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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

Heroin epidemic changes role of police in harder-hit areas

Sunday, February 7, 2016

CINCINNATI — Forehead furrowed, a woman drags on a Camel cigarette, admitting she has only vague memories of nearly dying five days earlier. Some flashes of images of being inside an ambulance. Waking up in a hospital bed. … 0

UN condemns NKorea launch, pledges significant new sanctions

Sunday, February 7, 2016

SEOUL, South Korea — The U.N. Security Council on Sunday strongly condemned North Korea’s launch of a long-range rocket that world leaders denounced as a banned test of dangerous ballistic missile technology and another “intolerable provocation.” The U.N.’s … 0

Turkey: Reaching limits but will keep taking in refugees

Sunday, February 7, 2016

KILIS, Turkey — Turkey has reached the end of its “capacity to absorb” refugees but will continue to take them in, the deputy premier said Sunday, as his country faced mounting pressure to open its border to tens … 0

Costs of closing, cleaning toxic coal ash pits grows clearer

Sunday, February 7, 2016

EDEN, N.C. — Giant earthmoving machines beep and grind as they drop 17-ton scoops of coal ash and dirt into dozens of railroad cars lined up for two-thirds of a mile at a site along the Virginia-North Carolina … 0

Strong quake hits Taiwan, many trapped in toppled building

Friday, February 5, 2016

TAIPEI, Taiwan — A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck southern Taiwan early Saturday, toppling at least one high-rise residential building where rescuers pulled out more than 120 people. Dozens of others are still believed to be inside. Firefighters scrambled to … 0

Manhattan crane topples into street killing 1, injuring 3

Friday, February 5, 2016

NEW YORK — A huge construction crane being lowered to safety in a snow squall plummeted onto a Lower Manhattan street Friday, killing a Wall Street worker and leaving three people hurt by debris that scattered as the … 0

Many see cause for optimism despite slower US job growth

Friday, February 5, 2016

WASHINGTON — Consider looking past January’s so-so job growth. At first glance, Friday’s government report on U.S. hiring was a downer — 151,000 added jobs, well below the pace of the previous few months. Yet once you take … 0

180-year-old piano likely heard by Lincoln to play again

Friday, February 5, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The music score, displayed on an incongruous iPad, sits above the ivory keyboard of a piano that Abraham Lincoln likely heard. Jane Hartman Irwin, an accomplished pianist who’s performed with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie to … 0

Thousands more Syrians rush toward Turkey to flee fighting

Friday, February 5, 2016

BEIRUT — Thousands of Syrians rushed toward the Turkish border Friday, fleeing a fierce government offensive and intense Russian airstrikes near Syria’s largest city of Aleppo. Turkey, an ally of the Syrian opposition, promised humanitarian help for the … 0

Assange sex case sinks in international quagmire

Friday, February 5, 2016

LONDON — It started more than five years ago as what appeared to be a fairly simple sex crime case: two women in Sweden came forward to accuse Julian Assange of sexual misconduct. Now the case has mutated … 0