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KANSAS CITY, Mo. | Lawsuit filed in fatal duck boat sinking seeks $100 million

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A lawsuit seeking $100 million in damages has been filed against the owners and operators of a duck boat that sank on a Missouri lake, killing 17 people. The federal lawsuit was filed Sunday on behalf of two members of an Indiana family who lost nine relatives when the boat sank … Continue reading KANSAS CITY, Mo. | Lawsuit filed in fatal duck boat sinking seeks $100 million

NEW YORK | Madonna to celebrate 60th birthday with Malawi fundraiser

NEW YORK — Madonna is celebrating her upcoming 60th birthday with a fundraiser for orphans and children in Malawi. The singer tells The Associated Press she’s teaming with Facebook for the fundraiser, which runs from Monday through August 31. Fans can donate directly to Madonna’s Facebook page or start their own fundraiser on the social … Continue reading NEW YORK | Madonna to celebrate 60th birthday with Malawi fundraiser

NEW YORK | 50 years on, McDonald’s isn’t messing with its Big Mac

NEW YORK— McDonald’s is fighting to hold onto customers as the Big Mac turns 50, but it’s not messing with the makings of its most famous burger. The company is celebrating the 1968 national launch of the double-decker sandwich whose ingredients of “two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions and a sesame seed … Continue reading NEW YORK | 50 years on, McDonald’s isn’t messing with its Big Mac

MEXICO CITY | Ballet to cure the Mexico City traffic blues

MEXICO CITY — Remedios Rosas was walking down a busy Mexico City street when she saw seven tutu-clad dancers tiptoe to the sidewalk, their chins held high, and join pedestrians waiting to cross the road. When the light changed, music started and the dancers leaped into the street, twirling and twisting in front of surprised … Continue reading MEXICO CITY | Ballet to cure the Mexico City traffic blues

ST. LOUIS | NTSB: Recordings show change in weather before boat sank

ST . LOUIS — Video and audio recordings from a fatal tourist boat accident in Missouri show that the lake went from calm to deadly dangerous in a matter of minutes, the National Transportation Safety Board said Friday. The NTSB cited preliminary findings gathered from the video recorder camera system salvaged by divers after the duck … Continue reading ST. LOUIS | NTSB: Recordings show change in weather before boat sank

SHASTA, Calif.| California fires burn boats, threaten Gold Rush-era relics

SHASTA, Calif.— Even a reservoir didn’t provide safe harbor from erratic California wildfires. With flames exploding around Whiskeytown Lake, an effort to save boats at a Northern California marina by untying them from moorings and pushing them to safety, wasn’t swift enough to spare them all. Dozens of charred, twisted and melted boats were among … Continue reading SHASTA, Calif.| California fires burn boats, threaten Gold Rush-era relics

LOS ANGELES | Hillary Clinton to appear on ‘Madam Secretary’

LOS ANGELES — “Madam Secretary” won’t lack secretaries of state this fall. CBS on Tuesday announced former secretaries Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell will appear on drama’s fifth season premiere on Oct. 7. CBS says star Tea Leoni, in her role as Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord, seeks their advice. Clinton tweeted it … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Hillary Clinton to appear on ‘Madam Secretary’

U.S. Department of Homeland Security News: Fact Sheet: Zero-Tolerance Prosecution & Family Reunification

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security yesterday released the following: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Health and Human Services (HHS) have a process established to ensure that family members know the location of their children and have regular communication after separation to ensure that those adults who are subject to removal are … Continue reading U.S. Department of Homeland Security News: Fact Sheet: Zero-Tolerance Prosecution & Family Reunification