April 18, 2019: What to Know 

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    The much-anticipated Mueller Report on Russian interference in the 2016 election has been (mostly) released. Reporters at The New York Times are already at work parsing the almost 450-page document, in which Special Counsel Robert Mueller found "numerous" contacts between the presidential campaign of Donald Trump and the Russian government. Mueller determined that none of those rose to the level of a crime, but the findings remain serious. They include a suggestion on the part of George Papadopoulos that Russia wanted to coordinate with the Trump campaign, Trump himself ordering Donald McGahn to dismiss Mueller, and concluding that Trump probably fired FBI Director James Comey for refusing to publicly say Trump was not personally under investigation. Read the full report here.

  • Days after a conflagration destroyed the spire and parts of the roof of Notre Dame de Paris, a man was arrested Wednesday outside St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York for allegedly trying to bring gas cans and lighter fluid into the historic church, CBS News reports. The suspect's identity has not been released.

  • As the use of e-scooters has increased, so have reported reported injuries related to their use. In an interview with The Verge, Lime co-founder Brad Bao said the company is looking into one way to make the devices safer: technology that will be able to detect when users are too drunk to ride them. Listen to the full interview with Bar below.

  • The Idaho State Board of Education announced Wednesday that it had voted 5-3 to raise tuition at all four of the state's public universities on Wednesday. The tuition increases are as follows:
University of Idaho-5.6%
Boise State University-4.9%
Idaho State University-6.1%
Lewis-Clark State College-5.5%

"All of us would like to reduce the costs or hold the costs down for students," wrote Idaho State Board of Education Member Andrew Scoggin wrote in a press release. "We put our institutions in a very tough situation when they have normal increases that are going to arise in order to provide quality education and to maintain facilities. Cost to students is critical, but so is the quality of their education."
  • The Hollywood Reporter says there may not be much of a Hollywood presence at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival this year. Apart from headlining films like Jim Jarmusch's The Dead Don't Die (with its star-studded cast including Adam Driver, Bill Murray and Chloe Sevigny) and the Elton John biopic Rocketman (starring Taron Egerton), American films will likely not be the stars of the French festival this year.

  • In March, Jeopardy! Host Alex Trebek announced he had stave IV pancreatic cancer, and early Wednesday, the host took to social media to thank his fans for their support during his treatment, and to announce that he is already planning its next season.

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