South Korean stars prepare to rock Pyongyang

South Korean rock star Yoon Do-Hyun is rehearsing for a much-anticipated concert in Pyongyang, North Korea. CNN's Alexandra Field explores this symbolic moment.

Posted: Mar 31, 2018 8:36 AM
Updated: Mar 31, 2018 8:36 AM

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1. Russia investigation

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team last year made clear it wanted former Trump campaign deputy Rick Gates' help, not so much against his former business partner Paul Manafort but with its central mission: investigating the Trump campaign's contact with the Russians. New information disclosed in court filings and to CNN this week begins to show how they're getting it.

The public saw the first signs of how the Mueller team plans to use information from Gates to tie Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, directly to a Russian intelligence agency. Mueller's team alleges that Gates was in contact with a close colleague of Manafort's who worked for a Russian intelligence agency -- and that Gates knew of the spy service ties in September and October 2016, while he worked on the Trump campaign.

2. Syria

President Trump said US troops would be getting out of Syria "very soon." Well, that's news to the Pentagon. Trump made his remarks in Ohio at an event on infrastructure. The President said, "We're knocking the hell out of ISIS" and it was time to "let the other people" deal with Syria. A defense official said it's just not clear what Trump meant, since he spoke just hours after the Pentagon highlighted numerous challenges in Syria, saying now's not the time to get out.

3. Race and policing

Austin's police chief called the Austin bomber a domestic terrorist; Stephon Clark was laid to rest in Sacramento. They were big developments in two of the biggest stories in a tragedy-filled month that says a lot about race and justice in the US. Anger had grown in Austin over the notion that the actions of bomber Mark Anthony Conditt, which led to the deaths of two African-Americans, weren't being called terrorism because he was white, so the chief's new view is significant.

Meanwhile, Clark's attorney plans to reveal independent autopsy results today. Sacramento's been hit with protests since he was shot and killed by police in his grandmother's backyard. Cops had pursued him after getting reports of a man breaking into cars and thought he was pointing a gun at them, but only a cell phone was found near his body. Protesters say it's another example of police being too quick to fire on black male suspects. Civil right attorney Benjamin Crump says this: "There's an intellectual justification to always exonerate the police when they kill black people. We have to change that."

4. Pacific coast tragedy

The mystery of what happened to the Hart family seems to grow by the day. We know the Harts -- two moms with six adopted kids from Washington state -- took a trip to California. The family's SUV was found Monday at the bottom of a cliff on the Northern California coast, having tumbled 100 feet into the Pacific. The bodies of five family members, including the parents, were recovered. But three children are missing, and it's not certain they were even in the vehicle.

There were no brake or skid marks at the scene, so it's unclear if this was deliberate or a tragic accident. One of the family's neighbors described the kids as "repressed," and authorities were investigating alleged child abuse and neglect. But others said Jennifer and Sarah Hart were loving moms. One of the missing children, 15-year-old Devonte, appeared in a viral photo in 2014, hugging an officer at a rally against police brutality.

5. 'Serial' new trial

The man at the center of the popular "Serial" podcast might get a new trial. The Maryland Court of Special Appeals ordered a new trial for Adnan Syed, who's serving a life sentence in the death of his ex-girlfriend. His conviction was vacated in 2016 amid claims his trial lawyer failed to cross-examine an expert witness. The state appealed the 2016 order, leading to Thursday's ruling. But it's not a done deal. Prosecutors have 30 days to appeal or proceed with a new trial. Syed's case burst into public view in 2014 when "Serial" -- which has been downloaded 40 million times -- explored a possible alibi.

HAPPENING LATER

Alton Sterling shooting

A decision on whether two Baton Rouge, Louisiana, police officers will be fired for their roles in Alton Sterling's shooting death is expected this afternoon.

BREAKFAST BROWSE

NK-pop

The (seemingly) warming relations between the two Koreas involves more than just nukes. The South's pop stars will rock the North with a concert this weekend.

One last ride

If you've never seen Danica Patrick drive, you're running out of chances. The racing trailblazer's last race is in May at the Indy 500.

Fitting tribute

Draylen Mason, who died in the Austin bombings, never got to go to college. Now, there's an effort to make sure other minority students can.

That's a lot of Bitcoin

A cryptocurrency company's cool $29 million donation is fulfilling classroom wishes posted by 28,000 teachers at a crowd-funding site.

A solid start

How should you treat the first pitch of baseball season? Like the Cubs' Ian Happ did -- and drive it over the right field fence.

THIS JUST IN ...

Apple update

The new iOS 11.3 mobile operating system lets you see yourself as an animated bear -- or just stop your older iPhone from slowing down.

TOTAL RECALL

Quiz time

The granddaughter of which civil rights icon spoke at the March for Our Lives rally in Washington?

A. Rosa Parks

B. Martin Luther King Jr.

C. Daisy Bates

D. Malcolm X

Play "Total Recall," CNN's weekly news quiz, to see if you got it right.

TODAY'S NUMBER

150 million

The number of MyFitnessPal accounts hacked. Hackers made off with user names, email addresses and passwords.

AND FINALLY

'Best day of my life!'

If you just got a doughnut and a new "My Little Pony" movie, you'd be freaking ecstatic, too. (Click to view.)

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 25870

Reported Deaths: 1097
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Hennepin8738633
Ramsey3189134
Stearns204714
Nobles15585
Anoka147073
Dakota138859
Washington67033
Olmsted65411
Kandiyohi5051
Rice4802
Scott4552
Clay43529
Mower3662
Wright3322
Todd3300
Sherburne2482
Carver2242
Benton1813
Steele1670
Blue Earth1480
Martin1325
Freeborn1300
St. Louis11814
Pine900
Nicollet8810
Winona8015
Watonwan780
Cottonwood770
Carlton750
Crow Wing754
Unassigned7411
Lyon711
Otter Tail710
Goodhue704
Chisago641
Polk612
Itasca5610
Dodge530
Chippewa511
Morrison480
Le Sueur461
Meeker450
Douglas440
Becker410
Jackson400
Murray390
McLeod370
Isanti350
Waseca270
Rock230
Mille Lacs221
Pennington210
Faribault200
Swift190
Wabasha180
Beltrami180
Brown172
Fillmore171
Sibley160
Norman140
Kanabec121
Marshall120
Cass122
Pipestone120
Wilkin113
Aitkin110
Wadena100
Pope90
Koochiching90
Big Stone80
Lincoln60
Mahnomen61
Yellow Medicine60
Redwood60
Renville50
Traverse40
Grant40
Red Lake40
Clearwater30
Hubbard30
Lac qui Parle30
Roseau30
Houston20
Stevens10
Lake10
Kittson10

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 20264

Reported Deaths: 574
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Polk4406134
Woodbury281737
Black Hawk175946
Linn96779
Dallas92924
Buena Vista9181
Marshall90118
Johnson6169
Wapello60714
Muscatine56341
Crawford5422
Tama40828
Scott36810
Dubuque35121
Louisa34611
Pottawattamie29610
Sioux2900
Jasper26317
Wright1940
Washington1928
Warren1530
Plymouth1392
Allamakee1204
Story1181
Mahaska9712
Poweshiek918
Henry722
Bremer696
Boone670
Des Moines661
Clinton651
Clarke640
Taylor590
Guthrie533
Cedar491
Hamilton450
Benton441
Webster441
Monroe385
Shelby370
Jones370
Cherokee360
Marion340
Clayton343
Osceola340
Iowa330
Buchanan330
Jefferson330
Cerro Gordo301
Madison292
Lee280
Davis270
Fayette270
Dickinson270
Harrison260
Sac250
Lyon250
Monona250
Winneshiek240
Clay210
Grundy200
Mills200
Floyd191
Emmet190
Hardin190
Lucas191
Delaware191
Humboldt181
Butler171
Hancock160
Franklin150
Page140
Pocahontas140
Ida140
Keokuk140
Appanoose143
Audubon131
Jackson130
Greene130
Kossuth130
Carroll130
Chickasaw120
Cass120
Howard120
Winnebago110
Adair90
Union90
Van Buren90
Montgomery81
Adams70
Palo Alto70
Calhoun40
Fremont40
Ringgold40
Mitchell40
Worth30
Wayne10
Decatur10
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