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The Latest: Authorities say 1 killed in LA market standoff

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A gunman who led police on a pursuit and then ran into a Los Angeles supermarket, holding bystanders inside hostage, has been taken into custody.

The suspect walked out of the Trader Joe's in the city's Silver Lake neighborhood with a cluster of hostages Saturday afternoon and was immediately surrounded by officers. He appeared to be handcuffed when he walked out.

Authorities say the man shot his grandmother and girlfriend earlier in the day. He then fled in a car with officers pursuing him through the city.

The chase ended with him crashing the car outside the store and heading into the store.

Witnesses say employees and customers inside Trader Joe's ran or jumped out of windows to get to safety.

About three hours later, the man walked out alongside four hostages who had their hands up.


The Latest: Ex-NTSB chairman: Duck boats prone to accidents

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 the amphibious vessel should be banned from such use. He says he doesn't believe there's a way to make the vehicles safe, particularly in bad weather conditions.

He says ducks boats are an amphibious vehicle designed for an assault on beaches.

Most oversight for the vessels is provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, but Hall says the Coast Guard isn't staffed properly to provide the type of strict oversight necessary to ensure such operations are safe.

Hall was appointed chairman of the NTSB in 1993 by President Bill Clinton. He served as its chairman from 1994 to 2001


The Latest: Trump says lawyer taping him may be 'illegal'

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Donald Trump says he finds it "inconceivable" that a lawyer would tape a client, as the president weighed in on a report of a taped conversation. In the weeks before the 2016 election, his then-personal attorney secretly recorded their discussion about a potential payment for a former Playboy model's account of having an affair with Trump.

The recording was part of a large collection of documents and electronic records seized by earlier this year by federal authorities from Michael Cohen, the longtime Trump fixer.

In a tweet Saturday, Trump called such taping "totally unheard of & perhaps illegal." He also asserted, without elaborating, in post: "The good news is that your favorite President did nothing wrong!"


'Suffering' ends with Honduran baby back in parents' arms

LA LIBERTAD, Honduras (AP) — A Honduran couple spent five months without their baby after he was taken from his father at the U.S.-Mexico border.

They missed his first steps, first words and first birthday.

But now the young boy who became a poster child for outrage over the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant children from their parents is giggling in his parents' arms again.

Johan Bueso Montecinos spent Saturday at his home in La Libertad chasing his family's kitten, bouncing to music and playing like any 15-month-old boy.

The family was reunited Friday after the baby's appearance in a U.S. courtroom earlier this month grabbed the world's attention.

The reunion ends an extraordinary journey that has catapulted a toddler from Honduran poverty to front-page headlines.


The Latest: Kavanaugh questioned Watergate tapes decision

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh suggested several years ago that the unanimous high court ruling in 1974 that forced President Richard Nixon to turn over the Watergate tapes may have been wrongly decided.

The Supreme Court decision led to the end of the Nixon presidency.

Kavanaugh's belief in robust executive authority already is front and center in his nomination by President Donald Trump. The comments are among thousands of pages of documents that Kavanaugh has provided to lawmakers as part of the confirmation process.

Kavanaugh was taking part in a roundtable discussion when he made the remarks about the Watergate tapes case. A 1999 magazine article about the roundtable was among the material that Kavanaugh has provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee as part of the confirmation process.


Top intel official says he meant no disrespect to Trump

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — The top U.S. intelligence official is saying he meant no disrespect to President Donald Trump in a televised interview discussing the summit with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats says his Thursday comments at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado were not intended to be critical of the president's handling of the summit.

Coats has been under scrutiny since he said he wished Trump had not met one-on-one with the Russian leader, expressed dismay that the president had publicly undermined U.S. intelligence agencies, and appeared surprised by the revelation that Trump invited Putin to a meeting in Washington later this year.

Says Coats: "My admittedly awkward response was in no way meant to be disrespectful or criticize the actions of the president."


Gal Gadot shows 'Wonder Woman 1984' first look at Comic-Con

SAN DIEGO (AP) — "Wonder Woman 1984" is only three and a half weeks into production, but that didn't stop star Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins from bringing some footage to Comic-Con.

Audiences in the comic book convention's Hall H on Saturday got an early look at a scene where Diana Prince saves a young girl from some bad guys in their Miami Vice-finest in a very '80s-looking mall.

Chris Pine also joined Gadot and Jenkins on stage, but all stayed mum about how and why his character Steve Trevor is back considering his fate in the first movie.

Jenkins says she set the movie in the 1980s because it was a time where mankind was at its best and worst.

"Wonder Woman 1984" comes out in Nov. 2019.


Hamas accepts cease-fire after massive Israeli Gaza strikes

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.

The Israeli military destroyed more than 60 Hamas targets Friday, including three battalion headquarters. The massive airstrikes, which killed four Palestinians, came after a Palestinian sniper killed an Israeli soldier along the border.

Hamas says three of the Palestinian casualties were its members.

The second such cease-fire in a week after fierce exchanges seemed to once more pull the sides back from the brink of a full-fledged war. Israel and Hamas have fought three wars over the past decade.


Cuba approves new leader's Cabinet with old faces in place

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban lawmakers have approved the Cabinet named by new President Miguel Diaz-Canel, keeping most of the ministers from Raul's Castro government in place, except for in the key post of economic reform.

Cuba's national assembly is also considering a proposed reform of its 1976 constitution that would reshape its government, courts and economy, creating the position of prime minister alongside the president, although it would maintain the Communist Party as the sole political force in the country.

Among the ministers kept in place in Diaz-Canel's Council of Ministers on Saturday were three historic vice presidents: revolutionary commanders Ramiro Valdes, Ricardo Cabrisas and Gen. Ulises Rosales del Toro.

The main change was the absence of economic reforms minister Marino Murillo.

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