WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017, 1:27 P.M.

College Board to boost SAT security to combat cheating

new The firm that owns the SAT college entrance exam is boosting security worldwide following test-stealing and other cheating in recent years. The College Board said it’s reducing the number of international testing dates from six per year to four for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years. It says the move will reduce opportunities for test content to be stolen.

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Dakota Access pipeline opponents burn structures in their main protest camp in southern North Dakota near Cannon Ball, N.D., on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, as authorities prepare to shut down the camp in advance of spring flooding season. (James MacPherson / Associated Press)

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017, 1:01 P.M.

Dakota oil pipeline protest camp goes up in flames

new 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 ahead of a government deadline to get off the federal land where they have been trying to thwart construction for six months.

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This image provided by NASA/JPL-Caltech shows an artist’s conception of what the surface of the exoplanet TRAPPIST-1f may look like, based on available data about its diameter, mass and distances from the host star. (NASA/JPL-Caltech / Associated Press)

UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017, 11:59 A.M.

Scientists discover 7 ‘Earthlike’ planets orbiting a nearby star

updated A newfound solar system just 39 light years away contains seven warm, rocky, Earthlike planets, scientists say. The discovery, reported Wednesday in the journal Nature, represents the first time astronomers have ever detected so many terrestrial planets orbiting a single star. Researchers say the system is an ideal laboratory for studying alien worlds and could be the best place in the galaxy to search for life beyond Earth.

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In this Feb. 21, 2017, file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks in Washington. (Susan Walsh / Associated Press)

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017, 11:41 A.M.

Thousands of emails detail EPA head’s close ties to fossil fuel industry

In his previous role as Oklahoma’s attorney general, the Environmental Protection Agency’s new administrator regularly huddled with fossil fuel firms and electric utilities about how to combat federal environmental regulations and spoke to conservative political groups about what they call government“overreach,” according to thousands of pages of emails released Wednesday.

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017, 9:33 A.M.

Indictment: Tennessee deputy guarded an undercover drug deal

Federal prosecutors in West Tennessee say a former sheriff’s deputy is facing charges that he provided security during a cocaine deal. The U.S. attorney’s office in Memphis said Wednesday that former Crockett County Deputy Calvin Fields has been indicted on charges of distributing powder cocaine and possession of a firearm during commission of drug-trafficking.

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new North Carolina Republican files bill to establish life at conception
new White House may go it alone on health care replacement
new GOP members of Congress face Trump foes at town halls
Thousands of emails detail EPA head’s close ties to fossil fuel industry
Ryan will tour US-Mexico border for first time as immigration debate heats up
updated Scientists discover 7 ‘Earthlike’ planets orbiting a nearby star
Russian supply ship launched to International Space Station
Industrial pollution has contaminated even the deepest parts of the Pacific Ocean
Bill Gates: Bioterrorism could kill more than nuclear war – but no one is ready to deal with it
Kids with ADHD have some smaller brain regions than normal, study finds
Weather Service suffers ‘catastrophic’ outage, stops sending forecasts, warnings
French court: Dating site can keep promoting infidelity
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Want to track cellphones? Get a warrant, lawmakers say
Trump scrubs climate change from White House website
Up to 200 headstones damaged at Jewish cemetery in Missouri
Trump denounces ‘horrible’ threats against Jewish centers
World Relief to lay off 140 staff, close five locations, citing Trump refugee order
Arrest made after bacon strips left at California mosque
SNAP, watchdog group that fought Catholic Church, faces upheaval
new College Board to boost SAT security to combat cheating
Principals to bar immigration agents from Chicago schools
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2nd anniversary for ‘War Bonds’

In her Cindy's All Write blog today, Cindy Hval announces that her popular "War Bonds" book is not 2 years old: In the five years it took to write and ...

Can you I.D. this animal?

Of course, you can. Ashley Steinhart spotted this marmot near the corner of Division and Euclid. "Yeah spring!" she wrote.