Astronomers may have found planet beyond Milky Way for first time

Astronomers have spotted tantalizing signs of a planet in a star system outside the Milky Way, which, if it’s confirmed, would be the first ever found in another galaxy.The discovery, reported in a study published Monday in the journal Nature Astronomy, demonstrates a new technique for finding far-off worlds, and it could significantly expand the…

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More states are passing laws limiting authority to respond to public health emergencies

Credit: CC0 Public Domain New data released today by the Temple University Center for Public Health Law Research on LawAtlas.org captures details of an emerging effort by states to limit executive authority to act in response to public health emergencies. Legislators in nearly all US states (46) have introduced bills in 2021 to limit governors’…

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Consumers turn to ‘buy now, pay later,’ stoking worry about repayment ability

Well-established companies such as The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Mastercard Inc. are diving headlong into a financial technology product that some critics fear poses risks to consumers.The service, known as “buy now, pay later,” or BNPL for short, is a twist on the old-fashioned layaway plans once offered by retailers. The difference is that consumers get their goods right away, and…

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Corporate minimum tax proposal unveiled by key Senate Democrats as Biden social bill comes together

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on the nomination of Chris Magnus to be the next U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner, in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, October 19, 2021.Mandel Ngan | Pool | ReutersWASHINGTON — New details of a Democratic plan…

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1 in 4 American Jews say they experienced antisemitism in the last year

Pro-Israel demonstrators attend a rally denouncing antisemitism and antisemitic attacks, in lower Manhattan, New York on May 23, 2021. ED JONES/AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption ED JONES/AFP via Getty Images Pro-Israel demonstrators attend a rally denouncing antisemitism and antisemitic attacks, in lower Manhattan, New York on May 23, 2021. ED JONES/AFP via…

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McAuliffe and Youngkin are in a dead heat with one week to Virginia governor election, poll shows

Virginia’s bellwether race for governor remains close in the final stretch of a campaign that is testing President Joe Biden’s sagging approval numbers going into the 2022 midterms.Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin are tied at roughly 45% each, according to a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll released Tuesday. But roughly 5% of likely voters say…

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Sanders faces difficult choice on slimmed-down budget bill

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats face critical 72 hours Overnight Health Care — Presented by Altria — Manchin nixes Medicare expansion Manchin shutting down Sanders on Medicare expansion MORE (I-Vt.) is facing a gut-wrenching decision about whether to sign off on a whittled-down budget reconciliation package that is expected to fall short of his goal to…

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FBI Given Power To Unlock Capitol Riot Suspect Phone With His Fingerprint

Capitol Hill riot investigators have twice got the power to force suspects to open their personal devices with their finger or face. (photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images) Getty Images January 6 investigators get a warrant to open devices using a defendant’s fingerprint. Though he’d been accused of assaulting officers with pepper spray, forced fingerprint unlocks…

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