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Can't remember your password? Here are 2 new ways to log in

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Tired of trying to remember a different password for each of your online accounts? Or worried about re-using the same password too many times? You're not alone. Tech experts agree that traditional passwords are annoying, outmoded and too easily hacked.

This week, Yahoo and Microsoft offered up some alternatives: Yahoo says it can text temporary passwords to users' phones each time they want to sign into their Yahoo accounts. Microsoft says it is building facial-recognition and fingerprint-identification technology into Windows 10, the new computer operating system coming this summer, so users can log on with their fingertip or face. The two approaches drew different reviews.

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Olive Garden gets boost from diners splurging on extras

NEW YORK (AP) — Olive Garden is weaning diners off two-for-$25 dinners and luring them to splurge a bit on extras like drinks and desserts.

Those add-ons, a sign that customers might be more willing to open their wallets, helped push sales up for a restaurant chain that limped through the recession and a shift toward "better" fast food personified by Chipotle.

The struggling restaurant chain said Friday quarterly sales edged up 2.2 percent at established locations, marking the first back-to-back quarterly gains in five years. That's partly because diners were ordering more extras like alcohol and desserts and Olive Garden pulled back on discounts.

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After Communist-era pain, small Czech brewers enjoy revival

CVIKOV, Czech Republic (AP) — After shutting down in droves during the decades of Communist rule, the Czech Republic's small brewers are staging a comeback.

Dilapidated beer-making facilities dotted across this patch of Central Europe, which is better known for a clutch of global brands like Pilsner Urquell, are being reopened to revive local brewing traditions that date back to the 10th century.

You'll have to visit the Czech Republic to taste any of it, though — production is still too small for export and many beers are not available outside the towns and villages where they are brewed.

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Terror attack in Tunisia a fresh blow to tourism industry

The terror attack in Tunisia that killed 21 people is a fresh blow to the North African nation's tourism industry, which has been struggling since the country's revolution of 2011.

Cruise companies canceled stops in the country as 17 of the victims at the Bardo National Museum in Tunis were passengers on shore excursions from two cruise ships in port that day.

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Fracking: US tightens rules for chemical disclosure

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Friday it is requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, the first major federal regulation of the controversial drilling technique that has sparked an ongoing boom in natural gas production but raised widespread concerns about possible groundwater contamination.

A rule to take effect in June also updates requirements for well construction and disposal of water and other fluids used in fracking, as the drilling method is more commonly known.

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Simon Property raises bid for Macerich to $16.8B

NEW YORK (AP) — Mall operator Simon Property boosted its hostile bid for rival Macerich by 5 percent to $16.8 billion and said it will be its best and final offer.

The proposed deal would combine two of the largest U.S. shopping mall operators.

Simon set an April 1 deadline for Macerich to respond to the offer or it will be withdrawn.

Shares of Macerich dropped more than 4 percent Friday, while Simon Property shares rose nearly 3 percent.

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Magazine publisher Meredith finds success focusing on women

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The nation's top publisher of magazines and websites for women has its origins in a journal sold door-to-door featuring tips to help farmers get ahead in the early 1900s.

From there, Meredith Corp. grew and evolved, surviving depression, recession, the Internet and an increasingly crowded field of magazine competitors to now reach more than 200 million people a month.

It has done it by developing a keen understanding of its readers, using its huge database to hone in on how women seek and use information in the areas of food, home, parenthood and health.

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