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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump on Wednesday denied Russia is still targeting the U.S., contradicting American intelligence agencies.

Trump's response to a question from ABC News' Cecilia Vega came as reporters were gathered just ahead of a session at the White House with Cabinet members.

“Is Russia still targeting the U.S., Mr. President,” Vega asked.

“Thank you very much, no,” he said.

Vega pressed: “No?! You don’t believe that to be the case?”

He responded: "No."

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats on Monday addressed the president's questioning of that community's findings during a press conference in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"The role of the Intelligence Community is to provide the best information and fact-based assessments possible for the President and policymakers," Coats said in a statement. "We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy, and we will continue to provide unvarnished and objective intelligence in support of our national security."

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Linh Pham/Getty Images(CHIANG RAI, Thailand) -- The 12 young soccer players and their coach rescued from a Thai cave never gave up hope of being found alive and passed the time digging into a rocky wall believing they might be able to tunnel out, they said Wednesday.

In their first public appearance since the improbable rescues ended eight days ago, the members of the Wild Boar soccer team detailed their harrowing 18-day misadventure after they entered the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in northern Thailand June 23.

The group set out on the excursion planning to explore the subterranean maze only for an hour, they said, explaining that some of them had activities to attend that afternoon and one was expected at his 16th birthday party at home.

While they had preplanned the trip, communicating on Facebook, they brought no food and or drinking water.


"It was on the way back ... when we got trapped," Ekapol Chanthawong, an assistant coach who led the boys on the ill-fated trek, said in Thai Wednesday at a news conference in Chiang Rai, Thailand.

They quickly learned their path out was blocked by floodwaters, Chanthawong, 25, said. They realized they'd have to wade or swim through the water to escape.

As the water in the cave rose, they were forced to retreat and regroup. The boys began to fear they were lost.

"I told everyone to fight and not be defeated," Chanthawong said.

As the hours passed and the cave grew pitch black, they said, the group used a flashlight to guide them deeper into the dank underground. They conceded that they would have to spend the night in the cave and searched for a place to shelter.

Many in the group began to feel thirsty and hungry, they said, with the group stumbling across freshwater trickling down the side of a cave wall about 650 feet up a rock. They decided it was the best place for them to bed down on the hard ground for the night.

The group prayed before going to sleep, they said.

"I didn't worry at the time because I thought the water would lower down overnight and we would get out," Chanthawong said.

But when morning came, conditions had worsened in the cave, they said.

Despite the hunger, Chanin Vibulrungruang, 11, said he tried not to think of food, filling his stomach with the water trickling down the cave wall.

As days slipped by, they spent the time digging into the wall, believing they might be able to tunnel out.

"I would dig on the cave walls,” Chanin, also speaking in Thai, said. “I would dig three to four meters with rocks to find a way out.”

Another boy said they began digging in shifts.

"We could not go out but what we could do is dig at the cave wall because at least we could do something," the boy said. "We took turns along the way."

By the fifth day, coach Chathawong realized the boys were getting weak and told them to limit their movements to conserve energy, he said.

They discussed moving further into the cave, thinking there might be an exit at the end of the 6-mile-long grotto. That’s when they heard the water rising toward them.

"So we had to walk," Chathawong said. "The water rose three meters," or nearly 10 feet.

They eventually found high ground on a beach inside a chamber that became known as "Chamber 9." They lost track of how many days they had been lost.

They were sitting inside the chamber one evening, "playing with a rock," when their prayers were answered, Adul Sam-on, 14, said.

"Suddenly, we heard somebody talking," the teen said.

The group grew silent and listened. At first, they thought they were hallucinating.

"We weren't sure if it was true or not, so we stopped talking and listened,” Adul said. “Is it true? I was frightened, I was nervous. I told Mig to go down.”

Panumas "Mig" Sangdee, 13, had a flashlight in his hand but he was too scared to go and investigate the source of the voices, Adul said.

"I took the flashlight from him and went down right away," Adul said. "I said, 'Hello' or something like that. They didn't show their faces at first. They stuck their faces up and were talking."

Two divers from the British Cave Rescue Council, John Volanthen and Richard Stanton, were stringing a safety rope through a flooded area of the cave when they popped up in a cavern and, to their surprise, saw all 12 boys and their coach huddled on a small beach in the darkness.

"It was like a miracle," Adul said of the encounter 10 days after they went missing. "He [Volanthen] asked me a question. It took a long time to respond to it."

A video of the moment was released by the Thai Navy SEALS. In the footage, Volanthen asked Adul how he was and how many were in his group.

"I said, 'We have thirteen,'" Adul said. "Then he said, 'Brilliant.’"



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Miikka Skaffari/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Steph Curry is already a winner on the basketball court, now the Golden State Warriors point guard is shooting for Hollywood success.

The NBA championship winner's production company, Unanimous Media, recently signed a partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment to create films, TV shows, video games, virtual reality projects and even consumer products. The content won't veer too far off of what Curry is already known for -- faith, family and sports -- reports Variety in a new cover story.

Curry, 30, will even appear on camera himself.

"I have a corniness to me, a decent sense of humor and charm when I’m in front of the camera," he said. "I just can’t do voices -- that’s it. I’ve got to stay away from that."

This doesn't mean Curry will lose focus on what he called his "day job."

"I have to make sure I’m the best basketball player I can be for the next however long I’m playing," he said.

Curry plans to keep his entertainment content in line with his clean image, which is partially because he's been outspoken about his Christian faith.

"It’s not about me hitting people over the head with a Bible and telling them they have to believe a certain thing," he said about his faith, "or think a certain way."

The wholesome image is also aided by his marriage to Ayesha Curry. The couple, who met in a youth church group, married in 2011 and have three children.

"I don’t mind being called corny," he told Variety. "I’m comfortable with who I am."

Curry is following in the footsteps of other sports players who have entered Hollywood.

His NBA championship rival LeBron James has starred in films such as "Trainwreck," and created Spring Hill Productions, which has ushered shows like "Becoming" and "Survivor's Remorse" to the small screen.

Kobe Bryant, who played for the Los Angeles Lakes for 20 years, earned an Academy Award earlier this year for the animated short film, "Dear Basketball," which he narrated.

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Instagram/ Morgan Beck(NEW YORK) -- Just over five weeks since losing her baby girl in a tragic drowning death, Morgan Beck Miller spoke at length on Tuesday about raising awareness for water safety and how she hopes no other parent will have to go through what she has endured in recent weeks.

"It’s been 37 days since I’ve held my baby girl," she wrote on Instagram.

The volleyball star and her Olympic skier husband Bode Miller announced on June 11 that their 19-month-old daughter, Emmy, had died in a drowning accident at a neighbor’s house.

"I pray to God no other parent feels this pain," she continued in her new post.

But Beck Miller continued her post by raising awareness and thanking a fellow mom for sharing a similar story, having also lost her young child to a drowning incident.

"My heart is with you @nicolehughes8 as we walk this journey together. And thank you @scarymommy for helping us spread awareness," she added. "Drowning is the NUMBER ONE cause of death in children ages 1-4 ... It takes SECONDS. Please share and help us spread awareness. It’s the first step to preventing these types of tragedies. #drowning #drowningprevention #truthaboutdrowning."

In Beck Miller's Instagram bio, she linked out to Nicole Hughes' story in the Scary Mommy blog titled, "My Toddler Drowned This Summer, And Here’s What I Want You To Know."

In Beck Miller's Instagram bio, she linked out to Nicole Hughes' story in the Scary Mommy blog titled, "My Toddler Drowned This Summer, And Here’s What I Want You To Know."

n the piece, Hughes gets personal, writing, "We were never supposed to leave our beach vacation early to plan a funeral for our 3-year-old son. And, yet, within the course of one week, we had driven to the beach, returned without him, and held his funeral."

The death of her son Levi took place around the same time the Millers lost their daughter.

"How could I have known that every parent’s worst nightmare would be my reality? It happened so quickly," she writes. "I was the one who found him, face down, in the deep end. Just moments before this horrific discovery, I split a brownie with him."

In the piece, she adds statistics and details about how silent and fast a drowning death can be for a toddler.

"This is a LEADING cause of death, and it is 100% PREVENTABLE," she added. "You can read more about my mission (and about designated supervision) at www.levislegacy.com."

Water-safety experts told "GMA" last month that one simple solution to keep your kids safe this summer is to always have a water watcher on hand, somebody who stands next to the pool and is constantly scanning the water for any signs of distress.

The water watcher can be rotated every 15 minutes or so, should know CPR, has a working phone and is alert and not under any influence.

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ABC/Paula Lobo(NEW YORK) -- Actor-rapper 50 Cent addressed the backlash he's received for making light of fellow actor Terry Crews' claim that he was groped by a Hollywood executive, telling The View that he would, "never make fun of any sexual assault victim."

"I wasn't looking at Terry Crews that way, at that point. I'm looking at the Hulk. The guy is this big, that's being taken advantage of," 50 Cent explained.

In June, 50 Cent posted two images on Instagram of Crews on Instagram after Crews appeared in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee to speak about his experience and voice support for the Sexual Assault Survivors' Bill of Rights.

The two images now deleted images were accompanied by a caption that read: "LOL, what the ---- is going on out here man? Terry: I froze in fear. ... They would have had to take me to jail."

Crews, a former NFL linebacker and Brooklyn Nine-Nine star, has said the assault happened during a 2016 party that he attended with his wife.

"If you asked [a man] if someone touched them. ... They go, 'Yo, what you doing?' Nothing more but 'What you doing?'" 50 Cent said. "In the Senate, when they [were] talking about it, he didn't even respond [to the alleged perpetrator] by doing that."

"Because he was in shock!" Whoopi Goldberg said in response.

"I wouldn't be prepared for that either," 50 Cent said.

"No, nobody is!" Goldberg said.

"Y'all would be bailing me out! I'd have to get bailed out," 50 Cent said.

50 also touched on his hit Starz series Power and the fandom that has come from the Sunday night crime drama.

"It's exciting to see so many people invested in it," he said about the show. "It's cool!"

Power airs Sunday night at 8:00 p.m. ET.

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WJLA(WASHINGTON) -- Two days after masked gunmen opened fire in Washington, D.C, killing a 10-year-old girl in a terrifying caught-on-video attack, police say the suspects' car has been recovered -- but the little girl's killers remain on the run.

The suspects' car was found in Prince George's County, the D.C. Police Department announced Wednesday morning on Twitter, adding, "still need your help in identifying/locating suspects responsible for the shooting death of 10 yr old Makiyah."

Ten-year-old Makiyah Wilson was killed when the four masked gunmen pulled the now-recovered black SUV into a courtyard Monday night and opened fire on 15 to 20 people who were out enjoying the weather by a nearby playground, Metropolitan Police Assistant Chief Chanel Dickerson said at a news conference Monday.

Four adults were injured, police said.

It remains unclear if any of the victims were intended targets, Dickerson said.

"They came out in this community without regard to human life and opened fire," Dickerson said. "And we have to stand up as a community to say, 'no more.'"

"All the hopes and dreams that her family had for her [are] gone," Dickerson said of the slain 10-year-old. "And we have to be outraged. We have to work with the police. You have to work with us to remove illegal firearms from our city."

"Enough is enough," Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted Monday. "We need every community member to help us get illegal guns off our streets."

Though the suspect's car is now recovered, police are urging the public to help them catch Makiyah's killer.

Anyone with information is asked to call (202)727-9099.

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Joshua Lott/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Tesla CEO Elon Musk apologized on Wednesday for derogatory comments he made toward one of the cave divers who helped rescue the trapped Thai soccer team last week.

In a series of tweets early Wednesday, Musk said he had “spoken in anger” last week when he called British diver Vern Unsworth a pedophile in a now-deleted tweet, sparking public outrage and questions about a potential libel suit.

“My words were spoken in anger after Mr. Unsworth said several untruths & suggested I engage in a sexual act with the mini-sub, which had been built as an act of kindness & according to specifications from the dive team leader,” Musk said.

Unsworth told reporters on Monday he was considering legal action against Musk after the tech billionaire tweeted he was a “pedo guy” on Sunday.

The two got into a public war of words when Unsworth said Musk tried to carry out a "PR stunt" by sending a mini-submarine to aide divers in the rescue mission.

Unsworth also told CNN that Musk’s plan “had absolutely no chance of working,” and said he told Musk to “stick his submarine where it hurts.”

Authorities said Unsworth played key role in rescuing the soccer players and their coach from a flooded cave.

Tesla investors urged Musk to apologize in an open letter on Tuesday, warning him that his actions were “shaking investor confidence.”

Gene Munster, a managing partner at venture capital firm Loup Ventures, said he wrote the letter on behalf of Tesla investors due to Musk’s “concerning” behavior over the last six months.

“The exchange with Vern Unsworth crossed the line. I suspect you would agree given you deleted the string from Twitter, but it will take more than that to regain investor confidence,” Munster, a longtime tech investor, wrote. “Your behavior is fueling an unhelpful perception of your leadership – thin-skinned and short-tempered.”

Musk acknowledged that his actions were unjustifiable.

“His actions against me do not justify my actions against him and for that I apologize to Mr. Unsworth and to the companies I represent as leader,” Musk said. "The fault is mine and mine alone.”

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