March 16, 2018: What to Know 

  • Six people are confirmed dead after a pedestrian bridge under construction collapsed in Miami, Florida. The Miami Herald reports that the collapse, determined to be an accident, took place five days after a 950-ton span had been installed—the first part of a walkway that was expected to be completed in 2019. According to the Miami-Dade Police Department, more people may be trapped under the rubble.
  • Democrat Conor Lamb won a seat—albeit narrowly—in the U.S. House of Representatives, after a hotly contested special election in Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district. Lamb won 49.8 percent of the vote, beating Republican Rick Saccone (49.6 percent) and Libertarian Drew Miller (0.6 percent), in a district that voted heavily for President Donald Trump in the 2016 election.
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  • Michael Cohen, President Trump's personal lawyer, has said publicly that he paid adult film star Stormy Daniels (legal name Stephanie Clifford) $130,000 hush money in October 2016 to prevent her from speaking out about an alleged affair she had with Trump. Daniels is now suing Trump to release her from a nondisclosure agreement, and on Thursday night, late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel made a pitch for Daniels.

    “She’s trying to raise money to pay for her legal fees, so she launched a fund-raising page on a website called Now you can give money to a porn star—just like the president of the United States," Kimmel said. CBS reports that an interview with Daniels will air Sunday, March 25, on 60 Minutes.

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