Oregon wildfire causes evacuations in prime eclipse zone

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Residents of more than 400 homes in a prime eclipse-viewing location in Oregon were ordered to ...
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Hezbollah condemns Barcelona attack

Hezbollah condemns van attack in Barcelona, says ISIS ideology is "based on hate".

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Mourners remember Virginia trooper killed in copter crash

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A state police trooper who died in the fatal crash of a helicopter that had been ...
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Bannon leaves White House — but vows to fight on for Trump

Donald Trump parted ways with his controversial chief strategist Steve Bannon on Friday as the White House reels from the ...
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Judge rejects bid by Polanski's 1977 rape victim to end case

A Los Angeles judge on Friday rejected a request by the woman who was raped by director Roman Polanski 40 ...
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With Bannon unleashed, things may get worse for U.S. Jews before they get better

With predictions of a liberated 'Bannon the Barbarian' going 'thermonuclear' against 'globalists' outside the White House, the American Jewish community ...
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How to watch the eclipse without eclipse glasses

How to watch the eclipse without eclipse glassesWith the solar eclipse just days away, everyone is trying to get their hands on a last-minute pair of eclipse glasses. But what if you don't have $250 to spend on a pair because you spent too much money on pizza the night before? In a new video, Pizza Hut demonstrates how to use last night's pizza box to make your own  eclipse viewer, so you can enjoy the event without burning your eyes. All you need is a cardboard pizza box, foil, scissors, pen, tape and a sheet of white paper — all which would probably cost you less than 20 bucks. According to
Business Insider, the finished product becomes a pinhole camera, which harnesses a property of light called diffraction to bend and magnify light. In this case, that's the sun as it eclipses. It won't allow you to look directly at the eclipse, but it's definitely better than hurting your eyes trying to look at the event without glasses. Sorry Pizza Hut, you could do this with
any pizza box/cardboard, but kudos for trying to keep people from burning their eyes out. 


White House lawyer Cobb predicts quick end to Mueller probe

White House lawyer Cobb predicts quick end to Mueller probeThe White House lawyer brought in to deal with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election said he believed the focus of the probe was “narrow” and the aspects related to President Donald Trump should be completed before the end of the year. The lawyer, Ty Cobb, who joined the White House staff on July 31, made the comments in interviews with Reuters on Tuesday and Wednesday.


US Nazi supporters move to Russian social media after Facebook ban

US Nazi supporters move to Russian social media after Facebook banFollowing violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend, Facebook began taking down all positive mentions of an article by the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website, attacking the woman who was killed protesting the rally. But while the site has been banned from Facebook, far-right users continued to post on a Daily Stormer group on VK, Russia's most popular social network. “Cloudflare just dropped us,” the Daily Stormer VK group posted on Wednesday, referring to the Internet security company that protects sites from cyber attacks. “We'll have to build an alternative.” White nationalists and far-right activists from Western countries have increasingly been moving to VK, also known as VKontakte, where they don't face the same censorship as on social media like Facebook. Charlottesville far-right protest Of the 97 major neo-Nazi, white nationalist and racist skinhead organisations on the Southern Poverty Law Centre's list of US hate groups, The Telegraph found VK groups matching at least nine of them, with members that appeared to be American. There were also more than 50 VK groups named after the Ku Klux Klan, although many of them appear to be run by Russian fans. According to the news site Meduza, more than 100 nationalist groups on VK have members from the United States, Germany, Sweden and other Western countries. Membership on the most popular of these groups numbers in the thousands. A far-right user who identified himself as Henry from Houston told Meduza that moving from Facebook to VK was becoming a “trend” among nationalists trying to avoid censorship. He's started two VK groups already with a total membership of 550. “You can't even write a post about Adolph Hitler” on Facebook, he complained. In contrast, on the Daily Stormer page and other VK groups, users have continued merrily posting racist slurs and threats. Dropped by its US domain registrar, the Daily Stormer also tried to relaunch its website under a Russian domain name, but this too was soon suspended. Asked about VK's apparent lack of censorship, a spokesman said the social network is “against calls for atrocities and violence” and deletes materials that include them. Russian authorities have been increasingly fining and even imprisoning social media users under a vague law against extremism, but many of these people have been convicted for criticising Russia's intervention in Ukraine. Law enforcement here most likely wouldn't be able to bring Americans to court on similar charges, however.


Venezuela's constituent assembly assumes power to legislate

Venezuela's constituent assembly assumes power to legislateBy Brian Ellsworth and Corina Pons CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s new legislative superbody on Friday gave itself the power to pass laws, superseding the opposition-led congress and fueling criticism by government adversaries that socialist President Nicolas Maduro is consolidating a dictatorship. The Socialist-dominated Supreme Court has stripped power from the congress and shot down nearly every law it has approved since it was taken over by the opposition in 2016. Delcy Rodriguez, a Maduro ally and president of the constituent assembly, insisted the move did not imply a dissolution of the congress.