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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.

Donald Trump

Trump Hopes for a Reset After Punishing Week

The U.S. president will use a televised address to outline the strategy he believes will win the war in Afghanistan after 16 years of combat. The speech will also give him a chance for a reset after one of the most difficult weeks of his administration

Spain Attacks

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


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


U.S. Warship Collides With Tanker, 10 Missing

The USS John S. McCain has docked at Singapore's naval base with "significant damage" to its hull after an early morning collision with an oil tanker as vessels from several nations searched for 10 missing U.S. sailors


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

University of Texas tower

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"

Muscular Dystrophy Association Benefit Dinner

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

U.S. Military Drill near DMZ

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

President Trump Speaks On Infrastructure Meeting Held At Trump Tower

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

A large crowd of people march towards the Boston Commons to protest the Boston Free Speech Rally in Boston, MA

Thousands March Against Hate in Boston

Thousands of counter-protesters marched through Boston in response to a right-wing "free speech" rally, one week after deadly clashes erupted at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville


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