1:24pm

Thu April 18, 2013
The Two-Way

NASA Discovers New Earth-Like Planets Around Distant Stars

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 8:59 am

The Kepler-69 system as it compares to our own.
NASA

NASA's Kepler spacecraft has discovered three new "habitable zone" planets that are close to Earth's size, even if they're not all that close to Earth.

NPR's Joe Palca reports, the trio of worlds is about 1,200 light years away and are thought to lie in the so-called "Goldilocks zone" — where it's not too hot and not too cold for liquid water.

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12:55pm

Thu April 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Ex-Justice Of The Peace Charged With Killings In North Texas

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 1:05 pm

Texas authorities have charged Eric Williams, former justice of the peace, with the murders of the Kaufman County district attorney and his assistant.
Kaufman County Sheriff's Office AP

"A former justice of the peace has been charged with murder in the slayings of a North Texas district attorney and his assistant who prosecuted him for theft, officials announced Thursday," The Associated Press reports. Eric Williams is also charged with the murder of the district attorney's wife.

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12:26pm

Thu April 18, 2013
Space

Kepler Telescope Spots 3 New Planets In The 'Goldilocks Zone'

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 7:26 pm

The small squares superimposed on this image of the Milky Way galaxy show where in the sky the Kepler telescope is hunting for Earth-like planets. Kepler, which launched in 2009, has identified more than 100 planets.
NASA

Astronomers have found three planets orbiting far-off stars that are close to Earth-sized and in the "habitable zone": a distance from their suns that makes the planets' surfaces neither too hot nor too cold, but just right.

One of the three planets orbits a star with the prosaic name Kepler-69.

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12:14pm

Thu April 18, 2013
It's All Politics

Bipartisan Senate Gang Begins To Sell Immigration Plan

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 2:59 pm

The "Gang of Eight" senators hold a news conference on Capitol Hill on Thursday to discuss their immigration overhaul bill. The senators, from left, are Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Richard Durbin, D-Ill., John McCain, R-Ariz., Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Michael Bennet, D-Colo.
Charles Dharapak AP

Bipartisan bonhomie broke out Thursday afternoon when four Democratic and four Republican senators made a case for their comprehensive immigration overhaul proposal.

The scene at the Dirksen Senate Office Building stood in marked contrast to the ugly end Wednesday of a smaller cross-party effort to fashion gun legislation that would have expanded background checks and banned assault-style weapons.

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12:14pm

Thu April 18, 2013
Shots - Health News

Walking While Old: Seniors Face Greatest Death Risk

City centers can be risky for pedestrians, but age, race and gender matter, too.
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Parents worry a lot about the safety of children crossing the street. It looks like they should be worried about Grandpa, too.

Older people are at higher risk of being killed by a car while walking, according to new data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Going up against a 2,000-pound moving metal object is never a good idea. Pedestrians account for 13 percent of all motor-vehicle traffic deaths, even though walking accounts for 10.5 percent of trips.

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12:05pm

Thu April 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Storm System Floods Parts Of Chicago, Threatens Tornadoes

A motorist drives through standing water in a flooded underpass on Thursday in Chicago, Illinois.
Scott Olson Getty Images

A large storm system moving through the center of the country, has already caused major flooding in Chicago and is threatening to bring severe weather to the Tennessee Valley all the way to the Gulf Coast, tonight.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn declared a state of emergency Thursday afternoon, NBC Chicago reported.

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11:20am

Thu April 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Boston's Heroes Seriously Inspire Ray From 'Car Talk'

After the bombs went off Monday in Boston, bystanders, police and emergency personnel rushed to help those who were caught in the blasts, as this video image shows.
Marc Hagopian AFP/Getty Images
  • Car Talk's Ray Magliozzi on the Boston heroes

Jokes weren't on his mind Thursday morning when Car Talk funny guy Ray Magliozzi was a guest on WBUR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook.

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11:18am

Thu April 18, 2013
Shots - Health News

Bacteria On Dog Lovers' Skin Reveal Their Affection

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 10:43 am

Should we say Germ-an shepherd? Mango Doucleff, of Washington, shows off the bacteria living on her tongue, which also flourish on her owner's skin.
Michaeleen Doucleff NPR

Well, it looks like there really is such as thing as a dog person.

Humans who share their homes with canines also share the similar bacterial houseguests on their skin, ecologists reported Tuesday in the journal eLIFE.

In fact, two dog owners who don't even know each other have about as many of the skin bacteria in common as a married couple living together.

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11:07am

Thu April 18, 2013
Explosions At Boston Marathon

Boston Bombings Bring Out The 'Crowdsleuthers'

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 6:46 pm

One of the blast sites on Boylston Street near the finish line of the Boston Marathon is investigated and guarded by police in the wake of Monday's attack.
Elise Amendola AP

If you were at the Boston Marathon wearing a backpack, chances are some citizen sleuth has pored over your photo in the hunt for possible suspects in Monday's blasts.

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10:55am

Thu April 18, 2013
The Salt

Study Finds No Harm In Occasional Drink During Pregnancy

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 11:21 am

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Is the occasional glass of wine or beer OK for moms-to-be?

According to a new study published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, there doesn't seem to be any measurable risk.

The study found that drinking up to two alcoholic beverages per week during pregnancy is not linked to developmental problems in children. But even the study's authors caution that abstaining from alcohol is still best for mothers-to-be.

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