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    FILE - In this April 21, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump poses for a photograph on West Wing Colonnade at the White House in Washington. Trump has ripped up the playbook on avoiding conflicts of interest, and ethics experts are outraged. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, file)

    For Trump in White House, conflicts of interest range widely

    When it comes to avoiding conflicts of interest in the White House, President Donald Trump has ripped up the playbook in his first 100 days

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    US probes GM headlight failures, may add vehicles to recall

    The U.S. government is investigating whether General Motors should add about 312,000 vehicles to a 2015 recall for headlights that can suddenly go dark

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    In this April 21, 2017 photo, Cris Van Houten explains how the shoreline of Huron Lake, has receded over the years in Oasis, Wisc. Van Houten and other central Wisconsin lake property owners insist a proliferation of high-capacity wells are draining the region's lakes. (AP Photo/Todd Richmond)

    Farms' thirst for water roils Wisconsin's central sands

    Big farms' thirst for water is causing conflict in Wisconsin, where land owners and environmentalists worry that high-capacity wells are depleting lakes and streams and hurting water quality

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    The Vladimir Lenin monument stands at the Lenin Square in the center of Voronezh, Russia. For Russian girls, technology training starts at an early age. It’s cultural and it goes back to the Soviet era, where science was proclaimed a national priority and technical education was open to everyone, regardless of gender. As a result, young Russian girls view STEM more positively and this has resulted in a more lasting interest.

    Why there’s no shortage of women in technology in Russia

    A report from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization recently found that, in Russia, 41 percent of people in scientific research are women. The number of women inventors in Russia number more than three times that of other western countries. Why Russia?

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    Acorns investing app takes the concept of “seed money” and runs with it. The app is designed to let you drop in $5 to invest. It also lets you round up purchases you make to the next dollar and invest the difference.

    5 apps to help grads start saving and investing

    You’ve got the diploma. You’ve moved over your tassel. Now the real work begins. When you’re paying off student loans, saving and investing may seem like the last things you can afford to do. But it’s never too early to start squirreling away some money for the future, even if it’s only a few bucks at a time. Financial apps can help, as long as you’re not nervous about giving companies access to your financial data. If you’re on board with that, these apps can help make spending and investing a little less daunting.

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    FILE - In this April 28, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

    AP FACT CHECK: Have Trump aides caught his exaggeration bug?

    Administration officials who gave President Donald Trump's tax plan a splashy debut in recent days seem to have caught the exaggeration bug from their boss.

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    At least 10 known Blockbuster stores across the country have managed to stay afloat in the digital age. However, the largest cluster of Blockbuster stores are not on the mainland, but in Alaska, where dark, long winters and expensive Wi-Fi have helped maintain a core group of loyal customers.

    Why Blockbuster Video is staying busy in Alaska

    At least 10 known Blockbuster stores across the country have managed to stay afloat in the digital age. However, the largest cluster of Blockbuster stores are not on the mainland, but in Alaska, where dark, long winters and expensive Wi-Fi have helped maintain a core group of loyal customers.

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    Amazon has assigned a dozen employees to determine how it can use self-driving technology as part of its business, The Wall Street Journal reported this week. It’s unclear what shape Amazon’s efforts will take or how far along they might be, although the company has no plans to create its own vehicles, according to the report.

    Why Amazon’s use of self-driving technology would be a game changer

    Amazon has assigned a dozen employees to determine how it can use self-driving technology as part of its business, the Wall Street Journal reported this week. It’s unclear what shape Amazon’s efforts will take or how far along they might be, although the company has no plans to create its own vehicles, according to the report.

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    Washington Post reporter Abby Ohlheiser sent this FaceApp transformation of her face to her husband with no explanation. He replied: “That’s terrifying. Don’t ever do that again.”

    What’s wrong with FaceApp, the latest creepy photo app for your face

    FaceApp is an app for ruining your face. It morphs you into an old (or in my case, an even older) person. It can change your appearance to make you look more masculine or feminine, maybe. Take a photo with a neutral expression, and it will force you to smile. It is an app built only to please those who have really wanted a new way to play roulette with their own face.

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    Sergey Brin, president of Alphabet and co-founder of Google Inc., has secretly been building a massive airship inside of Hangar 2 at the NASA Ames Research Center, according to four people with knowledge of the project.

    Forget flying cars — Google’s Brin secretly builds an airship

    Sergey Brin, Google co-founder, has secretly been building a massive airship inside of Hangar 2 at the NASA Ames Research Center, according to four people with knowledge of the project. It’s unclear whether the craft, which looks like a zeppelin, is a hobby or something Brin hopes to turn into a business. “Sorry, I don’t have anything to say about this topic right now,” Brin wrote in an email.

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    Government organizations were the most frequent target of these ransomware attacks, followed by health care businesses and financial services, according to data from security company McAfee, which partnered with Verizon on the report published Thursday.

    Cyberattacks involving extortion are rising, Verizon says

    Government organizations were the most frequent target of these ransomware attacks, followed by health care businesses and financial services, according to data from security company McAfee, which partnered with Verizon on the report published Thursday.

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    This summer, Pinterest is launching its first major advertising campaign in the U.S. It’s considering spending on billboards, websites, newspapers and magazines to get its message across. “The No. 1 challenge is getting people to understand that Pinterest isn’t a social network,” Silbermann said in an interview for Bloomberg’s Decrypted podcast.

    Pinterest to start first U.S. advertising campaign

    This summer, Pinterest is launching its first major advertising campaign in the U.S. It’s considering spending on billboards, websites, newspapers and magazines to get its message across. “The No. 1 challenge is getting people to understand that Pinterest isn’t a social network,” Silbermann said in an interview for Bloomberg’s Decrypted podcast.

Life & Entertainment

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    Memory training can create new pathways in the brain

    Q: My memory is terrible. To be honest, it always has been. I seem to spend half my time searching for my keys or wondering whether I forgot to turn off the stove and lights. Could memory training help?

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    Women are 10 times more likely than men to develop bunions.

    Your health: What to do about bunions
    Bunions develop for several reasons. If you have a bunion, there are steps you can take to prevent them from getting worse.

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    Research studies effect of vitamin C on cancer cells

    Some medical research has shown vitamin C may suppress cancer stem cell activity.

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    Get out your Sunday best for Kentucky Derby parties Saturday, May 6, at Tavern on Rush and LUXBAR in Chicago.

    Midwest travel: Don your Sunday best for Derby Day parties in Chicago

    It’s time to dust off your extravagant hats for Kentucky Derby Day parties taking place in Chicago Saturday, May 6. Two fests — Rock Town Lit Fest and Tour de Brew QC — mean twice the fun in the Quad Cities May 5-6.

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    Girls from the McCarthy School of Irish dance perform during a previous Northwest Celtic Fest at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.

    Weekend picks: Dance winter away with Northwest Celtic Fest

    The Northwest Celtic Fest promises Celtic food, an Irish-themed marketplace, dance performances and more at the Sears Centre. More on this and other fun upcoming events.

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    Ohio governor and former presidential candidate John Kasich discusses his book “Two Paths: America Divided or United” at a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 1, at the Union League Club in Chicago.

    Author events: John Kasich discusses his book Monday in Chicago

    Ohio governor and former presidential candidate John Kasich discusses his book “Two Paths: America Divided or United” Monday, May 1, at the Union League Club in Chicago.

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    FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2016, file photo, singer Ciara, center left, and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson sit courtside during a NBA basketball game between the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards in New York. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his popstar wife Ciara are now parents to a baby girl, Sienna Princess Wilson. The couple announced the birth of their daughter on Friday night while the NFL draft was taking place. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

    Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, wife Ciara welcome baby girl

    Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his popstar wife Ciara are now parents to a baby girl, Sienna Princess Wilson

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    Will we have another financial crisis, and are we prepared?

    These two questions appear in my mailbox with the greatest frequency. The answers are very straightforward. Yes, we will have another crisis, and No, we are not prepared for it.

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    Neighbor worries about LLC moving next door

    Q. I have a question about limited liability companies, or LLC properties.

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    Don’t open ballot box before board meeting

    Q. Our association utilizes mail-in ballots for elections to the board. The association’s accounting firm (which also tallies our election results) opened the ballot box before last year’s election with only their personnel present in order to ensure a quorum before the annual meeting. Shouldn’t that ballot box be sealed until, and only opened at, the election?

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    A great spangled fritillary butterfly, top, and pearl crescent butterfly on joe-pye weed in the yard of Nancy Lawson, who wrote “The Humane Gardener.”

    Wild animals are welcome guests in this nature writer’s backyard

    Nancy Lawson, a nature writer and editor who owns 2 acres around her home near Sykesville, Maryland, has had a change of view over the purpose of gardening. Over her 17 years here, she has come to see her garden as a place that is no longer territory to be defended against the deer, the squirrels, the moles and other invading critters, but a place to be extended to them.

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    FILE - In this Friday Feb. 2, 2007 file photo, Mary Hart of "Entertainment Tonight," wearing a dress by designer Carmen Marc Valvo, walks the runway during the Red Dress Heart Truth fashion show during Fashion Week in New York. Hart's legacy in entertainment news will be recognized Sunday, April 30, 2017 with a lifetime achievement award at the Daytime Emmys ceremony (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    The stars shined for Mary Hart; now Daytime Emmys will too

    In the early 1980s, Mary Hart became the face of a new breed of TV show, the entertainment news magazine pioneered by "Entertainment Tonight." Hart will be honored for her work with a lifetime achievement award at Sunday's Daytime Emmys ceremony

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