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Republican U.S. Senator Thad Cochran To Resign On April 1

Republican U.S. Senator Thad Cochran, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said on Monday he will resign on April 1st. The 80-year-old Cochran stayed home for a month last fall with urinary tract infections, returning to Washington in October to give Republicans the majority they needed to pass a budget plan. Cochran said in a statement, “I regret my health has become an ongoing challenge. I intend to fulfill my responsibilities and commitments to the people of Mississippi and the Senate through the completion of the 2018 appropriations cycle, after which I will formally retire from the U.S. Senate.”  Cochran was first elected to the Senate in 1978 after serving six years in the House.  Republican Gov. Phil Bryant will appoint a temporary replacement, and a special election will be held to fill the rest of the term through January 2021. ...Read more

Despite Mueller Subpoena, Former Trump Aide Sam Nunberg Says He Will Not Testify

Sam Nunberg, a former aide to Donald Trump, has been subpoenaed by special counsel Robert Mueller to appear before a grand jury, but he says he’s not planning to testify.  The subpoena also asks that Nunberg hand over communications between him and a number of members of the Trump campaign, including the president himself. Nunberg told The Washington Post he won’t provide that information either.  Mr. Nunberg worked for Mr. Trump from 2011 to 2015; however he was fired from the Trump campaign after Business Insider published a story about racially charged Facebook posts he had made. ...Read more

Atlanta Braves Acquire Infielder Ryan Schimpf From Rays

The Braves have acquired infielder Ryan Schimpf from the Rays in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations, according to an announcement on Monday. Schimpf was acquired by the Rays in mid-December and looked to be a potential starting option at either second or third base, but after the team made some other acquisitions he no longer figured into Tampa’s plans. He was designated for assignment on March 3 when the Rays officially added Carlos Gomez to their roster.  Schimpf, 29,  consistently gets on base and hits home runs, but he rarely puts the ball in play and frequently strikes out. Over parts of two seasons with the Padres, he has more home runs (34) than doubles and triples combined (24) over 527 plate appearances. He also has more than six times as many strikeouts (175) as he has singles (28) over the course of his major-league career. ...Read more

Boston Celtics Star Kyrie Irving Out With Sore Knee

Celtics star Kyrie Irving missed Monday’s game against the Bulls because of left knee soreness, the team has announced. Celtics coach Brad Stevens told reporters at the team’s morning shoot around that Irving experienced soreness throughout Saturday’s loss in Houston and woke up sore on Monday. This will be the seventh game that Irving has missed this season. Boston is 5-2 without him. Irving had been spectacular since the All-Star break but was held to 18 points on 6-of-17 shooting during Saturday’s loss to the Rockets. Stevens told reporters that he was uncertain whether Irving would be available Thursday when the Celtics wrap up a three-game road trip by visiting the Minnesota Timberwolves. ...Read more

2018 Oscars TV Ratings Hit All-Time Low

According to a round-up of local Nielsen markets, the 90th Annual Academy Awards was down 16 percent to an 18.9 household rating, down from last year’s near-low of 22.4. That’s also down from the prior lowest ratings on record, which was a 21.9 household rating from 2008. While the Oscars remain one of TV’s most viewed events at around 29 million viewers, just last year it was 32 million. Any number of factors are often blamed for a low-rated award shows. One reason being offered for the latest drop in Oscar ratings is the fact that this year’s crop of Best Picture nominees featured few box-office blockbusters. The highest box-office gross among the Best Picture nominees belonged to the World War II drama Dunkirk ($525 million worldwide), which came up short in the major categories but ultimately went home with three Oscars for film editing and sound editing and mixing. An even bigger driving factor for Oscars’ recent ratings decline is the rapidly-changing viewing habits of TV audiences, more of whom are choosing to stream their favorite content online (including on social media) rather than watching live on TV.  ...Read more

Frances McDormand Is Reunited With Her Oscar After It’s Stolen During After-Party; Suspect In Custody

Frances McDormand has been reunited with her best actress Academy Award after it was snatched during a post-Oscar party Sunday.  McDormand, 60, was upset after her award was snatched from her table while celebrating at the Governors Ball on Sunday night, TMZ reported. Security was dispatched to find the Academy Award, which had McDormand’s named engraved on it, after it went missing. Winning recipients of the award get their names engraved on it at the Governors Ball. The man who allegedly stole the award was arrested and police identified the suspect as Terry Bryant, 47. He was arrested on suspicion of felony grand theft and is being held on $20,000 bail. ...Read more

2018 Oscars TV Ratings Hit All-Time Low

According to a round-up of local Nielsen markets, the 90th Annual Academy Awards was down 16 percent to an 18.9 household rating, down from last year’s near-low of 22.4. That’s also down from the prior lowest ratings on record, which was a 21.9 household rating from 2008. While the Oscars remain one of TV’s most viewed events at around 29 million viewers, just last year it was 32 million. Any number of factors are often blamed for a low-rated award shows. One reason being offered for the latest drop in Oscar ratings is the fact that this year’s crop of Best Picture nominees featured few box-office blockbusters. The highest box-office gross among the Best Picture nominees belonged to the World War II drama Dunkirk ($525 million worldwide), which came up short in the major categories but ultimately went home with three Oscars for film editing and sound editing and mixing. An even bigger driving factor for Oscars’ recent ratings decline is the rapidly-changing viewing habits of TV audiences, more of whom are choosing to stream their favorite content online (including on social media) rather than watching live on TV.  ...Read more

2018 Oscars Winners List: ‘The Shape of Water’ And Guillermo del Toro Win Top Honors

The 90th Annual Academy Awards took place Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, and “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” both had big nights.  The first award of the night went to Sam Rockwell for best supporting actor for his role in “Three Billboards.”  Later in the evening, “Three Billboard’s” Frances McDormand won for best actress, and used her speech to promote gender equality. Allison Janney won the best supporting actress Oscar for her role in “I, Tonya” and joked in her speech, “I did it all by myself.” Gary Oldman won best actor for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour.”  The big award of the evening, for best picture, went to “The Shape of Water.” It was the second award for Guillermo del Toro, who also won for best director.   See highlights and the full list of winners in the linked article below. ...Read more

Man Commits Suicide In Front Of The White House

The man who fatally shot himself in front of the White House has been identified as a 26-year-old from Maylene, Alabama. Officials say Cameron Ross Burgess removed a concealed handgun and began firing rounds in the vicinity of the North White House fence line just after 11:45 a.m. Saturday. Police do not believe any of those shots were being directed at the White House. President Donald Trump was in Florida during the shooting, but returned to Washington later in the day. No one else was injured.  After the incident the Secret Service released this statement, “The subject approached the vicinity of the North White House fence line and removed a concealed handgun and fired several rounds, none of which appear at this time to have been directed towards the White House.” The public was immediately alerted after the shots were fired and the White House was locked down.   ...Read more

Florida Senate Rejects Ban On Assault Weapons

The Florida Senate rejected a proposal to ban assault weapons, and voted for a measure to arm some teachers.  This comes after 17 people were killed in the deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history. An amendment that would have banned assault weapons attached to a wider bill failed on Saturday in a largely party-line vote, in response to the Feb. 14 killing of 14 students and three faculty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Parkland. The vote was 20-17 against the assault weapon ban, with two Republicans joining all of the senate’s 15 Democrats in support of the proposal.   ...Read more