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The Google+ social network inadvertently gave app developers access to about 52.5 million users' information — even data not meant to be public — because of a bug in its software, Google says. The news comes two months after Google said it will pull the plug on the network; that process will now be sped up.

Users' name, birth date, email address, work history and other information were exposed for nearly a week in November, Google says in a blog post about the data breach.

Lawmakers unveiled the much-anticipated farm bill compromise Monday night, ending the months-long impasse over whether a critical piece of legislation that provides subsidies to farmers and helps needy Americans buy groceries could pass before the lame duck session concludes at the end of the year.

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For December, 3 Romantic Holiday Escapes

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'Tis the season when an escape from holiday madness may be necessary --and these three romance novels will whisk you away to fictional worlds where all the high stakes drama is resolved with true love and happily ever after.

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President Trump and the two top congressional Democrats, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, meet at the White House today, with less than two weeks until a temporary government funding measure runs out.

Even with the risk of a partial government shutdown bumping up against Christmas, White House attention has largely been elsewhere and Democratic leaders are making it clear they don't intend to give the president a victory on funding for his signature border wall.

President Trump sent a largely unnoticed letter to Congress last week saying the U.S. is engaged in at least seven separate military conflicts.

In most cases, though not all, Trump and his two immediate White House predecessors launched these U.S. military actions without explicit approval from Congress.

As President Trump continues to threaten to potentially shut down the government over his border wall, Americans would prefer to see him compromise to prevent gridlock, according to an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll.

By a 21-point margin — 57 percent to 36 percent — Americans think the president should compromise on the wall to avoid a government shutdown, rather than stand firm. About two-thirds of Republicans say the opposite, and the president has been focused on maintaining his base.

Genetically modified organisms, GMOs, have been common on American farms for years. But a new generation of gene-edited food, through a process called CRISPR, is on its way and expected to change our crops and supermarket shelves. Some farmers and scientists say there needs to be oversight of gene-edited crops and animals.

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This week, the United States and the Philippines end a 117-year-old feud over church bells. American soldiers seized the bells during the U.S.-Philippines War. And now those bells will be formally returned at a Manila air base.

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