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Facebook algorithm changes up your News Feed, again

Facebook users can once again expect to see a change to their News Feeds. The social media company is tweaking its algorithm to sift through and weed out posts you might not be as interested in at the top of your feed.

"News Feed will begin to look at both the probability that you would want to see the story at the top of your feed and the probability that you will like, comment on, click or share a story," Facebook stated in a blog post. "We will rank stories higher in feed which we think people might take action on, and which people might want to see near the top of their News Feed."


Battered East Coast begins digging out from deadly blizzard

The sun came out, travel bans slowly lifted, and the great dig-out of 2016 was in full force Sunday across much of the East after a brutal, record-setting snowstorm that paralyzed much of the region.

The storm rolled off the coast and into the Atlantic before sunrise, leaving behind clear skies and gusty winds. Baltimore and New York eased their bans on road travel, but some airports in the region remained closed. Washington, D.C.'s transit system was scheduled to remain shut all day Sunday.

It was the biggest snowstorm ever recorded for three cities — Baltimore (29.2 inches), Allentown, Pa. (31.9) and Harrisburg, Pa. (34), the National Weather Service said. New York City picked up 26.8 inches of snow, missing its all-time record by one-tenth of an inch. The city was recruiting laborers to shovel snow for $13.50 per hour.


Blizzard 2016: Winter storm threatens millions -

More than any other place, Washington, D.C., is in the bull's-eye. Snow should start falling there late Friday afternoon, with 10 to 14 inches possible by day's end. The forecast calls for another 9 to 13 inches before the precipitation wraps up sometime after midnight. And throughout, the snow will be accompanied by sustained winds of up to 30 mph and gusts of 10 or more mph stronger than that.

The nation's capital, though, is not alone in expecting blizzard conditions. On Friday morning, the National Weather Service extended its blizzard warning to include Philadelphia and New York City. That's upwards of 10 million in just those three cities, not to mention millions more in parts of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and new Jersey under the same advisory.


These are the Worst Passwords That You Still Keep Using - Fortune

If you’re still wondering whether “123456” would make a strong password, the answer is still no.

The all-too-easy numerical sequence has been named by security appliance firm SplashData as the worst password of 2015, defined by the company as the most commonly-used phrase out of 2 million leaked passwords, which put users at risk of hacking and identity theft due to weak, easily-guessed combinations.


Hillary Meter - Rasmussen Reports™

Following their party’s fourth debate yesterday evening, most Democratic voters still believe Hillary Clinton will be the party’s nominee this November, but they feel less strongly than they have in recent surveys.

The latest Rasmussen Reports monthly Hillary Meter finds that 83% of Likely Democratic Voters think Clinton is likely to be their party’s presidential nominee in 2016. That now includes 43% who say it is Very Likely, down from 56% in December  and 58% in November.  Still, just 14% feel the former secretary of State and first lady is not very or Not At All Likely to win the nomination. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

It is important to note that the survey was conducted two nights prior and the evening of the Democrats’ latest pre-primary debate.


Voters Say Terrorism Should Be Obama’s Chief Concern - Rasmussen Reports™

Voters are increasingly critical of President Obama’s handling of national security issues and think he should focus on terrorism for the remainder of his time in the White House. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on January 12-13, 2016 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.


Iowa Poll: Clinton slides, leads Sanders by 2 points

Hillary Clinton has lost most of her lead over Bernie Sanders in the race to win Iowa’s Democratic presidential caucuses, a new Iowa Poll shows.

Clinton, who has been the favorite all along, now leads Sanders by just 2 percentage points in The Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll.


Three winners reported in $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot draw | The Kansas City Star

Winning tickets in Wednesday night’s record $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot were sold in suburban Los Angeles, Tennessee and Florida, a spokesman for the California lottery says.

The winning numbers were 4-8-19-27-34 and Powerball 10.


One winning ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven in Chino Hills, Calif., said Alex Traverso, a spokesman for that state’s lottery. The identity of the winner is not yet known.


No winner of record Powerball jackpot, next draw put at $1.3 billion | Reuters

No one won Saturday's record jackpot of nearly $950 million in the multi-state Powerball lottery, officials said, driving the haul for a winning ticket in the next draw to $1.3 billion, lottery officials said.

Millions of Americans anxiously checked their tickets for the winning combination of six numbers - 32, 16, 19, 57, 34 with a Powerball number of 13.

"No Powerball jackpot winner," the Texas Lottery announced on Twitter hours after the numbers were drawn.

"Since nobody won tonight’s staggering $947.8 million jackpot, it has rolled to an estimated $1.3 billion for January 13," said a statement from officials in California, one of the 44 states, together with Washington D.C. and two U.S. territories, that participate in Powerball.


Ted Cruz leads in Iowa, Donald Trump leads in New Hampshire, latest polls show - CBS News

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas maintains his lead over the other Republican presidential candidates in Iowa, a key early-nominating state, according to a new Fox News Poll.

The poll, conducted Jan. 407, shows Cruz with 27 percent support among likely Republican caucus-goers. Donald Trump receives 23 percent support, while Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida wins 15 percent. With just a few weeks to go before the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses, the rest of the candidates are in the single digits.

Nearly a third of likely caucus-goers said they could never back Trump, while just 7 percent said so about Cruz.