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Woman fatally shot after likely social media dispute, police say

A Georgia man accused of fatally shooting a mother of two and injuring another man after a possible dispute on social media remains jailed in the Walton County, authorities said. 

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Suspect Desmond Sharron Jackson, 22, faces murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and a weapons charge in the Sunday night shooting in Social Circle, Georgia, investigators said. 

Police responded to two 911 calls about a shooting. 

One victim, Heather Smith, 24, of Covington, was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. A second victim, Quantavious Banks, 26, of Social Circle, was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

“The victim and suspect know each other, but we’re actively working the investigation to determine what led up to this event,” Social Circle police said in a Facebook post

Police said there was a dispute, possibly on social media, that led to the shooting. 

“The community has been very cooperative, very helpful, it's a shock to them as it is to everybody," Social Circle police Sgt. James Pilgrim said.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are assisting with the investigation

Heather Smith’s father, Aaron Smith, said he wants to find out what happened to his daughter. 

>> Related: Georgia teen convicted in ‘orchestrated plot’ that led to murder

“I'm a parent, I'm losing a child,” he said.

“You can't explain how you feel about it until something like that happens.” 

Witness Michelle Givan said her thoughts are with Heather Smith’s two children. “There’s no words that can explain how these kids are going to feel in the long run.” 

Ellen Eldridge contributed to this article.

Baby named Eclipse born in South Carolina

It was inevitable, perhaps. A baby was born Monday in South Carolina was named after the Great American Eclipse.

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Eclipse Alizebeth Eubanks was born at 8:04 a.m. on Monday at Greenville Memorial Hospital, WSPA reported.

The child weighs 6 pounds, 3 ounces and is about 19 inches long, WSPA reported.

Her parents are Freedom and Michael Eubanks.

Freedom Eubanks, of Spartanburg, was not due to deliver until Sept. 3, she told ABC News.

"I kind of felt like it was meant to happen, to have her on this day," Eubanks told ABC News.

Now a mother of two, Eubanks, said she had planned to watch the eclipse with her eldest daughter, but went into labor around midnight. She originally planned to name the girl Violet, ABC News reported.

"I think it was just meant to be, her name," she told ABC News. "We're probably going to call her Clipsey."

Donald Trump stares at sun during solar eclipse, sans protective glasses

President Donald Trump ignored the advice of optometrists and scientists nationwide Monday when he squinted to look up at the sun during the 2017 solar eclipse.

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The president and first lady Melania Trump took in the eclipse with their son, Barron, on the White House’s Truman Balcony. 

The trio wore protective glasses, though Trump took his pair off long enough to squint up at the sky.

“Don’t look,” a staffer shouted as Trump grimaced, pointing toward the sun above, The Hill reported.

NASA officials and doctors warned people in the run-up to Monday’s eclipse to wear certified eclipse-viewing glasses or to take other safety precautions. Those who viewed the eclipse without glasses ran the risk of damaging their vision, including possible blindness.

Although Trump only looked at the sun protection-free for a short period of time, it didn’t slip past social media users, who quickly shared their incredulity at the president’s decision.

See updates from the solar eclipse, as they happened:

Taylor Swift teases fans with snaky return to social media

Days after surprising fans by disappearing from social media and having her website go dark, Taylor Swift is returning with a few selective images.

Billboard reported Friday that Swift deleted her profile picture on her Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook pages, and her official website went black.

Swifties -- Swift’s fan base -- speculated about the change. Three years ago on Aug. 18, she released her single “Shake It Off,” leading some to think it was tied to the anniversary of the release.

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Others thought she was teasing a new music project fans are calling TS6, after what will be her sixth studio album.

All fans got a hint Monday when clips of the tail of what looks like a snake or some other reptile appeared on her social media pages, according to CNN

The snake imagery could be Swift taking a jab at the snake label she has been given in recent years, notably by Kim Kardashian. In 2016, Kardashian “exposed” Swift for her story about not giving Kanye West approval to reference her in a song. Kardashian posted a series of Snapchat videos showing West speaking to Swift over the phone and getting her permission to reference their feud in his song “Famous.”

Related: Taylor Swift wipes social media accounts; website goes dark

“I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / I made that (expletive) famous,” West says in the song.

“I mean, what’s dope about the line is it’s very tongue-and-cheek either way,” Swift was heard telling West over the phone. “And I really appreciate you telling me about it, that’s really nice.”

Joseph Kahn, who directed Swift’s “Bad Blood” music video and others in 2015, linked to the singer’s tweet with the reptilian video and only commented with a smiley face.

He also teased something from Swift coming at noon, but nothing has shown up on her social media pages since the video post.

“People shouldn’t take my tweets literally, metaphorically, alliteratively, seriously, or ironically,” Kahn said nearly 20 minutes past noon.

Her official website remains black.

The social media change comes after a jury sided with Swift in in her suit against radio DJ David Mueller who she said groped her at a pre-concert photo-op. Judge William J. Martinez ordered Mueller to pay Swift a symbolic $1.

Swift, her record label, Big Machine Label Group, and her representative have not commented on the changes on her social media platforms.

Famous Norman Rockwell study drawing of umpires fetches $1.68M at auction

An original study drawing of a famous illustration by Norman Rockwell sold for $1.68 million Sunday night in Heritage Auctions’ Platinum Night Sports auction.

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The 1948 study, or preliminary work, for “Tough Call,” which was used as the April 23, 1949, cover of The Saturday Evening Post, belonged to the family of John “Beans” Reardon, an umpire who was the primary subject of the drawing.

“I need to credit my colleagues in the art division for the assist on this one,” said Chris Ivy, director of sports auctions at the Dallas-based auction house. “This isn’t the first time that we’ve been able to draw from other segments of our million-strong bidding clientele to benefit a sports consignor.”

Reardon’s family had believed the original study they owned was merely a signed print, worth only several hundred dollars, Ivy said. It sold to a buyer who wished to remain anonymous, Ivy said.

The drawing is also known as “Game Called Because of Rain,” “Bottom of the Sixth,” and “The Three Umpires.” Rockwell’s finished painting is on display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

The drawing depicts a game at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field, with the Dodgers leading the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning. Reardon and his fellow umpires are looking skyward, debating whether to call the game due to rain.

Sports memorabilia fetched more than $10.7 million during the two-day auction, which ended Sunday, Ivy said.

Miss Monday’s eclipse? 2024 view from other U.S. cities will be better

If you were stuck inside Monday and missed the eclipse, don’t worry. You still have a chance to experience a total eclipse of the sun in a seven years.

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Mark April 8, 2024, on your calendar. On that date, at 5:17 p.m., the eclipse will commence in Austin, Texas, turning daylight into twilight. The total eclipse will be visible in Austin at 6:36 p.m. and last a little over a minute, during which time massive streams of light will be streaking through the sky around the silhouette of the moon.

The moon will move from in front of the sun at 7:58 p.m., according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

For those who need a primer on eclipses and the associated lingo: A solar eclipse is when the moon passes between Earth and the sun, obscuring the sun. A partial eclipse means the sun is partially obscured. A total eclipse is uncommon, happening only when the moon is totally between the sun and where a particular person happens to be standing. The “path of the totality” is the narrow lane on the planet’s surface from which a full eclipse is visible.

The 2024 eclipse’s totality will track from southwest to northeast, going through Central Mexico and up through Texas, before making for Indiana and on through Maine. Austin and Dallas lie just inside the path of totality.

While it's rare that a total solar eclipse is visible from the same spot on Earth within 100 years, that will be the case for people in Carbondale, Illinois. Residents there could see the total solar eclipse Monday and will be able to do so again in 2024, according to WHIO.

The total solar eclipse in 2024 will cross through 13 states, including Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, according to EarthSky.org

The only U.S. state that will get visibility of the next total solar eclipse, which will occur on March 20, 2033, will be Alaska, Newsweek reported.

Eye damage from eclipse can show later: What you need to know

If you damaged your eyes during the eclipse, it might take a while before you see symptoms.

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The first full solar eclipse to pass over America in 99 years happened this afternoon, and residents across the country came out to watch the event.

Those who didn’t use certified eclipse-viewing glasses or alternative methods like a pinhole projector risked injuring their eyes and possible permanent damage.

But it might take a while for that damage to show. Dr. B. Ralph Chou, resident of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and a former optometry professor, said that symptoms generally begin 12 hours after viewing the eclipse when people wake up in the morning and notice their vision has been altered.

>> Related: Man who claims he lost vision after staring at eclipse issues warning to sky watchers

Prior to the eclipse, doctors warned that people should proceed with caution and use proper eye protection when looking up at the sun during the event.

Dr. Amina Husain, with Premier Eye Surgeons, said even with protective glasses, it’s not recommended you look too long at the eclipse, WHIO reported.

“You can theoretically burn your retina and potentially go blind, and that’s a big complication,” said Husain.

Dr. Barry Gridley, who practices at Eye Care Locale in downtown Dayton, Ohio, said even on a regular day, he still sometimes sees patients with damage from looking right at the sun.

“Your retina is protein, and heat fries protein and there’s nothing we can do to restore it,” Gridley said.

Britney Spears proves she really can sing with impromptu live song at Vegas show

Pop star Britney Spears is tired of all the criticism over lip-syncing during her live Las Vegas shows.

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Spears set the record straight over the weekend, singing the southern classic “Something to Talk About” live onstage with a band accompanying her.

After telling the audience she’d been thinking about it for sometime, she explained why she decided to belt one out.

“I’ve never really spoken about it, you know, and I’m a Southern girl, I’m from Louisiana, I’m from the South,” she said.

“And I have to keep it real, so I just want to make sure I keep having you (expletive) something to talk about, okay?”

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She was referring to the media there and the bad press coverage of her over the years.

Spears then launched into a live cover of Bonnie Raitt’s award-winning song “Something to Talk About.”

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Her impromptu performance comes nearly two months after she publicly defended herself against lip-syncing rumors.

“A lot of people think that I don’t do live. … It really pisses me off, because I am busting my (expletive) out there and singing at the same time, and nobody ever really gives me credit for it.”

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Spears’ live rendition of “Something to Talk About” is below, but a warning about graphic language before the song.

Recent high school graduate, athlete killed in fight, police say

A former star athlete at Georgia’s Paulding County High School was shot and killed Friday in a subdivision after a fight, police in Dallas, Georgia, said. 

Tommy Lee Robinson, 18, had just left a football game at the school when he went to the Ivy Trace subdivision, Dallas police Capt. Bill Gorman told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A fight broke out at a home and Robinson was shot and killed, Gorman confirmed.

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“There were two different groups of young people who have been at odds for a year ... and it came to a head Friday,” Gorman said.

Police are still investigating why the two groups were fighting. They do not believe the shooting was gang-related. 

Gorman said current and former Paulding County High students between the ages of 16 and 19 were involved in the incident that also injured 18-year-old Timothy Nelson. He suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and was treated at WellStar Paulding Hospital. 

Authorities have not identified any suspects. 

Surrounded by loved ones at a vigil Sunday, Robinson’s mother, Melinda Lee, said she hopes her son’s shooter comes forward. 

“This is the last thing any mother wants to do,” she told WSBTV. “You see it over and over again, and you always hope to God it’s not you.” 

Robinson, who played football in high school, graduated in the spring and was headed to college, according to the news station.

Man threatens barking puppy with gun

Puyallup police are searching for a man who they say pulled a gun on a woman and her puppy in the middle of a local park.

The incident happened in Decoursey Park in downtown Puyallup.

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On the Puyallup police Facebook page, it said on Thursday around 12:40 p.m., a man walked up to the woman who was there with her puppy.

After he asked if she knew how to stop her dog from barking, he allegedly pulled out a black or silver handgun and aimed it at the dog.

According to the police, the man pointed his weapon at the dog and threatened to shoot it. He said that his dog was worth $3,000 and that he wasn’t about to let her dog hurt it.

We talked to dog owners at Decoursey Park who said they were shocked by what happened.

“It’s ridiculous,” said Julie Craft. “Somebody with a gun upset because of a puppy is just mind boggling.”

Craft’s friend, Nancy Beck, said this part of Puyallup is generally safe and she’s surprised to hear this news.

“I don’t know what could be going in on someone’s head,” said Beck. “If you are upset just leave.”

Authorities said the suspect took off after the incident and did not fire a shot.

He’s described as a man in his 60s wearing a blue flannel shirt.

The woman and her dog were not hurt.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Puyallup police.

David Bowie’s baby daughter all grown up; mom Iman shares rare photo

Supermodel Iman shared a rare photo of her daughter with late husband David Bowie.

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Alexandria “Lexi” Zahra Jones is all grown up. Lexi turned 17 this week and s and proud mom, Iman, posted a very rare picture of the teenager on Instagram on Thursday to wish her a happy birthday.

“The Queen of my heart Lexi Jones at 17 years old!” she captioned the picture of Lexi, who is sporting a white halter top and gold nose ring as her red curly hair frames her face.

Iman and Bowie met in 1990 and were married in Tuscany two years later. In 2000, they welcomed Lexi into the world. Sadly, the singer died at the age of 69 in 2016 after a battle with cancer.

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While Iman and Lexi have largely remained out of the public eye since Bowie’s death in January, the model still takes to Instagram to share updates on her life with fans and to post tributes to her late husband. In June, she honored Bowie on what would have been their 25th wedding anniversary by sharing a black and white photograph of the pair kissing under an umbrella.

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5-year-old dies after domestic violence incident at UNC

Authorities say a 5-year-old has died and his parents were injured in a domestic violence incident at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Multiple media outlets report the violence occurred shortly after midnight Sunday in a single-family residence at the Baity Hill family housing community. The UNC website describes Baity Hill as an apartment complex that houses graduate students and student families.

Authorities said a knife was used as the weapon in the violence, which also involved the child's parents. They were taken to a hospital for treatment.

Residents in the complex are concerned even though police say there's no threat of danger.

"A little bit on my toes. We have two kids and I've always felt really safe here, so to know something can happen just next door in a really safe environment is pretty scary,” neighbor Jessica Dyer said.

Fall semester classes are scheduled to begin Tuesday at the university.

Aztecs, Mayans marveled at eclipses — and predicted them with precision

Astronomers across the ages have looked up to the skies and marveled at eclipses.

Using different numerical systems, the Aztecs and the Mayans observed eclipses and could predict with precision when the next one would occur. In fact, they could have predicted Monday’s solar eclipse with small margins of error, experts say.

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Anthony Aveni is a retired professor from Colgate University and author of many books on archaeoastronomy, including “In the Shadow of the Moon: The Science, Magic, and Mystery of Solar Eclipses.” According to Aveni, the Aztecs used to say they designed the founding of the city of Tenochtitlán — where modern-day Mexico City now sits — to coincide with an eclipse in 1325.

“It’s a way of saying, ‘That’s when our empire began,’ connect that with the beginning. (It’s) probably not true,” he said, but saying the city’s foundation coincided with an eclipse helped give it more importance.

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The Aztecs registered many eclipses, and it’s possible their calendar stone depicts the death of the sun god Tonatiuh at the hands of an eclipse monster, said Susan Milbrath, curator emeritus of the Museum of Natural history in Florida, in a recent New York Times special section about eclipses.

The Mayans also left a record of their astronomical knowledge in books known as codices, especially in the Dresden Codex. The book now resides in Germany and is one of only four codices to survive Spanish colonial officials’ burning of the books, Aveni said.

This codex has a famous chart of eclipses that suggests the Mayans “were watching the sky every bit as carefully as the Babylonians,” who might have been the first to keep a record of a total solar eclipse, Aveni said.

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Religion, everyday life and science were deeply connected for the Mayans, who used a vigesimal — or 20-based — numerical system for their calculations. Instead of seven days, for instance, the Mayan week had 20, which corresponded to the number of fingers and toes a person has. They used this system to calculate everything from child gestation to the movement of celestial bodies.

This is an example of “scientific cultural diversity,” Aveni said. “The Mayans had this religious, ritual dictate that any cycle in heaven had to fit perfectly with the cycles of the human body, and other cycles that we don’t pay attention to.”

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The Mayans were way ahead of their time, Aveni said, and “we tend to put them down, to say it’s superstition, but they were doing things quite comparable to what we say we know about eclipses.”

>>Solar eclipse 2017: You can be a 'citizen scientist' during the Great American Eclipse

Something most of us can agree on, Aveni said, is that when watching an eclipse, “we all stop what we’re doing, we see something unusual … and we remember that we all did it at the same time.”

“It unifies cultures,” he said.

>>Solar Eclipse 2017: NASA live stream, live updates

Watching the eclipse in Central Texas

Monday’s solar eclipse, dubbed the Great American Eclipse, will be seen from Oregon’s coast near Salem to Charleston, S.C. The next one in the U.S. will not occur until April 8, 2024, when one is expected to start in Mexico, passing through Texas and Maine, and reaching Canada.

Austin will only get to view a partial eclipse Monday.

8-week-old mauled to death by family dogs

An 8-week-old boy was mauled to death by the family dogs over the weekend.

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Michael James Obergas was in his bassinet in a secure room. When his parents walked away, one of their dogs nudged open a door and attacked the child, according to KTRK.

Paramedics were called to the house for the dog bite and took the child to Memorial Greater Heights Hospital where Obergas was pronounced dead at Saturday.

The dogs, a schnauzer mix and a Labrador retriever mix, both named Jack, were put in quarantine at BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions, where they will be euthanized.

Houston police homicide division is investigating.

Solar Eclipse 2017: NASA live stream, live updates

Monday marks the first time in nearly 100 years that a total solar eclipse will be visible from the continental U.S. 

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The 10 best locations to watch the eclipse across the country can be found here, but if getting to one of those cities isn’t possible, NASA is hosting two four-hour live-streams covering the event. NASA’s live coverage will begin at 11:45 a.m. ET. 

Watch NASA’s live stream below.

Debbie Lord contributed to this report.

Mother arrested after 16-month-old overdoses, authorities say

An Indiana mother is facing charges after authorities said her 16-month-old son overdosed on opiates and had to be revived with naloxone, according to multiple reports.

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Daisha Clark, 26, was arrested last week after her cousin took her son to Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, The Star Press reported. She initially tried to talk her cousin out of the trip, a Yorktown police officer wrote in a report obtained by The Star Press, insisting to her cousin that the child had “only bitten a bottle of bug spray” and would be fine.

Police were called around 10:45 p.m. Wednesday after the child, who was not breathing, was brought to the hospital, according to The Star Press and WXIN. The boy was in critical condition and given a dose of naloxone, WXIN reported, after which point his condition improved.

Clark told police that she found her child near her bedroom “with a piece of plastic that had a powdery substance in it” in his mouth, The Star Press reported.

It was not immediately clear what was in the bag, although Clark said she thought her child ingested drugs, according to WXIN. Authorities said they seized a syringe with a brown, liquid substance inside and a pair of burned spoons with white residue on them during a search of Clark’s home, the news station reported.

Authorities continued to investigate to determine what substance caused the boy’s illness, according to WXIN

Police arrested Clark around 2 a.m. Thursday on charges including neglect of a dependent, unlawful possession of a syringe and possession of paraphernalia, The Star Press reported.

Solar Eclipse 2017: Watch for cool shadow snakes just before and after eclipse

Shadow snakes or shadow bands are wavy lines of light and dark that race across the ground just before and after the moon totally blocks out the sun during a total eclipse.

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Scientists still don’t completely understand what these mysterious bands of light and shadow are or where they originate, according to NASA.

Over the past 100 years many scientists have tried to explain shadow bands, and since 1925 many believe the popular theory that they originate in the atmosphere. 

“The intensity, motion and direction of these bands seems to be related to the same phenomenon that makes stars twinkle,” NASA said on its website.

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“In the upper atmosphere there are turbulent cells of air that act like lenses to focus and de-focus the sharp-edged light from the solar surface just before totality.” 

Those turbulent air cells could cause the undulating shadows on the ground just before the moon blocks out the sun in a total solar eclipse.

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Unlike the eclipse itself, shadow snakes are totally unpredictable and difficult to photograph, but you can see the bands during a total solar eclipse by looking at a plain-colored surface right before and after the moon moves in front of the sun.

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Teen turns in $1,500 found in shopping cart

Maybe it was cash to pay their bills to make a car payment, rent or mortgage.

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Either way, when Kameron Grigsby, 17, who works as a parking lot attendent at HEB grocery store, found $1,500 in a wallet in a shopping cart, he immediately turned it in, according to KBMT.

“I always believe you get it back three fold,” Grigsby told KBMT.

Grigsby, a senior on the football team at Central High School, credits what he learns on the gridiron for his off-the-field work ethic.

"You can always do the right thing, like our coach says, the right way,” Grigsby said. “You don't have to always go astray. Stay on the right path and stay focused.”

Navy plans operation pause, calls for review of collisions in the Pacific

The U.S. Navy will take a one-day operational pause in the coming weeks to “ensure we are taking all appropriate immediate measure to enhance the Navy’s safe and effective operation around the world,” Navy Adm. John Richardson, who is chief of naval operations, said on Monday.

The pause was announced on the same day officials said they were launching a broad investigation into the Pacific fleet in light of recent accidents, including Monday morning’s collision between the USS John S. McCain and a merchant ship in the waters of Southeast Asia.

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Ten sailors remained missing Monday, hours after the USS John S. McCain, a guided missile destroyer, and the 600-foot Alnic MC collided off the coast of Singapore, Navy officials said. Five other sailors were injured.

A search for the missing sailors was ongoing Monday.

"This is the second major collision in the last three months, and is the latest in a series of major incidents, particularly in the Pacific theater,” Richardson said in a video statement released Monday. “This trend demands more forceful action.”

The USS John S. McCain, named for Republican Sen. John McCain’s father and grandfather, who were both Navy admirals, was pulled on Monday evening to Changi Naval Base in Singapore. The crash left the ship with significant hull damage, allowing water to flood into nearby compartments, naval officials said.

“I don't want to speculate how the incident happened, but this area -- it's a busy area, considering the two vessels are about to enter the traffic separation scheme,” said Adm. Datuk Zulkifili Abu Bakarthe, head of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, according to The Navy Times.

The newspaper reported that about 80,000 vessels travel the strait each year.

>> Related: 10 sailors missing after USS John S. McCain collides with tanker

A defense official told The Associated Press earlier Monday that Richardson directed Adm. Phil Davidson, head of the Navy’s Fleet Forces, to lead the investigation.

The unnamed official told the AP that “Richardson wants to ensure there aren’t bigger problems that may be masked by the high pace of ship operations in the Pacific region.”

Richardson said the investigation would include “trends in operational tempo, performance, maintenance, equipment and personnel,” along with “surface warfare training and career development, including tactical and navigational proficiency.”

Monday’s crash was the second major collision involving a U.S. Navy warship from the 7th Fleet in two months, according to The Navy Times. It is the fourth accident involving a naval vessel in the Pacific this year, according to The Washington Post.

Seven sailors died and three others were injured on June 17 when a merchant vessel and the USS Fitzgerald collided in the Philippine Sea, about 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan. Officials determined that the collision was avoidable and dismissed the ship’s commanding officer, executive officer and command master chief after the crash.

Solar Eclipse 2017: Productivity will suffer as sky darkens

We should all just call it a day since not a lot of work is going to get done once the eclipse starts to darken the United States from coast to coast.

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Monday’s eclipse will cost companies nearly $700 million of productive work for the approximately 20 minutes sky watchers will be able to see, Reuters reported.

>>Solar Eclipse 2017: NASA live stream, live updates

Some will take longer getting their celestial equipment set and finding their special glasses.

Others threw the towel in and just took the entire day off.

The outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas said that there will be about 87 million employees under the path of the sun and moon dance.

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Where did they get their estimates from?

The firm took a look at how many workers will be in the dark and multiplied that number by the average hourly wages for workers 16 and older, provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The eclipse though isn’t as big of a time suck as say the Super Bowl, where there’s an estimated $290 million lost for every 10 minutes of the workday either talking about the big game or watching the commercials over and over again, Reuters reported.

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It also pales in comparison to March Madness, where there’s a $615 million lost per hour as people set up their brackets and track their results.

Christmas shopping also impacts working hours on Cyber Monday, as companies lose $450 million in productivity for ever 14 minutes spent shopping during the work day, Reuters reported.

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