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7 Earth-size worlds found orbiting star; could hold life
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- For the first time, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a single nearby star - and these new worlds could hold life....



Remnants of pipeline protest camp go up in flames
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) -- Some of the last remnants of the Dakota Access pipeline protest camp went up in flames Wednesday as opponents of the project set fire to makeshift wooden housing as part of a leaving ceremony ahead of a government deadline to get off the federal land....



Trump administration to lift transgender bathroom guidance
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration will revoke federal guidelines that tell public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their chosen gender identity, the White House said Wednesday....



What happens if Trump pulls transgender bathroom guidance?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration plans to lift an Obama-era directive that told public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their chosen gender identity....



Immigrants change up their routines, brace for arrest
In Orange County, California, dozens of immigrants have signed powers of attorney authorizing relatives and friends to pick up their children from school and access their bank accounts to pay their bills in the event they are arrested by immigration agents....



Want to run for French president? Join the crowd
PARIS (AP) -- More and more people want to join France's unpredictable presidential race - hopefuls who might never win but could garner enough votes to tilt the outcome....



Republicans who won after rowdy town halls now avoiding them
DENVER (AP) -- Republicans who benefited from rowdy town halls six years ago and harnessed a wave of discontent with Democrats to win seats in Congress are learning a hard lesson this week as they return home: The left is happy to return the favor....



Mass slaughter in Brazil prison exposes gang war over drugs
MANAUS, Brazil (AP) -- Shortly after midnight on New Year's Eve, hundreds of inmates watched from a Manaus prison yard as the sky lit up with fireworks, paid for by the gangs that dominate the jail system....



College Board to boost SAT security to combat cheating
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The firm that owns the SAT college entrance exam is boosting security worldwide following test-stealing and other cheating in recent years....



Oscars look to 'La La Land,' host Kimmel for ratings boost
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- If the Oscars had doubled down on nominating films with actors named Ryan, the ceremony's chances for a ratings bounce might be as likely as host Jimmy Kimmel's Trump jokes....