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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 19 2016 - 11:22am

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate approved a bipartisan aviation policy bill Tuesday that would boost airport security, extend new protections to airline passengers and help speed the introduction of package-delivery drones.

  • | Posted: Apr 19 2016 - 11:01am

    WASHINGTON — The Pentagon misled Congress by using inaccurate or vague information about sexual assault cases in an effort to blunt support for a Senate bill that would make a major change in how the military handles allegations of sexual misconduct, an Associated Press investigation found.

  • | Posted: Apr 19 2016 - 1:31am

    WASHINGTON — Transplants of insulin-producing pancreas cells are a long hoped-for treatment for diabetes — and a new study shows they can protect the most seriously ill patients from a life-threatening complication of the disease, an important step toward U.S. approval.

  • | Posted: Apr 19 2016 - 1:31am

    BAGHDAD — The U.S. has agreed to deploy more than 200 additional troops to Iraq and to send eight Apache helicopters for the first time into the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq, the first major increase in U.S. forces in nearly a year, U.S. defense officials said Monday.

  • | Posted: Apr 19 2016 - 1:31am

    WASHINGTON — Conservative Supreme Court justices expressed sharp skepticism about President Barack Obama’s immigration efforts Monday, leaving his actions to help millions of people who are in the country illegally in the hands of a seemingly divided court.

  • | Posted: Apr 19 2016 - 1:30am

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska is desperate to stop the runaway growth of its prison population, but doing so depends a lot on people like Ronald Tillman. Tillman, 54, a paroled drug dealer who suffers from bipolar disease and a debilitating back injury, has lived since his 2013 release solely on his monthly $733 disability check. When his food runs short, he faces a choice that has costly implications for the state— if he gets caught.

  • | Posted: Apr 19 2016 - 1:30am

    FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. — Here in the San Juan Islands of northwest Washington state, where a severe shortage of affordable housing threatens the economy and the community, a small nonprofit group has found an unlikely way to help anchor families that are struggling to stay — by lifting up unloved houses in Canada, hoisting them onto barges and hauling them to where they are needed.

  • | Posted: Apr 19 2016 - 1:30am

    MANTA, Ecuador — Rescuers in Ecuador pulled three people out alive on Monday after being trapped for more than 32 hours in the rubble of a shopping center that was flattened by this weekend’s powerful earthquake.

  • | Posted: Apr 18 2016 - 10:59am

    OZU, Japan (AP) — The wooden home barely withstood the first earthquake. An even stronger one the next night dealt what might have been the final blow — if not to the house, then to the Tanaka family’s peace of mind.

  • | Posted: Apr 18 2016 - 10:29am

    NEW YORK (AP) — Deepening their increasingly bitter feud, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders aggressively challenged each other’s judgment to be president in Thursday night’s Democratic debate, wrangling over Wall Street banks, the minimum wage and gun control.

  • | Posted: Apr 18 2016 - 1:30am

    WASHINGTON — They work for the government and even their closest relatives have no idea what they do. It’s not because they’re spies or nuclear scientists, but because their jobs are so arcane: trying to reinvent Medicare to improve it, and maybe save taxpayers money.

  • | Posted: Apr 18 2016 - 1:30am

    The death toll from a 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Ecuador, one of the strongest in the South American country in decades, has risen to at least 246, the president’s office said.

  • Posted: Apr 18 2016 - 1:30am

    Aid begins to flow in after earthquake kills 246 in Ecuador

  • | Posted: Apr 18 2016 - 1:30am

    The death toll from earthquakes that struck southern Japan increased to 42 and the economic impact began to reverberate Monday as financial markets opened in Tokyo.

  • | Posted: Apr 18 2016 - 1:30am

    WASHINGTON — Global finance officials are vowing to try to reinvigorate a lackluster global economy and urging governments to embrace free trade and do more to fight tax evasion.