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August 14, 2018

At least 22 are dead after a bridge collapsed in the Italian city of Genoa on Tuesday, Italy's deputy prime minister told Reuters.

A harsh storm in the northern Italian city likely caused the raised highway to collapse, creating what "looks like an immense tragedy," Italy's transport minister wrote on Twitter. Tons of concrete and steel fell onto buildings, cars, and an industrial site below, raising concern about gas leaks, per The Associated Press.

At least 20 vehicles were involved in the crash, and rescuers have already pulled two people alive from the rubble, Italian news agency ANSA reported. Search dogs and around 200 firefighters are combing for more victims, though torrential rain is slowing efforts, The New York Times reported. It's an "apocalyptic scene," a witness told Sky Italia, per Reuters.

The bridge had previously shown "signs of problems," Italy's deputy transport minister told the Times. The bridge was restructured in 2016, and its foundation was being strengthened and constantly monitored at the time of the collapse, Reuters said. Kathryn Krawczyk

August 14, 2018

At a little after 7:30 Tuesday morning in London, a car crashed into a security barrier outside Britain's Parliament building, injuring at least two pedestrians, neither seriously. There was a large and rapid response from armed police officers, and the male driver was arrested without incident. "While we are keeping an open mind," Scotland Yard said in a statement, "the Met's Counter-Terrorism Command is leading the investigation into the Westminster incident." Parliament is not in session, but the area around Parliament Square and subway stations in the area were closed to the public.

BBC staffer Barry Williams told BBC News he witnessed the crash. "The car went onto the wrong side of the road to where cyclists were waiting at lights and ploughed into them," he said. "Then it swerved back across the road and accelerated as fast as possible and hit the barrier at full pelt. It was a small silver car and he hit it at such speed the car actually lifted off the ground and bounced. Then the police just jumped. Two officers managed to leap over the security barriers and then the armed police vehicles all sped towards the scene." Security barriers around Parliament were beefed up after a driver deliberately plowed into pedestrians on nearby Westminster Bridge in March 2017, killing four people. Peter Weber

August 9, 2018
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While lawyers argued a migrant mother and daughter's asylum case in Washington, D.C., the pair was apparently being deported from Texas.

Carmen, as she's known in court papers, is one of 12 plaintiffs in an ACLU court case challenging recent changes to America's asylum policy, The Washington Post reports. Two of the plaintiffs were already deported, and Carmen was about to be the next — if the federal judge hearing her case didn't intervene.

During a court recess Thursday, ACLU attorneys learned Carmen and her daughter were sent from a Texas detention center to fly out of the San Antonio airport at 8:15 that morning. The judge quickly ordered the Trump administration to "turn the plane around" and, if it didn't, threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt of court. He went on to call it "outrageous" that "someone seeking justice in U.S. court is spirited away while her attorneys are arguing for justice for her,” the Post reports.

Sessions announced changes to America's asylum policy in June, removing gang and domestic violence as "credible fear" reasons to grant migrants asylum in the U.S. The 12 plaintiffs in this ACLU case all failed "credible fear" interviews and were either being detained or already deported, per the Post. Lawyers weren't sure if Carmen and her daughter had already left the U.S. when the judge granted their stay.

Follow along with this story at The Washington Post. Kathryn Krawczyk

August 6, 2018

President Trump has reimposed harsh sanctions lifted under the Iran nuclear deal. The European Union already wants to tear them apart.

In a Monday executive order, Trump followed through with his May plan to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and reinstate sanctions on the country, levying charges on precious metals, Iran's automotive sector, and other targets. Minutes later, European leaders released a statement jointly slamming the decision.

Iran was previously relieved from those sanctions under the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in exchange for curbing its nuclear production capabilities. The JCPOA, commonly known as the Iran deal, was created with other major world powers, but the U.S. was thought to be strongest force holding it together. Trump has been a constant critic of the deal, and continued to slam it as "defective at its core" in his Monday executive order.

European leaders tried to convince Trump not to leave the deal earlier this year, and promptly slammed Trump's decision to withdraw in May. German, French, U.K., and EU foreign ministers united again Monday, releasing a joint statement saying they "deeply regret" Trump's reimposition of sanctions. In it, the leaders agree that "the lifting of nuclear-related sanctions is an essential part of the deal" and will intensify their efforts to preserve it even without U.S. involvement.

Read the full text of Trump's executive order below. Kathryn Krawczyk

August 3, 2018
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U.S. employers added 157,000 jobs in July, the Labor Department reported Friday. The total was less than the 194,000 economists polled by MarketWatch expected, but enough to nudge the unemployment rate down to 3.9 percent from 4 percent, near an 18-year low.

The July figure was considered solid but it was down from 248,000 added jobs in June, a figure adjusted up from an initial report of 213,000. Strong spending by consumers and businesses is boosting growth and increasing demand for workers across the economy, and the tightening job market has been slowly pushing wages higher, too. Average wages rose by 7 cents or 0.3 percent to $27.05 per hour, and yearly pay rate increases remained unchanged at 2.7 percent.

U.S. stock futures pared early gains after the report. Harold Maass

August 2, 2018
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A Russian pop star may be the next lead in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

Mueller has requested an interview with Emin Agalarov, the Russian singer who helped organize the June 2016 meeting between Trump affiliates and Kremlin-linked lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, NBC News has learned from Agalarov's lawyer.

Veselnitskaya possessed incriminating information on Hillary Clinton, Agalarov's father Aras wrote in an email to publicist Rob Goldstone, who passed the information on to Donald Trump Jr. President Trump's eldest son infamously responded with, "If it's what you say, I love it." Trump Jr., the president's son-in-law Jared Kushner, then-Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, and Veselnitskaya met in Trump Tower days later. Veselnitskaya said she was there to lobby against U.S. sanctions, and Trump Jr. later said he never got information on Clinton.

Aras Agalarov sent the email to Goldstone, but Veselnitskaya told NBC News last year that son Emin played a key role in organizing the meeting. President Trump appeared in an Emin Agalarov music video in 2013, and the singer released a 2018 video parodying the Mueller investigation. The pop star's lawyer did not tell NBC News if Mueller wants to speak with Aras Agalarov, who's tied to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Kathryn Krawczyk

August 1, 2018
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A migrant child died shortly after being released from an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center, and it may have been caused by negligence within the facility.

Reveal learned of the toddler's death via Houston immigration lawyer Mana Yegani, who tweeted the news Tuesday. Her death is "a result of possible negligent care and a respiratory illness she contracted from one of the other children" at the Dilley Family Detention Center in south Texas, Yegani wrote.

The American Immigration Lawyers Association confirmed the death in a Wednesday statement, per The Washington Post, as did Washington, D.C.-based lawyer Melissa Turcios, who was helping the family find counsel. Yegani originally claimed the child died while in custody, but she and ICE spokeswoman Danielle Bennett both corrected that statement.

It isn't clear if the child was split from her family under President Trump's zero tolerance policy, as Dilley typically holds families while their asylum claims are being processed. Dilley has come under fire for breaking ICE policy and detaining pregnant migrant women for weeks, Reveal previously reported.

"Without a name or more specific information, we are unable to research this allegation," Bennett said in a statement, per the Post. But "no child or adult has ever died at an ICE family residential center," Bennett told Reveal. Kathryn Krawczyk

July 20, 2018
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Lordy, there are tapes.

Michael Cohen, President Trump's former longtime attorney, reportedly made recordings of Trump discussing payments to former Playboy model Karen McDougal two months before the 2016 election, The New York Times reported Friday.

Lawyers familiar with the case say that the FBI seized the recordings when agents raided Cohen's office earlier this year. McDougal says she had an affair with Trump in 2006, which Trump denies, and Cohen is being investigated for potential campaign finance violations over allegedly paying hush money to prevent the affair allegations from going public ahead of the election.

Trump's new lawyer Rudy Giuliani said that the payment was ultimately never made, and that the recordings prove Trump did nothing wrong. "Nothing in that conversation suggests that he had any knowledge of it in advance," said Giuliani, calling it "powerful exculpatory evidence." Read more at The New York Times. Summer Meza

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