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February 23, 2017 11:21 PM Exoplanet update: Discovery of seven Earth-like planets heats up search for life (+video)

new thinking Seven newly discovered Earth-sized exoplanets may have the right size and location for life, say scientists – but could life survive their star's harsh ultraviolet radiation? February 22, 2017 —“The universe is a pretty big place. If it's just us, seems like an awful waste of space,” Carl Sagan once said. We still don’t know if we’re alone 2

February 23, 2017 8:58 PM Bills targeting transgender bathroom access are floundering

The bills have taken on a new significance this week following the decision by President Donald Trump's administration to revoke an Obama-era federal directive instructing public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms of their chosen gender. Many conservative leaders hailed the assertions by top Trump appointees that the issue 4

February 23, 2017 4:00 PM Motorcycle industry revs up for faster growth this year

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine motorcycle industry is targeting to grow as much as 15 percent this year as it expects to overtake Thailand’s annual sales volume. Motorcycle Development Program Participants Association (MDPPA) officials said yesterday industry sales are forecast to accelerate 12 percent to 15 percent to 1.8 million to 1.9 million 6

February 23, 2017 4:00 PM Atlas Mining hikes capital to P8.5 B

MANILA, Philippines - Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development Corp. has increased its authorized capital stock to P8.5 billion from P6 billion. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange Wednesday, Atlas said the new capitalization comprises 8.5 billion common shares with a par value of P1 per share. Major shareholders SM Investments Corp., Anglo 4

February 23, 2017 7:59 AM Ayala buys Zalora stake, bets on e-commerce

MANILA - The Ayala Group said Thursday it would acquire 43.3-percent of online fashion retailer Zalora, as it forays into e-commerce. Ayala Corp. and units Ayala Land, BPI Capital and Kickstart Ventures have signed an investment agreement with BF Jade E-Services Philippines Inc., the owner of Zalora Philippines, according to a stock exchange filing 3

February 23, 2017 7:01 AM Today in Trump: February 23, 2017

Vice President Pence (7:30 p.m.), top Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (12:50 p.m.), Trump Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon (1 p.m.) address the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), in Oxon Hill, Maryland. The secretary of State meets with Mexican Foreign Secretary Videgaray (joint statement, 12:10 p.m. ET), Secretary 3

February 23, 2017 6:49 AM US envoy Tillerson in Mexico to soothe ties

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets with Mexican leaders on Thursday to try to calm a row over President Donald Trump’s trade and immigration policies. Trump has outraged Mexico by vowing to build a wall along the border to keep out migrants, whom he branded rapists and criminals during his presidential campaign. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson 3

February 23, 2017 3:02 AM Insider: Paul George ‘committed’ to Pacers amid trade deadline reports

INDIANAPOLIS — Paul George is aware of the reports that his tenure as an Indiana Pacer could be ending Thursday before the NBA’s trade deadline. George, with a throng of media surrounding him Wednesday, said he has no concerns about such a trade. He then presented the facts: He returned to Indianapolis from the All-Star break, he practiced with his teammates 5

February 23, 2017 12:38 AM (LOOK) NASA finds seven Earth-size planets where life is possible

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has found a nearby solar system with seven Earth-sized planets, three of which circle their parent star at the right distance for liquid surface water, bolstering the prospect of discovering extraterrestrial life, research published on Wednesday showed. The star, known as TRAPPIST-1, is a small, dim celestial 4

February 22, 2017 10:40 PM What's New In Those DHS Memos On Immigration Enforcement?

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 680 people during the first week of February. The memos call for 10,000 more ICE officers and agents as well as 5,000 more agents at U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Ever since Donald Trump entered the presidential race, his comments on illegal immigration have been pored over in the press — from vows to deport 4