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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE Barr preparing a summary of Mueller report’s key conclusions WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr is preparing a summary of the findings of the special counsel investigating Russian election interference. The release…
Barr preparing a summary of Mueller report’s key conclusions
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr is preparing a summary of the findings of the special counsel investigating Russian election interference.
The release of Barr’s summary of the report’s main conclusions is expected sometime Sunday.
The White House says it hasn’t been briefed on Robert Mueller’s confidential report. The nation’s top Democrat, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, has told House Democrats that a summary of conclusions won’t be enough as she pressed for the entire report.
Mueller’s 22-month investigation reached its official end on Friday, the day the report was submitted to Barr. It’s expected to focus on whether President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign coordinated with Russia to sway the election and whether Trump later sought to obstruct the investigation.
Trump has denied any collusion and disparaged the investigation as a “witch hunt.”
NORWAY-CRUISE SHIP-MAYDAY-THE LATEST
The Latest: 2nd ship needs rescue off Norway’s western coast
HELSINKI (AP) — Norwegian rescue authorities say a freighter has experienced an engine seizure in the same stormy Hustadsvika Bay region off western Norway where hundreds of people are being winched off by helicopter from the ailing Viking Sky cruise ship.
Authorities say they have had to divert two of the five helicopters rescuing 1,300 passengers and crew from the cruise ship to help the Hagland Captain cargo vessel’s crew of nine in the storm.
Both boats are trying to avoid being dashed on the rocky coast. The cruise ship is moored between the western Norwegian cities of Alesund and Trondheim. People are being winched off one by one, with one passenger saying she was terrified as she was buffeted by high winds.
Rescue workers say it will take hours to evacuate all those on the cruise ship.
Venezuelan power struggle creates diplomatic duel abroad
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — When Lorena Delgado approached the Venezuelan consulate in Colombia’s capital on a recent afternoon hoping to extend the life of her expiring passport, she found the metal gates to the languishing building shuttered.
Days earlier, Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro had severed ties with the nation where over a million of his compatriots have fled, recalling all his diplomats and leaving the consulate and embassy buildings closed.
The man challenging Maduro’s claim to the presidency had appointed a new ambassador, but he was at a loss about how to help her. He does not have access to the consulate or the ability to issue passport extensions.
As Venezuela’s power struggle rages, a parallel dispute for control of embassy buildings in the countries recognizing Guaido as Venezuela’s true president has taken root.
The Latest: Ousted Thai party confident of election win
BANGKOK (AP) — The leader of the Pheu Thai political party that was ousted as Thailand’s government in a 2014 military coup says she’s confident of winning Sunday’s election.
Speaking to reporters after voting in Bangkok, Sudarat Keyuraphan said: “I don’t say it’ll be a landslide. I don’t know. Depend on the people. But I think we can win this election.”
Thais are voting for a 500-member parliament that along with a 250-member junta appointed Senate will decide the country’s next prime minister.
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, the army chief who led the 2014 coup, is hoping to stay in power through a military-backed political party and measures that dilute the influence of other political parties.
AP-NORC Poll: Majority of Americans favor stricter gun laws
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new poll shows a majority of Americans favor stricter gun laws, and most believe schools and places of worship have become less safe over the last two decades.
The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey included interviews conducted before and after this month’s mass shooting at two mosques in New Zealand.
The poll finds 67 percent of Americans support making the nation’s gun laws stricter, while 22 percent say they should be left as they are. Another 10 percent think they should be made less strict.
Although a majority of Americans consistently say they support stronger gun laws, few changes have taken place in years. That’s in contrast to New Zealand, which acted swiftly after the mass shooting that shocked a nation not used to gun violence.
COLUMBINE-20 YEARS LATER-FAMILIES
Columbine families gather to tell stories nearly 20 years on
LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — Families of the Columbine High School victims have gathered at the school to tell their stories, nearly 20 years after the tragedy.
It was on April 20, 1999, that two Columbine students gunned down 12 other students and a teacher in the Denver suburb of Littleton.
A dozen parents, siblings, former students and others who suffered through the ordeal met with reporters at the school on Saturday, ahead of next month’s anniversary.
They spoke of forgiveness and inclusion, healing and resolve, and the balm that sometimes only silence can bring to the grieving.
Powerball jackpot now $750M after no winning ticket drawn
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lottery officials say the Powerball jackpot has ballooned to $750 million after no ticket matched all six numbers in the most recent drawing.
The numbers drawn Saturday night are 24, 25, 52, 60 and 66, with a Powerball of 5.
The next drawing for what would be the fourth-largest jackpot in U.S. history is Wednesday. The odds of winning are roughly 1 in 292.2 million.
No one has won the Powerball jackpot since the day after Christmas. Twenty-four drawings since then have failed to produce a winner.
The buyers of three tickets shared the country’s largest jackpot. It was a nearly $1.59 billion Powerball prize drawn on Jan. 13, 2016. A South Carolina purchaser won a $1.54 billion Mega Millions jackpot. That was the nation’s second-largest lottery prize ever.
Another cyclone bears down on west Australian coast
SYDNEY (AP) — Australia is bracing to be hit by a second powerful cyclone in two days, as Cyclone Veronica bears down on the country’s northwest coast.
The storm is expected to make landfall on Sunday afternoon, a day after Cyclone Trevor hit a remote part of the Northern Territory coast.
Weather authorities are forecasting Veronica will make landfall about 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles) to the west, on the Pilbara coast of Western Australia state.
While that area is also lightly populated, residents have been warned that because the cyclone is moving slowly they will likely have to shelter for several hours.
A category 3 system on a scale in which 5 is the strongest, Veronica has winds of up to 220 kilometers per hour (136 miles per hour).
PENNSYLVANIA POLICE SHOOTING-THE LATEST
The Latest: Teen’s dad: ‘Very painful to see what happened’
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The father of a black teenager shot and killed by a white police officer outside Pittsburgh says “it’s very painful to see what happened, to sit there and deal with it.”
Antwon Rose spoke to hundreds who gathered in the city Saturday to protest a jury’s acquittal of former East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld. He had been charged with homicide in the shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose II last summer.
Rose’s father says “I just don’t want it to happen to our city” anymore. Protesters chanted “protect our sons” before marching toward downtown Pittsburgh, blocking a street and yelling “no justice, no peace.”
The presidents of two Pittsburgh-based charities issued a statement Saturday saying they share a “sense of shock and outrage” at the acquittal.
TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-LOOMING BATTLE
Battle over Mueller report to be pressed by Democrats
WASHINGTON (AP) — The battle over the Mueller report is just heating up. Soon after learning that special counsel Robert Mueller had turned over his report on the Russia investigation, congressional Democrats were calling for the report to be fully released, including the underlying evidence. They have threatened subpoenas if it is not.
The demands are setting up a potential tug of war between congressional Democrats and President Donald Trump’s administration that federal judges might eventually have to referee.
Six Democratic committee chairmen wrote in a letter to Attorney General William Barr on Friday that if Mueller has any reason to believe that Trump “has engaged in criminal or other serious misconduct,” then the Justice Department should not conceal it.
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