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Jeff Fager, the longtime executive producer of the iconic "60 Minutes" Sunday news broadcast, is out after months of allegations of sexual harassment.

Why it matters: His exit follows the high-profile departure of CBS chief Les Moonves, who left the network Sunday after two reports were published alleging the executive sexually harassed over a dozen women over three decades.

The details: CBS President David Rhodes sent a memo to employees, obtained by Axios and first reported by CNN, detailing Fager's departure.

  • In the memo, CBS President David Rhodes says Fager is leaving because he violated company policy, and that "his departure is not directly related to the allegations surfaced in press reports."
  • Rhodes also explained replacement plans, "Jeff Fager is leaving the company effective immediately. Bill Owens will manage the 60 Minutes team as Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews and I begin the search for a new executive producer of the program."
  • Rhodes says interim CBS chief Joe Ianniello "is in full support of this decision and the transition to come."

The allegations against Fager, allege that he was complicit in allowing a culture of sexual harassment at the network and that he made women uncomfortable while inebriated at company parties.

The big picture: Fager joins a growing list of high-profile network individuals to leave a company in part due to accusations or findings of sexual misconduct, including CBS' Moonves and Charlie Rose, Fox's Roger Ailes and Bill O'Reilly, and NBC's Mark Halperin and Matt Lauer.

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A new short film warns of the coming risks posed by the development and proliferation of lethal autonomous weapons.

Why it matters: Drones with the ability to autonomously target and kill without the assistance of a human operator are reportedly already being used on battlefields, and time is running out to craft a global ban of what could be a destabilizing and terrifying new class of weapon.

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  1. Health: Coronavirus variant surveillance varies widely by state — Omicron cases confirmed in 5 U.S. states America probably won't lead the effort to understand Omicron.
  2. Vaccines: Omicron adds urgency to vaccinating world — Omicron fuels the case for COVID boosters — Moderna loses patent battles tied to COVID vaccine — Pfizer could have vaccine data for children under five by end of 2021, CEO says.
  3. Politics: Nevada to impose insurance surcharge on unvaccinated state workers — New Jersey GOP lawmakers defy statehouse COVID policy — Oklahoma sues Biden administration over Pentagon vaccine mandate — Omicron travel bans are sign of what's to come.
  4. World: WHO: Delta health measures help fight Omicron — COVID cases surge in South Africa in sign Omicron wave is coming — Germany approves new restrictions for unvaccinated people.
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The parents of a 15-year-old accused of killing four students and wounding seven other people at a Michigan high school have been charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter, according to court documents.

The latest: Lawyers for James and Jennifer Crumbley told the Detroit News they are "returning to the area to be arraigned," after law enforcement officials announced a search for the Crumbleys had been initiated.