Use this Vox tool to find out if you’ll see the solar eclipse where you live

A solar eclipse will hit the United States on Aug. 21. But some areas will get a better look at the solar event than others. Vox recently put together an interactive tool that allows people to search with their own zip code to see when and where they will see the “Great American Eclipse.” The best zip codes for the solar eclipse include Salem, Oregon, 97301, and Idaho Falls, 83401, which will both see a total solar eclipse. Salt Lake City area codes, such as 84044 and 84101, will see a partial solar eclipse. “Just be careful: Even on eclipse day, it’s not safe to stare directly into the sun… Read More

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Now hiring at Amazon: Thousands of people in 1 day

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon plans to make thousands of job offers in just one day as it holds a giant job fair next week at nearly a dozen warehouses across the U.S. Those offered jobs on the spot will pack or sort boxes and help ship them to customers. Nearly 40,000 of the 50,000 jobs will be full time. Most of these jobs will count toward Amazon’s previously announced goal of adding 100,000 full-time workers by the middle of next year. The hiring spree is yet another sign of Amazon’s massive growth at a time when traditional retailers are closing stores and cutting jobs. It’s also a way for… Read More

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Police: One-armed, machete-wielding clown arrested

HOLLIS, Maine — A man accused of drunkenly strolling down a road in Maine wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt and a clown mask and brandishing a machete taped to his amputated arm has been arrested. Maine State Police told WCSH-TV that 31-year-old Corey Berry, of Hollis, was arrested Tuesday and charged with criminal threatening. He was released after posting $200 bail. Police say Berry was first spotted in Hollis but then fled into the woods. He was taken into custody after re-emerging in Waterboro. Police say Berry was intoxicated but cooperative. He told officers that he was copying previous clown sightings as a prank. A phone number for Berry couldn’t be… Read More

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Century-old warship returns to Athens after repairs

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — After three months of extensive maintenance and conservation work, a 107-year-old battleship returned Wednesday to its berth in Athens, where it serves as a floating museum. A naval band played, surrounding ships and boats sounded their horns and a naval helicopter flew overhead as the Georgios Averof, a relic from the era of dreadnoughts, was nudged in to its mooring spot. Three tugs towed the 10,000-ton former Greek navy flagship from a shipyard in Skaramangas — where the repairs were carried out with private funding — through the straits of Salamis to Trocadero in Athens. Named after the Greek businessman who partly financed the huge cost… Read More

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Scalise discharged from hospital, beginning rehabilitation

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was critically wounded in a shooting at a baseball practice last month, has been discharged from a Washington hospital. MedStar Washington Hospital Center said Wednesday that the six-term Louisiana Republican was released from the hospital on Tuesday and is beginning “intensive inpatient rehabilitation.” It did not identify the rehabilitation facility. “Congressman Steve Scalise has made excellent progress in his recovery from a life-threatening gunshot wound six weeks ago,” the hospital said. Scalise was in good spirits and looking forward to returning to work once he completes his rehabilitation, according to the hospital. On Monday, Scalise phoned in to the weekly GOP… Read More

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Trump keeps up public pelting of attorney general

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump kept up his public pelting of Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday as the fate of his once-close ally remained very much in doubt. Trump’s criticisms of Sessions resumed with a morning tweet wondering why Sessions didn’t “replace Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe,” whom the president characterized as a friend of fired former FBI director James Comey and an ally of Hillary Clinton. The new tweet came a day after Trump repeatedly expressed regret over choosing Sessions for the Cabinet position and refused to say whether he’d fire the nation’s top law enforcement officer. “We will see what happens,” Trump said at a Tuesday… Read More

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Kid Rock is probably running for office, and he might actually win

A new poll indicates that rock singer Kid Rock’s run for Congress is no joke. In a theoretical matchup, Rock stands 4 points ahead of his potential opponent, incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., according to Fox News. These numbers come from a Delphi Analytica poll, which found that Rock — whose real name is Robert James Ritchie — leads his potential opponent. The poll surveyed 668 Michigan residents. In total, 44 percent said they were undecided in that theoretical choice. But 30 percent picked Richie and 26 chose the incumbent senator. When the poll asked residents on who they’d vote for without the undecided option, Rock defeated Stabenow 54 to… Read More

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Child killer’s execution: Why Ohio resumed lethal injections after Kasich’s moratorium

Ronald Phillips. (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction via AP, File) By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Ohio put a child killer to death Wednesday, carrying out the state’s first execution after a 3½-year delay and signaling the possible resumption of capital punishment in the state. Ronald Phillips was executed by lethal injection at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville. He was sentenced to die for the 1993 rape and killing of Sheila Marie Evans, his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter. His chin and chest moved slightly as the lethal drugs were administered, and prison officials gave Phillips’ time of death as 10:43 a.m. He apologized during… Read More

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Europe’s Top Court Rules Austria Can Deport Some Asylum Seekers

The European Court of Justice (ECJ), the bloc’s apex court, ruled Wednesday that migrants must seek asylum in the first country they reach, a ruling that could have far-reaching consequences for many of those who arrived in 2015 and 2016 during Europe’s most-severe refugee crisis since World War II. The case involved Khadija and Zainab Jafari, two sisters from Afghanistan, and their children. They entered Austria in February 2016 after entering the EU in Croatia. The families applied for asylum in Austria—a request that was ultimately declined. Austrian authorities ruled they should be deported to Croatia, their first point of entry in the EU. The case, along with one of… Read More

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Brezhnev’s Secret Pledge to ‘Do Everything We Can’ to Re-Elect Gerald Ford

Putin’s covert support for Donald Trump has not been the first time Russia aspired to influence an American presidential election. Forty-two years ago, a Russian leader privately pledged his government’s support for a president’s reelection: “We for our part will do everything we can to make that happen,” Leonid Brezhnev said to Gerald Ford. I know, because I’m the last surviving participant in those events. In August 1975, President Gerald Ford travelled to Helsinki to participate in the largest summit of world leaders ever held: 35 European heads of state meeting to sign the Helsinki Accords at the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe Summit. The Accords are the… Read More

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