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This chart shows, on the top row, artist conceptions of the seven planets of TRAPPIST-1 with their orbital periods, distances from their star, and radii and masses as compared to those of Earth. The bottom row shows data about Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars. [NASA | JPL-Caltech]

Scientists discover 7 'Earthlike' planets orbiting a nearby star

A newfound solar system just 39 light years away contains seven warm, rocky, Earthlike planets, scientists say. The discovery, reported Wednesday in the journal Nature, represents the first time astronomers have ever detected so many terrestrial planets orbiting a single star. Researchers say the system is an ideal …


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  1. How Jesse Jackson Jr. collects $138,400 a year from the federal government


    CHICAGO — Records from former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s divorce case show how he has been able to collect hefty benefit checks from the federal government after serving time in prison for looting hundreds of thousands of dollars from his campaign fund.

    Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., 51, receives about $138,400 a year - more than he made as a freshman congressman in 1995. Most of that - about $100,000 - is workers' compensation and tax-free, according to Chicago attorney Barry Schatz, who is representing Jackson in his divorce proceeding. [Brian Cassella | Chicago Tribune via MCT (2013)]
  2. Constituents hold town hall meeting in Tampa with cardboard Marco Rubio (w/video)


    TAMPA — His face was posted on popsicle sticks, printed on a life-sized cutout and hidden in Where's Waldo? styled puzzles. His name was printed on T-shirts and written on posters. But Sen. Marco Rubio was thousands of miles away from Wednesday night's "constituent town hall" meeting held in his honor.

    Ginny Crabtree, left, and Jill Deleon, right, pose with a cardboard cutout of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio during a town hall event held in Tampa Wednesday night in his absence. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]
  3. Trump administration lifts transgender bathroom guidance


    WASHINGTON — Transgender students on Wednesday lost federal protections that allowed them to use school bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities, as the Trump administration stepped into a long-simmering national debate.

    Activists and protesters with the National Center for Transgender Equality rally in front of the White House on Wednesday. [Associated Press]
  4. Republicans who won after rowdy town halls now avoiding them


    DENVER — Republicans who benefited from rowdy town halls six years ago and harnessed a wave of discontent with Democrats to win seats in Congress are learning a hard lesson this week as they return home: The left is happy to return the favor.

  5. Twin threat to relations trail Tillerson into Mexico


    MEXICO CITY — The Trump administration calls the visit a step toward mutual understanding, a way to move the relationship forward.

    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson  arrives at Benito Juarez international Airport in Mexico City on Wednesday. [Pool photo via AP]