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iStock/Thinkstock(UKARA, Tanzania) -- More than 100 people have been confirmed dead after a ferry capsized on Lake Victoria in Tanzania Thursday.

So far, 37 people have been rescued, but it is believed that hundreds more are missing and feared dead, the Associated Press reported.

The exact number of passengers on the MV Nyerere ferry has not been confirmed, but "more than 200 people are feared dead," Tanzania Red Cross spokeswoman Godfrida Jola told the AP, citing fishermen and others who were nearby when the boat capsized.

The ferry was traveling between Ukara and Bugolora when it sank, the AP reported, citing the government agency in charge of servicing the vessels.

Many of the passengers were coming back from the market, Jola told the AP.

Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa, with a surface area shared between the territories of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

This will be the third major ferry disaster for Tanzania in recent years, after 500 people died on a Lake Victoria ferry in 1996 and nearly 200 people died off the coast of Zanzibar in 2012.

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Disney(LOS ANGELES) -- Variety is reporting that, arguably, one of the coolest actors working in Hollywood today, Michael B. Jordan, will be playing, arguably, the coolest character created by the late thriller author Tom Clancy.

The trade notes that the Creed and Black Panther veteran will play John Clark in a new series about the Navy SEAL-turned vigilante-turned head of the elite international anti-terror group Rainbow Six.

Jordan will reportedly play him in an origin story based on Clancy's revenge thriller Without Remorse, leading to a Rainbow Six movie based on the squad, which has been the grist of multiple Clancy books and a hit video game series.

Incidentally, the Clark character was played twice before on the big screen, once by Willem Dafoe opposite Harrison Ford's Jack Ryan in 1994's Clear and Present Danger, and again in 2002 by Liev Schreiber, opposite Ben Affleck, in the latter actor's attempted reboot of the Jack Ryan character.

Clark and Ryan have a long history in the Clancy books, having served as a confidante, fixer, and even bodyguard for Ryan over decades. Ryan is now played by John Krasinski in Amazon's Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Five people, including three children, were slashed by an employee of a home-operated daycare center in New York City, authorities said.

Victims at the home, in Flushing, Queens, were discovered around 3:30 a.m. local time.

Among the three children injured were two girls and one boy -- all infants, authorities said. Victims were rushed to New York-Presbyterian/Queens Hospital.

One of the children was in serious condition, but none appeared to have sustained life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

A female coworker and the father of one of the injured children were the two adults also attacked.

The suspect, a 52-year-old woman, was found in the basement with self-inflicted slash wounds to her wrists, authorities said. She is in police custody and being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigators said they believed the home served as an informal neighborhood daycare center.

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Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The sister-in-law of Christine Blasey Ford, the college professor who's accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her as teenagers, said on Good Morning America that "I don't see any possibility" that Ford is mistaken.

Deborah Ford Peters said Ford is down to earth, hardworking and honest.

Peters also said that since the accusation against Kavanaugh, which he's denied, Ford has received death threats.

Ford spoke out, writing a letter to Sen. Diane Feinstein in July, Peters said, because "I assume that she was very concerned about Judge Kavanaugh being considered for the Supreme Court."

"I think she doesn't want her story misrepresented, in the way that it was leaked," Peters added, "but I think she also strongly believes that story needs to be heard by that American public, that they need to know what this man did in his youth so that he is held responsible."

Peters met Ford in 2002 shortly before Ford married her brother.

"She's quite gregarious and quite a good listener -- and kind of the family glue I would say," Peters recalled.

Some Republicans have suggested Ford's accusation against Kavanaugh could be a case of mistaken identity.

"I can't imagine any reason that it would be mistaken identity," Peters said. "Specifically working with people who have been through traumas, the details of the traumas are often etched in their minds forever."

Peters said she hasn't yet had a chance to sit down with Ford and discuss the specific incident in clinical detail, but "people who experience sexual assaults that are as scary as this one seems to be, according to her story, can suffer shame, fear, depression, anxiety. It can inhibit them socially, professionally. So I don't know which of those things she's carried with her, but I'm sure it's carried some scars."

Overall, Peters added, she's proud of her sister-in-law for coming forward in the first place.

"I feel very proud of her and kind of impressed and amazed that she has the courage to come out and face whatever consequences she has to face," Peters said. "But she's a strong person. She's showing us she's capable of doing it."

Peters is a psychologist who works in private practice in California.

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Ivana Firestone(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) --  A teacher battling breast cancer didn't know it, but she was in for a big surprise on the day she finished chemotherapy.

When Katherine James of Santa Barbara, California, arrived home from her final treatment last week, she was met by a mob of kids who offered her hugs and applause.

"My mother was driving and I remember saying, 'Mom, I think those are kids from my class standing outside of my house," said James, a fourth-grade teacher at Mountain View Elementary School in California. "Their little faces were really happy. I'm extremely grateful for all their love and support."

James, 50, has been at Mountain View for 23 years teaching third and fourth grade. But a few weeks before the 2017-2018 school year ended, she was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer.

"You never want to hear those words and then a doctor is sitting in front of you saying them," James said. "It sends you on a path that you never imagined being on. You start fighting right away. You want it to go away."

James immediately had a double mastectomy and began chemo. On Sept. 11, she finished the last of four rounds.

Later that day, James arrived home to a slew of former and current students holding inspirational signs, flowers and balloons.

Mom Brigitte Welty, told "GMA" that James previously taught her son Ashton, who is now 16.

Welty decided to organize James' homecoming after speaking with her sister, who is also battling breast cancer. Welty learned that ringing bells traditionally signifies a patient has completed chemo, so she wanted to do that for James.

"She was just speechless," Welty said. "She came out with the biggest smile. She was really touched."

Ivana Firestone, mom of Brooks, 9, and Anja, 7, said her son had James as a teacher for both third and fourth grade.

"She's just so engaged and fun and present — you know that she loves her job," Firestone told "GMA." "We are here to support her in any way that she needs. We are hoping she gets back to school, but we want her to take as much time as she needs."

Jolee Tappeiner, a student of James' released a statement to "GMA": "When I first found out Mrs. James had cancer, I was sad and worried about her being able to fight it. But when I saw her at her house, I could see how strong she is and I know she will be coming back to school even stronger!"

James said she is feeling the love from her community and hopes to return to the classroom.

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Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(LOS ANGELES) -- LeBron James has never been one to hold back his disapproval on the actions and remarks of President Donald Trump, and he criticized the president again in his most recent interview, expressing worry that the president can even find the time to take shots at him.

"What bothers me is that he has time to even do that," James told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview published Thursday. "Like, you really got this much time that you can comment on me?"

On Aug. 3, Trump appeared to make a dig at James' intelligence after CNN anchor Don Lemon interviewed him. In a tweet, Trump described Lemon as "the dumbest man on television" who "made Lebron look smart, which isn't easy to do."

James laughed when asked if it bothered him when Trump calls him dumb, according to The Reporter.

"No, because I'm not," he says. "That's like somebody saying I can't play ball. That doesn't bother me at all."

The NBA star has a long history of railing against the president.

When Trump withdrew the Golden State Warriors' invitation to the White House in 2017 after point guard Stephen Curry said he would skip the traditional championship visit, James tweeted at the president, calling him a "bum" and highlighting that Curry "already said he ain't going!"

"Going to the White House was a great honor until you showed up!" James wrote.

During the NBA finals in June, James told reporters that neither team wanted to visit the White House.

"I mean, I know no matter who this series, no one's ... no one wants the invite anyway," he said.

In August 2017, after the Charlottesville protests turned violent, James tweeted that "hate has always existed in America," but "Donald Trump just made it fashionable again!"

James, who supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, has also spoken out on Trump's immigration policies and rejected the characterization of Trump's comments to Billy Bush in the 2005 Access Hollywood video as "locker room talk."

"That's not locker room talk," James told reporters in October 2016. "That's trash talk."

James spoke to the reporter on his recent move to Los Angeles to join the Lakers roster and his role to 1990s hit "Space Jam."

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Amazon(NEW YORK) -- Amazon is unveiling 70 new devices and features, the largest ever dropped in one day, the company said.

Dave Limp, senior vice president of Amazon Devices introduced the products in a surprise announcement at its headquarters at The Seattle Spheres, according to the company's live blog.

The first device to be unveiled was the Echo Dot. The small disc-shaped speaker has "a brand new mic array that gives it better performance. The driver is now much larger — we went from a 1.1-inch driver to a 1.6-inch driver so we can deliver more powerful sound with lower distortion and enhanced bass reproduction," the company's blog said. "The new Echo Dot is now 70 percent louder."

The new Echo Dot will still have coveted features, like a line-out jack and Bluetooth connection, so you can connect it to a separate speaker.

The company also introduced Echo Input, an Echo device without a speaker that will allow people to use Alexa from multiple rooms.

Amazon also launched new features for the company's personal assistant, Alexa.

"We're working on a system to make Alexa more opinionated and personal," the company said in a post on its blog. The new "Follow up" feature boosts the personal assistant's short-term memory. Users can say, "What's the weather in LA?" And then later on, if they ask about a restaurant, the device will know they're still talking about Los Angeles.

The company also introduced "Alexa Captions" on Echo Show and Echo Spot devices for the hearing impaired.

For parents, Alex can start getting kids to bed with "Routines for Kids."

"Parents can now easily create routines for the family using simple templates. So when you say, 'Alexa, good night,' Alexa will say a nice message that you can customize, turn off the lights and start sleep sounds," according to the blog.

The company also introduced Echo Link, which will use existing stereo equipment to control "music selection, volume, and multi-room playback on your stereo" with the Echo or the Alexa app.

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