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Saturday April 2nd, 2022 day edition

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Kryviy Rih, Ukraine — Russia accused Ukrainian forces of staging a daring air raid against an oil depot inside Russian territory Friday morning.

The regional governor said two Ukrainian helicopters attacked the fuel facility in Belgorod, about 20 miles inside Russia, and video showed storage tanks in flames.

A U.S. official confirmed to CBS News senior national security correspondent David Martin that Ukrainian helicopters did carry out the strike, and anther one a couple days earlier against an ammunition depot in the same area.

The official told Martin there was concern in Washington about how Russia might react to the strikes.

Ukrainian officials did not claim responsibility for the attack themselves, but as CBS News senior foreign correspondent Holly Williams reports, it was a significant move by Ukraine's forces.

A video screengrab shows firefighters responding to a fire that broke out at a fuel depot in Belgorod, Russia, which the regional governor blamed on an attack by Ukrainian military helicopters on April 1, 2022.

Just west of Zaporizhzhia, CBS News senior foreign correspondent Holly Williams met some of the Ukrainian forces who stood in their way. »

Ghislaine Maxwell's sex trafficking conviction upheld as US judge refuses retrial

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Ghislaine Maxwell's sex trafficking conviction has been upheld by a US judge.

The 60-year-old Briton was convicted in December of helping late financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse teenage girls.

Epstein, who counted politicians and business leaders among his friends, killed himself in a Manhattan prison cell in 2019, while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. »

Ginni Thomas Pushed Trump to Hire Someone the White House Suspected Was a Foreign Spy

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Ginni Thomas regularly met with Donald Trump while he was president, often providing him lists of people whom he should fire and hire — one of which the White House suspected of being a foreign spy.

The meetings between Trump and Thomas didn’t exactly leave the former president in a good mood, according to the Daily Beast.

Some, she may have suspected, were in the Trump administration. »

House passes bill to federally decriminalize marijuana

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(CNN) The House has voted with a slim bipartisan majority to federally decriminalize marijuana.

Republicans Tom McClintock of California, Brian Mast and Matt Gaetz, both of Florida, joined the majority of Democrats in supporting the bill, while Democrats Henry Cuellar of Texas and Chris Pappas of New Hampshire voted against.

The bill also expunges the record of people convicted of non-violent cannabis offenses, which House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said, "can haunt people of color and impact the trajectory of their lives and career indefinitely.". »

Ivermectin worthless against COVID in largest clinical trial to date

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The double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial was primarily designed to test if ivermectin could reduce the need for hospitalization among 1,358 COVID-19 patients at high risk of severe disease.

Ivermectin did not, according to the international team of researchers behind the trial, dubbed TOGETHER.

Ivermectin worthless against COVID in largest clinical trial to date. »