The Rundown for Jan. 31, 2019

MUELLER’S OFFICE SAYS EVIDENCE USED TO DISINFORM… The office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller says evidence gathered in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign was recently used in an online disinformation campaign. The campaign appeared to be an effort to discredit the investigation, according to Mueller’s team. The allegation was made in a court filing that objected to a request from lawyers representing a Russian company charged in the investigation that documents Mueller has identified as “sensitive” in discovery should be disclosed before trial.

MIDWEST FREEZE BLAMED FOR AT LEAST 8 DEATHS… The polar vortex that has brought dangerously low temperatures to the Midwest and Northeast is blamed for at least eight deaths. Record-breaking temperatures have disrupted travel, prompted the closure of schools and forced the U.S. Postal Service to postpone mail delivery in much of the region. Chicago, where temperatures plunged to 19-below zero, was among cities that have set records.

TRUMP RESPONDS ANGRILY TO INTELLIGENCE REPORT… President Trump urged U.S. intelligence services to “go back to school” yesterday following the release of their annual threat assessment report. The report contradicted Trump with the claim that Iran is not currently taking steps to make a nuclear bomb. In his response, Trump claimed that Iran was testing rockets last week.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT MAPPING INFECTED COMPUTERS… The Justice Department announced plans yesterday to “map and further disrupt” a global network of computers that have been infected by North Korean malware. The effort was launched last year after the U.S. charged North Korean hacker Park Jin Hyok with using a type of malware that aided the development of the Joanap botnet, which gave hackers near-total control of infected computers. The FBI is currently contacting the owners of the infected computers, officials say.

FBI INVESTIGATES TUNNEL NEAR FLORIDA BANK… The FBI is investigating an underground tunnel discovered near a bank in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Police found the tunnel after responding to drivers’ complaints about a large pothole in the middle of the road. Investigators say the tunnel spans about 50 yards and is at least two feet in diameter.

 

ENTERTAINMENT

ACTOR DICK MILLER DIES… Prolific character actor Dick Miller, who is best remembered for his role as Murray Futterman in the 1984 horror film “Gremlins,” died yesterday of natural causes. He was 90. During a career that spanned more than 60 years, Miller appeared in hundreds of films, including “The ‘Burbs,” “Fame” and “The Terminator.”

LOUISA MORITZ DIES… Actress Louisa Moritz died at her home in Los Angeles last week, authorities confirmed yesterday. She was 72. Moritz was best known for playing Rose in the classic 1975 film “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” Her television credits included the series “Love American Style.” Moritz emerged five years ago to join other women in accusing comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault in 1971.

PETER JACKSON TO MAKE BEATLES DOCUMENTARY… Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson has signed on to make a documentary about the recording sessions that produced the Beatles’ final album “Let It Be.” The film will be made from 55 hours of never-released footage shot in January 1969. A similar documentary made by British director Michael Lindsay-Hogg centered on brewing tensions in the band and was never released in theaters. Jackson’s film is being made with the cooperation of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, the widow of George Harrison.

‘BATMAN’ GETS RELEASE DATE… Warner Bros. announced that it will release the upcoming caped-crusader film “Batman” on June 25, 2021. Matt Reeves is writing and directing the project. The studio has yet to name a star but has revealed that the film will feature a younger Bruce Wayne than the one in recent releases.

 

SPORTS 

NBA SCORES
Dallas 114 – NEW YORK 90… Harrison Barnes dropped in 19 points to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Mavericks rolled past the Knicks. Dennis Smith Jr. racked up 13 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds.

BOSTON 126 – Charlotte 94… The Celtics made short work of the Hornets despite playing without the injured Kyrie Irving. Jaylen Brown had 24 points and 10 boards. Jayson Tatum tossed in 20 points.

Chicago 105 – MIAMI 89… The Bulls jumped out to a 10-point lead after the first quarter and pulled away in the second half to top the Heat. Bobby Portis scored 22 of his game-high 26 points in the second half. Lauri Markkanen finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds.

WASHINGTON 107 – Indiana 89… The Wizards got 25 points from Bradley Beal and 23 from Jeff Green in their thrashing of the Pacers. Indiana remains winless in three games since losing leading scorer Victor Oladipo to a season-ending knee injury.

MINNESOTA 99 – Memphis 97 (OT)… Karl-Anthony Towns’ 14-foot jumper beat the buzzer in overtime and lifted the Timberwolves over the Grizzlies. Towns had 16 points and 10 boards on the night. Jerryd Bayless scored 19 points and dished off 12 assists.

Denver 105 – NEW ORLEANS 99… The Nuggets fought past the undermanned Pelicans to win their fourth in a row. Nikola Jokic had 20 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in his eighth triple-double of the season.

SACRAMENTO 135 – Atlanta 113… Harry Giles delivered a season-high 20 points off the bench in leading the Kings in their romp over the Hawks. Fellow reserve Marvin Bagley III had 17 points and 12 boards.

PORTLAND 132 – Utah 105… The Trail Blazers bombed the Jazz 45-27 in the first quarter and never looked back in the blowout win. Damian Lillard led all scorers with 36 points and CJ McCollum added 30.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Dallas is at Detroit…
Orlando hosts Indiana…
Milwaukee is at Toronto…
San Antonio hosts Brooklyn…
Philadelphia is at Golden State…
the L.A. Clippers host the L.A. Lakers

NHL SCORES
PITTSBURGH 4 – Tampa Bay 2… The Penguins scored three first-period goals and never looked back in doubling up on the Lightning. Kris Letang and Phil Kessel each had a goal and an assist. Evgeni Malkin assisted on two goals.

DALLAS 1 – Buffalo 0… Jamie Benn netted a first-period goal and the Stars made it stand in edging the Sabres. Goalie Ben Bishop stopped 29 shots.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Philadelphia is at Boston…
New Jersey hosts the N.Y. Rangers…
Columbus is at Winnipeg

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES
#10 Marquette 76, BUTLER 58…
#12 Virginia Tech 82, MIAMI (Fla.) 70…
#14 Villanova 86, DePAUL 74…
#15 Louisville 82, WAKE FOREST 54…
#19 LSU 72, TEXAS A&M 57…
#20 IOWA STATE 93, West Virginia 68

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