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Apps working with Digits, a new Twitter service, would simply ask for your phone number instead of a password.

Moving Past The Password, But At What Cost?

Everyone hates passwords almost as much as they hate being hacked. The problem the traditional password is twofold. In order to be useful, they have to be complex and difficult to guess. Also, passwords become less secure the more often you use them.

Apple CEO Tim Cook waves to a crowd before he is honored by the Alabama Academy of Honor at the Alabama state Capitol on  Monday.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Comes Out As Gay

Tim Cook, the head of the world's most iconic technology company, has come out today in an op-ed on Bloomberg Businessweek, saying he's never denied his sexual orientation but "I haven't publicly acknowledged it either, until now.

"Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day," Cook writes.

Chris Deschene greets supporters in Arizona in early October.

Navajo Nation Presidential Candidate Suspends Campaign

Days before Election Day, Chris Deschene's campaign to become Navajo Nation president has officially gone into limbo.

Deschene, 43, made it onto the Nations ballot after receiving 19 percent of the vote – second to Dr. Joe Shirley Jr., a former Navajo president. But Navajo law requires that all presidential candidates speak the Navajo language fluently, and Deschene quickly came under fire when he was accused of not passing that test.

VIDEO: You Don't Know Jack-O'-Lanterns

Decorative gourd season has arrived, and we decided to celebrate by investigating the science and history of pumpkins.

Do you know what happens when you feed ostriches pumpkin seeds? Or when the first pumpkin beer was brewed? Or what to call a zucchini-pumpkin hybrid? Watch our new video to find out.

Did you carve a science-themed pumpkin this year? Send pictures to nprskunkbear@gmail.com. And follow us on Tumblr.

Demonstrators set fire to cars near Burkina Faso's Parliament on Thursday in Ouagadougou.

Angry Mob Sets Fire To Parliament In Burkina Faso

Thousands of protesters in Burkina Faso broke through police lines and surged into the country's parliament, setting the building on fire ahead of a vote that would have allowed the country's president to extend his 27-year rule of the West African country.

The BBC reports that the ruling party headquarters and the city hall in the capital, Ouagadougou, were also in flames. State television reportedly went off the air.

Supporters of the secular Nidda Tounes (Tunisia Calls) party celebrate their victory in parliamentary elections before the elections were official earlier this week in Tunis.

Tunisia's Secularists Victorious In Parliamentary Vote

Tunisia's main secularist party has won a decisive victory against Islamists in parliamentary elections, grabbing 85 seats, or just under 40 percent in the 217-seat assembly, according to official results.

The Nidda Tounes (Tunisia Calls) party bested the ruling Islamist Ennahda party, which secured just 69 seats. Ennahda swept to power in the first such elections after the 2011 'Arab Spring' uprising in the North African country.

Nearly 20 companies have filed antitrust complaints against Google in Europe since 2009.

In EU, Google Faces Next Chapter With New Competition Chief

In Europe, Google has avoided the prospect of steep fines in a long-running antitrust case over several of the company's business practices, but a new commissioner will soon take over the case and that has many wondering what Google could face next.

Nearly 20 companies have filed antitrust complaints against Google in Europe since 2009. The biggest of those by far is Microsoft, which has its own competing search engine, Bing.

"Microsoft has been driving these complaints from the very start," says

A cow walks near oil pump jacks in Santa Maria, Calif. Oil production has long been a part of Santa Barbara County, but a new ballot measure could effectively shut down all new drilling operations there.

Keep On Drillin'? Santa Barbara Prepares To Vote On Oil Future

Think of California's Santa Barbara County and you might picture the area's famous beaches or resorts and wineries. But in the northern reaches of the vast county, oil production has been a major contributor to the economy for almost a century.

So it's no surprise that the oil industry there is feverishly organizing to fight a local ballot initiative — Measure P — that would ban controversial drilling methods such as hydraulic fracturing. One thing that is turning heads, however, is the sheer volume of money flooding in to this local race, mainly from large oil companies.

Iraqi soldiers walk in Jurf al-Sakhr, south of the capital Baghdad, on Monday after Iraqi military forces retook the area from Islamic State militants. Iraqi forces, supported by U.S. airstrikes, have made limited gains in recent months, but critics are questioning whether the U.S. strategy is likely to succeed.

With Limited Gains, U.S. Bombing Campaign Faces Growing Criticism

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has been on the defensive recently about the strategy to take on the Islamic State. American warplanes have been bombing targets in Iraq and Syria, but militant fighters are still on the move.

"We have made it very clear, I have and President Obama has, that this is a long, difficult effort," Hagel said.

San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws during the fifth inning of Game 7 of the World Series. He was also the winning starting pitcher in Game 1 and Game 5.

World Series: Madison Bumgarner Carries Giants To 3rd Title In 5 Years

Madison Bumgarner won Game 1 of this World Series, throwing seven innings and giving up one run on three hits. He won Game 5, throwing a complete game shutout.

And on Wednesday night, completing one of the most impressive postseason pitching performances in history, he won Game 7, pitching the final five innings on two days rest, giving up just two hits as the Giants won the game 3-2, and won the World Series.

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