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Ryan presses Dems to back bill keeping government open

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Speaker Paul Ryan tried pressuring Democrats on Wednesday to back legislation preventing a weekend federal shutdown. But he gave little ground on the partisan battle over immigration, an issue many Democrats say must be resolved before they’ll vote to keep agencies functioning. A day after conservatives expressed opposition to the short-term spending bill and said GOP ...

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Even the eyelashes freeze: Russia sees minus 88.6 degrees F

MOSCOW — Even thermometers can’t keep up with the plunging temperatures in Russia’s remote Yakutia region, which hit minus 67 degrees Celsius (minus 88.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas Tuesday. In Yakutia — a region of 1 million people about 3,300 miles (5,300 kilometers) east of Moscow — students routinely go to school even in minus 40 degrees. But school ...

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Myanmar police kill 7 Buddhist rioters in Rakhine

Police in Myanmar have opened fire on a group of Buddhists who were trying to seize a government office in the troubled Rakhine State, killing seven people. The unrest began late Tuesday as a group of around 5,000 Buddhists gathered for a nationalist ceremony in a town known as Mrauk U. It was not immediately clear why the rally descended ...

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Tillerson warns military action on NK unless diplomacy works

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned Tuesday that if North Korea does not choose to negotiate on giving up its nuclear weapons that pose a growing threat to the United States it could trigger a military response. After a meeting of U.S. allies on how to beef up the sanctions pressure, Tillerson stressed that the ...

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Hubble Telescope Offers New Insights Into Our Galaxy’s ‘Bulge’

New research from the Hubble Space Telescope has provided new insights into how the movements of stars are affected by their chemical composition around the core of our galaxy, the so-called “bulge” of the Milky Way, IFL Science reports. The observations were presented at the recent American Astronomical Society meeting and focus on Sun-like stars. The information is being used ...

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