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Passcode at SXSW: Ad blockers, spies, hackers, and Hollywood

From biometric tracking to smart cities to hackers on film, bookmark our four panels on digital security and privacy at this year's South by Southwest festival in Austin. 

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Can SpaceX actually fly humans around the moon in 2018? (+video)

On Monday, the private spaceflight company, which has yet to fly humans to space, announced plans to send a crewed spacecraft around the moon late next year.

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If Trump pursues tariffs, Mexico could walk from NAFTA negotiations, minister says

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump hammered NAFTA as 'the worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere,' underscoring his campaign messages on immigration and trade. 

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Father of Navy SEAL slain in Yemen raid calls for investigation

Bill Owens, the father of a Navy SEAL killed during an anti-terrorism raid in Yemen, criticized the Trump administration for the raid's timing.

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Could the TRAPPIST-1 worlds harbor alien life?

Several Earth-sized planets orbiting a small, dim dwarf star could support life – if they have the right kind of atmosphere.

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Senior villages: a Q-and-A about this growing trend for retirees

Natalie Galucia, who helps communities establish and manage senior villages, discusses how the concept has evolved in recent years and how those interested can explore setting one up.

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Five years after Trayvon Martin’s death: What’s changed? (+video)

It has been half a decade since Trayvon Martin was shot by George Zimmerman. Since then, activist movements created in response to the shooting have exposed racial issues and tensions that had been ignored for decades by the mainstream. 

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Why does President Trump want to add $54 billion to the defense budget? (+video)

According to White House officials, the new federal budget will include almost a 10 percent increase in military spending while decreasing other domestic and foreign programs.

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White House drops Obama-era discrimination claim against Texas voter ID law (+video)

The Trump administration is dropping a claim against a Texas voter ID law, one of the nation's strictest. A federal appeals court has ordered the state to fix the law's discriminatory effects.

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More DC Rebirth titles restore energy to tales of classic comic characters

The rejuvenated line of comics releases graphic novel collections of the Justice League, the Flash, Nightwing, and Green Lanterns

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Jewish centers open doors again after fifth recent wave of bomb threats (+video)

As many as 19 Jewish community centers received bomb threats Monday morning, the latest wave of such incidents.

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When a famine points to a deeper need

The UN issued its first famine alert in six years, citing starvation in war-torn South Sudan. While food aid is needed, this new African nation needs the reconciliation skills of its church leaders to end a long conflict.

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George W. Bush carefully weighs in on Trump's administration. Is he breaking tradition? (+video)

Former President George W. Bush voiced his support for a free press, and said Americans "need answers" on the administration's alleged ties to Russia, but avoided directly criticizing the new president.

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Opinion: The tech behind Bitcoin could reinvent cybersecurity

Blockchains track, record, and secure transactions made within the virtual currency Bitcoin. They can also help defend many critical systems from devastating cyberattacks.

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With ISIS besieged in western Mosul, civilians decide now's the time to flee

Recent refugees from Mosul describe how the increased Iraqi pressure on ISIS in the western half of the city, the jihadists' last urban stronghold in the country, translates into increased pressure on civilians.

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Top 5 free sources for checking on the health of your credit

Shady sites have been known to employ bait-and-switch tactics that give you a legitimate credit score ... and a monthly fee if you don't jump through subscription cancellation hoops. Here are five of the best sites to check your credit score and to download your credit report.

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The problem with the claim that President Trump is on a 'dictatorial path'

There is no evidence so far that Trump's use of executive power exceeds Obama's. The travel ban is a key test case. 

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For Syrian refugees in Lebanon, a drive to build community amid pressing challenges

Communities spring up in the buildings and spaces where families manage to find a spot. Many refugees say their hope is in giving their children a better future.

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Why did Philip Bilden, Trump's pick for Navy secretary, withdraw? (+video)

Government conflict-of-interest rules forced the private equity executive to bow out of consideration for the post.

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Spring comes early, bringing balmy days – and climate questions

Spring-like temperatures have arrived between two and three weeks early this month in various parts of the United States. 

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US regulator set to tamp down on privacy rules

The Federal Communications Commission will announce plans to delay Obama-era privacy regulations that would push broadband companies to institute stronger standards for protecting consumers' data.

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Could South Korea see second impeachment?

After special prosecutors were denied permission to extend their investigation and question the impeached president, opposition parties threatened to impeach the acting president, as well.

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Will Jeff Sessions recuse himself from Russia probe?

The White House on Sunday did not rule out that Attorney General Jeff Sessions may recuse himself from Justice Department investigations into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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Sweet cornbread

Nothing beats a slice of warm cornbread topped with a slab of melting butter.

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Could liquid hydrogen power airplanes instead of fossil fuel?

The aviation industry accounts for around 2 percent of global carbon emissions, and that could could triple by the middle of the century. One study proposes replacing jet fuel with liquid hydrogen, a much lighter fuel.

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Coming to a Wendy's near you: Self-ordering kiosks?

The fast-food franchise says that it plans to install self-ordering kiosks at about 1,000 locations by the end of the year.

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Following Oscar win, Viola Davis is first black winner of acting 'triple crown'

Viola Davis, who won best supporting actress Sunday night for 'Fences,' won a Tony for a theater production of the same role, in addition to an Emmy for her work in the ABC TV series 'How to Get Away with Murder.' How common is winning the award trifecta?

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Money being raised to repair vandalized Jewish cemetery, this time in Philadelphia

More than 100 gravestones were desecrated at the Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia, less than a week after a similar vandalism in Missouri.

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Bernie Sanders calls for 'total transformation' of Democratic Party

A day after Democrats chose Tom Perez as their chairman, the former Democratic presidential candidate called for a major overhaul of the party.

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'Lincoln in the Bardo' imagines Lincoln losing his son as the Civil War rages

In the first novel by celebrated short story writer George Saunders, Abraham Lincoln wrestles with grief – and the fate of the nation hangs in the balance.

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Here's why you should use your tax refund to pay off credit card debt

If you’ve ever committed to pay off your credit card debt 'when you have more money,' now’s your chance. The Internal Revenue Service says that 70 percent of taxpayers will get refunds this year. 

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Stability in unstable times

A Christian Science perspective: The divine Principle that underlies true stability.

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Trump and the rise of the extreme right

Leaders of extreme right and hate groups say they feel empowered by President Trump, who gives them confidence to speak openly.

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'Moonlight’ wins best picture Oscar in surprise victory as Trump dominates speeches

The story of a young gay black man, which stars actors including Trevante Rhodes and Naomie Harris, was named the best movie of the year by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, though the movie 'La La Land' was initially and erroneously announced as best picture.

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Emma Stone wins best actress Oscar for playing an aspiring actress in 'La La Land'

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling co-star as a couple falling in love in contemporary Los Angeles in the film 'La La Land.' Stone was nominated for best supporting actress for her role in 2014's 'Birdman.'

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Casey Affleck, troubled janitor in 'Manchester by the Sea,' receives 2017 best actor Oscar

Affleck has been nominated before, as best supporting actor for his work in 2007's 'The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.' He stars in 'Manchester' with Lucas Hedges and Michelle Williams.

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Viola Davis wins best supporting actress Oscar for role as wronged wife 'Fences'

Davis was previously nominated for two Oscars for her work in the movies 'The Help' and 'Doubt.' She stars in the best picture nominee 'Fences' with actor Denzel Washington.

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Mahershala Ali wins best supporting actor Oscar in 'Moonlight'

'Moonlight' is also nominated for best picture and best director for Barry Jenkins. Ali also starred in the best picture nominee 'Hidden Figures.'

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How a Delaware state Senate campaign attracted more than 1,000 volunteers

Stephanie Hansen's special election victory on Saturday ensured that Democrats will maintain control of the Delaware state Senate. But she didn't do it alone. 

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