BRANSON, Mo. — The tourist town of Branson mourned Friday for more than a dozen sightseers who were killed when a duck boat capsized and sank in stormy weather in the deadliest such accident in almost two decades. Divers found four more bodies in Table Rock Lake, bringing the death toll to 17, including nine people from the same family and the crew member who was steering the amphibious vessel. In their initial assessment, authorities blamed thunderstorms and winds that approached
MONTPELIER, Vt. — As more students balk at the debt loads they face after graduation, some colleges are offering an alternative: We’ll pay your tuition if you offer us a percentage of your future salary. Norwich University announced Tuesday that it will become the latest school to offer this type of contract, known as an income share agreement. Norwich’s program is starting out on a small scale, mainly for students who do not have access to other types of loans or those who
MADISON — Former longtime Republican lawmaker Mike Ellis, a legend in Wisconsin politics known for his tinted glasses, bad toupee and encyclopedic knowledge of the state budget, died Friday. Ellis’ brother Mark Ellis said he appears to have died in his sleep at home in Neenah. He was 77. Ellis was a true character, short in stature but oversized in personality. He served from 1970 until 2014 in the Legislature, a tenure that spanned eight governors and began when current Gov.
MILWAUKEE — One by one, the Milwaukee Brewers filed into an auditorium at Miller Park as reliever Josh Hader offered his latest apology for years-old tweets that surfaced during the All-Star Game. Those racist, homophobic social-media messages were thoughtless mistakes he made as a teenager, Hader said. He sought to reassure fellow Brewers that the vile words didn’t represent the man he has become, one who has learned — in part because of baseball — to reject the
COLUMBUS, Ohio — More than 100 former students have provided firsthand accounts of sexual misconduct by the now-deceased Ohio State University team physician at the center of an ongoing investigation, the university said Friday. More than 200 former students and university employees have been confidentially interviewed by independent investigators reviewing allegations against Richard Strauss involving male athletes from 14 sports as well as his work at the student health center and his
MADISON — Several suicides by young people in a Madison suburb have the community struggling to find ways to address mental health among its youth. At least three Mount Horeb School District graduates or students have died by suicide since November, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. A 17-year-old high school student died by suicide in November, followed by a 19-year-old graduate July 9 and a 21-year-old graduate July 13. “All of these ... events have just been layer upon layer
WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday rejected a Vladimir Putin-backed effort to hold a referendum in eastern Ukraine on the region’s future, distancing itself from the idea in the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s controversial summit with the Russian leader. Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Anatoly Antonov, said the two leaders had discussed the possibility of a referendum in separatist-leaning eastern Ukraine during their Helsinki summit. But Trump’s
NEW YORK — President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer secretly recorded Trump discussing a potential payment for a former Playboy model’s account of having an affair with him, people familiar with an investigation into the attorney said Friday. While they said the payment was never made, the recording by attorney Michael Cohen adds to questions about whether Trump tried to quash damaging stories in the run-up to his 2016 election. Trump’s campaign had said it knew
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — Thousands of people were without power Friday after a flurry of unexpected tornadoes swept through central Iowa, injuring at least 17 people and flattening buildings in three cities. The storms even surprised weather forecasters when they hit the region Thursday afternoon, causing extensive damage to a manufacturing plant and prompting the evacuation of a hospital. The National Weather Service said Friday that at least five tornadoes and likely more struck, and at
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — A baby girl is guaranteed food for life — and a job — after her mother gave birth in a fast-food restaurant restroom. Falon Griffin was having contractions when she and her husband stopped at a Chick-fil-A in San Antonio to drop off their daughters with a family friend. She had to use the restroom, but the restaurant was closed. The couple banged on the door. Store director Brenda Enriquez said she opened the door, and Griffin was screaming.