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Chilean court approves limited abortion for first time in nearly 30 years

A Chilean court lifted the country's complete ban on abortion Monday marking the first time legal abortions will be allowed since 1989.

Police: Kentucky woman crashed into eclipse watchers, killing 1

A Kentucky woman allegedly crashed into a crowd of people watching the solar eclipse Monday, killing one person and injuring another, authorities said.

Appeals court says environmental groups can sue to stop Okinawa expansion

A U.S. appeals court ruled that environmental groups have the legal right to sue the U.S. government for military expansion that threatens the environment.

Johnson & Johnson loses $417M verdict in talc powder suit

A Los Angeles jury on Monday awarded $417 million to a 62-year-old women who blames the company's talc powder on her ovarian cancer.

Cambridge University Press reverses decision to censor books in China

Cambridge University Press, the world's oldest publishing house, has changed its mind on censoring content in China.

Corpse flowers' smelly blooms draw thousands in D.C.

Washington D.C.'s hot summer has caused many to sweat it out, but it's just what the city's three corpse flowers, which bloom with a violent stench, needed.

Saab wins British Army training extension

Britain's Ministry of Defense has extended a contract with Saab for the provision of Tactical Engagement Simulation as a fully managed service.

Iraqi forces recapture five villages in Tal Afar

Iraqi forces recaptured five villages in Tal Afar from the Islamic State, officials said Monday.

Eclipse crosses U.S. as millions view historic sight

The United States' first total solar eclipse in 38 years arrived Monday, as millions witnessed the historic event.

JPMorgan pledges $2M to anti-hate groups after Charlottesville

JPMorgan Chase announced Monday it will split $2 million among two anti-hate groups after the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Houston neighborhood evacuated after hazardous materials found at home

Houston police evacuated an east Texas neighborhood Monday after authorities found hazardous materials inside a home there, officials said.

Builder's trials completed on Freedom-class LCS Little Rock

Builder's trials have been completed on the future Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship USS Little Rock in Lake Michigan by a team from Lockheed Martin.

Gunman, judge exchange fire outside Ohio courthouse

An Ohio judge was shot outside of a courthouse Monday before police returned fire and killed the suspected gunman, authorities said.

Zimbabwe first lady Mugabe given immunity in assault case

Zimbabwe first lady Grace Mugabe was given diplomatic immunity to leave South Africa and return to Harare this weekend, amid accusations of assault.

Poll: Private schools best U.S. education option; public the worst

Independent private schools rate better than four other types of American educational institutions, including public schools, a new Gallup survey showed Monday.

Romania approved for U.S. rocket system buy

A possible sale of High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems to Romania through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program has been approved by the State Department.

Putin appoints new U.S. ambassador to replace Kislyak

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday he's named a new ambassador to the United States, amid ongoing tensions between Moscow and Washington, D.C.

Insitu receives contract for U.S. Navy Special Warfare ScanEagle support

Insitu is receiving a $16.9 million contract for spare parts and supplies in support of the U.S. Navy's Special Warfare ScanEagle fleet.

Prime suspect in Barcelona van attack shot dead by police

Spanish police said Monday a primary suspect in last week's van attack that killed more than a dozen people in Barcelona has been shot dead.

Oil retreats after Friday's market rally

Following Friday's big rally, crude oil prices turned somewhat lower early Monday as oil officials met in Vienna to discuss the impact of a balancing act.

Watch live: Trump to detail Afghanistan strategy

President Donald Trump on Monday will deliver a prime-time speech revealing his strategy for the U.S. military in the Afghanistan conflict.

U.S. to suspend visa operations in Russia

U.S. visa services in Russia will be suspended Wednesday, the U.S. Mission Russia said, after Russia ordered U.S. consulates and embassy to cut staff.

Scratch and win in the dark: Tennessee Lottery's eclipse-themed game

The Tennessee Lottery is commemorating Monday's total solar eclipse with a themed scratch-off game, worth up to $75,000.

Eclipse nears U.S. West Coast as millions ready for historic event

The total solar eclipse is approaching the U.S. and its path of totality will begin in Oregon, where millions are expected to witness the event.

Time's up: Big Ben silenced for 4 years as renovations start

Big Ben, the iconic 315-foot London tower containing its world famous clock and bell, won't be heard again for four years.

Ukraine works to chart new energy strategy

A Ukrainian government working to break out from under a Russian shadow said it's developed a road map for a sustainable energy future.

USS John S. McCain arrives at naval base after collision; 10 sailors missing

The U.S. Navy said Monday the USS John S. McCain has arrived at Singapore's Changi Naval Base after colliding with another vessel, leaving 10 sailors missing.

Danish sub owner says missing Swedish reporter died in accident

The inventor of a private submarine told a Copenhagen court Monday that missing Swedish journalist Kim Wall died in an accident aboard the craft.

Vehicle crashes into France bus shelters; 1 dead

French police in the city of Marseille said one person was killed Monday and another was injured after a vehicle rammed into two bus shelters.

4 Confederate statues removed at Univ. of Texas overnight

Statues of four Confederate leaders were taken down early Monday at the University of Texas at Austin, minutes after the school president announced the plan.

Gov't drops California monument from elimination list; others on the block

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said last week the Sand to Snow National Monument in California is safe from the government plan to eliminate national monuments.

Google celebrates solar eclipse 2017 with new Doodle

Google's Doodle celebrates the solar eclipse Monday with an interactive Doodle.

U.S. extends wind energy taproots into Zambia

A U.S. trade division said it awarded a $1 million grant to support a feasibility study for the development of a 130 megawatt wind farm in Zambia.

F-35 fighter jets to surround North Korea

More F-35 stealth fighters could be soon deployed to Korea and Japan, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported Monday.

Total snatches up Maersk Oil for $7.45 billion

French supermajor Total said Monday it would become the second-largest operator in northwest Europe through a deal to acquire Danish producer Maersk Oil.

China's top diplomat issued stern warning to North Korea, Seoul says

China's top diplomat issued a stern warning to North Korea and urged the reclusive state to end provocations.

On This Day: Cameroon lake releases gas killing more than 1,700

On Aug. 21, 1986, gas released from a volcanic lake in the remote mountains of Cameroon killed more than 1,700 people and injured 500.

UPI Almanac for Monday, Aug. 21, 2017

On Aug. 21, 1986, gas released from a volcanic lake in the remote mountains of Cameroon killed more than 1,700 people and injured 500.

James Mattis: Reduction in U.S. troops not North Korea related

A U.S. decision to scale back the number of troops taking part in joint military exercises on the Korean peninsula is unrelated to North Korea tensions.

Most expensive British car ever sold goes for $22.5 million

The most expensive British car ever sold exchanged hands for $22.5 million during an auction at Monterey Car Week in California on Friday.

Elon Musk, world tech leaders, call for ban on killer robots

Several global robotics technology leaders, including Tesla founder Elon Musk, called for a ban on "lethal autonomous weapons," also known as killer robots.

North Korea forced youth to enlist in army, sources say

A North Korea claim more than 3.4 million people offered to volunteer to enlist in the army.

Ex-Northwestern professor, Oxford employee arrested for bizarre fantasy murder

A Northwestern University professor and an Oxford University employee were arrested Sunday for their what prosecutors say was a bizarre murder fantasy.

U.S. Navy warship collides with oil tanker near Singapore; 10 sailors missing

The USS John McCain, a destroyer warship equipped with guided missiles, collided with an oil tanker off the coast of Singapore.

Poll: Most Americans oppose military threats against North Korea

The majority of Americans oppose U.S. military threats against North Korea, according to a new poll.

Two adult hikers dead, child rescued in N.Y.

Two adult hikers died and one boy was rescued after they fell down a cliff in Zoar Valley in western New York, said an Erie County Sheriff's spokesman.

Mike Rabun, former UPI sportswriter who covered JFK assassination, dies

Henry "Mike" Rabun, Dallas-based United Press International writer who covered assassination of President John F. Kennedy and sporting events worldwide, died.

Joe's Crab Shack abruptly closes 40 locations amid bankruptcy proceedings

Joe's Crab Shack, the chain of beach-themed seafood restaurants, has closed at least 40 locations as the company undergoes a bankruptcy and sale.

Trump to address nation Monday on Afghan strategy

President Donald Trump will address the nation Monday on a new U.S. strategy to deal with the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan.

Syria's al-Assad praises Russia, Iran for help; rocket kills 5 at fair

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad praised Russia, Iran and Lebanon's Hezbollah for helping fight terrorists and Western nations' attempts to topple him.