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The Amazon logo in Santa Monica, Calif. Amazon Web Services has government contracts that show its influence is far beyond the post office. Reed Saxon/AP hide caption

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Alexa, Tell Me A National Security Secret: Amazon's Reach Goes Beyond The Post Office

It's little known that the CIA uses Amazon Web Services to store its data, and, now, it's the favorite for a big-money Pentagon contract to do the same. Amazon's tentacles go to other agencies, too.

Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo smiles after his introduction before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a confirmation hearing on April 12 on Capitol Hill. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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Mike Pompeo On Track To Be Confirmed As Secretary Of State

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The U.S. Army's Autonomous Remote Engagement System is mounted on the Picatinny Lightweight Remote Weapon System and coupled with an M240B machine gun. It's part of a program that reduces the time to identify targets using automatic target detection and user-specified target selection. U.S. Army hide caption

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Autonomous Weapons Would Take Warfare To A New Domain, Without Humans

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Amy Schumer stars as a woman who acquires a boost of self-confidence after a bump on the head in I Feel Pretty. Mark Schafer/STXfilms hide caption

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Beauty And A Bump On The Head In 'I Feel Pretty'

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#ScootersBehavingBadly: U.S. Cities Race To Keep Up With Small Vehicle Shares

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Lucibela's debut album is a joyful celebration of her native Cape Verde, a country grappling with historical hardships. N'Krumah Lawson Daku/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Lucibela Channels The Joy Of Cape Verde On 'Laço Umbilical'

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French President Emmanuel Macron (left) shakes hands with President Trump, next to first lady Melania Trump, during the annual Bastille Day military parade in Paris on July 14, 2017. Trump is hosting Macron in Washington this week for the first official state visit of his presidency. Christophe Archambault /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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'A Close Personal Relationship' Under Pressure As Trump Hosts France's Macron

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Alexa, Tell Me A National Security Secret: Amazon's Reach Goes Beyond The Post Office

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is an original play by John Tiffany, Jack Thorne and J.K. Rowling. Matthew Murphy/Courtesy of Boneau/Bryan-Brown hide caption

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Muggles Rejoice: 'Harry Potter And The Cursed Child' Is Now On Broadway

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