I'm Alexander Smith, filling in for Petra Cahill who is away this week. All eyes are on the release of the Mueller report this morning, as well as developments from North Korea and fallout from the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral.
Here's all that and everything else we're watching:
After almost two years, 1,000 witnesses and search warrants, 2,800 subpoenas, and 19 lawyers and 40 investigators who reached out to 13 foreign governments — the Mueller report is set for release today.
Well, a redacted version anyway.
This is special counsel Robert Mueller's report into the Trump campaign and Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Here's everything you need to know about what should be a landmark event in the saga.
Democratic lawmakers are not happy with the timing, however. Attorney General William Barr, who the Dems accuse of waging a campaign on behalf of President Donald Trump, will hold a press conference before the report is released to Congress and the public.
It feels like a long time since 2017, when North Korea was testing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, while Kim Jong Un traded apocalyptic threats with Trump. Although things have simmered down to a calmer impasse since then, this morning brought two potentially significant developments.
North Korea claimed it had test-fired a new type of "tactical guided weapon." NBC News could not independently verify the claim by the North's state-run media, but it's unlikely to be a banned ballistic missile, which could scupper what's left of deadlocked negotiations with the U.S.
When Sol Pais flew from Miami to Colorado, bought a pump-action shotgun and disappeared, it prompted a manhunt for the teen who had an "infatuation" with the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, officials said.
On New Years Eve in 2017, an inmate at South Carolina's Turbeville prison was stabbed by fellow prisoners, dragged outside by guards, and over the next 30 minutes left to die in the yard as multiple personnel walked past him.
The Mueller report won't exonerate Trump; it will reveal how legal much of his unethical behavior was, John Neffinger, a former Democratic National Committee communications director, writes in an opinion piece.
Scroll through eBay today and among the old couches and sports memorabilia you might find something truly antique. Archaeologist and fossil hunter Alan Detrich has listed the bones of a baby Tyrannosaurus Rex — yours for just under $3 million.