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Earth 2.0: Nasa says scientists have found 'closest twin' outside solar system

Using four years’ worth of data from the Kepler space telescope, researchers announce the new exoplanet along with 12 possible ‘habitable’ others<p>Scientists on the hunt for extraterrestrial life have discovered “the closest twin to Earth” outside the solar system, Nasa announced on Thursday.<p>Working …

Astronomy

53 Books You Won't Be Able To Put Down

What happens next? There's only one way to find out.<p><i>Some entries have been lightly edited for clarity and length.</i>

Books

Let’s Just Kill ‘Homeland Security’

When it’s not making us take our shoes off, it’s trampling our civil liberties and ‘building’ centers that don’t exist. Enough already.<p>Are you …

Homeland Security

A tale of two Tsarnaevs on eve of trial in Boston Marathon bombing

<b>(CNN) —</b> Two portraits have emerged of Boston Marathon terror suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, whose trial begins Monday.<p>There's Tsarnaev the bloodied fugitive, captured by police with rifle lasers tagging his head as he surrendered from a tarp-covered boat in a homeowner's backyard. That ended a massive …

Justice

How the West is cutting teen pregnancy

<b>Teenage pregnancy is a problem developed Western nations have been battling for decades - and though it sometimes goes unnoticed they have made huge progress.</b><p>"Here's a story of utter irresponsibility: About one-third of American girls become pregnant as teenagers," wrote columnist Nicholas Kristof …

Pregnancy

U.S. birthrate hit new low in 2013 as women delayed having kids

American women gave birth to 3,932,181 babies in 2013 as the nation's birthrate fell to another record low, federal researchers reported Thursday.<p>The total number of births declined for the sixth straight year, with only 62.5 babies born for every 1,000 women between the ages of 15 and 44. The …

Demographics

Family members share Michael Brown's last message to...

Michael Brown's Parents Attend Emotional Burial Service

ST. LOUIS -- Hours after a packed funeral at a nearby church, Michael Brown's parents laid him to rest in an emotional cemetery service.<p>Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden were surrounded by dozens of family members and figures like the Rev. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson for a short service …

“It Could Have Been Me:” What Michael Brown’s Funeral Meant To The People Who Never Knew Him

Many people who attended the funeral had no personal connection to Brown at all. Instead, they came because they felt the case meant something to them.<p>The service began after 10 a.m. at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church. The 2,500-seat building was filled to capacity, and a nearby overflow …

Justice

Al Sharpton at Michael Brown funeral: 'Something is wrong in America'

Funeral for unarmed black teenager shot dead by police concluded with powerful eulogy by civil rights campaigner<p>Michael Brown funeral – live Michael Brown mourners attend memorial service – pictures<p>The funeral of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager shot dead by a white police officer, …

Celebrities pay tribute to Michael Brown at funeral

Emotions are high in Missouri as the thousands gathered to say goodbye to 18-year-old Michael Brown.<br>It was a day to remember the unarmed black teen shot and killed by police. Crowds were so large that at least 2,000 people mourned in outflow areas of the church.<p>Celebrities, politicians, including …

Inside Michael Brown's funeral - CNN Video

Michael Brown 'no angel' controversy

<b>The New York Times is under fire for its profile of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was shot to death by police in Ferguson, Missouri, on 9 August.</b><p>The article, which was published on Sunday, the day before Mr Brown's funeral, paints an intimate portrait of his life. It also reveals …

Justice

New clues to Michael Brown's shooting?

Could a newly released audio provide more clues on what led up to Michael Brown's shooting death?<p>The FBI has questioned a man who says he recorded audio of gunfire at the time Brown was shot by Ferguson, Missouri, police on August 9, the man's attorney told CNN.<p>In the recording, a quick series of …

In Ferguson, Court Fines And Fees Fuel Anger

To understand some of the distrust of police that has fueled protests in Ferguson, Mo., consider this: In 2013, the municipal court in Ferguson — a city of 21,135 people — issued 32,975 arrest warrants for nonviolent offenses, mostly driving violations.<p>A new report released the week after 18-year …

Federal prosecutions not easy in police shootings

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Justice Department probes the police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old in Missouri, history suggests there's no guarantee …

In Ferguson, 'Everybody Had A Bad Experience' With Police

FERGUSON, Mo. -- Two weeks ago, before a massive police crackdown on protests over the death of an 18-year-old, community members in this small Saint Louis suburb were cleaning up businesses along the main stretch of shops hit by looting.<p>Conversations with employees at some of those stores were …

Hey, White America, You Need To Hear What These Ferguson Kids Have To Say

Racism is not over, but these kids from Ferguson, Missouri, are <i>way</i> over it.<p>In a new video from social justice-oriented T-shirt company FCKH8, several Ferguson children lampoon the excuses white people give to avoid getting involved in ending discrimination in America and deliver a call to action to …

Obama Acknowledges Ferguson Was An International Embarrassment

Speaking before the United Nations General Assembly Wednesday, President Barack Obama cited the racial strife in Ferguson, Missouri, as an example of where America has "failed to live up to our ideals."<p>Obama was giving a much-anticipated address on global leadership, where he laid out his …

Ferguson Police Chief 'Deeply' Apologizes to Michael Brown's Family

The police chief in Ferguson, Mo., apologized Thursday to the family of Michael Brown and to the town after weeks of outrage and often violent …

St Louis police officer kills 18-year-old, reviving Ferguson tensions

A St Louis city police officer shot and killed a young male suspect on Wednesday, authorities said, bringing new tension as protests continue over the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in August.<p>The officer had attempted to stop the fleeing suspect, the St Louis Metropolitan Police …

St. Louis Protesters Clash With Police In Second Night Of Unrest

(Updates with detail from protest, comments from police chief)<p>By Carey Gillam and Kenny Bahr<p>ST LOUIS, Mo. Oct 9 (Reuters) - Police clashed with protesters in St. Louis on Thursday for a second night after an officer killed a black teenager, ahead of a weekend of planned rallies in the area over the …

Tom Morello Drops Protest Song 'Marching on Ferguson'

Studio version of Morello's bluesy rocker will help benefit Ferguson protestors arrested in the Michael Brown shooting's aftermath<p>On September 5th at …

Justice

New Michael Brown Autopsy Is Not Consistent With 'Hands Up Don't Shoot' Theory

The full report from Michael Brown’s autopsy says that the unarmed 18-year-old was shot nine times, including three shots to the head, one of which …

Ahead Of Ferguson Decision, Governor Declares Emergency

With the community of Ferguson, Mo., poised to receive a grand jury decision regarding possible charges in the death of Michael Brown, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency Monday.<p>Nixon's decision clears the way for the National Guard and state agencies to work together to help …

Ferguson Protesters Fear Police Crackdown After Grand Jury Decision

ST. LOUIS -- “Run! Run for your lives!” the man in the orange jacket yelled, flailing his arms in the air as he made his way down a street in Clayton, Missouri, followed by dozens of people holding signs and chanting. “The protesters are coming!”<p>Stephen Houldsworth, a 50-year-old resident of …

Ferguson Area Gun Store Sees 700 Percent Spike In Sales Ahead Of Jury Verdict

WASHINGTON -- The St. Louis region is on edge this week as residents anxiously await word on whether a grand jury will indict Darren Wilson, the white police officer who killed an unarmed African-American teenager in August. The shooting of Michael Brown set off weeks of protests, arrests and calls …

Timeline: Ferguson, Missouri police shooting and investigation

(Reuters) - A St. Louis County grand jury is expected to decide by the end of November whether to indict white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. A timeline on the shooting and investigation follows.<p>Aug. 9 - While driving a police …

Missouri governor declares state of emergency

Ahead of a grand jury's decision on whether to indict a police officer in the killing of Michael Brown, Missouri has both called in the National Guard and diminished the role of the Ferguson Police Department.<p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency Monday as a precaution, he said, in …

Oakland is bracing for possible violence in the wake of Ferguson decision

Oakland is warning residents and merchants to prepare for possible riots when the Missouri grand jury announces its decision over whether a white Ferguson police officer will face charges in the shooting death of a black man.<p>Oakland Mayor Jean Quan advised Tuesday that anyone living or working …