James Peebles

Work on cosmos wins Nobel Prize in physicsSTOCKHOLM — A Canadian American cosmologist and two Swiss

scientists won this year's Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday for exploring the evolution of the universe and discovering a new kind of planet, with implications for that nagging question: Does life exist only on Earth?

Canadian-born James Peebles, 84, an emeritus professor at Princeton University, won for his theoretical discoveries in cosmology.

Michel Mayor, 77, and Didier Queloz, 53, both of the University of Geneva, were honored for finding an exoplanet — a planet outside our solar system — that orbits a sunlike star, the Nobel committee said. — AP

India lets tourists into locked-down KashmirNEW DELHI — Authorities in Indian-controlled Kashmir will allow tourists back into the region two months after ordering them to leave because of security concerns amid an Indian crackdown, an official said Tuesday.

But tourists are unlikely to experience normal life in the disputed area or be able to use mobile Internet or cellphones, which remain cut.

The government instructed tourists and Hindu pilgrims to leave on Aug. 2, three days before India stripped the Muslim-majority region of its statehood and decades-old semi-autonomy.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist-led government also imposed a harsh security clampdown, cutting virtually all communications. — AP

Multi-city protest demands climate actionLONDON — Hundreds of climate change activists camped out in central London on Tuesday during a second day of world protests by the Extinction Rebellion movement to demand more urgent actions to counter global warming.

Activists glued themselves to the British government's Department of Transport building as police appealed to protesters to move to Trafalgar Square. — AP

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