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Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. EDT

July 22, 2018

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 he doesn’t believe there’s a way to make the amphibious vessels safe, particularly in bad weather.

UNDATED (AP) — A private inspector says he warned the company operating duck boats in Missouri about serious design flaws, less than a year before the accident that killed 17 people. Steve Paul, owner of the Test Drive Technologies inspection service in St. Louis, said Saturday that he issued a written report for the company in August. It discussed the risk of engine failure and the boats’ canopies in inclement weather.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police say a gunman is in custody after taking hostages inside a busy supermarket. A 91-year-old man is among those who escaped from the store after a gunman ran inside. Don Kohles was walking into the Trader Joe’s in the city’s Silver Lake section Saturday afternoon when a car being chased by police crashed into a pole just outside. He says police fired at the male driver and shattered the store’s glass doors. Kohles says he and others inside took cover and laid on the floor as the suspect ran inside.

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Donald Trump says it may have been “illegal” for his lawyer to tape a client. The president is weighing in after the disclosure that 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 earlier this year by federal authorities from lawyer Michael Cohen.

LA LIBERTAD, Honduras (AP) — The mother of a Honduran baby kept in U.S. custody for five months after being forcibly separated from his father at the Texas border says he still seems lost in his own home. Baby Johan was chasing his family’s kitten Saturday, a day after his return. The 15-month-old boy became a poster child for outrage over the Trump administration’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents. The family was reunited weeks after his U.S. courtroom appearance grabbed the world’s attention.

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