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NCAA Latest: Buckeyes, Hokies close 1st round with wins

The Latest on the first round of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern):12:35 a.m.The first round of the NCAA Tournament is complete.Ohio State beat Iowa State in the Midwest Region, then Virginia Tech held off a comeback attempt by Saint Louis in the East Region to reduce the 68-team field to 32 teams.The 11th-seeded Buckeyes beat the sixth-seeded Cyclones 62-59. And the fourth-seeded Hokies beat the 13th-seeded Billikens 66-52 with point guard Justin Robinson […]

Battle over Mueller report to be pressed by Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) ” Within minutes of receiving notification that special counsel Robert Mueller had turned over his report on the Russia investigation, congressional Democrats were calling for the report to be fully released, including the underlying evidence. They have threatened subpoenas if it is not.The demands are setting up a potential tug of war between congressional Democrats and President Donald Trump’s administration that federal judges might eventually have to referee. […]

Campaign roundup: Harris in Texas, O'Rourke in S Carolina

Presidential contenders are spreading out across the country on Saturday as they try to find space in the crowded 2020 Democratic field.Much of the candidate activity is focused on the early contest states of New Hampshire and South Carolina.California Sen. Kamala Harris will host a rally at Texas Southern University, while former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke will campaign in South Carolina.Later Saturday, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will hold a campaign rally in Los […]

The Latest: Dutch PM: Britain could walk out without deal

BRUSSELS (AP) ” The Latest on Brexit (all times local):1 a.m.Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says the United Kingdom now could walk out without a deal on April 12, but he expects it to seek more time under any circumstance.Rutte said that “they can say, in theory, that on 12th of April we are getting out. But it can be something else,” he said. The EU has asked the United Kingdom that if its parliament rejects the withdrawal deal next week it should “indicate a way […]

Family of slain boy visits Christchurch mosque as it reopens

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) ” The family of a slain 3-year-old boy and a Jordanian prince are among those visiting a New Zealand mosque as it reopens for the first time since a terrorist killed 42 people there.Hundreds of people stopped at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch on Saturday to lay flowers or pray after police removed a cordon and those running the mosque decided to reopen even though they haven’t yet had time to replace the carpet.Inside the mosque, there were […]

Cable viewers digest Mueller news through Hannity, Maddow

NEW YORK (AP) ” For Sean Hannity, the “witch hunt” was finally over. Rachel Maddow considered it the start of something.The diametrically opposed opinion hosts, who vie for the distinction of the most popular in cable news, were the windows through which many Americans digested Friday’s news that special counsel Robert Mueller had concluded a nearly two-year investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election. While his report, or even a summary, has not been released, […]

The Latest: Mueller passes Russia probe to attorney general

WASHINGTON (AP) ” The Latest on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation (all times local):10:45 p.m.Special counsel Robert Mueller has closed his long and contentious Russia investigation with no new charges, ending the probe that has cast a dark shadow over Donald Trump’s presidency but launching a fresh wave of political battles.The report’s details remain a mystery, accessible to only a handful of Justice Department officials while Attorney General William Barr […]

Cleanup of Texas chemical plant hamstrung by new fire, spill

HOUSTON (AP) ” The efforts to clean up a Texas industrial plant that burned for several days this week were hamstrung Friday by a briefly reignited fire and a breach that led to chemicals spilling into the nearby Houston Ship Channel.The Texas attorney general also filed a lawsuit against Intercontinental Terminals Company, which operates the petrochemical tank farm east of Houston. Attorney General Ken Paxton said Texas had to hold the company “accountable for the damage it has done […]

NCAA Latest: Iona marks latest No. 16 seed to make a push

The Latest on the first round of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern):10:35 p.m.For the third time Friday, a No. 16 seed is causing headaches for a No. 1 seed from the Atlantic Coast Conference.Iona hit 10 first-half 3-pointers to build a 38-33 lead on North Carolina in the Midwest Region. The Tar Heels shot just 33 percent in the first half and hit just 3 of 13 attempts from beyond the arc.Rickey McGill led the way with 12 first-half points for Iona, making […]