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Scientists have been on a search across the universe for Earth-like planets that could sustain life since the planet-finding Kepler spacecraft was launched on March 7, 2009.

Today, according to the New York Times, they've found the two most promising worlds yet: a pair of planets orbiting a star, now named Kepler 62, in the constellation Lyra.

Earth-like Planet

The new discoveries fall into the so-called "Goldilocks Zone," with temperatures able to sustain lukewarm water, which, as far as we know, is an important ingredient to life.

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Time has released its annual 100 Most Influential People list for 2013.

The Time list, presented in no particular order, is grouped into five categories of influence: Titans, Leaders, Artists, Pioneers, and Icons.

Jennifer Lawrence Gets Fancy

Among the ranks: Jennifer Lawrence, whose new film Catching Fire premieres this year, Lena Dunham, whose award-winning TV show Girls just finished its second season, and Grammy winner Frank Ocean.

Hit the jump for the full list:

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A fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas decimated the town (which is actually in Central Texas) last night, killing at least five people and injuring at least 160.

Celebrities took to Twitter to share their reactions:

West, Texas

Katy Perry: Reading all the news about Texas. It's a very sad time for lots of ppl. Let's send extra love & light out. Don't take anything for granted.

Pope Francis: Please join me in praying for the victims of the explosion in Texas and their families.

LeAnn Rimes: Prayers for everyone in TX tonight in the tragic fertilizer plant explosion outside of Waco.

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As many as 28 migrant workers working at a strawberry farm in Manolada, Greece were shot because they demanded to get paid, according to reports.

Greece Worker

After six months of unpaid work, the group demanded compensation, only to be fired upon. No fatalities among the Bangladeshi workers were reported.

According to Greek daily Kathimerini, the farm owners have a history in abusing migrants, informing them they were not going to get paid and to get back to work.

Then the strawberry pickers became involved in an argument with three Greek supervisors, one of whom opened fire and injured 28 migrant workers.

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Tommy Tucker, a Republican state senator in North Carolina, reportedly told a newspaper publisher to "be quiet" at a public hearing earlier this week.

TTuck

The tense hearing took place regarding proposed legislation that could shift public notification of local government actions online and away from print.

Things became heated at the meeting when a local newspaper publisher sought a recorded vote on the bill, the Raleigh News and Observer reported.

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A massive explosion ripped through a fertilizer plant in the town of West, Texas Wednesday night, injuring more than 180 and leaving many feared dead.

The death toll, while unconfirmed, has been estimated at 5-15 by news sources.

Authorities were bracing to find victims in collapsed buildings, which rescuers could not approach due to the flames and dangerous chemicals.

The West, Texas explosion happened about 8 p.m. in the town town of 2,800 about 20 miles north of Waco. It was unclear what had triggered it.

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The U.S. Senate rejected a bipartisan amendment today that would have expanded background checks on gun purchases, according to news reports.

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The defeat marks a blow to advocates calling for more strict firearms laws after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook E.S. in Newtown, Conn., last year.

The measure was a product of intense negotiations between Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey and West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin.

It would have necessitated background check requirements on gun owners, and needed 60 votes to pass, which the two Senators thought it had.

It therefore failed, despite its 54-46 majority.

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Forget breaking news reports.

Both CNN and Fox were called out this afternoon by the FBI for broken news reports in claiming that a Boston bombing arrest had been made and authorities had a suspect in custody.

Those reports are false.

CNN News Team

CNN even went so far as to claim a "dark-skinned male" was spotted walking away from the scene in video footage, while Fox News "confirmed" that an arrest had been made.

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A suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has been arrested, a law enforcement official briefed on the ongoing investigation said just moments ago.

There are conflicting reports as to whether this is true, however.

Boston Bombing Scene

The official was not authorized to divulge details of the investigation, but confirmed that the Boston Marathon bombing suspect was taken into custody.

Federal marshals reportedly made the arrest, then moved him to Boston courthouse, officials said, though other accounts suggest it has yet to occur.

In any case, the FBI is planning a 5:00 p.m. news conference.

The official spoke after media outlets reported that a suspect was identified from surveillance video taken at a Lord & Taylor store between the two bomb blasts.

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Boy, as the world switches to e-Readers, the price of print books is really skyrocketing.

At least, one book is. The first book ever printed in America, in the year 1640, will be going up for auction later this year, according to BBC News.

The expected price tag? Up to $30 million!

Bay Psalm Book

The Bay Psalms Book was printed in Plymouth Massachusetts, written by Pilgrims as a declaration of their independence from the Church of England.

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