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Fire foiled rescued attempts by California boat crew

Fire foiled rescued attempts by California boat crewThe crew of a scuba diving boat that sank off the coast of Southern California made several attempts to rescue the 34 people who were trapped below decks by fire, but intense flames drove them back and all perished, federal authorities said Thursday. All those lost in the Labor Day tragedy aboard the Conception were sleeping in a bunkroom below the main deck when fire broke out around 3 a.m. The captain and four crew were above and survived, and one of the searing questions was whether they tried to help the others before saving themselves. The crew members told investigators in “very lengthy, detailed, comprehensive interviews” what Jennifer Homendy, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board, called a harrowing story of the moments after the fire erupted on the vessel.



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North Korea launches short-range missiles complicating US attempts for talks

North Korea launches short-range missiles complicating US attempts for talksNorth Korea fired what appears to be two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast on Saturday, the South Korean military said, the latest in a series of launches in recent weeks. A US official said the two missiles North Korea had fired appeared to be similar to launches in recent weeks. Saturday's launch, the seventh by North Korea since US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met at the inter-Korean border in June, have complicated attempts to restart talks between US and North Korean negotiators over the future of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes. The two leaders agreed to restart working-level negotiations in June, but since then the United States has so far been unsuccessful in attempts to get talks going. US envoy on North Korea Stephen Biegun was in Seoul this week to discuss ways to get negotiations back on track. "We are prepared to engage as soon as we hear from our counterparts in North Korea," Mr Biegun said on Wednesday. But in recent weeks, North Korea has repeatedly criticised US and South Korean largely computer-simulated joint military drills, South Korea's import of high-tech weapons such as F-35 stealth jets, and US testing of its intermediate-range cruise missile as threatening and hindrances to dialogue. North Korean missile ranges On Friday, North Korea's top diplomat called US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a "diehard toxin," saying: "We are ready for both dialogue and standoff." South Korea's National Security Council (NSC) expressed "strong concern" over North Korea's continued launches despite the fact that the South Korea-US joint military exercises denounced by North Korea had ended. It called for North Korea to stop escalating military tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The NSC agreed to make diplomatic efforts to bring North Korea to the negotiating table with the United States as soon as possible for the complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, South Korea's presidential office said in a statement. A senior US administration official said: "We are aware of reports of a missile launch from North Korea, and continue to monitor the situation. We are consulting closely with our Japanese and South Korean allies." Japanese Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya said that North Korea's missile launches were a clear violation of UN resolutions and cannot be ignored. He confirmed that missiles fell outside Japan's Exclusive Economic Zone, and posed no immediate threat to Japan's security. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JSC) said North Korea fired what appeared to be short-range ballistic missiles on Saturday at around 6:45 a.m. and 7:02 a.m. KST respectively from around Sondok, South Hamgyong Province. Sondok is the site of a North Korean military airfield. They flew about 236 miles and reached a height of 60 miles, JSC said. Japan's Coast Guard warned shipping not to approach any fallen debris. South Korea officially informed Japan on Friday of its decision to scrap an intelligence-sharing agreement, which Japanese Minister of Defence Takeshi Iwaya said was regrettable and showed that Seoul failed to appreciate the growing security threat posed by North Korea.



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Mueller Report Details Trump’s Attempts to Influence Probe

Mueller Report Details Trump’s Attempts to Influence ProbeSpecial Counsel Robert Mueller's report details ten “incidents” in which President Trump sought to curtail or otherwise affect the direction of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.Mueller's report outlines the president's attempts to intervene in the special-counsel probe to bring it to a premature conclusion or to affect the public perception of it by manipulating government officials' statements. It stops short, however, of making a prosecutorial determination regarding whether Trump obstructed justice — a decision it indicates is best left to Congress.“The incidents were often carried out through one-on-one meetings in which the President sought to use his official power outside of usual channels,” the report reads. “These actions ranged from efforts to remove the Special Counsel and to reverse the effect of the Attorney General’s recusal; to the attempted use of official power to limit the scope of the investigation; to direct and indirect contacts with witnesses with the potential to influence their testimony. Viewing the acts collectively can help to illuminate their significance.”The most prominent example of Trump's attempted intervention in the special counsel probe is his directing White House Counsel Don McGahn to remove Mueller. McGahn, according to the report, flatly refused to do so and threatened to resign rather than carry out the directive. McGahn then refused Trump's directive to state publicly that he had not been ordered to remove the special counsel.In another example provided in the report, Trump urged then-attorney general Jeff Sessions, who had recused himself from the probe, to reassert control over it, telling the former Alabama senator that he'd be considered a “hero” for doing so.Trump also asked his former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, to ask Sessions to say publicly that the investigation was “very unfair” to the president. Lewandowski was uncomfortable with the task, so he asked another White House official, Rick Dearborn, to deliver the message, but Dearborn never complied.In an effort to contain the fallout from the FBI's investigation into Russian contacts between his campaign and Russia, which gave rise to Mueller's investigation, Trump asked then-FBI director James Comey in January 2017 to stop investigating national-security adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak.Comey, as he testified before Congress, refused to comply with that request. Trump fired Comey shortly thereafter in part, as he later admitted, over Comey's refusal to say publicly that he was not personally under investigation for colluding with Russia to sway the election in his favor.The reluctance to follow Trump's orders exhibited by Lewandowski, McGahn, and Comey largely explains why Trump failed in his efforts to prematurely end or otherwise constrain the FBI investigation into his campaign, according to the report.“The President’s efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests,” the report reads.Attorney General William Barr announced Thursday morning that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concluded based on the report that Trump could not be prosecuted for obstruction of justice. Barr based that assessment both on Trump's motivations for intervening, which he said were not "corrupt" but rather stemmed from his frustration with the process, and on his interpretation of whether a president can be indicted for exercising control over executive-branch officials, which, he admitted, differed from Mueller's “legal theories” on the matter.



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The Latest: Russia FM opposes attempts to lay blame in Libya

The Latest: Russia FM opposes attempts to lay blame in LibyaCAIRO (AP) — The Latest on developments in Libya (all times local):



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Trump Team Attempts to Assure Markets That Powell's Job Is Safe

Trump Team Attempts to Assure Markets That Powell's Job Is SafeTreasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a pair of tweets Saturday evening that he’d spoken with the president about the matter, and he quoted Trump saying he didn’t believe he had the authority to remove the central bank chief. Mick Mulvaney, the incoming White House chief of staff, said Sunday he’d spoken to Mnuchin and that Trump “now realizes he does not have the ability” to fire a Fed chairman.



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Russia targeted black voters in attempts to suppress Democrat turnout in presidential election, Senate report says

Russia targeted black voters in attempts to suppress Democrat turnout in presidential election, Senate report saysRussian efforts to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election included targeting African-Americans across all major social media platforms and attempting to suppress Democratic voter turnout, two reports have revealed. The US Senate commissioned both studies to better understand Russia’s interference operations during the presidential vote. The first report was compiled by private researchers and was expected to be released on Monday by the Senate Intelligence Committee.



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SCOTUS deals blow to two states' attempts to cut Planned Parenthood funding

SCOTUS deals blow to two states' attempts to cut Planned Parenthood fundingThe Supreme Court is avoiding a high-profile case by rejecting appeals from two states that want to strip Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood.



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Hillary Clinton Attempts To Clarify Her Remarks Regarding Immigrants In Europe

Hillary Clinton Attempts To Clarify Her Remarks Regarding Immigrants In EuropeImmigration has been a hotter-than-ever topic since the 2016 election campaigns of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Aside from concerns over the practice in the United States, Europe has also faced an influx of illegal immigrants in recent years from northern African and Middle Eastern countries. Recently, Clinton made comments on the issues Europe is facing as a result, and many on the far-right lauded her for it.



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Authorities announce arrest of Cesar Sayoc in connection with 13 mail bombing attempts

Authorities announce arrest of Cesar Sayoc in connection with 13 mail bombing attemptsThe Department of Justice announced the arrest of 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc in connection with 13 mail bombs sent to prominent Democrats and critics of President Trump. The suspect was arrested in Florida and faces up to 48 years in prison if convicted on the charges, which include transporting explosives across state lines, threatening former presidents and others, illegally mailing explosives, threatening interstate communications and assaulting federal officials.



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Obama Bashes Trump For Vilifying His Political Enemies Ahead Of Bomb Attempts

Obama Bashes Trump For Vilifying His Political Enemies Ahead Of Bomb AttemptsFormer President Barack Obama all but called out President Donald Trump in a



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