5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Trump lawyer insists Trump 'not considering or discussing' firing Mueller

  • Trump to unveil plan to fight opioid epidemic

  • New explosion in Austin might have been set off by tripwire

  • Uber suspends self-driving service after pedestrian dies in accident

  • Upsets rock NCAA tournament as Sweet 16 is set

Late Sunday, after President Trump fired off several weekend tweets attacking Special Counsel Robert Mueller by name, Trump lawyer Ty Cobb said that, "in response to media speculation and related questions being posed to the administration, the White House yet again confirms that the president is not considering or discussing the firing of the special counsel, Robert Mueller." On Saturday, another Trump lawyer, John Dowd, had said it was time for Mueller to end his "manufactured" investigation. A handful of Republicans warned Sunday that firing Mueller would cross a red line, and Democrats pushed for passage of stalled bipartisan legislation to protect Mueller and his investigation from political interference and Trump's wrath.

Source: The New York Times, The Associated Press

President Trump is expected to unveil his plan to fight the opioid epidemic on Monday. An early version of the plan would have called for the death penalty against some drug dealers, but the final version is expected to be scaled back, with a call for capital punishment against drug traffickers only "when appropriate under current law," said Andrew Bremberg, the White House's director of the Domestic Policy Council. Trump will announce his new policies during a trip to New Hampshire. The administration says the plan would lead to a reduction in opioid prescriptions by one-third within three years by mixing administration actions and new laws requiring money from Congress. It includes elements focused on law enforcement, education, prevention, treatment, and recovery.

Source: Politico

An explosion in Austin, Texas, left two men with serious injuries Sunday night. It was the fourth unexplained explosion in the city this month, and police believe the latest blast is related to the earlier ones, which killed two people. The fourth blast occurred on a roadside in an upscale neighborhood, while the earlier package-bombs exploded on the doorsteps of homes. The victims in the latest explosion, both in their 20s, were walking or riding bicycles, and Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said it was "very possible" that the device went off when one of them touched a tripwire. "We are dealing with a serial bomber," he added at a news conference Monday morning.

Source: The Associated Press, CNN

A woman in Tempe, Arizona, has died after being struck by an Uber car that was operating in "autonomous mode," potentially making her the first pedestrian to be killed by an unmanned vehicle, The New York Times reports. A human driver was in the car when the collision occurred Sunday night around 10 p.m. MT. The woman was apparently outside of the crosswalk when she was hit by the car. Uber is "fully cooperating" with the investigation, a spokeswoman told the Times, and the company has suspended self-driving car tests in Tempe as well as other cities it operates the vehicles in, including Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Toronto.

Source: The New York Times, ABC 15

Underdogs shook up the NCAA men's basketball tournament on Sunday, clearing out a bunch of high seeds going into the Sweet 16. On Sunday, seventh-seeded Nevada was down by 22 points with 11 minutes to go and came back to beat No. 2-seeded Cincinnati 75-73 in the second biggest comeback in tournament history. Another No. 7 seed, Texas A&M, trounced No. 2 seed North Carolina, the tournament's defending champion, in the West region, 86-65. And in the Midwest No. 3 seed Michigan State lost to No. 11 Syracuse. The weekend got off to a historic start Friday night when the University of Maryland-Baltimore County blew out Virginia 74-54 to become the first No. 16 seed to beat a No. 1. Xavier, another No. 1 seed, lost to No. 7 Florida State on Sunday.

Source: The Associated Press, USA Today
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