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Man who suggested random, ever-changing passwords regrets that guidance

Formulating strings of numbers, letters and symbols into passwords is a fact of modern-day life, although not a particularly popular one. Count Bill Burr among the bothered. Jim Axelrod reports.
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The great erasure is now underway. Kevin McCarthy’s big lie confirms it.
A massive GOP deception campaign is proceeding on multiple fronts. We can't let it succeed.
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Gas Station Price Gouging Seen as Fuel Costs Soar as High as $6.99 Amid Shortages
A gas station in Virginia was reported by local media to be drastically—and illegally—increasing prices at its pumps.
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To support Israel, 44 Republicans push Biden to refuse Iran sanctions relief
More than three dozen Senate Republicans are urging President Biden to "unequivocally" support" Israel's right to defend itself, and by "immediately" ending negotiations with Iran on sanctions relief, saying Tehran is "supporting" Hamas’ terrorist activity and recent rocket attacks against Israel. 
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UFC 262 commentary team, broadcast plans set: Joe Rogan on call with usual PPV trio
Joe Rogan returns to color commentary for Saturday's UFC 262 pay-per-view event in Houston.      Related StoriesConor McGregor No. 1 on Forbes' highest-paid athletes list for first timeMarcos Rogerio de Lima breaks down ground-heavy win over Maurice GreeneUFC on ESPN 24 reactions: Winning and losing fighters on social media 
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Carlos Vela and Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernández are MLS’s highest-paid players
LAFC's Carlos Vela and the Galaxy's Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez make at least $6 million apiece.
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37 million people are expected to travel this Memorial Day weekend, report says
More than 37 million Americans are expected to travel this Memorial Day weekend, a forecast from AAA says. That's up 60% from last year, when AAA saw the lowest recorded number of travelers for the holiday weekend. Experts explain why travel is picking up again.
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This famously well-endowed giant isn't as old as we thought
A huge chalk figure cut into the side of a hill in southern England is younger than previously thought.
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China's rural tourism boom
China is in the middle of a boom in rural tourism as city dwellers escape the country's rapidly expanding urban centers to head out to small communities, farms and orchards for a taste of the simple life.
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One of China's biggest cities is hunting for a missing leopard, after zoo hid its escape for a week
A leopard remains on the loose near one of China's biggest cities after three of the big cats escaped a zoo over the busy May Day holiday.
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PS5 Restock Update for Amazon, Newegg, Best Buy, GameStop, Target and More
Sony's next-gen console is available at Newegg but restocks at PS Direct and GameStop sold out quickly.
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What Is 'Black Fungus'? And Why Is It Spreading Among India's COVID Patients?
Doctors say India's battle with COVID-19 has led to an unprecedented rise in mucormycosis, a rare but dangerous fungal infection that preys on people with weakened immune systems.
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Rihanna urges 'resolve' for Israeli-Palestinian conflict: 'My heart is breaking'
Rihanna called for “resolve” for the conflict that has seen casualties on both sides.
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From Tiffany Haddish to James Corden, Fans Discuss 'Ellen Show' Replacements
Ellen DeGeneres has confirmed her talk show will come to an end in 2022 after 19 seasons—but will a new daytime talk show and host take her place?
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Jean Smart on her new comedy 'Hacks,' becoming the queen of HBO at 69: 'I was always a late bloomer'
Jean Smart ("Designing Women") talks playing a standup comic in HBO Max comedy "Hacks," and how she became a Fruit Ninja champ in "Mare of Easttown."       
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Pervis Payne's Attorneys Ask to Stop His Execution Over Intellectual Disability
Attorneys for Payne, a 54-year-old Tennessee inmate on death row, filed a petition asking a court to bar his execution because he is intellectually disabled.
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Ellen DeGeneres discussing her show ending with Oprah Winfrey couldn't be more perfect
It makes sense that with Ellen DeGeneres announcing she's ending her popular daytime show, she's choosing to talk about it with Oprah Winfrey.
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Trump isn’t the only example of the risks posed by ignoring aggressive rhetoric
House Republicans seem to be more worried about those pushing for truth than those abusing it.
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Bitcoin Falls 10% After Elon Musk Reverses Course on Tesla Payments, Criticizes 'Insane Energy Use'
"Tesla will not be selling any Bitcoin and we intend to use it for transactions as soon as mining transitions to more sustainable energy," said Musk in a statement.
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Fauci: 'Put aside your mask' if you're fully vaccinated and outside
CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports on Dr. Anthony Fauci's latest guidance on wearing masks outside once you are fully vaccinated.
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Fear of war grips Mideast as religious violence spreads in Israel
As tit-for-tat bombing by Israel's military and Palestinian militants in Gaza takes a mounting toll, violence is also flaring up in Israeli cities in a way that's new, and worrying.
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Kevin McCarthy's epic flip-flop on Liz Cheney
Republicans ousted Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney for being critical of former President Trump's role in the Capitol riot -- but weren't many of them doing the same thing back in January? In this latest episode of The Point, CNN's Chris Cillizza explains why many Republicans, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, have flip-flopped and left Cheney on an island.
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'Army of the Dead' lets Zack Snyder cut loose on a too-long zombie-heist combo
"Army of the Dead" basically skips straight to "the Snyder cut" phase, since co-writer/director/cinematographer Zack Snyder clearly felt little pressure to cut in assembling this 2 ½-hour zombie/heist hybrid. The result is a Netflix movie that yields plenty of striking shots -- a Snyder specialty -- without giving enough life to its non-zombie cast.
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The stampede away from the GOP begins
The center right may have issued its declaration of independence from the Republican Party.
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Fauci: Kids should be encouraged to get vaccine
"You've got to be careful when you make the requirement of something, that usually gets you into a lot of pushback — understandable pushback," he warned.
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'The Underground Railroad' conducts an unsettling ride through an alternate history
"The Underground Railroad" has an almost dreamlike quality, exploring an alternate history of the antebellum South that filters Colson Whitehead's Pulitzer Prize-winning book through "Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins' lens. But the emotional wallop delivered by Amazon's beautifully rendered limited series is somewhat offset by the journey's length, stretching about six terrific hours' worth of TV over a 10-hour format.
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Mack Horton on swim rival Sun Yang: let's change the subject
Two years after his controversial podium move at the world swimming championships, Australian Mack Horton still can't seem to shake off questions about the guy he intended to snub.
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Biden admin sued for pushing white men to ‘back of the line’ for COVID aid
The Biden administration is being sued on behalf of a Tennessee business owner, claiming that it is giving preference to restaurants and bars owned by women and minorities for COVID relief funds.
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Memorial Day travel expected to increase 60 percent compared to 2020
AAA Travel predicted on Tuesday that more than 37 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles away from home over the holiday weekend.
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Style Invitational Week 1436: Haven’t seen it — new plots for movie titles
Plus winning new takes on folk tales, children’s songs, etc.
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The Underground Railroad's Thuso Mbedu on the 'Present Day' Impact of Slavery
"This history they think is so far removed is a reality for people in the present day,' Thuso Mbedu tells 'Newsweek' about the impact of slavery and why 'The Underground Railroad' is such an important story to tell.
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House GOP rebuffs Cheney's demands to call out Trump's election lies
Rep. Liz Cheney told House Republicans in private on Wednesday that it's time to reject former President Donald Trump's big lie that he won the election because failing to do so will "make us complicit in his efforts to unravel our democracy."
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What is gua sha? Everything you need to know
Gua sha is an ancient wellness practice that is rising in popularity in the United States. Here's everything you need to know, including beginner tips.      
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Missing Texas mom identified as body found in submerged SUV, police say
The body found inside a submerged SUV in Texas on Tuesday has been positively identified as a mother of three who went missing last month, investigators said.
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The Music Industry Is Finally Scaring Spotify
The music business is booming again—and musicians are fighting for a bigger, better piece of the pie.
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What American kids need this summer
A child plays with her kindergarten class in Brentwood, California, during the reopening of playgrounds at early education centers and elementary schools across the district on Monday, May 3, 2021. | Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG To help students recover from a pandemic school year, experts are prescribing fun. For kids across the country, the 2020-21 school year has been difficult, to say the least. Many have attended class from their bedrooms, seeing their friends and teachers only on Zoom. Others have been unable to access even that much instruction because they don’t have a computer, an internet connection, or a quiet place to study. Even those who have returned to in-person school have faced a host of new stressors, from distancing requirements to fears of getting Covid-19, that can make the classroom an anxiety-producing place. And experts are worried that some students — especially Black, Indigenous, and other students of color, and those from low-income families — have lost countless hours of instructional time, a loss that could worsen educational inequality and put them at a disadvantage down the road. To help students catch up, many districts are planning for summer school — 47 of 100 urban districts surveyed in April by the Center on Reinventing Public Education had some form of summer program in place, up from 32 percent around this time last year. But summer school in America doesn’t exactly have a great reputation. Dan Weisberg, head of the education nonprofit TNTP, recently told the New York Times that a typical remedial summer program for fifth graders gives them “third-grade math problems and has them sit in the corner.” And singling out low-income students and students of color for summer classes while other kids have fun is hardly fair, Catherine Augustine, a senior policy researcher at the Rand Corporation who has studied summer education, told Vox. “Why should they have to sit in a building and do math all day while their higher-income peers are off in some fancy camp?” That’s especially true when kids are coming off a difficult and traumatic year of school and need breaks and emotional support as much as they need academics. Experts say there’s a way to balance all these needs and help kids learn this summer. But it will require districts to rethink summer school now and in the future — to look beyond the four walls of the classroom and make space for something every kid should get to have this summer: fun. Why do we even have summer vacation? It’s often said that summer vacation is a relic of America’s farming past, but that isn’t quite true. Rather than rural kids needing the summer off to help with the harvest, as the conventional wisdom goes, summer vacation actually started in cities, education historian Kenneth Gold told PBS Newshour. Before air conditioning, urban schools would get extremely hot in the summer, and families with money would leave the city to vacation in cooler locales. So in the 19th century, school calendars around the country were standardized to give students a break during the months when some families were pulling their kids out anyway — and when school was an unpleasant place to be for everybody else. The change “reflected the rhythm of economies in the city, the habits of wealthier people who were beginning to flee hot cities in the summer months,” Gold told Vox. Today, some American schools (though by no means all) have air conditioning. But summer can still offer kids a break from the day-to-day routine of school. “Physical activity, being outside in nature, free play, using your creativity, trying on new skills and things that maybe you don’t normally do during the school year — that’s an important part of summer,” Denise Pope, a senior lecturer at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education and founder of the nonprofit Challenge Success, told Vox. In recent years, however, there’s been a growing opposition to the idea of giving students time off in the warmer months. “Summer vacation is bad for kids and for America’s economic future,” Bridget Ansel, special assistant at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, wrote at Politico in 2014. “We need to end it — or at the very least provide stimulating summer enrichment for those who can’t afford it.” The argument is that, during the summer, kids forget what they learned during the school year, a process sometimes called the “summer slide.” Some research shows kids losing about a month of learning, on average, Ansel notes, with the effect more pronounced among low-income students than among children in more affluent families. Because of this, some teachers, advocates, and policymakers — including former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan — have called for a longer school year, perhaps bringing us closer to the 248 days per year that were once standard in New York City (today it’s about 180). And it’s not just students who struggle with summer. Unlike kids, most parents don’t get the summer off, which means they need some form of alternate child care while they work. Wealthier families can afford camps and other summer programs for their kids, but many can’t (the average cost of day camp in the US is about $76 per day, according to Care.com, going up to $172 for sleep-away camp). Lower-income families are often left scrambling to find supervised activities for kids in the summer that won’t break their budget. Those were the pressures on summer before the pandemic hit. Now, kids around the country are coming off not one but two school years transformed by Covid-19. As Gold put it, “the stakes are higher this year.” “This summer is different” While experts were once concerned about students falling behind after just a couple of months, some are worried about what will happen to kids’ learning now that many have been out of classrooms for more than a year. A fall 2020 analysis of student test scores by the nonprofit NWEA showed only a moderate drop in math test scores during the pandemic and no drop in reading, but also raised a major concern: about a quarter of students didn’t take the test at all, perhaps because they were unable to access online learning. And those students were more likely to be Black, Indigenous, or other people of color, or to attend high-poverty schools — groups that face educational inequity even in normal times. As a result of data like this, many fear the pandemic could not merely slow down kids’ academic progress, but also further entrench the inequality in America’s education system. To combat these problems, many districts are instituting summer school. New York City, for example, will offer “Summer Rising,” a $120 million expansion of its usual summer programming, which will combine academic coursework with art and outdoor play, all at no cost to families. Schools in Tulsa, Oklahoma, will participate in a program called Ready. Set. Summer! to offer enrichment in partnership with local nonprofits. And the federal government is stepping in to help, with more than $1 billion set aside for summer enrichment in the American Rescue Plan, passed in March. Summer programs can be an “opportunity to accelerate learning, especially for those students most impacted by disruptions to learning during the school year,” the Department of Education advised in a handbook, released this spring, to help districts respond to Covid-19. At the same time, summer school has a reputation as something of a slog. “I don’t think summer education as a quality educational experience has a great track record,” Gold said. In part, that might be because “we are too wedded to the notion that it has to be a continuation of what’s already happened in the school year.” After all, he explained, if you give students a lesson during the school year and “it doesn’t work for them, and then you just give them more of the same in the summer, I just don’t think that’s the smartest move.” And while many districts’ offerings look to be dynamic, putting students in a lackluster summer program could backfire — especially this year. “What I’m worried about is if summer school is looked at like a punishment,” Pope said. Months of Zoom classes have been so exhausting for kids that if summer education “feels boring and monotonous and tedious, you could actually do more harm than good.” Instead, kids need something that gets them excited about learning again. “We’ve got to get the light back on in these kids’ eyes,” she said. That could mean incorporating nature, physical activity, and a sense of fun into summer offerings, beyond just repeating what could be done in the classroom during the regular school year. The most successful summer programs already do this, experts say. For example, Aim High, a 35-year-old summer enrichment program for low-income middle-schoolers in the San Francisco Bay Area, uses a Barbie doll bungee-jumping competition to teach kids math skills — and in the afternoon, kids can choose from activities like horseback riding, kayaking, or dance classes. Recent research on the program has shown that it reduces student absenteeism and suspensions in the regular school year, as well as boosting their test scores in English. Incorporating exciting, non-academic activities is “incredibly important for kids’ self-esteem” and their mental health, Augustine said. It also helps convince kids to attend, which is important since many summer programs are optional. And making summer school fun is an equity issue, Augustine said. “If a district is targeting kids experiencing poverty” for its summer programs, she explained, then “it’s not really fair” if those programs are tedious or punitive. Meanwhile, incorporating social and emotional learning will be especially critical this summer, since many students have spent the last year in relative isolation. “Kids need to be around other kids this summer,” Pope said. “They need to practice those really, really important social skills, communication skills, friendship-building skills,” which are important not just for mental health and wellbeing, but for learning as well. Beyond giving kids an opportunity to socialize, schools also “might want to have a summer program that really gives kids an opportunity to talk about what they experienced over this past year,” their anxiety about the coming school year, or their desire for life to go back to normal, Augustine said. After all, “this summer is different.” Indeed, as much as the summer can be a time for helping kids catch up, it shouldn’t be a time to add more anxiety, Margarita Alegría, a psychologist and chief of the Disparities Research Unit at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Mongan Institute, told Vox. Especially for students of color and others disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, it’s crucial “to provide activities that might add enrichment but not at the cost of stress and demands.” “If kids don’t feel emotionally stable,” she said, “it’s going to be very hard to teach them anything.” The pandemic could force a rethinking of summer for the future Covid-19 will continue to pose some challenges for schools this summer, especially since children under 12 cannot yet be vaccinated. While some districts, like New York City, will offer in-person programs, others, like Aim High, will be largely virtual. And Covid-19 risk may be a concern for parents considering sending children to in-person summer school — even as more classrooms reopen, a significant number of families are choosing to keep their children home, with four in 10 students in the country still doing all their learning remotely, according to one March survey. But this year is by no means the last chance for districts to give kids a high-quality summer experience. The money in the American Rescue Plan will be available over the next three years, and even schools that may not have had time to plan ambitious summer offerings this year can still do so in the years to come, Augustine said. “I would encourage districts to think about this in phases.” And overall, this year could be a time when districts reevaluate what they do in the summer to be more strategic — and more exciting — now and in the future. “I’m hoping that school communities are going to be creative with how to use the money that comes through to rethink how they want to do summer learning,” Pope said. The goal, Augustine said, should be to “use the summer, but use it wisely.”
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‘Lies With Man’ shines a light on anti-gay policies. It’s also a great legal novel.
The latest volume of Michael Nava’s Henry Rios mystery series demonstrates his mastery of the genre.
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The National Gallery is back. And it’s done being subtle about its brand and mission.
The museum reopens Friday with a post-pandemic makeover that emphasizes its national profile.
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New movies to stream this week: ‘Us Kids,’ ‘Los Hermanos/The Brothers’ and more
Watch these new movies from home.
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WorldView: Colombian protesters’ new demands; American dies on Mount Everest
Protesters in Colombia are expanding their list of demands from the government. Meanwhile, an American climber has died on Mount Everest and Nepal is grappling with the coronavirus pandemic. CBS News foreign correspondent Debora Patta joined “CBSN AM” with details.
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Use Amazon? Make these 5 changes now to protect your privacy
Amazon is tracking you in ways you may have never considered, but you can take back your privacy with five smart tips from Kim Komando.      
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Playoff bound: Hawks clinch 1st postseason berth since 2017
The Atlanta Hawks spent three miserable years totally rebuilding their team, all with the idea of finally making a big move this season.
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Midair miracle: Planes collide in Colorado — killing no one
The two aircrafts were flying over Cherry Creek State Park in preparation for landing at Centennial Airport when they crashed into each other, leaving one of the planes nearly severed in half.
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‘Duck Dynasty’ star Sadie Robertson gives birth to baby girl Honey
Sadie Robertson and Christian Huff were inspired by a Bible verse when choosing Honey as their daughter's name. 
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Judith Miller: Israel-Palestinian conflict – why violence has real consequences for Israel's Arabs, Hamas
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Owner of Gaza Apartment Building Was Warned by Israeli Military to Evacuate Before Airstrike
As Jewish-Arab violence escalates, Israel demolished three high-rise buildings that it believed contained Hamas intelligence offices.
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