The Rundown for March 13, 2019

TRUMP INVESTIGATED IN NEW YORK… New York’s Attorney General Letitia James has opened a civil investigation into President Donald Trump’s business dealings. On Monday, she subpoenaed Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank for records related to four Trump real estate projects and his failed 2014 bid to buy the NFL’s Buffalo Bills. News of the investigation comes just a week after Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen told Congress that Trump exaggerated his wealth to obtain loans but understated it when it came time to pay his taxes.

EUROPE SUSPENDS 737 MAX 8s… The European Union’s aviation safety agency announced yesterday that it is suspending all Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 9 flights. The announcement follows Sunday’s crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight that killed 157 people. It was the second crash of one of the planes in just over four months. Investigators say there are similarities in the circumstances of the two crashes.

U.S. WITHDRAWS DIPLOMATS FROM VENEZUELA… The State Department said yesterday that it is withdrawing all diplomatic staff from Venezuela this week due to the “deteriorating situation” there. The U.S. withdrew all non-essential staffers in January and recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as president, prompting Venezuela to break off diplomatic relations. Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza declared yesterday that he is giving the remaining U.S. diplomats in the country 72 hours to leave, but the U.S. claims that the government of “former president” Nicolas Maduro no longer has the authority to order them out.

IMMIGRATION AGENCY CLOSING FIELD OFFICES… U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is planning to shut down all its international field offices, officials say. The USCIS is reportedly in preliminary discussions to transfer the international workload to domestic offices and the State Department. According to the agency, the shift in resources would allow USCIS to focus on clearing immigration backlogs in the U.S.

NEW FDA COMMISSIONER… Dr. Norman “Ned” Sharpless is set to become acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced yesterday. The 52-year-old Sharpless is the director of the National Cancer Institute and will take over the FDA next month. He replaces Scott Gottlieb, who announced his resignation last week.

CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR ENDING DEATH PENALTY… California Governor Gavin Newsom was expected to announce this morning that he will take executive action to eliminate the death penalty in his state. He plans to issue an executive order that grants a reprieve to more than 700 inmates on death row. The governor will also shut down an execution chamber at San Quentin State Prison that has never been used. California hasn’t executed anyone since 2006.

ENTERTAINMENT
FELICITY HUFFMAN, LORI LOUGHLIN INDICTED IN SCANDAL… Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were among dozens of people charged yesterday in a massive college admissions scandal that involved parents paying millions of dollars in bribes to help their kids snag a spot at some of the nation’s top universities. According to federal prosecutors, parents worked with a middleman to obtain phony athletic credentials or higher test scores for their children. Yale University, Stanford University, UCLA, the University of Southern California and the University of Texas were among universities involved.

NBC EXTENDS ‘THE BLACKLIST‘… NBC announced yesterday that it has renewed “The Blacklist” for a seventh season. Season 6 of the crime drama currently airs on Fridays. The series stars James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff, Amir Arison, Mozhan Marnò, Hisham Tawfiq and Harry Lennix.

‘BIG BANG THEORY’ FINALE SET FOR MAY 16… CBS says “The Big Bang Theory” comes to a close with its series finale on May 16. A one-hour episode will wrap the sitcom’s 12th and final season. The network announced in August that the show’s current season would be its last.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
INDIANA 103 – New York 98… The Pacers turned away a fourth-quarter rally to top the Knicks. Bojan Bogdanovic pumped in 24 points. He was one of six players to score in double figures.

PHILADELPHIA 106 – Cleveland 99… Ben Simmons scored 26 points and brought down 10 rebounds as the 76ers held off the short-handed Cavaliers. Joel Embiid finished with 17 points and 19 boards.

L.A. Lakers 123 – CHICAGO 107… The Lakers rallied from 20 points down to upend the Bulls and end their five-game skid. LeBron James had 36 points and 10 rebounds. L.A. also got 24 points from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and 21 from Kyle Kuzma.

Milwaukee 130 – NEW ORLEANS 113… Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 24 points to lead six players in double figures as the Bucks cruised past the Pelicans. Khris Middleton added 23 points.

San Antonio 112 – DALLAS 105… The Spurs jumped out to a 10-point lead after the first quarter and remained in control on their way past the Mavericks. DeMar DeRozan scored a game-high 33 points. LaMarcus Aldridge tossed in 28 points and Derrick White added 23.

DENVER 133 – Minnesota 107… Jamal Murray lit it up for 30 points as the Nuggets thrashed the injury-plagued Timberwolves. Paul Millsap tossed in 23 points.

Portland 125 – L.A. CLIPPERS 104… The Trail Blazers bombed the Clippers 40 to 20 in the second half to run away with the win. CJ McCollum scored 35 points to lead all scorers. Jusuf Nurkic had 20 points and 12 boards. Damian Lillard finished with 20 points and 12 assists.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Orlando is at Washington…
Oklahoma City hosts Brooklyn…
Memphis is at Atlanta…
Miami hosts Detroit…
Golden State is at Houston…
Phoenix hosts Utah

NHL SCORES
Dallas 2 – BUFFALO 0… Goalie Ben Bishop stopped all 35 shots to record his third straight shutout and the Stars dealt the Sabres their third straight loss. Roope Hintz netted a pair of goals for Dallas.

PITTSBURGH 5 – Washington 3… Sidney Crosby scored back-to-back goals in the second period to give the Penguins the lead for good in their win over the Capitals. Phil Kessel and Jared McCann each had a goal and an assist. Evgeni Malkin set up two goals and recorded his 1000th career point. Matt Murray stopped 41 shots at goal.

COLUMBUS 7 – Boston 4… Boone Jenner recorded his first career hat trick as the Blue Jackets outshot the Bruins. Josh Anderson had a goal and three assists. Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves.

MONTREAL 3 – Detroit 1… Max Domi found the net twice in leading the Canadiens past the Red Wings. Carey Price made 20 saves and became the winningest goaltender in franchise history with the 315th career victory.

Arizona 3 – ST. LOUIS 1… The Coyotes got goals from Richard Panik and Vinnie Hinostroza, along with an empty-netter from Oliver Ekman-Larsson, in downing the Blues. Darcy Kuemper stopped 39 shots at goal.

San Jose 5 – WINNIPEG 4… Joe Pavelski’s goal with 3.6 seconds remaining lifted the Sharks over the Jets in a matchup of division leaders. Gustav Nyquist lit the lamp twice for San Jose, which has won six straight.

CALGARY 9 – New Jersey 4… The Flames scored six unanswered goals in the third period to blow away the Devils. Johnny Gaudreau scored three goals and assisted on three others. Derek Ryan added two goals and an assist. Elias Lindholm had a goal and three assists.

ANAHEIM 3 – Nashville 2… The Ducks took a three-goal lead into the third period and hung on to edge the Predators. They got goals from Ryan Getzlaf, Jakob Silfverberg and Daniel Sprong.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Chicago is at Toronto…
Edmonton hosts New Jersey…
the N.Y. Rangers are at Vancouver

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES
Saint Mary’s 60, #1 GONZAGA 47 (West Coast Conference final)

MLB SPRING TRAINING SCORES
ARIZONA 0, Texas 0 (called after 4-1/2 innings)…
SAN FRANCISCO 4, Milwaukee 2 (5 innings)…
Cincinnati 12, CHI. CUBS 3…
DETROIT 4, Boston 3…
Minnesota 10, PITTSBURGH 4…
MIAMI 8, N.Y. Mets 1…
ATLANTA 5, St. Louis 0…
Tampa Bay 2, TORONTO 1…
N.Y. YANKEES 8, Baltimore 7…
WASHINGTON 5, Houston 3…
Chi. White Sox, KANSAS CITY (ppd)…
Seattle, CHI. WHITE SOX (ppd)…
Oakland, SAN DIEGO (ppd)

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