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Last Update on November 20, 2014 08:08 GMT

IN THE NEWS: PRESIDENT PUSHES BROADBAND IN SCHOOLS INITIATIVE

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says many countries around the world let schoolchildren have access to high-speed Internet connections in the classroom. And he says American children should have the same opportunity. The president is calling on local school officials to help him reach his goal of getting broadband connections to nearly every student within a few years. Obama says it's time "to yank our schools into the 21st century when it comes to technology." Currently, less than 40 percent of U.S. public schools have high-speed Internet connections in their classrooms -- something the president says isn't good for the nation where the Internet was invented.

IN THE NEWS: COMPUTERIZED CAR CONDUNDRUM

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- You may know a growing number of companies are working toward having cars that drive themselves. But that effort is also driving a big debate: how to program the car to make the kind of life-and-death decisions that humans sometimes have to make. For example, if a large truck is speeding toward you in the opposite direction -- a driver may have to choose between avoiding the collision with the truck and hitting a bicyclist on one side -- or a family on foot on the opposite side. So far, the people working on the technology say they haven't focused on these ethical questions.

 
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