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  • 10 Things to Know for Today
    10 Things to Know for Today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

  • 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.

  • Terrifying interactive map shows global cyber attacks happening in real time
    Terrifying interactive map shows global cyber attacks happening in real time

    Heartbleed is hardly the only online threat we have to worry about these days. The massive OpenSSL bug should certainly be taken seriously — here are all the passwords you should change immediately because of Heartbleed — but there are threats around just about every corner on the Internet. LaCie on Wednesday confirmed that it was the last company to fall victim to a massive cyber attack where users’ credit card data was compromised, but it is hardly the only recent target. In fact, you’ll be shocked to learn how many cyber attacks are taking place right now as you read this. Antivirus and Internet security software firm Kaspersky recently created a beautiful and terrifying interactive world map that gives us a real-time

  • Iran says will firmly deter any attacks as military displays might

    By Parisa Hafezi ANKARA (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the Islamic Republic had the might to deter any attacks as its military displayed a range of drones and missiles at an annual parade in Tehran, state television reported on Friday. Chanting "God is Greatest", troops paraded missiles carriers, some bearing banners saying "Death to America" and "Death to Israel", armored personnel carriers and unmanned surveillance aircraft as well as small submarines with men wearing aqua-lungs alongside. Unlike hardline predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Rouhani did not use his speech to lash out at the United States and Israel, which Tehran refuses to recognize. "We don't attack any country and don't want war but we will firmly confront any aggression against Iran," he said, as helicopters and fighter jets flew overhead and parachutists landed in the parade area in the south of the capital near the shrine of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

  • Comfort dogs are returning to Boston for marathon weekend
    Comfort dogs are returning to Boston for marathon weekend

    The golden retrievers, which gained attention after the Newtown massacre, are headed to Boston to distract those still coping with memories of the 2013 marathon bombings.

  • Captain not at helm of capsized S. Korean ferry
    Captain not at helm of capsized S. Korean ferry

    Jindo (South Korea) (AFP) - The captain was not at the helm of the South Korean ferry that capsized two days ago, investigators said Friday, as anger spread over stalled rescue efforts for hundreds of missing passengers trapped by the submerged vessel. More than 48 hours after the 6,825-tonne Sewol suddenly listed and then sank, a small army of more than 500 exhausted divers -- battling powerful currents -- have yet to obtain any real access to the ferry's interior. As the dive teams worked on accessing the ferry, two divers bored holes in the hull and began injecting oxygen into the ship. Three giant, floating cranes reached the disaster site, but regional coastguard commander Kim Soo-Hyun stressed they would not begin lifting the multi-deck ferry until they were sure there were no survivors inside.

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