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    The Webb Space Telescope has found no evidence of an atmosphere at one of the seven rocky, Earth-sized planets orbiting a nearby star. Scientists say that doesn't bode well for the rest of the planets in this solar system, some of which are in the sweet spot for harboring water and potentially life. In a study published Monday, a NASA-led team reported little if no atmosphere exists at the innermost planet in the Trappist system, 40 light-years away. Researchers say the lack of an atmosphere would mean no water and no protection from cosmic rays. More observations are planned.

      There's a special chance this week to see five planets lined up in the night sky. Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Uranus and Mars will gather near the moon in a planet parade. The best day to spot all five will be on Tuesday right after sunset. If you look out to the western horizon, you'll be able to see them stretching up toward the moon. You may need a pair of binoculars to catch Mercury and Uranus, which don't shine as bright as the other planets. But the five-planet array will be visible from anywhere on Earth, as long as you have clear skies.

        California Gov. Gavin Newsom has ended some state water restrictions. Newsom made the announcement Friday after a series of powerful storms replenished the state's reservoirs. California has been in a severe drought for the past three years. Newsom said he will stop asking people to voluntarily cut their water use by 15%. And he eased rules requiring local water agencies to impose some restrictions on customers. State officials said they would more than double the amount of drinking water cities would get this year. That's compared to a previous allocation that was announced lats month.

        A federal judge has ruled that BNSF Railway intentionally violated the terms of an agreement with the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community in Washington state by running 100-car trains carrying crude oil over the reservation. The Seattle Times reports in a written order Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Lasnik said the railway made a unilateral decision in increasing the number of trains and cars without the tribe’s consent. Lasnik ruled that BNSF “willfully, consciously and knowingly exceeded the limitations on its right of access” from September 2012 to May 2021 “in pursuit of profits.” A BNSF spokesperson declined to comment to the newspaper on the ruling. The agreement allowed trains to carry 25 cars per day.

        People who were sexually abused as children in Washington state may soon be able to bring lawsuits against the state, schools or other institutions for failing to stop the abuse, no matter when it happened. The Seattle Times reports House Bill 1618 would remove time limits that have stymied lawsuits by people who frequently do not fully confront childhood trauma until years later. The bill has passed the state House on an 82-14 vote and cleared a Senate committee last week. Washington’s current statute of limitations requires victims of child sexual abuse to file lawsuits within three years of when the abuse occurred, or three years from when they discovered harms caused by it.

        Fifteen mass shootings at U.S. schools since 1999’s massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado have killed a total of 175 victims. That’s according to a database compiled by The Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University, in addition to other AP reporting. Mass shooters have killed hundreds of people throughout U.S. history in realms like stores, theaters and workplaces. But it is in schools and colleges where the carnage reverberates perhaps most keenly. The database defines a mass shooting as resulting in the death of four or more people, not including the perpetrator.

        GOP lawmakers in states with abortion bans already in place are pushing to make them more restrictive, while blue state officials are trying to expand abortion access. Nine months after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a nationwide right to abortion, the long-term picture on what will be allowed in each state remains unsettled, even though voters have bristled at broad bans. In Tennessee, officials scaled back a bill on an exception after hearing from powerful anti-abortion groups. In Wyoming, they've adopted a second ban. Meanwhile, blue states including Minnesota and Hawaii have codified efforts to guarantee abortion access.


        Albany is growing, and city planners are busy at work to chart out the future of the east side of the city. Now, that plan is on its way to be in front of the city council for adoption.

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