USA: Everyone’s talking about the Dept of Justice. We’ll remind you: special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation pointed fingers at this guy named Roger Stone for lying to Congress about his ties with WikiLeaks - plus for trying to get an associate to cover for his lies. So last fall, Stone went on trial. His sentencing is in a couple weeks, but ahead of the big date, four federal prosecuters recommended up to 9 years in prison. Problem, since Prez Trump immediately tweeted that the sentence was a “miscarriage of justice.” And around the same time, the attorney general got involved and recommended a lighter sentence. Now, all four of the federal prosecuters are quitting. Speaking of court, Jussie Smollett is heading back.
WORLD: Recently, four men were arrested over the murder of Lyra McKee. Reminder: McKee, a 29 year old Northern Irish journalist and LGBTQ+ activist, was shot dead last year during a night of political unrest at the border between Northern Ireland the Republic of Ireland. Later, the New IRA - a dissident Republican group - claimed responsibility and apologized for the murder. Now, it looks like four men are being taken into custody as part of the country’s anti-terror legislation. In other news, the Church of England is deciding to apologize for being “deeply institutionally racist” over the last 70 years. And meanwhile, Australia is being hit with heavy rains that are extinguishing its bushfires - but raising concerns over mudslides.
BIZ: T-Mobile and Sprint are one step closer to getting hitched. Quick refresher: for a long long long while, the two telecom bizes have been trying to merge - which would create the US’s third largest wireless carrier. No big deal. But the merger has to clear all kinds of obstacles in order to get approved. Enter: this federal judge, who just gave the thumbs-up to the two bizes in one of the last hurdles before the merger becomes official. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, as fear grows over the Wuhan coronavirus, Airbnb is cancelling all bookings in Beijing until around May. This comes as 1,113 people have died of the coronavirus.