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  • Business Highlights

    ___ China factories face new challenge as growth slows Chinese manufacturers are discovering that being an efficient low-cost producer is no longer enough to prosper in the face of the country's slowing ...

  • Disney Channel's 'Jessie' breaks romantic ground
    Disney Channel's 'Jessie' breaks romantic ground

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The title character of "Jessie" heads in an unprecedented direction for a Disney Channel series: toward the altar.

  • Witness's risky tweeting gave world front-row view of Boston Marathon firefight
    Witness's risky tweeting gave world front-row view of Boston Marathon firefight

    It wasn’t until an explosion occurred a few minutes into the firefight that Andrew Kitzenberg realized he was witnessing the beginning of the end in the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

  • ‘Cinderella’ Star Carly Rae Jepsen on the Quick Lesson She Learned About Fame
    ‘Cinderella’ Star Carly Rae Jepsen on the Quick Lesson She Learned About Fame

    When Carly Rae Jepsen first joined the cast of Broadway’s “Cinderella,” she recalled a conversation with the stage manager about fame. “He said, ‘The funny thing about being famous is that we all know this about you,’ and he went on to explain something that he thought he knew. And I said, ‘Actually the funny [...]

  • US Lawyers Aim to Profit in Malaysia Airlines Tragedy
    US Lawyers Aim to Profit in Malaysia Airlines Tragedy

    Firm Signs Up Dozens of Families of Missing Passengers

  • FATHER OF FOUR IS SELFISH TO PUT HIS HEALTH AT RISK

    DEAR ABBY: I am a 34-year-old wife and mother of four. I'm concerned about my husband. He is 44 and drinks at home every evening after work. I don't mind him having a few cans of beer, but he drinks between six and 12 a day. He refuses to see a doctor for checkups or when he is sick. I am worried about his health. The drinking could have an impact, and I would like him to have a physical exam to put my mind at ease. I tell my husband I want him to take care of himself to live longer for our children's sake (our youngest is 4). ...

  • Scientists discover first Earth-sized planet that could support life
    Scientists discover first Earth-sized planet that could support life

    For the first time, scientists have discovered an Earth-sized alien planet in the habitable zone of its host star, an "Earth cousin" that just might have liquid water and the right conditions for life. The newfound planet, called Kepler-186f, was first spotted by NASA's Kepler space telescope and circles a dim red dwarf star about 490 light-years from Earth. "One of the things we've been looking for is maybe an Earth twin, which is an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a sunlike star," Tom Barclay, Kepler scientist and co-author of the new exoplanet research, told Space.com.

  • Scientists find Earth-sized world in orbit friendly to life

    The discovery, announced on Thursday, is the closest scientists have come so far to finding a true Earth twin. The star's outermost planet, designated Kepler-186f, receives about one-third the radiation from its parent star as Earth gets from the sun, meaning that high noon on this world would be roughly akin to Earth an hour before sunset, said astronomer Thomas Barclay, with NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. "This planet is an Earth cousin, not an Earth twin," said Barclay, who is among a team of scientists reporting on the discovery in the journal Science this week. NASA launched its Kepler space telescope in 2009 to search about 150,000 target stars for signs of any planets passing by, or transiting, relative to the telescope's point of view.

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