Trump heads to NYC amid North Korea tensions
President Trump is expected to return home to Trump Tower for a few days starting Sunday, the first time since his inauguration. Trump has been at his private golf club in Bedminster, N.J., on a 17-day “working vacation” while the West Wing is under renovation. Since he’s been away from Washington, tensions — and rhetoric — with North Korea have escalated sharply. North Korea has threatened to fire missiles toward the western Pacific Island of Guam. The president tweeted Friday that “military solutions” were “locked and loaded” in response and assured Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo that the U.S. is tracking the situation with North Korea.
Cha-ching! An enormous Powerball jackpot is up for grabs
After one Mega Millions ticket from Palos Heights, Ill, hit the estimated at $393 million grand prize, another jackpot is up for grabs Saturday night. The Powerball jackpot is expected to be around $356 million, with a cash option of $224 million. Tickets are $2. A record $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot was shared in January 2016 by ticket holders in California, Florida and Tennessee.
The decrease in lottery ticket sales among millennials has lotto operators concerned. Buzz60’s Angeli Kakade has more.
Meteor shower. Eclipse. We recommend skygazing a lot in the near future
You have one more chance night to see the summer’s best meteor shower as the Perseids rush through Saturday’s night sky. A higher-than-usual rate of meteors per hour is expected this year. The skygazing is a good warmup for the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21. It’s a big deal, and we answer all of your questions (What is it? How do I watch safely?) right here.
White nationalists, upset over Confederate statue, to rally in Charlottesville, Va.
A Saturday rally in Charlottesville, Va., is expected to draw hundreds of “alt-right” activists and white nationalists to the college town — again — over the city’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. (A court injunction has put the removal on hold.) In May, several dozen torch-wielding demonstrators, led by prominent white supremacist Richard Spencer, gathered by the statue to protest a vote on its removal. Last month, about 50 Ku Klux Klan members, some wearing hoods and waving Confederate flags, were met by more than 1,000 counter-protesters.
Who will lift the PGA Championship silverware?
It will be an action-packed weekend at Quail Hollow in Charlotte as the 99th PGA Championship will crown a champion this weekend. Kevin Kisner and Hideki Matsuyama sit on top at 8-under, while 2015 PGA Championship winner Jason Day sits two strokes back. They’ll await the completion of Round 2, which was halted for darkness Friday as the result of a long weather delay, before starting their quest for the season’s last major title. One player who won’t see the course is Phil Mickelson — it’s his first missed cut in the PGA Championship in 22 years.
Contributing: Associated Press
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