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10 things you need to know today: July 15, 2018

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Trump claims 'low expectations' for Putin summit

"I go in with low expectations," President Trump said of his Monday summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a CBS interview aired Sunday morning. "I'll let you know after the meeting," he added of his goals for the encounter, which begins with private talks attended only by the leaders' translators. "I think it's a good thing to meet. ... Nothing bad is going to come out of it, and maybe some good will come out." Trump said he will ask about extradition of the 12 Russian intelligence agents indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe Friday. [The Hill, The Washington Post]


Theresa May says Trump advised suing the EU over Brexit

President Trump suggested suing the European Union to facilitate the United Kingdom's exit from the consortium of countries, British Prime Minister Theresa May revealed Sunday. "He told me I should sue the EU — not go into negotiations, sue them. Actually, no, we're going into negotiations with them," May said. "But interestingly what the president also said at that press conference was, 'Don't walk away from negotiations, because then you're stuck.'" The suing idea appears to be the advice Trump mentioned in comments Friday, which he said was too "brutal" for May's taste. [Reuters, CNN]


Demonstrators protest Chicago police shooting

Dozens of demonstrators assembled in Chicago Saturday night to protest a fatal police shooting of a man on the city's South Side earlier that day. Some protesters reportedly threw bottles and damaged a police car. Four were arrested. The man who was killed was stopped for questioning while walking. The officers involved allege he became "combative" and reached toward his waistband, where they believed he had a gun. The police opened fire, and the man later died at a hospital. He did have a weapon, but never fired it at the cops. Chicago's Civilian Office of Police Accountability will investigate. [CNN, The Associated Press]


Judge slams Trump administration handling of reuniting migrant families

U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw issued an exasperated response to a Justice Department filing, submitted late Friday, about the Trump administration's plan to comply with his order to reunite migrant families separated at the border. The filing makes clear the Department of Health and Human Services "either does not understand the court's orders or is acting in defiance of them," wrote Sabraw, a George W. Bush appointee. "HHS appears to be operating in a vacuum, entirely divorced from the undisputed circumstances of the case," he added, blasting the DOJ for "attempting to provide cover" for inexcusable HHS conduct. [The New York Times, The Associated Press]


DHS secretary says Russia is attempting to 'sow discord' for 2018 midterms

The Department of Homeland Security has observed "persistent Russian efforts using social media, sympathetic spokespeople, and other fronts to sow discord and divisiveness amongst the American people" in the 2018 election, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Saturday. However, she continued, DHS has not found evidence of meddling "focused on specific politicians or political campaigns," as was the case in 2016. Her comments echo those of DHS cybersecurity chief Christopher Krebs, who said Wednesday his agency has not seen "anything that rises to the level of 2016 — [a] directed, focused, robust campaign." [The Associated Press, The Hill]


British princes reportedly 'snubbed' Trump visit

Britain's Prince Charles and his eldest son, Prince William, the two immediate successors to Queen Elizabeth, declined to meet President Trump during his visit to the United Kingdom this past week, London's Sunday Times reported. "This business of Prince Charles and Prince William not being there for the Trump visit was a snub," said the Times' unnamed source. "They simply refused to attend. It's a very, very unusual thing for the Queen to be there on her own." Prince Philip, 97, also chose not to attend, though his absence was less unusual as he has retired from royal duties. [The Sunday Times, Politico]


Israel-Hamas ceasefire holds in Gaza

Israel and Palestinian militant groups including Hamas reached a ceasefire deal late Saturday which largely held through Sunday, offering at least a brief respite for Gaza after the region's most intense fighting since 2014. Earlier Saturday, two Gaza teenagers were killed when Israel launched dozens of airstrikes on Gaza City. Militants shot more than 100 rockets across the Gaza border, injuring three Israelis. The ceasefire was reportedly briefly breached by two additional rockets and two mortar bombs sent from Gaza. Israel responded by striking the mortar bomb launcher. The ceasefire has otherwise maintained. [NBC News, Reuters]


Woman survives 7 days after 200-foot cliff crash

An Oregon woman named Andrea Hernandez, 23, survived for a full week after her SUV crashed over a 200-foot cliff on California's coast. Hernandez was driving to visit her sister when she went missing near Big Sur. Her family filed a missing person report, but she was ultimately discovered by hikers who happened to be in the area. Hernandez suffered a concussion and a shoulder injury, but authorities said she was able to walk and talk when they found her. While awaiting rescue, she used her car's radiator hose to collect water from a stream to stay alive. [ABC News, CNN]


Angelique Kerber defeats Serena Williams at Wimbledon

Tennis champion Serena Williams hoped to take home another title at Wimbledon Saturday, just 10 months after giving birth to her daughter. Instead, she was bested by fellow star Angelique Kerber, who sailed her way to her first Wimbledon title with a 6-3, 6-3 win, calling it a "dream come true." Williams embraced the new champion and praised her victory. "I was really happy to get this far," she said of her performance. "To all the moms out there, I was playing for you today, and I tried." [USA Today, BBC Sport]


France favored in World Cup final with Croatia

France and Croatia face off for the World Cup title in Moscow on Sunday, one day after Belgium defeated England for third place. Though England dominated the second half, Belgium found the net for a game-sealing goal in the 82nd minute. France is favored to win Sunday's match, but underdog Croatia's run in the tournament has been marked by a series of remarkable upsets and comeback wins. The match begins at 6 p.m. local time, which is 11 a.m. Eastern, and will be broadcast on Fox. [BBC Sport, ESPN]