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Eight dead, others missing after boat capsizes on Missouri lake

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NEAR BRANSON, Mo. -- Eight people are dead and an unknown number of others are missing after a tourist boat capsized on Table Rock Lake on Thursday night, the Stone County sheriff said.

Sheriff Doug Rader said that seven people were taken by ambulance from the scene where the Ride the Ducks boat sank.

"It capsized and sank," Rader said of the ...Read more

Eight confirmed dead after duck boat capsizes on Missouri lake, sheriff says

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- At least eight people were killed and many are missing after a strong wind burst capsized and sank a pleasure boat Thursday night on Table Rock Lake near Branson, Mo.

Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said in a news conference shortly before 10 p.m. that at least seven people were taken to hospitals.

There reportedly were 31 ...Read more

75-acre wildfire near Corona in Southern California threatens Cleveland National Forest

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Federal, state and local firefighters are battling a 75-acre wildfire near the Cleveland National Forest, a fire department spokeswoman said late Thursday afternoon.

At least 240 personnel are fighting the blaze, which started about 3 p.m. at Skyline Drive and Burrero Way, near the entrance to a hiking trail.

Mandatory evacuations are in place...Read more

City commission will consider bid to declare Los Angeles Times buildings historic-cultural monuments

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LOS ANGELES--A bid to gain protected status for three Los Angeles Times buildings moved forward Thursday when the Cultural Heritage Commission agreed to consider an application to make them historic-cultural monuments.

Monument status could hinder a plan to redevelop the downtown L.A. block where they stand. The property is owned by Onni Group,...Read more

Saudis pump more oil to please Trump, then doubt if it's needed

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LONDON -- Under pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump, Saudi Arabia has rushed to boost oil production -- only to discover that global markets might not yet need it.

The kingdom's crude output surged the most in three years last month, as Trump demanded his ally's help in cooling gasoline prices and filling in the supply gap that will be ...Read more

Trump invites Putin to Washington, rejects his request to interrogate former Ambassador Michael McFaul

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump unexpectedly invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Washington this fall, the White House announced Thursday, just after he belatedly rejected Putin's unprecedented request to interrogate a former U.S. ambassador to Moscow and other Americans.

The announcement of the invitation came just three ...Read more

Threatened plants, animals could lose habitat protections

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The Department of Interior announced Thursday controversial plans to roll back core provisions of the Endangered Species Act in what it describes as a bid to improve regulatory efficiency and reduce the burdens of such safeguards on landowners, industry and governments.

Under consideration is a proposal to rescind U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service...Read more

Musk enlisted Sierra Club to deflect flak over GOP donation

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WASHINGTON -- Elon Musk personally dialed up the head of the environmental group the Sierra Club and asked for help with deflecting criticism over donations that the chairman of Tesla Inc. made to Republicans, according to an email that the head of the nonprofit sent to his staff.

Musk on Saturday called Michael Brune, the Sierra Club's ...Read more

Senate Democrats question ICE arrests of spouses of US citizens

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WASHINGTON -- Some Senate Democrats are alarmed by what may be a pattern of ICE making arrests when immigrants are conducting routine business at citizenship and immigration services offices.

In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and the acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief Ronald Vitiello, a group of 10 Senate...Read more

Models say they were turned away from a Miami Swim Week casting call for being black

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MIAMI -- Several African American models who were at a casting call for Miami Swim Week said a California-based swimsuit line turned them away.

The reason? Their race, they said on a video posted to Facebook.

But the line, Huntington Beach-based KYA Swim, said it was "disturbed" by the allegations that the show was discriminating against ...Read more

Accused 'Jihad Jane' recruiter to plead guilty to terrorism charges

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PHILADELPHIA -- An Algerian-born al-Qaida operative accused of recruiting Pennsylvania's infamous "Jihad Jane" in a 2009 plot to assassinate a Swedish artist has told a federal court in Philadelphia that he intends to plead guilty to terrorism charges, prosecutors said Thursday.

Ali Charaf Damache, 52, is scheduled to admit his guilt before U.S...Read more

The Brady Bunch house is for sale. Its broker expects an 'avalanche' — of lookers, at least

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LOS ANGELES -- Here's the story of a lovely family home, which just hit the market for $1.885 million.

The Brady Bunch house, a Traditional-style residence near the Colfax Meadows neighborhood, was used for outdoor representations of the beloved television family's abode. That included the show's opening and closing scenes as well as numerous ...Read more

Grand jury indicts four men in XXXTentacion killing

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A Broward County grand jury has indicted four men in the fatal ambush shooting in June of rapper XXXTentacion, the Broward Sheriff's Office said Thursday.

The 20-year-old Parkland songwriter and performing artist, whose given name was Jahseh Onfroy, was driving out of a Deerfield Beach motorcycle dealership when his car...Read more

Democrats demand paperwork before meeting with Supreme Court nominee

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats haven't had private meetings with Judge Brett Kavanaugh in his first two weeks as a Supreme Court nominee, and aren't likely to until there is progress on getting access to his lengthy paper trail about his prior political work.

Democrats want assurances that the National Archives will agree to send to the Senate ...Read more

Putin lauds Trump's summit performance, hits out at US critics

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MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin stood up for Donald Trump over his performance at their summit and hit out at U.S. critics of the meeting that he said helped ease tensions between their countries.

"Certain forces in America are trying to belittle and disavow the results of the meeting in Helsinki," which was a success and produced ...Read more

Research suggests another way Neanderthals were like us: They could start their own fires

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Humans may not have been the only hominids who knew how to start a fire long ago. New research suggests that as early as 50,000 years ago, Neanderthals wielded this power as well.

The work, published Thursday in Scientific Reports, provides new evidence that Neanderthals may have created flames-on-demand by striking a small piece of pyrite ...Read more

Oath Keepers break their promise, bail on planned far-right protest at Maxine Waters' office

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LOS ANGELES--A group of far-right protesters who planned to demonstrate outside Rep. Maxine Waters district office in South Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon failed to show up, but dozens of counterprotesters did.

The Oath Keepers, a far-right anti-government group that purports to have many veterans as members, said they would protest outside ...Read more

Trump rejects Putin's request to interrogate Ambassador McFaul, the former US envoy to Russia

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WASHINGTON--President Donald Trump, after coming under fire for even considering the idea, on Thursday decided not to allow Russia to interrogate a former U.S. ambassador and other Americans, as Russia's President Vladimir Putin proposed during their summit in Helsinki, Finland.

"It is a proposal that was made in sincerity by President Putin, ...Read more

Democrats demand paperwork before meeting with Supreme Court nominee

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats haven't had private meetings with Judge Brett Kavanaugh in his first two weeks as a Supreme Court nominee, and aren't likely to until there is progress on getting access to his lengthy paper trail about his prior political work.

Democrats want assurances that the National Archives will agree to send to the Senate ...Read more

Republicans withdraw 9th Circuit nominee amid criticism over his college writings

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WASHINGTON--Senate Republican leaders on Thursday abruptly withdrew the nomination of Ryan Bounds for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a reminder of how a single GOP senator's objection can derail a judicial confirmation when all Democrats unite against it.

It was a rare setback in President Donald Trump's otherwise impressive record of ...Read more