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What happens when the robots sound too much like humans?
Technology
Published in 9-5-2018
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Artificial intelligence has a new challenge: Whether and how to alert people who may not know they're talking to a robot. On Tuesday, Google showed off an AI assistant that makes convincingly human-sounding phone calls, at least in its prerecorded demonstration. But the real people in those calls didn't seem to be aware they were talking to a machine. Google says its digital voice assist ...>>
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Google suspends all ads related to Irish abortion referendum
Technology
Published in 9-5-2018
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LONDON (AP) Google is suspending all advertising connected to Ireland's abortion referendum as part of moves to protect "election integrity," the company announced Wednesday. The move came a day after Facebook banned foreign-backed ads in the Irish campaign, amid global concerns about online election meddling and the role of internet ads in swaying voters. Google said that starting Thursday, ...>>
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Report: Baylor officials did nothing after being notified of assaults
Technology
Published in 9-5-2018
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According to an alleged victim of multiple assaults by an ex-football player, Baylor coach Art Briles and university president Ken Starr did nothing after being informed.

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Why is your plane delayed? United testing system that provides more details
Business
Published in 9-5-2018
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Instead of simply telling customers that their plane is delayed due to weather, United Airlines is beta testing mobile alerts that provide fuller descriptions on how the weather is affecting their flight. The program is called Every Flight Has a Story.

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Trump’s bully diplomacy with Iran, China and allies is bad for business
Business
Published in 9-5-2018
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Anyone doing business across an international border is worried about what will happen next.
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JLL arranges loan for Spring retail center near Grand Parkway
Business
Published in 9-5-2018
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Houston-based Capital Retail Properties has secured a $7.15 million loan to refinance The Shops at Spring Village, a fully-leased retail center near Springwoods Village. Jimmy Board and Connor Harrell of JLL Capital Markets arranged a fixed rate, non-recourse loan through Goldman Sachs.

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Houston home price hits record high
Business
Published in 9-5-2018
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Buyers closed on 7,070 homes last month at a median price of $240,000, a record high for this area, the Houston Association of Realtors said Wednesday in a monthly report.

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Patient Care Intervention Center expands to new offices
Business
Published in 9-5-2018
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The Patient Care Intervention Center, a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve healthcare quality and costs for the community's most vulnerable, has leased space for a new office in the 3701 Kirby Drive building. Julie Tysor Taetz of the Appelt Co. represented the landlord, while Emil Wulfe of Wulfe & Co. represented the tenant in the deal.

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Treasury chief says IRS to ban hedge fund tax dodge
Economy
Published in 9-5-2018
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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the Internal Revenue Service plans on closing a loophole that hedge-fund managers had been trying to exploit to avoid paying higher taxes on carried-interest profits. Mnuchin told the Senate Finance Committee Wednesday that a Bloomberg News story this week, which detailed how hedge funds created scores of shell companies to work around the new carried-profit ...>>
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Inflation pressures raising expectations for rate hikes
Economy
Published in 9-5-2018
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WASHINGTON - Inflation pressures appear to be building in the U.S. economy, a prospect that is heightening anxiety about potentially higher borrowing rates that could slow economic growth. The latest source of concern was a report Wednesday that showed a key measure of inflation rising in January by the sharpest rate in a year. The increase was led by higher prices for clothing, housing and auto i ...>>
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Lexus tops vehicle dependability study for 7th straight year
Economy
Published in 9-5-2018
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DETROIT - Lexus is the most dependable vehicle brand for the seventh consecutive year in J.D. Power's annual survey. Porsche, Buick, Infiniti and Kia round out the top five brands in the survey. The worst performers were Chrysler, Land Rover, Fiat, Jeep and Cadillac. The survey measures problems that vehicle owners experience after three years of ownership. For this year's survey, J.D. P ...>>
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Children's author Asher expelled from writer organization over harassment
Economy
Published in 9-5-2018
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NEW YORK - Best-selling children's author Jay Asher has been expelled from a prominent writers organization because of allegations about sexual harassment. Lin Oliver, executive director of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, said this week that Asher had violated the society's harassment code. He was banned last year, but the news only came to light with the ri ...>>
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Tax overhaul may mean more acrimonious divorce negotiations
Economy
Published in 9-5-2018
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NEW YORK - President Donald Trump's tax law could make divorce an even more miserable experience, according to a new survey of the nation's top matrimonial attorneys. Almost two-thirds of respondents said they expect divorce negotiations to become more acrimonious following a change to the tax treatment of alimony, a poll by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers showed. The new law ...>>
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Rockets vs. Warriors: The season series
Sports
Published in 9-5-2018
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The Western Conference finals marks the first time the Warriors and Rockets have met at full-strength this season.

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Revisiting the Rockets' trade for Chris Paul
Sports
Published in 9-5-2018
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A look at what the players the Rockets traded away for Chris Paul ended up doing this season.

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