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  1. Thousands turn out in Boston to march against hate speech

    Thousands turn out in Boston to march against hate speechThousands of people took to the streets of Boston on Saturday to protest hate speech a week after a woman was killed at a Virginia white-supremacist demonstration, and their shouts drowned out the "Free Speech" rally that sparked their march. Organizers of the rally had invited several far-right speakers who were confined to a small pen that police set up in the historic Boston Common park to keep the two sides separate. The city largely avoided a repeat of last weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, where there were bloody street battles and one woman was killed.


  2. Millions of Americans to gaze upon Monday's once-in-a-lifetime eclipse

    Millions of Americans to gaze upon Monday's once-in-a-lifetime eclipseTwilight will fall at midday on Monday, stars will glimmer and birds will roost in an eerie stillness as millions of Americans and visitors witness the first total solar eclipse to traverse the United States from coast to coast in 99 years. The sight of the moon's shadow passing directly in front of the sun, blotting out all but the halo-like solar corona, may draw the largest live audience for a celestial event in human history. "It will certainly be the most observed total eclipse in history," astronomer Rick Fienberg of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) said last week.


  3. Florida officer dead, five others hurt in three unrelated shootings

    Florida officer dead, five others hurt in three unrelated shootingsIn Kissimmee, south of Orlando, Florida, two uniformed officers came under fire after approaching a group of people in a neighborhood where drug dealing is a problem, Police Chief Jeff O'Dell said at a news conference. Officer Matthew Baxter, 27, was killed, while Sergeant Sam Howard was in "grave, critical condition and the prognosis does not look good," O'Dell said.


  4. Solar eclipse presents first major test of power grid in renewable era

    Solar eclipse presents first major test of power grid in renewable eraBy Ruthy Munoz HOUSTON (Reuters) - As Monday's total solar eclipse sweeps from Oregon to South Carolina, U.S. electric power and grid operators will be glued to their monitoring systems in what for them represents the biggest test of the renewable energy era. Utilities and grid operators have been planning for the event for years, calculating the timing and drop in output from solar, running simulations of the potential impact on demand, and lining up standby power sources. It promises a critical test of their ability to manage a sizeable swing in renewable power.


  5. Trump, first lady will not attend Kennedy Center Honors: White House

    Trump, first lady will not attend Kennedy Center Honors: White HouseBy Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will not attend the Kennedy Center Honors in December, the White House announced on Saturday, after several honorees said they would boycott a White House reception before the show. The Kennedy Center also said in a statement the White House reception "will no longer take place." The White House said the president and first lady would not take part in the Kennedy Center Honors "to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction." The announcement came after television producer Norman Lear, singer Lionel Richie and dancer Carmen de Lavallade said they would not attend the White House reception that was set to take place prior to the Dec. 3 annual gala event.



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