Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg to CBS: “We absolutely did not pay anyone to create fake news”

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg to CBS: “We absolutely did not pay anyone to create fake news”

A day after a searing investigation into Facebook by The New York Times, the company’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, is defending herself and the social media giant. In her first interview since the story was published, Sandberg told “CBS This Morning” co-host Norah O’Donnell she did not know about an effort described by the Times to publish stories critical of other tech companies, an apparent attempt to deflect attention away from Facebook. The campaign…

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Sheryl Sandberg to CBS: “We absolutely did not pay anyone to create fake news”

Sheryl Sandberg to CBS: “We absolutely did not pay anyone to create fake news”

A day after a searing investigation into Facebook by The New York Times, the company’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, is defending herself and the social media giant. In her first interview since the story was published, Sandberg told “CBS This Morning” co-host Norah O’Donnell she did not know about an effort described by the Times to publish stories critical of other tech companies, an apparent attempt to deflect attention away from Facebook. The campaign…

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David Hockney painting sells for record $90M

David Hockney painting sells for record $90M

NEW YORK — A painting by the British artist David Hockney has fetched $90.3 million at Christie’s on Thursday night, easily breaking the record for a work by a living artist sold at auction. Among his famous “pool paintings,” ”Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)” is considered one of his premier works. The previous record by a living artist was set by Jeff Koons’ “Balloon Dog,” which sold for $58.4 million in 2013. …

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Batkid declared cancer-free 5 years after “saving” San Francisco

Batkid declared cancer-free 5 years after “saving” San Francisco

Five-year-old Miles Scott was fighting leukemia when he suited up as Batkid to battle Penguin and the Riddler in front of a crowd of thousands in San Francisco. He defeated the villains that day and — five years later — he’s defeated cancer too. “He has been in remission for five years so he is considered cancer-free!,” Jen Wilson, the marketing director of Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area told CBS News. Scott had been fighting leukemia since…

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Ex-trooper shot dead after wounding prosecutor, officials say

Ex-trooper shot dead after wounding prosecutor, officials say

DEMOPOLIS, Ala. — A county prosecutor was shot and wounded in rural western Alabama before officers fatally shot the suspect, a former state trooper who once was questioned in another shooting, authorities said Thursday. District Attorney Michael Jackson said a district attorney from a neighboring judicial circuit, Gregory Griggers, suffered a facial wound in the gunfire, which occurred in downtown Demopolis. Jackson said Griggers is expected to recover. Demopolis Chief of Police Tommie Reese said…

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Veterans struggle with delayed GI Bill payments as lawmakers slam VA for IT failure

Veterans struggle with delayed GI Bill payments as lawmakers slam VA for IT failure

NEW YORK — Shaye Washington spent seven years in the Air Force, including one deployment to Afghanistan, before leaving the service in 2012. The 33-year-old former staff sergeant is now pursuing an MBA under the GI Bill at Colorado Technical University, but had to stop taking classes this semester because of an outstanding balance with the school. Washington said the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has not distributed $7,000 in benefits, including $3,000 she needs…

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State Department says U.S. is evaluating Turkish materials on Fethullah Gulen

State Department says U.S. is evaluating Turkish materials on Fethullah Gulen

The State Department on Thursday said the U.S. is reviewing materials presented by the Turkish government, amid a report that the U.S. is exploring the possibility of removing an enemy of Turkish President Recep Erdogan from the U.S.  NBC News reported Thursday that the Trump administration is looking for ways to remove Turkish religious scholar Fethullah Gulen as a way to placate Turkey over the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, citing two senior…

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David’s Bridal is filing for bankruptcy, but they say your dress is safe

David’s Bridal is filing for bankruptcy, but they say your dress is safe

David’s Bridal confirmed bankruptcy suspicions in a statement on Thursday, ending a seemingly eternal will-they-won’t-they rumor cycle of restructuring. The debt-saddled discount bridal chain said the filing will come “very soon.” The company plans to declare Chapter 11 bankruptcy, a type of filing that allows distressed companies to reorganize their debts and liabilities without interrupting operations or closing stores. David’s Bridal had already come to an agreement with a “vast majority” of its lenders to…

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Florida county missed recount deadline by 2 minutes as Senate race goes to manual recount

Florida county missed recount deadline by 2 minutes as Senate race goes to manual recount

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner ordered a manual recount for the Senate race as unofficial returns from a machine recount conducted this week met the statutory threshold to trigger a manual recount. If two candidates are within one quarter of a percentage point after a machine recount, then Florida law obligates the secretary of state to call for a manual recount. Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson trailed Republican Rick Scott by about 12,600 votes,…

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Florida Senate race headed for a manual recount

Florida Senate race headed for a manual recount

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner ordered a manual recount for the Senate race as unofficial returns from a machine recount conducted this week met the statutory threshold to trigger a manual recount. If two candidates are within one quarter of a percentage point after a machine recount, then Florida law obligates the secretary of state to call for a manual recount. Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson trailed Republican Rick Scott by about 12,600 votes,…

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