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The Latest: Man charged in fire deaths maintains innocence

AKRON, Ohio –  The Latest on the case of a man charged with aggravated murder in the deaths of nine people in two fires (all times local): 7:30 p.m. An attorney representing a man indicted on aggravated murder charges in an Ohio fire that killed seven people in May and in a second fire that killed two people on the same street last year says the man maintains he’s innocent. Attorney Joseph Gorman says he and his co-counsel look forward to reviewing the evidence and defending 58-year-old Stanley Ford in…

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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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June Foray, voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel, dead at 99

Actress June Foray, who gave voice to Rocky the Flying Squirrel and hundreds of other cartoon characters and was sometimes known as the “female Mel Blanc,” has died in a Los Angeles hospital. She was 99. Foray died Wednesday at West Hills Hospital in Los Angeles of cardiac arrest, but she had been in fragile health since a car accident two years ago, niece Robin Thaler said Thursday. Foray was the best-known woman among the voice performers who contributed so much to the classic cartoons of Warner Bros., Disney, Hanna-Barbera…

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Senate passes sanctions bill targeting Russia, Iran and North Korea

The Senate has passed a sweeping sanctions package targeting Russia, Iran and North Korea with an overwhelming bipartisan majority, 97-2. The U.S. House passed the sanctions package Tuesday in a 419-3 vote, sending the legislation to the Senate. The White House has not definitively said that President Trump will sign the bill, but the the measure won a veto-proof majority in both the House and Senate. The measure — a reprimand for Russian interference in the 2016 election cycle, among other things — requires congressional approval before the president can…

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An Ode to Shopping Malls

The French marble floors still gleamed under artificial light. It wasn’t quite a ruin, but it looked as if a viral outbreak had removed all life from the place. “They had loud pop music echoing through the mall, and I’m looking down this corridor, and there’s no people, no stores open,” Mr. Bell said. “It was really a sobering moment.” You can see his hushed reaction in the 10-minute video he filmed that day and posted to YouTube. Owings Mills turned out to be the pilot episode for what Mr….

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Wanda Sykes Says Transgender Soldiers Not The Problem, Trump’s The Problem

Wanda Sykes Transgender Soldiers Not the Problem, Trump Is! EXCLUSIVE Wanda Sykes doesn’t think transgender soldiers in the military are a problem, she thinks the guy taking away transgender soldiers’ rights to be in the military is the real problem. Sykes, like many Americans, ain’t happy with President Trump‘s decision Wednesday to boot all transgender soldiers, especially because she thinks most trans soldiers are braver than Trump … who’s never served in the armed forces. When we got her at LAX Wednesday she told us all Americans deserve equality, and she…

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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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“Similar” deaths of couple’s babies in 2015, 2016 probed

Gage Roberts (left) in court  KBAK BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Authorities are investigating whether the death of a couple’s baby in California is related to the death of their older child in Kansas in 2015. CBS affiliate KBAK reports that Gage and Debra Roberts were charged with second degree murder Tuesday in the death of their infant in Bakersfield in 2016. KBAK reports that according to court documents, the baby was found dead on a hotel room floor on April 24, 2016. When Bakersfield Police Department officers arrived on scene, the…

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Jeff Sessions says of Trump’s criticism that “it’s kind of hurtful”

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador  — After being berated for a week by President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday he will stay in the job for as long as Trump wants him to serve. He conceded that the president’s criticism pains him, though. Asked by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson whether he thinks Mr. Trump’s criticism is fair, Sessions said that “it’s kind of hurtful, but the president of the United States is a strong leader.” He also told Carlson the president “has had a lot of criticism, and…

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