Star system with eight planets is found

Only a handful of star systems have more than a single planet. With eight worlds, … Read more

GOP reaches agreement on tax reform

WASHINGTON — The day after suffering a political blow in the Alabama special Senate election, … Read more

Lawmaker kills himself amid sexual assault allegations

A Kentucky state representative accused of molesting a teenage girl killed himself Wednesday, just two … Read more

Acting officials staying in place could have authority challenged

President Donald Trump’s slow pace of hiring for key government jobs has left stand-ins occupying … Read more

Alabama win gives Democrats more leverage on key issues

Senate Democrats gained significant new leverage to stymie the Republican agenda and make demands on … Read more

How much food do we waste? Probably more than you think

Globally, we throw out about 1.3 billion tons of food a year, or a third … Read more

Study: Fracking sites raise the risk of low birth-weight babies

Living within a half mile of a hydraulic fracturing site carries a serious risk for … Read more

Parliament will have final say on Brexit, a blow to prime minister

LONDON — Britain’s Parliament voted narrowly on Wednesday to demand a decisive say over the … Read more

Around the world

Iran missiles — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning that Iran may be defying a U.N. … Read more

Naples celebrates as its pizza makers ‘conquer the world’

NAPLES — Above the throng shoving its way along Via dei Tribunali, this pizza-crazed city’s … Read more

San Francisco’s first Asian-American mayor oversaw big wealth shift

Edwin M. Lee, an affordable housing advocate and technocrat who became the first Asian-American to … Read more

Today in history, and birthdays

It’s Thursday, Dec. 14, the 348th day of 2017. There are 17 days left in the year.

Highlight: In 2012, a gunman with a semi-automatic rifle killed 20 first-graders and six educators … Read more

Democrat Jones wins stunning red-state Alabama Senate upset

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama’s … Read more

13th foot washes ashore in Canada

The exceptionally high tides this time of the year off British Columbia can turn the … Read more

The inferno that won’t die: How a California fire exploded

VENTURA, Calif. — On Friday, an army of firefighters in Ventura County hoped they were … Read more

Today in history, and birthdays

It’s Wednesday, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2017. There are 18 days left in the year.

Highlight: In 1937, the Chinese city of Nanjing fell to Japanese forces during the Sino-Japanese … Read more

Moore hints at recount in Alabama Senate race

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Democrat Doug Jones has won the special election to fill a Senate … Read more

FBI agent removed from Russia investigation called Trump an ‘idiot’

WASHINGTON — Two FBI officials who would later be assigned to the special counsel’s investigation … Read more

Around the world

Attempted New York attack — Akayed Ullah, 27, an immigrant from Bangladesh who had lived … Read more

Tax bills treat disaster victims unequally

If the House Republican tax bill became law, victims of hurricanes in Texas and Florida … Read more

NTSB blames captain, bad safety culture for loss of El Faro

A ship captain’s unwillingness to listen to his crew’s suggestions to change course from the … Read more

Strongmen from Syria to China embrace the phrase ‘fake news’

BRUSSELS — President Donald Trump routinely invokes the phrase “fake news” as a rhetorical cudgel … Read more

MLB ump retires rather than risk more concussions

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — As a big league umpire, Dale Scott saw maybe 1 … Read more

Bomber disrupts NYC, but injures only himself

NEW YORK — A would-be suicide attacker detonated a pipe bomb strapped to his body … Read more

Rivals make final push before Alabama election

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Alabama Republican Roy Moore cast himself Monday as the victim of a … Read more

Around the world

Trans people can enlist starting in 2018 — Transgender people will be allowed to enlist … Read more

For a computer that’s 4,000 times faster, Microsoft is going quantum

In the race to commercialize a new type of powerful computer, Microsoft has just pulled … Read more

Today in history, and birthdays

It’s Tuesday, Dec. 12, the 346th day of 2017. There are 19 days left in the year.

Highlight: In 1917, during World War I, a train carrying some 1,000 French troops from … Read more

Silicon Valley wants to fix our water problems

Gary Kremen — the founder of, former owner of and serial investor — … Read more

New evacuations as huge California fire flares up

LOS ANGELES — A powerful flare-up on the western edge of Southern California’s largest and … Read more

Today in history, and birthdays

It’s Monday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2017. There are 20 days left in the year.

Highlight: In 1917, British Gen. Edmund Allenby entered Jerusalem two days after his forces expelled … Read more

Trump jumps into race, but it’s all about Moore

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — President Donald Trump has jumped into a contentious Senate race here in … Read more

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