The Rundown for February 17, 2020

FORMER JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS CALL FOR BARR TO RESIGN… More than 1,110 former Justice Department officials who have served in the administrations of both parties have joined in calling for Attorney General William Barr to resign. The group said Barr’s efforts to protect President Trump have damaged the Department of Justice’s reputation for integrity and the rule of law. The statement was released just a week after four career prosecutors withdrew from the case against former Trump advisor Roger Stone. Barr also ordered an examination of politically charged cases involving others close to Trump.

AMERICANS CARRIED OFF CRUISE SHIP… Two planes chartered by the U.S. government carrying Americans from the quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess left Japan yesterday. Some 400 Americans were aboard the ship, which quarantined earlier this month due to coronavirus infections. At least 40 US citizens are infected and will receive medical treatment in Japan.

AVALANCHE KILLS 2 SNOWMOBILERS… Search and rescue crews in Colorado have recovered the bodies of two snowmobilers who were killed over the weekend in an avalanche. According to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, three snowmobilers became caught in an avalanche they may have triggered Saturday night just north of Vail. Officials say two of the snowmobilers were killed when they were carried into a gully by the avalanche and where deeply buried in snow. The third snowmobiler was able to extract himself from the snow before contacting the authorities.

1 DEAD, 3 INJURED IN BIKER-GANG SHOOTOUT… A shootout between rival motorcycle gangs last night at a bar in Midland, Texas, left one person dead and three others injured. One of the three injured victims taken to a local hospital was listed in critical condition. Police believe multiple suspected gang members were involved.

JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI PREPARES FOR FLOODING… Hundreds of people in Jackson, Mississippi, have evacuated their homes as the Pearl River continues to rise. The river, which runs east of downtown Jackson, reached its third-highest level on record yesterday morning at 36.38 feet. The river is expected to crest at 38 feet today, which could leave many homes flooded in 6 feet of water. Governor Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency on Saturday as law-enforcement officers went door to door in affected areas.

ENTERTAINMENT
RODDY RICCH TOPS ALBUM CHART… Roddy Ricch’s “Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial” sold 79,000 units to top the Billboard 200 chart for a fourth non-consecutive week. Post Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding” jumped into second place after selling 52,000 copies. Eminem’s “Music to Be Murdered By” remained in third place after selling 51,000 units. Green Day’s “Father of All…” debuted at No. 4 on sales of 48,000 copies. Billie Eilish’s “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” sold 45,000 units to finish fifth.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Sonic the Hedgehog” took in $57 million to debut atop the weekend box office. Last week’s champ, “Birds of Prey,” finished second with $17.1 million. “Fantasy Island” opened in third place with $12.4 million. Another newcomer, “The Photograph,” made $12.2 to finish fourth. “Bad Boys for Life” capped the top five with $11.3 million.

SPORTS
NBA ALL-STAR GAME… Kawhi Leonard scored a game-high 30 points on his way to winning the MVP award and Team LeBron topped Team Giannis 157-155 in last night’s NBA All-Star Game. LeBron James and Chris Paul added 20 points apiece. The regular season resumes Thursday.

NHL SCORES
PITTSBURGH 5 – Detroit 1… Patric Hornqvist scored two goals and had an assist as the Penguins skated past the Red Wings. Sidney Crosby added a goal and an assist.

Boston 3 – N.Y. RANGERS 1… The Bruins got goals from Charlie McAvoy, Charlie Coyle and Patrice Bergeron in their win over the Rangers. Goalie Jaroslav Halak made 25 saves.

Edmonton 4 – CAROLINA 3 (OT)… Josh Archibald’s second goal of the game came a 3:57 of overtime and lifted the Oilers over the Hurricanes. Leon Draisaitl had a goal and two assists.

Anaheim 5 – VANCOUVER 1… Adam Henrique found the net twice to lead the Ducks past the Canucks. John Gibson stopped 37 shots at goal.

OTTAWA 4 – Dallas 3 (OT)… Artem Anisimov found the net a 3:48 of overtime to send the Senators past the Stars. Brady Tkachuk and Jean-Gabriel Pageau each had a goal and an assist.

NEW JERSEY 4 – Columbus 3 (SO)… The Devils overcame an early two-goal deficit to outlast the Blue Jackets. Nikita Gusev and Jesper Bratt scored in the shootout. Joey Anderson had a goal and an assist.

NASHVILLE 2 – St. Louis 1… Kyle Turris netted a tie-breaking goal with 2:12 remaining and the Predators made it stand in edging the Blues. Goalie Pekka Rinne made 38 saves.

BUFFALO 5 – Toronto 2… The Sabres scored three goals over a 91-second span of the third period to put away the Maple Leafs. Jack Eichel scored the go-ahead goal. Rasmus Ristolainen assisted on two goals.

WINNIPEG 3 – Chicago 2… Nathan Beaulieu’s first goal of the season came early in the third period and proved to be the difference in the Jets’ defeat of the Blackhawks. Mason Appleton had a goal and an assist.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Anaheim is at Calgary…
Arizona hosts the N.Y. Islanders…
Florida is at San Jose…
Vegas hosts Washington…
Tampa Bay is at Colorado

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCORES
#4 San Diego State 72, BOISE STATE 55…
#15 Villanova 76, TEMPLE 56…
#17 OREGON 80, Utah 62…
#21 Iowa 58, MINNESOTA 55

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