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Experts: Maybe Don't Watch Monday's Solar Eclipse

Experts really can't stress enough how much you absolutely shouldn't look at this Monday's eclipse without proper eye protection—and maybe not even then. "There are serious risks associated with viewing a solar eclipse directly, even when using solar filter glasses," USA Today quotes Ohio ...

Cartoon Recasts Obama, Biden as Future-Saving Heroes

Remember Barack Obama and Joe Biden? Well, they're coming back—in cartoon form! Maybe. Probably not. But maybe! NBC News reports Adam Reid, a filmmaker and commercial director, has launched a Kickstarter to produce Barry & Joe: The Animated Series . The "adult animated sci-fi sitcom" features ...

2nd Officer Dies in Florida Shooting

Authorities in Florida say a second officer has died, a day after he and a colleague were shot during a scuffle with a suspect. The Kissimmee Police Department says Sgt. Sam Howard died Saturday from his injuries. His colleague, Officer Matthew Baxter, died Friday night after the attack in a...

Border Agents Watch as Drone Flies 13 Pounds of Meth Into US

Looks like automation is impacting everyone's livelihoods, even drug smugglers. The Los Angeles Times reports Border Patrol agents arrested a 25-year-old man on suspicion of importing a controlled substance Aug. 8 in California after watching a drone carrying 13 pounds of meth fly over the border ...

Docs Injected Fake Typhus to Outsmart Nazis

It all started with a man so desperate to escape forced labor in Nazi Germany in 1941 that he considered cutting off his own arm. Instead, on a whim, his doctor in Poland stuck a needle in his arm, the man tested positive for the oft-deadly typhus, and he was...

At Least 23 Dead in Passenger Train Crash

Six coaches of a passenger train derailed in northern India on Saturday, killing 23 people and injuring at least 81, officials said. Two of the coaches telescoped into each other, while four others toppled over after going off the track, said Arvind Kumar, a top official in Uttar Pradesh, the...

Boston 'Free Speech Rally' Surrounded by 40K Protesters

A "Free Speech Rally" Saturday in Boston ended shortly after starting when dozens of right-wing rally attendees were met by 40,000 counter-protesters, WCVB reports. The rally was organized by conservative and libertarian activists who had denounced the neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups in ...

New Photo Is a 1st for Madonna

Celebrating her 59th birthday this week in Italy, People reports Madonna did something she'd never done before: shared a photo of herself with all six of her children. The photo—posted Friday on Instagram —shows the pop star with Lourdes, 20; Rocco, 17; Mercy James, 11; David, 11; and twins...

California Man Confirmed Dead in Barcelona Attack

The California man missing in Barcelona after a car rammed into pedestrians in a popular tourist area is among the 13 killed during the terror attack, his family confirmed Friday. Jared Tucker, 42, and wife Heidi Nunes-Tucker were celebrating their first wedding anniversary on a European trip ...

Charlottesville Rally Organizer Issues 'Vile' Tweet on Victim

The Charlottesville resident who organized last weekend's alt-right rally appears to have insulted victim Heather Heyer in crude language. A tweet from the account of Jason Kessler Friday said this: "Heather Heyer was a fat, disgusting Communist. Communists have killed 94 million. Looks like it was ...

Finnish Police Treating Deadly Stabbing as Possible Terrorism

A suspect detained for allegedly stabbing two people to death in a knife attack in the western Finnish city of Turku is being investigated for murder with possible terrorist intent, police said Saturday. The dead from the apparent indiscriminate attack on Friday are Finnish citizens, while the eight ...

Germany Begins to Apologize for a Different Genocide

In 1907, Germans cut the head off a man in Africa and sent it, with hundreds of others, to Germany as part of research to establish white superiority. The man, Cornelius Fredericks, was a legendary Nama fighter who'd led a rebellion against occupying German forces in Namibia, and he was...

6 Cops Shot Friday in Separate Incidents

Three separate shootings in Florida and Pennsylvania Friday have taken the life of one police officer while injuring five more. NPR reports that Officer Matthew Baxter was killed and Sgt. Sam Howard remains in grave critical condition' after responding to an incident in central Kissimmee, Fla., ...

Trump to Reveal New Strategy in Afghan War

President Trump is "studying and considering his options" for a new approach to Afghanistan and the broader South Asia region, the White House said Friday after the president huddled with his top national security aides at Camp David. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a brief ...

The Big Bucks to Be Made in the Quinceanera

A trade show geared specifically toward 14-year-olds and their parents, replete with landmark-themed cakes, elaborate floral centerpieces, makeup tutorials, and runway exhibits showing off lavish gowns? Chavie Lieber's story for Racked documents the big business of selling for the quinceanera, a ...

10-Year-Old Credited With Saving Mom, Newborn Brother

Jayden Fontenot may very well have saved the lives of his mother and newborn brother last Friday. Not bad for a 10-year-old. Today reports 36-year-old Ashly Moreau went to use the bathroom Aug. 11 at her home in Sulphur, Louisiana, and was shocked to find her unborn baby's feet hanging...

How Driscoll's Became the Definition of a Strawberry

Think of a strawberry. Chances are you're picturing a Driscoll's berry: "glossy, red, and heart-shaped, and firm enough to ship to the East Coast or to the Middle East." And that's not surprising. Driscoll's controls about a third of the US berry market, making it the largest berry company in...

Bannon Says He's 'Going to War for Trump'

That didn't take long. Politico reports that within hours of leaving the White House , Steve Bannon was back as executive chairman of Breitbart News. In fact, President Trump's former chief strategist got back to his old website so quickly he was able to lead the Friday evening editorial meeting. ...

Teacher's Fatal Fall From Balcony Caused by Laughing

A beloved Pennsylvania teacher died Monday after falling from a balcony in Mexico while laughing too hard. Trib Live reports 50-year-old Sharon Regoli Ciferno was on a vacation in Mexico with her 15-year-old daughter when she fell from a balcony Aug. 4. David Regoli tells Penn Live his sister was...

Cops: 3 Children Found Dead in Home Outside Washington DC

No arrest has been made in the slayings of three girls under the age of 10 who were found in a home in Clinton, a Maryland suburb of Washington, DC, the AP reports. An adult family member found the dead children—all with trauma to their bodies—inside the home,...

Mom Found Son Dead in Room. She's Blaming Pot

Kristina Ziobro went into her son Michael's room to say goodnight to him and found him unconscious on the floor. Now, the New Jersey mom is blaming her 22-year-old son's death on the medical marijuana that was found in his closet. She tells Today she believes the pot caused Michael's...

It Could Be the End of Curiosity That Dooms Love

When we lose the desire to learn any more about our partner, is the relationship doomed? That's the idea at the heart of author and chaplain Kerry Egan's "Modern Love" column in the New York Times , which starts with a story about how her husband traumatized her the day they...

Zuckerberg to Take 2-Month Paternity Leave

When baby no. 2 arrives for Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan Zuckerberg, the Facebook founder will again be taking two months of paternity leave, like he did when daughter Max was born. "I will always be grateful I could spend so much time with her in the first months of...

American in Barcelona for 1st Anniversary Is Missing

The State Department has confirmed one American was injured in the Barcelona terror attack Thursday, reports ABC News , while NBC Los Angeles reports a California woman is frantically searching for her husband; it's unclear if he might be that individual. Heidi Nunes-Tucker (her last name has also ...

Volatile Post About Trump May End Lawmaker's Career

A state lawmaker in Missouri may have derailed her own political career with a jaw-dropping online post about the president. "I hope Trump is assassinated!" state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal wrote during a Facebook exchange on her personal, non-public page Thursday morning. The Democrat preceded it ...

NY Courts Rep Fired After Worst Possible Butt-Dial

The New York state court system's longtime communications chief was fired Thursday after inadvertently telling a reporter that he "barely" went to work at his $166,000-a-year job. David Bookstaver's firing came a day after the New York Post reported he "accidentally butt-dialed" a reporter's ...

Tina Fey Has Advice About This Weekend's Alt-Right Rallies

Why protest when you could eat cake? That's something Tina Fey would like you to consider. During a segment on the events in Charlottesville during Thursday's standalone episode of Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update , the University of Virginia grad proposed "sheet caking" as an alternative to ...

Brad, Angelina Forced to Pay $730K to Designer

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were ordered to pay $730,000—all because Pitt apparently wanted to light up their French chateau. In an April court case only now being reported, the former couple were ordered to pay $660,000 plus $70,000 in reputation-related damages after allegedly ...

One of Jane Goodall's Heroes Murdered in Tanzania

He dedicated his life to saving elephants—and might have been killed as a result. Wayne Lotter, a director of anti-poaching NGO the PAMS Foundation, was shot and killed in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on Wednesday night during a taxi ride from the airport to his hotel, reports the Guardian...

Manson's New Mugshot: Same Scowl, Less Hair

A lot can change in three years, and in Charles Manson's case, that includes the status of his coif. A new mugshot has been released for the 82-year-old convicted mass murderer, and the New York Daily News notes Manson has a lot less hair, though he's...

Surprise: One of the Murdochs Just Turned Against Trump

The latest CEO to turn against President Trump may be the most surprising: It's James Murdoch, head of 21st Century Fox, parent company of the president's favorite news channel. Murdoch also is the son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, who is not only the acting CEO of Fox News but...

A Teen Suspect, Fake Suicide Belts, a Change in Plans

A huge manhunt is underway in Spain for the driver of a van that plowed into pedestrians in Barcelona , killing 14 people in a terrorist attack claimed by ISIS. Spanish police have named the suspect as 18-year-old Moussa Oukabir, the Guardian reports. The suspect's brother, 28-year-old Moroccan ...

Republican Senator Questions Trump's Stability

Another Republican senator is openly questioning President Trump's ability to lead the nation. Tennessee's Sen. Bob Corker said Thursday that Trump "has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability, nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful," NPR reports. ...

Indie Band Leaves Drummer Behind During Walmart Stop

Belle & Sebastian managed to leave its drummer in a North Dakota Walmart this week, and the rest of the band apparently didn't notice until about seven hours later. "S---, we left Richard in North Dakota. Anyone want to be a hero and get him to St Paul, Minnesota somehow....

Parents of Newtown Victims Want to See Teachers' Keys

Lawyers for the parents of two children killed in the Newtown school shooting are demanding to see evidence that two slain teachers had access to keys that could have been used to lock the doors of their classrooms. The attorneys asked a judge this week to allow them to examine...

Jefferson Davis Statue Tarred, Feathered

A Jefferson Davis statue in southern Arizona was tarred and feathered in one of the latest actions against what President Trump calls "beautiful statues and monuments" honoring the Confederacy. Police are investigating the attack on the monument to the Confederate president near Gold Canyon on US ...

Barcelona Victims Came From 24 Countries

Thursday's horrific terrorist attack in Barcelona's Las Ramblas tourist district was in some ways an attack on the world: Authorities say citizens of no fewer than 24 countries were among the victims of the attack, which killed 13 people and injured more than 100. One of the dead has been...

CEOs Plan to Sidestep Trump in White House Talks

America's business leaders are working on ways to distance themselves from President Trump without completely giving up on influencing the White House, analysts say. With the White House business advisory councils disbanded and CEOs steering clear of Trump after his remarks on Charlottesville, ...

Police: 5 Suspects Killed After 2nd Attack in Spain

Police in Spain say they killed five terror suspects Thursday night during a second terrorist attack hours after a van plowed into pedestrians in Barcelona, killing 13 people and injuring more 100. Police have released few details on the suspects killed in the town of Cambrils, south of Barcelona, ...

Oldest American Celebrates 114th Birthday

The oldest known living person in the United States is celebrating her 114th birthday in Pennsylvania. The state Aging Department says Delphine Gibson hit the milestone Thursday, getting a personal greeting from the governor, the AP reports. Gibson was born in South Carolina in 1903 and moved to ...

Navy Announces Punishments in USS Fitzgerald Collision

The captain of a Navy warship that lost seven sailors in a collision with a commercial container ship in June will be relieved of command and nearly a dozen others face punishment, the vice chief of naval operations said Thursday. The AP reports Adm. William Moran told reporters the top...

Trump Spreads False Pig Blood Rumor After Barcelona Attack

President Trump's first public reaction to the Barcelona van attack was to tweet a response: "The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough & strong, we love you!" His second public reaction was to spread a rumor that's...

Florida Fisherman Got a Nibble. It Was a Drunk Woman

A Florida fisherman may have let a big one get away, but local sheriff's deputies sure didn't. Action News Jax reports a man says he was fishing Tuesday evening in St. Augustine when a drunk woman swam up, cursed at him, bit his fishing line, and swam away with his...

White House Loses Another Advisory Council

It's been a bad week for President Trump's various councils. After disbanding his Strategic and Policy Forum and Manufacturing Council on Wednesday in the wake of fallout from his response to white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and Charlottesville, Trump shuttered a third council Thursday before it had ...

Robin Thicke Is Having Another Child

Robin Thicke is expecting his second child, his first baby with girlfriend April Geary. Geary announced the pregnancy with an ultrasound photo on Instagram , noting that the little one is due March 1—the birth date of Thicke's late father, Alan. Thicke, 40, has a 7-year-old son with ex-wife ...

Nokia's New Phone Replaces the Selfie With the Bothie

If we're being honest, the selfie is passé. Today's discerning Instagrammers require a new way to document their every waking moment. Enter the Nokia 8 and its "bothie." Nokia's attempt to compete with Samsung and Apple in the high-end smartphone market hits stores in Europe in September. Wired ...

Indian Rape Victim, 10, Gives Birth Without Knowing It

A 10-year-old rape victim in India has given birth, though the BBC reports she is unaware of that fact. The girl's case grabbed headlines after it reached as high as the Indian Supreme Court, which in July denied her family's request for an abortion. While the court battles played out,...

Trump Mourns Loss of Our 'Beautiful' Confederate Statues

If you're wondering where President Trump sits on the question of whether America's Confederate statues should be taken down , wonder no more. Trump addressed the topic in a three - part tweet Thursday morning. He writes, "Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart...

This Might Be the Oldest Photo of a US President

Sotheby's has an interesting item coming up for sale, one that will intrigue history and photography buffs. But they'll need deep pockets to take it home: An 1843 daguerreotype of John Quincy Adams is expected to fetch up to $250,000 when it goes up for sale on Oct. 5,...

Tim Cook Memo: 'I Disagree With the President'

The backlash against President Trump's inflammatory remarks on Charlottesville continues, including two White House business councils being shuttered after members started defecting. The latest voice to enter the mix: Apple CEO Tim Cook, who Wednesday sent a memo to employees decrying "hate and ...