London Attacker Sent Encrypted WhatsApp Message Before Rampage

LONDON — Westminster Bridge attacker Khalid Masood sent a WhatsApp message that cannot be accessed because it was encrypted by the popular messaging service, a top British security official said Sunday. British press reports suggest Masood used the easily available messaging service just minutes before starting a rampage Wednesday that left three pedestrians and one police officer dead and dozens more wounded, including some with catastrophic injuries. Mourners attend a candlelight vigil in Trafalgar Square on Thursday in London. (Photo: Matt Crossick/ EMPICS Entertainment) Home Secretary Amber Rudd used appearances on BBC and Sky News to urge WhatsApp and other encrypted services to make their platforms accessible to intelligence services… Read More

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Uber suspends self-driving car program after crash

A crash in Tempe, Arizona, on Saturday has led ridesharing company Uber to suspend its self-driving car program. No one was seriously hurt in the incident, but the self-driving Volvo was flipped on its side after another vehicle “failed to yield” appropriately at a left turn. “There was a person behind the wheel” of the Volvo at the time of the crash, said an Uber representative, and it “is uncertain at this time if they were controlling the vehicle at the time of the collision.” The vehicle had two “safety drivers” in its front seats because, as Uber said at its pilot program’s rollout, driverless cars “require human intervention in… Read More

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7 amazing homes in Seattle

Lawton Wood. At the edge of Discovery Park, this four-bedroom house lies on nearly an acre of gardens and mature trees. The 1919 home’s craftsman-style woodwork, built-ins, and trim come from reclaimed wood and local materials. The main living room has a vaulted ceiling, a fireplace, and hardwood floors. A finished tree house for guests overlooks the outdoor pool, which is thought to be the oldest residential pool in Seattle. $4,950,000. Moira Holley, Realogics Sotherby’s International Realty, (206) 660-4787. The Highlands. Chapel Lane Estate, an 11,000-square-foot example of Colonial Revivalism, sits on 4.5 acres of gardens among old-growth forest. Built in 1927, the eight-bedroom home has been renovated with marble… Read More

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Will Trump put the brakes on fuel standards?

The smartest insight and analysis, from all perspectives, rounded up from around the web: President Trump is granting automakers “their top wish,” said Bill Vlasic at The New York Times. While visiting Detroit last week, Trump pledged to reopen a government review of the strict fuel efficiency standards set by the Obama administration in 2012. The rules, “a pillar of President Obama’s climate change legacy,” require automakers to almost double the average fuel economy for new cars and trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. The Environmental Protection Agency affirmed those standards in January, wrapping up a midterm review of the agreement in the final days of Obama’s presidency.… Read More

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Liz Weston: To retire right, plan to do it twice

There’s the retirement that looks like the commercials: biking, travel, enjoying the family. And then there’s the one where you can’t get up the stairs anymore. Most of us happily plan for the first, when our health is good and energy high. The second can be hard to contemplate, when health falters and medical crises can change lives in an instant. Yet a focus on just the active part of retirement can shortchange your quality of life once you begin to decline, which is why financial advisers suggest you also look at how you’ll live in that later phase. Here’s what you should consider for that second stage. Certified financial… Read More

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Why paying taxes by credit card probably isn’t a good idea

By Claire Tsosie, The Associated Press A big tax bill is like hay fever. You don’t want it, you try to avoid it — and then April rolls around and it hits you hard. Now you have to figure out how to take care of it. Taxes have to be paid, and putting them on your credit card might seem a good option. Maybe you need more time to come up with the money, or you’re imagining the rewards you could rack up by putting a big expense on your card. But paying the IRS with plastic probably isn’t a good idea, and here’s why. YOU’LL PAY PROCESSING FEES When… Read More

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