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Two victims leave hospital after Missouri tour boat tragedy

Two victims leave hospital after Missouri tour boat tragedy Two adults and two children remained hospitalized in Branson, Missouri after an adult and a child were released late on Friday, NBC affiliate KY3 News reported, citing a hospital official. Representatives from the CoxHealth Branson hospital and local Stone County Sheriff's Office did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Saturday. Federal safety officials and the U.S. Coast Guard are investigating the incident, which began around 7 p.m. Thursday (0000 GMT) when a sudden "microburst" storm swept over Table Rock Lake near Branson, throwing up large white-capped waves.


Love triumphed in the rescue of the Thai soccer team, Why North Korea should denuclearize, It is time to rein in the world’s ‘big four’ accounting firms, Russia was a World Cup winner, Cheer up because the world is actually getting better

Love triumphed in the rescue of the Thai soccer team, Why North Korea should denuclearize, It is time to rein in the world’s ‘big four’ accounting firms, Russia was a World Cup winner, Cheer up because the world is actually getting better The Guardian / London


Readers write: Story behind a maple syrup bottle, Changing technology for research, Top book releases, Puerto Ricans after Maria

Readers write: Story behind a maple syrup bottle, Changing technology for research, Top book releases, Puerto Ricans after Maria As a maple syrup devotee (nothing less than the real thing on my pancakes), I ate up your April 23 & 30 cover story, “Maple Syrup Inc.” I say keep the consumer prices high enough to benefit all producers, large and small. Take our geography quiz.


Missouri boat accident kills 17, including nine from one family

Missouri boat accident kills 17, including nine from one family By Brendan O'Brien and Andrew Hay (Reuters) - Nine members of the same family were among 17 people killed when a "duck boat" sank during a storm on Thursday on a Missouri lake in one of the deadliest U.S. tourist tragedies in years. The World War Two-style amphibious vehicle was carrying 31 passengers including children when the sudden "microburst" storm hit Table Rock Lake outside Branson, with waves slowly swamping the vehicle before it sank. More than three dozen people have died in incidents involving duck boats on land and water in the United States over the past two decades.


Missouri duck boat captain told passengers not to don life jackets: survivor

Missouri duck boat captain told passengers not to don life jackets: survivor (Reuters) - An Indiana woman who lost 9 members of her family, including her children and husband, when a "duck boat" capsized and sank in Missouri said on television that the captain of the vessel told passengers not to put on life jackets. Tia Coleman told an Indianapolis television station that she and her nephew were the only survivors from 11 members of their family who were on the amphibious vehicle when it capsized and sank in a storm near Branson, Missouri on Thursday, killing 17 of its 31 passengers. "I lost all my children, I lost my husband, I lost my mother in law, I lost my father in law, I lost my uncle, I lost my sister in law - she was my sister - and I lost my nephew, I'm ok, but this is really hard," Coleman told Fox 59 from her hospital bed in Branson.


Steam pipe blasts show dangers lurking under New York streets

Steam pipe blasts show dangers lurking under New York streets While incidents as large as Thursday's steam pipe explosion are rare, experts say asbestos is relatively common in major urban centers – and that as New York City's infrastructure ages, residents may come into contact with it more often. "Like so much of our infrastructure in New York, the steam infrastructure is getting older and needs to be upgraded," said Jonathan Bowles, executive director of New York's Center for an Urban Future, a nonpartisan policy organization.


Trump wants suspensions for NFL players who kneel during anthem

Trump wants suspensions for NFL players who kneel during anthem (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that National Football League (NFL) players who do not stand for the national anthem should be suspended for the season without pay. The comments come a day after the NFL and the union representing its players said they were working on a resolution to the league’s national anthem policy. Trump and others have blasted the gesture as a sign of disrespect to the U.S. flag and the military.


Judge praises U.S. efforts in reuniting migrant families

Judge praises U.S. efforts in reuniting migrant families A federal judge said on Friday the U.S. government had made "very promising" progress toward reuniting some 2,500 immigrant children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border as part of a crackdown on illegal immigration.     The government has six days left to comply with the reunification order by U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw, who summoned government attorneys to appear in his San Diego courtroom to update him on efforts made in bringing families back together. Lawyers for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reported in a court filing late Thursday that 364 children aged 5 and older had been reunited since Sabraw's order was issued more than three weeks ago. The number was updated to 450 today, an ACLU spokesperson said.


Missouri tourist boat tragedy claims lives of 9 family members, others

Missouri tourist boat tragedy claims lives of 9 family members, others By Brendan O'Brien and Andrew Hay (Reuters) - Divers on Friday recovered the last of the bodies from the wreckage of a "duck boat" that sank on Thursday during a storm on a Missouri lake, counting among the 17 who died nine members of a single family. More than three dozen people have died in incidents involving duck boats on land and water in the United States over the past two decades. Eleven members of one family, nine of whom died, were among the passengers on the duck boat that sank on Thursday, according to Missouri Governor Mike Parson who called it a "heart-breaking tragedy".


Duck boat design flagged years ago after fatal accident in Arkansas

Duck boat design flagged years ago after fatal accident in Arkansas The drownings of 17 people when a “duck boat” in which they were riding sank in a storm over a Missouri lake on Thursday was reminiscent of an accident involving the amphibious tourist vessel in 1999 in which 13 people died. A Philadelphia lawyer who has advocated for victims of other duck boat disasters said the canopy roof on duck boats turned them into a "death trap" even for anyone wearing a life preserver. "You drown if you do, you drown if you don't," said Robert Mongeluzzi, who is calling for federal and state transportation officials to immediately halt all duck boat operations.


U.S. loses bid to end children's climate change lawsuit

U.S. loses bid to end children's climate change lawsuit By a 3-0 vote, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the government fell short of the "high bar" needed to dismiss the Oregon case, originally brought in 2015 against the administration of President Barack Obama. The government contended that letting the case proceed would be too burdensome, unconstitutionally pit the courts against the executive branch, and require improper "agency decision-making" by forcing officials to answer questions about climate change.


Baltimore lawsuit blames oil and gas companies for climate change

Baltimore lawsuit blames oil and gas companies for climate change The city of Baltimore filed a lawsuit on Friday against 26 oil and gas companies and entities, including BP Plc , Chevron Corp and Exxon Mobil Corp, for knowingly contributing to what the city called the catastrophic consequences of climate change. It was the latest in a string of cases attempting to hold oil and gas companies responsible for climate change caused by carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels. It came a day after a U.S. District Court judge dismissed a similar suit by New York City, saying in his ruling that climate change must be addressed through federal regulation and foreign policy because climate change is a global problem.


The week Trump couldn't quite correct his own story

The week Trump couldn't quite correct his own story The president and his team needed several attempts to make their messages on Russia and the Fed consistent.


U.S. court rejects Allergan bid to shield patents through tribe deal

U.S. court rejects Allergan bid to shield patents through tribe deal A U.S. appeals court on Friday rejected a novel strategy adopted by drug company Allergan PLC to shield patents from review by an administrative court by transferring them to a Native American tribe. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said a tribunal run by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has authority to review the validity of patents covering Allergan's dry eye drug Restasis.


Why Trump advisers stay, even when he flouts their advice

Why Trump advisers stay, even when he flouts their advice The look on Dan Coats’s face said it all. President Trump’s director of national intelligence had just been told on live television that the White House had invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to come to Washington this fall – clearly news to Mr. Coats. “Say that again?” Coats replied, being interviewed on stage Thursday by NBC-TV’s Andrea Mitchell at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado.


Adam Schiff: Trump is 'gravest threat to American democracy' he's ever seen

Adam Schiff: Trump is 'gravest threat to American democracy' he's ever seen The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said President Trump showed in Helsinki that he was “prepared to essentially betray the national security interests of the United States.”


Ted Cruz shows his game face to Jimmy Kimmel and his human side to voters

Ted Cruz shows his game face to Jimmy Kimmel and his human side to voters Though Sen. Ted Cruz disputes that he’s made any changes to his campaign style, arguing that his past reputation was more media caricature than anything, Cruz has a noticeably softer presence compared to when he was barnstorming Iowa, South Carolina and other early-primary states in pursuit of the presidency during the 2016 election.


Texas power use to keep hitting records during heat wave: ERCOT

Texas power use to keep hitting records during heat wave: ERCOT (Reuters) - Homes and businesses in Texas used record amounts of power for a second straight day on Thursday and are expected to use even more in coming days as consumers crank up air conditioners to escape a brutal heat wave, according to the operator of much of the state's power grid. To keep air conditioners humming, Texas utilities are buying electricity from all sources, boosting power prices to a near seven-year high earlier in the week. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) said demand reached 73,259 megawatts on Thursday, topping the prior all-time high of 72,192 MW on Wednesday.


It’s his money: Megadonor defies GOP leaders to back his own choice in Wisconsin Senate race

It’s his money: Megadonor defies GOP leaders to back his own choice in Wisconsin Senate race Dick Uihlein, a wealthy backer of conservative causes in Wisconsin, chose his own candidate in the Republican Senate race and is supporting him to the tune of millions of dollars, over the opposition of the state GOP.


Booker asks Kavanaugh to promise to recuse himself from cases involving Trump if he makes it to the Supreme Court

Booker asks Kavanaugh to promise to recuse himself from cases involving Trump if he makes it to the Supreme Court The N.J. Democratic senator, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has been raising the alarm about Brett Kavanaugh’s views on prosecutors’ ability to conduct criminal investigations of a sitting president.


Mississippi casinos not ready for sports betting as laws take effect

Mississippi casinos not ready for sports betting as laws take effect The Gardenia State's casinos that have applied to offer athletics wagering as early as Sunday are still carving out space in their businesses to build sports bars and working to meet other state requirements before they can be approved, Commissioner Allen Godfrey said. "Right now, the ones wanting to get started are still in the renovation phase," he said, noting it will likely be another two weeks before a casino is approved to take sports bets.


Outspoken death-row inmate calls Nevada’s bluff

Outspoken death-row inmate calls Nevada’s bluff Scott Dozier would rather be executed than live on death row. Mr. Dozier may be motivated, at least in part, by narcissism. Nevada recently constructed a $1 million death chamber, but its last execution was in 2006.


At Texas border, joy and chaos as U.S. reunites migrant families

At Texas border, joy and chaos as U.S. reunites migrant families Luis Campos, a Dallas attorney, showed up at a Texas immigrant detention facility close to the U.S.-Mexico border on Wednesday morning expecting to represent a client before an immigration judge. For more than a day, Campos was unable to determine whether she had been released and whether she had been reunited with her child.


Tiptoeing past Armageddon: U.S. and Iranian forces' dangerous battlefield dance

Tiptoeing past Armageddon: U.S. and Iranian forces' dangerous battlefield dance Iran and the U.S. have engaged in a war of words since the start of the Trump administration. On the ground in the Middle East the maneuvering has been much less confrontational, but dangers still lurk.


Branson, Missouri, tourist cheer marred by 'duck boat' tragedy

Branson, Missouri, tourist cheer marred by 'duck boat' tragedy "This is a really tough situation and it's gut-wrenching," city spokeswoman Melody Pettit told a brief news conference outside the community's city hall. High winds appear to have swamped the boat, which carried 31 people, causing it to capsize on nearby Table Rock Lake, according to officials and video of the incident. Branson, in southwest Missouri, draws some 7.2 million visitors a year, according to city tourism officials.


Republicans upbeat about November elections despite Trump-Putin uproar

Republicans upbeat about November elections despite Trump-Putin uproar Republicans at a conference in Texas this week had reason to feel downcast, even panicky as President Donald Trump’s meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin provoked broad outrage and revived talk of a Democratic wave in November's congressional elections. Instead, party officials voiced optimism about maintaining control of both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives this autumn, saying the Democratic Party's messaging and internal struggles were helping boost Republican prospects. “They’re their own worst enemy, and I’m very comfortable with that,” said Terry Lathan, chairwoman of the Alabama Republican Party.


Months after giant immigration raid, the wounds are still raw in one Tennessee town

Months after giant immigration raid, the wounds are still raw in one Tennessee town Things have not returned to normal for many in Morristown, Tenn., months after ICE raided a meatpacking plant, detaining 97 workers. After interviewing him inside an ICE detention center in Louisiana, Yahoo News revisits Luis Bautista-Martinez, 23, who has been released while his case makes its way through a backlogged immigration court system.


The hidden victims of opioid addiction: Children in foster care

The hidden victims of opioid addiction: Children in foster care The hidden victims of opioid addiction are often the children of addicts, who may be orphaned or taken away from parents unable to care for them and placed in foster care.


Asbestos from Manhattan steam pipe blast forces evacuations

Asbestos from Manhattan steam pipe blast forces evacuations Residents and workers from 49 buildings near the site of an early-morning steam pipe explosion in Manhattan were evacuated, many for at least two days, on Thursday after lung-damaging asbestos was found on debris from the blast, officials said. The asbestos discovery raised concerns that the substance, which had encased the 86-year-old ruptured pipe, may have spread to the street, buildings and ventilation systems, all of which would need to be decontaminated, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. "Now that we know there's asbestos present, we're not going to cut any corners," de Blasio told reporters at the scene.


Bulk of families separated at U.S.-Mexico border remain apart

Bulk of families separated at U.S.-Mexico border remain apart LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - With one week left on a court-ordered deadline to reunite children and parents separated by U.S. immigration officials, government lawyers reported on Thursday that 364 of some 2,500 families with children aged 5 and older have been brought back together.It was unclear from the status report, filed as part of an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit challenging parent-child separations at the border, exactly how many more reunifications were likely.


Helicopter mishap turns Army medical drill into real deal

Helicopter mishap turns Army medical drill into real deal SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A medical evacuation drill at a California military base turned into a real emergency when two U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopters participating in the exercise blew down four large tents and injured 22 Army Reserve soldiers, officials said Thursday.


Hawaii lava boat injured 'had to grin and bear it': passenger

Hawaii lava boat injured 'had to grin and bear it': passenger The boat's captain sailed back to Hilo gingerly so as not to jolt the broken femur of a 20-year-old woman while passengers used coats to stop bleeding and seat padding to treat wounds, said Will Bryan, 38. Bryan was among dozens of tourists watching lava pour into the ocean off Hawaii's Big Island at dawn on Monday when a volcanic explosion hurled molten rock and ash at the "Hot Spot" boat operated by Lava Ocean Tours.


Judge orders extension of aid for Puerto Rico storm evacuees

Judge orders extension of aid for Puerto Rico storm evacuees A U.S. judge on Thursday ordered another extension of a temporary assistance program for hundreds of Puerto Rico families who fled the hurricane-ravaged island in 2017 and are living in hotels across the United States. The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced in May that the program to assist families displaced by last year's Hurricane Maria would end on June 30. Eight Puerto Ricans, most of whom are in Massachusetts, filed a proposed class action lawsuit that contends FEMA's actions would violate their due process rights under the U.S. Constitution.


Asbestos from Manhattan steam pipe blast forces evacuations

Asbestos from Manhattan steam pipe blast forces evacuations Residents and workers from 49 buildings near the site of an early-morning steam pipe explosion in Manhattan were evacuated, many for at least two days, on Thursday after lung-damaging asbestos was found on debris from the blast, officials said. The asbestos discovery raised concerns that the substance, which had encased the 86-year-old ruptured pipe, may have spread to the street, buildings and ventilation systems, all of which would need to be decontaminated, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. "Now that we know there's asbestos present, we're not going to cut any corners," de Blasio told reporters at the scene.


More firefighters join battle against Yosemite blaze

More firefighters join battle against Yosemite blaze By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Reinforcements arrived on Thursday to engage a dangerous wildfire burning in steep, difficult terrain at the edge of Yosemite National Park in California that has already killed one firefighter and injured two others, fire officials said. More than 2,000 firefighters were working to gain a measure of control over the Ferguson Fire ahead of thunderstorms forecast for central California this week. "It's a big safety concern if you have a big thunder cell building over a wildfire like this," said Mike Whitaker of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.


Four men indicted in murder of Florida rapper XXXTentacion

Four men indicted in murder of Florida rapper XXXTentacion Dedrick Williams, 22, Michael Boatwright, 22, Trayvon Newsome, 20, and Robert Allen, 22, were indicted on Wednesday on charges of first-degree murder with a firearm and armed robbery with a firearm, the Broward County Sheriff's Office said. Jahseh Onfroy, who was known as XXXTentacion, was fatally shot on June 18 in broad daylight as he left a business in Deerfield Beach, about 40 miles (64 km) north of Miami, according to a Thursday statement from the sheriff's office.


U.S. judge sets plea change for Algerian who recruited 'Jihad Jane'

U.S. judge sets plea change for Algerian who recruited 'Jihad Jane' By John Shiffman WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An Algerian man accused of recruiting an American woman known as "Jihad Jane" in 2009 and who originally pleaded not guilty to a U.S. charge of supporting terrorism, is expected to change his plea to guilty, a court filing showed on Thursday. Ali Charaf Damache, 53, a dual Irish and Algerian citizen, was extradited to the United States last year and while none of the plans U.S. prosecutors accused him of resulted in attacks, authorities said he was in direct contact with Islamist militants in Pakistan and recruited two American women to help him. U.S. District Court Judge Petrese Tucker in Philadelphia on Thursday scheduled a change of plea hearing for Monday in the case, which is often a precursor to a guilty plea.


Operation Troop Aid charity shuts down after probe by U.S. states

Operation Troop Aid charity shuts down after probe by U.S. states A Tennessee charity created to send care packages to military personnel deployed overseas, and featured by media including NBC Nightly News and the Fox Business Network, has agreed to shut down to resolve a probe by 16 U.S. states into its fundraising. The settlement announced on Thursday resolved claims that Operation Troop Aid Inc engaged in improper practices in a long-running venture with Harris Jewelry, a nationwide chain based in Hauppauge, New York that purported to donate funds raised through its "Operation Teddy Bear" promotion.


U.S. lets Somali immigrants stay 18 more months

U.S. lets Somali immigrants stay 18 more months The Trump administration said on Thursday it would allow some 500 Somalis to remain in the United States for at least another 18 months under protected status given violence in their home county. Somalis in the United States with Temporary Protected Status will be able to re-register for an extension of their status through March 17, 2020, according to a statement from the Department of Homeland Security. The status grants beneficiaries the ability to legally work while they are in the United States.


Unfiltered: 'I got death threats from the left … [and] right'

Unfiltered: 'I got death threats from the left … [and] right' Fish, as he prefers to be called, is known for his bold imagery and variation of style, but whether it’s a minimalist “Sunday funnies” parody or a highly detailed, photo-realistic illustration, the one constant of Fish’s work is a  satirical sense of humor that pulls no punches. Raised on some of history’s greatest satirists, from Bugs Bunny to Bill Hicks, Fish developed a sharp sense of humor in order to compete with his siblings. A child of the ’70s, Fish was hopeful that the activism of the 1960s – such as the civil rights, feminism and gay rights movements – would lead to a better society.