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#1 Duck boat victims include 9 from one family, ship’s driver, tourists

Tragedy struck when the duck boat carrying 29 passengers got caught in a fast-moving storm; Mike Tobin reports from Branson, Missouri.

At least 17 people lost their lives Thursday when a tour boat traveling amid intense waves churned by a sudden storm capsized in a lake near the popular tourist destination of Branson, Mo.

Among the fatalities were people ranging in age from 1 to 70, officials said Friday.

The dead included nine members of a family from Indiana; a father and son visiting from Arkansas; a couple from the St. Louis area; another couple from the Kansas City area who were celebrating their anniversary; a grandmother from Illinois whose granddaughter managed to survive the tragedy; and the boat's driver, who was known as Captain Bob.

People who knew the victims share their memories, and thoughts about the tragedy, below.

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#2 GOP to White House: End summit mystery

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Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are worried that Russian President Vladimir Putin may use his one-on-one meeting with President Trump in Helsinki to drive a wedge between NATO allies by claiming secret side deals with the United States.

Congressional Republicans are urging the White House to get ahead of the Kremlin by defining what was and wasn't agreed to. What was said between the two leaders, they admit, remains a disconcerting mystery.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) says he has "no idea" what Russian ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov meant when he said Wednesday that Trump and Putin had entered into "important verbal agreements."

Corker expressed concern about talk that the White House and Kremlin are "setting up a second meeting so they can begin implementation" of these mystery agreements.

Other Republicans pointed to the lack of transparency as problematic.

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