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Analysis: To launch or not? Either way, North Korea may gain

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — If, after all the fanfare, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un doesn’t actually launch missiles toward Guam, many may write the whole episode off as another of the North’s seemingly endless bluffs. But from Pyongyang’s perspective and in the eyes of some U.S. military experts, Kim and his generals have already won this round.

Smugglers throw migrants into sea

Smugglers have thrown some 280 migrants into the sea off the coast of Yemen in the last two days, causing more than 50 to drown and leaving over 30 missing, the U.N. migration agency said yesterday.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the migrants who were forced from boats in two separate “deeply troubling” incidents were hoping to reach countries in the Gulf via war-torn Yemen.

Solar specs needed to safely view eclipse

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—With the total solar eclipse right around the cosmic corner, eye doctors are going into nagging overdrive.

They say mom was right: You can damage your eyes staring at the sun, even the slimmest sliver of it.

So it's time to rustle up special eclipse eyewear to use Aug. 21, when the U.S. has its first full solar eclipse spanning coast to coast in 99 years.

Zoo launches webcam to show adopted tiger cub

OKLAHOMA CITY—A tiger cub who was rejected by her mother at the Philadelphia Zoo can be seen bonding with her adoptive mother and brothers in Oklahoma via live-streaming video.

The Oklahoma City Zoo launched the “Tiger Cub Cam ” yesterday, showing Zoya with her new mother, Lola, and brothers, Eko, Ramah and Gusti playing, feeding and sleeping indoors.

Perseids 'warm-up act' for this month's eclipse

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—Consider this weekend's Perseid meteor shower an opening act for the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21.

Astronomers are projecting a slightly higher than normal rate of 150 meteors per hour across North America.

But the bright moon will wash out the finer Perseids. So the viewing rate will be more like 30 to 40 meteors an hour.