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Google courts young viewers with YouTube TV streaming service

The tech giant's new service aims to bridge the gap between the traditional cable and network television offerings and the newer arena of streaming content.

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Is 'DWTS' trying to draw young viewers by adding Brittany from 'Glee'?

'Glee' star Heather Morris will compete on the upcoming season of ABC's 'Dancing With the Stars.' 'DWTS' does far better with total viewers than it does with bringing in viewers ages 18-49. 

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Schumer wants to boost Senate staff diversity by taking a page from NFL

Democrats have long painted themselves as the champions of minority issues, but recent criticism has drawn attention to a marked lack of diversity on Democratic senators' staffs – including the Senate minority leader's.

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How Twitter has increased its anti-abuse controls

Twitter unveiled new measures to crack down on abuse and harassment on Wednesday, including a shift to using algorithms to identify users in violation of the rules. 

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How one man is fighting graffiti in his town

Alan Erickson keeps supplies in his truck so he can remove graffiti as soon as he sees it when he’s out. He encourages others to join the fight, saying a relatively small time commitment would make a big difference.

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Why NASA had to give back a bag of moon dust to Chicago woman

A bag used during the first manned mission to the moon in 1969 was accidentally sold to Nancy Lee Carlson during an auction in 2015, much to NASA's dismay.

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Guaranteed paycheck: Does a 'basic income' encourage laziness?

Government programs promising a no-strings-attached monthly paycheck will lead to a lazy population, say some. But initial results from similar "cash transfer" programs in developing countries challenge the conventional wisdom. 

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Duterte signs Paris agreement. Why now?

Both Filipinos and foreign observers say that President Duterte, who has spurred controversy with his war on drugs, views climate change as a top national priority.

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The importance of ‘knowing your network’

Real-time visibility into an enterprise’s network is one of the best tools network defenders have in warding off adversaries, said Kent Rounds, the president of cybersecurity firm Tychon.

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Hershey to cut 15 percent of workforce. Is China to blame?

Sales in North America rose last year, but steep declines in its international market has prompted the Pennsylvania-based chocolatier to scale back its global work force.

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Why coal companies want to be seen as clean-energy players even amid new support for fossil fuels

Though Donald Trump has vowed to raise the production of fossil fuels, the coal industry believes it needs more than a friendly administration to survive.

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When will the Obamas' new books be coming out?

Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama have both signed book deals with Penguin Random House, the publisher announced Tuesday. 

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How this giraffe mom captivated the world

As giraffe populations dwindle, a live feed of a pregnant giraffe in Animal Adventure Park, a zoo in upstate New York, has enthralled viewers around the globe, perhaps even helping conservation efforts for the vulnerable animals. 

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Why China is strongly objecting to South Korea’s THAAD developments

After South Korea's Lotte Group approved a land swap for the THAAD system this week, Chinese media threatened the South with boycotts and the cutting of diplomatic ties. 

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Harvard officials allegedly stole $110,000 meant for students with disabilities

A duo of former administrators at Harvard are facing charges that they stole the money from an account meant to help students with disabilities and used it to purchase electronics, jewelry, and other personal items.

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10 best books of March 2017, according to Amazon's editors

Even as flowers sprout from the ground, great books are also popping up all over the place. Which ones are most worth your time? Amazon editors have selected a list of the books they say are the best to be released in March. Here are the picks, with thoughts from Amazon senior editor Chris Schluep.

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Opinion: No, Russia didn't hack the election

Moscow carried out a digital campaign to disrupt our democracy, but did not change vote counts. That's a key distinction because the US needs to accurately identify weaknesses to sharpen national cyberdefenses. 

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Should states cut taxes on retirement income?

On the surface, income tax breaks might sound like a very nice perk for retirees. Supporters say they would reduce the tax burden on low-income seniors, and perhaps make a state more attractive to wealthier retirees. But neither argument holds up.

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Colombia peace accord: FARC doubts grow as 'demobilizing' zones stumble

The government’s failure to get a key part of its historic peace accord under way in Carrizal, one of 26 such zones around the country, is raising questions about its ability to facilitate the FARC guerrilla group’s transition into an unarmed political movement.

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'The Hate U Give' provides a window into conversations about race

This excellent young adult novel tackles the toughest topics without flinching.

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‘Up there’

A Christian Science perspective: On glimpsing something of where we find God.

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How to manage your 401(k) in uncertain times

In times of uncertainty and conflicting signals, it’s tempting to cut off the flow of money to your 401(k) and move into 'safer' investments. That's a bad idea.

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The presidential Trump emerges, for a night

After a blustery start to his presidency, Trump delivered a speech to Congress that projected a more optimistic view of America's path forward. But Democrats remain concerned.

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A little taste of Pilsen in a slow cooker: Puerco en Salsa Verde

Big chunks of pork shoulder are braised in a slow cooker in a tangy, slightly spicy tomatillo-based salsa verde until fork tender.

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Modesta’s, and my, life-changing choice

Months of planning come down to a 30-minute deadline.

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In his first speech to Congress, President Trump vows 'new chapter of American greatness'

Trump's address came at a pivotal moment for a new president elected on pledges to swiftly shake up Washington and follow through on the failed promises of career politicians. 

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Can refugees save a town?

Refugees have infused a new sense of energy into Akron, Ohio, as it battles population decline. President Trump's temporary refugee ban is a concern.  

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Trump signals a US shift from 'soft power' to military might

Potentially leaving the UN Human Rights Council while boosting the Pentagon budget would point to a broader change in priorities.

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In arid Southwest, cities expand but use less water

Phoenix reduced its residential water consumption in the past decade despite a 23 percent rise in population. Las Vegas recycles water from indoor drains and outdoor fountains.

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Why bringing back extinct species may not help conservation efforts

A new economic analysis suggests that de-extinction may detract from, rather than add to, efforts to conserve endangered species. 

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Why it’s so hard to return art stolen by Nazis

On Sunday, Horst von Wächter returned three art pieces stolen by his Nazi parents from Poland in 1939. His father, Otto von Wächter was a notorious SS officer, war criminal, and Nazi governor in Kraków. 

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Should North Korea be suspended from the UN for Kim Jong Nam's murder?

South Korea's foreign minister said the alleged use of chemical weapons by North Korea against Kim Jong Un's brother could be cause for suspending country's seat at the United Nations.

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Norway’s model of prudence in oil wealth

As more nations set up funds for the money earned from natural resources or exports, many also adopt principles of transparency and accountability – and a concern for future generations. They should look to Norway, which runs the largest ‘sovereign wealth fund.’ 

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How lasers are helping to flesh out what dinosaurs really looked like

Paleontologists reveal spectacular images – created using a laser – of 160-million-year-old dinosaur fossils.

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Fountains of lava spray from Italy's Mount Etna (+video)

The lava fountains from Mount Etna's latest eruption can be seen for miles.

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Trump says GOP is now party of the working class. Is he right?

Trump, who speaks to Congress tonight, has positioned himself and the GOP as the champion of the working class. But it’s possible that in the end conservatism will change Trump, rather than the other way round.

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Boston Dynamics new robot is kind of scary (+video)

It can run, it can jump, and it may give some people nightmares. It's a new robot named Handle. 

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Salvadorans mourn the violent death of Gustavito the hippo (+video)

In a country struggling to curb gang violence, the brutal and unexplained death of a beloved zoo animal has triggered outrage and grief.

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Podcast: How to hack the Pentagon

The Cybersecurity Podcast crew interviews Chris Lynch, the director of the Defense Digital Service, and Lisa Wiswell, the group’s digital security lead, about the Pentagon's bug bounty programs. 

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Uber exec steps down after sexual harassment claim surfaces (+video)

Amit Singhal failed to disclose that he left Google after a sexual harassment allegation. He denies the allegation.

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