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The Universe has two trillion more galaxies than astronomers thought

universe has two million more galaxiesThere are a dizzying two trillion galaxies in the Universe, up to 20 times more than previously thought, astronomers reported on Thursday.

The surprising find, based on 3D modeling of images collected over 20 years by the Hubble Space Telescope, was published in the Astronomical Journal.

Scientists have puzzled over how many galaxies the cosmos harbors at least since US astronomer Edwin Hubble showed in 1924 that Andromeda, a neighboring galaxy, was not part of our own Milky Way.


New York Times refuses Trump lawyers' demand to retract story about two of his accusers

NY TimesThe New York Times Thursday refused a request from lawyers for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to retract a story in which two women describe instances in which Trump touched them forcibly.

Lawyers acting for Trump had written to the Times late Wednesday night to demand a retraction and apology from the newspaper. “Your article is reckless, defamatory and constitutes libel per se,” the lawyers for Trump wrote. “It is apparent from, among other things, the timing of the article, that it is nothing more than a politically-motivated effort to defeat Mr. Trump’s candidacy.”


Giuliani apologizes for false 9/11 claim about Clinton

Clinton with Guiliani on 9/11Rudy Giuliani has apologized for accusing Hillary Clinton of saying she was in New York on Sept. 11, 2001, despite the fact that the Democratic nominee never said anything of the sort.

"I made a mistake. I'm wrong and I apologize," Giuliani, who was New York mayor in 2001, told the Associated Press.

On Wednesday, Giuliani was campaigning for Donald Trump when he accused Clinton, who was a New York senator at the time, of falsely saying she was in the state when the planes hit the twin towers.


Judge Issues Summons For Chris Christie In Potential New Bridgegate Case

Christie A New Jersey municipal court judge issued a summons for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Thursday, seemingly in relation to Christie’s alleged involvement to the closure of two lanes on the George Washington Bridge in 2013 in a supposed act of political retaliation.

Roy McGeady, presiding judge of the municipal courts of Bergen County, issued the summons, in what could become a new state prosecution. The summons will require Christie to appear in court but does not give law enforcement the authority to arrest him. The case will now go to the Bergen County prosecutor’s office, which will determine whether to indict Christie, NBC New York reported. Bill Brennan, an activist, filed the complaint, the outlet reported.

Christie has denied any knowledge of the lane closures.



ACLU, Human Rights Watch calls for end to war on drugs

ACLU: End war on drugsHuman Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union jointly called on all states and the federal government to decriminalize personal drug use and possession, instead to focus on prevention and harm reduction.

The human-rights organizations said one of every nine arrests by state law enforcement across the country is for drug possession, with some 1.25 million people arrested each year. Four times as many people are arrested for possessing illegal drugs than for selling them. At the same time, drug use has not declined, a newly released report said.


Liberty U Students Break With Falwell Jr: ‘We Want Nothing To Do With’ Trump

Libert U students protest Trump supportStudents at the evangelical Liberty University are breaking with school president Jerry Falwell Jr. over his support of Donald Trump, issuing a statement Wednesday night saying “we want nothing to do with him.”

Claiming that Trump is “actively promoting the very things that we as Christians ought to oppose,” the statement from Liberty United Against Trump, which was obtained by The Washington Post, criticizes Falwell Jr. for tying the university’s name to a man who bragged about and is accused of sexually assaulting women.


Americans overwhelmingly support abortion rights

Americans support abortion rightsPolitical candidates, consultants and the media generally misunderstand the politics of abortion rights. They tend to believe either that most voters oppose abortion or that the anti-abortion base is larger than the abortion rights base. But neither is true.

A recent nationwide poll by Ann Selzer (declared “The Best Pollster in Politics” by FiveThirtyEight), commissioned by the Public Leadership Institute, proves that voters overwhelmingly support abortion rights both in general and when asked about specific reproductive rights policies. In addition, the poll shows that those who “strongly support” abortion rights substantially outnumber those who “strongly oppose” it.



Nigeria: Boko Haram 'releases 21 Chibok girls'

Chibok girl captivesTwenty-one of the more than 200 Nigerian girls kidnapped from a school in Chibok by Boko Haram fighters in 2014 have been released, according to Nigeria's presidency.

The release followed negotiations between Nigeria's government and Boko Haram brokered by Red Cross and Swiss government officials, a spokesman for the country's president said on Thursday.

"It is confirmed that 21 of the missing Chibok girls have been released and are in the custody of the Department of State Services," presidential spokesman Garba Shehu said in a statement.


Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej dies at 88

Thai king diesThailand's venerated King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-reigning monarch, has died at the age of 88, the Royal Palace announced.

King Bhumibol passed away at Bangkok's Siriraj hospital on Thursday. The palace did not give a reason for his death.

"His Majesty has passed away at Siriraj Hospital peacefully," a statement said, adding he died at 15:52 (0852 GMT).


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