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Posted at 9:33 AM ET, 02/28/2011

Frank Buckles dies, Gmail loses messages, Middle East unrest continues

By Melissa Bell
frank buckles
At the age of 110, Frank Buckles was the last known American survivor of World War I. He died Sunday. See a photo gallery of his life here. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

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Technology news: Gmail doesn't have mail

In a technological glitch, 150,000 people lost their e-mail archives Sunday. Google says it is looking into a fix and the e-mails should be recovered, however technology blogs are urging people to take the glitch as a lesson and back up files.


International news: Cairo schools reopen amid uncertainty

As protests continue around the Middle East, Egypt is taking its first steps back to normal life. The Post's Steve Hendrix writes:

"Today, everybody sang loud," said Salah, principal of the Dar El Tarbiah School, a secondary school in central Cairo. "It was real. Many of them were in [Tahrir] Square themselves. They are very proud."

But with the pride, nervousness remained. Nearly half of Salah's students were absent, and across the city thousands of families ignored the reopening of school, which had been anticipated as a step toward post-revolution normality.

On Monday, state television announced that ousted president Hosni Mubarak and his family had been banned from foreign travel, and their funds were being impounded, wire services reported. But new clashes over the weekend between protesters and the military renewed the sense of uncertainty in the Egyptian capital.

Read the full story here.


National news: Oscars schizophrenic show

Hank Stuever tries to make sense of Sunday night's award show:

As for your hosts, Hathaway worked her derriere off and Franco came off like that lacrosse boy you wish your daughter didn't hang out with so much, sort of heavy-lidded and smirky and ... well, let's give him credit for being James Franco, the 23-hour-a-day workaholic/grad student/filmmaker/soap-opera/not-Best Actor wunderkind of his generation.

Turns out hosting Oscars is when the dude decides to take a rest. The only required trick for Franco and Hathaway was to manage to not look like they were doing one of those flirty commercials for a phone plan. (He's so laid back! She's so hyper! And now they get unlimited 4G downloads and texting! etc.)

Read the full story here.

By Melissa Bell  | February 28, 2011; 9:33 AM ET
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