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  • 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 the Aug. 21 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 show, just special eclipse glasses so you don't ruin your eyes. Some eclipse tidbits : WHAT'S A TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE? When the moon passes between Earth and the sun, and scores a bull's-eye by completely blotting out the sunlight, that's a total solar eclipse . The moon casts a shadow on our planet. Dead center is where sky gazers get the full treatment. In this case, the total eclipse will last up to 2 minutes and 40-plus seconds in places. A partial eclipse will be visible along the periphery. Clouds could always spoil the view, so eclipse watchers need to be ready to split for somewhere with clear skies, if necessary. WHAT'S THE PATH ON AUG. 21? 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 (97 to 113 kilometers); 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. LAST TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSES IN U.S.? Hawaii experienced a total solar eclipse in 1991. But the U.S. mainland hasn't seen a total solar eclipse since 1979, when it swooped across Oregon, Washington state, Idaho, Montana and North Dakota, then into Canada. Before that, in 1970, a total solar eclipse skirted the Atlantic coastline from Florida to Virginia. Totality - or total darkness - exceeded three minutes in 1970, longer than the one coming up. The country's last total solar eclipse stretching from coast to coast, on June 8, 1918 , came in over Oregon and Washington, and made a beeline for Florida. WHEN'S THE NEXT ONE? If you miss the Aug. 21 eclipse - or get bitten by the eclipse bug - you'll have to wait seven years to see another one in the continental U.S. The very next total solar eclipse will be in 2019 , but you'll have to be below the equator for a glimpse. We're talking the South Pacific, and Chile and Argentina. It's pretty much the same in 2020. For the U.S., the next total solar eclipse will occur on April 8, 2024 . The line of totality will cross from Texas, up through the Midwest, almost directly over Indianapolis, Cleveland and Buffalo, New York, up over New England and out over Maine and New Brunswick, Canada.
  • On August 21, parts of the U.S. will get the chance to see a total solar eclipse and the entire country will experience at least a partial eclipse! But in order to truly appreciate this once-in-a-lifetime event, you must take precautions — if you don’t, there could be serious consequences, like impaired vision and possibly even blindness. Where to find reliable, cheap glasses for the solar eclipse Ordinary sunglasses won’t cut it on eclipse day — they don’t have the right protective coating to shield your eyes from the harmful rays of the sun. The American Astronomical Society (AAS) compiled a list a solar filter brands that effectively block those rays and protect your eyes. American Paper Optics (Eclipser) / EclipseGlasses.com APM Telescopes (Sunfilter Glasses) Baader Planetarium (AstroSolar Silver/Gold Film) Celestron (EclipSmart Glasses & Viewers) DayStar (Solar Glasses) Explore Scientific (Solar Eclipse Sun Catcher Glasses) Lunt Solar Systems (SUNsafe SUNglasses) Meade Instruments (EclipseView Glasses & Viewers) Rainbow Symphony (Eclipse Shades) Thousand Oaks Optical (Silver-Black Polymer & SolarLite) TSE 17 (Solar Filter Foil) You can find a great deal on NASA-certified solar eclipse glasses on ClarkDeals.com. The AAS has a comprehensive list of reputable places to purchase solar eclipse glasses and other viewers as well as a page on how to tell if the viewer you have is safe. NASA also posted these guidelines for safe viewing: Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking at the sun. Do not remove it while looking at the sun. Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device — even if you are wearing eclipse glasses. If you are within the path of totality, remove your solar filter only when the Moon completely covers the sun’s bright face and it gets dark. As soon as the sun begins to reappear, replace your solar viewer to glance at the remaining partial phases. An alternative method for safe viewing of the partially eclipsed sun is pinhole projection The AAS has a recommended guide on how to build a pinhole projector if glasses or other viewers aren’t for you. Places like local libraries and Warby Parker stores will also be handing out free solar eclipse glasses while supplies last. Listen: Clark talks reliable places to buy solar eclipse glasses https://clarkhoward.slack.com/files/kim/F6J77VB1U/eclipe__radio_for_digital_8_02_17.mp3 Bottom line: Plan ahead, stay safe and enjoy this rare opportunity! Watch: Where to find the best sunscreens Related Articles from clark.com: Disney is hiring and you can work from home Read More Your calculator app has a secret feature that will change your life Read More Retail alert: Starbucks is closing 379 of these mall-based stores Read More
  • If you’re going into the Chattahoochee National Forest to watch the solar eclipse, brace for backups. The U.S. Forest Service says you could be stuck in traffic for hours. WSB-TV is your home for everything Total Solar Eclipse . We’ll have exclusive content and everything you need to know leading up to the big day on Aug. 21! Then, when the Total Solar Eclipse crosses through the United States, make sure you’re relying on Channel 2 Action News for complete LIVE coverage from across the country! Be sure to LIKE us on Facebook, FOLLOW us on Twitter and download the free WSB-TV news app to receive our latest content! One of the routes up to Georgia’s tallest mountains is through a place called Turners Crossing. “This gets very packed every weekend,” U.S. Forest Service spokesman Steven Bekkerus said. Bekkerus says visitors planning to go that way for the eclipse need to prepare for what might be a record traffic jam. 'Folks need to plan ahead. They need to really have a plan. It's going to be a very crowded day in the forest,” Bekkerus said. TRENDING STORIES: Here's where you can get FREE glasses for the Total Solar Eclipse Officer shot 14 times, killed hours after walking son to 1st day of school 'He said he was going to kill us': Man accused of robbing LGBT advocate at march The Forest Service say the two-lane roads feature sharp turns and cars might be parked along both sides. Officials say they are not trying to discourage visitors from attempting to climb as high as they can on the day of the eclipse, but they are asking people to consider attending one of a number of watch parties in the cities of Blairsville, Helen and Dahlonega. 'You can see the eclipse wherever the sun is shining. You don't need to be at a high elevation, and you actually might have a better view down in the valley,” Bekkerus said.

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  • As more information becomes available about the Equifax breach scandal, U.S. consumers are still searching for answers on whether they are vulnerable to identity fraud.  So that is why WSB Radio, Channel 2 Action News, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Consumer Adviser Clark Howard teamed up Monday morning to answer your questions.   Clark Howard was joined by Channel 2 Action News anchor Craig Lucie LIVE in Team Clark Howard's Consumer Action Center. They fielded questions and talked about the breach for over an hour.   The Facebook Live of the event reached more than 400,000 people worldwide:
  • Alright it was a laugher, it should have been a laugher, it was a laugher.  But this is nothing to joke about.
  • Toys ‘R’ Us has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the company announced Monday, according to CNBC.  >> Toys ‘R’ Us files for bankruptcy: 3 things to know The iconic toy chain is just one of many businesses to suffer this year. Retailers have closed hundreds of stores, filed for bankruptcy protection and reorganized massive debt loads throughout 2017. >> On DaytonDailyNews.com: Toys ‘R’ Us, as anticipated, files for Chapter 11 protection Companies like The Limited and Gander Mountain announced this year that they would file bankruptcy — shuttering stores and laying off thousands of workers. >> Read more trending news Some of the companies to announce bankruptcies this year include the following: 1. The Limited The women’s clothing store announced in early January that it would close all brick-and-mortar stores, and later its parent company filed for bankruptcy. The parent company of women’s clothing store The Limited filed a voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Court, and the store website has been taken offline. 2. Gymboree Children’s clothing retailer Gymboree Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in June, the latest sign of traditional retailers’ struggles as shoppers shun stores and buy online. The San Francisco-based company says it is seeking to reduce its debt by $900 million. It expects to operate its business and majority of its 1,300 stores during the restructuring. 3. BCBGMAXAZRIA The company, which owns BCBGMAXAZRIA, said in March it filed voluntary petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The company obtained a commitment of $45 million from loan lenders in new financing and filed its plan of reorganization. 4. Wet Seal Teen clothing retailer Wet Seal abruptly closed all of its 148 brick-and-mortar stores in early 2017. According to a letter obtained by The Wall Street Journal, the retailer is permanently shutting down and will lay off all of its workers. The company is headquartered in California. In 2015, Wet Seal closed 338 of its 511 stores and filed for bankruptcy protection. Versa Capital then acquired the brand for $7.5 million in April 2015. 5. RadioShack The chain retailer announced in March it was filing for bankruptcy and closing about 200 of its stores and evaluating what to do with the remaining 1,300. This isn’t the first time RadioShack has filed for bankruptcy.  6. hhgregg Appliance store hhgregg announced in March it was closing 88 stores and laying off 1,500 employees. A month later, the company received court approval to close its remaining stores and liquidate its assets. 7. Gander Mountain Sporting goods retailer Gander Mountain Co. filed for bankruptcy in March. Gander Mountain and some of its subsidiaries filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code after the retailer “experienced traffic patterns and shifts in consumer demand resulting from increased direct-to-customer sales by key vendors and accelerated growth of e-commerce,” according to a company statement. 8. MC Sports MC Sports, legally known as Michigan Sporting Goods Distributors, announced in February its plans to begin liquidation sales of all of its 68 stores.  9. Aerosoles AGI HoldCo Inc., which owns Aerosoles stores, has filed for bankruptcy and plans to keep just four stores open in New York and New Jersey. The stores sell women’s shoes. The company expects the restructuring process to be completed in approximately four months. 10. Payless Kansas-based Payless ShoeSource announced in April that it would close nearly 400 underperforming locations in the U.S. Payless’ North American entities, and two of its Hong Kong-based entities, filed voluntary Chapter 11 petitions in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.
  • Hurricane Maria was upgraded to a Category 5 strength storm. Severe Weather Team 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said it slammed Dominica overnight as a category 5 storm, lost some strength and now has regained 160 mph winds and category 5 status. 'It is headed to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands later tonight and early on Wednesday,' Minton said. 'This is a dangerous storm.' Minton said it's on the same path as Hurricane Irma, but models move it a bit to the east of the Bahamas in a few days. The Latest on tropical weather:  5:10 a.m. Hurricane Maria has regained Category 5 strength, upping its top wind speeds after it had briefly dropped to a Category 4 storm overnight near the island of Dominica. Our team of Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologists will be watching it carefully over the next several days. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says a hurricane hunter plane checking on Maria after it pounded that small Caribbean island says the storm strengthened anew early Tuesday and again has top sustained winds of 160 mph (260 kph). The storm was located early Tuesday about 65 miles (100 kilometers) west-southwest of another Caribbean island, Guadeloupe. It’s moving to the west-northwest at 9 mph (15 kph). [DOWNLOAD: WSB-TV's news app for alerts on Hurricane Maria] Severe Weather Team 2 says a Category 5 hurricane is a major and extremely dangerous storm capable of catastrophic winds. They add that fluctuations in intensity were expected and that further strengthening is possible as the storm moves over warm Caribbean waters in coming hours and days.   NEW UPDATE MARIA: Hurricane Hunter Aircraft finds 160mph winds. Maria now CAT 5. Headed to Virgin Islands & P.R. pic.twitter.com/p2VCHTkHvS — Karen Minton (@KarenMintonWSB) September 19, 2017     Elsewhere, in the Atlantic, Hurricane Jose is producing dangerous surf and rip currents along the East Coast of the United States. Forecasters say that storm is centered about 240 miles (390 kilometers) east-northeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina — or about 365 miles (590 kilometers) south of Nantucket, Massachusetts. It’s moving to the north at 9 mph (15 kph) with top sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph). ___ 2:45 a.m. Hurricane Maria, after pounding Dominica with high winds, has weakened slightly to a still extremely dangerous Category 4 major storm. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said early Tuesday that top sustained winds had fallen slightly to 155 mph (250 kph). It says high winds are now beginning to diminish over Dominica and that the eye of Maria is now about 45 miles (70 kilometers) west-northwest of that small Caribbean island. The storm is moving west-northwest at 9 mph (15 kph) on a course that threatens other areas of the Caribbean including Puerto Rico.   Latest Hurr Maria track to Puerto Rico & V.I. tonight with 155mph winds.Storm surge 6-9' ~25' rain possible. pic.twitter.com/5rtbAObHgn — Karen Minton (@KarenMintonWSB) September 19, 2017   Meanwhile, Hurricane Jose continues to move north over the Atlantic, churning up dangerous surf and rip currents along the East Coast of the United States. That storm was located at 2 a.m. about 395 miles (635 kilometers) south of Nantucket, Massachusetts. ___ 12:10 a.m. Hurricane Maria swept over the small island of Dominica with catastrophic winds overnight, starting a charge into the eastern Caribbean that threatens islands already devastated by Hurricane Irma and holds the possibility of a direct hit on Puerto Rico. Fierce winds and driving rain lashed mountainous Dominica for hours, causing flooding and tearing roofs from homes. A police official on the island, Inspector Pellam Jno Baptiste, said late Monday that there were no immediate reports of casualties but it was still too dangerous for officers to do a full assessment as the storm raged outside. “Where we are, we can’t move,” he said in a brief phone interview while hunkered down against the region’s second Category 5 hurricane this month.  
  • President Donald Trump will address the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday with topics such as North Korea’s nuclear program, terrorism, and reform of the U.N. itself likely included in the speech. In brief remarks Trump made at the UN on Monday, he vowed the United States will be “partners in your work” while at the same time took the body to task saying, “We are not seeing the results in line with this investment.' Also on Monday, Trump called up an altered version of his campaign slogan when he promised to “make the United Nations great” - not ”again.” “Make the United Nations great.” Here is what you need to know about Trump's speech. What is it: Trump will deliver his first address to the full United Nations General Assembly. Leaders from 193 countries, or their representatives, attend the annual meeting. What time is the speech: Trump will address the General Assembly around 10:30 a.m. ET. What will he say: He is expected to talk about the nuclear threat from North Korea and from Iran; the instability in Venezuela and the fight against terrorism, according to The Associated Press. He is also expected to take a couple of swipes at the U.N. itself. Who won’t be there: Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be attending the General Assembly, nor will China’s President Xi Jinping. What channel is it on: Cable news channels plan to air the speech live as does C-SPAN.
  • A fugitive convicted of a 2010 bank robbery was wearing a stethoscope around his neck and a fake surgeon ID badge when he was arrested Monday in Pittsburgh. Mark Huellen, 41, was spotted by sheriff’s deputies pulling away from a red light at a high rate of speed in the area of West Carson Street, near Station Square. He was stopped after he passed under the Fort Pitt Bridge. >> Read more trending news According to the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, Huellen appeared to be nervous. It was easily determined that the ID badge Huellen was wearing was fake, according to a news release. It was “nothing more than something from a plastic label maker.” Huellen, who was wanted since June 28 by federal authorities for violating the conditions of his probation on the bank robbery conviction, was arrested. Read more at WPXI.com.