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Herod the tetrarch heard of the reputation of Jesus and said to his servants, “This man is John the Baptist. He has been raised from the dead; that is why mighty powers are at work in him.” Now Herod had arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, for John had said to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.” Although he wanted to kill him, he feared the people, for they regarded him as a prophet.

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In October 2015, the computer algorithm AlphaGo, created by the Google-owned company DeepMind, beat European champion Fan Hui by 5 games to 0. This was the first time that a computer program has defeated a human professional player in the full-sized game of Go, a feat previously thought to be at least a decade away. In March 2016, Google made history when its artificial intelligence (AI), AlphaGo, beat Go professional Lee Sedol, world champion, by 4 games to 1. In a 6-day tournament in Seoul, a historic battle of human and artificial intelligence was watched by a reported 100 million people around the world.

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I join the entire Filipino nation, particularly my colleagues in the community media, and surviving comrades in the College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP), in hailing the ascendancy of Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel as Senate president.

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THE last administration used to say that the Philippine agriculture has bright prospects in ASEAN economic integration, specifically with its corn production to meet the needs of the region’s livestock industry. Corn is the Philippines’ champion crop in the ASEAN integration scheme, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said, and the Philippines expects to export 50 percent of its corn production to other ASEAN nations.

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Many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother [Lazarus, who had died.] When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him; but Mary sat at home. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise.” Martha said to him, “I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.”

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A dear friend often invites me to dinner get-together at her home. The problem is her cooking. It is consistently unpleasant. And it’s all the same. She spends a great deal of effort and is very proud of her cooking. Last weekend, I avoided her new recipe, which is a mix of recycled remains from her refrigerator. Refusing her dinner invitation would be refusing her friendship. I can’t tell you how many of her friends have asked me to speak to her. What to do? I really can’t eat it any more.

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