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Trump Claims He Misspoke...Rescued Thai Soccer Team Expected to Be Released...Musk Apologizes to Diver

WASHINGTON (AP) – After a rebuke from leaders in both parties, President Donald Trump says he misspoke. Trump walked back his statement at the Helsinki summit that he saw no reason to believe Russia had interfered in the 2016 U.S. election. But he didn’t take back other statements, such as blaming past American leaders instead of Russia, for the souring of relations between two countries.

HELSINKI (AP) – U.S. presidents before Donald Trump have created commotion in their travels abroad, but not like this. Historians say Trump’s tumultuous trip across Europe smashed conventions for American leaders on the world stage. Trump’s approach to foreign policy had him seeming to accept the word of a hostile power over the judgment of U.S. intelligence agencies, insulting allies, and sowing doubts about his commitment to the NATO alliance.

CHIANG RAI, Thailand (AP) – The youth soccer teammates rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand are expected to be released from the hospital Wednesday and to speak about their ordeal. A news conference with the 12 boys and their coach was being arranged in the city where the boys have been recovering in a hospital since last week. Doctors and psychologists were joining the news conference to filter questions and ensure the boys’ well-being.

BANGKOK (AP) – Elon Musk has apologized for calling a British diver involved in the Thailand cave rescue a pedophile. In a series of tweets late Tuesday, the Tesla CEO said he had “spoken in anger” on Sunday after diver Vern Unsworth accused Musk of orchestrating a “PR stunt” by sending a small submarine to help divers rescue the soccer players and their coach from a cave. Musk says Unsworth’s criticism upset him but he should not have branded the diver a “pedo.” Musk said, “The fault is mine and mine alone.”

BEIRUT (AP) – Syrian rescue workers and a war monitor say talks to cede the largest opposition holdout in southwestern Syria to the government have failed, triggering an intense bombing campaign on the densely populated town that killed a dozen people and injured over a hundred. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said an overnight ‘frenzied’ bombing campaign continued into Wednesday, with at least 350 missiles lobbed into Nawa and its surrounding areas.

Trump's Summit Shocks...23 Hurt as Volcanic Rock Hits Tour Boat...El Paso Shelter Begins Reuniting Children

HELSINKI (AP) – Democrats and Republicans appear shocked after President Donald Trump sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin during an appearance in Helsinki on Monday. Trump’s saying that he believed Putin’s denial of interfering in the 2016 elections was a remarkable break with U.S. intelligence officials and the Justice Department. Republican Sen. John McCain called it “one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory.”

MOSCOW (AP) – For Vladimir Putin, holding a summit with Donald Trump was a victory in itself. While the U.S. leader went home to widespread criticism after their Monday summit, the Russian president came home to universal praise. However, Russian commentators aren’t saying Putin vanquished Trump. Instead they’re sympathizing with the U.S. president, seeing him as a victim of domestic critics.

HONOLULU (AP) – Tour boat operators in Hawaii are promising to stay farther away from an erupting volcano, but they’ll still take tourists to see it. Twenty-three people were hurt yesterday when an explosion caused molten rock to barrel through the roof of a vessel. The Coast Guard had been allowing experienced boat operators to apply for a special license to get within 164 feet of where Kilauea’s lava oozes into the sea, but it stopped allowing those exceptions Monday morning.

SAN DIEGO (AP) – A shelter for immigrants in El Paso, Texas, says the U.S. government has begun transporting children in a “tremendous amount of airline flights” to be reunited with their parents in some cities. Annunciation House Director Ruben Garcia told reporters Monday that the shelter is preparing to take in as many as 100 families each day as a July 26 court-ordered deadline approaches to reunite children ages 5 to 17 with their parents.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Bryce Harper thrilled the home crowd and surely made his father proud, winning the All-Star Home Run Derby with an exceptional display of power that carried him past Kyle Schwarber of the Chicago Cubs 19-18. Harper hit the contest-winning blast in extra time, the reward for hitting two homers at least 440 feet during the 4 minutes of regulation.