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Scientists discover 7 'Earthlike' planets orbiting a nearby star

Space Habitable Worlds-2

A newfound solar system just 39 light years away contains seven warm, rocky, Earthlike planets,...

World

Malaysia says airport safe, autopsy shows nerve agent effect

Malaysia North Korea

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s health minister said Sunday autopsy results suggested a nerve agent caused “very serious paralysis” that killed the exiled half brother of North Korea’s leader, as police completed a sweep of the budget terminal where he was poisoned and declared it safe of...


National

Neighbor: Bar attack suspect a 'drunken mess,' not political

Bar Shooting Kansas

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man accused of shooting two Indian immigrants and a third man at a bar, in what some believe was a hate crime, was always a drinker but became a “drunken mess” after his father died about 18 months ago, a longtime neighbor said Saturday. Andy Berthelsen said his...


National

'All politics is local'? In the era of Trump, no longer

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. These days, Tip O’Neill must be rolling over in his grave. The late House speaker famously declared that “all politics is local,” but that adage has been put to the test over the past decade by an increased level of national news consumption by an electorate watching...


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Democrats elect Perez party chairman on second ballot

DNC Winter Meeting-3

ATLANTA (AP) — Democrats elected former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as their new national chairman on Saturday over a liberal Minnesota congressman after a divisive campaign that reflected the depths of the party’s electoral failures as well as the energy from resistance to President Donald Trump....


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Va. legislature gavels out after passing budget plan that closes $1.2B hole

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. RICHMOND - His big, wooden gavel temporarily stolen, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) resorted to tap-tap-tapping the Virginia Senate into session with a tiny plastic mallet Saturday, when lawmakers passed a state budget with near-unanimous support. It was a fitting start...


World

The worst-case scenario of the apparent nerve toxin murder of Kim Jong Nam

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. In the hour before and after Kim Jong Nam was supposed to fly from Malaysia to Macau at 10 a.m. on Feb. 13, nearly 200 flights were scheduled to fly to or from Kuala Lumpur. Flights from nearby Singapore, more than a dozen. Arrivals from airports all over Southeast...


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When driverless cars hit market, blame for accidents may shift to industry

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. If anything about driverless cars can be considered an old riddle it is this one: the car is driving itself down a residential street when a woman pushing a baby stroller suddenly enters a crosswalk. Unable to stop, should the car’s computer opt to hit mother and...


World

The Latest: Malaysia says airport safe, no trace of toxin

Malaysia North Korea

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Latest on Malaysia’s investigation into the apparent assassination of the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (all times local): 4:45 a.m. Malaysian police have completed a sweep of the airport terminal where the exiled half-brother of North Korea’s...


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Tom Perez elected as first Latino leader of Democratic Party

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. ATLANTA - Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez was elected as the first Latino chair of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday, defeating Rep. Keith Ellison at a contentious party meeting in Atlanta. “With hard work and a hell of a lot of organizing, we will turn...


World

Our journey to the front lines with the Islamic State

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. MANBIJ, Syria - For complicated reasons to do with war and politics, the only way in and out of the enclave controlled by Syria’s Kurds is on a rusty iron boat that ferries passengers across the Tigris river from Iraq. Late last year, photographer Alice Martins and I...


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