“That’s going to be special.” So said National Intelligence Director Dan Coats after being surprised during a live interview by news that the White House had invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit this fall. Coats also acknowledged that he hadn’t been told what happened in the private meeting between Putin and President Donald Trump in Helsinki. Trump, under bipartisan pressure from Congress, has reversed course and rejected Putin’s offer to provide access to 12 Russians charged in the Mueller probe in exchange for letting Moscow question American citizens, including a former ambassador.
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A tour boat carrying 31 passengers and crew capsized and sank Thursday night on Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri, as storms struck with winds reaching more than 60 mph. Authorities say seven others were injured, while divers continued searching for four people who remain missing. The National Weather Service had issued a severe thunderstorm warning shortly before the incident. “It was like the ocean out there,” one local resident said. “I’ve never seen anything like it.” National Transportation Safety Board investigators are expected at the scene Friday morning.
Government lawyers reported yesterday that only around 14 percent of children over 5 years old who were separated from their families at the U.S. border have been reunited. Of the 1,607 parents currently eligible to be reunited with their kids, 719 have been flagged for immediate deportation. “That’s a pretty horrifying statistic,” said one immigrant advocate, adding that her organization has been allowed only limited contact with parents. The news comes just one week before a court-ordered deadline to reunite the hundreds of families separated under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy.
Better luck next time. America’s largest cable TV company has bowed out of the running to acquire 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets, allowing rival Disney to snatch them up for $71.3 billion. Comcast will continue its other bidding war against Fox for European pay TV network Sky, which Disney CEO Bob Iger has described as a “crown jewel.” And although Comcast was forced to concede defeat in the battle for Fox, its bid boosted Disney’s expenses by nearly $20 billion — potentially constraining future dealmaking.
Know This: President Trump has slammed the Federal Reserve over its interest rate hikes — a rare public move from a president. Officials in Kazakhstan say they’ve arrested a suspect in the murder of an Olympic figure skating medalist. The world’s oldest active fighter pilot has retired at the age of 66. And today OZY’s Around the World campaign takes you to Jordan, where one fashionista dresses the cast of just about every movie made in her country.
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Watch This: Tune in tonight to PBS for Breaking Big, OZY’s latest TV show exploring the secret sauce behind successful people. Host Carlos Watson sits down with Roxane Gay to find out how she broke through, and broke big.
Inspired by their British counterparts, New Jersey residents Didier Jiminez-Castro and Jim Girvan launched a GoFundMe campaign for their own version of the orange, diapered toddler that sailed over last week’s British protests against President Trump. After raising five times their goal of $4,500, they plan to make multiple copies — and fly one near Trump’s National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, by mid-August. One Trump fan has already promised to pop the balloon, though GoFundMe shut down the page she launched to raise potential bail money.
The Russian Imperial Navy cruiser Dmitrii Donskoi was found near the South Korean island of Ulleungdo after being lost for 113 years. Sunk by its captain in 1905 during the Russo-Japanese War, some believe the warship’s wreckage contains 200 tons of gold bullion. A multinational salvage team says it’ll give half of whatever treasure it finds to Russia and 10 percent to South Korea, prompting some movement in Korean stocks this week. But it doesn’t yet have salvage rights — and Russian experts doubt there’s much gold on the ship.
Despite warnings of ancient curses, Egyptian archaeologists opened the black granite sarcophagus, discovered earlier this month in Alexandria, to find three decomposed skeletons floating in a pool of red sewage water. The remains are thought to be of soldiers due to an apparent arrow wound found in one skull. Because the sarcophagus dated to the Ptolemaic period, speculation had been rampant that it could belong to Alexander the Great, whose tomb has yet to be found. The skeletons will be transferred to an Alexandria museum for further study.
It’s coming to a theater near you. While the social media company is already working with Fandango and Atom Tickets, AMC is the first theater chain to let users purchase movie tickets via Facebook after searching for showtimes and locations. Despite solid box office sales this summer, major exhibitors are still mulling ways to compete with entertainment startups like MoviePass, a subscription-based ticketing service. AMC says its new ticketing scheme will be available at all of its locations in coming days.
They won’t stand for it. The NFL team described protests during the national anthem as “conduct detrimental to the club,” which could result in players being fined or suspended. In May commissioner Roger Goodell mandated that players must stand during the anthem or remain in the locker room — but left punishment up to individual teams. While they decide how to proceed, the league and the NFL Players Association have issued a statement saying, “No new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks.”