3.25.2019

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Need To Know.
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Mueller Finds No Collusion.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted his long-awaited report on potential Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election to the Department of Justice over the weekend, finding that no one from President Trump's campaign conspired with Russia to influence the election's outcome. The report itself has not been made public, but its conclusions were summarized in a letter (read here) to Congress by Attorney General William Barr. The summary also indicated that Mueller did not reach a conclusion on whether Trump committed obstruction of justice, neither finding enough evidence to recommend charges nor exonerating him. The investigation, which took just under two years to complete, resulted in 34 indictments - mostly Russian nationals and about half-a-dozen US nationals. It has been widely recognized since the early days of the investigation that Russia made an overt attempt to influence the election - the probe centered on the degree of coordination, if any, Trump campaign officials had with Russian agents. Trump heralded the findings, though the administration still has to contend with a wide-ranging investigation by the Democrat-led House Oversight Committee, particularly around obstruction of justice charges.

Here's how Mueller kept a lid on the most anticipated report in recent memory. 
Top Seeds Advance in Tournament.
The top seeds in the men's NCAA basketball tournament remained mostly intact, with all #1, #2, and #3 seeds surviving the first two rounds of play. The top-heavy results only came after overall #1 seed Duke survived a last-second near tip-in by heavy underdogs #9 Central Florida, ultimately winning 77-76. The highest-ranking seeds to fall were #4 Kansas, who lost to #5 Auburn 89-75, and #4 Kansas State, who fell to the Anteaters of UC-Irvine by a score of 70-64. Play resumes this Thursday (updated bracket) with Duke remaining Vegas' top choice at 9/4 odds, followed by Gonzaga (9/2), Virginia (9/2), and North Carolina (15/2). The story is similar on the women's side, with all top seeds advancing through the first round, with second-round games finishing today. 

After 63 games, a single bracket filled out online remains perfect - it's the first time since tracking began that a bracket survived opening weekend. 
ISIS Pushed Out of Syria.
After years of fighting, the last remaining foothold of the Islamic State in Syria was captured by US-backed allied forces on Saturday. Nearly five years after the Islamic militant group self-declared a caliphate centered in western Iraq (see timeline here), Syrian Democratic Forces captured Baghouz, a town of just over 10,000 that lies along the Euphrates River on the border of Iraq and Syria. The victory is important but in many ways symbolic - the group's influence has spread throughout the region and the whereabouts of group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, remains a mystery. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has indicated that the US would continue leading the regional fight against the remnants of ISIS despite the country's planned withdraw from Syria.
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
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> Larry Cohen, horror film director of It's Alive, dies at 77 (More)
> Jordan Peele's Us hauls in $70M, tops box office in opening weekend with best-ever opening for an original horror film (More) | Captain Marvel soars past $900M at global box office (More)
Science & Technology.
> Scientists spot a new difference between matter and antimatter, observing symmetry-breaking in a quark known as a D meson (More) | Why is there more matter than anti-matter in the Universe? (More)
> Apple to roll out major shift towards subscription services today, with plans to develop original content; will jump into competition with Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and others (More)
> Study finds that high-fructose corn syrup accelerates the growth of intestinal tumors in mice (More)
Business & Markets.
> Former NBA superstar Shaquille O'Neal to join Board of Papa John's Pizza, will serve as brand ambassador in commercials (More)
> Indonesian airline Garuda cancels $4.9B order for 50 Boeing 737 Max 8 planes, citing loss of customer confidence (More)
> President Trump to nominate conservative economist and 2016 election adviser Stephen Moore to Federal Reserve Board (More)

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Politics & World Affairs.
> Results of first election in Thailand since 2014 coup delayed, commission says it will announce results on Friday (More)
> In separate incidents, two survivors of the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting in Parkland, FL commit suicide over the weekend (More)
> Official death toll from Cyclone Idai passes 750, aid workers concerned with spread of waterborne diseases (More)
Etcetera.
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Why a dark sense of humor may indicate a high IQ
The embarrassing consequences of screen-sharing at work (paywall).
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Hundreds of passengers rescued after cruise ship's engine fails in stormy waters (w/ video).
Explorer enters Chernobyl blast zone to meet a 92-year-old woman and her son.
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Historybook: Legendary singer Aretha Franklin born (1942); HBD Elton John (1947); Martin Luther King, Jr.-led march from Selma to Montgomery completed (1965); Saudi Arabian King Faisal assassinated by his nephew (1975); HBD race car driver Danica Patrick (1982).
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