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Trump Leaves a Lot Unanswered on Afghanistan
03:00 PM, 08.21.2017

Trump Leaves a Lot Unanswered on AfghanistanColonel Jack Jacobs, recipient of the Medal of Honor, talks with Rachel Maddow about what Donald Trump's Afghanistan speech means about how the U.S. will conduct itself there going forward, and whether that represents any actual change.


 
Barcelona attacker stabbed man to death during escape: police
07:16 AM, 08.21.2017

Barcelona attacker stabbed man to death during escape: policeBy Angus Berwick BARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) - Spain asked the rest of Europe to join the hunt for a young man thought to have been the driver in last week's deadly van attack in Barcelona as police said on Monday that he had also hijacked a car and killed its occupant during his escape. After driving at high speed into crowds on the city's famous avenue Las Ramblas last Thursday, killing 13 people, the suspected Islamist militant fled on foot and then hijacked the car as it was being parked, stabbing the driver to death, police said. The suspect, Moroccan-born Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, then drove the hijacked car through a police checkpoint, police said.


 
US Navy crash: 10 sailors missing after destroyer USS John McCain collides with oil tanker off Singapore
08:48 PM, 08.20.2017

US Navy crash: 10 sailors missing after destroyer USS John McCain collides with oil tanker off SingaporeTen sailors are missing after an American warship collided with an oil tanker east of Singapore in the second accident involving US Navy destroyers in little more than two months. The guided-missile destroyer USS John S McCain collided with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while heading to Singapore for a routine port call, the Navy said in a statement. “Initial reports indicate John S McCain sustained damage to her port side aft,” the Navy said.


 
Missouri prepares to execute its 2nd inmate of 2017
05:29 AM, 08.22.2017

Missouri prepares to execute its 2nd inmate of 2017ST. LOUIS (AP) — Attorneys for a Missouri inmate scheduled for execution Tuesday warn that the state is preparing to execute a potentially innocent man.


 
New York Police Union Condemns What It Terms 'Blue Racism'
12:37 PM, 08.21.2017

New York Police Union Condemns What It Terms 'Blue Racism'“They don’t even label me based on being African American, Latino, Asian, Caucasian and so on. They tend to see an even broader stereotype through an even more racist lens. The association, which represents 13,000 active and retired NYPD sergeants, says in the video that “this strange form of racism continues to engulf the country,” without offering any research or statistics to back up the assertion. A Stanford University study of traffic stops in 100 North Carolina cities, for instance, found that police had a “lower threshold of suspicion” for black and Latino drivers and were more likely to search their vehicles.


 
Plane Passenger Forced to Sit In Puddle Of Urine For Entire 11-Hour Flight
08:01 AM, 08.21.2017

Plane Passenger Forced to Sit In Puddle Of Urine For Entire 11-Hour Flight"At first I thought it was water but the smell was so distinct it could only have been urine."


 
Millions pour into US towns in path of total eclipse
02:35 PM, 08.20.2017

Millions pour into US towns in path of total eclipseOn Monday, when a total solar eclipse sweeps across the United States for the first time in 99 years, people gathering in Charleston, South Carolina, will be the last on the continent to experience it. Historic Charleston, with its cobblestone streets and elegant antebellum mansions, was clearly a-bustle on Sunday, in full pre-eclipse mode. Its restaurants were packed and downtown parking was at a premium as excited locals and tourists -- possessors of the prized solar glasses that make eclipse-viewing safe -- strolled cheerfully along the seafront Battery promenade.


 
British couple's message in a bottle reaches Gaza fisherman after 500-mile journey  
04:06 AM, 08.22.2017

British couple's message in a bottle reaches Gaza fisherman after 500-mile journey  A message in a bottle dropped in the ocean by a British couple has been found by a fisherman in Gaza after a 500-mile journey. Bethany Wright, a university student, said it was “incredible” the bottle she sent with her boyfriend, Zac Marriner, while on holiday in the Greek island of Rhodes, was found so far away. The message in a bottle was found in Gaza  Credit: Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency/Getty "It was certainly incredible that our bottle was found at all, let alone on a beach in Gaza," she told The Telegraph. Bethany Wright and Zac Marriner on holiday  "So tragic the situation there means people are so cut off, but the bottle reaching there illustrates greatly how we are just all one world, all connected by one ocean and loved by one God." Map: Message in a bottle from Rhodes to Gaza It was picked up by Palestinian fisherman Jihad al-Soltan, who got in contact with the stunned couple via an email address written on a letter inside the bottle. Jihad al-Soltan displays a letter after he found it in a bottle Credit: Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency/Getty "Hello, Thank you for picking up this bottle. As a reward here are some magic flowers," the couple wrote in their letter. "We are currently on holiday on Rhodes and we would love to know how far this bottle got, even if it's just the next beach," said the letter inside, signed "Faithfully, Zac and Beth". Jihad al-Soltan at work   Credit: Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency/Getty Soltan told Reuters he was pleased the bottle made it to Gaza past an Israeli naval blockade and fishing zone restrictions. "As a fisherman I felt this letter travelled through borders and international waters without restrictions while we as fishermen are unable to go beyond six miles," he said. "I hope one day we would become as free as this bottle was." Widow finds secret love note from husband after his death in unexpected place


 
Vehicle rams into bus shelters in Marseille kills one
05:36 AM, 08.21.2017

Vehicle rams into bus shelters in Marseille kills oneA man who rammed a car into two bus shelters in southern France on Monday, killing at least one person, was known to police for minor crimes and had psychological issues, a police source said.


 
U.S. scales back Russian visa operations after Putin cuts embassy staff
08:42 AM, 08.21.2017

U.S. scales back Russian visa operations after Putin cuts embassy staffBy Andrew Osborn and Polina Devitt MOSCOW (Reuters) - The United States began to scale back its visa services in Russia on Monday, drawing an angry reaction from Moscow three weeks after President Vladimir Putin ordered Washington to more than halve its embassy and consular staff. The move, which will hit Russian business travelers, tourists and students, was the latest in a series of bilateral measures that have driven relations to a new post-Cold War low, thwarting hopes on both sides that they might improve after U.S. President Donald Trump took office in January. The U.S. Embassy said it was suspending all non-immigrant visa operations across Russia on Wednesday and that when they resumed on Sept. 1, they would be offered "on a greatly reduced scale".


 
Suspect Named As Long-Time Marine As Vigil Held For Florida Cops Killed In The Line Of Duty
07:28 AM, 08.21.2017

Suspect Named As Long-Time Marine As Vigil Held For Florida Cops Killed In The Line Of DutyEverett Miller was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. A vigil was held for Officer Matthew Baxter and Sgt. Richard Howard on Sunday.


 
US Navy orders worldwide 'operational pause' after warship crashes off Singapore
09:52 AM, 08.21.2017

US Navy orders worldwide 'operational pause' after warship crashes off SingaporeThe US Navy has ordered a "worldwide operational pause" after a warship crashed into a merchant vessel in Singapore. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson called for the one-day pause for a safety review to be carried out over the next few weeks within the separate commands. The USS John McCain collided with an oil tanker off the coast of the Asian island in the early morning of 21 August resulting in five injuries and 10 missing sailors.


 
Syria's Assad rejects security cooperation with the West
08:47 AM, 08.20.2017

Syria's Assad rejects security cooperation with the WestDAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad on Sunday refused any security cooperation with Western nations or the reopening of their embassies, until they cut ties with opposition and insurgent groups.


 
Taiwan Is Suffering From a Massive Brain Drain and the Main Beneficiary is China
12:20 AM, 08.21.2017

Taiwan Is Suffering From a Massive Brain Drain and the Main Beneficiary is ChinaOne U.K.-based consultancy predicts that by 2021 Taiwan will have the world's biggest talent deficit


 
KKK Leader Tells Afro-Latina Journalist He'll 'Burn' Her Out Of His Property
01:45 PM, 08.21.2017

KKK Leader Tells Afro-Latina Journalist He'll 'Burn' Her Out Of His PropertyIlia Calderón recently came face to face with an imperial wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. The Afro-Colombian journalist interviewed Christopher Barker, the leader of the Loyal White Knights, as part of Univision’s Sunday show “Aquí y Ahora.” During the news program, producer María Martínez explained she had told Barker “a Hispanic woman of color” would be conducting the interview and he accepted. During the interview, Barker told Calderón that she was the first black person to ever set foot on his property.


 
When Is The Next Total Solar Eclipse In US?
05:14 AM, 08.21.2017

When Is The Next Total Solar Eclipse In US?If for some reason your miss Monday's total solar eclipse, you will just have to wait just seven years for the next one.


 
Fukushima reactor 'ice wall' nearly finished
01:59 AM, 08.22.2017

Fukushima reactor 'ice wall' nearly finishedFukushima's operator on Tuesday started freezing the last section of a $320 million ice wall designed to combat widespread water contamination at the site of the worst nuclear accident in a generation. Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) began pumping coolant into the remaining seven metres (23 feet) of its 1.5-kilometre underground wall which encircles the four reactors along Japan's northeast coast. The 30-metre deep wall is designed to block underground water from nearby mountains from flowing into the shattered complex and then seeping into the Pacific.


 
Merkel attacks Turkey's 'misuse' of Interpol warrants
03:43 PM, 08.20.2017

Merkel attacks Turkey's 'misuse' of Interpol warrantsGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized Turkey's use of an Interpol arrest warrant to detain a German writer in Spain, telling an election town hall event on Sunday that this amounted to abuse of the international police agency. Dogan Akhanli was stopped in Spain on Saturday after Ankara issued a "red notice". The German-Turkish writer was released on Sunday but must remain in Madrid while Spain assesses Turkey's extradition request.


 
Crime Spree End When Theft Victim Uses 'Find My iPhone' to Track Stolen Goods
03:21 PM, 08.21.2017

Crime Spree End When Theft Victim Uses 'Find My iPhone' to Track Stolen GoodsThe suspects' undoing began when they allegedly burglarized a Port Orange home as its owner slept overnight last Thursday, officials said.


 
Noam Chomsky: Antifa is a 'major gift to the right'
05:06 AM, 08.22.2017

Noam Chomsky: Antifa is a 'major gift to the right'Noam Chomsky has launched into an attack on the anti-fascist movement and argued its actions are wrong in principle and it is a “major gift to the right”. Antifa, shorthand for anti-fascist organisations, refers to a loose coalition of militant, decentralised, grassroots groups which are opposed to the far-right. The movement, which was founded in Europe in the 1920s, has dominated headlines in the wake of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville earlier this month.


 
British boy Julian Cadman was killed in Barcelona attack, family confirms
08:30 AM, 08.20.2017

British boy Julian Cadman was killed in Barcelona attack, family confirmsThe grieving family of Julian Cadman, the British boy killed in the Barcelona terror attack, said they will never forget his smiles. The seven-year-old was in the Spanish city with his mother, Jumarie Cadman, to attend a family wedding when they were hit by a rented van as it careered down Las Ramblas, killing 13 and injuring more than 100. Mrs Cadman was seriously injured and in a coma, as of Sunday morning, unaware of her son's death, a senior Catalan Government source told the Telegraph. Julian Cadman, seven, who was killed in the Barcelona terror attack Julian's family confirmed he had been killed in a statement released on Sunday, saying: "Julian was a much loved and adored member of our family. "As he was enjoying the sights of Barcelona with his mother, Julian was sadly taken from us. "He was so energetic, funny and cheeky, always bringing a smile to our faces. "We are so blessed to have had him in our lives and will remember his smiles and hold his memory dear to our hearts." The family thanked those who helped search for Julian in the immediate aftermath of the attack, adding: "Your kindness was incredible during a difficult time. "We also acknowledge we are not the only family to be affected by the events, our prayers and thoughts are with all people affected." It took several days to formally identify Julian's body because DNA confirmation was required, the government source said. Andrew Cadman, the boy's father, heard the news of the attack on the radio last week and on discovering that his son was missing, immediately flew from Sydney to Barcelona, arriving in the early hours of Saturday morning. It is believed he was taken straight to the Ciutat de la Justicia, where victims of the Las Ramblas terror attack were being identified by forensic experts. He was then taken, with a police escort, to the Vall d'Hebron hospital where his wife, who sustained severe injuries, underwent surgery. Mapped: Barcelona van attack Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, said: "I send my sincerest sympathies to the family of Julian Cadman and all those who loved him. His death is a tragedy." Julian was born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, and lived in the UK for four years, attending Chiddingstone Nursery, set in a castle in the countryside, before the family-of-three moved to Australia three years ago. They return to the UK once a year to visit Mrs Cadman's older sister, Judith, whose daughter Justine's wedding the pair were attending in Barcelona.  Julian's paternal grandfather, Tony Cadman, originally from Gillingham, had emigrated to Sydney decades earlier. The family had put out urgent appeals for information about Julian on social media that were removed from the internet on Saturday. Family member Debbie Cadman wrote on Facebook: "It is beyond words what we are experiencing at the moment. We appreciate all prayers and love." Terror in Spain: Dozens killed and injured in Barcelona and Cambrils A pharmacist who comforted Mrs Cadman in the immediate aftermath of the attack has described how she  ignored her own as she begged for information about her son. Fouad Bakkali comforted Mrs Cadman as she lay on the floor of his Las Ramblas shop, waiting for paramedics.  “I was with the mother, the Australian mother, until the doctor came,’’ he said. “I was at her side helping her, telling her, ‘be calm, don’t worry.’’ He said Mrs Cadman appeared to be suffering two broken legs, a back injury and had a large wound on her head. “She was asking all the time about her little boy. She asked me ‘where is my son’. She told me he was seven years old,’’ a Mr Bakkali added. “I told her, 'he is good, it will be OK.' “I helped to keep her breathing until the doctor’s came." Barcelona attack key articles The Catalan interior department also confirmed the deaths of an Italian and a Belgian national in the Las Ramblas attack.  Forensic doctors and police are still working to identify two remaining victims of the 13 killed. Those already named include Luca Rosso, a 35-year-old Italian on holiday with his fiancee, Bruno Gulotta, 35, an Italian father-of-two and Jared Tucker, 42, an American construction worker . Officials said 51 people injured in the attack remain in hospital while 81 have been discharged.  The victims hailed from 34 countries including China, Colombia, France, Germany, Honduras and Morocco.


 
Wounded congressman says return based on doctors' advice
12:33 PM, 08.21.2017

Wounded congressman says return based on doctors' adviceWASHINGTON (AP) — The Louisiana congressman shot at a baseball practice in mid-June is telling colleagues that his return to the Capitol will be based on his doctors' advice and a date has not yet been determined.


 
The Total Solar Eclipse Is Finally Here And The Photos Don't Disappoint
11:06 AM, 08.21.2017

The Total Solar Eclipse Is Finally Here And The Photos Don't DisappointUnless you’ve been living in a fallout bunker (and who would blame you), everyone should know Monday is the day people around the U.S. have been excited about for the past few months.


 
Ten sailors missing after USS John S. McCain collides with oil tanker near Singapore
06:32 AM, 08.21.2017

Ten sailors missing after USS John S. McCain collides with oil tanker near SingaporeTen sailors are missing after a U.S. warship collided with an oil tanker east of Singapore before dawn on Monday, tearing a hole beneath the waterline and flooding compartments that include a crew sleeping area, the U.S. Navy said.


 
Facts about the US solar eclipse on August 21
03:29 AM, 08.21.2017

Facts about the US solar eclipse on August 21On Monday, August 21, for the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will march across the entire United States. "The Great American Eclipse" will cast a shadow over the whole country, moving diagonally from Oregon in the northwest to South Carolina in the southeast. This is the first eclipse to pass over the United States in the 21st century.


 
Dozens reported dead in US-led strikes as battle nears Raqa heart
08:19 AM, 08.22.2017

Dozens reported dead in US-led strikes as battle nears Raqa heartDozens of civilians have died in two days of intense US-led strikes on Raqa, a monitor said Tuesday, as fighting to retake the Syrian city from jihadists nears its densely populated centre. The coalition acknowledges it has pounded the city and surrounding area with more than 250 air strikes over the past week alone, in support of the Syrian Democratic Forces alliance battling the Islamic State group. The SDF has so far captured just under 60 percent of Raqa, monitors say, leaving IS with about 10 square kilometres (four square miles) in the heart of the city.


 
Northwestern prof, Oxford worker to stay jailed before trial
05:02 PM, 08.21.2017

Northwestern prof, Oxford worker to stay jailed before trialCHICAGO (AP) — The fatal stabbing of a hairstylist in Chicago was part of a sexual fantasy hatched in an online chatroom between a Northwestern University professor and an Oxford University employee, whose plan included killing someone and then themselves, prosecutors told a Cook County judge at a bond hearing for the men.


 
Couple Who Engaged In Sexual Act Aboard Southwest Airlines Flight Questioned
10:24 AM, 08.20.2017

Couple Who Engaged In Sexual Act Aboard Southwest Airlines Flight QuestionedThe airline said the incident occurred on a flight from Atlanta to Las Vegas and apologized to other passengers aboard the flight.


 
Couple forced to hand adopted son back to biological parents, father murders baby weeks later
05:17 AM, 08.22.2017

Couple forced to hand adopted son back to biological parents, father murders baby weeks laterA couple have been awarded compensation of $3.25m (£2.53m) after their adopted baby son was murdered by his birth father, weeks after he regained custody of the child. Rachel and Heidi McFarland sued their lawyer Jason Rieper for malpractice after he wrongly led them to believe three-month-old Gabriel's biological parents had signed release-of-custody papers. The couple had arranged to adopt the child from Rachel's teenage co-worker Markeya Atkins and were present at his birth in Des Moines, Iowa, in December 2013.


 
Canada's Trudeau warns against entering country 'irregularly'
10:03 AM, 08.20.2017

Canada's Trudeau warns against entering country 'irregularly'"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.


 
The National Park Service Raises Prices for Seniors
12:01 PM, 08.21.2017

The National Park Service Raises Prices for SeniorsSenior citizens will soon be asked to pay more to visit National Parks and federal recreation areas in retirement. The price of the senior pass to National Parks will increase from $10 to $80 on August 28, 2017. The America the Beautiful -- The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass , which covers lifetime visits to National Parks, has been $10 since 1994.


 
Woman wins £324m compensation after claiming talc powder caused her terminal ovarian cancer
02:28 AM, 08.22.2017

Woman wins £324m compensation after claiming talc powder caused her terminal ovarian cancerA California jury has ordered drugmaker Johnson & Johnson to pay $417million (£324m) to a woman who claimed she developed terminal ovarian cancer after using the company's talc-based products. The case was one of thousands of lawsuits brought nationwide alleging the company failed to warn consumers of the risk of cancer from talc in its products. The jury made the award, which included $347m in punitive damages, to Eva Echeverria after she filed suit in July of last year, a representative of the Los Angeles Superior Court told AFP. Echeverria, 63, developed the disease after decades of using Johnson & Johnson talc-based powders for feminine hygiene, according to media accounts. Johnson & Johnson plan to lodge an appeal  Credit: AP In a statement, Johnson & Johnson said it would lodge an appeal. "We will appeal today's verdict because we are guided by the science, which supports the safety of Johnson's Baby Powder," company spokesperson Carol Goodrich said in a statement. She cited the editorial board of the National Cancer Institute's Physician Data Query, which wrote in April that the "weight of evidence does not support" the existence of a link between ovarian cancer and exposure of the genital region to talc. So far, juries in St. Louis, Missouri have also awarded damages against Johnson & Johnson totaling more than 307 million dollars in similar talc cases.


 
Australia Man Hails Drag Queens As 'Angels' After They Fight Off His Homophobic Attackers
10:30 AM, 08.21.2017

Australia Man Hails Drag Queens As 'Angels' After They Fight Off His Homophobic AttackersAn Australian man is crediting a trio of drag queen “angels” for rescuing him from a homophobic assault that he said ended when his high-heel-wearing heroines rushed in “like Destiny’s Child” with arms swinging.


 
Total Solar Eclipse Watchers Fear the "C-Word"
11:33 AM, 08.21.2017

Total Solar Eclipse Watchers Fear the "C-Word"It's a real bummer, but not the end of the world.


 
Trump backs off Afghan withdrawal, lambasts Pakistan
04:33 AM, 08.22.2017

Trump backs off Afghan withdrawal, lambasts Pakistan"My instinct was to pull out," Trump said as he spoke of his frustration with a war that has killed thousands of US troops and cost US taxpayers trillions of dollars. While Trump refused to offer detailed troop numbers, senior White House officials said he had already authorized his defense secretary to deploy up to 3,900 more troops to Afghanistan.


 
The Latest: Jail, no bail urged for Barcelona attack suspect
07:07 AM, 08.22.2017

The Latest: Jail, no bail urged for Barcelona attack suspectMADRID (AP) — The Latest on news relating to the Spanish attacks (all times local):


 
Plymouth Long Beach Temporarily Closed After Shark Sighting
03:20 AM, 08.21.2017

Plymouth Long Beach Temporarily Closed After Shark SightingFollowing the sighting Plymouth Long Beach, Massachusetts was closed for a few hours. Sunday's was the first shark sighting off the beach in 2017.


 
Saudi says Qatar blocks planes from transporting pilgrims
09:46 AM, 08.20.2017

Saudi says Qatar blocks planes from transporting pilgrimsSaudi Arabia on Sunday said Qatar had refused to allow its planes to land in Doha to transport Qatari Muslims to Mecca for the annual hajj pilgrimage. "Saudi Arabian Airlines director general Saleh al-Jasser has said that the airline has thus far been unable to schedule flights to transport Qatari pilgrims from Hamad International Airport in Doha," read a report on the SPA news agency. "Qatari authorities have not allowed the aircraft to land as it did not have the right paperwork, although the paperwork was filed days ago," SPA said.


 
Guy falls into a giant sinkhole because he was too busy looking at his phone
04:28 AM, 08.21.2017

Guy falls into a giant sinkhole because he was too busy looking at his phoneLet this be a lesson to us all. A man riding a scooter was going down a street in the Chinese city of Guangxi, when a massive sinkhole suddenly opened up ahead of him. SEE ALSO: Giant sinkhole appears overnight, swallows 25 tonnes of fish His arm up, looking at his cell phone, he remains oblivious to the scene and carries on driving — until he falls right in. Here's the moment it happened: Large sinkhole forms in Guangxi early Thursday. Scooter driver doesn't see it in time, launches right into it (driver OK). pic.twitter.com/ME4YfD2Va6 — People's Daily,China (@PDChina) August 18, 2017 According to Chinese reports, the man was uninjured and managed to climb out of the pit, which measured two metres (6 ft) deep, eight metres long (26 ft) and five meters (16 ft) wide. While sinkholes don't usually open in the middle of the road for no reason, it's been happening more in rapidly urbanising parts of China, where extensive roadworks shifts the soil underneath the asphalt. Authorities have yet to offer an official reason for the sinkhole. But users on Chinese social media website Weibo had little sympathy for the rider. "He's using a phone while riding a scooter. Sorry I really have no sympathy," said one user. "It's fine if you walk on the sidewalk while using your phone but this is too much, it's so dangerous," another chipped in. "What the heck was he thinking playing with his phone while riding?" one asked. Well one thing's for sure, he probably won't be using his phone while driving again for a long time. WATCH: Three construction innovations that will change the way we build


 
S. Korea says no to US request to discuss renegotiating FTA
04:52 AM, 08.22.2017

S. Korea says no to US request to discuss renegotiating FTASEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's top trade negotiator said Tuesday that Seoul will not discuss renegotiation of the free trade agreement with the U.S. without first looking into what is really causing the U.S. trade imbalance.


 
Time lapse: A view of the total solar eclipse in Madras, Oregon
03:44 PM, 08.21.2017

Time lapse: A view of the total solar eclipse in Madras, OregonA historic total solar eclipse arced across the United States from west to east today.


 
Teenager's final hours captured in photos taken by ex-boyfriend before he shot her and pushed body off a cliff
03:29 AM, 08.21.2017

Teenager's final hours captured in photos taken by ex-boyfriend before he shot her and pushed body off a cliffJolee Callan, 18, was shot twice in the head by former partner Loren Bunner after he convinced her to go hiking in east Alabama in August 2015. Three more photos show Ms Callan walking the dog and later holding the dog while looking out at a view after hiking up a mountain in Cheaha State Park. Police said Bunner called 911 to report he had “murdered his ex-girlfriend” while driving home from the crime scene and pulled over to wait for the authorities, according to the Shelby County Reporter.


 
Solar eclipse 2017: Watch live as the US goes dark - latest news and images
08:51 AM, 08.21.2017

Solar eclipse 2017: Watch live as the US goes dark - latest news and imagesTotal solar eclipse to cross US from 6:15pm (BST) to 7:49pm (BST) Partial eclipse will be seen in the UK Solar eclipse enthusiasts descend upon tiny town of Hopkinsville What time is the eclipse, where is it, plus the science behind it How to watch a solar eclipse safely  Will the eclipse cause secret planet 'Nibiru' to destroy Earth next month? Millions of Americans armed with protective glasses are taking positions along a slender ribbon of land cutting diagonally across the United States to marvel at the first total solar eclipse to unfold from coast to coast in nearly a century. After weeks of anticipation, the sight of the moon's shadow passing directly in front of the sun, blotting out all but the halo-like solar corona, will draw one of the largest audiences in human history, experts say. When those watching via social and broadcast media are included, the spectacle will likely smash records. Some 12 million people live in the 70-mile-wide (113-km-wide), 2,500-mile-long (4,000-km-long) zone where the total eclipse will appear on Monday. Millions of others have traveled to spots along the route to bask in its full glory. Great American eclipse, in pictures The phenomenon will first appear at 10:15 a.m. PDT (6:15 BST) near Depoe Bay, Oregon. Some 94 minutes later, at 2:49 p.m. EDT (7:49 BST), totality will take its final bow near Charleston, South Carolina. The last time such a spectacle unfolded from the Pacific to the Atlantic coast was in 1918. The last total eclipse seen anywhere in the United States took place in 1979. For millions of others who can't get there, a partial eclipse of the sun will appear throughout North America if there is no local cloud cover. Perhaps never before have so many people had the opportunity to see a total eclipse, said Michael Zeiler, a self-described "eclipse chaser" who on Monday will notch his ninth time seeing "totality." Where and when to see the eclipse Weeks of publicity have fanned excitement,he said, and may have persuaded many families to make last-minute plans for a road trip to the zone. Zeiler, who runs GreatAmericanEclipse.com, a website devoted to the event, estimates that up to 7.4 million people with travel to the zone to observe the total eclipse, which takes place in the peak vacation month of August. Many people have trekked to remote national forests and parks of Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming, while others have bought tickets to watch the show en masse in a Carbondale, Illinois, football stadium, a two-hour drive southeast of St. Louis. What creates a total solar eclipse In South Carolina, Charleston County's more than 16,000 hotel rooms are booked, tourism officials say. Police expect up to 100,000 visitors to the area on Monday. Those who live along the path, which cuts through a few population centers like Kansas City and Nashville, Tennessee, can simply walk out their homes and look skyward. For all but the couple of minutes of totality, observers must wear specially designed solar-safe sunglasses or filters to avoid severe eye damage. It is never safe to gaze directly at a partial eclipse with the naked eye. Stay with us for all the latest news and pictures below... 2:47PM The exact "point of the greatest eclipse" The Telegraph's US Correspondent Nick Allen is at the exact point of the greatest eclipse for us in a field in Kentucky, where farmer Mark Cansler is the official winner of the cosmic lottery. According to Nasa the point of greatest eclipse is at the GPS coordinates 36.9664 north, 87.6709 west, about 11 miles outside the town of Hopkinsville, Kentucky. It will go dark for more that 2mins 40secs. The exact spot is next to an old hay barn in a field owned by Mr Cansler. It's a 70-acre farm and has been in his family since before 1900 and used to be an apple orchard. This barn in a farmer's field in Kentucky is the point of greatest eclipse pic.twitter.com/VS70EnYLi8— nick allen (@nickallen789) August 21, 2017 The field itself is fallow and after much deliberation Mr Cansler decided to allow people, including NASA, to watch the eclipse from it. A family sets up a tent at their campsite at sunrise for the solar eclipse in Hopkinsville Credit: AP Sheltering from the heat in his barn Mr Cansler told The Telegraph: "It's hot here in Kentucky so we mostly spend our time looking for shade, not looking at the sun. "About 10 years ago the local paper had a story that this would be the biggest place for totality. We didn't think much about it. Then as the years went by we realised how big an event it was going to be. Local Jim Cleveland sets up a camera at his campsite at sunrise Credit: AP "We were fortunate to be in a position where the field was fallow so it was a good opportunity to allow the educational folks, like Nasa, to come and be in the field and share it with everybody. "It's become something really big for the entire area. It's going to be something very special. I just hope everyone's safe and it's good weather. Looks like it will be." 2:33PM Why the total solar eclipse is so special  "People may see the stars come out in the daytime," says Affelia Wibisono, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. Why the total solar eclipse is so special 01:39   2:02PM Conspiracy theories   Could the Great American Eclipse signal the start of the apocalypse? Probably not, however some conspiracy theorists believe it could be the beginning of the end. David Meade, author of 'Planet X – The 2017 Arrival', asserts the planet Nibiru (also known as Planet X) will crash into our own on 23 September 2017 - here’s why. This may prove that the whole Planet X(Nibiru) is real, if we can see another light source that is clearly not the sun next to the eclipse— Justin Skedel (@JustinRSkedel) August 21, 2017 Christian numerologists say #eclipse will make planet Nibiru crash into Earth and now I wish I bought $12 eclipse glasses instead of $8 ones pic.twitter.com/6SOvZyO4Wo— Ryan Adams (@filmystic) August 20, 2017   1:32PM When will the next total solar eclipse be visible in the UK?   You’ll be waiting a few years. Britain won’t see a total solar eclipse until September 23, 2090. So, a bit of a wait then … Don't worry everyone, we can see a Total #Eclipse in the UK on the 23rd September 2090. pic.twitter.com/hgdnr1KI4a— Hadlow College (@Hadlow_College) August 21, 2017 Oh good, not long to wait then.— Jσє Sнєρραя∂ #TeamLH (@BladeThundrbolt) August 21, 2017 Can't believe we won't be able to see the #Eclipse today in Europe �������� it's okay, just have to wait until 2090...— Ethan King (@ethanaaronking) August 21, 2017 The next total solar eclipse visible in the UK will be on the 23rd of September 2090. Late afternoon. Clear your diaries. #Eclipse— Alexander Sabin (@ADASabin93) August 20, 2017   12:44PM Public service announcement: drive safely Interstate 80 traffic info boards right now in Eastern Nebraska. A post shared by swami1888 (@swami1888) on Aug 20, 2017 at 7:54am PDT 12:34PM Test your knowledge   12:33PM Where to see the eclipse in the UK Where to see it | UK solar eclipse   12:30PM America prepares  Tens of thousands of people have descended on small towns positioned for the best viewing of the eclipse. Some brought telescopes, some brought the party... Visitors wait and adjust telescopes Solartown in Madras, Oregon  Credit: Barcroft Media Festival goers dance at the Oregon Eclipse Festival Credit: AFP A hot air balloon rises above Solartown in Madras, Oregon. Tens of thousands from all over the world have decended on the little town Credit:  Barcroft Media Visitors sit in stopped traffic trying to get into Solartown in Madras, Oregon Credit:  Barcroft Media A vendor arranges decorated solar viewing glasses during an arts and crafts fair ahead of a total solar eclipse on the campus of Southern Illinois University Credit:  Bloomberg 12:18PM The jokes have already started ... And they're totally awful Your welcome! #eclipse A post shared by Kelsey Hart (@hart.kelseymusic) on Aug 20, 2017 at 9:58am PDT Found some eclipse glasses at Walmart pic.twitter.com/AiLRNUI9Pe— robert collins (@StizzyAbe) August 21, 2017 12:14PM Turtle eclipse  Terry Pratchett fans rejoice, the Discworld has delivered a flipping good graphic... Don't panic everyone, here's what we think is happening! #Eclipse#Eclipse2017#Discworld#TerryPratchettpic.twitter.com/DgZiFbn154— Discworld Emporium (@Discworldshoppe) August 21, 2017   12:11PM Welcome to Eclipseville, Kentucky The Telegraph's US Correspondent Nick Allen is in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, the 'point of greatest eclipse', eagerly awaiting the big moment. He reports: As she served hundreds of "lunar lattes" in a coffee shop in the unusually chaotic rural Kentucky town of Hopkinsville, Amanda Huff-McClure kept a wary eye out the window. On the horizon several clouds loomed. A decade ago Hopkinsville, an otherwise little known former tobacco town, won the cosmic lottery. Nasa declared it would be the "point of greatest eclipse" as a 70-mile swathe of the United States, from Oregon to South Carolina, goes dark on Monday. It is the first total solar eclipse in the US since 1979 and Hopkinsville, or "Eclipseville USA", as it is now widely known, will experience an unrivaled 2 mins 41.2 secs of totality. The town has busily spent the last 10 years preparing to cash in like crazy, with up to 200,000 visitors set descend on it down a two-lane road. Vast quantities of "Total Eclipse Moonshine" with the slogan "Lights Out!" have been brewed. Homes are reputedly being rented out for $10,000, parking spots for $250. The economic boost for a town that needs it has been estimated at $30 million. Read the full dispatch here   12:04PM Where to see the eclipse if you're in America.. Where to see it | The Great American solar eclipse  


 
'Fully committed' NATO backs new U.S. approach on Afghanistan
06:27 AM, 08.22.2017

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WATCH: 16-Foot Great White Shark Circles Fisherman’s Boat
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Accused of assault in S.Africa, Zimbabwe's Grace Mugabe flies home
08:37 AM, 08.20.2017

Accused of assault in S.Africa, Zimbabwe's Grace Mugabe flies homeZimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe flew home from South Africa on Sunday, state media said, ending a week of confusion over her whereabouts after she allegedly assaulted a model. Mugabe, who had been sought by police for allegedly attacking the 20-year-old model at a Johannesburg hotel, was granted diplomatic immunity in the case by South Africa's foreign minister on Saturday. "The minister has made the determination that the conferring of diplomatic immunity is warranted in this particular instance," the ministry said Sunday, citing a need "to maintain good inter-governmental relations" in the region.


 
Solar eclipse 2017: Aerial photos show staggering number of people gathering in Oregon to see event
09:47 AM, 08.21.2017

Solar eclipse 2017: Aerial photos show staggering number of people gathering in Oregon to see eventThousands of people have descended on Oregon to witness the total solar eclipse, with the state first to witness the “line of totality” where the sun appears completely covered by the moon. Oregon State Police have been documenting the increase in traffic across Oregon since last week, showing aerial pictures of a 15-mile stretch of backed up traffic on Thursday as people travelled to the state to be ready for the eclipse. On Sunday aerial shots from Prineville Police Department showed the staggering size of the crowds gathered at the Symbiosis Gathering, also called the Oregon Eclipse Festival 2017, taking place on the Big Summit Prairie, and of the Oregon Star party.


 
 
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