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Venus and Jupiter conjunction: Sky-watchers await dawn display

Venus and Jupiter conjunction: Sky-watchers await dawn display

Science
Jupiter and Venus will be visible to the naked eye close together in the sky before dawn on Monday.The planets will appear in conjunction in the south-east, just above the horizon, and may appear to look like one bright star. In the UK, the best viewing time will be 40 minutes before sunrise.Jupiter's four Galilean moons will also be visible to those with a telescope. Clear skies are needed - and forecast for much of England and Wales.Watch: The dog that orbited the earthThe astronaut who was told she would never go to spaceThe planets will be seen best by those in mid-northern latitudes around the world, including the UK and northern US.Observers will have to have an uninterrupted view to the south-east as the planets will be very low in the sky.You may also like: Let's block ads! (Why?) ...
Obstacles await as Congress resumes health care fight

Obstacles await as Congress resumes health care fight

Health
Republican hopes for repealing and replacing former President Barack Obama's health care law are still twitching in Congress, though barely. Leaders lack the votes to pass something and face a fresh obstacle — the Senate parliamentarian ruled Friday that Republicans only have the ability to dismantle the law with 51 votes until the end of the month. It's among several health issues lawmakers face when they return from summer recess, even as fights over the budget and helping Texas recover from Hurricane Harvey grab center stage. WHEN WE LEFT OFF IN LATE JULY Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., tried to push three plans through his chamber erasing the 2010 law called Obamacare. Republican defections denied him the 50 votes needed, with Vice President Mike Pence ready to seal vic
Big banks make it through stress tests, investors await cash release

Big banks make it through stress tests, investors await cash release

Finance
U.S. banks made it through the latest round of stress testing relatively unscathed, setting investors up for news next week of payouts from the industry's biggest names.Testings results released Thursday by the Federal Reserve show that the 34 institutions under scrutiny have enough capital to make it through the two scenarios regulators posed — one akin to the financial crisis and another entailing a shallower downturn.Under the scenarios, the banks tested "would experience substantial losses." However, in total, the institutions "could continue lending to businesses and households, thanks to the capital built up by the sector following the financial crisis."The tests marked the third straight year the banks all met the Fed's standards for health and could boost arguments from Republican