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Four notable takeaways from Robert Mueller’s latest indictments in the Russia probe

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced Friday that special counsel Robert Mueller’s team had secured the indictments of 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of hacking into computers used by the Democratic National Committee, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Why only about half of the separated immigrant children made it back to their families

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The Trump administration said Thursday it had completed the court-ordered reunification of the youngest group of separated immigrant children with their parents. But while the group comprised 103 children — all under the age of 5 — only 57 of them actually made it back to their families.

Lawyer for Harvey Weinstein says he never admitted to exchanging sex for movie roles

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In an interview published Friday, Harvey Weinstein was quoted as saying, “Yes, I did offer them acting jobs in exchange for sex, but so did and still does everyone.” Hours later, the story changed.

Scarlett Johansson drops out of Rub & Tug amid backlash for playing a trans man

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Over a week after Scarlett Johansson dismissed criticism surrounding her decision to portray real-life figure Dante “Tex” Gill — a transgender man who had a massage parlor and sex work business in Pittsburgh in the 1970s and ’80s — in an upcoming film, the actress has announced she won’t be a part of the project after all.

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