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Via a NASA-led citizen science project, eight people with no formal training in astrophysics helped discover what could be a fruitful new place to search for planets outside our solar system – a large disk of gas and dust encircling a star known as a circumstellar disk.

The owner of four Buffalo-area restaurants, and two other defendants were charged by criminal complaint in federal court Tuesday with conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens. The charges follow an extensive probe led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

In this week’s address, President Obama highlighted the actions his administration is taking to spur competition in the airline industry, protect consumers and arm them with the information they need to make informed decisions, following the President’s call to action in April. Building on the progress we’ve made so far, this week’s actions include a proposed requirement for airlines to reimburse luggage fees when bags are delayed; requiring airlines to report on the probability that your luggage could be lost; providing protections for travelers with disabilities; and requiring additional transparency and fairness in online ticket platforms.

You could call her an optician with an eye for dogs, and then some! Susan Branfman of Encinitas retired after 38 years as an optician for Kaiser Permanente with plans to become a stay-at-home wife and pamper her husband.

NASA and its partner Orbital ATK have postponed the launch of the company’s next commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station to no earlier than today, as the agency prepares for Tropical Storm Nicole at its tracking site in Bermuda.