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Still-free Epstein friend Ghislaine Maxwell likely cooperating with prosecutors: Vanity Fair columnist

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High-powered wealth manager Jeffrey Epstein may have committed suicide — but the case looking into his alleged involvement in trafficking and raping teenage girls is far from over. One particular loose end is Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite who was close friends with Epstein — and who is accused of helping to groom Epstein’s victims, and who has seemingly disappeared.

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As Vanity Fair contributor William Cohen told MSNBC’s Alex Witt, Maxwell is likely not really on the lam at all — she may be helping prosecutors in secret, to lull Epstein’s other co-conspirators into a false sense of security.

“Can I ask you about Ghislaine Maxwell?” said Witt. “Because she allegedly staged that fast food photo at the In-N-Out burger in Los Angeles. Do authorities know where she is? Is she in L.A.?”

“I don’t know where she is,” said Cohen. “She was maybe in Manchester-by-the-Sea, on the north coast of Massachusetts, the week before, with a wealthy technology entrepreneur.”

But, he added, “I’m sure they know where she is. My bet is she is cooperating. My bet, this is one big head fake, they know exactly where she is, and she’s trying to save her skin now because she’s the focus of a worldwide womanhunt, if you will.”

“Yeah, and potentially a lot of civil accusations, that’s for sure,” agreed Witt.

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Afghan women’s rights trailblazer survives gun attack

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Trailblazing Afghan women's rights campaigner Fawzia Koofi, a member of the negotiating team that will hold peace talks with the Taliban, has been wounded in a gun attack near Kabul, officials said Saturday.

Gunmen opened fire on Koofi, 45, and her sister on Friday when they were returning from a meeting in the province of Parwan near the capital, interior ministry spokesman Tariq Arian told AFP.

Koofi, a former member of parliament and strong critic of the Taliban, was shot in her right hand, he said, adding that she was in a stable condition.

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WATCH: Protesters dump ballots outside of USPS head Louis DeJoy’s home

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On Saturday morning, angry crowds of protesters gathered outside of pro-Trump Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's residence in Washington, D.C. to protest his organizational changes rolling back capacity at the Postal Service — changes widely suspected of sabotaging mail-in voting ahead of the November election.

The protesters banged together pots and pans and blew air horns. Many of them gathered at the entrance holding fake mail-in ballots and shoved them into the bars of his front door.

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US developing coronavirus strain for human ‘challenge’ trials

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US scientists are developing a strain of the coronavirus that could be used to deliberately infect volunteers in so-called "challenge studies," a government agency said Friday.

The work is preliminary and the government is continuing to prioritize randomized clinical trials of vaccine candidates, the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) said.

Several of these have entered their final stages, including the vaccines developed by Moderna, Pfizer and AstraZeneca.

But NIAID has nonetheless "begun efforts to manufacture a strain that could be used to develop a human challenge model, if needed," it said in a statement.

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