New York City’s Filtration Avoidance Determination (FAD)–NYS Health Dept

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) has released the draft New York City Filtration Avoidance Determination (FAD) for public comment. The FAD sets forth the requirements that New York City must follow to continue to avoid filtering its Catskill/Delaware water supply and to ensure safe drinking water for more than 9.5 million New Yorkers.

In anticipation of the final FAD being issued this year, the draft has been released for a 45-day public comment period, ending September 5, 2017.

To view the draft FAD and for instructions on how to comment, visit DOH’s¬†New York City’s Filtration Avoidance Determination webpage

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Paralegal robot reviews patent documents

BY¬†STEPHEN RYNKIEWICZ–ABA Journal
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TurboPatent Corp. on June 28 launched artificial-intelligence products that compare patent claims with past applications to make predictions about patent eligibility.
The patent drafting software, dubbed¬†RoboReview, automates paralegal work, bringing more rigor to the task of researching prior art and potentially saving thousands of dollars on a filing. It’s sold as a subscription product on an unlimited or per-use basis.

“Typically this review is done by humans doing multiple searches,” says James Billmaier, TurboPatent’s chief executive officer. “Very seasoned attorneys are amazed at things the machine finds that they miss in these very technically written documents.”

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New York lawyer accused of calling in bomb threat to avoid sanctions hearing

BY¬†DEBRA CASSENS WEISS–ABA Journal

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A lawyer in Syracuse, New York, is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 4 to enter a plea to allegations that she phoned in a bomb threat to avoid a hearing on an opposing lawyer’s request for sanctions against her.
 
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TSA raising aviation security baseline with stronger domestic security measures | Transportation Security Administration

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As new procedures are phased in, TSA officers will begin to ask travelers to remove electronics larger than a cell phone from their carry-on bags and place them in a bin with nothing on top or below, similar to how laptops have been screened for years. This simple step helps TSA officers obtain a clearer X-ray image.
 
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Adobe to kill off Flash by 2020 | TheHill

BY JOE UCHILL

Adobe announced it would end support for the multimedia plug-in Flash by the end of 2020.

“Adobe is planning to end-of-life Flash. Specifically, we will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020 and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to these new open formats,”¬†the company wrote¬†in a blog post on Tuesday.

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Mandatory Minimum Sentences Decline, Sentencing Commission Says | United States Courts

The number of federal prison inmates sentenced under mandatory minimum laws decreased by 14 percent from 2010 to 2016, although they still make up more than half of all federal inmates, according to a new report by the United States Sentencing Commission.

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Review: SimpliSafe Alarm System — Katie Floyd

Katie Floyd:

I’ve written about my move to a new home and the technology I’m using. With the move came a search for a new alarm system. I looked at “smart alarm” solutions, but ultimately, I installed a system from¬†SimpliSafe. It’s not fancy, and it’s certainly not tech-forward. But it was friendly on the budget and after a few initial hiccups seems to work as advertised.

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