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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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Giada De Laurentiis on being a single parent: ‘You have to ask for help whenever possible’

Giada De Laurentiis doesn’t have an easy recipe for tackling life as a single parent. “I think you have to ask for help whenever possible and I do,” the 46-year-old told PEOPLE Magazine. The Food Network star and her ex-husband, fashion designer Todd Thompson, share a 9-year-old daughter name Jade. “Her dad is pretty good at juggling so I think you just need to be okay with asking for help because you’re going to need it,” stressed the celebrity chef. In 2004, De Laurentiis announced on Facebook that she and…

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Lena Dunham joins “American Horror Story”

Lena Dunham attends the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between” Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017, in New York City. Getty Lena Dunham is making quite a pivot after closing out her HBO dramedy “Girls.” “American Horror Story” creator Ryan Murphy announced that Dunham is joining the series for its seventh season. Dunham’s co-star, Allison Williams, also just made her mark in the horror genre with 2016’s wildly successful “Get Out.” Murphy tweeted on Wednesday, “Thrilled that my talented friend Lena Dunham…

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AP: NFL stadium, other U.S. structures may have highly flammable panels

In promotional brochures, a U.S. company boasted of the “stunning visual effect” its shimmering aluminum panels created in an NFL stadium, an Alaskan high school and a luxury hotel along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor that “soars 33 stories into the air.” Those same panels – Reynobond composite material with a polyethylene core – also were used in the Grenfell Tower apartment building in London. British authorities say they’re investigating whether the panels helped spread the blaze that ripped across the building’s outer walls, killing at least 80 people. The panels, also called…

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What the 2018 Pirelli Calendar Says About Race

For Mr. Combs, who made headlines in 2001 when he posed with Ms. Campbell for a cover of British Vogue, the calendar comes at a time when there needs to be what he called “an unapologetic expression of black pride.” Continue reading the main story “I moved mountains to be a part of this,” said Mr. Combs, as he sat in his dressing room after the shoot. “It is a chance to push social consciousness and break down barriers. For so many years, something like this would not have happened…

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President Trump’s Base vs. The Republican Party

Trump voters care more about having a leader who understands them than about quick policy wins. By Jason L. Riley, The Wall Street Journal The GOP’s inability to scrap ObamaCare this week means, among other things, that President Trump will end his first six months in office without a major legislative accomplishment. And one question is how much his supporters care. Recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News polling gives the president a 40% job-approval rating among all voters, while 55% disapprove. In counties Mr. Trump won last year, however, voters still…

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Jay-Z and the Politics of Rapping in Middle Age

Anybody irritated by the posturing of Jay-Z’s previous album, “Magna Carta: Holy Grail” (2013), was likely put off by the prospect of more. If a major rapper arrives at his mid-40s and wants to give us a song that mentions fine wines and a serial-killer drug dealer, then drops the name of a fashion-designer-movie-director more than a dozen times (“Tom Ford”), maybe he should be hosting the Grammys, too. It’s entirely possible that Jay-Z arrived to record “Magna Carta” aware that there’s not much of a road map for a…

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Shareholders OK British American Tobacco buying Reynolds

RALEIGH, N.C. — Shareholders of British American Tobacco and Reynolds American Inc. on Wednesday approved merging into the world’s largest publicly traded tobacco company. Shareholders of both companies approved London-headquartered BAT buying the 57.8 percent of Reynolds it does not already own. The purchase is expected to become effective next week. Each Reynolds share will convert to $29.44 in cash and 0.5260 BAT shares. The $49 billion cash-and-stock offer announced in January valued each Reynolds share at $59.64, up from $56.50 offered in October. The price is nearly 40 percent above…

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Washington Memo: Trump as a Novel: An Implausible ‘Soap Opera Without the Sex and Fun’

“It’s early. We’re getting introduced to the characters,” said John Dean, the White House counsel and Watergate supporting player during the Nixon administration, who has become a frequent author in the decades since. “We’re not quite sure how this story is going to unfold, as comedy or tragedy.” He does have a guess. He pleaded guilty to a felony once. At present, though, the elements for either genre are slotting into place — an Allen Drury novel crossed with Shakespeare, with final touches entrusted to producers for the E! network….

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