zip codes with the lowest vaccination rate in New York with a minimum population of 3,000. Rev. Sebrone Johnson, senior pastor of Greater Harvest, said he and his team have been doing COVID outreach work since April, so becoming a vaccination site was an easy decision to make. “We're having conversations Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday,” Johnson said. “We're walking through the neighborhoods saying hello, and reminding people over and over again (that) it's so important.” Johnson said while pop-up sites are an effective way of reaching the underserved population, these sites shouldn’t be sporadic. “How about making pop-up sites stay-up sites,” said Johnson. “(So) that we don't

AG Garland Vows To Defend Voting Rights As The 'Cornerstone' Of American Democracy

WXXI US News - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 5:50pm
Updated June 11, 2021 at 7:11 PM ET U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday offered a fierce defense of voting rights, which he described as an indisputable "cornerstone" of American democracy, as he outlined a series of measures meant to protect those rights. "There are many things open to debate in America, but the right of all eligible citizens to vote is not one of them. The right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy, the right from which all other rights ultimately flow," Garland said during remarks to the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. Following former President Donald Trump's baseless claims of a stolen 2020 election, many Republican-led legislatures across the country have in recent months sought to pass restrictive voting measures that critics have argued are often designed specifically to disenfranchise racial minorities and the poor. Garland noted that at least 14 states have passed new laws this year to make it harder to vote. Those

Skateboarding Gives Freedom To Rural Indian Teen In Netflix Film — And In Real Life

WXXI US News - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 4:32pm
When Asha Gond first started skateboarding, neighbors in her village of Janwar in central India were aghast. They urged the teenager's parents to keep her busy with housework or get her married. When she walked through the village, skateboard in hand, they would sneer at her and make disparaging comments. Skateboarding is for boys, Gond, now 21, recalls the villagers saying. Skateboarding isn't common in Indian cities, let alone remote rural areas like where Gond lives. The skatepark in her village was built by a German social activist. It ignited in her a life-altering passion for skateboarding — a passion Gond has pursued despite the rigid patriarchal norms in her village and one that has taken her to championships overseas. It's an incredible story of how one skatepark can change a girl's – and really an entire community's – life. YouTube It also happens to be the plot of a new Netflix movie called Skater Girl releasing June 11. The movie chronicles the journey of a rural Indian

China's New Anti-Foreign Sanctions Law Sends A Chill Through The Business Community

WXXI US News - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 4:22pm
BEIJING – Over the last three years, the U.S. and the European Union have imposed a series of sanctions on Chinese officials and companies. Now China has created a new legal tool to hit back. Organizations with a foot in both the United States and China may face a tough choice going forward: By complying with American sanctions on China, they face the possibility of tough sanctions in China as a penalty for doing so. On Thursday, Beijing passed a sweeping law designed to counter U.S. and EU sanctions on Chinese officials and major Chinese companies. Those involved in designing or implementing the U.S. and EU sanctions could find themselves or their family members denied visas to China. Their property in China may be seized, and any commercial transaction they attempt with a Chinese institution can be blocked. "The law signals that when you have no standing or power to boss people around, then your law in the U.S. will get you nowhere in China," says Wei Jianguo, a former commerce vice

G-7 Summit: Leaders Discussed Building A Fairer Post-Pandemic Economy

WXXI US News - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 4:22pm
Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit AILSA CHANG, HOST: Leaders from the Group of Seven - that is seven of the world's wealthiest democracies - are meeting on England's southwest coast this weekend. They spent the afternoon discussing how to build back a fairer post-pandemic economy. That's just one of the many issues they're working on at the summit, the first of its kind in nearly two years. NPR's Frank Langfitt is following the meeting in the English county of Cornwall. He's right outside one of the venues for the summit. Hey, Frank. FRANK LANGFITT, BYLINE: Hi, Ailsa. CHANG: Hi. So let's talk about what this fairer economy would look like. Like, what are the leaders' biggest concerns at this point as economies begin to recover? LANGFITT: Yeah, I think the big concern is, as we all know, the pandemic only exacerbated inequalities. We saw it with, obviously, people of color in the United States, also here in the U.K., frontline workers, all the way to the poorer countries that are

What's Up For (Pointed) Discussion At Biden-Putin Summit

WXXI US News - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 4:22pm
Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: It's hard to guess quite where President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin will start when they meet face-to-face in Geneva next week. The list of friction points between their countries is long, and it keeps getting longer by the day. New cyberattacks keep coming to light, and the hackers, according to U.S. intelligence, are sitting in Russia. Then there's the Russian troop buildup on the border with Ukraine, the dissident journalist snatched off a plane by a Russian ally, Belarus. And that's probably just page one of the list. We thought it might be useful to check through, one by one, what is likely to be on the summit agenda, kind of a cheat sheet to follow along next week. Our guide is diplomatic correspondent Michele Kelemen. She's at the State Department, and she's with us now. Hey there. MICHELE KELEMEN, BYLINE: Hi there, Mary Louise. KELLY: OK, before we get into chewing over what these two presidents are

California Congressman 'Very Troubled' By Trump DOJ's Secret Seizure Of His Data

WXXI US News - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 4:22pm
Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: Just how far was the Trump Justice Department willing to go to investigate leaks as the Russia investigations played out? Pretty far, it turns out. In recent weeks, we have learned the DOJ secretly obtained phone records for reporters who were breaking stories at The New York Times, The Washington Post and CNN. Now, The Times has broken this story. Prosecutors also subpoenaed records from the accounts of Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, as well as staffers and family members, including a minor. The Justice Department's own inspector general is launching a review. Democratic senators are calling for testimony. And we are going to question one of the lawmakers whose records were seized, Congressman Eric Swalwell of California. And he joins us now. Congressman, welcome. ERIC SWALWELL: Thanks for having me back. KELLY: How did you first learn about this? SWALWELL: By an email that I almost deleted. I thought it

Merrick Garland Promises A Plan To Protect Voting Access

WXXI US News - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 4:22pm
Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: Attorney General Merrick Garland delivered an impassioned defense of voting rights today, and he vowed to staff up the Justice Department's legal muscle to protect access to the ballot. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) MERRICK GARLAND: So, again, the Civil Rights Division is going to need more lawyers. KELLY: His statements come as lawmakers in dozens of states have proposed legislation that restricts access to voting. NPR justice correspondent Ryan Lucas was listening in. Hey there, Ryan. RYAN LUCAS, BYLINE: Hi there. KELLY: All right. Tell me a little bit more what - about what Merrick Garland said today on voting rights. LUCAS: Well, I think, first off, it's worth emphasizing what you said at the top. This was a fierce defense of voting rights and the federal government's role in protecting them. Here is how Garland spelled out how essential this issue is in his mind. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) GARLAND: There

Evans outlines senior citizen plan, says Flagler-Mitchell has “got to go”

WXXI US News - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 4:15pm
Mayoral Candidate Malik Evans announced plans for increasing services to senior citizens, in his third campaign announcement leading up to the primary. Joined by a group of senior citizens from across Rochester in a news conference Friday afternoon, Evans unveiled three policies meant to better the lives of aging Rochesterians — designated space for “intergenerational” cohousing, a “Senior Stabilization Fund” aimed at assisting seniors in aging-in-place, and the launch of a Senior Volunteer Corps. The proposals make up the fourth pillar of Evans’ so-called “Compact with the Community,” the encompassing title for the candidate’s policy package. The first two proposals, announced earlier in June and May, included job training for city youth, curbing gun violence, and expanding small businesses and home ownership. The goal of the intergenerational housing initiative is largely to foster diverse and inclusive communities in Rochester. Evans pledged to begin the process of creating that

G-7 Summit: Leaders Discussed Building A Fairer Post-Pandemic Economy

NPR Topics: Economy - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 4:07pm

Members of the G-7 began their first summit-level meeting in two years in Cornwall, England, on Friday. They spent the afternoon discussing how to build back a fairer post-pandemic economy.

Clergy abuse victims want speedier action on claims; Diocese proposes $35 million settlement

WXXI Local Stories - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 3:47pm
An attorney representing a number of people who have claims of sexual abuse against clergy in the Rochester Catholic Diocese is calling on Bishop Salvatore Matano and the Diocese to release secret files and also fairly settle claims of the alleged victims. Mitchell Garabedian, a Boston based lawyer, is not satisfied with the current mediation process. “There is no light at the end of the tunnel with regards to the resolution of the claims in mediation. And the mediation has been playing out for months and we believe that the Diocese has been acting in bad faith in mediation just to buy time. So they allowed it to play out,” Garabedian said. The attorney also said during a media briefing on Friday that he is worried delays will make it tougher to resolve these cases. “Over time memories fade, documents disappear, evidence grows stale, and that’s to the benefit of the defendants. And that’s what the Diocese of Rochester is up to. They want to wear down the victims of survivors, and it’s
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