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Monday marks the first day the Department of Justice is allowing certain lawmakers to see a less redacted version of the Mueller report. Apr 22

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Bomb found in Sri Lankan airport hours after explosions kill 207 | Metro News

Bomb found in Sri Lankan airport hours after explosions kill 207 Lucy Middleton Sunday 21 Apr 2019 7:29 pm 8.6k Shares The bomb was discovered by airport personnel (Picture: EPA)
A bomb has been found at Sri Lanka’s main airport this evening just hours after a series of explosions killed 207 people.
The six-foot pipe bomb was discovered by air force personnel on a routine patrol at Bandaranaike International, also known as Katunayake Airport or Colombo International. First victims of Sri Lanka explosions named as TV chef and daughter
It has since been safely destroyed.
Air Force Spokesman Gihan Seneviratne told the Sri Lankan Sunday Times: ‘A PVC pipe which was six feet in length containing explosives in it was discovered.’
The airport was put into lock-down while the device was detonated, reports said. It has since been safely detonated (Picture: Getty Images) Explosions have killed 207 people in Sri Lanka today (Picture: Getty Images)
Sri Lanka’s death toll rose to 207 earlier today after a series of coordinated explosions hit hotels and churches in the country. Advertisement
Other fatalities are said to include three Indians, two Turks, one Portuguese citizen and an unknown number of Dutch and Chinese nationals.
Sri Lanka’s defence minister this afternoon said seven suspects have been arrested. Most of the victims have been Sri Lankan (Picture: AP) Five Britons are confirmed dead (Picture: Reuters)
Police said they have also found a vehicle they suspect was used to transport suspects into Colombo, as well as a safe house.
The government has since shut down access to social media and messaging services in the country after the explosions, in a bid to stop the spread of misinformation.
A night-time curfew has also been ordered between the hours of 6pm and 6am. When is Greek Easter and why is it different for the Orthodox church?
The UK’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, James Dauris, urged British people in Sri Lanka to let family members know they are safe.
This afternoon he visited Brits being treated in one of the main hospitals in Colombo where casualties had been taken.
Three luxury hotels – the Cinnamon Grand, Shangri-La and Kingsbury hotel – and a church, St Anthony’s Shrine, were first hit in the country’s capital Colombo.
Two other churches in Negombo, a Catholic majority town north of Colombo, and in the town of Batticaloa, on the east coast of Sri Lanka, were also hit. Victims are carried out of St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo (Picture: AP) The attacks have been condemned worldwide (Picture: Getty Images) Church-goers were targeted during their Easter service (Picture: EPA)
The seventh and eighth explosions were recorded in the Colombo suburb of Dehiwala and in the northern suburb of Orugodawatta. Advertisement Advertisement
Earlier today the first victims named were TV chef Shantha Mayadunne and her daughter Nisanga, who had been staying in the Shangri-La hotel.
The pair were both pictured on social media sitting down to eat with their family only hours before the blasts. Five British people among more than 200 killed in Sri Lanka explosions
One witness who arrived at the Shangri-La shortly after the explosion described seeing people being dragged out of the building, covered in blood.
He then decided to go to the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, where he thought it would be safe – but just as he was about to enter the building, he heard another bomb go off.
Bhanuka Harischandra, a tech company founder, said: ‘It was panic mode. I didn’t process it for a while.’
Julian Emmanuel and his family, from Surrey, were staying at the Cinnamon Grand when the bomb went off. A curfew has now been placed on the country (Picture: AP) Shantha Mayadunne and her daughter Nisanga lost their lives in the attacks *(Picture: @nisanga.mayadunne/ Facebook)
He told the BBC: ‘There were ambulances, fire crews, police sirens. I came out of the room to see what’s happening, we were ushered downstairs.
‘We were told there had been a bomb. Staff said some people were killed. One member of staff told me it was a suicide bomber.’
The attacks have been condemned worldwide.
Prime Minister Theresa May said today in a statement: ‘The acts of violence against churches and hotels in Sri Lanka are truly appalling, and my deepest sympathies go out to all of those affected at this tragic time. Advertisement
‘We must stand together to make sure that no one should ever have to practise their faith in fear.’
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the blasts ‘an assault on all of humanity,’ while Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced them as ‘cruel and cynical.’ Prime Minister of India Chowkidar Narendra Modi said: ‘Strongly condemn the horrific blasts in Sri Lanka. There is no place for such barbarism in our region. India stands in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka. Relatives of a blast victim grieve outside a police morgue in Colombo (Picture: AP) No-one has claimed responsibility for the attacks (Picture: AFP) ‘My thoughts are with the bereaved families and prayers with the injured.’ Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan wrote: ‘Strongly condemn the horrific terrorist attack in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday resulting in precious lives lost & hundreds injured. ‘My profound condolences go to our Sri Lankan brethren. Pakistan stands in complete solidarity with Sri Lanka in their hour of grief.’ Got a story for Metro.co.uk?
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Teflon Don: how Trump the mafia boss fought the law … and won | US news

After Mueller, the president is being compared to mobsters from John Gotti to Tony Soprano. And yet he remains in office. “You gotta do this. You gotta call Rod…”
It was 17 June 2017. Donald Trump was on the phone, urging Don McGahn, the White House counsel, to turn the screw on the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein.
“Call Rod, tell Rod that [Robert] Mueller has conflicts and can’t be the special counsel,” Trump said, in a second call that day. “Mueller has to go … Call me back when you do it.”
If the tone of these secret conversations, revealed in Mueller’s long-awaited report this week, remind you of Tony Soprano – the amoral, brooding, charismatic, philandering, thuggish crime boss in the eponymous TV drama – ordering a hit on one his enemies, you are not alone.
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Over 448 pages, Mueller does not present Trump as a traitor but does portray him as a serial liar willing to abuse power, shred norms and bend the rule of law in a White House rotten to the core . Amid this culture of malfeasance and mendacity, trusted lieutenants are expected to demonstrate absolute loyalty, up to and including obstructing justice to save the president’s skin.
“He conducts himself like a New Jersey mob boss who is unconcerned about asking the people around him to conduct unethical or legally challenging behaviour,” said Kurt Bardella, former spokesperson and senior adviser for the House oversight and government reform committee. “Truth and accuracy just don’t factor into his thought process at all.
Instead of the John Gotti family, it’s the Trump family and his solders are the Republican members of Congress
Kurt Bardella “The demands for loyalty and fealty are like an organised crime network. Instead of the John Gotti family, it’s the Trump family and his solders are the Republican members of Congress who protect him.”
After two years that transfixed Washington, Mueller’s redacted report outlined 11 episodes in which Trump or his campaign organisation tried to have the special counsel fired, limit the scope of his investigation or interfere in other ways. But it did not recommend charges, nor find a criminal conspiracy with Russia to help Trump win the 2016 election, though it listed plenty of contacts.
The president was quick to claim vindication and rail against the media, while his House counselor, Kellyanne Conway, declared it was “really the best day since he got elected”. But Mueller state pointedly that “while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him”, potentially offering Congress a roadmap to impeachment.
The devil was in details surely enough to end the career of almost any other politician. Many had been previously reported – a testament to dogged journalism – which probably reduced their shock value and worked to Trump’s benefit. But they also gave the clearest picture yet of the character of the man in the Oval Office.
Almost a year ago, the comedian Bill Maher told his HBO viewers: “People call this presidency a reality show. It’s more like a Scorsese movie. Everything Trump does is modeled on the mob. When he was accused of sexual harassment, he brought in Bill Clinton’s accusers to sit in the gallery at the debate, just like Michael Corleone brought Frank Pentangeli’s brother into court [in The Godfather Part II] …
“He’s so much like a Don that his name is literally Don.”
Facebook Twitter Pinterest James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano. Photograph: Barry Wetcher/AP
Mueller’s report depicted a man dangling pardons to acolytes, turning vicious against those who refused to kiss his ring and frantically scrambling to conceal evidence as law enforcement closed in. He appeared paranoid about who was on his side and who might betray him.
For example, James Comey, then director of the FBI, has claimed that in January 2017 Trump invited him to dinner and asked him for a pledge of loyalty. The president has disputed the account. However, Mueller found that “substantial evidence corroborates Comey’s account of the dinner invitation and the request for loyalty”.
In July that year, Trump asked his staff secretary Rob Porter for his opinion of associate attorney general Rachel Brand, asking if Brand was “on the team”.
Trump used the language of the mob to describe his foes. Mueller’s team said it found evidence to suggest the president intended to discourage his longtime confidante Michael Cohen from cooperating with federal authorities, noting that after Cohen did so, Trump branded him a “rat” and publicly suggested his family members had committed crimes.
Then there was Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chair now in jail for bank fraud and tax evasion. Mueller noted: “The evidence supports the inference that the president intended Manafort to believe that he could receive a pardon, which would make cooperation with the government as a means of obtaining a lesser sentence unnecessary.”
His stuff about no notes, no memos, no paper trails. That’s what he was telling his staff … before The Godfather
Gwenda Blair Trump’s attempts to fire Mueller, and then to cover up those attempts, pose one of the biggest question marks over his conduct.
His calls to McGahn that day in June 2017 were in vain. The White House counsel refused, deciding he would rather quit than trigger a crisis “akin to the Saturday Night Massacre”, Richard Nixon’s effort to hobble the Watergate investigation. McGahn told the then White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus, the president had asked him to “do crazy shit”.
Seven months later, when the New York Times revealed that Trump had asked McGahn to fire Mueller, the president told McGahn: “I never said to fire Mueller. I never said ‘fire’. This story doesn’t look good. You need to correct this. You’re the White House counsel.” McGahn refused, saying the story was accurate.
A livid Trump told Porter he would dismiss McGahn if the latter refused to craft a memo stating Trump never directed him to fire Mueller. The president is Quote: d as saying: “If he doesn’t write a letter, then maybe I’ll have to get rid of him.” He even disparaged McGahn as a “lying bastard”, according to Porter’s account.
In another telling encounter, Trump wondered aloud why McGahn took notes during meetings. “What about these notes? Why do you take notes? Lawyers don’t take notes. I never had a lawyer who took notes.” McGahn replied that he did so because he was a “real lawyer” and note-taking created a record. Trump said: “I’ve had a lot of great lawyers, like Roy Cohn. He did not take notes.”
Cohn, a mafia lawyer and political fixer best known for his involvement in Senator Joseph McCarthy’s anti-communist campaign of the 1950s, was a mentor and personal lawyer to Trump early in his business career.
Gwenda Blair, author of The Trumps and of Donald Trump: The Candidate, said: “I’m ever reminded of how consistent this man has been in this relentless focus on what he can get away with. I take my hat off, grudgingly, to his nose, his instinct for where is the bright part of the line and staying on a hair’s breadth on the right side of it.
“His stuff about no notes, no memos, no paper trails. That’s what he was telling his staff in the mid-70s. That was before The Godfather.”
Blair added: “There’s a moment in the report where Jared Kushner was trying to tell him something and Trump pushed him away and said, ‘I don’t want to know that.’ The instinct for deniability. Very Nixonian. The shrewdness about what you can get away with, just staying on the right side of the line. He can spot it in other people who will abide by that, like [the attorney general] William Barr.”
Facebook Twitter Pinterest Richard Nixon reacts during an interview by David Frost, in 1977. Photograph: John Bryson/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image ‘Quite comparable to Nixon’
The report gives that impression that Trump was saved from himself by staff who disobeyed him, even at the risk of earning his wrath. Mueller writes that Trump’s attempts to seize control of the investigation “were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the president declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests”.
All the president’s men and women: how disobedient aides saved Trump Read more
Larry Jacobs, director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota, said: “I thought it was a shocking report. I don’t think we’ve had a president in the modern era who’s been revealed to be as coarse and brutish and willing to break the law as Donald Trump.
“The criminal intent is quite comparable to what Richard Nixon engaged in. Trump was able to get away with it because his staff said no. Nixon’s staff did the Watergate break-in and participated in the cover-up.”
The investigation spelled out just how far Trump has gone in pushing the limits of the presidency and making others complicit. Jacobs added: “What concerns me about this moment is the message it sends to future presidents: Trump was able to act in a lawless way and solicit help from a foreign rival. One shudders to think how future presidents will act. What’s the deterrent?”
Trump was able to act in a lawless way … One shudders to think how future presidents will act
Larry Jacobs As faithfully chronicled in The Sopranos , the most skilled crime bosses manage to remain untouchable even as their captains and footsoldiers are picked off. Trump managed to resist sitting down for an in-person interview with the special counsel.
The report’s appendix includes 12 pages of Trump’s written responses to queries from Mueller’s team. There were more than 30 instances when Trump offered variations of “I don’t recall”, answers Mueller deemed “inadequate”. He considered issuing a subpoena to force the president to appear but decided to avoid a long legal battle.
But there was another striking moment in the report that seemed out of character. Mueller notes that Trump was so agitated at the special counsel’s appointment on 17 May 2017 that he slumped back in his chair and declared: “Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I’m fucked.”
A rare show of self-doubt from an otherwise shameless Don. Corleone and Soprano would not have approved.
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13-Year-Old Lutz Girl Remains Missing | Lutz, FL Patch

police & fire 13-Year-Old Lutz Girl Remains Missing ​Juliana Bach has been missing since Monday. By D’Ann Lawrence White, Patch Staff | Apr 18, 2019 8:01 pm ET | Updated Apr 20, 2019 12:20 am ET {{ replyButtonLabel }} Reply {{ replyCount }} Juliana Bach has been missing since Monday. (Center for Missing and Endangered) Juliana Bach has been missing since Monday. (Center for Missing and Endangered) Juliana Bach was last seen wearing a pink tank top and black shorts. (Center for Missing and Endangered) LUTZ, FL — The mother of 13-year-old Lutz girl said her daughter is still missing and is asking for the public’s help in finding her.
There was some confusion about Juliana Bach’s status due to a Facebook post that said she’d been found. That post, explained Wendy Bach, referred to her being found after running away in March. Bach said her daughter ran away a second time on Monday and hasn’t been seen since.
The teen has been unhappy since her family recently moved from New Jersey to Lutz.
Juliana Bach was last seen at her home at 4:45 p.m. She left the house on her brother’s red pump scooter wearing the same pink tank top and black shorts she’s wearing in a photograph taken just hours before she went missing.
The National Center for Missing and Endangered Children, in cooperation with the Pasco and Hillsborough County sheriff’s offices, has sent out an alert for the public to be on the lookout for the teen.
Juliana is 5 feet 10 inches tall, 130 pound with blonde hair and blue eyes.
Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Hillsborough sheriff’s office at 813-247-8200 or the Pasco sheriff at 727-847-5978.
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Canadian PM Justin Trudeau to be portrayed on ‘The Simpsons’ | Entertainment & Showbiz from CTV News

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be portrayed by a Canadian reporter in the Canada-themed episode of “The Simpsons” entitled ‘D’oh Canada,” airing this Sunday.
Newstalk 1010 reporter Lucas Meyer — who went viral in 2017 for his impressions of Dr. Phil, Drake, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and sports commentator Don Cherry — announced he’ll be guest-starring on the long-running show as Canada’s prime minister on Twitter .
He wrote, “Ay Caramba! I will be a guest voice on The Simpsons this Sunday as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.”
“I’m a little bit overwhelmed right now … it’s been a little bit of a whirlwind,” the Newstalk 1010 anchor told CTVNews.ca over the phone. “It’s just so much fun, you know?”
The season 30 episode “D’oh Canada” episode airing this Sunday, will be about the Simpson family taking a trip to Niagara Falls and Lisa being mistakenly given political asylum in Canada, according to the episode’s synopsis.
Without delving into spoiler territory, the Simpsons will “evaluate their love for America as they navigate the polite Canadian landscape.”
“Now to be clear, I’m definitely not a star, just a handful of lines, but to be part of a show of my youth is insane,” he tweeted on Monday .
“It all came together in the fall and originally it was supposed to air a year from when I voiced it. But that changed … so now they’re airing it this Sunday,” said Meyer, the former 660 News reporter.
OFFICIAL: Ay Caramba!
I will be a guest voice on @TheSimpsons this Sunday as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
In Nov 2017 I put together an impressions video https://t.co/D548zZNx7g for family and friends and it somehow led to this #cdnpoli 1/3 pic.twitter.com/8UZADrngnj
— Lucas Meyer (@meyer_lucas) April 22, 2019 The cameo offer came out of the blue after a casting director from the show reached out last September and praised his Trudeau impression. He auditioned over the phone that day and Meyer recorded his lines a few weeks afterward that initial call. And until only recently, Meyer has had to keep his role a secret.
He, who’s covered sports and politics, said he didn’t get to meet any of the cast members of the show.
“It’s still kind of surreal – especially as someone who grew up on the show,” he said, adding his role on the show is ironic. “I was one of those kids whose parents said, ‘you’re not allowed to watch the program’ — which made me want to watch it even more.”
Meyer joked that he’s open to a future in voice acting as he easily slips into impressions of classic Simpsons’ characters like Mr. Burns, Nelson Muntz, Dr. Hibbert and Ralph Wiggum.
Author Judy Blume will also be voicing herself in the episode, according to The Futon Critic , which provides information on programming for U.S. broadcast and cable networks.
Trudeau isn’t the only elected official he can mimic Meyer has been doing impressions for years and started as a kid imitating characters from his favorite movies for his family.
In a weird twist, he’s has actually covered Trudeau as a reporter and was one of the journalists probing him to answer questions as the revelations of the SNC-Lavalin affair were breaking.
Besides his Trudeau impression, Meyer is also skilled at impersonating other elected officials.
These include Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and, of course, former reality TV show billionaire and now U.S. president, Donald Trump.
He also has impressions of Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby, former CBC anchor Peter Mansbridge and actors James Earl Jones and Christopher Walken all under his belt.
Canada has been referenced dozens of times throughout the show’s long history, including an episode where Homer smuggles cheap prescription drugs out of Canada and when the family visits Toronto and Bart joins the Canadian national basketball team.
With many of the past writers being Canadian themselves, we shouldn’t be too offended when Marge once declared she loved Canada because: “it’s so clean and bland; I’m home!”
The episode airs on April 28.
Now to be clear I’m definitely not a star, just a handful of lines, but to be part of a show of my youth is insane. Thanks so much to the show for this opportunity and hope I pulled it off.
here’s my second video if you’d like https://t.co/BE16CRRBUu #cdnpoli ! 2/3
— Lucas Meyer (@meyer_lucas) April 22, 2019 Related Stories ‘The Simpsons’ showrunner weighs in on report of Apu exit Trudeau-ppelganger: PM lookalike appears on Afghan TV What Disney gets as its US$71.3B buy of Fox assets closes ‘The Simpsons’ fans rejoice after discovering Malk exists in real life Photos Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be portrayed in Sunday’s Canadian-themed episode of “The Simpsons,” which is titled “D’Oh Canada.” (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-City TV)
(Source: Lucas Meyer / Twitter)

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