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HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — California on Thursday sued one of its picturesque coastal cities and accused it of refusing to build more affordable housing, an issue Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom called the “original sin” of the state’s housing shortage.

Attorney General Rob Bonta sued Huntington Beach, a city of about 200,000 people along the Southern California coast where the median home sales price is $1.1 million — or more than $300,000 higher than the state average.

Bonta is asking a judge to order Huntington Beach City Council to comply with state housing laws and to punish councilmembers by making them pay a fine.

Bonta said the council has blocked new duplexes in some single-family home neighborhoods, despite a state law requiring them to do it. He also said the council has not allowed new “accessory dwelling units” — small apartments built on a property commonly known as “granny flats.”

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State housing officials say California needs an additional 2.5 million homes by 2030 in order to keep up with demand. But the state builds about 125,000 houses each year, which would leave California well short of that goal.

“This is the colossal challenge that California is confronting,” Bonta said. “The message we’re sending to the city of Huntington Beach is simple: Act in good faith, follow the law and do your part to increase the housing supply. If you don’t, our office will hold you accountable.”

A Huntington Beach representative did not immediately reply to a request for comment. The city posted a message to its Twitter account on Thursday saying it is still accepting applications for accessory dwelling units. City officials have scheduled their own news conference for later Thursday.

Huntington Beach is a seaside city dubbed “Surf City USA” that’s largely known for its scenic beaches and throngs of surfers bobbing in the waves by the pier.

Much of the city has a largely suburban feel with residential neighborhoods of single-family homes flanked by busy main roads linked with strip malls and office buildings.

Last year, four new councilmembers won election with a politically conservative bent. Since taking office, the four-member council majority has taken on state housing mandates and limited the flying of flags on city property, barring the Pride rainbow flag that has been flown in the city in each of the past two years.

Huntington Beach has an elected city attorney, Michael Gates, who has long advocated for local control and previously faced off with the state over housing and immigration enforcement.

This is the second time California officials have sued Huntington Beach for not following state housing laws. The city ended up settling that lawsuit back in 2020.

California’s housing and homelessness issues have continued to worsen each year despite Newsom and the Democratic-controlled state Legislature spending billions of dollars in taxpayer money on the problem. Nearly all of that money has gone to local governments, who have their own housing and homelessness policies.

State leaders have repeatedly tried to shape those local policies through state laws and regulations.

Newsom, who won reelection in November and is seen as a potential presidential candidate one day, has aggressively challenged local governments to comply with state standards. Last year, he delayed $1 billion in homelessness funding for local governments because he said their plans to spend the money weren’t good enough.

Newsom later released the money after a closed-door meeting with local officials.

“We need to do more, to do better as a state to address the original sin that is affordability,” Newsom said. “At the end of the day, it’s the number one issue that connects all the other bills and challenges and sins of the state together — the cost of living.”

Beam reported from Sacramento, California.

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State comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is calling for Tesla to take a neutral stance toward organizing efforts. 

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is calling for Tesla to safeguard the right of its employees to form a union, amid conflict over organizing efforts at the company's South Buffalo plant.

"The long-standing labor issues at Tesla need to be addressed," DiNapoli said in a statement. "Labor disputes can pose a host of risks for companies and their shareholders.

"Tesla should demonstrate its respect for labor rights to protect long-term shareholder value and provide greater transparency on its practices," he said. "Allegations surrounding the firing of workers because they chose to explore joining a union is unacceptable.”

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In a Feb. 28 letter to Tesla CEO Elon Musk and board chair Robyn Denholm, DiNapoli urged Tesla to adopt a "policy of neutrality," under which the company "would not interfere with an employee’s right to associate and would also recognize that all workers are free to form or join a trade union of their choice."

DiNapoli also called for Tesla to "adopt and publicly disclose a policy on its commitment to respect the rights to freedom of association, including non-interference and collective bargaining in its operations." 

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In late 2018, the United Steelworkers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers unions launched a joint campaign to organize workers at the RiverBend facility.

DiNapoli noted that the National Labor Relations Board had previously ruled that Tesla had illegally fired an employee trying to organize workers at a California plant, and that the NLRB had forced Musk to delete a tweet suggesting workers could lose benefits if they organized.

"I have long been concerned with Tesla’s workforce management and last year withheld votes from Tesla directors up for election over these concerns," he wrote. "I believe the pattern of allegations may exacerbate the perception that Tesla is labor-unfriendly and could cause negative consumer and stakeholder reaction and jeopardize the company’s reputation."

Tesla officials have not responded to the letter, said Mark Johnson, a spokesman for DiNapoli.

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OpenAI cofounder responds to Elon Musk's criticism that ChatGPT is too 'woke': 'We made a mistake'

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In response to Elon Musk's criticism of ChatGPT being too " woke ," OpenAI cofounder and president Greg Brockman admitted the startup "made a mistake," in an interview with The Information .

Musk, an OpenAI cofounder who has since severed ties with the company, has routinely criticized OpenAI for implementing safeguards that prevent the chatbot from producing responses that could be deemed offensive.

"We made a mistake: The system we implemented did not reflect the values we intended to be in there," Brockman, who serves as OpenAI's president, told The Information. "And I think we were not fast enough to address that. And so I think that's a legitimate criticism of us."

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ChatGPT has been criticized by users who claim it generates answers with political biases.

Last month, screenshots of a ChatGPT conversation circulated on Twitter showing the chatbot declining to generate a positive poem about Donald Trump, stating it wasn't programmed to create "partisan, biased or political" content. But when fed the same prompt subbing out Joe Biden for Trump, the chatbot wrote a glowing poem. Musk called the chatbot's refusal to generate a poem about Trump "a serious concern."

Musk had previously criticized the technology, saying that "the danger of training AI to be woke – in other words, lie – is deadly."

As more users flock to AI chatbots like ChatGPT and Bing's recently-launched chatbot, which is powered by OpenAI technology, their limits and flaws have been revealed. In response, companies have added guardrails to the technology.

In the month since Microsoft released its AI-powered Bing chatbot, the tech giant has set conversation limits on the chatbot, capping users at 50 questions per day and five questions per session. It has since loosened those limits .

ChatGPT is also a work in progress — and given Brockman's comments, it seems like the platform will continue to evolve.

"Our goal is not to have an AI that is biased in any particular direction," Brockman told The Information. "We want the default personality of OpenAI to be one that treats all sides equally. Exactly what that means is hard to operationalize, and I think we're not quite there."

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Wagner Group mercenaries are being butchered in Ukraine, but US intel expects them to keep stirring up trouble elsewhere on Russia's behalf

Mercenaries from the notorious Wagner Group, a Kremlin-linked private military company, have taken a beating on the battlefield in Ukraine. But that won't stop them from operating around the world on Russia's behalf, the US intelligence community believes.

For years, the Wagner Group has put boots on the ground in countries across Africa and the Middle East. The US intelligence community expects this presence to continue, according to a newly unclassified threat assessment report by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Moscow "will continue to use its involvement and the activities of" the Wagner Group in place like the Central African Republic, Libya, Mali, and Syria to "increase its influence; try to undercut U.S. leadership; present itself as an indispensable mediator and security partner; and gain military access rights and economic opportunities," the report says. 

Russia's efforts to exert its influence won't be limited to these countries, either.

In the Western Hemisphere, the US intelligence community expects "Moscow will seek to maintain its influence by continuing its diplomatic overtures and economic engagements mostly with the countries that it sees as key players or close partners, including Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela." The report did not say if Wagner would play a role in those operations.

Before Wagner's involvement in Ukraine became public, the shadowy organization represented Moscow's interest in operations around the world. The group, which was founded by Russia President Vladimir Putin's close ally Yevgeny Prigozhin, has been accused of carrying out various atrocities and human rights violations in Mali, Libya, and the Central African Republic.   

For example, an independent United Nations report on human rights violations in the Central African Republic concluded that Wagner fighters carried out extrajudicial killings, civilian executions, acts of torture, sexual violence, and other forms of abuse. 

US commandos have even squared off against Wagner before, engaging with the mercenaries in an intense firefight in Syria in 2018. 

But Wagner's existence and role in pursuing Russian interests has become much clearer since Putin launched his unprovoked war in Ukraine a little over a year ago, with Wagner mercenaries fighting alongside Russia's regular military in eastern Ukraine's Donbas region.

Wagner activities have been especially visible around the war-torn city of Bakhmut , where fighting has raged for months. At times, there have been signs of tension and other rifts between Wagner and Moscow, with the former frequently blasting the Kremlin for missteps in its war efforts. 

Like Russia's regular military, Wagner has endured heavy losses on the battlefield. The US estimates that the group has suffered over 30,000 casualties , including 9,000 killed in action. Many of those killed have been convicts recruited from Russian prisons.

Officials have previously said that Wagner fighters — including the convicts recruited by the group — have been shoved to the front lines to absorb heavy Ukrainian fire like sponges. Western intelligence suggested that up to half of the prisoners recruited by Wagner have been killed or wounded in battle.

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Oracle Revenue Falls Short of Analysts’ Estimates on Wavering Demand

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Oracle Corp. reported quarterly sales in line with analysts’ estimates after its cloud business failed to meet expectations for higher growth. The shares declined in extended trading.

Fiscal third-quarter revenue increased 18% to $12.4 billion, just short of analysts’ average estimate of $12.41 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Profit, excluding some items, was $1.22 a share. Analysts, on average, projected $1.20 a share.

Dow falls 543 points as US stocks slide ahead of important February jobs report

US stocks sank on Thursday as investors braced themselves for Friday's February jobs report.

Major indexes gained early in the day on softer labor market data in the form of higher than expected jobless claims, data which could help influence the Fed to keep its next rate hike small. Claims rose 21,000 to 211,000 over the last week, the largest surge in five months. 

Stocks, however, reversed course to slide in afternoon trading, with the Dow losing over 500 points as investors turned their focus to Friday's non-farm payrolls report. 

Markets are betting that a 50 basis-point rate increase is likely at the March meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee following Fed Chair Jerome Powell's testimony to Congress this week, in which the top central banker struck a hawkish tone on inflation and future rate hikes. 

Meanwhile, financials took a beating on Thursday, with bank stocks plunging after implosions at Silicon Valley Bank and Silvergate Capital rattled the sector. JPMorgan, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo fell more than 5% on Thursday, while SVB Financial plummeted as much as 60% after announcing it would try to raise capital following steep losses on the sale of a bond portfolio. 

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