BRANSON, Missouri — As Branson mourned the deaths of the 17 people who drowned when their ''duck boat'' capsized on Table Rock Lake, the National Transportation Safety Board was launching a full investigation Friday into what caused the accident.

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BRANSON, Missouri — Authorities have recovered four more bodies from Table Rock Lake, raising the death toll from the sinking of an amphibious excursion boat to 17, including children.

Scott Pruitt, the former Oklahoma attorney general who relentlessly pursued President Trump’s promises of deregulation at the Environmental Protection Agency, resigned Thursday after controversies over his lavish spending, ethical lapses and management decisions eroded the president’s confid…

BOSTON — The Massachusetts House of Representatives Wednesday approved a ban on bump stocks, a modification used 11 days ago by the Las Vegas shooter to make his assault-style rifles function like automatic weapons.

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ATLANTA (AP) — While the raucous beats of "Welcome To Atlanta" blared through the Georgia Dome, the Falcons partied like it was 1999.

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VALDOSTA — The number of fatalities in South Georgia from a weekend series of deadly storms has risen to 14 dead, according to officials.

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Republican Donald Trump was elected president in an historic upset, reflecting widespread resentment over the government in Washington and deep divisions among Americans over the direction of the country.

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WASHINGTON — Beset with controversy over long wait times, the Veterans Health Administration is a popular target for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who says he wants to make it easier for veterans to see private doctors.

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PHILADELPHIA — Puja Datta, of Columbus, Ohio, saw someone wearing a Hillary Clinton T-shirt at the bar of the hotel where she was staying this week.

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WASHINGTON — When Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was still in Congress, he’d walk over to other members on the floor of the House of Representatives and put his arm around them, recalled Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind.

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WASHINGTON — More than 50 Democrats staged a sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives on Wednesday, saying Speaker Paul Ryan will not allow a vote on gun-control bills before the chamber adjourns for its July 4 recess.

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WASHINGTON — Republican leaders including House Speaker Paul Ryan may be distancing themselves from Donald Trump’s controversial stances on immigration, including a ban on Muslims. But a Pennsylvania Republican who has advised Trump on immigration policy is telling the GOP’s presumptive pres…

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WASHINGTON — In 2005, Rahinah Ibrahim, a Malaysian architecture professor and doctoral candidate at Stanford University, went to San Francisco International Airport where she was told that she couldn’t board an airplane.

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EDMOND, Okla. — A policeman at two of the nation’s most-publicized mass murders said Monday police officers that responded to the Orlando nightclub massacre as well as survivors “need someone to talk to” well into the future to overcome their trauma.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Native American students in dozens of schools around the country could be studying, and in some cases living, in unsafe conditions. But the government’s Indian Affairs department is falling behind in inspections and has no idea if many of its schools are safe.

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WASHINGTON — Technology slowing down heavy trucks could mean fewer deaths on the nation’s roadways, federal officials say.

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WASHINGTON — Tyler Durham, a tobacco farmer in western Kentucky, expected a full crew of seasonal workers to help plant this year’s crops.

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WASHINGTON — Most of the attention leading to this year’s political conventions is focused on Republican infighting over the party’s presumptive nominee, Donald Trump.

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WASHINGTON — For years, prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action have been remembered with displays of empty chairs around tables with a Bible.

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MOULTRIE — Health officials say the best way to avoid summer bloodsuckers whose bites can infect people with dangerous and even life-threatening diseases is to cover up with long sleeves and pants.

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WASHINGTON — John Kasich has stopped campaigning to win next week’s Republican primary in Indiana. But the Ohio governor can still rack up more Hoosier delegates than either Donald Trump or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz when the GOP nominates a presidential candidate in July.

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WASHINGTON — Melissa Proffitt hoped Ohio Gov. John Kasich would win Indiana’s Republican primary — and not just because she thinks he stands the best chance to win in the fall.

WASHINGTON — Annette Houchin worries that it’s hard enough for low-income families around Terre Haute, Ind., to come up with the $2,000 necessary to get into a home built by Habitat for Humanity.

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WASHINGTON — Last June a member of the military who owed money on a car complained to federal regulators about harassing phone calls from a debt collector.

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WASHINGTON — Catina Tindall, an insurance broker in the Georgia coastal city of Brunswick, tells of a client who used to help pay for medical costs of his 12 employees. Until the IRS and Obamacare got in the way.

"Okie from Muskogee" was written more than 46 years ago, but Muskogee still waves Old Glory down at the Courthouse.

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WASHINGTON — Tens of millions of families are paying people to handle their tax returns this season, but government auditors and the IRS warn that many of them are unlicensed and may be unqualified.

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WASHINGTON — Some veterans are blasting plans to slash college subsidies for service members’ children.

WASHINGTON — Millions of Medicare recipients face costlier premiums or reduced coverage if the government goes through with proposed cuts to the program next month.

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WASHINGTON — Donald Trump may lead among evangelicals in the polls, but at a gathering of religious conservatives before the March for Life here on Friday, many sounded like Dean Inserra, pastor of City Church of Tallahassee, Fla.

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WASHINGTON — A group of Republican senators frustrated with the inaction of Congress is pushing to get rid of an obstacle that Democrats can use to hold things up.

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WASHINGTON — If you’re behind on your government student loans, your mobile phone may soon begin ringing with calls from debt collectors.

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WASHINGTON — Gun control advocates want President Barack Obama to tighten rules for background checks on firearms purchases, which they argue give criminals easy access to weapons.

WASHINGTON — For 38 surviving Americans taken hostage in Iran in 1979, more than three decades of lobbying and legal battles over compensation have finally ended.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Among the top contributors to Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s presidential campaign are the usual suspects — a financial management firm, a real estate developer, a manufacturer of hand tools.

PALESTINE, Texas — The district court in this East Texas town has approved a defense attorney’s gag order to restrict news coverage of the recent campsite murders of six victims, including evidence and testimony presented in pretrial proceedings.