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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.



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.



Thousands take to streets in Boston protest against hate speech

Thousands take to streets in Boston protest against hate speechThousands of people in Boston protested a "Free Speech" rally featuring right-wing speakers on Saturday, with hundreds of police mobilized to prevent a recurrence of violence that left a woman dead at a Virginia white-supremacist protest last week. In historic Boston Common park alone, hundreds of protesters who believe the event could become a platform for racist propaganda dwarfed the few dozen rally participants. The number of protesters was poised to swell exponentially as a march with thousands more people bore down on the park.



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.



Duke University removes contentious Confederate statue after vandalism

Duke University removes contentious Confederate statue after vandalismThe decision to take down the statue followed discussions among students, faculty, staff and alumni about maintaining safety on campus, university President Vincent E. Price said in a statement. "I took this course of action to protect Duke Chapel, to ensure the vital safety of students and community members who worship there, and above all to express the deep and abiding values of our university," Price said. The prestigious university will preserve the statue of Lee, who led Confederate forces in the American Civil War of 1861-1865, and use it as an educational tool so that students can study "Duke's complex past," Price added.





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