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Three Earth-sized planets orbiting a dim, red sun: Best target yet in the search for life?

| | May 3 2016 - 1:00am | Comments

Astronomers have discovered three Earth-sized planets orbiting a small red sun, just 40 light-years away.

  • | Posted: Apr 30 2016 - 1:00am

    The military is checking U.S. bases for potential groundwater contamination from a toxic firefighting foam, but most states so far show little inclination to examine civilian sites for the same threat.

  • | Posted: Apr 29 2016 - 12:35pm

    The U.S. Navy is loosening its rules governing tattoos effective Saturday in response to their growing popularity among young people and to remove a potential barrier for desired recruits.

  • Posted: Apr 29 2016 - 12:34pm

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea on Friday sentenced a U.S. citizen of Korean heritage to 10 years in prison with hard labor after convicting him of espionage and subversion, the second American it has put behind bars this year.

  • | Posted: Apr 29 2016 - 1:30am

    WASHINGTON — Nancy Schumacher says she just wanted to do her civic duty, and so she heeded the call to become a superdelegate for Hillary Clinton. But in the year of the angry voter, not even an administrative assistant from Elk River, Minnesota, can escape the outrage.

  • | Posted: Apr 29 2016 - 1:30am

    PIKETON, Ohio — From her house on Union Hill Road, Brittany Barker heard the first sirens first thing in the morning. She looked out and saw four police vehicles rush past. That was only the beginning.

  • | Posted: Apr 28 2016 - 11:09am

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea attempted unsuccessfully to launch two suspected powerful intermediate-range missiles on Thursday, South Korean defense officials said, bringing the number of apparent failures in recent weeks to three.

  • | Posted: Apr 28 2016 - 7:57am

    PARIS — Salah Abdeslam, thought to be the only direct participant in November’s Paris attacks to have survived, was handed over to France by Belgium on Wednesday, prosecutors in both countries said.

  • | Posted: Apr 28 2016 - 1:30am

    WASHINGTON — Donald J. Trump, exuding confidence after his resounding primary victories in the East, promised a foreign policy on Wednesday that he said would put “America first.” He castigated President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, a former secretary of state and a possible opponent in the general election, for what he described as a string of missteps that have disillusioned the nation’s allies and emboldened its rivals.

  • | Posted: Apr 27 2016 - 3:27pm

    CHICAGO (AP) — Dennis Hastert, the Republican who for eight years presided over the House and was second in the line of succession to the presidency, was sentenced Wednesday to more than a year in prison in the hush-money case that revealed accusations he sexually abused teenagers while coaching high school wrestling.

  • | Posted: Apr 27 2016 - 9:28am

    CHICAGO — States and cities have dramatically scaled back taxpayer subsidies to corporations in the past two years, doling out fewer and smaller breaks to lure development projects.

  • | Posted: Apr 27 2016 - 1:31am

    CHICAGO — A few dozen teachers sat in an auditorium at Westmont High School last week and watched a tale of darkness: seven people, three of them incarcerated, speaking on video about the depths to which their opioid addictions had taken them.

  • | Posted: Apr 27 2016 - 1:31am

    WASHINGTON — Senate negotiators on Tuesday moved closer to an agreement to provide at least $1.1 billion in emergency financing to combat the rapidly spreading Zika virus, which public health officials warn poses an imminent threat in the United States, but House Republicans said they were still not ready to approve additional funds.

  • | Posted: Apr 27 2016 - 1:31am

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The growing number of patients who claim marijuana helped them drop their painkiller habit has intrigued lawmakers and emboldened advocates, who are pushing for cannabis as a treatment for the abuse of opioids and illegal narcotics like heroin, as well as an alternative to painkillers.

  • | Posted: Apr 27 2016 - 1:30am

    SEATTLE — States and cities whose lawmakers proudly passed “living wage” laws are finding it difficult to make sure employers actually pay their workers accordingly.

  • | Posted: Apr 27 2016 - 1:30am

    NEW YORK — Donald Trump rolled up victories in five more states on Tuesday, amassing a Northeastern sweep that gives the Republican front-runner important momentum in his push for the presidential nomination even if his pathway has little room for error.