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FILE - In this Monday, July 15, 2019, file photo, Dexter Kaiama, foreground, joins demonstrators gathered to block a road at the base of Mauna Kea, Hawaii's tallest mountain. Despite years of legal battles and months of protests by Native Hawaiian opponents, the international coalition that wants to build the world's largest telescope in Hawaii insists that the islands' highest peak, Mauna Kea, is the best place for their $1.4 billion instrument. But just barely. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)
Hawaii or Spain? Telescope experts say it may not matterThe international group planning to build a giant telescope in Hawaii says that despite having a comparable backup site in Spain, they still prefer Hawaii's Mauna Kea for its slightly better viewing conditions
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FILE - This Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019 file image taken from video provided by KABC-TV shows a sheriff's department helicopter with a sniper in an open door searching for a gunman at large in Lancaster, Calif. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says a deputy who claimed he was shot in a station parking lot earlier this week was lying. Assistant Sheriff Robin Limon said at a news conference late Saturday that Wednesday's "reported sniper assault was fabricated" by Angel Reinosa. The 21-year-old deputy told authorities he used a knife to damage his uniform shirt. He's been relieved of duties and will face a criminal investigation. He didn't explain his motive. (KABC-TV via AP, File)
Authorities: Los Angeles deputy lied about sniper assaultThe Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says a deputy who claimed he was shot in a station parking lot earlier this week was lying
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Target teams up with Disney to open shopsTarget teams up with Disney to open shops this fall
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019 file photo, Sudan's new Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok speaks during a press conference in Khartoum, Sudan. Hamdok said in the interview that ending his country's international pariah status and resolving violent internal conflicts are prerequisites for rescuing a faltering economy. Hamdok told The Associated Press that he has already talked to U.S. officials about removing Sudan from Washington’s list of countries sponsoring terrorism and described the reaction as positive. (AP Photo, File)
AP Interview: Sudan PM seeks end to country's pariah statusAP Interview: Sudan's new prime minister says ending his country's international pariah status and drastically cutting military spending are prerequisites for rescuing a faltering economy
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Firefighters walk across charred land to another area as they work to put out fires along the road to Jacunda National Forest in the Vila Nova Samuel region, near the city of Porto Velho in Rondonia state, part of Brazil's Amazon, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019. Leaders of the Group of Seven nations said Sunday they were preparing to help Brazil fight the fires burning across the Amazon rainforest and repair the damage even as tens of thousands of soldiers were being deployed to fight the blazes that have caused global alarm. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
G7 leaders vow to help Brazil fight fires, repair damageLeaders of the Group of Seven nations say they're preparing to help Brazil battle fires burning across the Amazon region and repair the damage
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Today in History

Today is Saturday, Aug. 24, the 236th day of 2019. There are 129 days left in the year.

August 24, 1814

during the War of 1812, British forces invaded Washington, D.C., setting fire to the Capitol (which was still under construction) and the White House, as well as other public buildings.

In A.D. 79, long-dormant Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in volcanic ash; an estimated 20,000 people died.

1857

the New York branch of the Ohio Life Insurance and Trust Company failed, sparking the Panic of 1857.

1932

Amelia Earhart embarked on a 19-hour flight from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey, making her the first woman to fly solo, non-stop, from coast to coast.

1949

the North Atlantic Treaty came into force.

1954

President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Communist Control Act, outlawing the Communist Party in the United States.

1959

three days after Hawaiian statehood, Hiram L. Fong was sworn in as the first Chinese-American U.S. Senator while Daniel K. Inouye (in-OH'-way) was sworn in as the first Japanese-American U.S. Representative.

1968

France became the world's fifth thermonuclear power as it exploded a hydrogen bomb in the South Pacific.

1981

Mark David Chapman was sentenced in New York to 20 years to life in prison for murdering John Lennon. (Chapman remains imprisoned.)

1989

the Voyager 2 space probe flew by Neptune, sending back striking photographs.

2003

the Justice Department reported the U.S. crime rate in 2002 was the lowest since studies began in 1973.

2006

the International Astronomical Union declared that Pluto was no longer a full-fledged planet, demoting it to the status of a "dwarf planet."

2007

the NFL indefinitely suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick without pay after he acknowledged in court papers that he had, indeed, bankrolled gambling on dogfighting and helped kill some dogs not worthy of the pit.

Ten years ago:

All sales under the government's Cash for Clunkers program came to an end, although car dealers were given more time to submit pending claims for reimbursement. Scotland's justice minister, Kenny MacAskill, defended his much-criticized decision to free Abdel Baset al-Megrahi (AHB'-dehl BAH'-seht AH'-lee ahl-meh-GRAH'-hee), convicted of being the Lockerbie bomber, on compassionate grounds.

Five years ago:

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Northern California, causing extensive damage in Napa and the surrounding area. Peter Theo Curtis, an American freelance journalist kidnapped and held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria, was released less than a week after the horrific execution of American journalist James Foley by Islamic militants. South Korea won the Little League World Series championship game, defeating Chicago 8-4 in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. At the MTV Video Music Awards, Miley Cyrus won Video of the Year for "Wrecking Ball."

One year ago:

The family of Arizona Sen. John McCain announced that he had discontinued medical treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer; McCain died the following day. Robin Leach, host of the 1980s TV show “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” died in Las Vegas at the age of 76. The S&P 500 index finished at an all-time high of 2,874.69, just two days after the bull market in U.S. stocks became the longest in history.

Today's Birthdays:

Composer-musician Mason Williams is 81. Rhythm-and-blues singer Marshall Thompson (The Chi-Lites) is 77. Rock musician Ken Hensley is 74. Actress Anne Archer is 72. Actor Joe Regalbuto is 70. Actor Kevin Dunn is 64. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is 64. Actor-writer Stephen Fry is 62. Actor Steve Guttenberg is 61. Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. is 59. Actor Jared Harris is 58. Talk show host Craig Kilborn is 57. CBS News correspondent Major Garrett is 57. Rock singer John Bush is 56. Actress Marlee Matlin is 54. Basketball Hall of Famer Reggie Miller is 54. Broadcast journalist David Gregory is 49. Country singer Kristyn Osborn (SHeDaisy) is 49. Movie director Ava DuVernay is 47. Actor-comedian Dave Chappelle is 46. Actor James D'Arcy is 46. Actor Carmine Giovinazzo (jee-oh-vihn-AH'-zoh) is 46. Actor Alex O'Loughlin is 43. Actress Beth Riesgraf is 41. Actor Chad Michael Murray is 38. Christian rock musician Jeffrey Gilbert (Kutless) is 36. Singer Mika is 36. Actor Blake Berris is 35. Actor Rupert Grint ("Harry Potter" films) is 31.

Thought for Today:

"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." _ Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher (born and died in the 6th century, B.C.E.).

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