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LOS ANGELES (AP) – A woman was fatally shot when a gunman ran into a busy Los Angeles supermarket where he held dozens of people hostage for about three hours Saturday before surrendering to police. No hostages were seriously injured. Before taking the hostages, police say the man shot his grandmother seven times and wounded another woman, who he forced into a car. Police chased the vehicle and exchanged gunfire with the man, who crashed into a pole outside a Trader Joe’s in the city’s Silver Lake section.

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) – A former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board says duck boats aren’t designed for commercial recreational use. James Hall said Saturday that the boat’s design makes the World War II-era vessels prone to the kind of accidents that led to the sinking of a duck boat Thursday on a Missouri lake. The sinking killed 17 people. Hall says he doesn’t believe there’s a way to make the amphibious vessels safe, particularly in bad weather.

JERUSALEM (AP) – The Israeli military has evacuated hundreds of members of the White Helmets, Syrian rescue volunteers, from the volatile frontier area on the Golan Heights and transported them to Jordan, acting on the request of the United States and its European allies. It’s the first such direct Israeli intervention in the Syrian civil war. The Israeli military says it was done at the behest of the United States and its European allies.

ROME (AP) – Jeep executive Mike Manley will be the new CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles after longtime leader Sergio Marchionne’s health suddenly deteriorated following surgery. The announcement after an emergency board meeting Saturday marked the end of the Marchionne era, which included the turnaround of failing Fiat, the takeover of bankrupt U.S. automaker Chrysler and the spinoffs of the heavy machinery and truck maker CNH and supercar maker Ferrari.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Government and elected officials are increasingly using private cellphones and other devices to communicate about public business. Many of them also are doing so over confidential messaging apps that do not allow messages to be saved or transferred. These developments have raised alarms among freedom of information advocates, who say they are undermining state public record laws. Some elected officials argue that messages sent on private devices should remain out of the public realm

Branson, MO Continues to Grieve Over 17 People Killed Thursday on Tourist Boat….New Evidence That Democratic Socialism is Becoming a Significant Force in Democratic Politics…..Gaza’s Militant Hamas Rulers Say They Have Accepted a Cease-Fire Ending an Israeli Onslaught

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) – Branson, Missouri, continues to grieve over the death of 17 people killed on Thursday evening when a tourist boat sank in a lake. Hundreds attended two Friday night vigils, one at a church and the other in the parking lot of the firm that operated the amphibious boat. A minister told mourners there are no words to comfort them.

NEW YORK (AP) – President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer secretly recorded Trump discussing a potential payment for an ex-Playboy centerfold’s account of having an affair with him. People with knowledge of an investigation into lawyer Michael Cohen say the recording adds to questions about whether Trump tried to quash damaging stories in the run-up to his 2016 election. Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s current lawyer, says the payment was never made and the recording shows Trump did nothing wrong.

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) – More than half of the 17 people killed when a tourist boat sank on a Branson lake were members of the same Indiana family, and they likely wouldn’t have been on the ill-fated trip but for a ticket mix-up. Tracy Beck, of Kansas City, Missouri, said she recalled the family members waiting in line. After they stopped for a picture, she said, a ticket taker realized they should have boarded at a different location and reassigned them.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – On the ground in dozens of states, there is new evidence that democratic socialism is becoming a significant force in Democratic politics. The movement, until recently, had operated largely on the fringes of liberalism’s farthest left flank. But as Donald Trump’s presidency stretches into its second year, the Democratic Socialists of America is boasting tens of thousands of new members and dozens of candidates on the ballot from Maine to Kansas to Hawaii.

JERUSALEM (AP) – Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers say they have accepted a cease-fire ending an Israeli onslaught on militant positions after a soldier was shot dead. Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum says it accepted the cease-fire brokered by Egyptian and United nations officials early Saturday and that calm had been restored.

White House Considers Inviting Putin…11 Killed in Tour Boat Capsize…Tornadoes Strike Central Iowa

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says “discussions are already underway” to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to Washington. Trump and Putin met Monday in Helsinki. And Moscow’s ambassador to the U.S. says Russia is ‘always open’ to such proposals. Trump has been under fire for publicly doubting during a joint news conference Russia’s responsibility for interference in the 2016 election.

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) – Dive teams are expected to resume the search for five people missing after a tourist boat capsized and sank in a southwestern Missouri lake. Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader says at least 11 people, including children, died when the Ride the Ducks boat sank Thursday night on Table Rock Lake in Branson. Seven other people were hospitalized. Rader says the stormy weather was believed to be the cause of the capsizing.

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S., Britain and Canada are getting ready to evacuate hundreds of civil defense workers and their families from southwest Syria as Russian-backed government forces close in on the area. Two officials familiar with the effort say the so-called White Helmets group will be sent to camps in nearby nations. Then they will be moved to Britain, Germany, the Netherlands and possibly Canada. Officials say that with a Syrian government offensive gaining ground, the evacuation appears imminent.

PARIS (AP) – A top security aide for President Emmanuel Macron, caught on camera beating a protester, has been detained and is being questioned by authorities, while the president’s office has begun the process of firing him after a public backlash. The fast-moving events followed a day of fierce criticism after the newspaper Le Monde identified Alexandre Benalla as the man wearing a police helmet and beating a young protester on May Day.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A flurry of unexpected tornadoes swept through central Iowa, injuring at least 17 people, flattening buildings in three cities and forcing a hospital evacuation. Residents – and even weather forecasters – were taken by surprise Thursday as the tornadoes hit Marshalltown, Pella and Bondurant. Alex Krull, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Des Moines, says forecasting models had showed only a slight chance of strong thunderstorms.