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    Indonesia’s Sinabung volcano unleashes towering ash column

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Rumbling Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra has shot billowing columns of ash more than 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) into the atmosphere and hot clouds down its slopes. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency says there were no fatalities or injuries from Monday morning’s eruption. The volcano, one of three […]
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    Museum to discuss efforts to see if bones belong to pirate

    YARMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Researchers are set to discuss their efforts to determine whether human bones recovered from a Cape Cod shipwreck are those of the infamous pirate Samuel “Black Sam” Bellamy. The Whydah Pirate Museum in Yarmouth, Massachusetts, says it also will publicly display the bones for the first time and showcase what they […]
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    Facebook to verify ads with postcards after Russian meddling

    MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook will soon rely on centuries-old technology to try to prevent foreign meddling in U.S. elections: the post office. Baffled in 2016 by Russian agents who bought ads to sway the U.S. presidential campaign, Facebook’s global politics and government outreach director, Katie Harbath, told a meeting of the National Association […]
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    2 bears burned in California wildfire spotted in the wild

    GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Officials tracking two bears that were badly burned in the largest wildfire in California history say the animals are settling back into their home in the wild after receiving unusual treatment for their injured paws. Recent photos and GPS tracking data show the female bears appear to be in good health […]
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    Medical examiner taps DNA science to find missing persons

    NEW YORK (AP) — For families who have searched years for missing loved ones, donating a sample of their DNA is often a last, desperate act to confirm their worst fears. New York City’s medical examiner is leading a nationwide effort to collect genetic material and match it with unidentified human remains. It’s a way […]
  • Money

    Where to turn for tax help

    Tax returns surge over Presidents Day weekend, with the IRS saying it receives more phone calls on the day after Presidents Day than on any other day of the year. That can mean long waits for filers trying to get through on the phone. So where should you turn if you have a question? ONLINE […]
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    Satellite launch from California is delayed

    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A SpaceX satellite launch from California that could create a spectacular aerial display has been delayed. The Falcon 9 rocket carrying an Earth observation satellite for Spain had been scheduled to lift off from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Sunday, nearly 20 minutes before sunrise. But the launch […]
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    What does a bear do in the Alaska woods? Disperse seeds

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Does a bear leave scat in the woods? The answer is obvious but the effects on an ecosystem may not be. A study by Oregon State University researchers concludes that brown and black bears, and not birds, as commonly thought, are primary distributers of small fruit seeds in southeast Alaska, spreading […]
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    Indictment: Social media firms got played by Russian agents

    Friday’s election-interference indictment brought by Robert Mueller, the U.S. special counsel, underscores how thoroughly social-media companies like Facebook and Twitter were played by Russian propagandists. And it’s not clear if the companies have taken sufficient action to prevent something similar from happening again. Thirteen Russians, including a businessman close to Vladimir Putin, were charged Friday […]
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    Indictment: Social media firms got played by Russian agents

    Friday’s election-interference indictment brought by Robert Mueller, the U.S. special counsel, underscores how thoroughly social-media companies like Facebook and Twitter were played by Russian propagandists. And it’s not clear if the companies have taken sufficient action to prevent something similar from happening again. Thirteen Russians, including a businessman close to Vladimir Putin, were charged Friday […]
  • AP

    Indictment: Social media firms got played by Russian agents

    Friday’s election-interference indictment brought by Robert Mueller, the U.S. special counsel, underscores how thoroughly social-media companies like Facebook and Twitter were played by Russian propagandists. And it’s not clear if the companies have taken sufficient action to prevent something similar from happening again. Thirteen Russians, including a businessman close to Vladimir Putin, were charged Friday […]
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    A look at what’s still alive, likely dead at the Capitol

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington lawmakers are more than halfway through this year’s 60-day legislative session and have been rapidly moving bills out of the Senate and House ahead of unveiling their supplemental budget proposals. A revenue forecast on Thursday was good news for lawmakers, projecting that they have a good deal more money to […]
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    Facebook forges ahead with kids app despite expert criticism

    NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is forging ahead with its messaging app for kids, despite child experts who have pressed the company to shut it down and others who question Facebook’s financial support of some advisers who approved of the app. Messenger Kids lets kids under 13 chat with friends and family. It displays no […]
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    Stocks stretch winning streak to 6 days despite turbulence

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks closed out their strongest week in five years Friday and have now recovered more than half of the losses they suffered in a plunge at the beginning of the month. Investors got back to buying stocks almost as quickly as they started dumping them. The gain Friday was the sixth […]
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    Belgian court orders Facebook to stop collecting data

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian media say a Brussels court has ordered Facebook to stop collecting data about citizens in the country or face fines for every day it fails to comply. The daily De Standaard reported Friday that the court upheld a Belgian privacy commission finding that Facebook is collecting data without users’ consent. It […]