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Thursday November 15, 2018    12:04 AM
By Mike Wall, The nearest single star to the sun apparently hosts a big, icy planet.

Astronomers have found strong evidence of a frigid alien world about 3.2 times more massive than Earth circling Barnard's Star, a dim red dwarf that lies just 6 light-years from the sun. Barnard's Star is our sun's nearest neighbor, apart from the three-star Alpha Centauri system, which is about 4.3 light-years away.

The newly detected world, known as Barnard's Star b, remains a planet candidate for now. But the researchers who spotted it are confident the alien planet will eventually be confirmed. [Barnard's Star b: What We Know About the "Super-Earth' Candidate]

"After a very careful an


Saturday November 3, 2018    01:13 AM
WASHINGTON DC - Michael Cohen said on a Vanity Fair interview that President Donald Trump used racist language in several private conversations with him during the time he worked as Trump's personal lawyer and "fixer."

In the interview, Cohen said he can recall at least four times that Trump made denigrating comments to him about black people.

Cohen said that Trump made a disparaging comment about African-American voters when they were discussing the turnout for one of his 2016 campaign rallies.

"I told Trump that the rally looked vanilla on television. Trump responded, 'That's because black people are too stupid to vote for me,' " the President's former lawyer told the magazine. C


Saturday November 3, 2018    12:45 AM
The Trump administration on Friday announced that the US will reimpose all U.S. sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal.

The sanctions will take effect Monday and cover Iran’s shipping, financial and energy sectors. It’s the second batch of penalties that the administration has reimposed since President Donald Trump withdrew from the landmark deal in May.

He had long objected to the agreement, which was seen by most analysts as one of the more significant foreign policy achievements of his predecessor Barack Obama.

Now the Trump administration's goal is to apply maximum pressure against the Iranian regime to compel it to think again and change what the Ame


Friday November 2, 2018    07:44 AM
BEIJING -- A fight between a passenger and a bus driver ended tragically when the bus plunged off a bridge in southwestern China Sunday. All 15 people on board were killed.

This eight-second surveillance video shows the bus driver and a passenger arguing and slapping at each other just before the bus suddenly veered across oncoming traffic and off the bridge Sunday morning.

A 48-year-old female passenger on the bus asked the driver to pull over after she missed her stop, but the driver refused. She then walked to the driver's seat and scolded him. The driver turned his head back several times arguing.

The Chongqing police also posted dashcam video from a nearby car showing the bus


Thursday November 1, 2018    09:40 AM
Kristopher Love, the hitman who was convicted of capital murder last week in the killing of Dr. Kendra Hatcher, a pediatric dentist, was sentenced to death Wednesday in Dallas.

The Dallas County jury took only three hours before voting to condemn Love, 34, to death by lethal injection.

Hatcher, 35, was shot and killed in the parking garage of her Dallas apartment building in September 2015. Prosecutors said Love was hired by Brenda Delgado, 36, the ex-girlfriend of Hatcher's boyfriend; Delgado is awaiting trial on a charge of capital murder.

A third person, Crystal Cortes, 26, who prosecutors said was the getaway driver, pleaded guilty this month to a reduced charge of murder and wa


Thursday November 1, 2018    09:42 AM
ROME — The brother of a teenager who vanished in 1983, sparking a decades-long mystery that has gripped Italy, believes Pope Francis knows what happened to her.

Pietro Orlandi said "the truth needs to come out" about Emanuela Orlandi, who disappeared aged 15 after leaving the family's Vatican City apartment to go to a music lesson. Their father was a lay employee of the Holy See.

Over the years, her case has been linked to everything from the plot to kill St. John Paul II to the Vatican bank's financial scandal and Rome's criminal underworld.

Speculation about her fate was renewed late Tuesday when human bones were found during renovation work at the Vatican's Embassy to Italy, clos


Thursday November 1, 2018    09:42 AM
Google employees in company offices around the world began staging a walkout on Thursday to protest the company's handling of senior executives accused of sexual misconduct.

The protest was scheduled by organizers to begin at 11:10 a.m. local time for each office, with a Twitter account set up by organizers of the protest already featuring walkout photos from a variety of locations including Singapore, Tokyo, London, Dublin and others.

The walkout was organized in response to a report by The New York Times published last week that found two senior Google executives had been paid tens of millions of dollars in exit packages after they left the company following allegations of sexual mis


Thursday November 1, 2018    05:30 AM
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Poor migrants in Africa sought a living in the thriving underground economy of Gauteng province, a name that roughly translates to "land of gold." Instead of fortune, many found death, their bodies unnamed and unclaimed — more than 4,300 in Gauteng between 2014 and 2017 alone.

Some of those lives ended here at the Olifantsvlei cemetery, in silence, among tufts of grass growing over tiny placards that read: Pauper Block. There are coffins so tiny that they could only belong to children.

As people worldwide flee war, hunger and a lack of jobs, global migration has soared to record highs, with more than 258 million international migrants in 2017. That is an in


Thursday November 1, 2018    03:53 AM
Pakistan's Supreme Court has acquitted a Christian Asia Bibi who has been on death row for almost eight years on blasphemy charges. Pakistan's Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned the 2010 conviction against Bibi for insulting Islam's Prophet Muhammad. The charge of blasphemy carries the death penalty in this majority Muslim nation.

Bibi's acquittal immediately raised fears of religious violence — and presented a challenge to the government of new Prime Minister Imran Khan who came to power this summer partly by pursuing the Islamist agenda. Khan warned Islamist protesters on Wednesday night not to "test the patience of the state."

Bibi remained at an undisclosed location Thursday whe


Saturday August 25, 2018    07:59 AM
CHICAGO — The Democratic National Committee is set to vote this weekend on a Bernie Sanders-backed plan to weaken the influence of superdelegates in what has become a contentious showdown between factions at a time when the party is trying to project unity.

After two years of work on the controversial issue, a delicate compromise that emerged from a labyrinthine reform process has encountered last-minute opposition before the crucial vote here Saturday at the party organization's summer gathering.

"We're fighting it, we're picking up support, we're creating a lot of doubt," said Bob Mulholland, a DNC member from California who opposes the change.

The proposed change would not abolis


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