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Amazon announces kids-friendly version of Echo

The digital assistant Alexa isn’t just for adults. It’s now also for children, since the company has just announced the release of a kids’ version of the gadget

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It’s called the Echo Dot Kids Edition, and it plays music and answers questions for little ones aged 5 to 12. The device also comes with a one-year subscription to Amazon’s FreeTime Unlimited, which offers kid-friendly books and radio stations

“Parents can have peace of mind knowing their kids are getting age-appropriate content, while they listen to music, ask questions, enjoy Audible books, use Alexa skills, and more. We can’t wait for parents and kids to try this out,” said Dave Limp, senior vice president at Amazon Devices and Services, in a press release.

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The smart speakers come with colorful cases that are available in blue, red or green, and parents can employ parental controls with the device. Not only can moms and dads set time limits for use, they can also disable the ability to purchase items from the internet. Songs with inappropriate lyrics are automatically blocked. 

The voice experience is also tailored for kids. It offers the Magic Word feature, which encourages kiddos to use words like “please,” and children can ask Alexa questions about science, math, spelling, definition and even knock-knock jokes.

The Echo Dot Kids Edition is retailed at $79.99 and can be pre-ordered now. Shipping will begin on May 9.

» RELATED: Amazon in 2018: 6 things you should know about the e-commerce giant

Bill Cosby found guilty in sexual assault trial

A jury in Pennsylvania on Thursday found comedian Bill Cosby guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

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Trump confirms Cohen represented him in 'crazy Stormy Daniels deal'

President Donald Trump on Thursday said attorney Michael Cohen represented him “with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal” weeks after he told reporters that he had no knowledge of a $130,000 payment paid to the adult film star by Cohen.

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During a phone interview on “Fox & Friends,” Trump said Cohen did “a percentage of my overall legal work -- a tiny, tiny fraction.”

“Michael would represent me … on some things,” Trump said. “He represents me — like with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal, he represented me.”

Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, called the admission “another gift from the heavens in this case” in an interview on MSNBC.

“It’s a hugely damaging admission by the president because according to what he said on Air Force One a few weeks ago, he didn’t know anything about the agreement, he didn’t know anything about the payment, Michael Cohen went off and did this on a lark and Mr. Trump knew nothing about it,” Avenatti said. “He tripped himself up.”

Cohen negotiated a $130,000 payment to Daniels in October 2016 in exchange for her signing a nondisclosure agreement barring her from talking about an alleged sexual encounter she had with Trump in 2006, The Wall Street Journal reported in January.

Trump told reporters on Air Force One earlier this month that he was unaware of the payment or where the money had come from.

Avenatti told CNN Thursday that Trump’s most recent comments would only bolster his efforts to force Trump and Cohen to testify under oath about their knowledge of the payment to Daniels.

>> Related: Trump says he didn't know about Stormy Daniels payment

“It’s going to add considerable momentum to our efforts to depose the president and put him under oath, because now we have two contrary statements in less than a month,” Avenatti said.

Daniels, who was born Stephanie Clifford, is suing to break the nondisclosure agreement, claiming the document is invalid because it was never signed by Trump.

Cohen filed notice Wednesday that he would not answer questions in the Daniels case, exercising his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

2018 NFL Draft: Times, dates, what channel, livestream and draft order  

For the next few days, you can forget about the boys of summer or the NBA playoffs and the race for the Stanley Cup.

Over the next three days, you need to be ready for some football.

The NFL Draft begins Thursday night and continues through Saturday with seven rounds of picks taking place.

Here’s what you need to know about the draft and how to watch it.

When: The NFL Draft will be broadcast Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The first round will be held Thursday, the second and third rounds on Friday and the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds on Saturday.

What time: On Thursday, the draft begins at 8 p.m. On Friday, it starts at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the action begins at noon. All times are Eastern.

What channel: For the first time, the draft will be broadcast on Fox. You can also see it on ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN Deportes or the NFL Network. On Saturday, ABC will also be broadcasting the draft.

Where is the livestream: You can catch it on Fox Sports GoNFL.comWatch ESPN or fuboTV.

What’s the order: Here is the seven-round order for the draft: 

First round

  1. Cleveland Browns
  2. New York Giants
  3. New York Jets (from Indianapolis Colts)
  4. Cleveland Browns (from Houston Texans)
  5. Denver Broncos
  6. Indianapolis Colts (from New York Jets)
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  8. Chicago Bears
  9. San Francisco 49ers
  10. Oakland Raiders
  11. Miami Dolphins
  12. Buffalo Bills (from Cincinnati Bengals)
  13. Washington Redskins
  14. Green Bay Packers
  15. Arizona Cardinals
  16. Baltimore Ravens
  17. Los Angeles Chargers
  18. Seattle Seahawks
  19. Dallas Cowboys
  20. Detroit Lions
  21. Cincinnati Bengals (from Buffalo Bills)
  22. Buffalo Bills (from Kansas City Chiefs)
  23. New England Patriots (from Los Angeles Rams)
  24. Carolina Panthers
  25. Tennessee Titans
  26. Atlanta Falcons
  27. New Orleans Saints
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars
  30. Minnesota Vikings
  31. New England Patriots
  32. Philadelphia Eagles

Second round

  1. Cleveland Browns
  2. New York Giants
  3. Cleveland Browns (from Houston Texans)
  4. Indianapolis Colts
  5. Indianapolis Colts (from New York Jets)
  6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  7. Chicago Bears
  8. Denver Broncos
  9. Oakland Raiders
  10. Miami Dolphins
  11. New England Patriots (from San Francisco 49ers)
  12. Washington Redskins
  13. Green Bay Packers
  14. Cincinnati Bengals
  15. Arizona Cardinals
  16. Los Angeles Chargers
  17. Indianapolis Colts (from New York Jets through Seattle Seahawks)
  18. Dallas Cowboys
  19. Detroit Lions
  20. Baltimore Ravens
  21. Buffalo Bills
  22. Kansas City Chiefs
  23. Carolina Panthers
  24. Buffalo Bills (from Los Angeles Rams)
  25. Tennessee Titans
  26. Atlanta Falcons
  27. San Francisco 49ers (from New Orleans Saints)
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars
  30. Minnesota Vikings
  31. New England Patriots
  32. Cleveland Browns (from Philadelphia Eagles)

Third round

  1. Buffalo Bills (from Cleveland Browns)
  2. New York Giants
  3. Indianapolis Colts
  4. Houston Texans
  5. New York Giants (from Buffalo Bills)
  6. San Francisco 49ers (from Chicago Bears)
  7. Denver Broncos
  8. New York Jets
  9. Miami Dolphins
  10. San Francisco 49ers
  11. Oakland Raiders
  12. Green Bay Packers
  13. Cincinnati Bengals
  14. Kansas City Chiefs (from Washington Redskins)
  15. Arizona Cardinals
  16. Houston Texans (from Seattle Seahawks)
  17. Dallas Cowboys
  18. Detroit Lions
  19. Baltimore Ravens
  20. Los Angeles Chargers
  21. Carolina Panthers (from Buffalo Bills)
  22. Kansas City Chiefs
  23. Los Angeles Rams
  24. Carolina Panthers
  25. Tennessee Titans
  26. Atlanta Falcons
  27. New Orleans Saints
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars
  30. Minnesota Vikings
  31. New England Patriots
  32. Buffalo Bills (from Philadelphia Eagles)
  33. Arizona Cardinals (Compensatory)
  34. Houston Texans (Compensatory)
  35. Denver Broncos (Compensatory)
  36. Cincinnati Bengals (Compensatory)

Fourth round

  1. Green Bay Packers (from Cleveland Browns)
  2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  3. Houston Texans
  4. Indianapolis Colts
  5. Chicago Bears
  6. Denver Broncos
  7. New York Jets
  8. New York Giants
  9. Denver Broncos (from San Francisco 49ers)
  10. Oakland Raiders
  11. Los Angeles Rams (from Miami Dolphins)
  12. Cincinnati Bengals
  13. Washington Redskins
  14. Cleveland Browns (from Green Bay Packers)
  15. Chicago Bears (from Arizona Cardinals)
  16. Dallas Cowboys
  17. Detroit Lions
  18. Baltimore Ravens
  19. Los Angeles Chargers
  20. Seattle Seahawks
  21. Buffalo Bills
  22. Kansas City Chiefs
  23. Miami Dolphins (from Cleveland Browns through Carolina Panthers)
  24. Kansas City Chiefs (from Los Angeles Rams)
  25. Tennessee Titans
  26. Atlanta Falcons
  27. New Orleans Saints
  28. San Francisco 49ers (from Pittsburgh Steelers)
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars
  30. Philadelphia Eagles (from Minnesota Vikings)
  31. Miami Dolphins (from New England Patriots through Philadelphia Eagles)
  32. Philadelphia Eagles
  33. Green Bay Packers (Compensatory)
  34. Arizona Cardinals (Compensatory)
  35. Los Angeles Rams (from New York Giants–Compensatory)
  36. Los Angeles Rams (from New England Patriots–Compensatory)
  37. Dallas Cowboys (Compensatory)

Fifth round

  1. Green Bay Packers (from Cleveland Browns)
  2. New York Giants
  3. Indianapolis Colts
  4. Seattle Seahawks (from Houston Texans)
  5. Washington Redskins (from Denver Broncos)
  6. San Francisco 49ers (from New York Jets)
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  8. Chicago Bears
  9. Seattle Seahawks (from Oakland Raiders)
  10. New Orleans Saints (from Miami Dolphins)
  11. Pittsburgh Steelers (from San Francisco 49ers)
  12. Denver Broncos (from Washington Redskins)
  13. Cleveland Browns (from Green Bay Packers)
  14. Cincinnati Bengals
  15. Arizona Cardinals
  16. Detroit Lions
  17. Baltimore Ravens
  18. Los Angeles Chargers
  19. Seattle Seahawks (from Philadelphia Eagles through Seahawks)
  20. New York Jets (from Dallas Cowboys)
  21. Cincinnati Bengals (from Buffalo Bills)
  22. Oakland Raiders (from New England Patriots from Cleveland Browns through Kansas City Chiefs)
  23. Denver Broncos (from Los Angeles Rams)
  24. Carolina Panthers
  25. Tennessee Titans
  26. Washington Redskins (from Denver Broncos through Atlanta Falcons)
  27. New Orleans Saints
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers
  29. Buffalo Bills (from Jacksonville Jaguars)
  30. Minnesota Vikings
  31. Seattle Seahawks (from New England Patriots)
  32. Philadelphia Eagles
  33. Cincinnati Bengals (Compensatory)
  34. Dallas Cowboys (Compensatory)
  35. Green Bay Packers (Compensatory)
  36. Oakland Raiders (from Dallas Cowboys) (Compensatory)
  37. Green Bay Packers (Compensatory)

Sixth round

  1. Cleveland Browns
  2. Los Angeles Rams (from New York Giants)
  3. Houston Texans
  4. Indianapolis Colts
  5. New York Jets
  6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  7. Chicago Bears
  8. Arizona Cardinals (from Denver Broncos)
  9. Los Angeles Rams (from Miami Dolphins)
  10. San Francisco 49ers
  11. Oakland Raiders
  12. Green Bay Packers
  13. Buffalo Bills (from Cincinnati Bengals)
  14. Cleveland Browns (from Washington Redskins)
  15. New Orleans Saints (from Arizona Cardinals)
  16. Baltimore Ravens
  17. Los Angeles Chargers
  18. Dallas Cowboys (from Oakland Raiders through Seattle Seahawks)
  19. Dallas Cowboys
  20. Los Angeles Rams (from Detroit Lions)
  21. Los Angeles Rams (from Buffalo Bills)
  22. Kansas City Chiefs
  23. Carolina Panthers
  24. New England Patriots (from Los Angeles Rams)
  25. Tennessee Titans
  26. Atlanta Falcons
  27. New Orleans Saints
  28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Pittsburgh Steelers)
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars
  30. Minnesota Vikings
  31. Washington Redskins (from Cleveland Browns through New England Patriots)
  32. Philadelphia Eagles
  33. Green Bay Packers (Compensatory)
  34. Dallas Cowboys (Compensatory)
  35. Miami Dolphins (from Los Angeles Rams through Kansas City Chiefs (Compensatory)
  36. New England Patriots (from Oakland Raiders) (Compensatory)
  37. Houston Texans (Compensatory)
  38. Oakland Raiders (Compensatory)
  39. Minnesota Vikings (Compensatory)
  40. Houston Texans (Compensatory)
  41. Baltimore Ravens (Compensatory)
  42. Oakland Raiders (Compensatory)
  43. Oakland Raiders (Compensatory)
  44. Minnesota Vikings (Compensatory)

Seventh round

  1. New England Patriots (from Cleveland Browns)
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers (from New York Giants)
  3. Indianapolis Colts
  4. Houston Texans
  5. San Francisco 49ers (from Miami Dolphins through Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  6. Chicago Bears
  7. Minnesota Vikings (from Denver Broncos)
  8. Seattle Seahawks (from New York Jets)
  9. Miami Dolphins (from San Francisco 49ers)
  10. Oakland Raiders
  11. Miami Dolphins
  12. Jacksonville Jaguars (Cincinnati Bengals)
  13. Washington Redskins
  14. Green Bay Packers
  15. Kansas City Chiefs (from Arizona Cardinals)
  16. Carolina Panthers (Los Angeles Chargers through Buffalo Bills)
  17. New York Jets (from Seattle Seahawks)
  18. Dallas Cowboys
  19. Detroit Lions
  20. Baltimore Ravens
  21. Green Bay Packers (from Buffalo Bills)
  22. San Francisco 49ers (Kansas City Chiefs)
  23. Washington Redskins (from Los Angeles Rams)
  24. Carolina Panthers
  25. Kansas City Chiefs (from Tennessee Titans)
  26. Atlanta Falcons
  27. New Orleans Saints
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars
  30. Seattle Seahawks (from Minnesota Vikings)
  31. Cincinnati Bengals (from New England Patriots)
  32. Philadelphia Eagles (from Seattle Seahawks through Eagles, Seahawks and New England Patriots)
  33. Los Angeles Chargers (Compensatory)
  34. Cincinnati Bengals (Compensatory)
  35. Cincinnati Bengals (Compensatory)
  36. Arizona Cardinals (Compensatory)
  37. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Compensatory)
  38. Atlanta Falcons (Compensatory)

Boston city officials vote to change Yawkey Way back to Jersey Street

The City of Boston has voted to change the name of Yawkey Way.

After multiple delays, the commission voted unanimously Thursday to change the name of Yawkey Way back to its original Jersey Street.

The Red Sox organization initially petitioned the city to change the name of the street outside the ballpark from Yawkey Way back to the previous name of Jersey Street weeks ago. 

The late Tom Yawkey, former team owner, has been called racist by some, in part over the long delayed racial integration of the ball club.

Defenders of the Yawkey name believe the name change would harm the reputation of the philanthropic Yawkey Foundation.

Yawkey Foundation issued a statement shortly after the vote.

The City of Boston Public Improvement Commission has the final say over street names.

About a month ago, the commission took about two hours of heated opinions from both sides, tabling the issue for two weeks.

Two weeks ago, the Red Sox organization sent a letter standing by its petition, but asking for a delay in the vote so the public would have more time to weigh in.

Just last week, team president Sam Kennedy told sports radio station WEEI the Sox still want the street name changed. 

MORE: Officials delay vote on Yawkey Way name change

Search continues for man suspected of shooting, killing deputy in Maine

Authorities are searching for a man believed to have shot and killed a sheriff's deputy in Maine early Wednesday.

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Strangers helping strangers: NYC subway turns into math classroom

In a world that feels like it is delving into chaos, the kindness of strangers is exactly what we need.

Denise Wilson was on the subway to Brooklyn last week when she noticed a conversation between two complete strangers that just had to be documented.

“He was just telling this guy, ‘I’m in my 40s and all of this is new to me, so I’ve got to re-learn this to teach my son because he failed a math test,” Wilson told WCBS.

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The type of math at the center of the problems? Fractions. 

The man sitting next to Corey Simmons said he used to be a math teacher and started going over the worksheets in the middle of the train.

“Everything he got wrong or was confused about, he broke it down and corrected him,” Wilson wrote in her Facebook post.

After the impromptu tutoring session, Simmons and the math tutor -- Wilson didn’t get his name -- got off the train at different stops.

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Simmons said that he’s about half way to understanding fractions, but there was something more important than math that came out of the chance meeting.

“You need help sometimes, and you shouldn’t want to bite your tongue, to not ask for the help. So don’t feel shy to ask someone for help. It’s OK,” Simmons told WCBS.

Trump slams Comey, DOJ in wide-ranging 'Fox & Friends' interview

President Donald Trump called in to Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” morning show on Thursday, criticizing Democrats and the Justice Department and calling former FBI Director James Comey “a leaker and a liar” in a wide-ranging interview.

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Trump called in to the news show after his pick to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, White House physician Ronny Jackson, announced he would no longer pursue the post. Jackson and the president faced criticism after reports surfaced that the doctor was accused of overprescribing pills and crashing a government vehicle while drunk.

>> Related: Embattled VA nominee Ronny Jackson accused of drunken driving, drug use

Trump blamed Democrats for the decision, insisting that lawmakers were dragging out the process and keeping “the best people in our country” from quickly taking positions.

“I even told him a day or two ago, I saw this, where this was going," he said, telling the “Fox & Friends” hosts that Democrats were disappointed after failing to stop the nomination of former CIA Director Mike Pompeo as chief of staff.

>> Related: Trump VA nominee Ronny Jackson withdraws name from consideration

"They thought they had him stopped. The Democrats are obstructionists, it’s horrible what they’re doing,” Trump said. “They’re not approving people. ... It’s a disgrace.”

Trump singled out Sen. Jon Tester, the top Democrat on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, telling “Fox & Friends” that the senator from Montana will “have a big price to pay” with voters for the statements he’s made about Jackson.

>> Related: Rex Tillerson out as Secretary of State, to be replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo

"For Jon Tester to bring up stuff like 'candy man' and the kinds of things he was saying and then to say, 'Well, you know, these are statements that were made.' There is no proof of this," Trump said. "For him to be doing this to this man and his family, I think Jon Tester has to have a big price to pay in Montana. I don't think people in Montana — the admiral is the kind of person that they respect and admire — and they don't like seeing what's happened to him.”

The president added that Jackson has an unblemished record. Jackson, a U.S. Navy rear admiral, was appointed in 2013 by then-President Barack Obama to serve as physician to the president.

>> Related: Who is White House physician Ronny L. Jackson?

Trump hinted that he has a new nominee in mind for the post, but he declined to name the person, saying only that it was “somebody with political capabilities.”

He repeated his claim that the Justice Department investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election amounted to little more than a “witch hunt,” telling “Fox & Friends” that he had resolved to stay out of the probe but that he might change his mind.

“Because of the fact that they have this witch hunt going on with people in the Justice Department that shouldn't be there -- they have a witch hunt against the president of the United States going on -- I’ve taken the position, and I don't have to take this position, and maybe I'll change, that I will not be involved with the Justice Department,” Trump said. “It is all lies and it is a horrible thing that is going on, a horrible thing.”

>> More on Robert Mueller's investigation 

The president also said memos written by Comey and leaked to the media last week included “a lot of phony stuff.”

"He didn't write those memos accurately," Trump said. He pointed specifically to Comey’s claims that the president told him on two occasions that he didn’t stay in Moscow overnight in 2013, around the time of the Miss Universe pageant.

“I went to Russia for a day or so -- a day or two -- because I own the Miss Universe pageant, so I went there to watch it,” Trump said. “He said I didn’t stay there a night. Of course I stayed there. I stayed there a very short period of time, but of course I stayed.”

>> Related: Comey memos: What is in them, how does President Trump respond?

The unusual call started with the president mentioning that Thursday is the birthday of his wife, first lady Melania Trump. 

He praised her for hosting the first couple’s first state dinner and the visit by French President Emmanuel Macron. Trump said the meetings accomplished a lot and that Macron views Iran differently than he did before he walked into the Oval Office. 

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ stars become ‘Marvel Bunch’ thanks to Jimmy Fallon

They’re known for beating the bad guys and saving the world on the big screen, but the cast of the “Avengers: Infinity War” showed off their lesser-known group talents - singing.

On “The Tonight Show” Wednesday, Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Pratt led their respective teams in their take on the classic “Brady Bunch” theme song, called “The Marvel Bunch.”

You’ll notice, Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Chris Evans (Captain America) on Iron Man’s side. With Pratt (Star Lord) leading Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) and Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther).

Tom Hiddleston (Loki) takes the coveted center square, egging on Hemsworth.

“Avengers: Infinity War” officially hits theaters Friday. Some theaters are premiering the film Thursday evening.

Trump VA nominee Ronny Jackson withdraws name from consideration

Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump’s pick to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, has withdrawn his name from consideration, multiple news outlets are reporting.

>> MORE COVERAGE: Embattled VA nominee Ronny Jackson accused of drunken driving, drug use | Jamie Dupree: Trump pick to head VA in trouble as Senators postpone hearingSenate postpones hearing for Trump VA pick Ronny Jackson amid 'serious allegations'More trending news 

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