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Astronomers discover 7 Earth-sized planets orbiting nearby star
(CNN) Astronomers have found at least seven Earth-sized planets orbiting the same star 40 light-years away, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature. The findings were also announced at a news conference at NASA Headquarters in ...
NASA Announces Major Exoplanet DiscoveryNBCNews.com
7 new Earth-like exoplanets discovered, NASA announcesFox News
Stunning space discovery: 7 Earth-size planets found orbiting dwarf starCBS News
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Many Fed Officials See Rate Hike 'Fairly Soon,' Minutes Show
Federal Reserve officials expressed confidence they can raise interest rates gradually, while a hike “fairly soon” might be appropriate to avoid the risk of an overheated economy, minutes of Federal Open Market Committee's latest meeting showed.
Many Fed policymakers said rate hike may come 'fairly soon': minutesReuters
Fed hike 'fairly soon' puts March in playUSA TODAY
Some Fed Members Back Quicker Move on RatesNew York Times
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White House calls US-Mexico relationship 'phenomenal' as Mexican leaders lash out
The United States and Mexico apparently have starkly different views on their relationship status. Ahead of a highly anticipated meeting originally designed to repair recently tattered relations, Mexican officials lashed out on Wednesday at the Trump ...
Foreign minister: Mexico 'will not accept' unilateral US immigration proposalsUSA TODAY
Mexicans weigh the daunting prospect of deportee and refugee campsChicago Tribune
Mexico fumes over Trump immigration rules as US talks loomReuters
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Republican lawmakers peppered on Russia during town halls
Republicans representing GOP-dominated states and congressional districts are being challenged by constituents about Russia and, in some cases, whether they support an independent investigation into President Trump's potential ties to the country. A ...
Republicans Who Won After Rowdy Town Halls Now Avoiding ThemU.S. News & World Report
Cardboard cutouts take place of absent lawmakers at town hallsThe Hill (blog)
In Trump Era, What Partisans Want From Their Congressional LeadersPew Research Center for the People and the Press
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Spicer denies Cabinet feud over transgender student protections
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos reportedly pushed for a cautious approach on the polarizing issue of transgender student protections — but was overruled by a White House and attorney general who preferred a swift removal of Obama-era protections.
Trump Administration Set To Rescind Protections For Transgender StudentsHuffington Post
Fight Erupts in Trump Administration Over Transgender Students' RightsNew York Times
Spicer: Expect New Transgender Student Policy WednesdayNBCNews.com
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Dakota pipeline builder says oil could flow in as little as 2 weeks
ABC News
On the eve of the deadline for Dakota Access pipeline protesters to vacate camps in North Dakota, the company in charge of construction said in a court filing on Tuesday that oil could start flowing in as little as two weeks — sooner than previous ...
Deadline to leave Dakota Access Pipeline site draws near for protestersCNN
Deadline Nears for Dakota Pipeline Protesters to LeaveNew York Times
Deadline nears for protesters to leave camp near Dakota pipelineReuters
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France election: Centrist boost for liberal candidate Macron
BBC News
The leading centrist candidate in France's presidential election, Emmanuel Macron, has received a boost after allying with a veteran moderate. He accepted the offer of an alliance from Francois Bayrou, another centrist and devout Roman Catholic.
Marine Le Pen in Lebanon: Mission Accomplished?Huffington Post
Macron Seals Centrist Pact, Boosting French Presidential CampaignBloomberg
Le Pen aides have been taken into French police custodyBusiness Insider
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Los Angeles Times

Americans buy existing homes at fastest pace in a decade
Los Angeles Times
Americans shrugged off rising mortgage rates and bought existing homes in January at the fastest pace since 2007. That has set off bidding wars that have pushed up prices as the supply of available homes has dwindled to record lows. Home sales rose ...
House hunting? Here's where you'll find what you want, and where you won'tCNBC
Existing Home Sales GrowU.S. News & World Report
Existing home sales at strongest pace in almost a decadeThe Hill
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Alt-right influence casts cloud over CPAC
Ned Ryun was strolling through the offices of the American Conservative Union two weeks ago when he stumbled on a whiteboard with a draft schedule for the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference. “I looked at the board and said, 'Why do we ...
A Big-League Week in PoliticsU.S. News & World Report
What Is CPAC? A Room That Didn't Always Love Trump, But Owes Him A LotNPR
Is Trump Taking Over Conservatism, or Is Conservatism Absorbing Trump? CPAC Will Be the Latest Litmus TestNew York Magazine
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Chinese moves in South China Sea unsettling to Southeast Asian countries
(CNN) China responded Wednesday to claims it's been building in the contested waters of the South China Sea, reiterating it has "indisputable sovereign rights over islands" in the sea and their surrounding waters. The strongly worded statement came in ...
China Denounces 'Relevant Countries' after US Carrier DeploymentMilitary.com
China opposes US naval patrols in South China SeaYahoo News
Commentary: Despite US meddling, China and ASEAN back on track over South China SeaXinhua
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