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“The implications of this are huge for the city, the state and the country.”

Dr. Steven Goldstein, pediatrician in Brooklyn, NY, where a measles outbreak continues to grow. The CDC reported more than 71 new cases of measles last week in America. 22 states have reported measles cases bringing the total for 2019 *so far* to 626. For context, in the full year of 2014, America reported 667 cases total, the highest number in two decades.
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“I am deeply distressed at the loss of my wife and children. Anita was a wonderful, perfect wife and a brilliant, loving and inspirational mother to our two wonderful children.”

British citizen Ben Nicholson, whose wife and two children were killed on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka during a bombing at their hotel. Early reports indicate at least 30 foreigners were killed in the attacks, including at least 4 Americans.
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“The President of The United States of America, President Donald J. Trump, accompanied by Mrs Melania Trump, has accepted an invitation from Her Majesty The Queen to pay a State Visit to the UK.”

Buckingham Palace announcing a 3-day visit by Pres. Trump June 3-5. The Pres. met with Queen Elizabeth last summer during a visit to Europe; protesters took to the streets. A State Visit is a formal occasion reserved for allies.
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“Maximum pressure on the Iranian regime means maximum pressure.”

Sec. of State Mike Pompeo Monday as he announced the U.S. will no longer grant waivers to country's purchasing Iranian oil. Waivers enabled countries to legally sidestep American sanctions used to punish Iran's "outlaw regime" as a state sponsor of terror. Some worry this move will disrupt U.S.-China trade talks; China is Iran's #1 purchaser of oil. Oil prices overall climbed on the news.
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“While many reviewers shared with us the vast potential they see, some also showed us how the device needs further improvements…”

Samsung announcing a delay of its new foldable screen smart phone. Reports suggested the phone's screen was breaking. The Galaxy Fold was scheduled to go on sale Friday for est. $2,000.
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“We are seeing very expensive gas prices for this time of year across the country.”

Jeanette Casselano, AAA, as gas prices nationwide track about 10 cents higher on avg. per gallon than the same time last year. While gas prices typically increase in the spring, this price jump is due to unexpected maintenance repairs at major refineries in the western U.S. leading to a cut in supplies.
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“Essentially impeachment is a political process and in my view there’s an even better political process coming right down the road on almost the same timeframe. And that’s the elections of 2020.”

Sen. Angus King (I-ME) speaking about the next steps after the public release of the Special Counsel report. Watch the reactions of senators. The Senate matters because while the House can vote for impeachment of a public official, the Senate decides if that official is removed from office.
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“I think what happened at Notre Dame is a great tragedy but humans should be more important than stones.”

Protester Jose Fraile Saturday during a march in Paris that included street fires. The so-called "Yellow Vest" movement started in November in reaction to gov't policies that some believe hurt the middle-lower class. Some supporters think the attention & money on Notre Dame Cathedral is misplaced.
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“The odds are stacked against us. Sometimes the kids just disappear.”

Silvia Quintana, who teaches English at a vocational school in Guatemala. "The Stay Here Center," funded in part by the U.S. gov't, aims to incentivize young adults to stay in their native country. The Washington Post reports 1 out of 100 Guatemalans traveled to the U.S. Southern Border in the last year. U.S. agencies requested nearly $70M in foreign aid for Guatemala this year.
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“Michael was basically rapidly strengthening almost its entire life cycle.”

Dr. Michael Brennan, National Hurricane Center, as federal scientists upgraded Hurricane Michael to a Category 5 storm - the first to hit the United States since Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Scientists determined Michael made landfall in October at 160 mph, stronger than the wind threshold for a Cat 4 (130-156 mph). 45 people died as a result of the storm; it caused est. $25B damages.
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“Clearly, the moment is not yet right.”

Sultan Barakat, Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies in Qatar & host of a scheduled gathering between the Taliban & representatives of the Afghanistan gov't. The meeting was cancelled after the Taliban named a list of "acceptable" attendees from the Afghanistan gov't that differed from those planning to come. The talks were supposed to be part of the "peace process" to end the 18 year war.
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“We want your followers to focus on what you share, not how many likes your posts get.”

A message from Instagram uncovered by researcher Jane Manchun Wong, who says she believes Instagram is testing a way for users to not focus so much on "likes." Instagram told Mashable.com that while they aren't testing the feature "at the moment," they're always thinking about ways to reduce "pressure."
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“…I’ve been hearing from the parents who are seeing an unprecedented spike in vaping among their teenage children,”

Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaking about his plans to introduce legislation in May for moving the cigarette purchasing age to 21. Critics of so-called "Tobacco 21" laws say they can include provisions that ironically favor the tobacco industry.
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“It means the Earth is failing all the time.”

Seismologist Zachary Ross, California Institute of Technology & lead author of a new study revealing the prevalence of tiny earthquakes happening every 3 minutes in California. We can't feel these tiny earthquakes, which occur as pieces of Earth slip past each other. Researchers hope this study adds to understanding of earthquakes and ways to predict them.
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“As pot becomes more legal, more discussed, more interesting to people, more widely used, then 420 becomes more mainstream as well.”

Kit Yarrow, consumer psychologist at Golden Gate University, on big brands, like Lyft, Carl's Jr, and Ben & Jerry's, embracing April 20th, the unofficial marijuana "holiday" by offering marijuana themed products or deals.
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“… a small number of consumers have reported gagging, choking or dental injury, but none of these reports have been confirmed at this time.”

Tom Armitage, spokesman for Mondelez, the company that makes Chewy Chips Ahoy cookies. The company issued a recall for specific batches of cookies because the cornstarch "did not fully incorporate" in the baking process.
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“The process is poisoned before the report is even released.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on the eve of Attorney General Barr releasing a redacted version of the special counsel report on its investigation on Russian meddling during the 2016 election. AG Barr will hold a press conference ahead of the release. Democrats feel AG Barr is trying to tip the scale in favor of Pres. Trump before the public sees the report.
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“We don’t have room to hold them, we don’t have the authority to remove them, and they are not likely to be able to be allowed to remain in the country at the end of their immigration proceedings…”

Acting Homeland Security Sec. Kevin McAleenan, formerly the commissioner for Customs & Border Protection, during a press conference calling on Congress to amend current law to deter asylum seekers from illegally crossing the U.S. Southern Border.
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“Hopefully in the future we can avoid the body rejecting organs and hopefully reduce the shortage of organs.”

Anthony Atala, Dir. of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, reacting to researchers in Tel Aviv printing a functioning 3-D heart using a patient's own cells. Heart disease is a leading cause of death in America.
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“Music is a big deal in Arkansas, and Johnny Cash is a big deal in music.”

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) speaking about replacing two of the state's statues in a U.S. Capitol display that represent Civil War figures with famed singer Johnny Cash & civil rights activist Daisy Lee Gatson Bates.
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“We will rebuild the cathedral and make it even more beautiful.”

French President Emmanuel Macron in a public address after a fire ravaged the Notre Dame Cathedral. He set a goal to complete repairs within 5 years. An interior ministry official said the remaining structure is "strong" but will need to be secured. Investigators continue to say nothing leads them to believe any "voluntary act" caused the fire.
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“This has become a massive manhunt…and every law enforcement agency is participating and helping in this effort.”

Special Agent Dean Phillips, Denver FBI. Denver-area school districts are closed Wednesday following a lockout at several schools in the area on Tuesday after an 18-year-old woman, Sol Pais, described as "armed and dangerous" made "credible threats" of violence days before the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting.
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“Consumers should not consume the product and should promptly dispose of any remaining product.”

The FDA in a statement about sliced fruit (like watermelon) & fruit trays produced by Caito Foods linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened nearly 100 people across several states in recent weeks. The product in question is sold at Trader Joe's, Walmart & Target, among other popular retailers.
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“It’s as if you offered a pregnancy test, but only the Jewish women would turn positive.”

Dr. Pamela Munster, Center for BRCA Research at the University of California, San Francisco, speaking about a study that says mail-in genetic test company, 23andMe, would provide the wrong, negative results for nearly 90% of women testing for a genetic mutation related to breast cancer. 23andMe says it's clear about their limitations.
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“… we couldn’t assure women that these devices were safe and effective long term.”

Jeffrey Shuren, Director of FDA’s Center for Devices & Radiological Health, announcing a halt to all sales & distribution of all surgical mesh used in surgery to help women who have weak pelvic muscles. For years, lawsuits have challenged the safety and efficacy of these products, leading to billions of dollars of settlements.
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“I’m obviously very concerned about the size and also acceleration of the current outbreak.”

Dr. Nancy Messonier, Dir. of CDC's National Center for Immunization & Respiratory Diseases. The CDC announced 90 new cases of measles last week alone, bringing total number of national cases to 555, the highest number of cases in 25 years. Measles cases worldwide have increased year-over-year more than 300%.
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“As second in command of ISIS-Somalia, Dhuqub was responsible for the daily operations of the extremist group, attack planning, and resource procurement.”

U.S. African Command announcing a Sunday airstrike killed a top leader of ISIS in Somalia. According to the Long War Journal, this strike is the first against ISIS in Somalia since Nov. 2017. Over the last year, the terror group has continued to grow in force.
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“It doesn’t mean that she’s fighting it and going to trial, and it doesn’t mean that the plea discussions are going to stop.”

Former prosecutor Adam Citron sharing his opinion on actress Lori Loughlin entering a "not guilty" plea to money laundering charges for allegedly buying her daughters acceptance to USC. Loughlin and her husband are among 33 parents charged in one of the biggest college cheating scandals in U.S. history.
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“Am I worried? No, I’m not worried. But I’m a little bit concerned.”

Democrat fundraiser Tom Nides on Democrats raising less money during the first 3 months of 2019 than during the same period before the 2008 presidential election. No candidates raised more than Pres. Trump's campaign with $30M; Sen. Bernie Sanders was the top Democrat with $18M. Some suggest donors are awaiting a decision by former VP Joe Biden & for the field to narrow.
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“I would be ashamed of myself if I didn’t raise my hand and run.”

Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld announcing he will challenge Pres. Trump for the Republican nomination for president. While it's highly unlikely to unseat a sitting president seeking a second nomination for any major party, Weld, 73, has spent time in early voting states like New Hampshire. He says he will run as an Independent if he cannot challenge Pres. Trump as a Republican.
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“They’re in everyone’s house, whether they realize it or not.”

Dr. Danielle Orsagh-Yentis speaking about "button batteries" often found in our electronics. She's the lead author in a new study that found children are ingesting foreign objects at a higher rate now than they did 20 years ago. The number 1 item ingested? Coins, specifically pennies. The study did not rule out whether better reporting lead to higher numbers.
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“We are currently experiencing a system-wide emergency in our processing and holding facilities.”

Customs & Border Protection Deputy Commissioner Robert Perez as the agency released the numbers for March Southern Border apprehensions totaling more than 100,000 people. The U.S. Border Patrol has seen a more than 370% increase in the number of family units apprehended vs. same time period last year.
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“I don’t think this presidential race is going to be decided by money.”

Editor Nathan Gonzales of the non-partisan political website "Inside Elections" reacting to reports Pres. Trump raised $30M in the first quarter of 2019, which would be more than the lead democrat candidates. However, it's important to note Republicans have one candidate to support while Democrats have more than a dozen. All campaigns have to report their fundraising amounts Monday.
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“Sometimes a dark moment brings out the best in us.”

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg announcing in his home state of Indiana that he is running for president. The 37-year-old, married, gay candidate has been described as a "break-out" star in the Democrat party. He is also a retired Navy Officer who served in Afghanistan and a Rhodes Scholar.
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“A big ‘well done’ from me to @TigerWoods! I am so happy for him and for the game of golf. This is just fantastic!!!”

Golfing "great" Jack Nicklaus congratulating Tiger Woods on his Sunday win at the Masters, considered the most prestigious tournament in golf. Nicklaus has the most championship titles in history (18); Woods earned his 15th on Sunday more than a decade after his last win. Some are calling Woods' victory one of the greatest comeback stories in sports history.
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“My sense is that this is the year of the decision. Either it’ll happen this year or we’ll have to wait another generation.”

Todd Harrison of the Aerospace Security Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, on a potential new military branch, the U.S. Space Force, that was the focus of the Senate Armed Services Cmte hearing Thursday. The Pentagon is proposing a $2B, 5-year plan to build a force of approx. 16,500.
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“…people in the region are not contented with dictatorship. They will still rise up knowing how high the cost can be.”

Dr. Lina Khatib of London's Chatham House, describing the current environment in North Africa where citizens have ousted dictators in Algeria and Sudan in recent weeks. The political trend, reminiscent of 2011's Arab Spring, is motivated by young citizens wanting political change and better economies. In both countries, the military also played a role in removing the leaders.
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“This action is brought by the City to recover civil penalties…and attorney’s fees and costs, arising from the Defendant’s false statements to the City.”

Lawsuit filed by Chicago against actor Jussie Smollett to recoup unspecified costs, including overtime fees ($130k+), associated with investigating his case. Notably, the city maintains in its lawsuit that Smollett orchestrated a fake hate crime, despite the fact prosecutors dropped the case against him.
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“The signing of this bill today is consistent with that respect for life and the imperative to protect those who cannot protect themselves.”

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine after signing a "heartbeat bill" that bans abortions after the detection of a heartbeat (approx. 6 weeks into pregnancy) with no exceptions in cases of rape or incest. Ohio is the 7th state to sign such a law; 3 states have done so this year alone. Opponents say it's unconstitutional and promise to challenge it in court.
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“I think people see some basic truths about men and women when they watch that movie.”

Famed writer and director Rob Reiner speaking about "When Harry Met Sally," the romantic comedy he developed with writer Nora Ephron. The film will celebrate its 30th anniversary this summer and kicked off the TCM Classic Movie Festival on Thursday.
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“This product is deadly and should be recalled immediately.”

President of the American Academy of Pediatrics Dr. Kyle Yasuda on the popular infant Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper. This week Consumer Reports released an investigation connecting 32 infant deaths to the product (view it on our source page). Fisher-Price has warned parents about using the product as a sleeping aid or after a baby can roll over. No recall has yet been issued.
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“I think it’s likely to go to the D.C. circuit, but does the Supreme Court want to get into this? That’s really hard to predict.”

Professor Daniel Hemel of the University of Chicago Law School speaking about the likely legal fight between Congress and the Treasury over the release of President Trump's tax returns. The House Ways & Means Cmte requested Pres. Trump's taxes by Wednesday, April 10; Treasury missed the deadline.
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“…the asylum of Mr. Assange is unsustainable and no longer viable.”

Ecuador's Pres. Lenin Moreno revoking the legal protection offered to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange that allowed him to live in Ecuador's embassy in England (avoiding arrest) for the last 7 years. On Thursday, London Police were allowed to arrest Assange. Wikileaks has released U.S. government secrets & confidential personal information, such as Hillary Clinton's emails. The question remains if he'll be extradited to the U.S.
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“Please do not waste this time.”

European Council president Donald Tusk after the European Union agreed to the UK once again delaying Brexit in the hopes of solidifying terms of the nation's historic departure from the bloc. The UK has until the end of October to figure out the next steps.
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“It’s a perfect example of a killer for whom anything less would not be justice.”

Criminal Justice Legal Foundation legal director Kent Scheidegger commenting on prosecutor's pursuit of the death penalty for the man accused of being the "Golden State Killer" tied to at least 13 murders & 50 rapes. Scheidegger is in favor of the death penalty and advocating against CA Gov. Gavin Newsom who placed a temporary moratorium on state executions.
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“…I watched Kim Kardashian unleash the most effective, emotionally intelligent intervention that I’ve ever seen in American politics.”

Lawyer Van Jones giving an insider perspective on White House talks over the release of a woman serving a life sentence for a non-violent drug offense; this added momentum to broader criminal justice reform now known as the First Step Act. Kardashian-West started a 4-yr apprenticeship at Jones' law firm with the goal of taking the bar.
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“We’re asking detailed questions about what people ate.”

Dr. Martha Buchanan Knox County Health Department in Tennessee where at least 26 people have fallen ill from an E.coli outbreak impacting 5 states, including Ohio, Virginia, Kentucky & Georgia. The CDC is investigating the source of the outbreak that has sickened nearly 100 people, from infants to the elderly, since early March.
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“…so we just have to say we made a donation to your foundation and that’s it, end of story.”

Actress Lori Loughlin in a conversation with the ringmaster of one of the largest college cheating scandals in history, according to the criminal complaint. Loughlin and 16 others have now been indicted on money laundering charges for allegedly making "donations" to a fake charity to pay for getting their kids into colleges. They face up to 40 years in prison. A group of parents pleaded guilty to lesser charges on Monday.
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“This process is going along very well, and my original timetable of being able to release this by mid-April stands.”

Attorney General William Barr testifying before Congress that he expects to release the Special Counsel investigation report sometime next week, in redacted form, to Congress and the public.
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“I was very moved that the nation of Israel once again entrusted me for the fifth time, and with an even greater trust.”

Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu as it appears he will win a fifth term in office, thereby becoming the country's longest serving head of government, eclipsing David Ben-Gurion, the first prime minister of Israel.
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“Me selling Minneapolis: This is a great city, and our winters really aren’t that crazy. The universe: Have fun with that sales pitch!”

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey as the city prepares for even more wintry weather, just a portion of the approx. 200M American potentially impacted by a severe weather system bringing both blizzard conditions to the upper Midwest and strong winds, wildfire conditions to the South.
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“Snow in April is definitely not unheard of… At least keep the snow shovel and snowblower accessible and the snow boots ready.”

National Weather Service Meteorologist Brent Hewett speaking about an April storm expected to bring snow and blizzard conditions to America's Midwest starting Tuesday.
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“I am in full acceptance of my guilt…”

Actress Felicity Huffman after agreeing to plead guilty in one of the largest college cheating scandals in history. She and at least a dozen other parents will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. This charge could lead to 4 to 10 months in prison. Huffman paid the ringleader of the conspiracy to improve her daughter's SAT scores.
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“It’s a combination of factors that makes you more prone to get a bug like this. It’s a concern for people with a chronic disease or a weakened immune system.”

Dr. Max Brito, associate professor of infectious disease, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, commenting on the 154 cases of an often drug resistant fungal disease reported in Illinois, spreading rapidly in the Chicago-area. Illinois has the second-highest number of cases behind NY. The fungus is potentially deadly.
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“I see a country in quicksand, unable to solve problems and threats from abroad, unable to make life better for people here at home. Nothing gets done.”

Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-CA) announcing he's running for President. The 38-year-old married father of two supports amending gun laws, the Green New Deal & Medicare-for-all. He is the 18th Democrat candidate to enter the race for the party's nomination and the third under the age of 40.
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“This is about the young men. They made the plays….Coaches get too much credit when it goes well and they get too much blame when it goes bad. These young men deserve this championship.”

University of Virginia coach Tony Bennett after his team beat Texas Tech in overtime for the NCAA men's basketball national championship - the first in the school's history.
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“We think the labor market is the strongest thing in the U.S. economy right now.”

Chief Economist Luke Tilley of Wilmington Trust reacting to a better than expected jobs report. The U.S. economy added 196,000 jobs in March; the unemployment rate held at 3.8%. The healthcare sector led job growth. During the first three months of 2019, 180,000 jobs were created on average each month.
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“The security realities on the ground in Libya are growing increasingly complex and unpredictable.”

U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, commander, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) describing why the U.S. has withdrawn forces from Libya. The U.S. maintained a presence in the North African country to help confront Islamic terrorists like ISIS or Al Qaeda elements. The country is reportedly nearing civil war.
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“The duo are in good health & in the safe hands of the joint security team.”

Uganda Police Force confirming the rescue of an American woman and her guide in Uganda. The two were reportedly kidnapped and held for ransom. There are varying reports on whether ransom was paid by the guide's tour company. While kidnappings in Uganda are rare, Uganda borders the Congo where a variety of violent armed groups battle for power.
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“To answer those tweeting at us….Yes, there is school tomorrow.”

Baylor University's Twitter feed after the school won the NCAA women’s basketball championship over Notre Dame: 82-81. Meanwhile, Texas Tech cancelled all Monday night & Tuesday classes as the school heads to its first ever NCAA men's national championship game Monday night versus Virginia.
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