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The Internet of Disaster

Tech, hypervigilance and the national PTSD<p>As of this writing, <b>Irma</b>, a hurricane of unimaginable and historic proportions, is bearing down on South Florida. But you already know that.<p>Surely you’ve heard by now—online, on TV, or maybe both while you were looking at a screen in an elevator, cab, or …

The books

Camera on Balloon Captures the Total Solar Eclipse from Near Space

Self-proclaimed “armchair aeroscience geek” Liem Bahneman managed to capture the Great American Eclipse from an unusual and amazing perspective: he …

Commander of Naval Fleet to Be Relieved of Duty Following Collisions

WASHINGTON — After ordering a rare suspension of ship operations worldwide, the Navy plans to relieve the commander of the fleet that has sustained four collisions in Asia and the deaths of more than a dozen sailors this year, an American official said Tuesday.<p>Vice Adm. Joseph P. Aucoin, the head …

Rowing

4 Surprising Facts About the Total Solar Eclipse

A total solar eclipse will stop millions of Americans in their tracks on Monday when it crosses the country from coast to coast, shrouding states in …

Solar Eclipse

The Solar Eclipse: Highlights From Its Path Across the United States

• A total solar eclipse made contact in Oregon just after 1:15 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, darkening skies as the moon obscured the sun and cast a long shadow across Earth.<p>• It concluded its path just before 3 p.m. in South Carolina, where clouds obscured the moment of totality.<p>• Weather may have …

National Parks

Trump praises North Korea's Kim Jong Un for backing down on missile threat

<b>(CNN) —</b> US President Donald Trump praised North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Wednesday for appearing to back down on his threat to launch missiles toward the US territory of Guam.<p>In an early morning tweet, Trump said: "Kim Jong Un of North Korea made a very wise and well reasoned decision. The …

North Korea

How to Take Down Kim Jong Un

Stop saying there are no good options on North Korea. Here’s how we can end the threat once and for all—without firing a shot.<p>At my Senate confirmation hearing a few years ago, I made a promise to the panel deciding my fate: never to use the phrase “there are no good options.” After all, if there …

North Korea

19 summer books that will keep you up all night reading

It’s summer — a time to catch up on missed readings, turn back to old favorites, and discover new ones. A time to sit with an easy read on the beach, …

Trump Administration Is Split on Adding Troops in Afghanistan

ROME — When President Trump landed in Saudi Arabia last Saturday on his first foreign trip, he brought with him a $110 billion arms deal. When he arrives at the NATO summit in Belgium on Thursday, he will bring mostly questions, many of them about the war in Afghanistan.<p>The Pentagon is pushing to …

Afghanistan

Ariana Grande Tweets Feeling 'Broken' After Deadly Manchester Arena Bombing

Pop singer Ariana Grande said she felt "broken" after a suicide attack late Monday killed at least 22 people — including some children — and wounded another 59 after her packed concert in Britain's Manchester Arena.<p>"From the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words," tweeted Grande, …

Miley Cyrus

Congressional negotiators reach deal on government funding through September

<b>(CNN) —</b> Bipartisan congressional negotiators reached a critical agreement late Sunday on a massive spending bill that if approved by the House and Senate would fund the government through the end of September, senior aides from both parties told CNN.<p>The plan would add billions for the Pentagon and …

Government Shutdown

United Airlines Settles With Passenger Dragged From Plane

<b>Updated on 4/28 at 1:15 p.m. ET</b><p>United Airlines and lawyers for the passenger seen on video being dragged from a United airliner in Chicago say the man has reached "an amicable settlement" with the airline. The terms of the agreement were not announced.<p>A statement released by the Chicago law firm of …

Flying

Michael Flynn Is The Subject Of A Pentagon Investigation

The Pentagon is investigating whether Michael Flynn broke the law by receiving money from a foreign source after retiring from the service, according to a letter written by the Department of Defense's acting inspector general to House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz.<p>News of the letter, which was …

National Security

White House holds out prospect of diplomatic solution to North Korea crisis

TOKYO — As North Korea conducted live-fire drills Tuesday and South Korea, Japan and the United States carried out their own military exercises, the White House said there is still room for a diplomatic resolution.<p>“The more that we can solve this diplomatically and continue to apply pressure on …

North Korea

Victim's family on Arkansas execution: 'Ready for it to be done'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Darla Jones said she can't imagine what it will be like to watch the man who killed her mother as he is executed by lethal injection on Monday.<p>She believes that after Jack Harold Jones is put to death, a feeling of anticipation among her family members may likely give way to a mixture of …

Crime

Dashcam shows 4-year-old girl fall from moving bus Video

The "GMA" team of insiders analyzes some of the biggest stories trending this morning.

Middle East
North Korea

Aaron Hernandez Hanged Himself in Prison, Officials Say

Aaron Hernandez, the former star tight end with the New England Patriots who was convicted of first-degree murder in 2015, hanged himself in prison on Wednesday, the authorities said.<p>He was discovered in his cell by corrections officers at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Mass., …

Crime

‘Facebook killer’ dies after three-day police pursuit in Pennsylvania

The man suspected of fatally shooting a 74-year-old, randomly selected target and posting a video of the killing on Facebook committed suicide as police were closing in on him Tuesday, authorities said.<p>Steve W. Stephens — the subject of a nationwide manhunt after Sunday’s horrific slaying in …

Crime

US Vice President Pence visits DMZ amid high tensions with North Korea

<b>Seoul, South Korea (CNN) —</b> US Vice President Mike Pence on Monday warned North Korea not to test the resolve of the US "or the strength of our military forces," following a failed North Korean missile test.<p>Speaking in Seoul, Pence linked recent US military strikes in Syria and Afghanistan with the …

North Korea
Surveillance

Sick baby to be kept on life support for three weeks as parents consider appealing High Court ruling that doctors can halt treatment

A desperately sick child is to be kept on life support for three weeks after his parents signalled they may appeal against a court’s decision to allow doctors to withdraw treatment and let him die.<p>Mr Justice Francis said it was in the best interests of eight-month-old Charlie Gard for his life …

Russia warns of serious consequences from U.S. strike in Syria

UNITED NATIONS/MOSCOW/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Russia warned on Friday that U.S. cruise missile strikes on a Syrian air base could have "extremely serious" consequences, as President Donald Trump's first major foray into a foreign conflict opened up a rift between Moscow and Washington.<p>The warships USS …

Watch: John Cena proposes to Nikki Bella at WrestleMania 33

Love was in the air at Camping World Stadium in Orlando on Sunday night.<p>Following their victory over The Miz and Maryse at WrestleMania 33, John Cena …

Nikki Bella

Trump names Acosta as new choice to become labor secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking a surer bet to fill out his Cabinet, President Donald Trump on Thursday moved quickly to name law school dean Alexander Acosta as his new choice for labor secretary — a day after Andrew Puzder abruptly withdrew from consideration.<p>If confirmed by the Senate, Acosta would be …

Donald Trump

Trump, Meeting With Netanyahu, Backs Away From Palestinian State

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Wednesday that the United States would no longer insist on a Palestinian state as part of a peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians, backing away from a policy that has underpinned America’s role in Middle East peacemaking since the Clinton …

Israel

Linda McMahon Approved to Head Small Business Administration

The Senate on Tuesday voted to confirm former World Wrestling Entertainment executive Linda McMahon as head of the Small Business Administration.<p>The bipartisan 81 to 19 confirmation vote was one of President Donald Trump’s least contentious nominations.<p>Republicans have criticized Democrats for …

Small Business