4.20.2018

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4.20.2018
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Need To Know.
No Charges in Prince Death.
Minnesota prosecutors will not file charges in the April 2016 death of Prince, wrapping up a two-year investigation into the death of the legendary musician. The artist died at his Paisley Park residence outside Minneapolis - according to reports Prince took Vicodin that was unknowingly laced with fentanyl, an illegal synthetic about 50 times stronger than heroin. An autopsy revealed that the concentration of the drug in Prince's liver at the time of death was 450 micrograms per kilogram, or about 6.5 times the level generally considered to be fatal in humans. The top prosecutor in the case said they could not determine who supplied the laced pills, and insufficient evidence existed to suggest that either Prince nor those around him knew the singer had developed a fentanyl addiction. 

Comey Memos.
The Justice Department released redacted copies of former FBI director James Comey's personal memos detailing meetings with President Trump. Much of what is in the 15 pages of memos has already been made public, though the documents included new information about the President's desire to more aggressively pursue leaks (and outlets that reported them) and that Comey had believed that much of the information in a controversial dossier compiled on Trump may be "totally made up", but the Bureau's job was to protect him from potential coercion. In response to the release, Republicans said the memos showed no evidence of collusion with Russia to meddle in the 2016 election or to obstruct FBI investigations, while Democrats said they showed a pattern of intimidation. 

You can read the memos here

Giuliani Joins Trump Legal Team.
Former New York City mayor and GOP presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani has agreed to join President Trump's team of legal advisers to assist in the President's response to the probe into potential Russian meddling in the 2016 election. He joins the President's personal legal team - which is separate from the White House stable of legal advisers. In addition to high-level political experience, Giuliani is a seasoned litigator and former Associate Attorney General at the Justice Department (see bio). Trump also announced the addition of two other former federal prosecutors, Jane Serene Raskin and Marty Raskin, to his personal legal team. Giuliani and Trump have been long-time friends - Trump has considered Giuliani for attorney general at various points to replace current AG Jeff Sessions. 

In related news, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has reportedly told President Trump that he is not a target in either the Russia probe or the recent FBI raid of his long-time personal lawyer Michael Cohen at this point in time. 

 
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In The Know.

Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

Kanye West announces back-to-back albums to be released in June (More)
NFL releases 2018 schedule; Eagles-Falcons to kick-off season (More) | Full schedule here (More
Time releases 2018 100 most influential people list; includes record amount of women, young people (More) | See full list here (More)
 

Science & Technology.

New microscope technology provides a 3-D view of living cells inside organisms in real-time (More)
New study goes against prevailing evidence, suggests children inherit genetic mutations linked to autism from fathers, not mothers (More)
US Senate confirms Oklahoma congressman Jim Brindenstine as next NASA administrator (More)
 

Business & Markets.

Wells Fargo is expected to announce a $1B fine today from US regulators for charging thousands of customers for auto insurance they didn’t need (More)
Procter & Gamble top Wall Street estimates, but shares down 3% as market share slides (More) | P&G to buy Merck's consumer health business for $4.2B (More)
 Marjory Stoneman Douglas students, Bill & Melinda Gates top Fortune's annual list of the world's greatest leaders (More)
 

Politics & World Affairs.

Average number of opioid prescriptions filled by US pharmacies dropped 8.9% in 2017, biggest drop in 25 years (More)
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan calls for snap election in June in bid to bolster nationalist support, seeks new 5-year term with expanded powers (More)
> Arizona teachers turn down pay raise, vote for state-wide walkout on April 26th (More)
Weekend Reads.

Nerves of Steel. 

Washington Post | Samantha Schmidt. After a blown engine knocked out a window on Southwest flight 1380 on Tuesday, Captian Tammie Jo Shults calmly took charge and landed 147 passengers safely. Exactly what you'd expect from one of the Navy's first female fighter pilots. (Read, paywall)
 

The Murder that Shook Iceland. 

The Guardian | Xan Rice. In a country with one of the lowest murder rates in the world, the killing of a 20-year-old woman upended the nation’s sense of itself. (Read)
 

Billion-Dollar Blessings. 

ProPublica | Alec MacGillis. How Liberty University transformed into one of the religious right's most powerful institutions - and into a wildly lucrative online empire. (Read)
 

Why Undertakers are Worried. 

The Economist | Staff. What keeps this highly predictable, low-risk, high-margin industry up at night? Changing cultural norms and social media. (Read)
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Americans favoring freedom of publication over government restriction of fake news

Ten easy tricks to appear smarter in meetings without lifting a finger. 

Largest maker of bump stocks will stop accepting orders, shuts down business.

All those vague job titles on dating apps, explained.  

See the world's first underwater villa, set to open in the Maldives for just $50k per night

All the places where marijuana is legal.

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Check out the entire fleet of US Air Force fighter jets.

Clickbait: Woman jailed after posting selfies while smuggling 200 pounds of cocaine.

Historybook: Adolf Hitler born (1889); 13 students murdered in Columbine High School mass shooting (1999); Danica Patrick is 1st woman to win Indy car race (2008); RIP Dorothy Height (2010); Deepwater Horizon oil rig explodes, killing 11 and starting 6 month oil spill (2011).

 
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