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'Help My Sisters.' Chilling 911 Call From Teenage Girl Who Escaped the Turpin Family Details Abuse

'Help My Sisters.' Chilling 911 Call From Teenage Girl Who Escaped the Turpin Family Details AbuseA teenager recounts years of abuse she and 12 siblings suffered in a squalid house

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 22:02:33 -0400
Summer solstice 2018: Everything you need to know about the longest day of the year

Summer solstice 2018: Everything you need to know about the longest day of the yearIt may feel like summer arrived weeks ago:deckchairs are already out in parks, holidays are booked, barbecues have been fired up and in true British fashion we've no idea what to wear to our air-conditioned offices. But technically speakingastronomical summer didn't begin until today,when Britainenjoys the longest day of 2018. Read on below to findeverything you need to know aboutsummer,the solstice, traditions, the significance of Stonehenge and howto celebrate it. When is the longest day of the year? In the northern hemisphere, summer solstice, or longest day of the year, takes place between June 20 and 22 each year. This year it falls today -Thursday,June 21 -when the UK will enjoy 16 hours and 38 minutes of daylight. The sun rose at 4.43am and will set at 9.31pm, according toweather.com. The crowd cheers as the sun rises through the stones on the longest day of the year. Happy #SummerSolstice! pic.twitter.com/sNhNKEGExR English Heritage (@EnglishHeritage) June 21, 2018 The solstice officially marks the beginning of astronomical summer which ends when the autumn equinox falls on September 23. Day and night will be at almost equal length on this day, as the sun crosses the celestial equator and moves southward into the northern hemisphere. Read about howStonehenge builders used Pythagoras' theorem 2,000 years before Greek philosopher was born Whathappens duringthe summer solstice? There are two solstices each year - one in the winter and one in the summer. The summer solstice occurswhen the when the tilt of Earth's axis is most inclined towards the sun and is directly above the Tropic of Cancer. Traditionally, the summer solstice period fell between the planting and harvesting of crops, leaving people who worked the land time to relax. This is why June becamethe traditional month for weddings. It might seem like a day to celebrate, but it actually signals the moment thesun's path stops moving northward in the sky, and thestart ofdays becoming steadily shorter as the slow march towards winter begins. However, we won't notice the days becoming shorter for a while.The shortest day of the year isn't until Thursday, December 21,known as the winter solstice; it lasts for 7 hours 49 minutes and 41 seconds in Britain, which is 8 hours, 49 minutes shorter than the June solstice. Summer solstice 2018 gallery At the winter solstice, the Earth's axis is tilted furthest away from the sun directly over the Tropic of Capricornbringing only a few hours of daylight. In the southern hemisphere the dates of the two solstices are reversed. The winter solsticeoccurs on the same day in June and the summer solstice the same day in December. The term 'solstice' derives from the Latin word 'solstitium', meaning 'sun standing still'. Some prefer the more teutonic term 'sunturn' to describe the event. Astrologers say the sun seems to 'stand still' at the point on the horizon where itappears to rise and set, before moving off in thereverse direction. Equinox and solstice explainer graphic Summer solstice traditions: why is Stonehenge so significant? Stonehenge in Avebury, Wiltshire is the most popular place for Pagans to celebrate the longest daybecause it famously aligns to thesolstices. Therising sun only reaches the middle of the stones one day of the year when it shines on the central altar. Built in three phasesbetween 3,000 B.C. and 1,600 B.CStonehenge's exact purpose stillremains a mystery. The stones were brought from very long distances the bluestones from the Preseli Hillsmore than 150 miles away, and the sarsens probably from the Marlborough Downs, 19 miles to the north. Britain's most mysterious stone circles The day marks the ancient middle of summer. It has significance for pagans who have always believed that midsummer day holds a special power. Midsummer's eve was believed to be atime when the veil between this world and the next is at its thinnest, and when fairies were though to be at their most powerful. Night sky: how and where to see noctilucent clouds Over the centuries, the June solstice has inspired many festivals and midsummer celebrations involvingbonfires, picnics, singing, watching the sun riseandMaypole dancing.Many towns and villages across Britain still mark the day. One ritual was the lighting of fires, heralding the start ofshorter days, although this doesn't really happen anymore.The idea was thatflames would keep the dark away. Revellers at the Summer Solstice Sunrise at Stonehenge, earlier today Credit: Geoff Pugh for the Telegraph Where can I celebrate the summer solstice? Stonehenge alwayswelcomes an influx of garland-wearinghippies, druids and curious touristswho head to the mysteriousstone circles and wait for the sun to appear. Crowds of around 20,000greet the moment dawn breaks with a mixtureofcheers and silent meditation, and the strawberry moon added extra excitement this year. The solstice car park opened on Wednesday at 7pm ahead of the sunset at 9:26pm. Crowds cheered the rise of the sun at Stonehenge as thousands gathered to celebrate the summer solstice. Dawn is breaking over Stonehenge at #SummerSolsticepic.twitter.com/OXyLhHcffX English Heritage (@EnglishHeritage) June 21, 2018 Those who observed the spectacle at the neolithic Wiltshire monument were blessed with clear skies as the sun glinted over the horizon at 4.52am. The sunrise over Stonehenge this morning Credit: Geoff Pugh for the Telegraph It's slightly quieter at theAveburystone circle, Britain's second greatest prehistoric site,about 20 miles from Stonehenge.In Penzance,theGolowan Festival celebrates the summer solstice from June 23to28. If you're in London, watching the sunrise from Parliament Hill will give you great views of the capital.

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 07:13:17 -0400
Police: Bear that mauled searcher likely killed Alaska hiker

Police: Bear that mauled searcher likely killed Alaska hikerANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) Authorities in Alaska's largest city said they believe the same brown bear killed a hiker who had gone missing and attacked a volunteer who was looking for him Wednesday.

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 20:47:21 -0400
Trump Administration Withdraws U.S. from U.N. Human Rights Council

Trump Administration Withdraws U.S. from U.N. Human Rights CouncilU.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley called it "an organization that is not worthy of its name"

Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:10:32 -0400
Daughter of radio host killed in alleged murder-for-hire plot on saying goodbye to her mom

Daughter of radio host killed in alleged murder-for-hire plot on saying goodbye to her mom"I grabbed her hand and I begged her for an ounce of her strength," April Kauffman's daughter Kim Pack said of saying goodbye to her mother before her burial.

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 12:32:55 -0400
Today Is the Longest Day of the Year. Here's What to Know About the 2018 Summer Solstice

Today Is the Longest Day of the Year. Here's What to Know About the 2018 Summer SolsticeThere are 17 hours of sunlight

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 05:00:43 -0400
U.S. Expects North Korea to Return Troop Remains in the Coming Days

U.S. Expects North Korea to Return Troop Remains in the Coming DaysPyongyang says it has the remains of some 200 U.S. service members

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 02:50:17 -0400
Live animals, meat, ivory, wood seized in trafficking stings

Live animals, meat, ivory, wood seized in trafficking stingsPARIS (AP) Thousands of live animals along with tons of meat, ivory, pangolin scales and timber were seized in a monthlong global crackdown on the illegal wildlife trade that Interpol said exposed the international reach of traffickers.

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 21:58:07 -0400
A U.S. Citizen Detained at a Protest in Vietnam Has Apologized on State Television

A U.S. Citizen Detained at a Protest in Vietnam Has Apologized on State TelevisionVietnamese authorities have been known to coerce detainees to confess

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 04:00:02 -0400
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