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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Russia problem the Trumps can't shake

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It wasn't President Trump roiling Twitter today — it was his son

Donald Trump Jr. released emails Tuesday showing he knew the Russian government was the source of the "incriminating" information about Hillary Clinton that he was offered last year during the presidential campaign. "If it's what you say I love it," Trump Jr. wrote after being told the "sensitive information" was part of "Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump." Trump Jr. said he was releasing the emails "in order to be totally transparent." To recap the past few days: 

Saturday, Trump Jr. described the encounter with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya as being a "short introductory meeting" focused on the U.S.-Russia child adoption policy.
A day later, Trump Jr. changed his account, acknowledging that he was told Veselnitskaya might have information "helpful" to Trump's campaign. He said Veselnitskaya told him during the meeting that she had something about Clinton.
Trump Jr. then said Tuesday that he thought the information about Clinton that Veselnitskaya referred to was political opposition research.

The emails have prompted members of the both the Senate and House intelligence committees investigating Russian election interference to say they would like to speak with the president's son about the meeting.

Humanity at its finest: 80 people made a human chain to save a family from a rip current

"These people were God's angels that were in the right place at the right time. I owe my life and my family's life to them. Without them, we wouldn't be here." That's what Roberta Ursrey told The Panama City News Herald after beachgoers banded together to save her. Two young boys were too far from shore and the rest of the family went after them, the newspaper reported. Then Ursrey and the others became trapped — nine, in total. Thankfully, 80 people grasped hands and, starting with the children, towed them along the human chain to pull them to shore. Beautiful strangers, indeed.

Alas, we got wait-listed for the giant inflatable unicorn float 

It was a great day to look at weird and wonderful things on Amazon. Shopping for an Alexa-enabled device? Today, aka Prime Day, was the day to do it. Amazon products as well as a litany of other goods (some, admittedly, a little strange) were marked down — and you've got until midnight to snag those deals.  Other retailers (Newegg, Toys R Us, and Macy's, to name a few) were trying to get shoppers to load up their digital carts.  Here are some hidden benefits of Amazon Prime you might have forgotten.

A Mississippi field was the scene of the deadliest Marine plane crash since 2005 in Iraq

The military refueling plane that crashed in a soybean field in rural Mississippi left 16 service members dead and a debris field that spread for miles. Fifteen Marines and one Navy corpsman died Monday night in the crash, which remains under investigation. Officials have not released information about the cause or the identities of the victims.  According to the U.S. Naval Institute, the last time 16 or more people died in a Marine Corps aviation incident was on Jan. 26, 2005, when 31 died in a crash in Iraq's Anbar province.

What else is happening this week? The MLB All-Star game, the ESPYs and Emmy noms are coming up. Bookmark our calendar.

This is a compilation of stories from across USA TODAY. Contributing: Associated Press.

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