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Russia reaction shows gap between Trump and his top administration officials:

The dramatic and unified comments Thursday from the nation’s top national security officials to warn of a pervasive Russian effort to undermine US democracy also highlighted one of the most puzzling contradictions of the current presidency.

Often, President Donald Trump’s own administration adopts rhetoric, positions and interpretations of facts that directly conflict with the views and stated beliefs of the President himself, raising doubts about the unity and coherence of White House strategy on key issues — including addressing election interference, broader foreign policy and domestic issues such as immigration or avoiding a government shutdown.

This strange duality played out Thursday as the intelligence and foreign policy chieftains mustered in the White House Briefing Room to promise what FBI Director Christopher Wray said would be “fierce determination and focus” to thwart Russian meddling in the midterm elections.

395 people sickened in McDonald’s salad outbreak:

Federal health officials reported Thursday an additional 109 cases of cyclospora infection in an ongoing outbreak linked to McDonald’s salads that began in May.

The total number of laboratory-confirmed illnesses from this outbreak is now 395, according to a statement from the US Food and Drug Administration. At least 16 of the sick individuals have been hospitalized.
The cyclospora parasite causes intestinal illness in people who consumed contaminated food or water. Symptoms can begin a week or more after consuming the parasite. They include diarrhea and frequent, sometimes explosive bowel movements, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those who are infected might also experience loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps or pain, nausea, gas and fatigue. Vomiting, headache, fever, body aches and flu-like symptoms can also occur.

Suspect in Houston doctor’s killing transferred house deed day before shooting:

Joseph Pappas had lived in his neatly maintained home in southwest Houston for decades.

On July 19, the day before police say he shot and killed a prominent doctor who was riding his bicycle to work, Pappas transferred the deed for that house to a woman who lives in Ohio. And he appeared to be in a rush to make that happen.
Investigators think Pappas, a 62-year-old real estate agent and former constable, might have killed Dr. Mark Hausknecht as revenge for his own mother’s death on an operating table 20 years ago, while she was being treated by the famed cardiologist, Houston police said Wednesday.
Pappas has not been seen or heard from in several days — a man who lives nearby said he last saw Pappas on Sunday mowing the lawn. A manhunt is underway in the nation’s fourth most populous city.

Donovan Mitchell Helps Fan Who Couldn’t Afford iPhone Repair:

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell is a rising star on the court, but he is making a difference off the court as well.

On Thursday, Twitter user Andrew Simeona wrote that Mitchell paid for his brother to get his iPhone repaired since he couldn’t afford it:

‘Christopher Robin’ serves up sweet take on Winnie the Pooh:

The live-action “family movie” has become an especially elusive commodity, especially now that every member has distinct programming options on a variety of screens. Disney largely threads that needle with “Christopher Robin,” a movie that — once it gets going — should entertain kids with the antics of Winnie the Pooh and company, while for parents squiring them, spending time with that beloved, silly old bear is no bother at all.

Director Marc Forster has an eclectic resume — including a Bond movie and “World War Z” — but the key entry for these purposes is “Finding Neverland,” his moving 2004 look at Peter Pan creator J.M. Barrie.
Throw in a spoonful of “Mary Poppins” for good measure, and you have “Christopher Robin,” which doesn’t rise to that level. Yet as with that earlier movie, the universal plot is all about an adult accessing his inner child, having lost touch with that pure, unadulterated side of himself.

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