The Rundown for Jan. 15, 2019

BARR SAYS HE’D LET MUELLER FINISH INVESTIGATION… Attorney general nominee William Barr is set to assure senators at his confirmation hearing today that it’s “vitally important” to allow Special Counsel Robert Mueller to finish his investigation into Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election. According to written remarks released yesterday, Barr said, “I believe it is in the best interest of everyone—the president, Congress, and, most importantly, the American people—that this matter be resolved by allowing the special counsel to complete his work.” Barr is also expected to claim that it is “very important” to share the results of the investigation with Congress and the public. Barr would succeed Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker if confirmed.

GOP PANEL REMOVES STEVE KING FROM COMMITTEES… The Republican Steering Committee voted unanimously yesterday to remove Iowa Congressman Steve King from House committees. The move is a response to comments King made last week while openly questioning whether the term “white supremacist” is offensive. King, who is currently serving his ninth term, served on the House Judiciary, Agriculture and Small Business committees in the last Congress.

STORMY DANIELS SUES COLUMBUS POLICE… Adult-film star Stormy Daniels charges conspiracy in a lawsuit she has filed against the Columbus, Ohio, police officers who arrested her at a strip club last July. Daniel’s suit accuses the officers of conspiring to arrest her in response to her allegations about President Trump. Daniels said her arrest was a violation of her Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights. According to her suit, officers were prepared to plant evidence against her if necessary to complete the arrest.

LOS ANGELES TEACHERS ON STRIKE… Los Angeles public-school teachers went on strike for the first time in 30 years yesterday as they press their demands for smaller class sizes, better pay and more support staff. An estimated 31,000 teachers and support staff have walked off the job, according to officials from the teachers’ union. Talks between the two sides broke down on Friday and no new talks have been scheduled.

PG&E FILES CHAPTER 11… The nation’s largest utility announced yesterday that it is being forced to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection due to its liability for wildfires in California the past two years. Pacific Gas & Electricity is facing at least $30 billion in potential damages. The company says it does not expect the filing to affect the delivery of electricity or natural gas to its 16 million customers in Northern and central California.

ENTERTAINMENT
CHRIS PRATT TO MARRY… Actor Chris Pratt has announced his engagement to Katherine Schwarzenegger after less than a year of dating. The marriage will be the second for the 39-year-old former “Parks and Recreation” star, who has a 6-year-old son with ex-wife Anna Faris. The 29-year-old Schwarzenegger is the daughter of actor and former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his ex-wife, journalist Maria Shriver.

A BOOGIE WIT DA HOODIE TOPS ALBUM CHART… A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s “Hoodie SZN” sold 58,000 copies to top the Billboard 200 album chart. 21 Savage’s “I Am > I Was” slipped into second place after selling 56,000 units. The “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” soundtrack rose to No. 3 on sales of 49,000 copies. Meek Mill’s “Championships” jumped into fourth place with 46,000 units sold. Post Malone’s “beerbongs & bentleys” sold 43,000 units to cap the top five.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
BROOKLYN 109 – Boston 102… The Nets bombed the Celtics 44-21 in the third quarter and withstood a fourth-quarter rally to escape with the victory. D’Angelo Russell scored a game-high 34 points. Jarrett Allen finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds.

HOUSTON 112 – Memphis 94… James Harden scored 36 first-half points and finished with a season-high 57 points in leading the injury-riddled Rockets past the Grizzlies. He now has scored at least 30 points in 17 straight games.

Charlotte 108 – SAN ANTONIO 93… Kemba Walker lit it up for 33 points as the Hornets won in San Antonio for the first time in 12 tries. Jeremy Lamb tossed in 19 points.

UTAH 100 – Detroit 94… The Jazz rallied in the second half to get past the Pistons. Donovan Mitchell scored 28 points to lead all scorers. Rudy Gobert brought down 25 boards to go with his 18 points.

SACRAMENTO 115 – Portland 107… The Kings took control with a big second quarter and held on to beat the Trail Blazers. Buddy Hield scored 19 points to lead six players in double figures.

New Orleans 121 –  L.A. CLIPPERS 117… Anthony Davis powered his way to 46 points and 16 rebounds and the Pelicans fought off the Clippers. Davis knocked down four free throws in the final 13 seconds to put the game away. Julius Randle added 27 points.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Minnesota is at Philadelphia…
Indiana hosts Phoenix…
Oklahoma City is at Atlanta…
Milwaukee hosts Miami…
Golden State is at Denver…
the L.A. Lakers host Chicago

NHL SCORES
St. Louis 4 – WASHINGTON 1… The Blues closed with four straight goals to win going away after spotting the Capitals a first-period goal. Vladimir Tarasenko and Vince Dunn each had a goal and an assist.

Colorado 6 – TORONTO 3… The Avalanche erased a 2-0 second-period deficit on their way past the Maple Leafs. Carl Soderberg netted three goals, including a tie-breaking goal midway through the third period and added one of his team’s two empty-netters.

NEW JERSEY 8 – Chicago 5… Blake Coleman and Kyle Palmieri scored two goals apiece as the Devils outshot the Blackhawks. Coleman also had an assist. Travis Zajac had a goal and two assists.

PHILADELPHIA 7 – Minnesota 4… James van Riemsdyk recorded a hat trick and the Flyers got two goals apiece from Nolan Patrick and Wayne Simmonds in shooting their way past the Wild. Patrick also assisted on two goals.

Montreal 3 – BOSTON 2 (OT)… Defenseman Jeff Petry found the net 15 seconds into overtime to send the Canadiens past the Bruins. Paul Byron added a goal and an assist.

EDMONTON 7 – Buffalo 2… Zack Kassian and Milan Lucic each scored two goals as the Oilers torched the Sabres. Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins each had a goal and an assist. Tobias Rieder assisted on two goals.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
St. Louis is at the N.Y. Islanders…
the N.Y. Rangers host Carolina…
New Jersey is at Columbus…
Montreal hosts Florida…
Anaheim is at Detroit…
Winnipeg hosts Vegas…
Washington is at Nashville…
Minnesota hosts Los Angeles…
Tampa Bay is at Dallas…
San Jose hosts Pittsburgh

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES
Syracuse 95, #1 DUKE 91 (OT)…
#7 KANSAS 80, Texas 78…
PITTSBURGH 75, #11 Florida State 62…
#19 MARYLAND 64, Wisconsin 60…
Nebraska 66, #25 INDIANA 51

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