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The Capitol dome in Washington will undergo renovation this spring, a project that is estimated to take two years and cost nearly $60 million. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Politics

Showing Signs Of Age, Capitol Dome Gets A Face-Lift

The best-known symbol of the nation's capital is literally cracking up: The cast-iron dome crowning the U.S. Capitol has more than 1,300 cracks below its layers of lead paint.

This diagram for the outer solar system shows the orbits of Sedna (in orange) and 2012 VP113 (in red). The sun and terrestrial planets are at the center, surrounded by the orbits (in purple) of the four giant planets — Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. The Kuiper belt, which includes Pluto, is shown by the dotted light blue region. Scott S. Sheppard/Carnegie Institution for Science hide caption

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New Dwarf Planet Found At The Solar System's Outer Limits

The tiny world is a pink-hued ball of ice in an area of space once thought to be relatively empty. But the new findings hint of other small objects — and perhaps an unseen planet bigger than Earth.

Christine Moyer checks out options at a health insurance enrollment fair on March 18 in San Francisco. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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That Health Insurance Deadline Now Comes With Wiggle Room

President Obama often said that March 31 was the hard deadline to sign up for individual health insurance. But it turns out it's not so hard. Here's the latest on that slightly squishy deadline.

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This diagram for the outer solar system shows the orbits of Sedna (in orange) and 2012 VP113 (in red). The sun and terrestrial planets are at the center, surrounded by the orbits (in purple) of the four giant planets — Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. The Kuiper belt, which includes Pluto, is shown by the dotted light blue region. Scott S. Sheppard/Carnegie Institution for Science hide caption

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