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Steely Dan co-founder, guitarist, Walter Becker dies at 67

Walter Becker dies at 67Walter Becker, the guitarist, bassist and co-founder of the rock group Steely Dan, has died. He was 67. His official website announced his death Sunday with no further details.

Donald Fagen released a statement in remembrance of his Steely Dan bandmate. Fagen said he intends to keep the music they created together alive as long as he can with the Steely Dan band.

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60,000 Germans evacuated to defuse massive WWII bomb

60,000 evacuated in German for bomb defusionGerman explosives experts have started to defuse a massive World War II bomb in the German financial centre of Frankfurt after tens of thousands of people were evacuated from their homes for security reasons.

The 1.8-tonne bomb was discovered on a building site last week and more than 60,000 people were ordered to leave their residences in what is Germany's biggest evacuation since the war.

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How an obstruction of justice case may be shaping up against Trump

Mueller's obstruction of justice caseTwo of the most intriguing questions in US national political discourse – what does the special counsel Robert Mueller have on Donald Trump, and what more is he looking for? – were filled in at a remarkable pace this week, as details of highly sensitive documents and internal Trump Organization emails became public for the first time.

Taken together, the documents could indicate that the special counsel is looking seriously at whether Trump committed an obstruction of justice on potentially various fronts, legal experts say.

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Toxic waste sites flooded in Houston area

Houston toxic waste sites floodedAs Dwight Chandler sipped beer and swept out the thick muck caked inside his devastated home, he worried whether Harvey’s floodwaters had also washed in pollution from the old acid pit just a couple blocks away.

Long a center of the nation’s petrochemical industry, the Houston metro area has more than a dozen Superfund sites, designated by the Environmental Protection Agency as being among America’s most intensely contaminated places. Many are now flooded, with the risk that waters were stirring dangerous sediment.

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John Kelly Pushing Out Omarosa for ‘Triggering’ Trump

John Kelly pushing out AmarosaNewly minted White House chief of staff John Kelly has sought to put a dent in the influence of one of President Donald Trump’s most famous advisers: Omarosa Manigault.

The former Apprentice co-star—who currently serves as the communications director for the Office of Public Liaison—has seen her direct access to the president limited since Kelly took the top White House job in late July, sources tell The Daily Beast. In particular, Kelly has taken steps to prevent her and other senior staffers from getting unvetted news articles on the president’s Resolute desk—a key method for influencing the president’s thinking, and one that Manigualt used to rile up Trump about internal White House drama.

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Kushners’ China Deal Flop Was Part of Much Bigger Hunt for Cash

jared KushnerJared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and top adviser, wakes up each morning to a growing problem that will not go away. His family’s real estate business, Kushner Cos., owes hundreds of millions of dollars on a 41-story office building on Fifth Avenue. It has failed to secure foreign investors, despite an extensive search, and its resources are more limited than generally understood. As a result, the company faces significant challenges.

Over the past two years, executives and family members have sought substantial overseas investment from previously undisclosed places: South Korea’s sovereign-wealth fund, France’s richest man, Israeli banks and insurance companies, and exploratory talks with a Saudi developer, according to former and current executives. These were in addition to previously reported attempts to raise money in China and Qatar.

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Tropical Storm Lidia leaves seven dead in Mexico's Baja California peninsula

Tropical storm LidiaTropical Storm Lidia’s death toll rose to at least seven people, including two children, as the storm doused various states in Mexico with heavy rain on Saturday and left a severe trail of damage in the Baja California peninsula, authorities said.

The victims were either electrocuted or drowned while trying to cross streams, according to a report from the prosecutor’s office in the state of Baja California Sur, home to the tourist area Los Cabos, that was cited by local media.

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Justice Dept.: No evidence to back up Trump's wiretapping claim

DOJ: No evidence to back up Trump wiretrap claimIn a Friday night court filing, the Justice Department said there was no evidence to support President Donald Trump's claim that former President Barack Obama ordered Trump Tower to be wiretapped.

The court filing stated there were "no records related to wiretaps as described" by Trump.

The allegation, which Trump made in March without any supporting evidence, caused a political firestorm that consumed Washington for weeks. Trump insisted the claim was backed up by evidence, but his administration never presented it publicly.

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The Latest: California wildfire reaches giant sequoia grove

California wildfiresAuthorities say a fire burning near Yosemite National Park has entered a 2,700-year-old grove of giant sequoias.

California fire officials said Saturday the wildfire entered the Nelder Grove late Friday night.

Giant sequoias are among the largest and longest-lived organisms on Earth.

The Nelder grove holds 106 of them, including one of the world's largest, the 24-story-high Bull Buck sequoia.

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