The Rundown for Feb. 1, 2019

SENATE AMENDMENT CRITICIZES TRUMP’S MIDDLE EAST POLICY… The Senate voted 68-23 yesterday to advance an amendment that is highly critical of President Trump’s push to pull U.S. troops out of Syria and Afghanistan. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell authored the rebuke on Trump’s policy and forced a vote on it. The Senate will add the amendment to a broader bipartisan Middle East policy bill that is expected to be approved in a vote next week.

ROGER STONE PROSECUTORS LAY OUT VOLUME OF EVIDENCE… Federal prosecutors seeking more time to prepare their case against President Trump’s longtime adviser Roger Stone told a federal judge yesterday that FBI agents seized several years worth of Roger Stone’s communications following his arrest last week. Prosecutors say investigators need additional time to “several terabytes of information” that they characterized as “both voluminous and complex.” Special Counsel Robert Mueller has charged the 66-year-old Stone with witness tampering, lying to Congress and obstructing the investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

20 ARRESTS IN BIRTH TOURISM CRACKDOWN… Authorities yesterday announced the arrest of 20 people following what they say was the largest-ever crackdown on birth tourism. Raids targeted businesses that help Chinese women travel to the U.S. to give birth to babies who automatically become U.S citizens. Prosecutors say the businesses charged pregnant Chinese women tens of thousands of dollars to arrange for their babies to be born in California. Authorities said the businesses engaged in the type of fraud that poses a national security risk.

TEXAS CATHOLIC LEADERS IDENTIFY ABUSERS… Catholic leaders in Texas yesterday released the names of 286 priests and others accused of sexually abusing children. The release comes in response to last August’s Pennsylvania report that detailed seven decades of child sexual abuse by more than 300 predator priests. The report has prompted about 50 dioceses and religious provinces to release the names of nearly 1,250 priests and others accused of abuse.

MASSIVE DRUG BUST AT BORDER PORT OF ENTRY… U.S. Customs and Border Protection revealed yesterday that agents broke up an attempt to bring more than 250 pounds of fentanyl and 395 pounds of methamphetamine across the southern border on Saturday. Agents at the Nogales Port of Entry in Arizona discovered the narcotics in a tractor-trailer carrying cucumbers from Mexico. The drugs had a combined value of $4.7 million. The driver of the truck was a 26-year-old Mexican national who has been charged with two counts of possession with intent to distribute.

ENTERTAINMENT

NETFLIX RENEWS ‘FULLER HOUSE’… Netflix has renewed Full House sequel series “Fuller House” for a fifth and final season. The series launched on Netflix in 2016. Season 4 debuted in December. The fifth and final season is set to become available in the fall.

IN THEATERS… “Miss Bala” stars Gina Rodriguez and Thomas Dekker in the story about a woman who is drawn into the dangerous world of cross-border crime and discovers a power she never knew she had. The thriller is rated PG-13.

SPORTS

(home teams in CAPS)
NBA SCORES

DETROIT 93 – Dallas 89… The Pistons erased a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit on their way past the undermanned Mavericks team. Andre Drummond powered his way to 24 points and 20 rebounds.

ORLANDO 107 – Indiana 100… Terrence Ross scored 13 of his game-high 30 points in the fourth quarter as the Magic dealt the Pacers their fourth straight loss. Nikola Vucevic finished with 17 points and 10 boards.

Milwaukee 105 – TORONTO 92… The Bucks cruised past the Raptors and handed them their first home loss in 11 games. Giannis Antetokounmpo dropped in 19 points to lead seven players in double figures.

SAN ANTONIO 117 – Brooklyn 114… The Spurs came on strong in the fourth quarter to rally past the Nets. Derrick White scored a career-high 26 points. LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points and 13 rebounds.

Philadelphia 113 – GOLDEN STATE 104… The 76ers fought their way past the Warriors and ended their 11-game winning streak. Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons scored 26 points apiece. Embiid also brought down 20 boards. Stephen Curry’s 41 points weren’t enough for Golden State.

L.A. Lakers 123 – L.A. CLIPPERS 120… The Lakers recovered to outlast the Clippers after blowing a 14-point fourth-quarter lead. LeBron James returned after missing 17 games with a groin injury and led the Lakers with 24 points and 14 rebounds. Lance Stephenson delivered 20 points off the bench.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Memphis is at Charlotte…
New York hosts Boston…
Oklahoma City is at Miami…
Utah hosts Atlanta…
Houston is at Denver

MAVERICKS TRADE FOR PORZINGIS… The Dallas Mavericks acquired All-Star forward Kristaps Porzingis and three other players from the New York Knicks yesterday in a seven-player deal. Dallas also obtained Trey Burke, Courtney Lee and Tim Hardaway Jr. as part of the deal. In exchange, the Knicks get Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Matthews in addition to two future first-round picks.

NHL SCORES
Philadelphia 3 – BOSTON 2 (OT)… Travis Sanheim netted a power-play goal 2:56 into overtime to lift the Flyers over the Bruins for their sixth straight win. Sanheim also assisted on Oskar Lindblom’s tying goal midway through the third period.

N.Y. Rangers 4 – NEW JERSEY 3… The Rangers rallied past the Devils after spotting them an early two-goal lead. Mika Zibanejad scored with 4:36 remaining to break a tie and record his second career hat trick.

WINNIPEG 4 – Columbus 3… Kyle Connor found the net with 1:14 remaining as the Jets dealt the Blue Jackets their fourth straight loss. Goalie Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Ottawa is at Pittsburgh…
Florida hosts Nashville…
Calgary is at Washington…
Buffalo hosts Chicago…
Tampa Bay is at the N.Y. Islanders…
Detroit hosts Toronto…
Vegas is at Carolina…
Dallas hosts Minnesota

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES
#4 Gonzaga 93, BRIGHAM YOUNG 63…
#13 HOUSTON 73, Temple 66…
#17 Purdue 99, PENN STATE 90

SUPER BOWL SUNDAY… The New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams meet Sunday in Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII. Kick-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Eastern and the game airs on CBS.

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