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What emails reveal about Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with Russian lawyer

Donald Trump Jr. released what he claims is the full email chain leading up to a meeting with a Russian lawyer he believed had information on Hillary Clinton. CBS News justice and homeland security correspondent Jeff Pegues joins CBSN to discuss what the emails reveal about his controversial meeting.
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Former DOJ Civil Rights head calls Harvard probe "unprecedented"
Earlier this month, CBS News learned the Justice Department is investigating the role of race in Harvard University's admissions process and whether Asian-American applicants are held to a higher standard. Now Attorney General Jeff Sessions is not answering questions about the investigation. Paula Reid, who got the silent treatment, reports.
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Virginia showdown: GOP using ranked-choice voting to pick gubernatorial nominee
Virginia Republicans are set to gather across the Commonwealth on Saturday to choose their nominee for governor in November’s general election, in a race where most of the leading contenders have touted their support for former President Donald Trump.
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Mystery surrounds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's matchmaker
Who was the mystery matchmaker who introduced Prince Harry and Meghan Markle? Britain's media is scrambling to find out. The couple is engaged to be wed in the spring. Charlie D'Agata reports from Kensington Palace.
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Democrats' dream: Congressional earmarks aim to federally fund 'wokeism'
Democrats in Congress are using earmarks to federally fund millions of dollars of "woke" pet projects in their districts, in an attempt to use taxpayer dollars to advance an equity and diversity focused agenda.
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American Airlines scheduling glitch could impact 15K flights
More than three weeks before Christmas, American Airlines faces a holiday meltdown. A union blames a computer glitch for giving too many pilots time off. The scheduling mistake could leave 15,000 upcoming flights without a captain, co-pilot or both. Kris Van Cleave reports.
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U.S. issues stark warning after North Korea missile test
The Trump administration is urging all countries to cut ties with North Korea after its latest missile test. Analysts say it's capable of striking anywhere in the United States, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the test "brings the world closer to war." Ben Tracy reports.
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Tax bill still being revised to appease GOP deficit hawks
The Senate version of a sweeping GOP tax overhaul could be headed for final passage this week. Senators voted Wednesday night along party lines, 52 to 48, to start debate on the bill. No Democrats support the package. Nancy Cordes reports.
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Arizona man charged with manslaughter in head-on crash with armored truck that left girl, 11, dead
An Arizona man involved in a March car crash that left an 11-year-old girl dead was charged with manslaughter this week, according to reports.
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Chinese Rocket Falling Tracker As Out of Control Long March 5B Crashes Back to Earth
The Long March 5B is expected to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere at some point on Saturday but the point where it will crash down remains unknown.
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Now open: From the Bahamas to the Leaning Tower of Pisa and more
The European Union and UK work out plans for summer vacations, Broadway theatre tickets go on sale for the fall, and Germany cancels Oktoberfest for the second time. Here's what happened in travel news this week.
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Will Trump face repercussions in sexual misconduct allegations?
President Trump tweeted Wednesday after NBC News fired host Matt Lauer over complaints of sexual misconduct. However, the president still faces accusations from his campaign of sexual wrongdoing. CBS News White House and senior foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Brennan joins CBSN with the latest details.
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Ernest Angley, longtime televangelist and author, dead at 99
The Rev. Ernest Angley, a televangelist who developed a loyal following for his ministry over several decades, has died, his organization announced Friday evening. He was 99.
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Jared Kushner interviewed by special counsel's office
CBS News has confirmed that White House advisor Jared Kushner was interviewed by special counsel Mueller's office earlier this month. CBSN's Elaine Quijano has the latest.
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NBC News fires Matt Lauer
NBC News fired "Today" show host Matt Lauer after accusations of sexual misconduct. Hours after his firing was made public, Variety published an article about Lauer that the magazine said it had been working on for months. Debra Birnbaum, Variety's executive editor of TV, joins CBSN to discuss.
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NBC News Fires Anchor Matt Lauer; Prince William on Harry's Engagement
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Senate votes to begin debate on GOP tax bill
The Senate voted along party lines Wednesday evening to begin debating the GOP tax bill. Colin Wilhelm from Politico joins CBSN, and says senators could vote on a final version of the bill by the end of this week.
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NBC News fires Matt Lauer for alleged sexual misconduct; French daredevils leap from mountain and fly into plane
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Public radio host Garrison Keillor fired for alleged improper behavior
Garrison Keillor, the former host of "A Prairie Home Companion," says he's been fired by Minnesota Public Radio over an allegation of improper behavior. Keillor told The Associated Press of his firing in an email.
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The truth about cruise ships in Venice
Cruise ships in Venice have long been controversial. After the Italian government issued a decree banning them from the lagoon in March 2021, locals are debating the best solution to the 'big ships' problem.
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Woman with Down syndrome talks about competing in Miss Minnesota USA pageant
A Minnesota woman broke barriers over the weekend as the first contestant with Down syndrome to compete in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant. CBS Minnesota's Jennifer Mayerle has more on Mikayla Holmgren's story.
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Trump said the tax bill will "cost me a fortune" during speech
President Trump pushed the Senate's tax reform bill during a speech in St. Louis, Missouri, insisting "we're ready" if the bill went up for a vote in the Senate now. Further, he claimed "this is going to cost me a fortune."
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These twins were like two peas in a pod -- except when Covid-19 struck
Kelly and Kimberly Standard are identical twins. But their individual experiences with the coronavirus were anything but identical.
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French daredevils leap from mountain and fly into plane
All Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet had to do was strap on a wingsuit then leap from a 13,000-foot mountain in the Swiss Alps and fly into the open door of a light plane. Turns out, it's not so easy. Anthony Mason has the story.
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Glitch allows too many American Airlines' pilots to take vacation
There was a software glitch in the system that handles scheduling for American Airlines' 15,000 pilots. It allowed too many to take vacation time during the very busy Christmas travel season. Kris Van Cleave reports.
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I cleaned out my mother’s things years after she died. As I lost the clutter, I gained clarity.
I finally settled on what to keep, what to say goodbye to. I now understand that stuff and memories are two very different things.
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Opinion: We're still angry about the pandemic, but angry in a hopeful way
A few months ago, we were worried about the healthcare system collapsing. Now we're worried about vaccine hesitancy. That's progress.
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Vultures circle a tropical paradise in Florida as Brevard County's graveyard of manatees grows
Manatees are starving in Florida and humans are responsible for the mess. Sewage, detritus and fertilizers are fueling the crisis.       
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How parents can learn to recognize online radicalization and prevent tragedy – in 7 minutes
It doesn't take much time to make a real difference. Parents can build their competence and confidence in the time it takes to drink a cup of coffee.       
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Paula Reid on a question she asked that seemingly touched a nerve
At a news conference Wednesday, CBS News justice reporter Paula Reid asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions about his department's civil rights priorities. Her question seemed to have touched a nerve.
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Lauren Appell: Why Dems' poor performance in Virginia may flip state red, point to GOP victories in 2022
Republicans in Virginia will choose their nominees for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general at their party’s convention this Saturday.
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The Facebook Oligarchs' Betrayal of America | Opinion
To understand the depth of the hypocrisy and anti-Americanism of the Facebook elites, it is revealing to look at who they are not removing from the platform.
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I Want My Mutually Assured Destruction
For decades, I have taught courses on nuclear weapons and the Cold War. Conveying what life was like with the everyday fear of immediate destruction, especially to younger students, has become more and more difficult over the years. Students understand, in some general way, that nuclear war was a terrifying possibility. But the “duck and cover” images—black-and-white stock footage of boys with slicked-down hair and girls in saddle shoes all dropping to the floor as if in a clumsy game—are now clichés. The nightmares of my childhood are, to them, just pop-culture kitsch.In class, I’ve shown students movies from the nuclear age, hoping that Gregory Peck’s stoicism about the death of the world in On the Beach or Charlton Heston’s damnation of all mankind in the final moments of The Planet of the Apes might make them understand some of the smothering fear of living in a world on the edge of instant oblivion. I make them watch The Day After and read Fail-Safe and Warday. To younger people, these films and books now seem like relics from some lost civilization, full of mysterious, apocalyptic texts and angry cinematic gods.But one medium from the Cold War, more than any other, gets through to my students: MTV, Music Television, which cannonballed into America’s cable systems in August 1981. When I show them videos from the age of glitter and spandex that are filled with images of nuclear destruction, they finally grasp how much the threat of instant and final war was woven into the daily life of young Americans who thought they were turning on the television just to tune out the world.[Read: A brief history of Soviet rock and roll]In fact, messages about nuclear weapons, nuclear war, and the end of humanity, by some counts, appeared almost hourly on MTV, making nuclear destruction second only to sex as the most ubiquitous video theme flooding the eyes of America’s youth in the 1980s.When MTV landed in that first year of the Reagan administration, artists weren’t sure what to do with the new medium, and neither were their record-company bosses. One of the first VJs, Alan Hunter, told me that the music industry was initially flummoxed by the whole notion of videos. Executives wanted bands that toured and sold tickets; they didn’t want to spend money on cameras and studios to film rock stars lip-synching their own hits.But the irresistible marriage of vision and sound took hold in American culture immediately, and almost overnight MTV became, as Hunter perfectly described it, “the wallpaper of people’s lives.” Videos soon evolved from disposable band promos full of wiggling butts and pouty strutting (although those would remain staples of the medium) into mini-movies that had a script and high production values.Yes, some of the videos were about how girls just wanted to have fun, or about how boys wanted to date centerfold models. More than a few of them, as some of the industry pioneers have admitted, didn’t make a lick of sense. But a surprising number were about the Cold War—and the fear that it would turn hot. As Hunter said, artists had a platform that was subversive in its ability to mix entertainment and political messages.Nuclear anxieties, born at almost the same time as rock, have a long pedigree in popular music. Even the granddaddy of all rock-and-roll hits, Bill Haley & His Comets’ “Rock Around the Clock,” was at first only the B-side of a novelty single called “Thirteen Women (And Only One Man In Town),” in which Haley fantasizes about life after the apocalypse, when the only people left … well, you get the idea.MTV, however, integrated these serious and frightening concepts into visual entertainment. The Australian pop stars Men at Work—for a time one of the most popular groups in the world—had a hit with “It’s a Mistake,” whose video features generals in Soviet and American uniforms playing soldiers like little boys—and starting World War III by accident. “Don’t try to say you’re sorry / Don’t say he drew his gun,” they sing while dressed as army grunts walking through a blasted forest. “They’ve gone and grabbed old Ronnie.” At this mention of President Ronald Reagan, an actor in a cowboy costume walks by and an old lady slugs him with an umbrella, presumably for destroying the planet.Reagan in those years was everywhere on MTV. “Mr. Reagan says, ‘We will protect you,’” Sting laments in his elegiac 1985 video for “Russians,” but “I don’t subscribe to this point of view.” In a lighter vein, one of the most memorable videos of the time was the 1986 video for “Land of Confusion,” by Genesis, which used the creepy-but-hilarious puppets from the U.K. comedy series Spitting Image to weave a trippy story about Reagan having a nightmare. When Reagan wakes up, he wants a glass of water, but misses the button labeled “Nurse” and hits “Nuke” instead. A mushroom cloud appears outside his window.Mushroom clouds were even more common on MTV than the 40th president. In David Bowie’s 1984 “Let’s Dance” video, Aboriginal children cavort about as a nuclear blast suddenly appears in the distance. Over the years, Bowie said the video was about cultural oppression and racism, but perhaps, like so many other images of Armageddon in 1980s popular culture, it reflected a nagging fear that “developed” nations were going to destroy themselves and only the innocents in other lands would be witnesses to our immolation.[Read: David Bowie’s 1987 slump held its own weird magic]This was all pretty heavy stuff for a channel that used hair gel and lip gloss by the truckload. In retrospect, the amount of political literacy the directors and bands sometimes assumed on the part of MTV’s viewers is astonishing.Consider the video “Two Tribes,” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. The Eurodisco band's first hit, “Relax,” was released with so much edgy sexual imagery that the BBC banned it almost immediately.But “Two Tribes” and its late-1984 video were different. The song begins with a mournful orchestral introduction playing over one of the BBC’s actual public-service messages planned in the event of nuclear war. (“When you hear the air attack warning,” the announcer intones, “you and your family must seek cover immediately.”) A driving dance beat kicks in as the camera pulls back from an air-raid siren to show an arena filled with a clearly international crowd, exchanging bets and shouting with bloodlust.Look-alikes of Ronald Reagan and Konstantin Chernenko (a sick old man who ruled the Soviet Union for about 20 minutes in between Yuri Andropov and Mikhail Gorbachev) walk into a ring, and then proceed to beat the daylights out of each other. Middle fingers turn into punches, crotch kicks, bloody ear bites, a game of Roman knuckles, and strangulation. As the fight erupts into a riot, “Reagan” and “Chernenko” pause with looks of fear on their faces, and the camera zooms out to show us that we are actually at the United Nations in New York. Then, in case anyone is still trying to grasp the point, the whole world itself explodes.“Two Tribes” entered the British charts at No. 1, was a staple on MTV, and went to No. 3 on the U.S. dance club charts. It struggled on the American pop charts, however; Americans were sometimes unwilling to sing along when nuclear anxieties were stated so bluntly. Even Sting’s “Russians” peaked at 16 on the U.S. charts, which for him was practically a flop. But the video was popular—and got the message across.Hunter posited that foreign acts were more likely to make obviously political videos about the Cold War, and the MTV record bears him out. Americans in the age of Reagan were feeling good; even as Frankie Goes to Hollywood was showing us the end of humanity, a buff Bruce Springsteen was pulling a young Courteney Cox onstage in the “Dancing in the Dark” video.But some American artists knew how to make worrying about nuclear war more seductive: sex.In 1981, Prince’s Controversy album included “Ronnie, Talk to Russia,” yet another song mentioning Reagan by name, but it wasn’t released as a single. A year later, however, Prince had a monster MTV hit with “1999” and its 1982 video, which was a romp of costumes, dancing, and sexuality, all lit with bright flashes as Prince and the Revolution sang about a nuclear judgment day. “War is all around us / My mind says prepare to fight,” Prince sang, but instead of fighting, the video made clear what we all should be doing in our last hours on Earth.Sometimes the images on MTV were right in our faces, and sometimes they were subtler. Sometimes we didn’t get them at all. A misunderstood video of the era was the one for Timbuk3’s 1986 hit, “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades,” in which the singer Pat MacDonald and his wife are living in a trailer in a postapocalyptic desert. American audiences zeroed in on the line that “fifty thou a year will buy a lotta beer” and thought the song was a college student’s ode to capitalism, instead of getting the joke that the world would be gone before graduation day.Timbuk3’s producer, Dennis Herring, told me that a final verse had made the message clear but was cut for space: “Well I'm well aware of the world out there, getting blown all to pieces, but what do I care?” The video’s director, Carlos Grasso, and MacDonald himself confirmed that the whole thing was a riff on the end of the world. MacDonald told me that he was “kind of shocked” because he thought the point was “blaringly obvious.” He chalked the misunderstanding up to the literal-mindedness of U.S. audiences. Like Hunter, he thinks that foreign audiences were quicker to grasp irony, especially about politics, than Americans in those days.[Read: The Cold War is long gone, but the nuclear threat is still here]By 1986, the Cold War was already winding down. “Future’s So Bright” dropped when Reagan and Gorbachev were talking peace, which may have obscured the message. When Morrissey released “Everyday Is Like Sunday”—a 1988 ode to catastrophe inspired by On the Beach, in which he sings, “Come, come, come, nuclear bomb!”—the video showed a bored girl in a small town, and audiences could be forgiven for thinking the song was less about the end of the world and more about Morrissey just being Morrissey.The Cold War imagery on MTV did not produce some sort of antinuclear revolt in the streets, but it infused an underlying nuclear anxiety into the popular culture across multiple generations. Hunter and his fellow VJs were amazed that MTV’s audience in the early 1980s was, as he said, “everyone from 8 to 84,” and he suggests that the experience of watching together made MTV the “the first social media” through which millions of people experienced the music and the messages together and at the same time. “You couldn’t change the channel,” Hunter said, because MTV was the only source of music videos, and if you wanted to watch Michael Jackson or Van Halen or Sheena Easton or Metallica, you had no choice but to sit there and watch whatever everyone else was watching.And that meant you were going to watch a Ronald Reagan puppet blow up the world, and so were the millions of other people watching at that moment.The effect was subtle, but real. Nearly 40 years later, I can remember watching MTV with my arm around a girl and having Men at Work’s “Overkill”—a video about insomnia brought on by fear of an inevitable nuclear war—push its way into my otherwise distracted consciousness. I wasn’t alone; people my age remember those videos, and many of the songs are still with us.And as I remind my students, so are the weapons.
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How much harm comes from taking AP exams during a pandemic?
Leading educator calls the tough tests traumatic. I say they’re motivating.
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She’s chasing a Washington dream. He’s the Night Mayor.
Symone Sanders works for Vice President Harris. Her fiance, Shawn Townsend, works for D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. Meet the young power couple trying to shape Washington’s new normal.
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Like the drummer for Spinal Tap, the No. 3 in GOP leadership does not usually last long
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) is expected to soon become House Republican Conference chair after Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) is voted out because of her criticism of former president Donald Trump over the 2020 election falsehoods he continues to spread.
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Liz Cheney’s months-long effort to turn Republicans from Trump threatens her reelection and ambitions. She says it’s only beginning.
The party’s third-highest leader has engaged in a raging months-long dispute with other House Republicans, likely to end in her dismissal from her leadership post.
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Arrest made following string of killings in Tampa
For nearly two months, people in Tampa, Florida, were living in fear as a suspected serial killer targeted residents at random. On Tuesday night, police arrested a young man they say purchased a handgun used in at least three of the killings. Manuel Bojorquez reports.
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Trump retweets anti-Muslim videos
President Trump retweeted anti-Muslim videos posted by the leader of a far-right extremist party in Britain. The retweets were widely condemned, even by the president's political allies British Prime Minister Theresa May and television host Piers Morgan. Mark Phillips reports from London.
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Rep. John Conyers in Detroit after accusations of sexual misconduct
Democrat John Conyers was holed up in Detroit Wednesday after leaving Washington, D.C., in the middle of the workweek. Colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus say it is not their place to urge the veteran lawmaker to resign over claims that he propositioned staffers. Nancy Cordes reports.
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Trump reacts to NBC's announcement on Matt Lauer
President Trump responded to the firing of Matt Lauer just 15 minutes after NBC made the stunning announcement. What Mr. Trump didn't mention was that more than a dozen women have accused him of sexual misconduct. Margaret Brennan reports.
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My Grandmother Says She’ll Stop Sending Me Money Unless I Get Pregnant
Introducing Pay Dirt, Slate’s new money advice column.
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NBC News fires Matt Lauer for alleged sexual misconduct
Another powerful man has been brought down by accusations he sexually abused women. On Wednesday, NBC News fired Matt Lauer, known to millions of TV viewers as the amiable host of the "Today Show," for what he was allegedly doing off camera. Bianna Golodryga reports.
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Police arrest suspected serial killer in Tampa
Tampa police have made an arrest in a case that raised fears of a serial killer. They say Howell Emanuel Donaldson III admitted to owning the gun used to kill four people in the Seminole Heights neighborhood. Former FBI profiler and criminology professor at the University of South Florida Dr. Bryanna Fox joined CBSN to discuss the case.
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Variety report details allegations against Matt Lauer
Variety published a report Wednesday that details allegations against Matt Lauer, who was fired by NBC News for what it said was "inappropriate sexual behavior" with a colleague. Variety reports that several women claim they complained to executives about Lauer's behavior, “which fell on deaf ears.” Reena Ninan has the latest.
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Saudi prince freed after alleged $1 billion settlement
CBS News' Holly Williams reports on the Saudi Arabian elite being held on house arrest at a 5-star resort over corruption allegations.
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Growing concerns over latest North Korea missile launch
President Trump said more sanctions are coming for North Korea after the regime launched a new missile. Pyongyang says it has the capability of reaching the United States. CBS News national security correspondent David Martin joins CBSN with the latest developments.
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Women speak out on sexual harassment in national security agencies
Women who've worked for U.S. national security agencies are calling for change. In an open letter, more than 200 current and former professionals say they are victims of sexual harassment and abuse or know of someone who has been. They say the problems span across multiple federal agencies. CBS News State Department reporter Kylie Atwood joins CBSN to discuss the allegations and what these women want leaders to do about it.
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Tampa police on serial killing suspect's arrest
Tampa police chief Brian Dugan says a co-worker's crucial tip led to the arrest of 24-year-old Howell Emanuel Donaldson III in four slayings that have terrorized the city for weeks.
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