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President Donald Trump announced on Twitter on Thursday that the U.S. is recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights. ABC
VOA VIEW: Smart and good move.
Facebook Lite, Facebook and Instagram users are impacted. Facebook officials admitted on Thursday that the tech giant stored hundreds of millions of user passwords in plain text -- able to be read by employees. "As part of a routine security review in January, we found that some user passwords were being stored in a readable format within our internal data storage systems," Facebook's vice president of engineering, security and privacy Pedro Canahuati wrote in a post on the company's website Thursday morning. ABC
VOA VIEW: Facebook is being exposed.
President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order that would deny colleges certain federal research and education grants if they failed to comply with free speech standards outlined by the administration. "Under the guise of speech codes and safe spaces and trigger warnings, these universities have tried to restrict free thought, impose total conformity and shut down the voices of great young Americans ... all of that changes starting right now. We're dealing with billions and billions and billions of dollars," Trump said, surrounded by student activists at a White House ceremony Thursday afternoon. ABC
VOA VIEW: Good!

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The UK could be offered a Brexit delay to 22 May on the condition MPs approve the PM's deal next week, the latest draft European Council document says. But if they do not, EU leaders would back a shorter delay until 12 April. The draft conclusions seen by the BBC say the UK would then be expected to "indicate a way forward before this date". But they are still subject to change as EU leaders continue to discuss options late into the evening. The UK is due to leave the EU on 29 March if no extension to the Article 50 process is agreed. BBC
Five schools in Birmingham have stopped teaching about LGBT rights following complaints by parents. Amir Ahmed, a lead campaigner for the parents, told Sima Kotecha: "Morally, we do not accept homosexuality as a valid sexual relationship to have." The No Outsiders project was set up to educate children to accept differences in society. BBC
VOA VIEW: Makes sense.
In a New York Times op-ed, the ousted FBI director says he only cares "that the work be done, well and completely" Former FBI Director James Comey says he does not know what special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election will look like, but he also doesn't care whether it implicates President Trump. CBS
VOA VIEW: Comey is an idiot.
No one — not even the chief executive officer of AT&T — is safe from robocalls. Telecom boss Randall L. Stephenson was interrupted by a phone spammer while onstage at an Economic Club event in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. CBS
Levi Strauss' initial public offering marks a new era for the 166-year-old denim company, Wall Street experts say. CNBC
Several top Democratic donors have told former Vice President Joe Biden that they won't help him raise funds in the early stages of the party's 2020 presidential primary, CNBC has learned. Their reason: skepticism that Biden actually can win the Democratic primary. Biden, who has yet to announce whether he will run, has reached out to leading financiers over the past week to see whether they will help him raise money for a presidential run. His pitch: CNBC
VOA VIEW: Good idea.

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House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings said Thursday his committee has obtained new information that several senior White House officials have used personal email and messaging accounts to conduct government business, asserting that President Donald Trump's son-in-law communicated with foreign leaders through a private messaging application that appears to lack adequate safeguards. CNN
The White House rejected a demand from the House Oversight Committee to turn over documents and comply with interviews concerning the security clearances of some of President Donald Trump's closest advisers, including Trump senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner. CNN
VOA VIEW: Good!
The stage is set for unprecedented major flooding this spring for most of the nation, U.S. weather officials said Thursday. FOX News
A man in jail in New Jersey on murder charges is in a dangerous position, caught between the law and the Mafia. FOX News
VOA VIEW: A big loss.

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Sources close to cabinet say No 10 is ‘run by lunatics’ after May’s speech attacking MPsCabinet ministers believe there is now a real risk of a no-deal Brexit, with sources close to them describing the mood in government as depressing and No 10 as “run by lunatics”.Senior members of the cabinet from both sides of the Brexit argument are understood to think the chances of the UK leaving without a deal have substantially increased after the prime minister set herself against a longer extension to article 50. Guardian
Some of the Democratic candidates for the US presidential elections said on Thursday they would not attend the annual AIPAC conference in Washington DC next week. Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: Fools!
The new poll came on a day when the election got even dirtier than it had been before. Jerusalem Post

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Boeing Co plans to offer as standard a safety feature that might have warned earlier of problems that possibly played a role in the crashes of Ethiopian and Indonesian planes that killed almost 350 people, two officials briefed on the matter said on Thursday. Reuters
The U.S. Treasury Department designated Chinese shipping companies for penalties after they allegedly helped North Korea evade international trade sanctions. UPI
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a law Thursday that outlaws abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, prompting constitutional challenges. UPI
U.S. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said the U.S. needs a Space Force to maintain the nation's "dominance" in space, and protect the systems the military and country depend on. UPI

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     Facebook changed because is was forced.  Facebook announced Tuesday that it will block landlords and creditors from using a person's demographic data including a person’s zip code, gender and age, to target certain groups in online advertisements.

     The announcement is part of a legal settlement with groups that promote fair housing laws. They complained in court last year that the social media giant enabled real estate brokers and landlords to exclude certain demographics when advertising. The federal government, under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, had filed its own complaint against Facebook for violating the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits businesses from which prohibits the sale or rental of housing based on such factors as race or religion.

     The company also was accused of allowing employers to discriminate against women by targeting job listings toward men only, specifically in traditionally male-dominated fields.