May 1, 2019: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • U.S. Attorney General William Barr began testifying before Congress this morning, one day after it was learned that Special Counsel Robert Mueller wrote a letter to Barr objecting to his early descriptions of the conclusions in Mueller's now-famous report. The New York Times reports that a Justice Department spokeswoman said Mueller "expressed a frustration over the lack of context" in Barr's presentation of the findings on possible obstruction of justice by President Trump.

    • Courtesy Boise Police Department
    The Boise Fire Department spent much of Tuesday afternoon conducting a Boise River rescue effort after a pair of BFD crew members got stuck underneath the Broadway Bridge. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers needed to lower the river's water level  in order to recover a boat that had crashed into a bridge abutment, stranding the crew members. Two northbound lanes of the Broadway Bridge were closed Tuesday afternoon so that rescuers could lower equipment into the river. One of the rescued crew members was evaluated for minor injuries at a local hospital.
  • A man with a pistol fatally shot two people and wounded four others on the campus of the University of North Carolina Charlotte on Tuesday. Three of the wounded are in critical condition. USA Today reports that the suspect is identified as 22-year-old Trystan Terrell. There is no word yet on a motive.
  • A British court sentenced WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to 50 weeks in jail today for jumping bail when he took refuge in Ecuador's Embassy in London seven years ago. The BBC reports that American authorities are still seeking Assange's extradition to face charges in the U.S.
  • National Geographic reports that an 85-foot fossil of an ancient blue whale has been discovered on the shore of an Italian lake. It's considered the largest fossil ever discovered.
  • The Hollywood Reporter says the final episode of the wildly popular sitcom The Big Bang Theory was taped last night before a packed studio audience at CBS. The series finale will air on Thursday, May 16, ending the show after 12 seasons.
  • Forbes magazine says the most popular drink of all time at The Cosmopolitan hotel in Las Vegas isn't even on the menu. It's called the Verbena, and has brought in over $9.4 million in sales over the past eight years. The ingredients include Herradura Blanco tequila, yuzu-calamansi sour mix, ginger syrup, lemon verbena and a Szechuan button flower for garnish.
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