Google Apologizes After App Tags Black People ‘Gorillas’

googleNEW YORK (AP) — Google is apologizing after reports surfaced that an automatic image-recognition feature in its Photos application was identifying images of some black people as “gorillas.”

A New York man posted a picture of himself and a female friend on Twitter earlier this week, showing that the Google image software had tagged both of them as “gorillas,” which is sometimes used as a racial slur.

Google says it’s “appalled and genuinely sorry” for what happened with the image-recognition feature. It says it’s taking immediate action to stop those kinds of results from appearing again.

Nebraska Teacher Gets 4 to 5 Years in Student Sex Case

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TECUMSEH, Neb. (AP) — A southeast Nebraska woman accused of having sex with a 15-year-old student has been sentenced to four to five years in prison.

Carrie Miller of Tecumseh pleaded guilty to charges as part of plea deals in Johnson and Nemaha counties. She was sentenced Wednesday in Nemaha County. The 25-year-old was also ordered to register as a sex offender for 15 years.

According to court documents, Miller taught at Johnson County Central High School and had a relationship with the teenager for about year. Under Nebraska law, people 19 and older cannot have sexual contact with people younger than 16.

Hall County Loses Bid to Raise Fee for Housing State Inmates

Hall-County-SheriffGRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — State officials have rejected Hall County’s effort to raise its daily fee for housing state prisoners.

County corrections director Fred Ruiz told the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that he’d sought $93 a day, an increase of $5 from the current $88 a day. And he sought a guarantee of 90 state inmates a day.

The state rejected his bid and countered with an offer of $88 a day for 82 state inmates.

The county board voted Tuesday to offer the state a rate of $88 per day for 82 beds and offer to provide space for 14 more inmates for $75 a day each.

September Trial Set for Nebraskan Accused of Injuring Infant

gavel-and-scaleCOLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) — A September trial has been scheduled for a 22-year-old Columbus man accused of seriously injuring the 4-month-old daughter of his live-in girlfriend.

Francisco Villatoro has pleaded not guilty. He’s charged with intentional child abuse resulting in injury. His trial is set to begin Sept. 28 in Platte County District Court.

Villatoro was arrested after calling 911 on May 23 to report that the baby was choking. The infant was taken to Columbus Community Hospital and then transferred to Omaha Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha.

Doctors say the infant suffered a head injury. Police say it happened as Villatoro was caring for the child while his girlfriend was at work.

Lincoln Trailer Park to Be Raised for Parking Lot

parking-lotLINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A trailer park that’s been home to several down-on-their-luck Lincoln residents has been sold and will be razed to make way for a parking lot for college students.

The Arrow Mobile Home Court was sold earlier this month to a limited liability company run by an Indiana-based business that specializes in building and managing student housing complexes. Trinitas Ventures plans to turn the trailer park into an offsite parking lot for residents of the seven-story student housing complex that it’s building at a different site.

The property and two adjacent lots were purchased June 17 for nearly $800,000 from trailer park owner Gary Nicholsen.

The trailers and other buildings will be cleared beginning Aug. 1.

Nebraska Medical Center to Get Funding for Ebola Training

UNMCOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An academic medical center in Nebraska has been designated as a national facility for Ebola training.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center and its primary clinical partner, Nebraska Medicine, will receive a little over $5 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the designation.

The award is part of $12 million in federal dollars being shared with Emory University in Atlanta and Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City. The three academic institutions will work with federal officials to train health care providers and facilities on strategies to manage Ebola and other emerging infectious diseases.

The Nebraska center has played a key role in the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak. It’s offered treatment to infected patients and provided training to health care workers.

Semitrailer Driver Dies in Northeast Nebraska Crash

state-patrol-logoPIERCE, Neb. (AP) — The driver of a semitrailer has been killed in northeast Nebraska after his vehicle crashed into a fertilizer truck.

The Nebraska State Patrol says 39-year-old Charles L. Smith, of Columbus, was driving a tank car Tuesday afternoon on Highway 81 in Pierce County when he struck a fertilizer truck that was making a left turn in front of his vehicle.

The semitrailer burst into flames, and crews worked for nearly an hour to extinguish the fire.

Smith was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the fertilizer truck, 22-year-old Brycen Hockemeier, of Tilden, was taken to a hospital.

Authorities say the crash remains under investigation.

Hospital: 7 Injured Following Incident at Nebraska Petroleum Center

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WEST POINT, Neb. (AP) — A hospital in northeast Nebraska says seven people have been injured following an incident at a nearby petroleum distributor center.

St. Francis Memorial Hospital in West Point says in a statement that seven people were taken to the facility Wednesday afternoon following an incident at Sapp Bros. Petroleum in West Point, about 70 miles northwest of Omaha.

Two people were in critical condition and taken to a hospital in Omaha. Five others had minor injuries and were treated either in the emergency room or a nearby medical clinic.

Craig Schmaderer told The Associated Press he was several blocks away from Sapp Bros. when he felt a small vibration. He says he saw large flames and black smoke fill the air.

Authorities have not released any information about the incident.

Applicants Sought for Nebraska Legislative Seat

ne-legislature-13LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is seeking qualified applicants for an open seat representing an Omaha district in the Legislature.

Ricketts issued the call Wednesday to fill the spot held by former state Sen. Jeremy Nordquist. Nordquist resigned Tuesday so he could begin a new job as chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Brad Ashford in Washington.

The governor’s office is accepting applications for the Legislative District 7 vacancy until 5 p.m. on July 24. The district is located in southeastern Omaha.

Applicants must have lived in the district for at least a year, must be registered to vote, and must be at least 21 years old. They can apply online at the governor’s office’s website, www.Governor.Nebraska.gov .

A map of the district can be found at www.NebraskaLegislature.gov .

Sheriff: Nebraskan, Iowan Killed in Interstate 29 Collision

fatal-accidentONAWA, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a Nebraska man and an Iowan have been killed in a head-on collision on Interstate 29 in western Iowa.

The Iowa State Patrol says the accident occurred three miles north of Onawa on Monday afternoon. The patrol says a southbound car veered across the median and rammed into a northbound pickup, fatally injuring both drivers.

The patrol identified the car driver as 49-year-old Leon Weifenbach, of Onawa, and the pickup driver as 52-year-old Joseph Metz, of South Sioux City, Nebraska. They were traveling alone.