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Girl, 7, killed and seven hurt in Maryland speed boat race crash

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A young girl was killed and seven people were injured at a Maryland speed boat race on Sunday when a driver lost control and slammed into spectators watching from boats tethered together on Chesapeake Bay, authorities said.

The accident happened around 5 p.m. local time off Kent Island at the 25th annual Thunder on the Narrows race, a contest billed by organizers as “NASCAR on the water.”

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Three victims were airlifted to University of Maryland Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland Natural Resources police spokeswoman Candy Thomson said.

Four others sustained injuries, Thomson said. The extent of their injuries was not immediately known.

A 7-year-old girl was killed in the accident, Thomson said.

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the accident.

Maryland has seen several boating incidents over the weekend.

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In one unrelated incident, a boat capsized nearby off Kent Island at the same time as the race accident, Thomson said. One man is still missing.

On Saturday, one man died and eight teenagers were injured when the pontoon boat they were aboard was swept over a Maryland lake dam.

(Reporting by John Clarke in Washington; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Phil Berlowitz)

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Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan to give up royal titles — ‘the hardest #Megxit possible’

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Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will give up their royal titles and public funding as part of a settlement with the Queen to start a new life away from the British monarchy.

The historic announcement from Buckingham Palace on Saturday follows more than a week of intense private talks aimed at managing the fallout of the globetrotting couple's shock resignation from front-line royal duties.

It means Queen Elizabeth II's grandson Harry and his American TV actress wife Meghan will stop using the titles "royal highness" -- the same fate that befell his late mother Princess Diana after her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996.

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GOP senator tells home-state press that impeachment trial must be ‘viewed as fair’: report

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Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) spoke to local reporters on Saturday about her role in the upcoming Donald Trump impeachment trial.

Murkowski explained she would likely vote with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on an initial vote on whether to allow witnesses. However, she left the door open to voting for witnesses after House impeachment managers make their opening case.

"I don't know what more we need until I have been given the base case," she said. "We will have that opportunity to say 'yes' or 'no' ... and if we say 'yes,' the floor is open."

Overall, Murkowski said it was important for the trial to been viewed as fair.

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White House press secretary urged to do her job: ‘We don’t pay you to be a Twitter troll’

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White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham was blasted on Saturday over the confusion resulting from her refusal to hold daily press briefings.

CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy was alarmed that Grisham's assistant, Hogan Gidley, was forcing reporters to refer to his remarks as coming from a "sources close to the President's legal team."

Darcy noted that Trump had repeatedly questioned the veracity of unnamed sources, making it problematic for Gidley to demand to be quoted as such.

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Grisham responded to the criticism and asked Darcy to "stop with the righteous indignation.

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