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Local governments keep using this software — but it might be a back door for Russia

Local and state government agencies from Oregon to Connecticut say they are using a Russian brand of security software despite the federal government’s instructions to its own agencies not to buy the software over concerns about cyberespionage, records and interviews show.The federal agency in cha
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Kushner to face intel committee on Monday behind closed doors

Congressional investigators will question senior White House adviser Jared Kushner on Monday as the multiple probes into contacts between Russia and the Trump campaign intensify and focus more directly on those closest to the president.Kushner is scheduled to meet behind closed doors with the Senate
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Senate Republicans plan to plow ahead with health-care vote this week

The Senate returns to Washington on Monday with its GOP leaders determined to vote this week on their years-long quest to demolish the Affordable Care Act, even though the goal remains mired in political and substantive uncertainties.Central questions include whether enough Senate Republicans will c
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Texas tragedy: 9 dead after police find a truck at a Walmart — a ‘horrific’ case of suspected smuggling

SAN ANTONIO — Police discovered a sweltering tractor-trailer packed with dozens of people outside a Walmart early Sunday morning — eight were dead already; one more person would die soon; and many more are expected to have brain damage from severe heat.“They discovered an alien smuggling vent
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At the end of her life, my mother started seeing ghosts, and it freaked me out

Last summer, six months before my mother died, I walked into her bedroom, and she greeted me with tinny hello and a big smile. She then resumed a conversation with her mother — who had died in 1973. “Where are you?” Mom asked, as though Grandma, a onetime Fifth Avenue milliner, was on one of h
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Watch what happens when kittens come to yoga. (So much more than downward dog.)

The yoga class would take place in the middle of a scorching Washington afternoon, but in a cool basement, and in the presence of 10 furry kittens. Naturally, it sold out fast.Twenty minutes before Kitten Yoga was to begin, some participants were already rolling out their rainbow-hued mats in spots
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Florida’s education system — the one Betsy DeVos cites as a model — is in chaos

The K-12 education system in Florida — the one that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos likes to praise as a model for the nation — is in chaos.Traditional public school districts are trying to absorb the loss of millions of dollars for the new school year that starts within weeks. That money, whi
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Recovery coaches at ERs try to help opioid addicts avoid another overdose

NEW YORK — Five months into his job at a 24-hour walk-in behavioral health center here on Staten Island, Tarik Arafat has a new assignment: on call at a nearby hospital to counsel people who have just been revived from opioid overdoses.In recovery from drug addiction himself, Arafat, 25, said he
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‘We are outraged and disgusted’: USC moves to fire former medical school dean over drug allegations

The University of Southern California banned its former medical school dean from campus and moved to fire him amid mounting anger over allegations that he had abused illegal drugs.Earlier this week, the Los Angeles Times wrote a staggering account — which can be read in full detail here — desc
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News quiz: Numbers and names

Welcome back.From the travel ban to an airline seat upgrade, several of our questions or answers this week have something to do with numbers.Before we get started, here are some stats from the last quiz.Ready to play? Please click here if the quiz does not appear below.Who said that Attorney Gener
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