Photo: This artist's concept shows a hypothetical planet covered in water around the binary star system of Kepler-35A and B (NASA/JPL-Caltech)
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Sportscaster and model Leeann Tweeden revealed that Minnesota Democratic Senator Al Franken aggressively kissed her in 2006. She also shared a picture of Franken grabbing her breasts while she was asleep. He was a comedian at the time. They were on a trip to entertain troops in the Middle East. In a statement, Franken apologized and welcomed an ethics investigation.
UCLA Bruins LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill, and Cody Riley are back from China. The university held a press conference yesterday in which the three freshmen apologized for shoplifting from stores near their hotel.
An earth-sized planet has been discovered about 11 light years away. Scientists say it could be warm enough to sustain life if it happens to have the right atmosphere. If there is life beyond our solar system, it seems China will probably be the first to communicate with it. China has built the world’s largest radio dish to search for extraterrestrial life.
Last night, an unknown bidder paid the highest price ever recorded at an art auction for an apparent long-lost Leonardo da Vinci painting. It’s called “Salvator Mundi,” or “Savior of the World,” and shows Jesus raising his right hand and holding a crystal orb. It went for $450 million. But some people are questioning the painting’s authenticity.
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President Trump dials back his rhetoric on Russia President Trump today says he misspoke at yesterday’s disastrous news conference with Vladimir Putin. He explained that he said “would” instead of “wouldn’t.” Why wouldn’t it be Russia who meddled in the election? That explanation stretches credulity, but it may be enough to satisfy Republicans who’ve been critical. We talk with Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff about what Congress needs to do next.
The challenges of being Native American in Oakland Tommy Orange is a member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes of Oklahoma, but he grew up in Oakland. His new novel, “There There,” is set in Oakland. His many disparate characters -- all urban Indians -- struggle with what it means to be Native and struggle to connect with disappearing traditions.
Justice Department indicts 12 Russians for election hacking The Department of Justice says it has enough evidence to charge 12 members of the Russian military with hacking the Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
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