Millions across the United States gather for an awe-inspiring solar eclipse, a U.S. warship collided with an oil tanker near Singapore and Uber hiked its Hong Kong fees by up to 80 percent.
Millions of Americans armed with protective glasses are taking positions along a slender ribbon of land cutting diagonally across the United States to marvel at the first total solar eclipse to unfold from coast to coast in nearly a century. After weeks of anticipation, the sight of the moon's shadow passing directly in front of the sun, blotting out all but the halo-like solar corona, will draw one of the largest audiences in human history, experts say.
Ten sailors are missing after a U.S. warship collided with an oil tanker east of Singapore before dawn, tearing a hole beneath the waterline and flooding compartments that include a crew sleeping area, the U.S. Navy said.
Statues have a power of their own, writes columnist John Lloyd. Rather than tearing down tributes to leaders like those of the Confederacy, their statues “should be attended by explanation, debate and opposing views, even ‘opposing’ monuments.” Clarification about why controversial figures were once regarded so highly might be only a compromise, but “it speaks to reason, and may help to avoid what presently threatens to be an escalation of hate,” says Lloyd.
South Korean and U.S. forces began computer-simulated military exercises amid tension over North Korea's weapons programs, while a report it has earned millions of dollars in exports is likely to raise doubt about the impact of sanctions.
Spanish police extended the search for the man who killed 13 people in Barcelona to all of Europe as details emerged of how he fled on foot through the streets of the old town before disappearing.
Uber hiked its Hong Kong fees by up to 80 percent after a review of its business there, the embattled ridesharing company said, adding it was not having issues financing its operations in the Asian financial hub.
Bankrupt Texas utility Energy Future Holdings will abandon a deal to sell power transmission company Oncor to Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway for $9 billion and will accept a $9.45 billion bid for Oncor by Sempra Energy instead, people familiar with the matter said. The development represents a rare blow for Buffett, who avoids bidding wars for companies and had swooped in two months ago to buy Oncor after two previous attempts by Energy Future to sell it were blocked by Texas regulators.
Saudi Arabia's state carrier said it had been unable to send planes to transport Qatari pilgrims to the kingdom because it had been unable to get permission to land at Doha airport amid a diplomatic dispute between the two countries.