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    A Rare Astronomical Event Is Happening Tonight for the First Time in Decades

    The longest day of the year is upon us. This Monday brings the summer solstice, which marks the beginning of the season and a chance to soak in copious amounts of sunshine. The solstice is celebrated by a variety of cultures worldwide. Every year, thousands gather at Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England, to rejoice the prospect of sunny summer days. As if this day wasn’t already a wonderful excuse to run outside, Monday will also feature a full “Strawberry” moon — […]

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    Jeep That Killed ‘Star Trek’ Actor Anton Yelchin Was Flagged for Safety Problems

    NEW YORK  — The Jeep SUV that crushed “Star Trek” actor Anton Yelchin this weekend had been flagged by the automaker for a problem that could cause the vehicle to roll away. Yelchin’s Jeep rolled down his driveway and pinned him to a brick post in front of his Los Angeles home, according to law enforcement. Fiat Chrysler filed a recall notice in April with federal safety regulators for the 2015 Grand Cherokee, the model Yelchin owned, along with 1.1 […]

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    Senate to Vote Monday on Gun Measures

    WASHINGTON — As Senate Democrats continued their push to break through a blockade to enact new restrictions on gun sales, eyes turned on Monday to an effort by moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins to craft a fifth alternative, one week after the Orlando terror attack. Senators were scheduled to come in Monday evening to vote on four measures — two Democratic and two Republican — that would set new rules on background checks and put new controls in place on sales […]

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    Supreme Court Lets Stand Law Banning Some Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons

    The Supreme Court declined Monday to take up a constitutional challenge to a Connecticut gun law passed in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The law bans certain semi-automatic assault weapons and large capacity magazines. Although the decision comes days after the Orlando shooting, that event probably didn’t move the justices either way. In recent years the Court has declined to take up a major Second Amendment case. In 2008, 5-4 Supreme Court held in District of […]

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    Ticketmaster issues millions of free ticket vouchers

    NEW YORK — Millions of Ticketmaster customers are getting offers for free tickets because of a 13-year-old lawsuit. The company planned to finish sending out free tickets vouchers “on or around June 18” to U.S. customers who made purchases on its site between October 1999 and February 2013 and paid an “Order Processing Fee” that was never refunded. The offers stem from a lawsuit first filed in 2003 alleging Ticketmaster was charging “excessive and deceptive” fees. Though the company denies […]

  • TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 10:  Actor Anton Yelchin attends the "Green Room" and "The Chickening" premieres during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival at Ryerson Theatre on September 10, 2015 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

    ‘Star Trek’ actor Anton Yelchin dies in freak car accident

    LOS ANGELES — Actor Anton Yelchin, 27, who played Chekov in recent “Star Trek” movies, was killed in a freak accident early Sunday morning, police told CNN. Yelchin, who also acted in “Like Crazy” and “Alpha Dog,” died outside his home in Los Angeles, according to law enforcement. Yelchin stepped out of his car in the driveway of his Studio City home at around 1:10 a.m. PT when the car slid backwards and pinned him against a brick pillar and […]

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    Dads Compete to Stack Cheerios on Babies’ Head Because…Dads

    (CNN) — So, about a week or so ago, Patrick Quinn felt trapped. He was sitting on the couch, afraid to move — lest he woke up Maxton, his 3-week-old son who was sound asleep on his lap. Then he spotted a bowl of Cheerios by the couch. His older son had left it there because he never puts anything away. Hmm, thought Quinn, let’s see if I can get one to balance on Maxton’s nose. It worked. Hmm, let […]

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    Higher White House Fence Clears Hurdle

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — Efforts to increase the security of the White House fence jumped one obstacle Thursday, as an important board advanced preliminary concepts for a new design. The Commission of Fine Arts signed off on the basic ideas from the U.S. Secret Service and National Park Service for a perimeter fence that would be much higher than the current one, which has been increasingly a problem for security breaches. The goal is to start construction on a new fence […]

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    Philadelphia Passes Soda Tax

    PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia has become the second city in the United States to approve a soda tax. In a final vote of 13-4, the Philadelphia City Council on Thursday passed a 1.5-cents-per-ounce tax on sugar-added and artificially sweetened soft drinks. That would add 18 cents to the cost of a can of soda, $1.08 for a six-pack or $1.02 for a two-liter bottle. The new soda tax would be on top of the 8% sales tax that already applies to […]

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    Autopsy reveals 2-year-old Lane Graves’ cause of death

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida — Walt Disney World is reviewing the placement and wording of its warning signs after an alligator dragged a toddler underwater near a resort there. “All of our beaches are currently closed, and we are conducting a swift and thorough review of all of our processes and protocols,” Walt Disney World Resort Vice President Jacquee Wahler said in a statement Thursday. “This includes the number, placement and wording of our signage and warnings.” A dive team […]

  • This is a photo at the big vigil at the Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando honorinh the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Florida on June 12, 2016.

    Obama Expecting ‘Emotional’ Vigil With Families in Orlando

    Orlando, FL — President Barack Obama arrived in Orlando Thursday for the grim task of consoling families after their loved ones were gunned down during another horrific U.S. shooting, this time in a Florida nightclub. In what’s become a recurring tableau of his presidency, Obama was meeting with the parents, siblings and spouses of the 49 individuals who were shot to death at the Pulse gay nightclub over the weekend. “This will be, I think, an emotional trip,” White House […]

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    Sonogram Shows Couple Is Having a… Baby Car?

    St. Charles, Mo. – A pregnant woman from St. Charles, Missouri, recently had a sonogram that shows she having a… car? Even though the ultrasound tech didn’t immediately see it, there’s little doubt to others that the sonogram image resembles a vehicle, and social media users began weighing in on what type of car it is. If you’re the type of person who sees faces in clouds or the Virgin Mary in grilled cheese, then you’ll see the car. But what […]

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