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  • This artist's concept compares Earth (left) to the new planet, called Kepler-452b, which is about 60 percent larger in diameter.

    NASA finds ‘Earth’s bigger, older cousin’

    (CNN) — NASA said Thursday that its Kepler spacecraft has spotted “Earth’s bigger, older cousin”: the first nearly Earth-size planet to be found in the habitable zone of a star similar to our own. Though NASA says it can’t say for sure whether the planet is rocky like ours or has water and air, it’s the closest match yet found. “Today, Earth is a little less lonely,” Kepler researcher Jon Jenkins said. The planet, Kepler-452b, is about 1,400 light years […]

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    Dylann Roof faces federal hate crime charges in connection to Charleston church shooting

    Charleston church shooting defendant Dylann Roof faces federal hate crimes charges related to murder or attempted murder on the basis of race or color, and under a statute that protects a person’s free exercise of religious beliefs, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Wednesday. If he is found guilty, Roof faces life imprisonment or the death penalty. Lynch said there has been no decision yet on whether to seek the death penalty in his case. “We think that this is exactly […]

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    Flaw allows hackers to remotely control brakes, engine, steering and electronics for several vehicles

    NEW YORK- A flaw in several Chrysler models lets hackers remotely control them over the Internet, posing an unprecedented danger for American drivers. Hackers can cut the brakes, shut down the engine, drive it off the road, or make all the electronics go haywire. Jeep Cherokees, Chrysler 200s, Dodge Rams, and several other vehicles are vulnerable to such attacks, according to research revealed Tuesday. The core problem? A flaw in the wireless service Uconnect that connects these cars to the […]

  • Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez opened fire at a Naval reserve station in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Thursday, July 16, killing 4 Marines and one sailor, injuring two others.

    Chattanooga shootings: Marines ‘willingly ran back into the fight’

    (CNN) — A Marine general on Wednesday praised the bravery of the service members who died in last week’s shooting at a Navy support facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee, saying some “willingly ran back into the fight” after getting fellow troops to safety. U.S. Marine Maj. Gen. Paul W. Brier also praised the bravery of Chattanooga police, who authorities say fatally shot assailant Mohammad Abdulazeez. “Their immediate actions that day saved lives,” Brier told reporters in Chattanooga, referring to the police […]

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    McDonald’s to likely add all-day breakfast to all restaurants later this year

    NEW YORK — It seems the all-day breakfast experiment at McDonald’s has been a success.  The fast food Goliath is said to be moving ahead with its plans for around-the-clock McMuffins and other breakfast items. McDonald’s has been testing the idea of all-day breakfast since March.  Now an internal memo tells franchisees to be ready for the full roll out in October, according to reports in the Wall Street Journal and Restaurant News. McDonald’s said the tests are ongoing. “Serving all-day […]

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    Close friends of Chattanooga shooter shocked, according to texts shared after rampage

    CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (CNN) — In the hours after he fatally shot four U.S. Marines and a Navy sailor, close friends of Muhammad Youssef Abdelazeez discussed whether his motivation was jihad, or something else. Text messages obtained exclusively by CNN reveal shock and disbelief when Abdelazeez’s close friends learned the name of the gunman who opened fire on two military centers in Chattanooga. “It can’t be our abdulaziz (sic) ..” wrote James Petty, a close friend who considered the 24-year-old a […]

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    Four dead, one seriously injured in Georgia shooting

    ATLANTA — Five people were shot, leaving four of them dead early Wednesday morning. The shooting happened just before 6 a.m. in the 5500 block of Old Atlanta Road in Forsyth County. When deputies arrived on scene, three people were dead. Two people were taken to the hospital where one of them died, according to WGCL. Forsyth County Sheriff Duane Piper said during a news conference that the deceased were an adult male and two children under the age of 10. A woman […]

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    Ikea’s ‘deathtrap drawers’ get a fix after killing two kids

    NEW YORK — Ikea is giving away free fixes for its drawers and dressers after two children were killed when the drawers fell on top of them. The furniture maker issued a repair program in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, providing free anchoring kits to anyone with children’s drawers taller than 23½ inches or adult dressers and drawer chests taller than 29½ inches. It’s not a recall — the products came with the anchoring kits included. But […]

  • President Obama ordered the flag at the White House lowered to half staff after 11 a.m. central time on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. (Image: CNN)

    Flags now at half staff at White House, U.S. Capitol to honor 5 U.S. service members killed in Chattanooga

    (CNN) — The White House and U.S. Capitol both lowered flags to half staff by Tuesday afternoon, after they were out of sync Tuesday in their tributes to the five U.S. service members who were slain by a gunman in Chattanooga last week. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky announced Tuesday that flags at the Capitol would be lowered to half-staff in honor of the victims. “Out of respect for their courageous service and […]

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    ‘She was drenched in sweat': Woman smashes window, rescues toddler from hot car

    MERRIAM, Kan. — A Kansas City woman grabbed whatever she could find to break a window and save a toddler trapped in a sweltering car. Investigators said the windows were shut and there was no parent or guardian in sight.  It happened about 4:15 p.m. Saturday, as temperatures in Kansas City felt like 110 degrees. Sarah Oropeza, the manager at Famous Footwear, 5824 Antioch Rd., in Merriam., was ringing up a customer when one of her co-workers, who was leaving late […]

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    Elon Musk reveals cause of SpaceX explosion

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Elon Musk says SpaceX has pinned down what probably caused the company’s rocket to explode minutes after liftoff. After reviewing data from the failed mission to the International Space Station, Musk says it looks like a two-foot-long metal bar called a strut failed. The strut was meant to hold down a helium tank in the rocket. When it failed the tank crashed violently around the compartment, leaking gas, which caused an explosive drop in oxygen pressure. […]

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    Harper Lee’s ‘Watchman’ sells 1.1 million copies in first week

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — “Go Set a Watchman,” Harper Lee’s anticipated follow-up to the seminal 1960 classic “To Kill a Mockingbird,” sold over 1.1 million copies in its first week in the U.S. and Canada, the book’s publisher HarperCollins announced on Monday. This makes “Watchman” the fastest selling book in the publisher’s history, according to the company. HarperCollins, which is owned by News Corp, also announced that the book has currently 3.3 million copies in print and the publisher “has […]

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