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Excitement builds for “Great American Eclipse”

On Aug. 21, the moon will slip between Earth and sun, casting a roughly 70-mile-wide shadow that will race across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina, giving tens of millions of Americans a chance to enjoy — and study — a fleeting but sublime spectacle, the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years. It has been dubbed, appropriately enough, the “Great American Eclipse.” “It really is fortunate,” said Matthew Penn, an astronomer with the National Optical Astronomy Observatory who is leading a nationwide effort to photograph the…

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EXCLUSIVE: Jeff Bridges Marvels at Halle Berry’s Comic-Con Chug, Reveals Channing Tatum Dances in ‘Kingsman 2’

The cast of Kingsman: The Golden Circle don’t mess around when it comes to having a good time. On Thursday, Halle Berry surprised fans at the San Diego Comic-Con panel for the Kingsman sequel when the actress downed a full glass of straight bourbon on stage, and didn’t miss a beat. WATCH: New ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Trailer! More Action and More Julianne Moore ET caught up with Berry’s co-star, Jeff Bridges, after the event and the legendary actor couldn’t help but marvel at her impressive alcohol tolerance. “Look, she’s…

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“Buffer zone” ordered outside Kentucky’s only abortion clinic

In this Wednesday, July 19, 2017, photo, abortion opponents with a group called Operation Save America gather during a rally in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. Dylan Lovan / AP LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Anti-abortion activists were ordered by a judge on Friday to stay away from a “buffer zone” outside Kentucky’s only abortion clinic, which is bracing for protests from a national group. U.S. District Judge David J. Hale issued a temporary restraining order sought by federal prosecutors as a pre-emptive move ahead of vigils organized by Operation Save America, a Texas-based Christian…

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Senate panel advances nomination of Christopher Wray to serve as FBI chief

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 12: FBI director nominee Christopher Wray prepares to testify during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee July 12, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Alex Wong / Getty Images The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday advanced the nomination of Christopher Wray to serve as FBI director. Lawmakers on the panel voted unanimously 20-0 to advance his nomination. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, intends to hold a floor vote to confirm Wray sometime before the Senate departs Washington for its August recess. Testifying…

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Former Miss USA contestant busted for smuggling drugs into Ohio prison

A former Miss USA contestant from Kentucky is facing arraignment next week after being accused of sneaking drugs to an inmate inside an Ohio prison. Kia Hampton, 28, of Louisville, Kentucky, was arrested May 26 in Allen County, Ohio, after she was caught smuggling marijuana into the Allen Correctional Institution for inmate Jeremy Kelly, according to an affidavit detailing the arrest, the Courier-Journal reported. A grand jury indicted Hampton earlier this month on a third-degree felony charge of bringing drugs onto government facility grounds, which carries a maximum three-year prison…

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2 teens from robotics team seen crossing into Canada, police say

McLEAN, Va. — As an international robotics competition in the U.S. capital was wrapping up, the chaperone of the Burundi team was confronting his worst nightmare: He couldn’t find his kids. He looked in the college dorms where the six teens — ages 16 to 18 — had been staying. Their bags were packed and gone. Maybe they got on the wrong bus? Officers swept through DAR Constitution Hall. They were gone. Police now say that two of the six were seen crossing into Canada, and they don’t suspect foul play…

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Ex-Miss Kentucky USA accused smuggling drugs into jail

Kia Hampton attends The Mint Jubilee at The Louisville Palace Theater on May 6, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky. Stephen Cohen / Getty Images LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A former beauty pageant winner from Kentucky has been accused of smuggling marijuana into an Ohio prison for an inmate.  Media outlets report a grand jury in Allen County, Ohio, indicted 28-year-old Kia Hampton of Louisville earlier this month.  Officers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol said recorded phone calls gave them enough evidence to get a warrant for a cavity search, the Courier-Journal reported,…

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Senate GOP eyes Tuesday for health care vote, but exact plan up in the air

Senate GOP leaders are eyeing Tuesday for a health care vote, but no one knows yet which proposal will be voted on. Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, said the first vote will be on the House-passed health care bill from May just to open up debate and the amendment process. “The motion to proceed will be just to get on the House bill and the substitute [amendment] will be, you know it’ll be a judgment call the leader will make, at some point between…

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Mom shares harrowing addiction photos

A mother’s bid to help others struggling with addiction has gone viral, after she shared harrowing before and after photos on her Facebook page urging others to seek help. Melissa Lee Matos, of West Virginia, wrote in an accompanying post that she had never intended to share the photos, but felt moved to because of friends who she felt needed to see it. “It goes beyond what my words can accomplish,” Matos wrote in the July 14 post. “This is by far, the most raw thing I have shared with…

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