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A visual of gravitational waves from two converging black holes is depicted on a monitor behind Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Co-Founder Kip Thorne as he speaks to members of the media following a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, as it is announced that scientists they have finally detected gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space-time that Einstein predicted a century ago. The announcement has electrified the world of astronomy, and some have likened the breakthrough to the moment Galileo took up a telescope to look at the planets. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

‘The skies will never be the same’ — Einstein proves right again as scientists detect ripples in gravity

Thursday, February 11, 2016

WASHINGTON — It was just a tiny, almost imperceptible “chirp,” but it simultaneously opened humanity’s ears to the music of the cosmos and proved Einstein right again. In what is being hailed as one of the biggest eureka moments in the history of physics, scientists announced Thursday that they have finally detected gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of … 0

Hold the phone!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

HOUSTON — A federal government contractor is issuing smartphones to immigrant families released from two massive Texas detention centers as a way to ensure that they are able to contact case managers and reach their U.S. destinations. Officials described the phones as part of a less-restrictive alternative to detention programs designed to make … 0

Democrats want emergency cash to fight opioid abuse

Thursday, February 11, 2016

WASHINGTON — Democrats are planning to fight for emergency funding to tackle opioid addiction as the Senate prepares to turn to the issue after the Presidents Day recess. That would turn a broadly bipartisan bill championed on the GOP side by a pair of vulnerable incumbents — Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Rob Portman of Ohio — into a venue to debate … 0

Diplomats aim for temporary Syria truce within a week

Thursday, February 11, 2016

MUNICH — Diplomats trying to secure a ceasefire for the civil war in Syria fell short in organizing an immediate truce but agreed to try to work out details and implement a temporary “cessation of hostilities” in the … 0

Congress gives OK to banning local Internet taxes

Thursday, February 11, 2016

WASHINGTON — Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies on online service. On a vote … 0

Yellen: Always some chance of recession, but ‘expansions don’t die of old age’

Thursday, February 11, 2016

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen told lawmakers Thursday that the central bank was studying the possibility of setting negative interest rates to boost the economy if needed, but she reiterated that the U.S. does not appear … 0

Google, what’s the definition of ‘driver’?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

DETROIT — Computers that control cars of the future can be considered drivers just like humans, the federal government’s highway safety agency has found. The redefinition of “driver” by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is an important … 0

Will drone-attacking eagles be next crime-fighting tool?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

SAN JOSE, Calif. — We’re all getting used to seeing drones over our heads. And birds have been around forever. But birds attacking drones? In one of the more creative countermeasures that the law enforcement brain trust has come up with to combat the growing number of bad … 0

Secret government payload launched into orbit

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

LOS ANGELES — A rocket carrying a government payload was successfully launched early Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base on California’s Central Coast, officials said. The United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket was carrying a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, which develops and operates satellites used … 0

3 things to watch for in Dems’ debate

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

WASHINGTON — Get ready for Round 2. Thursday’s presidential debate will mark only the second time that Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have engaged in a one-on-one faceoff. The first time, a week ago, was … 0

GOP hopefuls triple 2012 SC ad spending

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Republican presidential candidates and outside groups supporting them have already poured an estimated $24 million into political ads in South Carolina, nearly triple the amount spent on the party’s entire primary there in 2012. And there are still 10 days to go. Almost half of that spending — … 0

Senate OKs bill to lay harsher sanctions on North Korea

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

WASHINGTON — The Senate has unanimously approved legislation that aims to derail North Korea’s drive for nuclear weapons by hitting Pyongyang with more stringent sanctions. Republicans and Democrats set aside their partisan differences Wednesday and voted 96-0 to … 0

Nation/World Briefs

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Government sues Ferguson after city tries to revise deal FERGUSON, Mo. — The federal government sued Ferguson on Wednesday, one day after the city council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving the way police and courts … 0