The Brief

An artist’s impression of three of the seven planets orbiting Trappist-1. One planet is in the foreground; the other is a small silhouette as it transits the red dwarf star; the third is a tiny crescent off to the right.
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Whole New Worlds

NASA has announced that a single star relatively close to Earth is home to no fewer than seven Earthlike planets. If you're looking for extraterrestrial life, there may be no place better, according to the new findings published in Nature

Oil Pipeline

Deadline Day Arrives for DAPL Protesters

The last people remaining at a Dakota Access pipeline protest camp prayed and set fire to a handful of wooden structures on Wednesday, hours ahead of a deadline set by the Army Corps of Engineers to close the camp

Jewish cemetery vandalized

Muslims Support Jewish Families After Vandalism

A Muslim-American group in the U.S. helped raise more than $77,000 in a single day to help a historic Jewish cemetery in Missouri repair hundreds of gravesites desecrated in what is being condemned as an apparent act of anti-Semitism


Amazon Is Giving Everyone a One-Day Discount

Amazon is offering a one-day discount of $8.62 off of any purchase worth $50 or more to celebrate an 86.27 score on a recent poll ranking the company's reputation. Customers can receive the discount if they enter the code BIGTHANKS


France's Macron Gets Warm Welcome from London's Expats

Macron spoke at Methodist Central Hall, close to the British Parliament, to a crowd made up of young voters eager for a new approach in French politics and more cautious City professionals, curious to see what the 39-year-old would be like in person

Dave Brat

GOP Politicians Face Anger at Town Halls

GOP members of Congress returning home for town halls found protesters angry with President Trump, probing lawmakers to see if they will veer from his more controversial stands, and if they will promise coverage for those served by the Affordable Care Act

Charleston Church Shooting

Dylann Roof Drove Toward Second Black Church

Dylann Roof, who was convicted of killing nine worshippers during Bible study at a black church, drove toward a second black church after the shootings, according to South Carolina prosecutors who oversaw the federal case against him

International Cat Show in Kiev

Cats Don’t Cause Mental Health Problems, Study Says

Good news: having a cat in the home does not increase your risk for mental health problems, according to a new study. Cats are host to a parasite called Toxoplasma Gondii; prior research suggested that people who are infected are at an increased risk of schizophrenia

SpaceX launches supplies to space station

SpaceX ISS Shipment Delayed Due to Error

A navigation error forced SpaceX to delay its shipment to the International Space Station, following an otherwise flawless flight from NASA's historic moon pad. SpaceX's supply ship was less than a mile from the outpost when a problem cropped up in the GPS system

Deported Guatemalan Immigrants Arrive On ICE Flight from U.S

New Rules Put Most Undocumented Immigrants at Risk

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly unveiled a sweeping set of memos Tuesday directed at each of the department's agencies, instructing agents to detain and, "if found removable," deport every undocumented immigrant they come across, with few exceptions

NOV 10, 2016: DigitalGlobe imagery (Closeup-4) of the Subi Reef in the South China Sea, a part of the Spratly Islands group.  Photo DigitalGlobe via Getty Images.

China Is 'Building Missile Structures' on Contested Islands

China is reportedly putting the finishing touches to constructions on artificial islands built in the South China Sea that could house long-range missiles.Two dozen buildings with retractable roofs are nearing completion, a U.S. official says