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Many flock to path of totality for eclipse

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 17:22

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (KSNW) – Many people flocked to northeast Kansas and Missouri to check out the path of totality in Monday’s historic eclipse.

One of the best places to see the eclipse was in St. Joseph where weather almost spoiled the show. However, those who showed up to see the eclipse didn’t give up.

“It is the place to be, and it was predicted to be safe for totality, and easy to get to, and predictions were for it to be a clear day,” said Robert Carter, visiting from Australia.

Not only a spirited group but an experienced one. Bob McKay has seen four solar eclipses, and he knows what he’s doing.

“You leave it in while it is going to totality, once it comes to totality, the filter comes out, and allows me to take a photograph at totality.”

But you’d have to kid yourself if you didn’t think weather may ruin the event.

“We are just hoping it is not cloudy that would just ruin it,” said Matthew Thomas, Arkansas visitor.

Just before noon, the show got started. Breathtaking footage of the beginning of the eclipse, only to be covered by clouds minutes later. Rain would follow shortly after.

“It is unbelievable. Brilliant. I am hoping these clouds move just a little bit,” said Sheramy Turcotte, visiting from Massachusetts

Nearing the moment of totality, the sun and moon were still nowhere in sight. However, darkness loomed over the grounds as people watched in amazement. Then, a break in clouds gave eclipse viewers a chance to see the moon steal the spotlight from the sun.

“The sky turning black during the day, the ring of fire around the moon, but it doesn’t do justice of how truly inspiring it was to see,” said Conner Daves, visiting from Dallas, Texas.

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Teachman’s Take: Eclipse thoughts plus a stormy evening

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 17:05

With 93% totality in Wichita, it was still an incredible show!  Most of us across Kansas got to see and enjoy this celestial phenomenon where the clouds were able to break up.  This was my first experience with an eclipse of this magnitude. The last total eclipse to hit the United States was just a couple of weeks before I was born a few decades ago.  When we hit the eclipse’s peak this afternoon shortly after 1 PM, the way the sky darkened reminded of an approaching storm.  We dropped a total of 4 degrees in Wichita during the event.

While the sunshine has returned, the heat has built back with plenty of humidity.

You can see the clouds are getting more active around the metro, which will lead to more storms this evening.

Scattered storms will develop through the evening and part of the overnight.  While I’m not expecting widespread severe weather, a few storms could be on the stronger side with hail and gusty winds.  Because the atmosphere is charged with moisture, get ready to receive heavy amounts of rain if you get stuck underneath a storm.

Coming up in my Storm Tracker 3 forecast on KSN at 5, 6 and 10, I’m not only tracking the storms for tonight but a refreshing change in temperatures to come.  I’ll see you tonight!

All my best,

Lisa Teachman

KSN Chief Meteorologist

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Norman Rockwell baseball painting sells for $1.6M at auction

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 16:50

DALLAS (AP) — A rendering by Norman Rockwell of one of his best known baseball-themed paintings has sold at auction for $1.6 million.

The work was a study, or a preliminary work, for Rockwell’s “Tough Call.”

The painting depicts three umpires looking skyward pondering whether to call a game because of rain. It’s arguably the most recognizable of his baseball-themed works.

Heritage Auctions says the painting sold Sunday in Dallas to a buyer who wants to remain anonymous.

The Austin family who put the work up for auction thought they just had a print of the work before they had it examined.

The final painting is in the possession of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

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Police hunt suspected TV thief in ‘I’m Broke Baby’ T-shirt

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 15:49

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) — Police in suburban Kansas City are on the hunt for a man accused of stealing a TV while wearing a T-shirt with the phrase “I’m Broke Baby” on it.

The Lee’s Summit Police Department says on its Facebook page Monday that “yes, we realize his shirt is ironic!” A photo on the page shows the man wearing the black and white shirt, a matching ball cap and sunglasses. He’s clutching a cellphone and what appears to be a shopping cart handle.

The post says he’s suspected of stealing the large TV from a retailer. It doesn’t say when the theft occurred.

The post had been shared nearly 270 times as of Monday afternoon and generated comments including: “Get a job, baby!” and “Shirt says it all.”

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Gallery: Eclipse in Kansas

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 14:30
Eclipse in Kansas Moonshadows (Courtesy: Terri Pickering) Eclipse in Kinsley (Courtesy: Melissa Smith) Eclipse shadows on Golden Retriever (Courtesy: Nancy Maynard) Eclipse in Kinsley (Courtesy: Melissa Smith) Moonshadows (Courtesy: Terri Pickering) Shadow of eclipse on hand (Courtesy: Matt Litton) Eclipse near Plainville (Courtesy: Shy'la Brummer ) Eclipse in Kinsley (Courtesy: Melissa Smith) Eclipse in Bel Aire as seen through the leaves of a tree. (KSN viewer) Students in Goessel watch the eclipse. (Courtesy: Dr. Fast, Supt. Goessel) (Courtesy: John Byington) (Courtesy: John Byington) Wichita eclipse (Courtesy: Matt Rathbun ) Photo courtesy Warren Kunkle / KSN Turon (Courtesy: Amanda)
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Police locate family of lost child

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 13:18

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police has located the family of a lost child

At approximately 10:50 a.m., officers responded to the area of Harry and Battin.

A 2-year-old child was located wearing a diaper and black transformer t-shirt. The child also has black curly hair and brown eyes.

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Spectators flock to science museums to view eclipse

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 13:01

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KSNW) – Spectators flocked to the Kansas Cosmosphere in Hutchinson to watch the solar eclipse.

Employees set up a special telescope and binoculars in the parking lot. Even those attending got a pair of glasses.

Brittany Mazur brought out her 4-year-old son, James, to make an impression. She says he may one day be a scientist and wanted him to see the eclipse in memorable surroundings.

“He will be older when the next one comes. And it’s the first time so I guess it will be more of a memento for when he gets older,” says Mazur.”I really honestly do believe so. His bedroom is full of star,s and he has a big old galaxy system in his bedroom, so I think he will probably be a scientist some day.”

Others in Hutchinson were not so young. Frank Nachtigal is retired.

“Since the last one, it’s been a few years ago. It was the eclipse of something, the sun? But I didn’t get too excited about it,” says Nachtigal. “The sight of it was good but I thought it would get darker. It got cooler though.”

The Cosmosphere offered free viewing glasses and there were food trucks and plenty of music on loudspeakers including “Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone” among other classic pop songs that referenced the sun and moon.

In Wichita, the eclipse party at Exploration Place started at 11:30 a.m., but some people arrived by 5 a.m. to make sure they got a good spot.

One woman who arrived at 9 a.m. said the line stretched all the way to the Keeper of the Plains.

“You don’t know if you’re going to see it again, by the time it comes in 24, who knows if we’re going to be around or not,” said Kim Batemon, watching eclipse.

Wichita State and Friends University also had watch parties for the eclipse.

 

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Clerk fires shot at robbery suspect

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 12:35

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police are investigating two robberies that happened at separate Circle K convenience stores Sunday night.

The first happened in the 2300 block of South Seneca.

“The suspect entered the business, ordered an item, and as the register was open, he jumped the counter and began taking money,” said officer Charley Davidson, Wichita Police Department. “The employee drew a gun and fired on shot towards the suspect.”

The suspect escaped. Then, around 10 p.m. another Circle K in the 2000 block of South Oliver was robbed.

The employee told police the suspect entered the store, asked for an item, and when the register drawer opened, he began to demand money. Money was taken.

There were no injuries to either clerk.

Police are investigating whether the two robberies are connected.

If you have any information, call 267-2111 or 268-4407.

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Americans are dazzled as eclipse turns day into night

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 12:10

Millions of Americans gazed in wonder through telescopes, cameras and disposable protective glasses Monday as the moon blotted out the sun in the first full-blown solar eclipse to sweep the U.S. from coast to coast in nearly a century.

“It was a very primal experience, it really was,” Julie Vigeland, of Portland, Oregon, said after she was moved to tears by the sight of the sun reduced to a silvery ring of light in Salem. “I’ve seen other really magnificent things, but there is nothing, nothing like this. Absolutely nothing.”

The temperature dropped, birds quieted down, crickets chirped and the stars came out in the middle of the day as the line of darkness raced 2,600 miles (4,200 kilometers) across the continent in about 90 minutes, bringing forth oohs, aahs, shouts and screams.

In Boise, Idaho, where the sun was more than 99 percent blocked, people clapped and whooped, and the street lights came on briefly, while in Nashville, Tennessee, people craned their necks at the sky and knocked back longneck beers at Nudie’s Honky Tonk bar.

Passengers aboard a cruise ship in the Caribbean watched it unfold as Bonnie Tyler sang her 1983 hit “Total Eclipse of the Heart.”

At the Nashville Zoo, the giraffes started running around crazily in circles when darkness fell, and the flamingos huddled together, though zookeepers said it wasn’t clear whether it was the eclipse or the noisy, cheering crowd that spooked them.

Several minor-league baseball teams — one of them, South Carolina’s Columbia Fireflies, outfitted for the day in glow-in-the-dark jerseys — briefly suspended play.

At the White House, despite all the warnings from experts about the risk of eye damage, President Donald Trump took off his eclipse glasses and looked directly at the sun.

It was the most-observed and most-photographed eclipse in history, with many Americans staking out prime viewing spots and settling onto blankets and lawn chairs to watch, especially along the path of totality — the line of deep shadow created when the sun is completely obscured except for the ring of light known as the corona.

The shadow — a corridor just 60 to 70 miles (96 to 113 kilometers) wide — came ashore in Oregon and then traveled diagonally across the Midwest to South Carolina, with darkness from the totality lasting only about two to three wondrous minutes in any one spot.

The rest of North America was treated to a partial eclipse, as were Central America and the top of South America.

With 200 million people within a day’s drive from the path of totality, towns and parks saw big crowds. Skies were clear along most of the route, to the relief of those who feared cloud cover would spoil this once-in-a-lifetime moment.

NASA reported 4.4 million people were watching its TV coverage midway through the eclipse, the biggest livestream event in the space agency’s history.

“It can be religious. It makes you feel insignificant, like you’re just a speck in the whole scheme of things,” said veteran eclipse-watcher Mike O’Leary of San Diego, who set up his camera along with hundreds of other amateur astronomers gathered in Casper, Wyoming.

John Hays drove up from Bishop, California, for the total eclipse in Salem, Oregon, and said the experience will stay with him forever.

“That silvery ring is so hypnotic and mesmerizing, it does remind you of wizardry or like magic,” he said.

More than one parent was amazed to see teenagers actually look up from their cellphones.

Matt Nagy, of Laramie, Wyoming, said that the eclipse made him “whoop and holler” and that even his two teenage daughters were impressed: “It takes a lot to get a teenager excited about something.”

Astronomers were giddy with excitement. A solar eclipse is considered one of the grandest of cosmic spectacles.

NASA solar physicist Alex Young said the last time earthlings had a connection like this to the heavens was during man’s first flight to the moon, on Apollo 8 in 1968. The first, famous Earthrise photo came from that mission and, like this eclipse, showed us “we are part of something bigger.”

NASA’s acting administrator, Robert Lightfoot, watched with delight from a plane flying over the Oregon coast and joked about the NASA official next to him: “I’m about to fight this man for a window seat.”

Hoping to learn more about the sun’s composition and activity, NASA and other scientists watched and analyzed from telescopes on the ground and in orbit, the International Space Station, airplanes and scores of high-altitude balloons beaming back live video.

Citizen scientists monitored animal and plant behavior as day turned into twilight. About 7,000 people streamed into the Nashville Zoo just to watch the animals’ reaction and noticed how they got noisier as it got darker.

The Earth, moon and sun line up perfectly every one to three years, briefly turning day into night for a sliver of the planet. But these sights normally are in no man’s land, like the vast Pacific or Earth’s poles. This is the first eclipse of the social media era to pass through such a heavily populated area.

The moon hasn’t thrown this much shade at the U.S. since 1918, during the nation’s last coast-to-coast total eclipse. The last total solar eclipse on the U.S. was in 1979, but only five states in the Northwest experienced total darkness.

The next total solar eclipse in the U.S. will be in 2024. The next coast-to-coast one will not be until 2045.

The path of totality passed through 14 states, entering near Lincoln City, Oregon, at 1:16 p.m. EDT, moving over Casper, Wyoming; Carbondale, Illinois; and Nashville, Tennessee, and then exiting near Charleston, South Carolina, at 2:47 p.m. EDT.

Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois saw the longest stretch of darkness: 2 minutes and 44 seconds.

Kim Kniseley drove overnight from Roanoke, Virginia, arriving in Madisonville, Tennessee, before dawn to get a parking spot at Kefauver Park.

He said he could have stayed home in Roanoke and seen a partial eclipse of 90 percent, but that would have been like “going to a rock concert and you’re standing in the parking lot.”

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This story has been corrected to show that the giraffes started running in circles during, not after, the eclipse.

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Associated Press writers Gillian Flaccus in Salem, Oregon; Peter Banda in Casper, Wyoming; Caryn Rousseau in Chicago; Seth Borenstein in Nashville, Tennessee; and Beth Harpaz in Madisonville, Tennessee, contributed to this report.

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Your last-minute Eclipse of Century cheat sheet

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 10:04

(CNN) – In case you haven’t been paying attention (and NO ONE would judge you if you weren’t), there is a teensy weensy little astronomical event happening on Monday known as the Eclipse of the CENTURY!

It’s called such because it’s the first total solar eclipse to be visible to the U.S. mainland since 1979 and, well, in general, eclipses are pretty great. Here’s everything — and we mean everything — you need to know about this event. And no, there are no stupid questions.

When is the eclipse?

The eclipse will take place on Monday, August 21. The total eclipse begins on the West Coast just after 10 a.m. PT and ends on the East Coast a little before 3 p.m. ET.

Okay, but when is it in my area?

Here is a handy interactive map. There’s still time to make a “A Beautiful Mind”-level conspiracy board about the eclipse and what it means, and if you’re interested in that, we recommend making this map the centerpiece.

You can even type in your exact address to see whether you’ll get a good view.

How long will it last?

Short answer? About two minutes.

Long answer? It depends on where you are. Illinoisans, rejoice — you’ll get the longest bit of the eclipse in Carbondale. There, the event will last two minutes and 43 seconds.

Will I even be able to see it?

So this is the tricky part. The “path of totality,” or the path of the eclipse under which things will get really dark, extends from South Carolina, up through Nebraska, and passes over the West Coast through Oregon. The path is about 70 miles wide, so a fairly narrow portion of the United States will be in prime viewing spots.

Just because you’re not in the path of totality doesn’t mean you won’t be able to see it, though. It just won’t be as dramatic.

What exactly is “totality”?

“Totality” is when the moon completely blocks out the sun. That occurs in that narrow 70-mile path we just talked about, because that area will be directly below the moon’s shadow.

What exactly is an eclipse?

First of all, for us here on Earth, there are two different types of eclipses: solar and lunar. Solar eclipses happen when the moon’s shadow falls on the Earth as it passes between us and the sun. Lunar eclipses happen when the moon is blacked out by moving into the shadow of the Earth.

This one is a solar eclipse.

Aren’t there eclipses all the time?

Yes, but there are also total and partial eclipses, which are exactly what they sound like. And they also happen all over the world. So the fact that Monday’s event is a total eclipse that we will actually be able to see from the United States makes it a pretty big deal. Remember, we haven’t had a total eclipse in 38 years!

How will the weather be for the eclipse?

It’ll be pretty hard to say until a few hours before the eclipse, but so far there don’t seem to be any major weather events across the United States to look for. However, a cloudy day can still put a moon-sized damper on your eclipse-watching plans, so keep your fingers crossed, especially if you’re in the Southeast.

Do I really have to wear glasses so my eyeballs don’t roast in their sockets?

Yes. Don’t you remember being told as a little kid never to look directly at the sun? Ageless wisdom! You’re only safe staring up slack-jawed at it if you’re in the direct path of totality, AND only for the few minutes the moon is actually in front of the sun.

If you stare at it anyway, you could do long-term damage to your eyes. So please, just wear the funny glasses. Here’s a list of safe options.

So I shouldn’t stare directly, unblinking, at a 10,000-degree ball of fire?

It is not recommended.

Even if it’s cloudy?

PLEASE DON’T.

I plan to be in a cave/ trapped in an underground bunker/ performing surgery and won’t be able to go outside. How else can I watch it?

May we humbly suggest CNN’s VR experience for your day-of viewing?

If you can’t put your scalpel down during the actual eclipse, rest assured everyone and their mother will be posting pics and videos of it online. You will not miss a thing, whether you want to or not.

This sounds like a traffic nightmare. Am I right?

Total. Gridlock. Especially in the areas of totality, where thousands of eclipse-chasers will flock to catch a glimpse of the darkness. Local leaders are telling people to arm themselves with food, water and a full tank of gas, and they are anticipating the worst traffic directly after the eclipse as people return to their normally-scheduled lives.

Also, be aware that if you’re on the road during the eclipse, chances are plenty of motorists will have forgotten this is happening as the sky blackens.

This is my first solar eclipse and I am not ruling out the possibility that, when the moon blocks out the sun, day plunges into night and the beasts wail like men, I will be unreasonably terrified on an organic level. Please make me feel better about this fact.

If you think YOU’LL be scared, think of our ancestors who had no idea what was happening! Especially people who worshipped sun gods. Did they just think the dude took a sick day?

Yes, ancient cultures often connected eclipses with fear, dread and bad omens. Some ancient Mesopotamians thought that eclipses foretold the death of a king. Eventually, the ancient Greeks and other world cultures learned what eclipses were and how to predict them. But it was touch and go there for a few millennia and KNOWING what was going to happen didn’t purge all of the interesting superstitions people had about them.

In short, no judgment. Eclipses can be pretty emotional events.

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Watch live: Total solar eclipse

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 09:46

NBC News chases the total solar eclipse of 2017 across the United States with coverage from Oregon to South Carolina. Mobile users click here.

RELATED | KSN.com of the eclipse

NASA Live Coverage of the Eclipse:

These are the local times across Kansas:

Goodland (93.886% obscured)
11:28:35 start
12:53:55 maximum
2:21:51 end

Garden City (89.691% obscured)
11:30:08 start
12:56:27 maximum
2:25:00 end

Dodge City (89.797% obscured)
11:31:39 start
12:58:25 maximum
2:27:02 end

Hays (94.609% obscured)
11:32:41 start
12:59:03 maximum
2:27:12 end

Great Bend (93.376% obscured)
11:33:45 start
1:00:41 maximum
2:28:56 end

Hutchinson (93.221%)
11:35:19 start
1:02:41 maximum
2:30:58 end

Salina (96.319% obscured)
11:35:44 start
1:02:46 maximum
2:30:38 end

Wichita (92.577% obscured)
11:36:31 start
1:04:16 maximum
2:32:38 end

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Osborne man killed when vehicle rolls

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 09:27

SMITH CENTER, Kan. (KSNW) – A 26-year-old Osborne man was killed in a rollover early Sunday. It happened on Highway 281 north of Portis.

The Kansas Highway Patrol said a 2003 Dodge Stratus was northbound when it failed to negotiate a curve. It entered the east ditch at U road and became airborne.

Authorities identified the victim as Trevor L. Rempe.

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Crews search for missing fisherman in Kansas River

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 08:50

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) – Authorities are searching for a fisherman in the Kansas River.

Fire Chief John Paul Jones says witnesses saw the man fall into the river Sunday near Interstate 435 in Kansas City, Kansas.

Crews looked for nearly two hours before breaking for the night. Jones says in a tweet that crews will return to the area to search in daylight Monday.

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Trump to outline Afghan strategy in national TV address

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 08:42

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will use a nationally televised address to outline for a war-weary nation the strategy he believes will best position the U.S. to eventually declare victory in Afghanistan after 16 years of combat and lives lost.

The speech Monday night will also give Trump a chance for a reset after one of the most difficult weeks of his short presidency.

Trump tweeted Saturday that he had reached a decision on the way forward in Afghanistan, a day after he reviewed war options with his national security team at a meeting at Camp David, Maryland. The president offered no clues about whether he would send thousands more U.S. troops into Afghanistan or exercise his authority as commander in chief to order that they be withdrawn from America’s longest war.

But signs pointed in the direction of Trump continuing the U.S. commitment there.

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Sunday hailed the launch of the Afghan Army’s new special operations corps and declared that “we are with you and we will stay with you.”

Trump scheduled a 9 p.m. EDT Monday address to the nation and U.S. troops stationed at the Army’s Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall. Next door to the base is Arlington National Cemetery, the final resting place for many of the U.S. troops who died fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

It will be Trump’s first formal address to the nation outside of his late February speech to a joint session of Congress. And it follows one of the most trying weeks for the president, who generated a firestorm of criticism after he appeared to equate neo-Nazis and white supremacists with the counter-protesters who opposed them during a deadly clash, with racial overtones, two weekends ago in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Trump blamed “very fine people, on both sides” for the confrontation in which a woman was killed and more than a dozen people were injured. The comments triggered rebukes from elected and former elected leaders in both political parties, and corporate leaders signaled a lack of confidence in Trump by resigning from a pair of White House advisory boards, among other expressions of dissent over his comments.

In Afghanistan, Gen. John Nicholson’s comments suggested the Pentagon may have won its argument that U.S. military must remain engaged in order to ensure that terrorists aren’t again able to threaten the U.S. from havens inside of Afghanistan.

Nicholson, who spoke before the announcement about Trump’s speech, said the commandos and a plan to double the size of the Afghan special operations forces are critical to winning the war.

“I assure you we are with you in this fight. We are with you and we will stay with you,” Nicholson said during a ceremony at Camp Morehead, a training base for Afghan commandoes southeast of Kabul.

The Pentagon was awaiting a final announcement by Trump on a proposal to send in nearly 4,000 more U.S. troops. The added forces would increase training and advising of the Afghan forces and bolster counterterrorism operations against the Taliban and an Islamic State group affiliate trying to gain a foothold in the country.

The administration had been at odds for months over how to craft a new Afghan war strategy amid frustrations that the conflict had stalemated some 16 years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The Afghan government controls just half of the country and is beset by endemic corruption and infighting.

The Islamic State group has been hit hard but continues to attempt major attacks, insurgents still find safe harbor in Pakistan, and Russia, Iran and others are increasingly trying to shape the outcome. At this point, everything the U.S. military has proposed points to keeping the Afghan government in place and struggling to turn a dismal quagmire around.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who visited Afghanistan over the weekend, declared himself satisfied with how the administration had formulated its new strategy. But he refused to discuss details before Trump’s announcement.

Afghan military commanders have been clear that they want and expect continued U.S. military help.

Among elected leaders in the U.S., opinions were mixed about America’s future role in Afghanistan.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who last year challenged Trump for the Republican presidential nomination, favors withdrawing the approximately 8,400 U.S. troops currently in Afghanistan — not sending in more.

“I think we should begin to leave and then I think we should reserve the opportunity and the right, with proper basing of our forces in the region, to be able to strike, if we think that there is an effort being made to create another launching pad,” Kasich said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union. “But just to stay there after 16 years, I want our people to be able to come home.”

Sen. Tim Kaine, a Virginia Democrat and member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said he was more interested at this point in hearing Trump’s overall plan before any talk about troop levels.

“The troop strength question is sort of the cart before the horse. The real question is what is our strategy?” Kaine said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” ”And then when you lay out the strategy, then the troop strength question can kind of answer itself.”

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US and S. Korean troops start drills amid N. Korea standoff

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 08:42

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. and South Korean troops kicked off their annual drills Monday that come after President Donald Trump and North Korea exchanged warlike rhetoric in the wake of the North’s two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month.

The Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills are largely computer-simulated war games held every summer and have drawn furious responses from North Korea, which views them as an invasion rehearsal. Pyongyang’s state media on Sunday called this year’s drills a “reckless” move that could trigger the “uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war.”

Despite the threat, U.S. and South Korean militaries launched this year’s 11-day training on Monday morning as scheduled. The exercise involves 17,500 American troops and 50,000 South Korean soldiers, according to the U.S. military command in South Korea and Seoul’s Defense Ministry.

No field training like live-fire exercises or tank maneuvering is involved in the Ulchi drills, in which alliance officers sit at computers to practice how they engage in battles and hone their decision-making capabilities. The allies have said the drills are defensive in nature.

South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in said Monday that North Korea must not use the drills as a pretext to launch fresh provocation, saying the training is held regularly because of repeated provocations by North Korea.

North Korea typically responds to South Korea-U.S. military exercises with weapons tests and a string of belligerent rhetoric. During last year’s Ulchi drills, North Korea test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile that flew about 500 kilometers (310 miles) in the longest flight by that type of weapon. Days after the drills, the North carried out its fifth and biggest nuclear test to date.

Last month North Korea test-launched two ICBMs at highly lofted angles, and outside experts say those missiles can reach some U.S. parts like Alaska, Los Angeles or Chicago if fired at normal, flattened trajectories. Analysts say it would be only a matter of time for the North to achieve its long-stated goal of acquiring a nuclear missile that can strike anywhere in the United States.

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump pledged to answer North Korean aggression with “fire and fury.” North Korea, for its part, threatened to launch missiles toward the American territory of Guam before its leader Kim Jong Un backed off saying he would first watch how Washington acts before going ahead with the missile launch plans.

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Trevor Siemian appears to have won Broncos QB job again

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 08:40

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Even though coach Vance Joseph isn’t saying it, the steady and solid Trevor Siemian appears to have won the Denver Broncos’ quarterback derby for the second straight summer.

The seventh-rounder from Northwestern has outplayed former first-round pick Paxton Lynch of Memphis, whose flashes of athleticism and agility remain overshadowed by poor decisions and bad throws.

Although Joseph isn’t declaring a winner yet, Siemian has impressed a second set of coaches running a second offensive scheme, and Lynch, while he’s shown some progress, still doesn’t look ready to run a team.

Joseph appeared to squelch the notion that the decision could come down to which one has the higher perceived upside, insisting: “That does not matter. Whoever wins the job, wins the job — he’s the best guy for our football team. So, where you’re drafted does not matter. It’s about performance, not potential.”

Yet Joseph declined to declare a winner in this QB competition following Denver’s 33-14 preseason win at San Francisco on Saturday night.

“I saw Paxton make some plays with his legs, which he should. He’s an athlete. And Trevor, he was solid. He was Trevor. He made good decisions. His ball placement was on point tonight. You know, he controlled the huddle, so I was pleased with Trevor,” Joseph said.

Joseph wouldn’t say if the decision was imminent, suggesting: “Again, the timeframe is not important. What’s important is that we get it right. So, it could be this week, it could be next week. But, we’re going to go back and watch the tape and see where we are.”

This is what Joseph and his staff would see:

— Lynch overlooking Demaryius Thomas streaking across the middle uncovered on third down and instead forcing the throw to Virgil Green into double coverage for an incompletion.

— Lynch scrambling for 27 yards on three runs but getting sacked after failing to diagnose a blitz quickly enough and averaging just 3 yards per pass attempt as he throws for just 39 yards in five drives.

— Siemian taking over with 3:23 left before halftime and coolly throwing a 19-yard TD strike to Jordan Taylor one play after his 9-yard TD toss to De’Angelo Henderson was negated by a fourth penalty on rookie left tackle Garett Bolles.

— Siemian finishing with a 128.2 passer rating (and 8.5 yards per pass attempt) compared with Lynch’s 72.3.

Lynch had two promising practices against the 49ers but didn’t follow up with the big game he needed to challenge Siemian. The three scoring drives he directed covered a total of 48 yards and ended in two field goals and a 1-yard run by C.J. Anderson.

“You can’t complain about getting points,” Lynch said, “but I think that we left some points out there.”

Siemian followed up his quick strike TD drive just before halftime — which included a nifty sack escape — with a 12-play drive that ate up more than six minutes in the third quarter and ended in a field goal.

“I think so,” Siemian said when asked if he felt he’d done enough to win the job. “I’m not the coach, but I think so.”

While Joseph was noncommittal, he reiterated that it would indeed be best if he had his starting QB in place by the time the Broncos host the Packers next weekend in their final tuneup for the regular season.

“Absolutely, because our starters should play a half of football versus Green Bay, and that’s going to be our first official game-plan game of the season,” Joseph said. “So, that would be ideal, yes.”

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Kasich urges Trump to end staff chaos and ‘settle it down’

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 08:39

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich urged President Donald Trump on Sunday to stop the staff chaos at the White House and “settle it down.”

Strategist Steve Bannon last week became the latest top White House official to follow Trump’s national security adviser, a chief of staff, two communications directors and a press secretary, and others, out the door.

“You can’t keep putting new people in the lineup and think you’re going to win a world championship,” said Kasich, who is among those who think the staff churn is hampering Trump’s ability to notch a major legislative victory. He voiced his concerns on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

The White House said Bannon and new White House chief of staff John Kelly had “mutually agreed” that Friday would be Bannon’s last day. Bannon immediately resumed his role as executive chairman of the conservative Breitbart News website, which he led before joining Trump campaign.

David Bossie, a former deputy manager of Trump’s campaign, said Bannon wanted to give Kelly “an opportunity to have a clean slate.”

Bannon repeatedly clashed with other top advisers, most notably Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. He dismissed concerns that White House staff divisions are hurting Trump’s ability to get his priorities passed, saying that “in every presidency there are factions.”

Bossie blamed Republican congressional leaders instead. “No one is saying the president is not leading. There’s a lack of leadership on one side of Pennsylvania Avenue,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.”

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, urged “more cleaning house” at the White House, echoing some fellow Democrats in naming policy adviser Stephen Miller and national security aide Sebastian Gorka as two who should be fired.

“There certainly are a lot of people on the White House staff and NSC staff that shouldn’t be there, people like Miller and Gorka and others, who not only, I think, represent the same thing that Steve Bannon did but also aren’t capable of doing the job well,” Schiff said, also on CNN.

“So, yes, I think there’s more cleaning house that ought to take place,” Schiff added.

Schiff also questioned Trump’s capability. “There’s some attribute of his character that makes him seemingly incapable of introspection and a broad understanding of what the country really needs. And I think it’s a question that people are asking, you know, what is going on with this president?”

The lawmakers and others spoke Sunday as Trump prepared to return to the White House after more than two weeks away.

Trump spent most of what he said was a “working vacation” holed up at his private golf club in central New Jersey. He also spent two nights at his home at Trump Tower, his first visit to the New York skyscraper since taking office.

Before Trump departed New Jersey, the White House announced that Trump planned to address the nation Monday night from Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia, on U.S. policy toward Afghanistan and South Asia.

Trump and his national security team met at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland on Friday to hash out policy toward South Asia. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, traveling in Afghanistan, said Sunday that the president has agreed on a new war strategy after 16 years of conflict, but declined to discuss details before Trump announces his decision.

Trump’s upcoming week also includes travel to Arizona to visit a Marine Corps facility in Yuma and hold a campaign rally in Phoenix on Tuesday. He stops in Reno, Nevada, on Wednesday to address the American Legion convention.

Back in their states and districts for the August recess, Republican lawmakers were scarce on Sunday’s talk shows, skipping opportunities to weigh in on the president’s comments about the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Bannon’s exit from the White House.

An exception was Sen. Tim Scott, who urged Trump to spend time with people who have lived through the nation’s difficult racial past.

The South Carolina Republican had said last week that Trump had compromised his moral authority by appearing to equate neo-Nazis and white supremacists with those who came out to oppose them in Charlottesville. Trump said there were “very fine people, on both sides” of the clashes.

Scott said the nation is in a “very critical and sensitive time” and that Trump’s next steps would speak louder than his words.

“Without that personal connection to the painful past, it will be hard for him to regain that moral authority, from my perspective,” Scott said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

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Freking reported from Washington.

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Travelers prepare to view solar eclipse

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 02:14

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KSNW) – We are less than 24 hours away from what many people are calling a once in a lifetime opportunity, the chance to view a solar eclipse.

Travelers hit the road Sunday, from near and far, hoping to beat the traffic to several destinations.

At one rest area in Topeka, it was plain to see, people are excited about the eclipse.

KSN caught up with the De Enrique family, who are originally from Spain.

They left Utah a few days ago and are headed to Michigan to take their son, Nicolas, to college.

The De Enrique’s feel the eclipse is so important, that they’ve planned to make a pit stop in Jefferson City, Missouri to see it.

Nicolas says he’s sure his friends back in Spain will be jealous, knowing he has a front row seat to history.

“I would tell them, come to the USA, come to tomorrow, take a flight and watch the eclipse with me,” said De Enrique.

Hotels in Kansas City were packed with people hunkering down the day before the eclipse.

Many people KSN caught up with booked months in advance, anticipating there would be big crowds.

Jason Rasoun, his wife, and two year old son Nolan got in Sunday night from Milwaukee.

They say they made this a do it all in one trip.

Rasoun says they stopped at some amusement parks and even hope to check out a Kansas City Royals game, even though they are Milwaukee Brewers fans.

He says his son is looking forward to two things, ice creams and the eclipse on Monday.

“Well hopefully its sunny and we just get to see it. I am actually kind of interested what happens when it gets dark and just to see what it’s like,” said Rasoun.

Rasoun says the roads in Kansas City on Sunday were pretty busy.

He says they had to wait two hours just to get some the city’s famous barbecue.

You can look at KSN throughout the state, and even in Missouri on Monday for complete coverage of the eclipse, both on-air and online.

 

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Kansas State Fair Los Lonely Boys ticket giveaway

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 01:01
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Wichita sees 2nd anti-hate rally

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 22:47

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Sunday evening we saw the second anti-hate rally in Wichita since the series of events in Charlottesville, Va. This time the focus was on creating a platform for understanding. The recent protests that turned violent after white supremacist clashed with counter demonstrators has led to anti-hate rallies nationwide.

Saturday dozens gathered at McAdams Park to create a safe space for community members to come up and speak about their experience with racism and also their process through combating it. KSN spoke with the organizer of the rally, Carri New, who says she believes there’s been a key element missing from the conversation.

“I feel like our marginalized communities here enough about racism from white people, I want to hear from our marginalized community what they feel about what’s happened in Charlottesville,” explained New.

Several people took to the stage to express their own insights.

“If we want to see change in the community we have to have the conversation,” said Brandon Johnson.

“What people of color really want is not retribution, it’s not hate, we’re not trying to get back; all we want is to allow for our natural skill sets to provide for our families without being impeded upon,” said guest speaker, Sean gates.

Demonstrators from Saturday’s rally say they hope this is a conversation that will continue.

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