An artist's depiction of the surface of the planet Proxima b as it orbits the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our solar system. The planet is a bit more massive than Earth, scientists say, and circles its star once every 11 days. ESO/M. Kornmesser/Nature hide caption

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This Planet Just Outside Our Solar System Is 'Potentially Habitable'

It's not exactly close — 25 trillion miles from Earth, say the scientists who spotted it. But that might be near enough for further exploration. It's about Earth's size, with mild temperatures.

Syrian refugee Taher Hamada, 34, cares for his 4-month-old daughter, Tamara, at his apartment in Gaziantep, Turkey. His lack of documents makes it difficult, if not impossible, for him to travel, and could limit the opportunities for his daughter. Nish Nalbandian hide caption

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Turkish Rules Leave Syrian Refugee Children In Limbo

Turkey has taken in 2.7 million Syrian refugees since 2011. But it's extremely difficult for refugees to build a new life, particularly for children who often can't get documented.

This giant pearl could be the biggest ever found in the world. The pearl reportedly weighs about 75 pounds and was discovered by a fisherman 10 years ago. Aileen Cynthia Amurao/SWNS.com hide caption

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Filipino Fisherman Reveals 75-Pound Pearl He Kept Hidden For A Decade

The fisherman's family says he found the pearl inside a giant clam by the island of Palawan and kept it under his bed. If confirmed, it would be far and away the largest natural pearl ever found.

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'You Don't Even Want To Go Outside': La. Residents Stunned By Flood Damage

More than 115,000 people have applied for emergency aid, and at least as many homes and businesses are ruined or badly damaged. Many residents feel defeated and exhausted.

Among La. Flood Victims, 'Depression Levels Are Really High'

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'Stranger Things' Creators On Barb, Eleven And How Glitter Delayed Production

Matt and Ross Duffer discuss Barb's realness, actress Millie Bobby Brown's talent ("It's almost freaky how good she is"), and the quirks of working with child actors.

'Stranger Things' Creators On Barb, Eleven And How Glitter Delayed Production

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Twin girls infected with Zika at nine weeks of gestation. Both were born with extremely small heads, shrunken spinal cords and extra folds of skin around the skull. Scientists think this extra skin forms when the skull collapses onto itself after the brain —€” but not the skull —€” stops growing in the uterus. The images of the girls' heads were constructed on the computer using CT scans. Radiology hide caption

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Zika Images Show 'Worst Brain Infections That Doctors Will Ever See'

Babies born with small heads are "just the tip of the iceberg" of what Zika does to a fetus's brain, says Dr. Deborah Levine, a contributor to a new study.

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Clinton Foundation To Drastically Shrink If Hillary Clinton Is Elected

The foundation would give up its most recognizable parts, including its major global health and wellness programs.

Clinton Foundation To Drastically Shrink If Hillary Clinton Is Elected

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Gang Rape Of Aid Workers In South Sudan Is Seen As A Turning Point

The country faces one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. But the brutal rape has left aid agencies wondering whether to pull out their foreign staff.

Gang Rape Of Aid Workers In South Sudan Is A Turning Point

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Mufti Ismail Berdiev (right) is a religious leader in the Republic of Dagestan. When a report documented female genital mutilation in this republic, he said all women should be circumcised "to end depravity." He later said he was joking. Above, he poses with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a Kremlin ceremony in March. Mikhail Metzel/TASS hide caption

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Controversy Erupts In Russia Over Report On Female Genital Mutilation

It's the first systematic documentation of the practice in the republic of Dagestan. Reactions from a mufti, a priest and a rabbi have sparked a charged debate.

Berkeley, Calif., passed the nation's first soda tax in 2014. According to a new study, the tax has succeeded in cutting consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. But there's uncertainty about whether the effect will be permanent. Robert Galbraith/Reuters hide caption

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Berkeley's Soda Tax Appears To Cut Consumption Of Sugary Drinks

According to a new study, the nation's first soda tax succeeded in cutting consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. But there's uncertainty about whether the effect will be permanent.

Berkeley's Soda Tax Appears To Cut Consumption Of Sugary Drinks

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