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Brad Smith, president of Microsoft Corp., speaks during a presentation on affordable housing in Bellevue, Wash., on Thursday. Microsoft Corp. said it will spend $500 million to develop affordable housing and help alleviate homelessness in the Seattle area. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Microsoft Pledges $500 Million Investment To Tackle Affordable Housing Crisis

Most of the money will help preserve and build new homes for low and middle-income residents. A smaller portion will go toward homeless services and programs to keep people from being evicted.

A security force member walks outside a shuttered restaurant Thursday in Manbij, Syria, the site of a suicide attack that killed more than a dozen people, including four Americans, a day earlier. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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How Strong Is The Islamic State In Syria?

ISIS has lost almost all its territory, but it claimed a suicide bombing that killed four Americans. The extremist group is still believed to have thousands of fighters who have gone underground.

The rover Yutu-2 is seen in a photo taken by the lander of the Chang'e-4 probe on Jan. 11. Inside the probe is a biosphere harboring, whose seeds China now says have died. AP via China National Space Administration via Xinhua News Agency hide caption

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China Tried To Grow Cotton On The Moon, But It Didn't Work

The cotton seeds aboard a lunar lander had encouraged hopes that plants could grow on the moon. But days after China boasted of the experiment's success, the tender shoots died.

President Trump called for a beefing up of existing defenses, such as the Aegis ashore system pictured. In addition, he called for research into new advanced concepts. Mark Wright/Missile Defense Agency hide caption

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Trump Unveils Ambitious Missile Defense Plans

The strategy, reminiscent of the Cold War-era Star Wars program, calls for new sensors in space, updated missile interceptors and advanced weapons, including lasers.

Trump Unveils Ambitious Missile Defense Plans

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Benedict Cumberbatch plays Dominic Cummings, the top strategist for Britain's "Leave" campaign in the HBO film Brexit. Nick Wall/HBO hide caption

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Breezy And Irreverent 'Brexit' Captures Big Truths About Today's Politics

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Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the top strategist for Britain's "Leave" campaign in a new HBO film that offers a jaunty — if incomplete — take on the U.K.'s pending departure from the EU.

Breezy And Irreverent 'Brexit' Captures Big Truths About Today's Politics

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Donald Trump's former longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, acknowledged his involvement in a scheme to inflate online poll results for Trump in order to make it appear he had more political support. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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Trump's Ex-Lawyer Cohen Acknowledges Scheme To Rig Polls In Presidential Race

Michael Cohen tweeted about what appeared to be another example of questionable actions he'd taken in order to help Trump's presidential ambitions. He already has pleaded guilty to others.

President Trump's approval rating is slipping, and it's largely due to cracks among his base. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Poll: Trump Approval Down, Slips With Base

During the longest shutdown in history, key parts of Trump's base — from suburban men to white evangelicals to white men without a college degree — have slipped in their support for the president.

Poll: Trump Approval Down, Slips With Base

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