Total solar eclipse 1st in 99 years to sweep width of U.S.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — This August, the U.S. will experience its first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years.

Total solar eclipses occur every year or two or three, often in the middle of nowhere like the South Pacific or Antarctic. What makes this one so special — at least for Americans — is that it will cut diagonally across the entire United States.

#TheMJs, June 23, 2017

On Fridays, staff writer Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) provides a glance at the best Twitter has to offer.

Gaming Bits: LawBreakers, retro releases and more

Welcome to another edition of Gaming Bits, an infrequent feature by Playing Critic columnist Joel Leizer, where he shares a few of the latest gaming announcements to hit his inbox.

Playing Critic: Flaws in 'Perception' easily perceived

If the blind protagonist of 'Perception' isn't generally scared by the goings-on in this survival-horror game, why should players be?

"Perception" takes what should be a solid, fantastically novel premise — blind woman trapped on a haunted estate — and mucks it up with unrealistic acting from the protagonist and the inclusion of far too many supernatural elements.

Keeping job was one fight too many for Uber's CEO

DETROIT (AP) — Travis Kalanick's combative personality created the culture that let Uber grow from startup to behemoth in just eight years. But under his direction, the ride-hailing company had trouble growing up, leading to his downfall.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: National Genealogical Society presents awards

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) presented awards at the recent NGS 2017 Family History Conference in Raleigh, NC. The winner of the Hall of Fame Award was Peter Stebbins Craig, who had conducted pioneering research on the early Swedish settlements along the Delaware River and had published many works on the subject.

Google intensifies drive against online extremism

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Google is intensifying its campaign against online extremism, saying it will put more resources toward identifying and removing videos related to terrorism and hate groups.

Top of the Morning, June 19, 2017

Last week, I talked about our foray into new maps and taking advantage of software improvements with Google Maps and Google Earth.

This week, how about an example?

Rich Warren: Apple's Homepod is latest to join the assistant fray

Siri liberated! Read all about it! In a breathless move, Apple allowed its celebrity disembodied digital assistant Siri to escape from iPhones and iPads to its newest device: HomePod. She now lives within a seamless white (or charcoal) mesh fabric cage amid a woofer, seven tweeters and six microphones. This elegant object stands about 7 inches high and 5.6 inches in diameter.

'She's going to fly'

A trip to space wasn't exactly a childhood dream for newly minted astronaut Zena Cardman, an Urbana native, creative writer and microbiologist who studies "other worldly" life forms for a living.

Her path to NASA involved a top-notch biology teacher, two older brothers who made sure she wasn't a "princess," cave slime and a trip to Antarctica, among other stops.