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  • Navy chief says no sign USS McCain collision intentional

    There was no indication that the collision between a U.S. Navy ship and a tanker near Singapore on Monday was intentional, U.S. Navy Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson told reporters at the Pentagon on Monday. Ten U.S. sailors were missing after a collision between the USS McCain destroyer and the tanker, the second involving a U.S. warship and a merchant ship in Asia in about two months, triggering a fleet-wide probe of operations and training. Richardson said, "We have no indication" the collision was intentional.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:50:06 -0400
  • Texas man charged with trying to blow up Confederate statue

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    Authorities in Houston charged a 25-year-old man on Monday with trying to blow up a Confederate statue, federal prosecutors said, in the latest development amid demonstrations and fierce debate about race and the legacy of America's Civil War. Word of the arrest of Andrew Schneck came just hours after the University of Texas at Austin said it removed four statues tied to the Confederacy from its campus because they had become "symbols of modern white supremacy and neo-Nazism." White nationalists rallied earlier this month against proposals to take down a similar statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, and one woman was killed when a man crashed his car into a crowd of anti-racism counterprotesters.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:01:36 -0400
  • Rare total solar eclipse spreads wonder across United States

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    By Lee van der Voo and Harriet McLeod SHERIDAN, Oregon/CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Millions of Americans looked skyward in awe through protective glasses, telescopes and cameras on Monday as the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in a century marched from the U.S. Pacific Northwest to the Atlantic seaboard. After weeks of anticipation, onlookers from Oregon to South Carolina whooped and cheered as the moon blotted out the sun, plunging a narrow band of the United States into near darkness and colder temperatures for two minutes at a time.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:56:32 -0400
  • More video emerges of Baltimore police staging evidence: prosecutors

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    In the previous two episodes, video showed officers apparently placing illegal drugs at crime scenes. The Baltimore Police Department said it was investigating charges that some officers were planting drugs to frame innocent people. The latest video to came to light was "self-reported as a re-enactment of the seizure of evidence" by the police department, the office of the state's attorney for Baltimore said in a statement.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:53:47 -0400
  • Ten sailors missing after U.S. warship, tanker collide near Singapore

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    By Fathin Ungku and David Brunnstrom SINGAPORE/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ten U.S. sailors were missing after a collision between a destroyer and a tanker near Singapore on Monday, the second involving a U.S. warship and a merchant ship in Asia in about two months, triggering a fleet-wide probe of operations and training. The guided-missile destroyer John S. McCain and the tanker Alnic MC collided while the warship was heading to Singapore for a routine port call.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:16:45 -0400
  • Wisconsin teen pleads guilty to lesser charge in Slenderman attack

    Anissa Weier, 15, appeared in a Waukesha court on Monday to plead guilty to attempted second-degree homicide as a party to a crime with use of a deadly weapon, as part of a plea agreement, court records show. Under the plea agreement, she will then spend 10 years either in prison or in a state mental hospital, depending on the outcome of the September trial, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper. Weier and her friend, Morgan Geyser, were charged with attempted first-degree homicide in the May 2014 stabbing of their classmate in Waukesha, a Milwaukee suburb.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:21:13 -0400
  • Chalked messages show Charlottesville's shock after weekend violence

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    As Charlottesville reeled from the killing of a woman during a white-nationalist rally, well-wishers left flowers at a makeshift shrine nearby in the heart of downtown. Many of the city's 47,000 residents blamed white supremacists for bringing violence to their normally sedate city, the home of the University of Virginia's main campus. "Charlottesville is a very tolerant place, which is why it's so sad to see this happen here," said Cook, who now works as a tour guide at Monticello, the former home of Thomas Jefferson, the United States' third president and the city's founder.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:36:02 -0400
  • JPMorgan pledges up to $2 million to fight racism, support human rights

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    JPMorgan Chase & Co said on Monday it will contribute up to $2 million to fight racism and support human rights in light of a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that led to violence and the death of a protester. The sum includes $500,000 each to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League "to further their work in tracking, exposing and fighting hate groups and other extremist organizations," Peter Scher, head of corporate responsibility wrote in a memo to employees that was provided to Reuters by the company.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:00:54 -0400
  • Gunman killed after wounding judge in ambush outside Ohio courthouse

    (Reuters) - A gunman shot and wounded a judge in an ambush outside an Ohio courthouse on Monday before the assailant was fatally shot by a probation officer, authorities and local media said.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 11:38:23 -0400
  • U.S. warship collision exposes Singapore-Malaysia sea dispute

    A collision between a U.S. warship and an oil tanker near the Straits of Malacca on Monday has shone a light on a territorial dispute that has simmered between neighbors Singapore and Malaysia for nearly 40 years. The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with merchant vessel Alnic MC to the east of Singapore, while heading to the city-state for a routine port call. Ten U.S. sailors are missing and five were injured in the collision, which resulted in significant damage to the hull of the U.S. vessel and the flooding of some of its compartments.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:59:00 -0400
  • Norway's wealth fund takes 48 percent stake in New York property

    OSLO (Reuters) - Norway's $975-billion sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, has bought a 48-percent stake in a New York City property, it said on Monday.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 07:57:26 -0400
  • Taiwan's Foxconn to build three ancillary facilities as part of Wisconsin LCD campus

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    Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn on Monday said it plans to build three facilities in the U.S. state of Wisconsin for operation as early as next year, as part of a campus housing a $10 billion liquid crystal display (LCD) factory due for 2020. Foxconn, which makes electronics under contract for clients such as Apple Inc , announced its $10 billion plan at the White House in July, saying the LCD plant would occupy 1,000 acres in the state's south east. Foxconn, formally Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd , said it will begin by setting up a back-end packaging line, high-precision molding line and end-device assembly line.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 06:19:32 -0400
  • USS John S. McCain suffered flooding after collision: U.S. Navy

    The USS John S. McCain, a U.S. warship that collided with an oil tanker east of Singapore on Monday, arrived at Changi Naval Base in Singapore after suffering damage to its hull that caused flooding in compartments, the U.S. Navy said. Damage control efforts by the crew halted further flooding," the U.S. 7th Fleet said in a statement.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 04:28:29 -0400
  • 'America First' protesters face off with opponents at California beach rally

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    Anti-immigration demonstrators faced off against a much bigger crowd of counter-protesters in the Southern California town of Laguna Beach on Sunday, as police kept the opposing sides apart. Around 2,500 people in total showed up for what became a raucous shouting match but did not descend into the kind of violence seen at this month's clashes at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where one person was killed. Police erected barricades along the oceanfront to deter car attacks like the one in Charlottesville which killed a woman when a suspected white nationalist drove into the crowd.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 04:15:52 -0400
  • Illinois town gears up to become heart of U.S. eclipse

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    By Elly Park CARBONDALE, Ill. (Reuters) - The small southern Illinois town of Carbondale was revving up on Sunday to become eclipse central on the eve of a total solar eclipse that will traverse the continental United States for the first time in 99 years.     Carbondale is a few miles north of the point of greatest duration of the celestial event and will have a total eclipse for two minutes and 38 seconds on Monday. Many residents of Carbondale, a town of 26,000 people 70 miles (112 km) southeast of St. Louis, have been capitalizing on the celestial blackout, from renting out their homes to creating eclipse-themed merchandise.     Artist Matt Sronkoski has been selling hand-painted eclipse T-shirts for months and said he had created hundreds of individual designs.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 04:00:59 -0400
  • No oil pollution reported after U.S. warship, tanker collide off Singapore

    No oil spill was reported after a collision between a U.S. guided-missile destroyer and a merchant vessel in Singapore waters, authorities in the city-state said on Monday. Ten sailors from the USS John S. McCain were missing after the collision with the oil tanker east of Singapore, the U.S. Navy said, the second accident involving U.S. Navy destroyers in Asian waters in little more than two months.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 01:16:52 -0400
  • U.S. Navy says USS John S. McCain sailing to port under own power

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    A U.S. warship damaged after colliding with a merchant vessel east of Singapore on Monday is sailing under its own power and heading to port, the U.S. Navy said. "Search and rescue efforts are underway in coordination with local authorities," the Navy said in a statement posted on the website of the Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. "In addition to tug boats out of Singapore, the Republic of Singapore Navy ship RSS Gallant, RSN helicopters and Police Coast Guard vessel Basking Shark are currently in the area to render assistance," it said.

    Sun, 20 Aug 2017 21:24:29 -0400
  • Prominent U.S. religious conservatives defend Trump after Charlottesville

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    By Doina Chiacu and Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two prominent religious conservatives defended U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday after he was widely criticized for blaming both white nationalists and counter-protesters for last weekend's violence at a Virginia rally organized by neo-Nazis and white supremacists. Evangelical Christian Jerry Falwell Jr said Trump could be more polished and politically correct but is not racist. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who last week criticized the white nationalists' "evil, sinful, disgusting behavior," said unequivocally on Sunday that the faith community stood by Trump.

    Sun, 20 Aug 2017 15:54:15 -0400
  • Canada's Trudeau warns against entering country 'irregularly'

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    "Canada is an opening and welcoming society," he told reporters in Montreal following talks with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar. Entering Canada irregularly is not an advantage. More than 3,100 people walked across the border illegally in July to file refugee claims and were arrested, up from 884 in June, the federal government said.

    Sun, 20 Aug 2017 12:03:49 -0400
  • Comedian, civil rights activist Dick Gregory dies at 84

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    "It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr. Dick Gregory departed this earth tonight in Washington, D.C.," his son, Christian, wrote on Instagram. Gregory, who lived in Washington, died of heart failure in Sibley Memorial Hospital, where he had checked in a week ago after falling ill, said his longtime publicist Steve Jaffe. Gregory's success as a comedian in the early 1960s helped pave the way for other black comics, such as Richard Pryor, to gain greater fame by reaching a mainstream audience.

    Sun, 20 Aug 2017 10:40:35 -0400
  • Boston march against hate speech avoids Charlottesville chaos

    By Scott Malone and Nate Raymond BOSTON (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Boston on Saturday to protest a "free speech" rally featuring far-right speakers a week after a woman was killed at a Virginia white-supremacist demonstration. Rally organizers had invited several far-right speakers who were confined to a small pen that police set up in the historic Boston Common park to keep the two sides separate. The city avoided a repeat of last weekend's bloody street battles in Charlottesville, Virginia, where one woman was killed.

    Sun, 20 Aug 2017 01:52:16 -0400
  • No winner of Powerball jackpot - prize grows to $650 million

    By Peter Szekely NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nobody won a Powerball jackpot of $535 million in a draw on Saturday night, meaning the grand prize will grow to about $650 million, the second-highest level in the history of the Powerball. With no winner of the grand prize, it will grow to an estimated $650 million ahead of the next draw on Wednesday, according to the website for the game. The highest-ever Powerball jackpot was nearly $1.6 billion in a January 2016 draw, which was split between three winning tickets.

    Sun, 20 Aug 2017 01:32:11 -0400
  • U.S. warship Indianapolis found 18,000 feet deep in Pacific Ocean

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    (Reuters) - Researchers have found the wreckage of the U.S. warship Indianapolis, which was sunk by a Japanese torpedo in the final days of World War Two, more than 18,000 feet (5.5 kilometers) below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, the Navy said on Saturday. The cruiser was returning from its mission to deliver components for the atomic bomb that would soon be dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima when it was fired upon in the North Pacific Ocean by a Japanese submarine on July 30, 1945. After a Navy historian unearthed new information in 2016 about the warship's last movements that pointed to a new search area, a team of civilian researchers led by Paul Allen, a Microsoft Corp co-founder, spent months searching in a 600-square-mile (1,500-square-kilometer) patch of ocean.

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 21:12:22 -0400
  • South Carolina aquarium to monitor animal behavior during eclipse

    By Nathan Frandino CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Animals in the path of the first total solar eclipse to travel across the United States in 99 years have a big surprise awaiting them on Monday afternoon, biologists say. Zoos, aquariums and other wildlife parks see the celestial phenomenon as a special research opportunity to observe how birds and mammals react when the moon's shadow blots out most of the sun's light in the middle of the day, experts say. The South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston, the last spot over which the total eclipse will pass during its coast-to-coast journey, will carefully monitor the behavior of creatures during the minute and 36 seconds when the area goes dark.

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 21:08:11 -0400
  • Boston march against hate speech avoids Charlottesville chaos

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    Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Boston on Saturday to protest a "free speech" rally featuring far-right speakers a week after a woman was killed at a Virginia white-supremacist demonstration. Rally organizers had invited several far-right speakers who were confined to a small pen that police set up in the historic Boston Common park to keep the two sides separate. The city avoided a repeat of last weekend's bloody street battles in Charlottesville, Virginia, where one woman was killed.

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 17:35:14 -0400
  • Bannon's exit not seen to signal Trump shift to center

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    By John Walcott and Steve Holland WASHINGTON/BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's ouster of chief strategist Steve Bannon is unlikely to mark the abandonment of the administration's "America First" agenda that has unnerved investors and trade partners and split the White House into nationalist and globalist camps. Within hours of leaving Trump's administration on Friday, Bannon was back at the helm of Breitbart News, the hard-right news site he ran before becoming the main architect of Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. Bannon can now do more to further conservative causes because "he can speak his mind" without the constraints of working in the White House, Rick Weatherly, 61, a maintenance technician from the Denver suburb of Lakewood, said on Saturday.

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 17:32:43 -0400
  • Millions of Americans to gaze upon Monday's once-in-a-lifetime eclipse

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    The sight of the moon's shadow passing directly in front of the sun, blotting out all but the halo-like solar corona, may draw the largest live audience for a celestial event in human history. "It will certainly be the most observed total eclipse in history," astronomer Rick Fienberg of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) said last week. The eclipse begins its cross-country trajectory over the Pacific Coast of Oregon in late morning.

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 17:09:25 -0400
  • Two Florida police officers fatally shot, suspect arrested

    In an unrelated shooting in Jacksonville, Florida, a man who shot and wounded two officers was killed when police returned fire, authorities said, while two Pennsylvania state troopers suffered gunshot wounds after exchanging fire with a suspect who later died, local media reported. Kissimmee Officer Matthew Baxter, 27, was shot and killed and Sergeant Richard "Sam" Howard was fatally wounded in an altercation with three men on Friday. With the help of surveillance video, police arrested Everett Miller, 45, at a bar around 11:30 p.m. Miller, who was carrying 9 mm handgun and revolver when arrested, was charged with first-degree murder for the death of Baxter, O'Dell said.

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 16:56:58 -0400
  • Boston police arrest 27 people during protests around 'Free Speech' rally

    BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston police arrested 27 people in protests surrounding a "Free Speech" rally, Police Commissioner William Evans told reporters on Saturday. Most of the arrests were for disorderly conduct, with some for assault and battery during scuffles between police and protesters, Evans said. (Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 16:46:47 -0400
  • Solar eclipse presents first major test of power grid in renewable era

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    As Monday's total solar eclipse sweeps from Oregon to South Carolina, U.S. electric power and grid operators will be glued to their monitoring systems in what for them represents the biggest test of the renewable energy era. Utilities and grid operators have been planning for the event for years, calculating the timing and drop in output from solar, running simulations of the potential impact on demand, and lining up standby power sources. It promises a critical test of their ability to manage a sizeable swing in renewable power.

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 16:29:19 -0400
  • Trump, first lady will not attend Kennedy Center Honors: White House

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    By Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will not attend the Kennedy Center Honors in December, the White House announced on Saturday, after several honorees said they would boycott a White House reception before the show. The Kennedy Center also said in a statement the White House reception "will no longer take place." The White House said the president and first lady would not take part in the Kennedy Center Honors "to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction." The announcement came after television producer Norman Lear, singer Lionel Richie and dancer Carmen de Lavallade said they would not attend the White House reception that was set to take place prior to the Dec. 3 annual gala event.

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 12:15:07 -0400
  • Duke University removes contentious Confederate statue after vandalism

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    The decision to take down the statue followed discussions among students, faculty, staff and alumni about maintaining safety on campus, university President Vincent E. Price said in a statement. "I took this course of action to protect Duke Chapel, to ensure the vital safety of students and community members who worship there, and above all to express the deep and abiding values of our university," Price said. The prestigious university will preserve the statue of Lee, who led Confederate forces in the American Civil War of 1861-1865, and use it as an educational tool so that students can study "Duke's complex past," Price added.

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:33:46 -0400
  • Powerball jackpot grows to $535 million, fifth largest ever

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    A $2 investment could yield more than a half-billion dollars in the Powerball lottery's fifth-largest jackpot in a 25-year history that is up for grabs on Saturday. The Multi-State Lottery Association, which runs Powerball for 44 states as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, said the size of the jackpot increases with the number of tickets sold, and could grow further before the drawing. In the televised drawing set for Saturday at 10:59 p.m. EDT in Tallahassee, Florida, five of 69 white balls and one of 26 red balls - the Powerball - will be randomly selected to form the winning six-digit number.

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 07:35:49 -0400
  • Senator McCain completes first round of radiation and chemotherapy

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    "His resilience & strength is incredible," Meghan McCain, who is a host on the Fox News program "Outnumbered," wrote on Twitter about her father. McCain, 80, who is known for his political independence during three decades in the Senate representing Arizona, was found to have an aggressive form of brain tumor, glioblastoma, after surgery in July for a blood clot above his left eye.

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 00:37:33 -0400
  • Mayor says Lee statue must go as debate over U.S. slave past rages

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    The mayor of Charlottesville called on Friday for a special session of Virginia's legislature to let localities decide the fate of Confederate monuments like the statue at the center of a far-right rally last week that turned deadly. Mayor Mike Signer issued his appeal amid an increasingly contentious debate over what to do with memorials to Confederate figures, who fought for the preservation of slavery during the U.S. Civil War, that are seen by opponents as offensive. In what has become the biggest domestic crisis of his presidency, Donald Trump has been sharply criticized, including by fellow Republicans, for blaming Charlottesville's violence not only on the white nationalist rally organizers, but also the anti-racism activists who opposed them.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 22:21:54 -0400
  • Far-right protests leave U.S. cities scrambling to balance safety, free speech

    By Sarah N. Lynch and Lisa Lambert WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cities across the United States are seeking ways to head off the kind of violence seen in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend when white nationalists and neo-Nazis clashed with counter-protesters over the planned removal of a Civil War-era statue. As they step up efforts to pull such monuments from public spaces and brace for a right-wing backlash, municipalities are re-evaluating their approaches to crowd control, permits, weapon regulation and intelligence gathering. White supremacists have been emboldened by statements from President Donald Trump.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:50:18 -0400
  • California man on delayed honeymoon among Barcelona victims

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    A 43-year-old California man on a delayed honeymoon was among the 13 people killed when a van plowed through a popular pedestrian area in the Spanish city of Barcelona, his family said on Friday. Jared Tucker and his wife had gone to Barcelona to celebrate their first anniversary in the form of a belated honeymoon. Walking in the area of the famous Las Ramblas boulevard on Thursday, he had gone to find a restroom when he was struck down by the van, his wife Heidi Nunes Tucker told KGO television in San Francisco.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:09:43 -0400
  • Far-right protests leave U.S. cities scrambling to balance safety, free speech

    By Sarah N. Lynch and Lisa Lambert WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cities across the United States are seeking ways to head off the kind of violence seen in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend when white nationalists and neo-Nazis clashed with counter-protesters over the planned removal of a Civil War-era statue. As they step up efforts to pull such monuments from public spaces and brace for a right-wing backlash, municipalities are re-evaluating their approaches to crowd control, permits, weapon regulation and intelligence gathering. White supremacists have been emboldened by statements from President Donald Trump.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:38:21 -0400
  • Solar eclipse to be streamed live for first time, from balloons

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    By Nathan Frandino CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Next week's solar eclipse will be streamed live online for the first time, from the vantage point of helium-filled balloons across the United States, providing the public with sky-high views as the moon blocks the sun. A team of researchers from Montana State University has partnered with NASA to participate in the Space Grant Ballooning Project to send more than 50 high-altitude balloons 80,000 feet (24,384 meters) up to capture the solar eclipse as it crosses the country on Aug. 21. "We'll see the variations from coast to coast to see what the eclipse does over landscapes," Cassandra Runyon, director of the South Carolina Space Grant Consortium, said excitedly at a test launch on Thursday.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:32:24 -0400
  • Judge rejects bid by Polanski's 1977 rape victim to end case

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    A Los Angeles judge on Friday rejected a request by the woman who was raped by director Roman Polanski 40 years ago to have the criminal case against him dismissed. The ruling follows the first appearance in June in the case by Samantha Geimer, who was 13 years old when Polanski sexually assaulted her in Los Angeles in 1977.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:18:08 -0400
  • Six Flags drops Confederate flag from Texas park: papers

    Six Flags Over Texas, faced with criticism over its longstanding display of a Confederate flag at its main amusement park, has decided to remove the item and display U.S. flags instead, local newspaper reports said on Friday. A Confederate flag at the park located between Dallas and Fort Worth has been on display since it opened in 1961. The theme park had six sections, each under a flag representing the nations that had sovereignty over the territory or the state of Texas.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:42:36 -0400
  • Tillerson says one American dead in Spain attack

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    A San Francisco area man on a delayed honeymoon was among the 13 people killed in Thursday's attack in Spain, his family told a local television station on Friday, hours after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed that an American citizen was dead. Jared Tucker, 43, had gone to Barcelona to celebrate his first anniversary in the form of a belated honeymoon when he became separated from his wife as they were walking, his father, Dan Tucker told KGO television in San Francisco. Jared Tucker's wife, Heidi Nunes Tucker, told the station that her husband had gone to find a restroom when the attackers struck, plowing into a crowd of pedestrians with a van.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:51:19 -0400
  • No sanctions for Detroit jail's group strip searches: court

    By a 2-1 vote, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati rejected claims that the county and a jail deputy should have known the searches were unreasonable, and violated inmates' constitutional rights under the Fourth Amendment. Amanda Sumpter sued over three searches conducted by the female deputy that she found invasive and humiliating, including when she was allegedly told she smelled like a "funky monkey," and a fourth in a cellblock allegedly visible to male guards.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:23:08 -0400
  • Mayor says Lee statue must go as debate over U.S. slave past rages

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    By Brandon Shulleeta RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - The mayor of Charlottesville called on Friday for a special session of Virginia's legislature to let localities decide the fate of Confederate monuments like the statue at the center of a far-right rally last week that turned deadly. Mayor Mike Signer issued his appeal amid an increasingly contentious debate over what to do with memorials to Confederate figures, who fought for the preservation of slavery during the U.S. Civil war, that are seen by opponents as offensive. In what has become the biggest domestic crisis of his presidency, Donald Trump has been sharply criticized, including by fellow Republicans, for blaming Charlottesville's violence not only on the white nationalist rally organizers, but also the anti-racism activists who opposed them.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:20:48 -0400
  • Spouse hostility may worsen chronic low back pain

    Women back-pain sufferers and those with depressive symptoms were the most vulnerable to spousal criticism, whether the harsh attitude was just perceived or overtly expressed, the study authors report in the journal Pain, online August 8. “Most studies of spouse and family interactions with people with chronic pain have focused on the positive effects of adequate social support,” said lead author John Burns of Rush University in Chicago. Spouse criticism can lead to increased pain, even up to three hours later and patient pain such as grimacing, groaning and straining can lead to increased spouse criticism up to three hours later, Burns said he found in a prior study.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:53:30 -0400
  • Big city biotechs decamp for suburbs as property costs rise

    The biotech industry is facing high rents and tight lab space in Boston, New York and San Francisco, forcing companies into the suburbs in a sign the "live, work and play" movement into big cities may have hit a roadblock. For example, Modern Meadow, a biotech start-up poised to manufacture leather from the fermentation of natural collagen protein without using live animals, was looking at a prohibitive $200 million cost to build its own lab and manufacturing facility in New York City.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:52:25 -0400
  • California mass killer spared death penalty over prosecutor misconduct

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    A California man convicted of the worst mass killing in Orange County history was spared the death penalty on Friday after a judge found that serious misconduct by prosecutors had violated his rights to a fair trial. The ruling means that, barring a successful appeal, former tugboat worker Scott Dekraai, 47, will be sentenced to life in prison for killing eight people in a 2011 shooting rampage at a Seal Beach hair salon. "If this case had been prosecuted from the outset by the Orange County District Attorney within the most fundamental parameters of prosecutorial propriety, this defendant would likely be living alongside other convicted killers on California's Death Row," Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals wrote in a 19-page ruling.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:37:13 -0400
  • Three girls under 10 found slain in Maryland home

    Three girls under 10 years of age were found slain on Friday in a Maryland home and police have launched an investigation into the killings, officials said. A family member who returned to the home in Clinton, a suburb of Washington, discovered the bodies and called police at about 7:30 a.m. EDT. The girls were pronounced dead by fire department personnel, Prince George's County police spokeswoman Jennifer Donelan said.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:26:34 -0400
  • U.S. State Department email restored after global outage

    The U.S. State Department's email service has been restored after an approximately half-day outage, spokeswoman Heather Nauert said on Friday. State Department officials worldwide stopped receiving emails on the agency's unclassified system around 2 a.m. EDT (0600 GMT) on Friday, officials said.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:15:01 -0400
  • Roadblocks, weapons bans as Boston braces for 'Free Speech' rally

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    By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston officials are planning road blockades and even banning food vendors from the historic Boston Common as they step up security around a "Free Speech" rally on Saturday featuring right-wing speakers, aiming to avoid a repeat of last weekend's violence at a white supremacist rally in Virginia. Saturday's rally has drawn intense concern from city and state officials following the violence in Charlottesville, when white supremacists at a "Unite the Right" rally fought in the streets with anti-racism protesters.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:14:32 -0400
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