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New details on Trump Organization’s confidentiality agreement

WASHINGTON — Throughout his business career, Donald Trump placed a premium on fame. But President Trump’s business organization wants to stay on the down low. CBS News has obtained a new confidentiality agreement rolled out after the election. The Trump Organization is requiring employees at all levels to sign it, or else they will lose their jobs. Employees must agree to keep secret any information they learn about anyone in the “Trump family” and extended family, including their “present, former and future spouses, children, parents, in-laws.” “I have reviewed confidentiality…

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Austin mulls pulling Ford Explorer police cruisers off the road

The state capital of Texas is considering pulling its police department’s entire fleet of Ford Explorer SUVs off the road.  More than 120 are already out of service. Sgt. Zachary LaHood is one of 18 Austin police officers who have been treated for carbon monoxide exposure after driving the department’s Ford Explorers. “I don’t remember if we hit a curb or if my head just hit the window and it woke me up but I remember swerving to miss a head-on collision,” LaHood said. He is now suing Ford. Play…

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Prices of grocery staples could rise as drought conditions worsen

In this Wed., July 26, 2017, photo, soybeans grow in a farm field near Indianola, Iowa. Drought conditions are getting worse in several states, and extreme heat and weeks with little rain have begun to stress corn, soybeans, wheat and livestock in some areas. AP DES MOINES, Iowa — Drought conditions worsened in several states over the past week from extreme heat and weeks with little rain, raising the prospect that grocery staples such as bread and beans could cost more as the region that produces those commodities is hardest…

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Animals, Abandoned and Starving, Are Evacuated From Zoo in Syria

Photo An ailing lion was given water while being transported from the Aalim al Sahar, or Magic World, zoo near Aleppo, Syria, last week. Credit Four Paws International Nine animals that had been kept alive — barely — at a damaged zoo on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria, were evacuated and taken to a rehabilitation center in Turkey last week. The animals — three lions, two tigers, two bears and two hyenas — were trucked from Aalim al Sahar, or Magic World, zoo after months of uncertainty. Photo A tiger…

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Why cracking down on White House leaks may not work

The newly-named White House communications director is taking aim at leakers. In a Wednesday night tweet that has since been deleted, Anthony Scaramucci called for federal investigators to look into how Politico obtained his financial disclosure forms. (Politico said Thursday the documents were publicly available, not leaked.) CBS News chief Washington correspondent John Dickerson said, “Often, leaks are the sign of a White House that’s not operating in a healthy way.”  The “Face the Nation” moderator joined “CBS This Morning” to discuss what the constant drip of information out of…

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Lawyer for Wasserman Schultz’ ex-IT aide: Fraud count might be ‘placeholder’ for more charges

The attorney for a House IT staffer arrested this week as he was trying to leave the country fired back at the feds in an interview with Fox News, while also speculating that the bank fraud count he faces could be a “placeholder” for more charges. Imran Awan — a former IT aide for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., who had kept him on the payroll for months — has been at the center of a congressional computer equipment scandal. Law enforcement officials from multiple federal agencies were involved in…

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Asia and Australia Edition: U.S. Senate, Jerusalem, Jeff Bezos: Your Friday Briefing

The context, experts emphasized, was the American principle of civilian control over the military, but the effect was chilling, particularly at a time when North Korea’s nuclear threat is increasing and trust that mutually assured destruction would forestall any nuclear attack appears to be decreasing. Continue reading the main story _____ Photo Credit Kimimasa Mayama/European Pressphoto Agency • The Japanese Ministry of Defense delivers its conclusions today about whether Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government deliberately withheld information about the safety of Japanese troops at a U.N. compound in South Sudan….

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Death toll in Venezuela unrest hits grisly milestone

CARACAS, Venezuela — Days before a polarizing vote to start rewriting its constitution, Venezuela is convulsing to a rhythm of daytime strikes and nocturnal clashes. The most recent violence drove the death toll from months of unrest to 100 on Thursday. Most of the dead in anti-government protests that began in April are young men killed by gunfire. The toll also includes looters; police allegedly attacked by protesters; and civilians killed in accidents related to roadblocks set up during demonstrations. The count has been highly politicized, with the opposition and…

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