SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2017


Counterprotesters Arrive In Boston
BOSTON (AP) - Demonstrators are arriving at a counterprotest ahead of a conservative rally that's getting underway on Boston Common. Democratic Boston Mayor Marty Walsh greeted counterprotesters Saturday morning outside Reggie Lewis Center in the city's Roxbury neighborhood. Organizers say demonstrators will march to the Common. Police say they'll be out in force to keep the two groups apart.
Organizers of the "Free Speech Rally" have publicly distanced themselves from the neo-Nazis, white supremacists and others who fomented violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12. Boston's rally is the first potentially large and racially charged gathering in a major U.S. city since a car plowed into counter-demonstrators in Charlottesville, killing a woman and injuring many others. Events are planned in cities across the country including Atlanta, Dallas and New Orleans.

Total Solar Eclipse Set For Monday
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Total solar eclipses occur every year or two or three, often in the middle of nowhere like the South Pacific or Antarctic. What makes Monday's eclipse so special is that it will cut diagonally across the entire United States. The path of totality - where day briefly becomes night - will pass over Oregon, continuing through the heartland all the way to Charleston, South Carolina. Those on the outskirts - well into Canada, Central America and even the top of South America - will be treated to a partial eclipse. The last time a total solar eclipse swept the whole width of the U.S. was in 1918. No tickets are required for this Monday's show, just special eclipse glasses so you don't ruin your eyes. The path of totality will begin near Lincoln City, Oregon, as the lunar shadow makes its way into the U.S. This path will be 60 to 70 miles wide; the closer to the center, the longer the darkness. Totality will cross from Oregon into Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and, finally, South Carolina. It will also pass over tiny slivers of Montana and Iowa. The eclipse will last longest near Carbondale, Illinois: two minutes and 44 seconds. The biggest cities in the path include Nashville; Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina; Salem, Oregon; Casper, Wyoming; and just partially within, St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri.

Muslims Denounce Barcelona Attack
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - The Muslim community in the northern Spanish town of Ripoll has condemned the two deadly vehicle attacks that have been blamed on some local Moroccans. In a notice posted on a Ripoll mosque Saturday, the Annour Islamic Community of Ripoll said it wanted to offer its sympathy to the families of the victims and its solidarity with Barcelona, Catalonia and Spain. It said: "Faced with this criminal act, the Annour Islamic Community of Ripoll reiterates its complete commitment to the fight against any form of terrorism, and we hope that those responsible for this attack are arrested and taken before a judge as soon as possible." Most of the main suspects in the twin attacks were Moroccans from Ripoll. The attacks in Barcelona and the seaside resort of Cambrils left 14 people dead and over 120 injured.

District Attorney Facing Charges
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The lead prosecutor handling the case against members of a Penn State fraternity charged after a pledge died faces a hearing of her own in front of Pennsylvania's state board that handles complaints about lawyers. The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court this week scheduled the hearing for Nov. 29 to consider whether Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller committed professional misconduct in texts about cases with judges and by using a fake Facebook account to monitor defendants and their families. The Office of Disciplinary Counsel's petition for discipline filed in February says Miller contacted judges about cases without informing defense lawyers, and misled the disciplinary council's own investigators. Parks Miller didn't immediately respond to several messages seeking comment.

State Troopers Shot, Suspect Dead
Two state police officers are in stable condition after being shot on Friday night. Police say the incident occured outside a Shop n' Save in Fairchance around 9 p.m. The two officers were working undercover when they approached the shooter, Clarence Velsar III, 26, for burglary. When they identified themselves as law enforcement, the suspect began firing at them. The police returned fire, killing the Belsar. One trooper was air-lifted to a Morgantown hospital, the other was transported by ambulance to Uniontown Hospital. The identities of the officers was not immediately released.

Bannon Out, Returing To Conservative News Site
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's top strategist has returned to his old job at the conservative website Breitbart News after a turbulent seven months at the president's side. Trump pushed out Steve Bannon on Friday, a departure that leaves few of the president's original senior staff in the White House. Bannon is a favorite in the farther-right portions of the Republican Party. He had pressed. Trump to follow through on some of his most contentious campaign promises, including his travel ban for some foreigners and his decision to pull out of the Paris climate change agreement. His nationalistic, outsider conservatism and dark populism served as a guiding force for Trump's rise to office. Without Bannon, Trump's agenda is in the hands of more moderate advisers, including his son-in-law and his oldest daughter.

Trump To Skip Kennedy Center Honors
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Kennedy Center arts awards program will go on.
Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein and President Deborah Rutter say in a statement that they respect President Donald Trump's decision to cancel a traditional White House reception for the five honorees. The White House reception had been scheduled for Dec. 3. Rubenstein and Rutter say a State Department reception and awards dinner on Dec. 2 and the Honors Gala on Dec. 3 will continue as planned.
They say the five honorees - Carmen de Lavallade, Gloria Estefan, LL COOL J, Norman Lear and Lionel Richie - are expected to attend both events. Several of the honorees had said they would not attend a White House reception presided over by Trump.

Decision Closer On Afghanistan Strategy
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is closer to a decision on a new approach for fighting the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan. Ahead of a meeting with President Donald Trump at Camp David, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis isn't giving any hints of what the strategy would look like. The meeting Friday at the presidential retreat in Maryland will include Trump's national security team. Mattis says he expects a decision in the very near future. Months ago the Pentagon settled on a plan to send approximately 3,800 additional troops to help strengthen the Afghan army, which is stuck in what some call a deteriorating stalemate with the Taliban insurgency. Some in the White House have questioned the wisdom of investing further resources in the longest war in American history.

Spanish Police Detonate Controlled Explosions
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Representatives from the Spanish and Catalan government are meeting to determine the terrorist threat level for the country and its Catalan region, after Barcelona and the southern resort town of Cambrils were hit with terrorist attacks. Following the Thursday afternoon and early Friday morning attacks that killed 14 people and wounded more than a hundred, Spain's threat level is now four on a scale that goes to five, a ranking that would warrant military deployments. Authorities say the attacks were the work of a large terrorist cell that had been plotting for a long time from a house in Alcanar, 200 kilometers (124 miles) down the coast from Barcelona. Senior police official Josep Lluis Trapero says Saturday that an apparently accidental butane gas explosion at the house, which killed one person, likely prevented the suspects from carrying out a far deadlier attack.

Mother Charged With Crimes Against Toddler Son
ST. MARYS, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania mother is accused of burning her 3-year-old with chemicals, putting him on a leash and keeping him in a dog cage. Police in St. Marys charged Arwen Kuhn last week with a slew of charges including aggravated assault and false imprisonment of a minor. According to a police affidavit, the child's dad says he dropped the boy off at Kuhn's house for three days last year. He says when he picked the child up, he noticed a scab on his bellybutton and bruises on his head. Investigators say they determined the 38-year-old Kuhn dropped the boy on his stomach and burned him with chemicals, in addition to leashing him and locking him in a cage.

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