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A duck boat packed with dozens of tourists in Missouri’s Ozarks capsized amid rough weather Thursday night, killing 13 people, according to local reports and authorities. First responders with the Southern Stone County Fire Protection District rushed to Table Rock Lake around 7 p.m. local time to search for survivors after a “Ride the Ducks” sightseeing vessel sank with…

By Allison Klein Walter Carr sent his friends a flurry of increasingly pleading text messages. The college student’s car had broken down, and he was supposed to begin his new job as a mover the next morning — at a home 20 miles from his apartment near Birmingham, Ala. He struck out finding a ride, but he wasn’t about to miss his first day of work at a moving company …

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WASHINGTON – American democracy now faces its gravest internal threat since the Civil War. And that sentence rings true even if you love Donald Trump and believe every word he says and if history proves you were right to believe in him. Those are the only logical conclusions stemming from Trump’s illogical "summit” with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin, where the Ame…

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By Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Nicholas Fandos and Thomas Kaplan WASHINGTON – For nearly two years, Republicans have watched uncomfortably, and often in silence, as President Donald Trump has swatted away accusations that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential race, attacked his own intelligence agencies and flattered President Vladimir Putin of Russia. On Monday, even …

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By Julie Hirschfeld Davis HELSINKI – President Trump stood next to President Vladimir Putin of Russia on Monday and publicly challenged the conclusion of his own intelligence agencies that Moscow interfered in the 2016 presidential election, wrapping up what he called a “deeply productive” summit meeting with an extraordinary show of trust for a leader accused of attack…

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WASHINGTON – Rep. Chris Collins Monday defended President Trump's Russia-friendly summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying it's time for special counsel Robert Mueller to wrap up his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Meantime, Democrats – led by Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer – lashed out at Trump, with Schum…

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President Trump refused to say whether he believes his own intelligence agencies or President Vladimir Putin of Russia on the question of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. After holding their first summit in Helsinki, Trump and Putin held out the prospect of a new era of cooperation between the two countries as Trump continued to throw into doubt long-stan…

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WASHINGTON — The American people got a civics lesson late last week, and it went as follows: When we confront foreign interference in American elections, it is important for us to avoid thinking politically as Republicans or Democrats and instead to think patriotically as Americans. Our response must not depend on who was victimized. The Internet allows foreign adversar…

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By Andrew Das and Victor Mather MOSCOW – France's first goal came off a Croatian’s head. The second was scored with the aid of the Argentine referee, and became the first video-assistant-reviewed goal in World Cup history. But the next two – hard low shots by young French stars Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe – confirmed what everyone knew even before France polished of…

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By Lisa Wolfson and Leslie Patton Bloomberg Tim Hortons, the Canadian coffee and doughnut chain, plans to open more than 1,500 restaurants in China amid a growing global trade war. The restaurants will open over the next 10 years through a master franchise agreement with Cartesian Capital Group, Tim Hortons said Wednesday. “We have two main priorities at Tim Ho…

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It took dozens of divers, hundreds of volunteers and 18 days to do it: The rescue operation at Tham Luang Cave in Thailand has succeeded in freeing all 12 of the young soccer players and their coach, in a drama that captured the world's attention. The final stage of the extraction mission began at 10:08 a.m. local time Tuesday, with 19 divers dispatched to the remote ca…

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WASHINGTON – If you share political news stories, memes and thoughts on Facebook or Twitter, you're a journalist now. That being the case, you might want to consider living by the rules the professional scribes live by. You might want to consider taking the "Pro-Truth Pledge." What is it? In shorthand, it's a promise to follow a venerable and important rule of journa…

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By Ann E. Marimow WASHINGTON - Brett Kavanaugh, the federal appellate judge nominated by President Trump on Monday to the Supreme Court, has endorsed robust views of the powers of the president, consistently siding with arguments in favor of broad executive authority during his 12 years on the bench in Washington, D.C. He has called for restructuring the government’s…

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By Ian Austen OTTAWA, Ontario – Police arrested a 29-year-old truck driver Friday in connection with a bus crash in Saskatchewan in April that killed 16 people, many of them young hockey players, and injured 13 others. The driver, Jaskirat Sidhu, was arrested at his home in Calgary, Alberta, and was charged by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police with 16 counts of dange…