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President Trump’s Top Lawyer In Russia Investigation Resigns

The lead attorney representing President Donald Trump in the ongoing Russia investigation has resigned, according to reports Thursday. Attorney John Dowd’s exit comes as Trump appears to shift to a more combative strategy against Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians, as well as potential obstruction of justice on the part of the president. According to the New York Times, Dowd tendered his resignation after finally concluding that Trump was “increasingly ignoring his advice.” Mr.Trump has repeatedly attacked the Russia probe, describing it as a “witch hunt” and an “American disgrace.” He largely avoided directly calling out Mueller. ...Read more

‘Exotic’ Batteries And Surveillance Video Aided Police To Locate Austin Bomber

Austin authorities say the use of “exotic” batteries helped them track down the Austin bombing suspect, which resulted in his death early Wednesday morning. After working to track and find the suspect responsible for the various bombings around Austin, Texas, authorities are confident in identifying the man as 24-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt. Officials say Conditt used “exotic” batteries that one could not find in a regular convenience store or even an electronic store. Most likely these unusual batteries originated in Asia and had to be ordered online; however they became the signature property that allowed investigators to quickly connect the various explosions to the same suspect after they took surveillance footage from a FedEx store which showed Conditt dropping off packages containing the explosives. Conditt died in his vehicle after detonating a bomb on the side of Interstate 35, after SWAT forces began encircling him to bring him into custody. ...Read more

Congress Set To Unveil $1.3 Trillion Spending Package

Congress plans to unveil a massive bipartisan $1.3 trillion spending package Wednesday that will keep the government funded until the end of September. Lawmakers have agreed on funding levels for every corner of the government with $700 billion budgeted for defense and $591 billion slated for non-defense spending, but the legislation also is expected to include policy riders like a bill that incentivizes state and federal authorities to report more data to the country’s gun background check system. Lawmakers have until Friday at midnight to pass the bill before the government runs out of money. The House is expected to vote on the plan later this week, however the main obstacle will be whether the Senate can move quickly enough to avert a shutdown given its rules. If one lawmaker objects, it could force Senate leaders to run out the clock and even face a temporary shutdown into the weekend. ...Read more

Buffalo Bills Zay Jones Arrested For Vandalism After Fight With Brother

Buffalo Bills receiver Zay Jones was arrested Monday in Los Angeles after a bizarre incident involving his brother, Vikings receiver Cayleb Jones. Zay was arrested at an apartment building naked and bloody after attempting to smash through a glass window on the 30th floor. Video obtained by TMZ Sports shows Zay shoving Cayleb in a hallway and shouting he is going to “fight for Jesus.” The clip later shows what appears to be Zay’s blood on the walls of the apartment building where Cayleb’s girlfriend is a resident. Reports are that Cayleb restrained Zay as he was attempting to squeeze through a hole in the 30th floor window he previously kicked his foot through.  The Bills said in a statement “We are aware of the incident involving Zay Jones.  We are still in the process of gathering more information on the matter. At this point, we will have no further comment.” ...Read more

Cleveland Cavaliers Guard Kyle Korver Excused After Brother’s Death

The Cleveland Cavaliers announced in a statement that guard Kyle Korver has been excused from Wednesday’s game against the Toronto Raptors to be with his family after his brother Kirk died on Tuesday.  Kirk Korver, 27, was the youngest of four Korver brothers, all of whom played basketball at the college level or above. Kirk finished his career at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2013-14, amassing 597 points and 267 rebounds in four seasons as a forward for the Kangaroos. Kyle Korver missed the Cavs’ victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday to attend to what was termed a family medical emergency. “We extend our deepest condolences and heartfelt best to Kyle and his entire family as they go through this very difficult time,” the Cavaliers said in a statement. ...Read more

Disney Theme Parks Reveal New Marvel Superhero Attractions

On Tuesday, Disney announced that Marvel superhero-themed lands will be coming to Disney California Adventure, Disneyland Paris, and Hong Kong Disney in 2020. The lands are being developed in partnership with Marvel Studios and Marvel Themed Entertainment. At Disney California Adventure, the new Marvel land will open in 2020 surrounding the Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: BREAKOUT, attractionwhich opened in 2017 to replace the Hollywood Tower of Terror attraction. Disney describes the land as “a completely immersive Super Hero universe.” At Disneyland Paris, a Marvel-themed area will be added to Walt Disney Studios Park and will include an attraction where riders will team up with Iron Man and the Avengers. And Hong Kong Disneyland has already started its Marvel-themed expansion plans, which will include a new attraction where riders can team with Ant-Man and The Wasp. This will join the Iron Man Experience, which already opened in 2017. ...Read more

Fox Network Defends Fred Savage Against Claims Of Harassment And Aggressive Behavior

Fox has investigated claims that actor Fred Savage verbally harassed female crew members on the set of The Grinderback when the show was on the air in 2015-2016, and said “no evidence” was found. “Fox takes all allegations of improper conduct very seriously,” 20th Century Fox said. “We conducted a thorough investigation into these allegations and found no evidence of any wrongdoing on the part of Mr. Savage. We will vigorously defend against these unfounded claims.”  On Wednesday (March 21), a former female crew member filed a lawsuit against Savage and Fox, saying the actor created “an extremely hostile work environment” with “aggressive behavior, intimidation, and constant use of profanities aimed toward female employees was left unchecked.” ...Read more

First Look At Renee Zellweger’s Transformation Into Judy Garland For New Biopic

The first photo of Renée Zellweger portraying Judy Garland in the upcoming biopic, “Judy,” has been released, and the 48-year-old star certainly has transformed herself into the legendary icon. Zellweger is rocking a brunette pixie cut and a black, off-the-shoulder floral dress in the picture, and appears to be singing while holding a microphone. It was also confirmed that Zellweger will in fact be singing in the movie, rather than using Garland’s past recordings.  “Judy” will take place during the winter of 1968, 30 years after Garland starred as Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz.” The film will follow Garland as she prepares for her sold-out run at The Talk of the Town nightclub. Garland died in June 1969, just 12 days following her 47th birthday. No specific date has been announced for the biopic’s release, though it is expected to come out later this year. ...Read more

Laura Dern, Reese Witherspoon Share First Look At ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2

Big Little Lies stars Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern reunited on the show’s set Monday.  The actresses shared a photo in costume as Madeleine Mackenzie and Renata Klein while filming Season 2 of the HBO series. The picture shows Witherspoon and Dern sitting outside Seaside Coffee Shop in Monterey, California. “Watch out Monterery, here we come! #BLL2,” Witherspoon captioned the snapshot on Instagram. Dern posted the same photo on her own Instagram account. “Madeleine and Renata are back. #BLL2,” she wrote. Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley and Zoe Kravitz will also return as Celeste Wright, Jane Chapman and Bonnie Carlson. The new season will also feature Meryl Streep as the mother of Celeste’s late husband Perry Wright (Alexander Skarsgard). Big Little Lies Season 1 was based on the Liane Moriarty book of the same name. David E. Kelley will return as executive producer of the new season, with Andrea Arnold (American Honey) as director. ...Read more