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America Thrills at Eclipse

Millions of Americans turned their eyes skyward as a rare total solar eclipse sailed across the country from coast to coast for the first time, turning day into night in more than a dozen states. The eclipse ended just after 2:44 p.m. E.T.

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Trump Will Announce New Afghanistan Strategy

President Donald Trump will unveil his updated Afghanistan policy night in a rare, prime-time address. Early statements from advisers and military officials suggested Trump will send thousands more U.S. troops to the country

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Navy Will Investigate Recent Ship Collisions

The U.S. Navy ordered a broad investigation into the performance and readiness of the Pacific-based 7th Fleet after the USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker in Southeast Asian waters, leaving 10 U.S. sailors missing and others injured

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Big Ben Falls Silent, to Loud Complaints From Some

The bell inside London's most famous clocktower, Big Ben, rang one last time at noon on Monday before it fell silent for repairs. But some British politicians have complained that rules have obscured a symbol of British resilience

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Police Kill Suspected Barcelona Attacker

Regional police in Spain have confirmed that fugitive Barcelona van suspect Younes Abouyaaqoub has been shot dead in a small town outside the city. Police say he wore what appeared to be an explosives belt when he was shot in Subirats

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1 Dead as Vehicle Rams Into Bus Stops in France

A French official has said that a suspect who rammed his white van into two bus stops in the southern French city of Marseille, killing a woman, is being treated for psychological problems. Officials say it's too early to call the incident terrorism

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Texas University Is Removing Confederate Statues

The University of Texas says statues of Robert E. Lee and other prominent Confederate figures have been removed from the main area of campus in Austin. UT's president said such monuments have become "symbols of modern white supremacy"

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Comedic Legend Jerry Lewis Dead at 91

Comedy legend Jerry Lewis, died Sunday at age 91, his publicist confirmed. Lewis is probably best known to people under 70 as a film actor, but also hosted the annual MDA Labor Day Telethon

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US and South Korea Start Annual Joint Military Drills

U.S. and South Korean troops have begun annual drills that come after tensions rose over North Korea's two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month. South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said the drills are defensive in nature

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GOP Doubts About Trump Burst Into the Open

Donald Trump's comments about a deadly neo-Nazi rally have thrust into the open deeply held doubts about his competency in an extraordinary public airing of worries about a sitting president by his own party

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The Powerball Jackpot Is Up to $650 Million

Whoever finally draws the winning Powerball numbers is in for quite a treat. The Powerball jackpot will grow to $650 million — one of the largest amounts in the game's history — after no winner claimed the grand prize Saturday