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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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Ex-Navy sailor gets 40 years for killing transgender woman

PASCAGOULA, Miss. – A former Navy sailor has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for the 2016 stabbing death of a transgender woman in Mississippi. Dwanya Hickerson, 21, pleaded guilty Thursday to murder in the killing of Dee Whigham in a St. Martin hotel room on July 23. Hickerson will also have to serve 15 years for a robbery charge. He could have faced the death penalty if he had gone to trial on the original charge of capital murder. Autopsy results show Whigham, 25, was stabbed 119 times. Many…

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Oscar De La Hoya: If I Couldn’t Beat Floyd, Conor McGregor Has No Chance

Oscar De La Hoya: If I Couldn’t Beat Floyd Conor Has No Chance EXCLUSIVE Oscar De La Hoya says the only way Conor McGregor can beat Floyd Mayweather is with a flying kick to the head … ’cause there’s absolutely ZERO chance he’ll out-box the Money Man.  ODLH says he “wishes” McGregor was on Mayweather’s level, but he’s simply not — and tells TMZ Sports if he couldn’t beat Floyd during his own boxing heyday, McGregor has no real shot.  That said, Oscar does dish out some advice for Conor…

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New York Today: New York Today: Mysterious Mailboxes

Photo What are these? Credit Justin Gilliland/The New York Times Good morning on this sunny Friday. Have you ever walked, letter in hand, to what you thought was a post office mailbox, only to find it sealed shut? (We have.) Did you notice the mailbox was green not blue? There are about 10,000 dark green boxes across the five boroughs that are marked U.S. MAIL, but they’re not for mailing letters. We reached out to the United States Postal Service to learn why these green boxes exist and why they’re…

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Fact Check: Trump Made Several Misleading Claims in Times Interview

Mr. Trump distorted China’s compliance with the Paris climate accord. Mr. Trump complained that China’s pledge to comply with the agreement does not kick in until 2030 and that “Russia goes back to 1994 as a standard — a much, much lower standard.” Though China says it expects emissions to peak by 2030, that does not mean the country is planning to ignore the pledge until then, nor can it meet its goal overnight in 2029. It is already on track to beat that target, and it also pledged to…

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New York Today: New York Today: Your Guide to ‘Cloudgazing’

Photo Clouds over Central Park last month. Credit Sam Hodgson for The New York Times Olé, olé, on this sizzling Thursday. We’re feelin’ hot hot hot. And you will, too, today. It’ll feel as warm as 97 degrees, and a heat advisory remains in effect until 8 p.m. So we turn to the clouds to distract us from the heat. “The clouds tell a story,” said John Homenuk, the founder of New York Metro Weather, a local weather website. Today, you will likely see cirrus clouds, which are wispy, silky-looking,…

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Why “Sesame Street” may not be doomed financially

An amateur video showing “Sesame Street” star Elmo getting “fired” was posted on YouTube earlier this year after news broke President Donald Trump was planning to eliminate federal funding for public broadcasting. However, the beloved children show’s financial situation is more complicated than the satirical clip suggested. For one thing, Sesame Workshop — the nonprofit producer of “Sesame Street” — provides the show to the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) for free, and it doesn’t receive any direct government support to produce the program, thanks to a distribution deal it signed in…

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Europe Edition: Donald Trump, John McCain, Golf: Your Thursday Briefing

Separately, our correspondent reflects on what he witnessed in Mosul, Iraq, while he was embedded with Iraqi Special Operations Forces as they fought to retake the city from the Islamic State. One father said of his children: “They’ve only known war and destruction.” Continue reading the main story In Washington, the Supreme Court has temporarily allowed the Trump administration to enforce restrictions on the nation’s refugee program, but it let stand a court order from Hawaii exempting grandparents and other relatives from the White House’s travel ban. _____ Photo Credit…

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New York Today: New York Today: Flip-Flops at Work, Yes or No?

Photo Is this footwear acceptable at the office? Credit Harrison Hill/The New York Times Good morning on this brilliant Wednesday. People have strong feelings about feet. We know, because we asked New York Today readers, and an etiquette expert: Are flip-flops or open-toed shoes O.K. at the office? The etiquette connoisseur Lizzie Post, the great-great-granddaughter of the etiquette expert Emily Post, recently published a 700-page book addressing topics including manners, politeness and behavior in public. “Often, what people complain about with any kind of flip-flop or slide — when there…

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