Killings of Officers Up So Far in 2018

WESTERVILLE, Ohio — Two Westerville police officers killed last weekend and another slain Tuesday in Chicago brought to 12 the number of cops gunned down in the line of duty this year, marking a dramatic increase in such tragedies compared to this time in previous years.

The last such incident locally was New Year’s Day 2011, when Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputy Suzanne Hopper was shot and killed at the Enon Beach campground. Since then, eight Ohio peace officers have had their watch ended by a deadly bullet.

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Alabama Police Officer Fatally Shot

A Mobile, Alabama police officer was fatally shot in a confrontation with a murder suspect Tuesday night.

Officer Justin Billa approached Robert Hollie in the area of Crawford Lane and Avondale Court near Martin Luther King Avenue when the shooting occurred, according to WALA-TV.

Billa was wounded and rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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Unlike airplane and helicopter manuals that give pilots a thorough understanding of their aircraft, its capabilities, and both normal and emergency operation procedures, most unmanned aircraft are sold with comparatively bare-bones documentation, their inner workings a mystery to the uninitiated. The Droner’s Manual by Kevin Jenkins, published this month by Aviation Supplies & Academics Inc., takes the mystery out of fixed-wing and multirotor drones with a trove of foundational knowledge.

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The Best and Worst American States for Road Trips

When the summer season kicks off across America, there’s only one thing that’s better than hitting the beach or a barbecue. Yes, that’s right – I’m talking about a road trip. The summer and road trips go together like roller coasters and cotton candy, and the United States has a number of sights that are perfect for a jaunt on the highway with your nearest and dearest. Here we bring you the best -and the worst – states to pick for the road trip of a season based on a bevy of sources.

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The Traveling Photographer: Returning to the U.S. After Traveling Abroad

If you are returning home to the US after a trip abroad, take notice! Under certain circumstances, you may be charged a duty on your photography gear if you are unable to prove that you were in possession of the gear before leaving the US. You are thinking that sounds crazy. With the price of camera equipment today it could happen to any of us, particularly if your equipment looks or is new.

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The Eclipse Hunters

Monday’s total eclipse will be the first for many Americans. A hardcore group of enthusiasts, who structure their lives around the phenomenon, says: Welcome to the club.

On the morning of August 11, 1999, Kate Russo and her boyfriend were traveling on a bus from Belfast to Paris when they found themselves in the small French coastal village of Fécamp. A total solar eclipse was about to appear over Western Europe; Russo had heard a news report about the celestial event and decided to make a quick stop to check it out. As she and her partner walked from the bus station down to the beach, they came upon a huge crowd, with tens of thousands of people—a massive eclipse party. People gathered along the seafront and up against the town, listening to music, eating and drinking. They were there for the same reason as Russo: to watch and wait.

Final New Moon Sunday Starts the Countdown to the Great American Eclipse

It seems that everyone is eagerly awaiting the shady drama that will be enacted in the skies over North America on Aug. 21. It is a play whose script was written eons ago: On that third Monday in August, the celestial wanderings of the sun, Earth and moon will cause our natural satellite to pass directly in front of the sun, resulting in a total eclipse on Aug. 21.

The narrow band of totality, averaging some 70 miles (113 kilometers) wide and stretching about 2,500 miles (4,023 km) from the Pacific coast of Oregon to the Atlantic coast of South Carolina, will provide a spectacle that has not been seen from any part of the contiguous United States in nearly 40 years.

To say that this has been an eagerly awaited astronomical event is an understatement. [The Best ISO-Certified Gear to See the 2017 Solar Eclipse]

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