first_img Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Men’s health affects baby’s health too Check your body, save your life Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosteronecenter_img Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies LONDON (AP) — Have a question about artificial intelligence and think theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking is the man to ask?Hawking is giving the Internet-going public a rare chance to pose direct questions to him on Reddit, the user-powered news and discussion forum.The celebrity scientist is speaking on the perils and promises of artificial intelligence, a topic of lively interest as self-driving cars take to the streets. Comments   Share   The 73-year-old Hawking frequently makes public appearances, but he has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or motor neuron disease, which makes giving spontaneous answers to questions difficult. Most Reddit question-and-answer sessions wrap up quickly, but this one is being extended over several weeks to give Hawking time to respond.There were already thousands of comments on Monday, a few hours after the forum was opened for discussion.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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first_imgTwo volunteer arts commissioners are wanted to serve on the Clark County Arts Commission.One position is for a member of the business community. The other position is for a commission member at large. Both terms are four years long.The Clark County Arts Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month on the sixth floor of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver. It’s an 11-member board that advocates for arts in the community and advises both the county council and individual city councils.If you are interested, submit a letter and résumé to Alyssa Weyhrauch, County Manager’s Office, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000, or to alyssa.weyhrauch@clark.wa.gov.The application deadline is 5 p.m. Nov. 2.last_img

first_imgWASHINGTON — A bipartisan House group that’s been working in secret to write a comprehensive immigration bill splintered Friday with the departure of two Republicans, the latest sign of difficulty in solving the contentious issue.Texas Reps. John Carter and Sam Johnson said they can no longer be part of the effort because they don’t trust President Barack Obama to enforce any legislation they write.Their move puts into question the continued existence of the group, which even before Friday’s development had failed to produce a final product after months of delay. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida is now the sole Republican with four Democrats involved in the effort. Another Republican, Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho, departed the group several months ago.A joint statement from Johnson and Carter underscored how the thorny immigration issue is made even tougher by partisan politics on Capitol Hill and the distrust many House Republicans have for Obama.“The administration’s practice of hand-picking what parts of laws they wish to enforce has irrevocably damaged our efforts of fixing our broken immigration system,” their statement said.last_img

first_img“As I set down these notes on paper, I’m obsessed by the thought that I may be the last living man on Earth,” radio actor Sam Mowry said. He sat on a stool, dressed all in black, and peered through his spectacles at the rapt audience. They sat in downtown Vancouver’s Kiggins Theatre, which originally opened in 1936 — two years before the original broadcast of “The War of the Worlds” that Mowry helped re-enact Thursday night.“All that happened before the arrival of these monstrous creatures in the world now seems part of another life, a life that has no continuity with the present, furtive existence of the lonely derelict who pencils these words on the back of some astronomical notes bearing the signature of Richard Pierson,” Mowry said, playing the part of a professor in the infamous radio story of a Martian invasion on Earth. No one in the theater raised their hand when asked if they had heard the original broadcast, an adaptation of H.G Wells’ sci-fi novel. It’s been 76 years, after all, since the show aired on Halloween Eve in 1938. Thursday evening’s live radio show was the fourth held at the Kiggins Theatre through a partnership with the Portland-based Willamette Radio Workshop and Washington State University Vancouver’s creative media and digital culture program.last_img

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