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    Verizon to test 5G in 11 cities this year including Seattle

    SAN FRANCISCO — The promises of 5G have been swirling for the last few years — but, finally, the mobile broadband service is getting closer to reality. Verizon announced Wednesday that it will begin testing its fifth-generation wireless service in 11 markets across the country, from rural areas to dense urban centers. 5G provides speeds up to 40 times faster than 4G, and it’s expected to eventually impact connected everything from self-driving cars to robots. The pilot will be available […]

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    Astronomers discover 7 Earth-like planets orbiting nearby star

    Astronomers have found at least seven Earth-like 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 Washington. This discovery outside of our solar system is rare because the planets have the winning combination of being similar in size to Earth and being all temperate, meaning they could have water on their surfaces and potentially support life. “This is […]

  • America's three biggest banks -- JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Wells Fargo (WFC) -- earned more than $6.4 billion last year from ATM and overdraft fees, according to an analysis by CNNMoney that was verified by SNL Financial.

    Big banks rack up $6.4 billion in ATM and overdraft fees

    NEW YORK — If you’ve ever had to pay $3 (or more) to get your own money out of an ATM machine, you aren’t alone. Nobody likes those fees. Except banks. America’s three biggest banks — JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo — earned more than $6.4 billion last year from ATM and overdraft fees, according to an analysis by CNNMoney that was verified by SNL Financial. That works out to over $25 in fees annually for every […]

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    Life expectancy is expected to soar — except in US

    Average life expectancy will increase globally by 2030, both at birth and at the age of 65, according to a new study. The two time points help define when lifespans in a population are extending due to improvements in maternal and child health as well as improved adult health. The average for women at birth will exceed 85 years in many countries, but South Korea is projected to lead the way with a life expectancy of 90.8 years. In 2015, […]

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    Deadline to leave Dakota Access Pipeline site draws near for protesters

    CANNONBALL, North Dakota — As Wednesday’s deadline set by North Dakota’s governor to evacuate the Standing Rock camp site looms, a number of Dakota Access Pipeline protesters have vowed to stay put. Last week, Gov. Doug Burgum signed an emergency evacuation order of the property to allow private contractors to remove waste from the Oceti Sakowin camp area, which officials say is in a flood plain. Burgum’s order comes as the project moves closer to completion after the US Army […]

  • Joni Ernst, a newly elected senator from Iowa, rehearses the Republican party's response to US President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, January 20, 2015.      AFP PHOTO/JIM WATSON        (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

    ‘Your last term’!: First-term GOP Sen. Joni Ernst runs into anti-Trump resistance in rural Iowa

    MAQUOKETA, Iowa — A rising star in the Senate Republican ranks ran into a mess in her home state Tuesday. Sen. Joni Ernst had planned a “veterans roundtable” in this tiny eastern Iowa town — far away from the anti-Trump and pro-Obamacare protests that have filled cities in recent weeks. It mirrored the playbook other Republican lawmakers have used during this week’s congressional break: A narrow topic covered in a rural portion of her state, in a public building with […]

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    Missouri man accused of trying to aid ISIS-inspired attack

    (CNN) — A 25-year-old Columbia, Missouri, man was charged with attempting to provide material support to people he thought were ISIS-inspired terrorists, according to the US Attorney’s Office. Robert Lorenzo Hester Jr. was actually speaking with undercover FBI agents who had invented a fake plan targeting Kansas City, according to a criminal complaint. Hester, a US citizen born in Missouri, said he was “down” with that plan, according to the complaint. “First on social media, then during face-to-face meetings with […]

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    Cat ownership not linked to mental health problems, study says

    (CNN) — Studies have suggested that cat ownership could be linked to certain mental disorders, such as schizophrenia, but researchers at University College London say they found no link between cat ownership and the development of psychotic symptoms. Published in the medical journal Psychological Medicine, the new study is the first to prospectively look at childhood cat ownership and the infection of the parasite Toxoplasma gondii as a risk factor for psychosis. House cats are known to be the primary […]

  • A a 20-foot red and white banner that read  "Refugees welcome" hung across the Statue of Liberty on Tuesday.

    ‘Refugees Welcome’ banner unfurled at Statue of Liberty; National Park Service takes it down

    NEW YORK — “Refugees welcome,” read a 20-foot red and white banner that hung across the Statue of Liberty on Tuesday. National Park Service rangers quickly removed the sign, but images of it spread across social media. An activist group calling itself Alt Lady Liberty said it hung the banner and emailed this statement: “Almost all Americans have descendants from somewhere else. Immigrants and refugees make this country great. And turning away refugees, like we did to Anne Frank, does […]

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    Trump keeps DACA but chips away at barriers to deportation

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Trump administration on Tuesday delivered its most explicit embrace yet of Obama-era protections for young undocumented immigrants — while at the same time issuing new rules that immigration advocates fear effectively chips away at the previous barriers to deportation. Newly released memos from the Department of Homeland Security leave intact two specific executive orders from President Barack Obama that granted protection from prosecution for so-called Dreamers, young immigrants who were brought to the US as children, […]