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Trump’s Team of Rivals? President taps past critics, as loyalists get tough treatment

Nine months ago, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman called on Donald Trump to drop out of the presidential race over the bombshell “Access Hollywood” video. Fast-forward to this week and Trump, now president, has nominated Huntsman to serve as U.S. ambassador to Russia. Back in 2015, one Anthony Scaramucci called Trump a “hack politician.” On Friday, he was hired to lead the White House communications team. Related Image Expand / Collapse In this Jan. 16, 2012, file photo, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, announces he is ending his campaign for…

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Contaminated, drugged liquor may be responsible for woman’s mysterious death at Mexican resort, dad says

A young woman, whose mysterious death at a luxurious Mexican resort in January is being probed by her parents, may have consumed bootlegged liquor that was contaminated — or drugged — before she drowned in a shallow pool, the family’s attorney said. Abbey Conner, 20, was found next to her brother, Austin, face-down in a pool at the five-star Iberostar Paraiso del Mar in Playa del Carmen. The Wisconsin woman was vacationing at the resort with her mother and stepfather. Related Image Expand / Collapse Abbey Conner died at a…

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Tourists to Mexico believe daughter died after being drugged at resort

Twenty-year-old Abbey Conner died during a family vacation to Mexico in January, and her loved ones still don’t understand why. Abbey and her older brother Austin, 22, had both been found face-down in a pool at the Iberostar Paraiso del Mar in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, after arriving just a few hours earlier with their mother and stepfather from Wisconsin, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Abbey and Austin were both pulled from the water and rushed to a hospital, where Austin recovered. Abbey, on the other hand, was pronounced brain-dead…

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By the numbers: Trump at 6 months in office

President Trump stands for a group photo prior to the Three Seas Initiative transatlantic roundtable in the Great Assembly Hall of the Royal Castle, in Warsaw, Poland, July 6, 2017. AP President Trump reached six months in office Thursday, and much has happened since he was sworn in Jan. 20. CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller has been tracking the president’s whereabouts and actions since day one. Mr. Trump has some positive developments to tout — the national debt is down slightly from when he took office, and the…

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Inspiring Little Fear in Senators, Trump Struggles to Sell Health Bill

But the votes of other senators have become more elusive. They have come to believe that their constituents, even the most conservative ones, are more loyal to them than to Mr. Trump. The starkest demonstration of Mr. Trump’s weakness came on Monday when Mr. McConnell and his stunned team learned that Jerry Moran, a typically reliable and evenhanded conservative from Kansas, felt safe stiff-arming Mr. Trump on his top legislative priority, announcing that he opposed the bill. “Right now, nobody’s afraid of Trump, and that’s a real problem,” said Rob…

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Top Instructor Is Making Golf’s Stars Shine Brighter

No one is shedding any tears for Cowen, who gets a share of a player’s winnings. His overflowing stable of pros has won six majors — including Henrik Stenson, who is the reigning British Open champion, and Brooks Koepka, who won the United States Open at Erin Hills last month and credits Cowen for his improved short game. In January, Golf Digest magazine called Cowen “The Best Teacher No One Knows.” That is fine with him. He goes out of his way to avoid self-promotion and will not even reveal…

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Europe Edition: Donald Trump, John McCain, Golf: Your Thursday Briefing

Separately, our correspondent reflects on what he witnessed in Mosul, Iraq, while he was embedded with Iraqi Special Operations Forces as they fought to retake the city from the Islamic State. One father said of his children: “They’ve only known war and destruction.” Continue reading the main story In Washington, the Supreme Court has temporarily allowed the Trump administration to enforce restrictions on the nation’s refugee program, but it let stand a court order from Hawaii exempting grandparents and other relatives from the White House’s travel ban. _____ Photo Credit…

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New LPGA dress code rules spark debate

Sandra Gal of Germany and Jaye Marie Green approach the 16th green during the final round of the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic at Thornberry Creek at Oneida on July 9, 2017 in Oneida, Wisconsin. Stacy Revere / Getty Images The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) made changes to its dress code for players that went into effect this week, issuing new guidelines banning leggings, “plunging necklines” and shorts or skirts that don’t sufficiently cover a player’s “bottom area.” The new rules have sparked a debate among current and former players…

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California Today: California Today: Hidden Gems of California

Photo Byxbee Park, in Palo Alto, offers San Francisco Bay views. Credit Igor Krivokon Good morning. (Want to get California Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Last week, we asked you to tell us about your favorite places in California that are perhaps not widely known but should be. Here are some excerpts from the responses, organized roughly north to south: “Cheatham Grove, in Humboldt County — the finest redwood grove in the world. Nobody ever goes there.” — Cecelia Holland, Fortuna Photo The Bizz Johnson Trail, in Lassen County,…

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