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The Latest: Landmark change to kilogram approved

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The so-called "Grand K" kilogram, a cylinder of polished platinum-iridium alloy that has been the world's sole true kilo since 1889, is to be retired

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WATCH: Facebook executive denies blocking investigations into election meddling

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Sheryl Sandberg released a statement saying that the company cut ties with the PR firm reportedly hired to discredit its critics.

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Take a weight off: 'Grand K' kilo being retired

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The so-called "Grand K" kilogram, a cylinder of polished platinum-iridium alloy that has been the world's sole true kilo since 1889, is to be retired

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Smoke spreading from California fires sparks health concerns

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Smoke from major wildfires is spreading into California cities and raising concerns about the impact on people's health

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Study finds healthy group of polar bears in sea near Alaska

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A study of polar bears in the Chukchi Sea between Alaska and Russia finds that the population is healthy for now despite a loss of sea ice due to climate change

Thursday, Nov 15

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Facebook says it's better at detecting rule violations

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Facebook says it is making progress on deleting hate speech, graphic violence, fake accounts and rooting out other violations of its rules, including detecting them before they are seen by users

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The Latest: Facebook to create independent appeals body

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Facebook says it's setting up an independent body for people to appeal decisions to remove _ or leave up _ posts that may violate its rules.

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City votes to impose restrictive rules on short-term rentals

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The Washington city council has voted to impose tight limits on Airbnb and other short-term rental companies

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Farm animals may soon get new features through gene editing

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'Castration-free' pigs and hornless dairy cows are the farm animals being brought to life by a gene-editing company

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WATCH: Apple investigating complaint iPhone X overheated and caught fire

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The owner of an iPhone X said his smartphone caught fire while he was upgrading the operating system.

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Super-Earth discovered orbiting red dwarf known as Barnard's Star

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The nearest single star to the sun that goes around it at least 3.2 times has been found to be as massive as earth, and it is called Super-Earth.

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Transit riders, drivers brace for influx of Amazon employees

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New York and Washington's clogged streets and creaky subway systems are about to feel more pain as 50,000 more people descend on the two metro areas when Amazon opens its second headquarters there

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Electronic driving systems don't always work, tests show

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Testing by AAA shows that electronic driver assist systems on the road today may not stay in their lanes or spot stationary objects in time to avoid a crash

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As wildfires grow deadlier, officials search for solutions

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Creating fire buffers between housing and dry brush and burying spark-prone power lines underground would give people a better chance of surviving wildfires, experts say

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Feds subpoena Snap over shareholder lawsuit

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Snap Inc. has received federal subpoenas related to a class-action lawsuit stemming from its 2017 initial public offering

Wednesday, Nov 14

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Buffett's firm invests in JP Morgan Chase, drops Walmart

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Investor Warren Buffett's company picked up nearly 36 million shares of JP Morgan Chase stock in the third quarter and eliminated its stake in Walmart as part of a number of changes in its portfolio

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Skulls reveal Neanderthals, humans had similarly harsh lives

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Skull fossils suggest Neanderthal life was no more risky than what our own species faced in ancient times

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Houston skyscrapers may have worsened Hurricane Harvey rain

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Research show how in different ways humans made recent hurricanes even wetter

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Volkswagen to devote 3 German plants to electric car push

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German automaker Volkswagen says it will convert three factories in Germany to manufacture electric cars, getting ready to ramp up production of zero-local emission cars ahead of tougher European emissions standards

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US energy secretary In Prague to lobby for nuclear industry

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U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has been lobbying in Prague for the U.S. civil nuclear industry as the most suitable to develop the Czech nuclear program

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US panel warns against government purchase of Chinese tech

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A congressional advisory panel says the purchase of internet-linked devices manufactured in China leaves the United States vulnerable to security breaches that could put critical infrastructure at risk

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Rare conservation win: Mountain gorilla population ticks up

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After facing near-extinction, the total number of mountain gorillas is slowly rebounding

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WATCH: Uber and Lyft to face competition from Waymo

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Google's Waymo driverless ride service is set to launch in the coming months.

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Gene-edited food is coming, but will shoppers buy?

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First foods made from gene-edited plants getting close to the grocery aisles, a different technology than today's GMOs but will shoppers buy?

Amazon ends suspense over HQ by picking New York, DC suburb

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Amazon says it will split its much-anticipated new offices between New York and a suburb of Washington, DC

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Identifying wildfire dead: DNA, and likely older methods too

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Authorities doing the somber work of identifying the victims of California's deadliest wildfire are drawing on leading-edge DNA technology, but experts say older scientific techniques and deduction could also come into play

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Amazon goes bicoastal, will open HQs in New York, DC suburb

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Amazon says it will split its much-anticipated new offices between New York and a suburb of Washington, DC

Tuesday, Nov 13

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Biggest lure for Amazon to Virginia may be campus, not cash

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The key to luring Amazon to northern Virginia may not have been hundreds of millions in cash incentives but instead plans for a nearby $1 billion graduate campus that will train hundreds of high-tech workers annually

Handwritten Einstein letter auctioned off for nearly $40,000

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A handwritten letter written by Albert Einstein warning of the dangers of growing nationalism and anti-Semitism years before the Nazis rose to power has been sold for nearly $40,000

Montana hunter recovering after grizzly bear breaks arm

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A 36-year-old Montana elk hunter who was attacked by a grizzly bear is recovering at a hospital