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Controversial Russian diplomat leaves U.S.

Controversial Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak has officially departed the United States as his assignment has come to an end, CBS News’ Margaret Brennan reports. Kislyak became a central player in the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling of the 2016 election. The long-time Washington fixture was involved in a variety of private meetings and discussions with Trump associates, including undisclosed interactions with Mr. Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Sessions recused himself from the Russia…

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For Ethiopia’s Underemployed Youth, Life Can Center on a Leaf

“If you’re a chewer in these parts, you’re a dead, dead man,” said Abhi, 30, who asked that his last name not be used because his family “will no longer consider me as their son.” Most alarming, the Ethiopian authorities say, is the number of young people in this predominantly young nation now consuming khat. About half of Ethiopia’s youth are thought to chew it. Officials consider the problem an epidemic in all but name. The country’s government, which rules the economy with a tight grip, is worried that the…

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Races Are Reversed in a Police Killing, and Again a Family Asks: Why?

The events of the next few minutes will be anatomized and argued over and, maybe, at some point, contested in court. But this much is established: As the squad car she had summoned slid down the alley, Justine Damond went up to the police officers inside, one of whom, for reasons still unknown, fired his gun, hit her in the abdomen and killed her. Even to Americans now used to dissecting police shootings, the circumstances were an odd jolt: a black Somali-American cop, firing at a white Australian woman among…

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Jim Vance, longtime D.C. news anchor, dies at 75

Jim Vance on August 6, 2009 in New York City. Michael Loccisano / Getty Images Veteran Washington, D.C., news anchor Jim Vance has died at 75, according to NBC Washington station WRC-TV. “Jim Vance was not only the soul of NBC4 but of the entire Washington area. His smooth voice, brilliant mind and unforgettable laugh leaves each of us with a tremendous void,” station president and general manager Jackie Bradford said in a statement Saturday. In May, Vance announced he would be undergoing cancer treatment but hinted he would still be…

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Fish attack at Minnesota lake leaves girl, 11, with deep lacerations to her foot, leg

An 11-year-old girl was recovering Friday after being attacked by a large fish at a Minnesota lake that left her with deep lacerations on her left foot and leg. Maren Kesselhon was dangling her legs from her family’s standup paddleboard at Island Lake, about 20 miles outside of Duluth, on Wednesday when something grabbed her foot, Fox 9 reported. Ryan Kesselhon, the girl’s father, told the Duluth News Tribune that when Maren lifted her foot out of the water she had suffered more than two dozen cuts to her foot…

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O.J. Simpson Gets Prison Protection, Possibly In Danger

O.J. Simpson Gets Prison Protection … Possibly In Danger Exclusive Details O.J. Simpson has been moved to a special housing area in Lovelock Correctional Center to protect him from inmates possibly looking to harm him in order to make a name for themselves, TMZ Sports has learned.  After Simpson was granted parole during Thursday’s hearing, Simpson was moved out of the general population and into confined housing, a rep for the prison tells us. We’re told there’s no specific threat on O.J.’s life but several inmates in the prison have…

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Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington died on Chris Cornell’s birthday

Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington has died on what would have been Chris Cornell’s 53rd birthday. The Soundgarden singer hanged himself on May 18, and now Bennington’s death is also being investigated as a possible suicide, as TMZ reports he hanged himself, too. The two performers were close friends and even toured together in 2007 and 2008. Bennington joined Cornell for a version of Temple of the Dog’s “Hunger Strike,” and Cornell performed alongside Linkin Park for their 2000 hit “Crawling.” LINKIN PARK’S CHESTER BENNINGTON DEAD AT 41 FROM APPARENT…

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On Washington: Eerie Parallels Between John McCain and Edward Kennedy

Mr. McCain sought to reinforce that view on Twitter on Thursday, weighing in after Democrats and Republicans shared thoughts and well wishes that he might have thought sounded too much like they were saying goodbye. “I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support — unfortunately for my sparring partners in Congress, I’ll be back soon, so standby!” he wrote. But he is gone for the moment for treatment of the brain cancer, diagnosed as a glioblastoma, and his absence will create a void in both the spirit of the Senate and…

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Ex-Obama official who urged anti-Trump ‘leaking’ lobs new accusations at president

A former Obama administration official who earlier this year acknowledged urging her D.C. contacts to leak dirt on President Trump’s team returned to the spotlight Thursday – using an appearance at a security forum to accuse the president of “Kremlin tactics” and openly question whether he owes the Russians money. Evelyn Farkas, who left the Obama administration in 2015 after serving as a deputy assistant secretary of defense, spoke on a panel Thursday at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado. She took aim at Trump for past remarks that the…

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Review: ‘Dunkirk’ Is a Tour de Force War Movie, Both Sweeping and Intimate

Photo A scene from Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk,” which focuses on a harrowing rescue effort during World War II. Credit Warner Bros. One of the most indelible images in “Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan’s brilliant new film, is of a British plane in flames. The movie recounts an early, harrowing campaign in World War II that took place months after Germany invaded Poland and weeks after Hitler’s forces started rolling into the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and France. The plane, having glided to a stop, has been defiantly set ablaze by the pilot to…

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