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Kentucky Derby 2018: When is it, which horses are running, what are the odds 

It’s the “Run for the Roses,” the “Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports,” the first jewel in the Triple Crown of horse racing. 

Saturday will see the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

Here is what you need to know about the race for 3-year-olds.

When is the 2018 Kentucky Derby? 

Saturday, May 5

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What time does it start?

Coverage of the race begins at 2:30 p.m. ET. Post time for the race is 6:34 p.m. ET.

What channel is it on? 

NBC will broadcast pre-race activities along with the race.

Is it livestreamed? 

Yes. Click here, NBC Sports Live, to watch on Saturday.

How far do the horses run? 

1¼ miles

What is the track surface? 

Dirt.

What is the record at the track?

Secretariat holds the record. The horse ran 1¼ miles in 1:59 and two-fifths seconds.

What’s the purse for this year’s derby? 

The purse is $2 million; the winner gets $1.425 million.

Which horses are running in the 2018 Kentucky Derby and what are the odds? Here are the latest odds from SportsLine as of April 23

Justify (9-5)  Magnum Moon (4-1)  Bolt d'Oro (5-1)  Mendelssohn (11-2)  Good Magic (7-1)  Audible (9-1)  Vino Rosso (12-1)  Enticed (18-1)  Noble Indy (18-1)  My Boy Jack (20-1)  Solomini (20-1)  Lone Sailor (25-1)  Flameaway (30-1)  Hofburg (35-1)  Promises Fulfilled (35-1)  Combatant (50-1)  Bravazo (50-1)  Free Drop Billy (50-1)  Gronkowski (50-1)  Firenze Fire (60-1)

Who is the favorite to win the 2018 Kentucky Derby? As of Monday, the betting favorites are:

Mendelssohn, 4-1

Justify, 4-1

Audible, 5-1

Magnum Moon, 8-1

Bolt d'Oro, 9-1

Good Magic, 11-1 

Who is singing the national anthem?

The Grammy Award-winning group Pentatonix will sing the national anthem.

Speaking of songs, what song is it that the crowd sings before the race?

It’s tradition for the crowd to sing, “My Old Kentucky Home” prior to the race. The song was written by Stephen Foster. Below are the lyrics if you want to sing along. The song was altered from Foster’s lyric to replace the word “darkie” with the word “people.” Foster wrote the song as an anti-slavery ballad.

“My Old Kentucky Home, Good-night”

The sun shines bright in the old Kentucky home,

Tis summer, the people are gay;

The corn-top's ripe and the meadow's in the bloom

While the birds make music all the day.

The young folks roll on the little cabin floor

All merry, all happy and bright;

By 'n by hard times comes a knocking at the door

Then my old Kentucky home, Good-night!

Chorus:

Weep no more my lady.

Oh! Weep no more today!

We will sing one song 

For my old Kentucky home

For the old Kentucky home, far away.

What’s the weather going to be like?

According to Weather.com, there will be periods of rain in Louisville on Saturday with a high of 67 degrees. There may be a few showers lingering at race time.

Does the Derby have an official drink? 

It does, and it’s called a Mint Julep. Here’s the recipe:

The Old Forester Mint Julep Recipe

2 cups sugar

2 cups water

Sprigs of fresh mint

Crushed ice

Old Forester Straight Bourbon Whisky

Silver Julep Cups

Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight. Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup and two ounces of Old Forester Kentucky Whisky. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

Where can you find the Kentucky Derby Facebook and Twitter accounts? 

For Facebook, click here. 

For Twitter, click here. 

Midterm 2018: Here are the Senate races that you should be watching

With all the political talk and ads you are seeing now, it may seem odd to say “it’s still early” in this year’s midterm elections. 

There are primaries through and even on election day in November. While some of the races are lining up, many are still being sorted out.

The news for Republicans, the party that controls both the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate, hasn’t be that good as they face factors such as a president and a Congress with low approval ratings, and the traditional lack of enthusiasm for the party in power when it comes to the midterm elections.

As Democrats make a run at the U.S. House – and could have a decent shot at winning it back – the picture in the Senate is a bit more complicated.

There are 35 U.S. Senate seats in play this year, including special elections in Minnesota and Mississippi. Democrats have 24 seats up for election, Republicans have nine and the two Independent senators, Bernie Sanders (Vermont) and Angus King (Maine), are both up for re-election. Sanders and King caucus with the Democrats. 

What do the numbers say?

One indicator of how a district will vote rests in the result of the presidential race in that district. The Republicans have an advantage here. There are 10 states Donald Trump won in 2016 that have an incumbent senator up for re-election: Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

There is one state Hillary Clinton won that has a Republican incumbent – Nevada. 

Democrats are seen as behind the curve on the state level, as well. There are 13 states headed by  Republican governors in which a Democratic incumbent is running for re-election – Florida, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Will the Democrats be able to flip any seats? Nothing is impossible, but taking back the Senate will not be easy. 

Here’s a look at some of the Senate races that look to have the incumbent in some danger.

For the Democrats:

Florida – Democrat: Sen. Bill Nelson will be facing Florida Gov. Rick Scott in the Florida Senate race. Nelson has nearly $8 million in his coffers, but Scott has millions of his own. The race as it stands now is extremely close even though Scott only officially got into the race in early April. Nelson, pro-choice and an advocate of gun control, is a liberal in a state that sees a large number of retirees from northern states. That can work in the state whose unofficial motto is “the farther south you go the more north you get.” However, Scott had little name recognition prior to his run for governor in 2010 and ended up taking the office and holding it for two terms. Trump won the state, albeit by only a few points, in 2016. The race is considered a “toss up” by Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia, as well as by Inside Elections

Indiana – Democrat: Sen. Joe Donnelly is running in a state where Trump earned 56 percent of the vote, about 30 percent more than Clinton. Republican strategists think Donnelly can be beat. Other political pundits seem to agree, though Donnelly has raised more money than the three candidates vying for the GOP spot on the ticket. Donnelly has been seen moving to the middle as the midterms approach. This week, along with Democrats Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Donnelly voted for Mike Pompeo to be the new secretary of State. The three are all up for re-election in states Trump won. Donnelly voted against the tax reform bill passed in December, and some say that could hurt him come November.

Missouri – Democrat: Claire McCaskill has been a U.S. senator since 2006. She was the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Missouri, winning the seat once held by former President Harry Truman. There is a crowded field of  Republican challengers, including state Attorney General Josh Hawley. Hawley could be hurt by the sex scandal enveloping GOP Gov. Eric Greitens. The primary is set for Aug. 7.

North Dakota – Democrat: Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is an incumbent Democrat running in a state where Trump won 63 percent of the vote in the 2016 election. She will likely face Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), who is a close Trump ally who at first decline to get into the race, but later changed his mind. Her race is considered a toss-up by Sabato’s Crystal Ball. Heitkamp told The Washington Post that Trump asked her to consider changing parties as she visited him at Trump Towers before he was inaugurated. Trump has campaigned for Cramer in the state.

West Virginia – Democrat: Sen. Joe Manchin has leaned toward supporting Republican issues several times since Trump took office. Trump won big in West Virginia, taking 67 percent of the vote, much of it perhaps due to Clinton’s “We're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business” remark. Manchin could face Don Blankenship, the coal baron who served time for conspiracy to violate mine safety and health standards in connection with the deaths of 29 miners killed in a cave in at the Upper Big Branch Mine. Blankenship faces two other Republicans, Rep. Evan Jenkins and state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey for the GOP spot.

For Republicans:

Arizona – Republican: Sen. Jeff Flake announced his retirement last year. Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, Republican Rep. Martha McSally, former state Sen. Kelli Ward (R) and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio are all running for the seat. A recent poll showed Sinema ahead of the three GOP candidates by 6, 10 and 26 points, respectively. Trump beat Clinton by fewer than 4 points in Arizona, and that could help Sinema. The Cook Political Report as well as the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics. Rates the race a toss-up.

Nevada – Republican: Sen. Dean Heller is a Republican running in a state where Hillary Clinton won. Nevada has a large Latino voting population and 12 percent of employees in the state are unionized. Those are two demographics that generally trend Democratic. In Heller’s favor, he has campaigned hard against the Affordabe Care Act’s “Cadillac tax,” the high-cost plan tax that contains a 40 percent excise tax on employer plans exceeding $10,200 in premiums per year for individuals and $27,500 for families. The tax is scheduled to take effect in 2020. Last month, Heller’s competition for the GOP primary, Republican Danny Tarkanian, announced that at Trump’s request he decided to leave the Senate race against Heller. Tarkanian will be running for Nevada's 3rd Congressional District seat. The person in that seat now, Jackie Rosen, is Heller’s likely opponent in November.

Sources: 270towinPoliticoBallotpediaUniversity of Virginia Center for Politics

Midterm 2018: What should you do if you are denied the right to vote? Here are some tips.

While most experiences casting a ballot are pretty straight-forward, problems at polling places can happen. 

Not knowing which precinct you are supposed to be at or not having the proper identification can cause problems when you go vote. 

Volunteers at polling places are trained to help voters get their ballots to the right place, and to take a person's ballot even if they are having problems with casting their vote. 

As the primaries leading up to the 2018 midterm election get under way, here is a guide to what you should do if you are having trouble voting.

If you are having a problem voting, tell someone.

Talk to a poll worker before you finish voting. If you do not get help from a poll worker, ask to speak to a supervisor. If your problem is not resolved, you can report the issue to the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. The phone number to call to report an issue with voting is (800) 253-3931.

What kind of problems should be reported?

  • Polls closing early (meaning they close even if you were in line to vote before closing time)
  • Not having enough ballots
  • Being intimidated or pressured to vote for a particular candidate
  • Challenging identifications - 34 states require voter identification to cast a ballot; of them, 18 require voters to present photo identification and 16 accept other forms of identification. Click here to find out what your state requires before you vote.  
  • Dealing with ballots that are confusing
  • No help or lack of help with voting procedures for people with limited ability to speak English
  • No accommodation for handicapped voters

What should you do if you are turned away without casting a ballot?

If you do not have the proper identification to vote at your polling place, you should be given a provisional ballot. A provisional ballot is used to record a vote when there are questions about a voter's eligibility. Provisional ballots are the same ballot you would get under regular circumstances. It allows you to vote then election officials will work to verify your eligibility to cast a ballot.

Per federal law, poll workers are required to give you a provisional ballot.

What if you make a mistake when filling out your ballot?

If you make a mistake when voting, go to a poll worker and ask for help. You will be given a new ballot. The ballot with the mistake will be destroyed.In many cases, you can correct your ballot yourself if you vote using electronic voting devices, or are using pencils to complete the ballot. Again, ask for help from a poll worker if you need to make changes in your ballot and are unsure how to do it.

2018 Midterm: House races you should be watching

History tells us that the party that holds the White House faces an uphill battle in the midterm elections.

Broken or delayed promises, bitterness over a presidential candidate’s loss and lack of confident in anything coming out of Washington seem to always add up to heartbreak for the party in power.

If this was a traditional White House, the likelihood of a “blue wave” come November -- a surge of Democratic candidates gobbling up Republican seats in Congress – would seem a certainty.

But you could rightly ask with this administration, “What does history have to do with anything?”

Yet polls are pointing toward a shift in the balance of power in Washington. Just how big a shift is yet to be seen.

Various pundits have Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives and making a good run at grabbing the reins in the U.S. Senate.

Polls also claimed that Donald Trump would be defeated by Hillary Clinton for the presidency in 2016.

A recent Washington Post-ABC News poll showed that while Democrats hold an advantage ahead of the midterm elections, that advantage has narrowed since January. Narrowed by half.

So where do we stand 194 days out? Here’s a look at the races in the U.S. House this year.

First some numbers: 

For a party to gain control of the House, they must hold 218 seats. In the current Congress, Republicans have 236 seats and the Democrats have 193 seats.

Where do the Republicans stand?

You may be wondering amid the predictions of a blue wave if anything can help Republicans in the fall? The answer is yes, a few things could. The most important being a solid economy.

Remember the tax cuts Congress passed and the bonuses that some companies handed out this year? Well, the GOP wants you to hold fast that memory, at least until November.

Gallup's Economic Confidence Index showed that residents in only seven states rated the economy as more negative than positive. The poll was taken last year so participants were commenting on the 2017 economy -- prior to the tax cuts that went into effect on Feb. 1.

In 2016, the picture was much darker. Forty-five states had net-negative evaluations of the economy.  

An uptick in Trump’s poll number is something else that would help Republican candidates’ chances. Previous presidents with poll numbers as low or lower than Trump’s saw disaster in the midterm elections.

Traditionally, a low congressional approval rating points to a significant change in the numbers in Congress. The president's party, on average, loses 29 seats when the approval rate for Congress is below 40 percent. The approval rate for Congress today stands at 18 percent.

In November 2014, when Barack Obama was president and Republicans took control of both the House and the Senate, the approval rate was 15 percent.

Where do the Democrats stand?

What is going right for the Democrats this year? A lot. Add lower approval ratings for Trump and for Congress to 40 retirements by incumbent GOP senators and representatives and a path to a “blue wave” looks pretty good.

Special elections have seen no partisan switch during the past year with the exception of the Senate race in Alabama won by Democrat Doug Jones and a House race in Pennsylvania won by Democrat Conor Lamb. There are five upcoming special elections this year.

But what Democrats are hanging their hat on is the overperformance of their candidates. Even in a loss, Democrats are seeing candidates who would have had little chance to make a showing in long-held GOP strongholds come in a very close second.

So, what good is second place? The benefit comes from the number of registered Democrats who are turning out to vote. Democratic Party leaders are bolstered by big turnouts for primaries and are banking on dissatisfaction with Trump to spur even higher numbers for the general election.

According to a Washington Post/ABC News poll, more Democrats are pledging to turn out for the midterm elections.

Here’s a look at how the election could shape up, which races are the most likely to be competitive and why they would be so.

What can make races competitive? 

With not all races set, it can be difficult to pick the most competitive contests, but a big indicator of how a district will vote is the result of the presidential race in that district. In the 2016 election, 35 districts split their ticket – voting for a candidate of one party for president and a candidate of the opposite party for representative.

Twenty-three districts across the country went for Clinton for president but voted for a Republican for representative. Twelve districts went for Trump for president but sent a Democrat to the House to represent the district.

Here is a look at those districts.

Which races are likely to be competitive?

In the districts in which Hillary Clinton won in the 2016 presidential race, 23 are held by Republican incumbents – possibly making them vulnerable in the midterm elections. Those districts and representatives are:

  • AZ-02 – incumbent Martha McSally (she is running for the Senate and will not seek re-election)
  • CA-10 – incumbent is Jeff Denham 
  • CA-21 – incumbent is David Valadao 
  • CA-25 – incumbent is Stephen Knight 
  • CA-39 – incumbent Ed Royce is not seeking re-election
  • CA-45 – incumbent is Mimi Walters  
  • CA-48 – incumbent is Dana Rohrabacher 
  • CA-49 – incumbent Darrell Issa is not seeking re-election
  • CO-06 -- incumbent is Mike Coffman 
  • FL-26 – incumbent is Carlos Curbelo  
  • FL-27 – incumbent Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is not seeking re-election
  • IL-06 – incumbent is Peter Roskam  
  • KS-03 – incumbent is Kevin Yoder 
  • MN-03 – incumbent is Erik Paulsen 
  • NJ-07 – incumbent is Leonard Lance 
  • NY-24 – incumbent is John Katko 
  • PA-06 – incumbent Ryan Costello, is not seeking re-election
  • PA-07 – The 7th district was redrawn and there is no incumbent. The new 7th district was created from three districts.
  • TX-07 – incumbent is John Culberson 
  • TX-23 – incumbent is Will Hurd 
  • TX-32 – incumbent is Pete Sessions 
  • VA-10 – incumbent is Barbara Comstock  
  • WA-08 – incumbent Dave Reichert is not seeking re-election

Of the districts won by Trump in the 2016 election, 12 are held by incumbent Democratic representatives. Those districts are:

  • AZ-01 – incumbent is Tom O'Halleran 
  • IA-02 – incumbent is Dave Loebsack 
  • IL-17 – incumbent is Cheri Bustos 
  • MN-01 – incumbent Tim Walz is running for governor and will not seek re-election
  • MN-07 – incumbent is Collin Peterson 
  • MN-08 – incumbent Rick Nolan is not seeking re-electon 
  • NH-01 – incumbent Carol Shea-Porter is not seeking re-electon
  • NJ-05 – incumbent is Josh Gottheimer 
  • NV-03 – incumbent Jacky Rosen is running for U.S. Senate rather than for the House seat
  • NY-18 – incumbent is Sean Maloney 
  • PA-17 – The new 17th District was redrawn by court order. It is made up of parts of the old 3rd, 12th, 14th, and 18th districts.
  • WI-03 – incumbent is Ron Kind

Other races that could help to flip – or hold on to – the House

There are other races that some believe could change the balance of power in the U.S. House. These 14 races have also been pegged by various media outlets as “competitive.”

  • CA-22 – Devin Nunes  
  • CO-06 – Mike Coffman  
  • IW-01 – Rod Blum  
  • MI-11 – David Trott  
  • MN-02 – Jason Lewis  
  • NB-02 – Don Bacon  
  • NV-04 – Ruben Kihuen  
  • NJ-02 – Frank LoBiondo  
  • NJ-11 – Rodney Frelinghuysen  
  • NY-19 – John Faso  
  • NY-22 – Claudia Tenney  
  • PA-15 – Charlie Dent  
  • UT-04 – Mia Love  

Sources: Ballotpedia; The Associated Press; Politico; The Washington Post; The Cook Political Report

Midterm elections 2018: When are the primaries? A state-by-state list

This year will see primaries in all 50 states in advance of the midterm elections in November.

The winners of the primaries -- and runoffs, if necessary -- will face off in the Nov. 6 General Election. 

Here is a list of primaries by state and a list by date.

 2018 primary elections by state – (the second date is for runoff election if needed)

  • Alabama - June 5 | July 17
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  • Alaska - Aug. 21
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  • Arizona - Aug. 28
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  • Arkansas - May 22 | June 19
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  • California - June 5
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  • Colorado - June 26
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  • Connecticut - Aug. 14
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  • Delaware - Sept. 6
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  • Florida - Aug. 28
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  • Georgia - May 22 | July 24
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  • Hawaii - Aug. 11 
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  • Idaho - May 15
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  • Illinois - March 20
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  • Indiana - May 8
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  • Iowa - June 5
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  • Kansas - Aug. 7
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  • Kentucky - May 22
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  • Louisiana - Nov. 6 | Dec. 8 (Louisiana holds its primary on General Election day; if a runoff is needed, it will be in December
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  • Maine - June 12
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  • Maryland - June 26
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  • Massachusetts - Sept. 4
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  • Michigan - Aug. 7
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  • Minnesota - Aug. 14
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  • Mississippi - June 5 | June 26
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  • Missouri - Aug. 7
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  • Montana - June 5
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  • Nebraska May 15
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  • Nevada - June 12
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  • New Hampshire - Sept. 11
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  • New Jersey - June 5
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  • New Mexico - June 5
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  • New York - Sept. 13
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  • North Carolina - May 8
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  • North Dakota - June 12
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  • Ohio - May 8
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  • Oklahoma - June 26 | Aug. 28
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  • Oregon - May 15
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  • Pennsylvania - May 15
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  • Rhode Island - Sept. 12
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  • South Carolina - June 12 | June 26
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  • South Dakota - June 5
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  • Tennessee - Aug. 2 
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  • Texas - Mar 6 | May 22
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  • Utah - June 26
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  • Vermont - Aug. 14
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  • Virginia - June 12
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  • Washington - Aug. 7
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  • West Virginia - May 8
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  • Wisconsin - Aug. 14
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  • Wyoming - Aug. 21

Here are the primary elections by date:

     
  • March 6 – Texas
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  • March 20 – Illinois
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  • May 8 – Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, West Virginia
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  • May 15 – Idaho, Nebraska, Oregon, Pennsylvania
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  • May 22 – Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky
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  • June 5 – Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota
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  • June 12 – Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, Virginia
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  • June 26 – Colorado, Maryland, New York, Oklahoma, Utah
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  • Aug. 2 – Tennessee
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  • Aug. 7 – Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Washington
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  • Aug. 11 – Hawaii
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  • Aug. 14 – Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont, Wisconsin
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  • Aug. 21 – Alaska, Wyoming
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  • Aug. 28 – Arizona, Florida
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  • Sept. 4 – Massachusetts
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  • Sept. 6 – Delaware
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  • Sept. 11 – New Hampshire
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  • Sept. 12 – Rhode Island
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  • Nov. 6 – Louisiana
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  • Nov. 6 – General Election

2018 NFL Draft: Times, dates, what channel, livestream and draft order  

For the next few days, you can forget about the boys of summer or the NBA playoffs and the race for the Stanley Cup.

Over the next three days, you need to be ready for some football.

The NFL Draft begins Thursday night and continues through Saturday with seven rounds of picks taking place.

Here’s what you need to know about the draft and how to watch it.

When: The NFL Draft will be broadcast Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The first round will be held Thursday, the second and third rounds on Friday and the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds on Saturday.

What time: On Thursday, the draft begins at 8 p.m. On Friday, it starts at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the action begins at noon. All times are Eastern.

What channel: For the first time, the draft will be broadcast on Fox. You can also see it on ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN Deportes or the NFL Network. On Saturday, ABC will also be broadcasting the draft.

Where is the livestream: You can catch it on Fox Sports GoNFL.comWatch ESPN or fuboTV.

What’s the order: Here is the seven-round order for the draft: 

First round

  1. Cleveland Browns
  2. New York Giants
  3. New York Jets (from Indianapolis Colts)
  4. Cleveland Browns (from Houston Texans)
  5. Denver Broncos
  6. Indianapolis Colts (from New York Jets)
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  8. Chicago Bears
  9. San Francisco 49ers
  10. Oakland Raiders
  11. Miami Dolphins
  12. Buffalo Bills (from Cincinnati Bengals)
  13. Washington Redskins
  14. Green Bay Packers
  15. Arizona Cardinals
  16. Baltimore Ravens
  17. Los Angeles Chargers
  18. Seattle Seahawks
  19. Dallas Cowboys
  20. Detroit Lions
  21. Cincinnati Bengals (from Buffalo Bills)
  22. Buffalo Bills (from Kansas City Chiefs)
  23. New England Patriots (from Los Angeles Rams)
  24. Carolina Panthers
  25. Tennessee Titans
  26. Atlanta Falcons
  27. New Orleans Saints
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars
  30. Minnesota Vikings
  31. New England Patriots
  32. Philadelphia Eagles

Second round

  1. Cleveland Browns
  2. New York Giants
  3. Cleveland Browns (from Houston Texans)
  4. Indianapolis Colts
  5. Indianapolis Colts (from New York Jets)
  6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  7. Chicago Bears
  8. Denver Broncos
  9. Oakland Raiders
  10. Miami Dolphins
  11. New England Patriots (from San Francisco 49ers)
  12. Washington Redskins
  13. Green Bay Packers
  14. Cincinnati Bengals
  15. Arizona Cardinals
  16. Los Angeles Chargers
  17. Indianapolis Colts (from New York Jets through Seattle Seahawks)
  18. Dallas Cowboys
  19. Detroit Lions
  20. Baltimore Ravens
  21. Buffalo Bills
  22. Kansas City Chiefs
  23. Carolina Panthers
  24. Buffalo Bills (from Los Angeles Rams)
  25. Tennessee Titans
  26. Atlanta Falcons
  27. San Francisco 49ers (from New Orleans Saints)
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars
  30. Minnesota Vikings
  31. New England Patriots
  32. Cleveland Browns (from Philadelphia Eagles)

Third round

  1. Buffalo Bills (from Cleveland Browns)
  2. New York Giants
  3. Indianapolis Colts
  4. Houston Texans
  5. New York Giants (from Buffalo Bills)
  6. San Francisco 49ers (from Chicago Bears)
  7. Denver Broncos
  8. New York Jets
  9. Miami Dolphins
  10. San Francisco 49ers
  11. Oakland Raiders
  12. Green Bay Packers
  13. Cincinnati Bengals
  14. Kansas City Chiefs (from Washington Redskins)
  15. Arizona Cardinals
  16. Houston Texans (from Seattle Seahawks)
  17. Dallas Cowboys
  18. Detroit Lions
  19. Baltimore Ravens
  20. Los Angeles Chargers
  21. Carolina Panthers (from Buffalo Bills)
  22. Kansas City Chiefs
  23. Los Angeles Rams
  24. Carolina Panthers
  25. Tennessee Titans
  26. Atlanta Falcons
  27. New Orleans Saints
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars
  30. Minnesota Vikings
  31. New England Patriots
  32. Buffalo Bills (from Philadelphia Eagles)
  33. Arizona Cardinals (Compensatory)
  34. Houston Texans (Compensatory)
  35. Denver Broncos (Compensatory)
  36. Cincinnati Bengals (Compensatory)

Fourth round

  1. Green Bay Packers (from Cleveland Browns)
  2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  3. Houston Texans
  4. Indianapolis Colts
  5. Chicago Bears
  6. Denver Broncos
  7. New York Jets
  8. New York Giants
  9. Denver Broncos (from San Francisco 49ers)
  10. Oakland Raiders
  11. Los Angeles Rams (from Miami Dolphins)
  12. Cincinnati Bengals
  13. Washington Redskins
  14. Cleveland Browns (from Green Bay Packers)
  15. Chicago Bears (from Arizona Cardinals)
  16. Dallas Cowboys
  17. Detroit Lions
  18. Baltimore Ravens
  19. Los Angeles Chargers
  20. Seattle Seahawks
  21. Buffalo Bills
  22. Kansas City Chiefs
  23. Miami Dolphins (from Cleveland Browns through Carolina Panthers)
  24. Kansas City Chiefs (from Los Angeles Rams)
  25. Tennessee Titans
  26. Atlanta Falcons
  27. New Orleans Saints
  28. San Francisco 49ers (from Pittsburgh Steelers)
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars
  30. Philadelphia Eagles (from Minnesota Vikings)
  31. Miami Dolphins (from New England Patriots through Philadelphia Eagles)
  32. Philadelphia Eagles
  33. Green Bay Packers (Compensatory)
  34. Arizona Cardinals (Compensatory)
  35. Los Angeles Rams (from New York Giants–Compensatory)
  36. Los Angeles Rams (from New England Patriots–Compensatory)
  37. Dallas Cowboys (Compensatory)

Fifth round

  1. Green Bay Packers (from Cleveland Browns)
  2. New York Giants
  3. Indianapolis Colts
  4. Seattle Seahawks (from Houston Texans)
  5. Washington Redskins (from Denver Broncos)
  6. San Francisco 49ers (from New York Jets)
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  8. Chicago Bears
  9. Seattle Seahawks (from Oakland Raiders)
  10. New Orleans Saints (from Miami Dolphins)
  11. Pittsburgh Steelers (from San Francisco 49ers)
  12. Denver Broncos (from Washington Redskins)
  13. Cleveland Browns (from Green Bay Packers)
  14. Cincinnati Bengals
  15. Arizona Cardinals
  16. Detroit Lions
  17. Baltimore Ravens
  18. Los Angeles Chargers
  19. Seattle Seahawks (from Philadelphia Eagles through Seahawks)
  20. New York Jets (from Dallas Cowboys)
  21. Cincinnati Bengals (from Buffalo Bills)
  22. Oakland Raiders (from New England Patriots from Cleveland Browns through Kansas City Chiefs)
  23. Denver Broncos (from Los Angeles Rams)
  24. Carolina Panthers
  25. Tennessee Titans
  26. Washington Redskins (from Denver Broncos through Atlanta Falcons)
  27. New Orleans Saints
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers
  29. Buffalo Bills (from Jacksonville Jaguars)
  30. Minnesota Vikings
  31. Seattle Seahawks (from New England Patriots)
  32. Philadelphia Eagles
  33. Cincinnati Bengals (Compensatory)
  34. Dallas Cowboys (Compensatory)
  35. Green Bay Packers (Compensatory)
  36. Oakland Raiders (from Dallas Cowboys) (Compensatory)
  37. Green Bay Packers (Compensatory)

Sixth round

  1. Cleveland Browns
  2. Los Angeles Rams (from New York Giants)
  3. Houston Texans
  4. Indianapolis Colts
  5. New York Jets
  6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  7. Chicago Bears
  8. Arizona Cardinals (from Denver Broncos)
  9. Los Angeles Rams (from Miami Dolphins)
  10. San Francisco 49ers
  11. Oakland Raiders
  12. Green Bay Packers
  13. Buffalo Bills (from Cincinnati Bengals)
  14. Cleveland Browns (from Washington Redskins)
  15. New Orleans Saints (from Arizona Cardinals)
  16. Baltimore Ravens
  17. Los Angeles Chargers
  18. Dallas Cowboys (from Oakland Raiders through Seattle Seahawks)
  19. Dallas Cowboys
  20. Los Angeles Rams (from Detroit Lions)
  21. Los Angeles Rams (from Buffalo Bills)
  22. Kansas City Chiefs
  23. Carolina Panthers
  24. New England Patriots (from Los Angeles Rams)
  25. Tennessee Titans
  26. Atlanta Falcons
  27. New Orleans Saints
  28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Pittsburgh Steelers)
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars
  30. Minnesota Vikings
  31. Washington Redskins (from Cleveland Browns through New England Patriots)
  32. Philadelphia Eagles
  33. Green Bay Packers (Compensatory)
  34. Dallas Cowboys (Compensatory)
  35. Miami Dolphins (from Los Angeles Rams through Kansas City Chiefs (Compensatory)
  36. New England Patriots (from Oakland Raiders) (Compensatory)
  37. Houston Texans (Compensatory)
  38. Oakland Raiders (Compensatory)
  39. Minnesota Vikings (Compensatory)
  40. Houston Texans (Compensatory)
  41. Baltimore Ravens (Compensatory)
  42. Oakland Raiders (Compensatory)
  43. Oakland Raiders (Compensatory)
  44. Minnesota Vikings (Compensatory)

Seventh round

  1. New England Patriots (from Cleveland Browns)
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers (from New York Giants)
  3. Indianapolis Colts
  4. Houston Texans
  5. San Francisco 49ers (from Miami Dolphins through Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  6. Chicago Bears
  7. Minnesota Vikings (from Denver Broncos)
  8. Seattle Seahawks (from New York Jets)
  9. Miami Dolphins (from San Francisco 49ers)
  10. Oakland Raiders
  11. Miami Dolphins
  12. Jacksonville Jaguars (Cincinnati Bengals)
  13. Washington Redskins
  14. Green Bay Packers
  15. Kansas City Chiefs (from Arizona Cardinals)
  16. Carolina Panthers (Los Angeles Chargers through Buffalo Bills)
  17. New York Jets (from Seattle Seahawks)
  18. Dallas Cowboys
  19. Detroit Lions
  20. Baltimore Ravens
  21. Green Bay Packers (from Buffalo Bills)
  22. San Francisco 49ers (Kansas City Chiefs)
  23. Washington Redskins (from Los Angeles Rams)
  24. Carolina Panthers
  25. Kansas City Chiefs (from Tennessee Titans)
  26. Atlanta Falcons
  27. New Orleans Saints
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars
  30. Seattle Seahawks (from Minnesota Vikings)
  31. Cincinnati Bengals (from New England Patriots)
  32. Philadelphia Eagles (from Seattle Seahawks through Eagles, Seahawks and New England Patriots)
  33. Los Angeles Chargers (Compensatory)
  34. Cincinnati Bengals (Compensatory)
  35. Cincinnati Bengals (Compensatory)
  36. Arizona Cardinals (Compensatory)
  37. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Compensatory)
  38. Atlanta Falcons (Compensatory)

Broken-heart syndrome: Can you die from a broken heart?

Can you die from a broken heart?

At times in life, the stress of the loss of a loved one or a devastating medical diagnosis can sure make you think that. But is there a physiological link between heartbreak and a heart that’s “broken?”

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Doctors say there is, and they even have a name for it -- takotsubo cardiomyopathy, or “broken-heart syndrome.”

The symptoms come on suddenly and are often confused with a heart attack. People who have suffered the loss of a loved one are often affected.

A doctor in Texas suggested Monday that former president George H.W. Bush, who was hospitalized a day after the funeral for his wife, Barbara, could be suffering from the syndrome.

A spokesman said Bush had an infection that traveled to his bloodstream but that he appeared to be improving. Bush is in intensive care at a Houston hospital.

What is takotsubo cardiomyopathy and will it kill you? Here’s a look at the syndrome.

What is it?Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is a weakening of the heart’s main pumping chamber – the left ventricle.What causes the weakening of the chamber?It’s believed that after a stressful event – such as losing a loved one, being in an accident or experiencing a natural disaster – the release of a large number of stress hormones (such as adrenaline) causes a disruption in the heart’s ability to properly pump blood. That disruption weakens the left ventricle and causes it to balloon out as the heart beats.Is it a heart attack?Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is not a heart attack. A heart attack happens when a blockage in the arteries of the heart interrupts blood flow, causing tissue to be damaged or destroyed.Can it kill you?Yes, you can die from takotsubo cardiomyopathy, generally as a result of arrhythmia, or an irregular heartbeat, but that rarely happens. In fact, most people recover from the condition within a few weeks to a month.Some people believe the takotsubo cardiomyopathy may have contributed to the death of actress Debbie Reynolds, who died in December 2016, a day after her daughter, actress and author Carrie Fisher died of a heart attack. Debbie Reynolds’ cause of death was listed as an intracerebral hemorrhage or a stroke.What are the symptoms?The symptoms mimic a heart attack – chest pain and shortness of breath after severe stress. An electrocardiogram can show abnormalities that look like a heart attack, but with takotsubo cardiomyopathy, there will be no evidence of coronary artery obstruction that would cause a heart attack.Tests will show abnormal movements and ballooning of the left ventricle.Who generally suffers from broken-heart syndrome?Overwhelmingly, it is a condition from which women suffer. According to a Harvard Medical School report, research shows women account for 90 percent of the cases diagnosed. The women in that study were between the ages of 58 and 75.How is it treated?Doctors usually prescribe medications such as diuretics (“water pills”), beta blockers and ACE inhibitors. They often prescribe aspirin, as well.What does the name mean?Takotsubo syndrome is named after a type of fishing pot used by Japanese fishermen. The pot is used to trap an octopus.The name comes from images of the heart following an occurrence of takotsubo. The ballooning of the left ventricle causes the heart to take on a shape similar to the fishing pot.Japanese doctors are credited with discovering the condition. It has only recently been recognized in the United States, according to the Harvard report.

Royal baby: New addition to the royal family will be fifth in line for the throne

A new British prince was born on Monday and that means a new line of succession to the British throne.

Move over, Prince Harry, your new nephew -- Louis Arthur Charles - will bump you one step down the line, and shake up everyone who follows you.

The British line of succession was established in the 17th century after James II left the country and the throne in 1688. By 1701, the Act of Settlement established that the country’s Parliament could determine who would rule the country.

The act said that only Protestants could rule – no Roman Catholics could be considered and those in line for the throne could not marry a Catholic. In 2013, the Succession to the Crown Act ended the provision against marrying a Catholic. However, a Roman Catholic may not rule the country.

The law also stated that male heirs, no matter where they fell in the birth order, would displace female heirs in the line of succession. In other words, a younger brother would jump over an older sister in the succession line.

The Succession to the Crown Act amended that portion of the Act of Settlement by ending the practice of moving sons to the front of the line – called male primogeniture. The act applies to those born after Oct. 28, 2011. Princess Charlotte, the daughter of Prince William, is the first female in the line of succession who will not be skipped over by a younger sibling.

Here is the line of succession as stands after the birth of the new prince:

The line of Succession

Queen Elizabeth

1. The Prince of Wales – Prince Charles (Elizabeth’s first child)2. The Duke of Cambridge – Prince William (Prince Charles’ son)3. Prince George of Cambridge – William’s son4. Princess Charlotte of Cambridge - William’s daughter5. Prince Louis of Cambridge – brother to George and Charlotte6. Prince Henry of Wales – Prince Harry (William’s brother; Charles second child)8. The Duke of York – Prince Andrew (Elizabeth’s third child)7. Princess Beatrice of York – Andrew’s daughter8. Princess Eugenie of York – Andrew’s daughter9. The Earl of Wessex – Prince Edward (brother of Prince Charles; Elizabeth’s fourth child)10. James, Viscount Severn – (Prince Edward’s son)11. The Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor – (Prince Edward’s daughter)12. The Princess Royal – Princess Anne (daughter of Queen Elizabeth; her second child)13. Peter Phillips – son of Princess Anne14. Savannah Phillips – daughter of Peter Phillips15. Isla Phillips – daughter of Peter Phillips16. Zara Tindall – daughter of Princess Anne

 

What is Earth Day? 5 things to know

Sunday is Earth Day 2018, and more than one billion people across the globe are expected to celebrate with environmentally friendly events.

But what exactly is Earth Day? Here's what you need to know:

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1. When did Earth Day start?

The first Earth Day celebration took place 48 years ago, in 1970, after a devastating oil spill in America brought environmental issues to the forefront of public consciousness. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 22 million people across the country came out in support of environmental reform.

"That day left a permanent impact on the politics of America," Gaylord Nelson wrote in the April 1980 edition of the EPA Journal. "It forcibly thrust the issue of environmental quality and resources conservation into the political dialogue of the nation.

"It showed political and opinion leadership of the country that the people cared, that they were ready for political action, that the politicians had better get ready, too. In short, Earth Day launched the environmental decade with a bang."

Since then, celebrations have only grown. This year, organizers estimate more than one billion people in 192 countries will participate in events the world over. The day is celebrated each year on April 22.

>> Target’s Earth Day car seat recycling program offers 20 percent off new car seat, stroller

2. Is there a theme for Earth Day 2018?

This year, organizers are focusing on curbing plastic pollution.

"Our goals include ending single-use plastics, promoting alternatives to fossil fuel-based materials, promoting 100 percent recycling of plastics, corporate and government accountability and changing human behavior concerning plastics," the Earth Day Network, which partners with tens of thousands of organizations in 192 countries to organize Earth Day events, said on its website.

The organization also said it "will educate millions of people about the health and other risks associated with the use and disposal of plastics, including pollution of our oceans, water, and wildlife, and about the growing body of evidence that decomposing plastics are creating serious global problems."

Read more here.

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3. How are people celebrating?

In Tokyo, thousands of people will attend beach cleanups, concerts, art exhibits, classes and other events coordinated by the Green Room Festival, according to the Earth Day Network. In India's Karnataka state, a "no plastic" event will feature workshops led by "organizations that are champions of environmental sustainability in fields including electric vehicles, solar power and zero-waste living," the network said. Cleanups also were scheduled in Palm Beach, Florida; New York; New Jersey and other locations across the United States and worldwide.

Read more here.

4. What are businesses doing?

Google marked Earth Day with a "video doodle" featuring primatologist Jane Goodall. 

>> Click here to watch

“It is so important in the world today that we feel hopeful and do our part to protect life on Earth," Goodall said. "I am hopeful that this Earth Day Google Doodle will live as a reminder for people across the globe that there is still so much in the world worth fighting for. So much that is beautiful, so many wonderful people working to reverse the harm, to help protect species and their environments. And there are so, so many young people, like those in JGI’s Roots & Shoots program, dedicated to making this a better world. With all of us working together, I am hopeful that it is not too late to turn things around, if we all do our part for this beautiful planet.”

Read more about the doodle here.

Apple also joined in on the celebrations, announcing on April 19 that "for every device received at Apple stores and apple.com through the Apple GiveBack program from now through April 30, the company will make a donation to the nonprofit Conservation International."

In addition, Apple "debuted Daisy, a robot that can more efficiently disassemble iPhone to recover valuable materials," according to a company press release.

“At Apple, we’re constantly working toward smart solutions to address climate change and conserve our planet’s precious resources,” Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social Initiatives, said in a statement. “In recognition of Earth Day, we are making it as simple as possible for our customers to recycle devices and do something good for the planet through Apple GiveBack. We’re also thrilled to introduce Daisy to the world, as she represents what’s possible when innovation and conservation meet.”

Read more here.

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5. How can I get involved?

There are multiple ways to get into the Earth Day spirit, from participating in a local event to changing your bills from paper to paperless. Here are some suggestions from the Earth Day Network:

  • Urge your local elected officials or businesses to make a substantial tree planting commitment by starting a letter-writing campaign or online petition.

  • Lead a recycling drive to collect as much plastic, metal, and glass as possible.

  • Pick up trash at a local park or beach.

  • Set up a screening of an environmentally themed movie. Consider supplementing the screening with a speaker who can lead a Q&A following the film.

What does '420' mean? Here are 10 things you may not know about the term

You may not realize it, but Friday is a holiday, of sorts.On April 20 – or 4/20 – marijuana advocates around the world gather to celebrate, in a variety of ways, the cannabis plant. Last year, thousands gathered in cities across the United States to consume marijuana in places where it is legal to do so, as well as places where it isn’t.

If you are not familiar with the term “420” as it is used in the marijuana culture, here’s a look at its origins and its meaning.

1. The term “420” was first associated with marijuana use in 1971.

2. It was the time of day when a group of California high school students who called themselves the “Waldos” decided to meet to hunt for a rumored abandoned stash of cannabis. The students would meet at 4:20 p.m. near a statue of Louis Pasteur on the grounds of San Rafael High School to go to search for the crop. If one of the Waldos called for a “4:20 Louis” it meant that everyone was to meet at the statue to search for the marijuana.

3. Eventually, “4:20 Louis” became just “4:20,” and the number was recognized not as a call to hunt for the abandoned cannabis, but as a code word for smoking pot.

4. The members of the band the Grateful Dead moved to the San Rafael area from San Francisco in 1970. They had connections to some of the parents of the Waldos, and eventually picked up the phrase and began using it.

5. The term spread past San Rafael with the help of the Grateful Dead and after a story about the Waldos appeared in “High Times.” Another story in the magazine suggested that 4:20 was an “accepted” hour to use cannabis.

6. April 20 is observed around the country and around the world as a time to gather together to smoke pot. In places where it is illegal to sell it, it is often given away on that day.

7. Some believe that the number 420 refers to the anniversary of the deaths of Bob Marley or Jimi Hendrix. It does not. Neither died on April 20.

8. It is not a police code for someone smoking marijuana, either.

9. Snapchat may allow users to display a 420 graphic on Friday.

10. Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked ice cream and Sour Patch Kids candy were the top two requested “munchies” delivered by goPuff in 2016. The on-demand delivery company saw an 80 percent increase in orders for food such as chips, cookies, candy and beef jerky on April 20, 2016, according to company officials. 

‘Scandal’ finale: What time, what channel, what happens to Olivia

Mellie’s in the White House. Rowan is talking to his dinosaur. Cyrus, who has killed his way to the vice presidency, is perched like a vulture waiting to take a seat behind a desk in the Oval Office.

Jake has just lost his mind.

If the names are not familiar to you, we’re guessing being a gladiator is not on your bucket list.

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The ABC series “Scandal” comes to an end Thursday after seven years of chronicling the rise and fall of Olivia Pope (played by Kerry Washington). Pope is a “fixer” in Washington, D.C., jumping in to make “awkward situations” come out right – or go away, as the case may be.

Shondra Rhimes created the show that quickly became a hit, and viewers were often surprised at the twists and turns the series took – from killing off favorite characters to revealing a black-ops group that runs the government.

In last week’s episode, Oliva is set up for a final reckoning as she is called to testify about her deeds and misdeeds of the past years. From a trailer released by ABC, it appears she will have some company in the end, as most all of the show’s major characters are seated at a table in front of a group of congressmen ready to talk.

“She started out as the character that we knew who very much believed in this power and how important this particular kind of power was, and molding it and being a part of it,” Rhimes told Variety. “We watched her, like everybody else, become completely corrupted by it and make all the same mistakes that everybody else makes to get what she wants from it. Then we watched her hopefully fight her way back from it.” 

Or, as Olivia put it: “This is bigger than us,” Olivia said. “This is about the country. This is about patriotism: the end of politics, the beginning of leadership. It all has to come down, no matter the cost . . . We are not the heroes of this story. We are the villains. This is your chance to be a hero. This is positive change.”

Rhimes, when asked about any “cultural risks involved with a black female antihero,” told The New York Times, “I’m smiling because I wasn’t thinking of her that way. For me, writing Olivia Pope as the lead meant she got to be the lead and the lead is everything. She’s the love interest, she’s mean, she’s kind, she’s flawed, she’s brilliant at her job. She makes mistakes. Equality is getting to be as screwed up and as messed up as all of the other leads on television.”

Will the Olivia get her comeuppance, or come out on the other side unscathed? You’ll have to tune in.

“Scandal” finale

What time: The episode airs at 10 p.m. ET

What channel: “Scandal” airs on ABC.

'National School Walkout’: Everything you need to know about Friday’s event

Thousands of students across the country are set to walk out of class on Friday, the 19th anniversary of the shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado.

More than 2,500 groups have signed up for the “National School Walkout,” a student-led protest aimed at bolstering the discussion about gun-control measures.

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Lane Murdock, a high school sophomore who started a Change.org petition suggesting the walkout, said keeping the momentum of the national “March for Our Lives” movement strong was important to her and that, “Our generation is demanding change and won't be ignored or swept under the rug." 

March for Our Lives grew out of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen people died in the Feb. 14 shooting.

Murdock told National Public Radio that the protest is “not conservative or liberal. It is just about making sure our children don't get harmed in school and we don't live in a community and in a country that has institutionalized fear. I think we're all sick of it. That's why we're doing this."

Murdock goes to a Connecticut high school about 20 minutes away from where Sandy Hook Elementary School once stood. The Newtown, Connecticut, school was the site of a mass shooting in 2012 where 26 people – mostly 6- and 7-year-old children – were killed.

Here’s what you need to know about Friday’s National School Walkout.

When is the National School Walkout?

The walkout is set for Friday and starts at 10 a.m.

What is the walkout about?

Students are protesting “congressional, state, and local failures to take action to prevent gun violence,” according to the National School Walkout website. They are asking lawmakers to support:

  • Legislation to strengthen background checks.
  • Legislation to allow family members to request the issuance of a gun violence prevention warrant for those they fear may pose a danger to themselves or others. 
  • Bans on bump stocks.
  • Raising minimum age to 21 to buy an assault rifle like the AR-15.

What will happen?

Students across the country will walk out of their schools at 10 a.m. local time and pause for 13 seconds of silence – one second for everyone killed at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999.

After that, organizers are encouraging students not to go back to school, but to stay out the entire day. They are telling students to hold rallies and letter-writing campaigns or other activities around the day.

How do you participate?

Since organizers are suggesting that students walkout of school for the day, the event is geared more toward high school students. More than 2,500 schools in the United States have registered their intention to participate in the walkout. Not all groups registered are high schools. 

Organizers have compiled a guide with suggestions for activities and a link to resources including legal rights and safety tips.

Comey to sit down for live interview with Jake Tapper

CNN host Jake Tapper will interview former FBI Director James Comey live Thursday during his show, “The Lead.”

Comey’s appearance is one in a series of interviews surrounding the release of his book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies & Leadership,” which went on sale Tuesday. 

Comey’s first prime-time interview since being fired by President Donald Trump in May 2017 took place Sunday, when he spoke with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. Comey said, among other things, that he thought Trump was “morally unfit” to be president. Since the interview Comey has faced some backlash from critics who complained Comey seemed petty after it was revealed that he commented on Trump’s appearance in the interview and in his book.

>>Comey interview transcript: Read what wasn’t aired on Sunday

Some say Comey was also wrong to suggest in that interview that Trump could have obstructed justice by asking Comey to “let go” of an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. 

>>Trump fires back at James Comey on Twitter 

Flynn resigned from the administration about three weeks after he filled the national security adviser position. He was indicted and pleaded guilty to willfully and knowingly making “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements” to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators. Mueller is looking into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

>>Who is James Comey? Things to know about the former FBI director

Here’s how you can watch the CNN interview.

What time: The interview is set for 4 p.m. ET.

What channel: The interview will air on CNN. According to network officials, the interview can also be seen on CNNgo and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Samsung Smart TV and Android TV.

Who will be involved: It’s Tapper and Comey for the hour, and it is a live interview.

 

 

Barbara Bush in her own words: Quotes from the former first lady

Former first lady Barbara Bush will be remembered for many things, but being shy about speaking out won’t be one of them. 

Bush, who died Tuesday at her home in Houston, is being remembered as someone not afraid to speak her mind when asked and not shy about giving a blunt, straight-forward response. 

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Here are a few of Mrs. Bush’s best-remembered and refreshingly honest quotes.

  • “I married the first man I ever kissed. When I tell this to my children, they just about throw up.”
  • “Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people - your family, friends, and coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way.”

>>Barbara Bush funeral set to begin Friday in Houston

  • “And who knows? Somewhere out there in this audience may even be someone who will one day follow my footsteps, and preside over the White House as the president's spouse. I wish him well!” – At a speech at Wellesley in 1990. Some students objected to her speaking at the college, saying she did not represent the values of the school because she left college to marry and never held a job outside of the home.
  • “One thing I can say about George... he may not be able to keep a job, but he's not boring.”
  • "Avoid this crowd like the plague. And if they quote you, make damn sure they heard you.” – Advice to Hillary Clinton on handling reporters.
  • “I don't think that's healthy for the country when anyone thinks their morals are better than anyone else's.” 
  • "I can't say it, but it rhymes with 'rich.'" – Describing Democrat Geraldine Ferraro, her husband’s opponent for vice president in 1984. She apologized for the remark and noted that the word she was referring to was “witch.”
  • “You have to love your children unselfishly. That's hard. But it's the only way.”
  • “The future of this nation does not depend on what happens at the White House, but what happens at your house.”

>>Condolences pouring in for Barbara Bush, ‘she had grit and grace, brains and beauty'

  • “The darn trouble with cleaning the house is it gets dirty the next day anyway, so skip a week if you have to. The children are the most important thing.”
  • “Libraries have always seemed like the richest places in the world to me, and I’ve done some of my best learning and thinking thanks to them. Libraries and librarians have definitely changed my life, and the lives of countless other Americans.”
  • “I do have the most marvelous husband, children, and grandchildren.”
  • “Raising five boys is a handful, trust me.”
  • “Why be afraid of what people will say? Those who care about you will say, ‘Good luck!’ and those who care only about themselves will never say anything worth listening to anyway.”
  • “I hate abortions, but just could not make that choice for someone else.”
  • “Nancy Reagan was a perfectionist, and I am not.”
  •  “It's been different. I started driving again. I started cooking again. My driving's better than my cooking. George has discovered Sam's Club.” – Describing to David Letterman her life after the White House.

>>What we learned about Barbara Bush from her famous granddaughters

  • "What I'm hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them." – Comments after visiting refugees from Hurricane Katrina and were being temporarily housed in the Houston Astrodome.
  • “Suddenly women's lib had made me feel my life had been wasted.”
  • “Raising George Walker was not easy.”
  • "At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent." 

Russian router hacks: Here’s how you can protect your data

The United States and Great Britain issued a joint statement Monday warning that Russian government-sponsored “cyber actors” are planting malware on internet routers and other devices.

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According to the warning, Russian-backed operatives are targeting internet service providers, “government and private-sector organizations,” and providers of “critical infrastructure.”

According to the warning, law enforcement authorities have seen such activity since 2015. The “cyber actors” authorities have received information about have been exploiting large numbers of routers – including residential routers -- around the world. Routers direct traffic across the internet.

"The activity highlighted today is part of a repeated pattern of disruptive and harmful malicious cyber action carried out by the Russian government," FBI deputy assistant director Howard Marshall said in a statement online.

The warning said the hackers identify vulnerable devices to break into and mine information and can even control traffic that goes through the router. The campaign is worldwide, the statement said.

“The current state of U.S. network devices — coupled with a Russian government campaign to exploit these devices — threatens the safety, security, and economic well-being of the United States,” the alert stated.

According to CERT, the systems affected are: Generic Routing Encapsulation (GRE)-enabled devices,, Cisco Smart Install (SMI)-enabled devices and Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)-enabled network devices.

So, how do you protect your data?

The warning includes a list of things individuals and businesses can do to protect data.

For individuals:

Change all default passwords.

Make sure network devices are up-to-date.

Make sure you are using firmware from a trusted source.

For internet service providers and manufacturers:

Review network device 

Do not support out-of-date, unencrypted, or unauthenticated protocols and services.

Flag as suspicious and investigate SMI traffic arriving from outside the network boundary.

Click here to read the statement from the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team.

Who is Sean Hannity? Fox News host named as Cohen client

A lawyer representing President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, revealed in court Monday that one of Cohen’s clients is Fox News host Sean Hannity, according to multiple reports.

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Hannity was named in court Monday at the insistence of U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood, The Associated Press reported. An attorney for Cohen had argued against revealing Hannity’s name, saying that the conservative commentator had asked that his name not be disclosed in connection with last week’s FBI raid of Cohen’s office, hotel room and apartment.

>> Related: FBI sought records related to Trump 'Access Hollywood' tape in Cohen raid: reports

Attorneys for Cohen and Trump were in court Monday to argue that the pair should be allowed to review documents seized by federal agents to protect any information that might be privileged.

 According to The Washington Post, Hannity was “one of just three legal clients Cohen represented after leaving his post as a counsel for Trump’s private company in early 2017.”

The other two clients were previously identified as Trump and Elliott Broidy, former deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee.

>> Related: Sean Hannity named in Cohen hearing: Who are Michael Cohen's clients?

Hannity said Monday that he spoke with Cohen about legal matters but that he never retained the attorney.

“I’ve known Michael for a long, long time,” said "The Sean Hannity Show” host.

“Michael never represented me in any matter. I never retained him in the traditional sense, as retaining a lawyer. I never received an invoice from Michael.”

>> Related: Judge rejects restraining order on evidence seized from Trump’s personal lawyer

Here are some things to know about Hannity:

  • Hannity was born Dec. 30, 1961, in New York City.
  • Hannity hosts the nationally syndicated radio talk show “The Sean Hannity Show” and Fox News’s “Hannity.”
  • He got his start in radio with a show in Santa Barbara, California, in the 1980s, but he told CBS News in 2004 that he was fired after just a few weeks. The dismissal fueled Hannity’s pursuit of a career in media."That was the moment where I said, 'This is what I've got to do,' when they took away that microphone … I wasn't good at it. I was terrible,” Hannity told CBS News. “But the fact that they took that opinion away from me, I said, 'I want to do this, I want to pursue this.'"
  • He has hosted radio shows in Atlanta, New York City and Huntsville, Alabama.
  • Hannity joined the Fox News Channel in 1996. He co-hosted “Hannity & Colmes” opposite liberal commentator Alan Colmes until 2009.
  • He has hosted "Hannity" on Fox News since 2009.

Sean Hannity named in Cohen hearing: Who are Michael Cohen's clients?

Fox News host Sean Hannity was named as a client of Michael Cohen’s Monday after a federal judge ordered Cohen’s attorneys to reveal the name of the three clients Cohen did business with last year.

Hannity was not named in court documents that had been requested by Judge Kimber Wood. Instead, he was referred to as someone who requested his name not be released in court filings.

Hannity has denied he was a client of Cohen in the traditional sense.

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>> Related: Judge rejects restraining order on evidence seized from Trump’s personal lawyer

Cohen was in court Monday asking Wood to hear arguments over whether he and President Donald Trump should be allowed to review the documents federal agents seized last week before federal prosecutors are able to do so.

Cohen filed a temporary restraining order last week to stop investigators from reviewing the material.

>> Related: Trump allies fear investigators seized Cohen recordings in raid: reports

The court asked Cohen to reveal whom he did legal work for in the past year, and who would have been a party to the documents that were seized in a raid on April 9. 

Cohen responded that he had worked for three people: Trump, Republican National Committee fundraiser Elliott Broidy, and the unnamed person.

Cohen’s lawyers tried not to publicly name Hannity Monday, saying they would write his name on a piece of paper and hand it to the judge, but Wood told them to say the name out loud in open court.

>> Related: Stormy Daniels to attend Michael Cohen's hearing Monday, attorney says

According to Cohen's attorney, investigators in the federal prosecutor's office for the Southern District of New York City were informed by Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller that Cohen arranged for a payment of $130,000 to adult film star Stormy Daniels in exchange for Daniels’ silence about a 2006 affair with Trump. 

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Daniels has been talking about the affair, claiming the deal for the $130,000 is void because Trump never signed the contract.

Daniels was in the courtroom on Monday. 

Michael Cohen hearing: What is it about and why is Stormy Daniels going to be there?

Update 3:09 p.m. ET -- Michael Cohen’s lawyer said in court that Cohen’s third client is FOX News commentator Sean Hannity. Judge Kimba Wood ordered the client’s name revealed during the hearing. 

Previous Post: A judge will hear arguments Monday over whether President Donald Trump and his attorney, Michael Cohen, should be allowed to review documents federal agents seized from Cohen last week before federal prosecutors are able to do so.

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The documents, taken from Cohen’s office, apartment and a hotel room, were part of an FBI raid conducted to gather information as part of a criminal investigation into Cohen’s business dealings, according to the Justice Department.  

One of the president’s attorneys has asked the judge to give the president copies of all of Cohen's seized materials so that the attorney could identify any materials that involved Trump. Once they established that the material involved dealings for Trump, the attorney argued, they could then determine what material would be deemed “privileged.” 

Cohen filed a temporary restraining order last week to stop investigators from reviewing the material.

The hearing is set for 2 p.m. Monday in Manhattan. Federal Judge Kimba Wood is presiding.

>> Related: Judge rejects restraining order on evidence seized from Trump's personal lawyer

What is privileged material and why are the president’s attorneys in court Monday? Here’s a look at what led to the hearing.

What's happened to get to the hearing on Monday

  • The Washington Post has reported that Cohen is being investigated for bank and wire fraud.
  • Last week, FBI agents raided Cohen's home, office and safe deposit box. They seized papers and electronic material. 
  • According to Cohen's attorney, investigators in the federal prosecutors office for the Southern District of New York City were informed by Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller that Cohen arranged for a payment of $130,000 to Daniels in exchange for Daniels’ silence about an affair with Trump.
  • Daniels has filed suit to get out of the agreement, claiming it was voided because Trump did not sign the agreement document.
  • Trump says he knew nothing about the agreement, that it was something Cohen did on his own. 

Who are the players

  • Cohen – Trump’s long-time attorney was ordered by the judge to appear at the hearing to answer questions about who his clients are. 
  • Trump – It’s communications with Cohen that Trump is looking to protect.
  • Joana Hendon – Trump’s attorney.
  • Stormy Daniels – Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is an adult movie star who claims she had an affair with Trump in 2006, and that Cohen paid her $130,000 in “hush money” prior to the 2016 presidential election.
  • Michael Avenatti – Daniels’ attorney. Avenatti told The Washington Post he would be there because, “We want to maintain or ensure that the integrity of the documents, whatever was seized, is maintained.” 
  • Todd Harrison – One of Cohen’s attorneys.
  • Attorneys from the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York – They are prosecuting the case.

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What is this hearing for?

In short Trump wants to review material seized from his personal lawyer before federal investigators review the material.  

The president and Cohen are arguing that they want to be allowed to review documents that in relate to the president in any way. They want to review the documents to protect attorney-client privilege, according to a letter filed with the court on Sunday night.

The Justice Department is arguing that there is no need for Cohen and Trump to see the material because they have created a “clean team,” separate from anything to do with the case, to review the material. 

The job of the “clean team” is to review and separate if necessary material that could compromise attorney-client privilege. 

>> Related: Trump allies fear investigators seized Cohen recordings in raid: reports

What does attorney-client privilege mean and how does it apply here?

Attorney-client privilege means a person has a right not to disclose, and prevent others from disclosing, communications between himself and his attorney.

The privilege is asserted when a person is served with a legal demand for the material.

In this case, material has been collected from Cohen’s home and office, and Cohen and the president (his client), are saying they need to see the material to determine if it falls under the attorney-client privilege.

According to USA Today, Joanna Hendon, one of Trump’s lawyers, filed papers late Sunday asking that prosecutors be blocked from reviewing material seized in the raid until Cohen and Trump can review the material.

"Fairness and justice — as well as the appearance of fairness and justice — require that, before they are turned over to the Investigative team, the seized materials relating to the President must be reviewed by the only person who is truly motivated to ensure that the privilege is properly invoked and applied: the privilege-holder himself, the president," Hendon wrote.  

Attorney-client privilege is different from executive privilege. Executive privilege applies to the president of the United States and is rooted in the Article II, section 2 of the Constitution. Executive privilege means that some conversations with the president are protected from discovery by others. 

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in United States v Richard Nixon, that the executive privilege is not absolute. 

Who are his clients?

The judge has asked that Cohen provide a list of his clients, something Cohen’s lawyers say they shouldn’t have to turn over.

According to a court filing, Cohen worked for three clients providing legal advice during 2017 and 2018 – GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy, Trump, and a third party who asked not to be named. Cohen represented Broidy when he had an extramarital affair.

>> Related: Stormy Daniels to attend Michael Cohen's hearing Monday, attorney says

What about the Stormy factor?

Daniels and her lawyer, Avenatti, will be in court Monday, Avenatti sad over the weekend. Avenatti told The Washington Post why he thought it was important for him to be there last week.

“We want to maintain or ensure that the integrity of the documents, whatever was seized, is maintained,” he said. 

Tax day freebies and deals: When is tax day 2018, and what can I get for free?

Of all the days of the year, Tax Day is probably the one in which you could most use a break. And while taxes generally are not that fun, there is some good news amid the tax return blues. 

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Some nationwide chains are offering Tax Day “freebies,” deals and discounts to take the sting out of preparing those returns.

Below is an explanation of why tax day is April 17 this year, and a list of freebies and deals for the day and beyond.

When is tax day 2018?

April 15 is Tax Day most years, but since April 15 was on Sunday and Monday is Emancipation Day in Washington D.C. so federal employees are off, Tax Day falls on Tuesday.

Emancipation Day marks the day the Compensated Emancipation Act was signed by President Abraham Lincoln. The act signaled the end of slavery in the city of Washington.

Tax Day means it’s the last day to file your 2017 taxes unless you file for an extension. 

What kind of freebies and deals are available for Tax Day?

Here’s a list of freebies and deals available Tuesday. 

Note: Some of the deals below will not be offered at every location, not every franchise honors the deals. Call ahead to your local restaurant to make sure they are honoring the offer.

Applebee's: It’s “Dollarita” time at Applebee’s. Get $1 margaritas through April 30. 

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse: You can celebrate making it through Tax Day by getting a free Pizookie with a minimum purchase of $9.95 on Wednesday.

Babbo Italian Eatery: Get an 8-inch pizza for $4.17 on Tuesday when you purchase a drink. Mention the Tax Day special.

Boston Market: Get a half chicken individual meal with two sides, cornbread and drink for $10.40 Tax Day Tuesday.

Bruegger’s Bagels: Get the Big Bagel Bundle for $10.40 when you sign up for a coupon here

California Tortilla: Get a free order of small chips and queso with any purchase Tuesday. You have to say “chipping in.”

Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop: Get a free “upgrade” on small or medium sandwiches on Tuesday. Mention the Tax Day deal. 

Captain D's: Get the $10.40 deal on Monday and Tuesday. The deal includes six pieces of its signature batter-dipped fish, one family side and six pups.

Chili’s: Get a $5 Cuervo Blue Margarita at participating locations on Tuesday.

Chuck E. Cheese’s: Buy a large cheese pizza Tuesday through Thursday, get one large cheese pizza free.

CicisWith a coupon get an adult buffet for $4.17 Tuesday.

Corner Bakery Café: Tuesday through Thursday you can mix and match two breakfast, lunch or dinner items for $10.40 at participating locations.

Great American Cookies: Get a free Cookies & Cream Cookie Tuesday at participating locations. No purchase is necessary. 

Farmer Boys: On Tuesday, you can get two Breakfast Burritos or two “Bell Ringer Double Cheeseburgers” for $10.40 at participating locations

Fired Pie: Get any one-topping pizza for $4.17 with the purchase of a beverage or take $2 off any custom pizza or salad with a beverage purchase Tuesday. These deals are only valid in restaurants.

Firehouse SubsUse this coupon for a free medium sub with purchase of a full-price medium or large sub, chips and a drink Tuesday through Thursday.

Firenza Pizza: Get any one-topping pizza for $4.17 with the purchase of a drink Tuesday. 

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria: Get a 16-inch cheese pizza for $10.40 Tuesday.

Hardee’s: Get a free sausage biscuits from 7 to 10 a.m. Tuesday at participating locations. Say “made from scratch,” when ordering.

Hot Dog on a Stick: Get a free Original Turkey Dog or Veggie Dog on Tuesday. No purchase is necessary.

Hooters: Through Tuesday, kids 12 and younger get a free kids meal with an adult purchase of $10 or more.

Hungry Howie’s: Get a medium one-topping pizza for 15 cents with the purchase of a large one-topping pizza at regular price on Tuesday. Use promo code 18TAXDAY. This deal is for online carryout orders at participating locations. The offer is not valid in Florida.

Kings Dining & Entertainment: Kids 18 and younger will get a free bowl from 3-9 p.m. Tuesday.

Kona Ice: It’s Kona Ice’s “Chill Out” Day. Look for the Kona truck during certain hours on Tuesday to get a free cup of tropical shaved ice. Click here to find participating locations and hours. 

Office Depot: Get up to five pounds of documents shredded free through April 28 at Office Max and Office Depot. Use this coupon.

P.F. Chang's: Get 15 percent off takeout orders Monday and Tuesday. Use the promo code TAXDAY for online orders and phone orders.

Piada Italian Street Food: Piada is offering free blackberry lemonades at all locations Tuesday.

Pollo Tropical: Get 17 percent off regular menu platters Tuesday at participating locations.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop: The first 75,000 people to sign up for the Potbelly Perks loyalty program will get a free sandwich. If you are already a member, you can get a buy-one-get-one-free sandwich offer loaded to your account Tuesday. 

Quiznos: New and existing Toasty Points loyalty members get 10.40 percent off any purchase Tuesday. 

RA Sushi: Buy one regular-price drink and get a second one for $1 Tuesday.

Schlotzsky’s: Tuesday get a free small original sandwich with the purchase of chips and a medium drink.

Sonic Drive-In: Get up to five half-price cheeseburgers Tuesday at participating locations. 

Sonny’s BBQ: Sonny’s has an IRS — Irresistible Ribs Special — deal Tuesday with half-price Sweet & Smokey or House Dry-Rubbed Rib dinners. The deal is good for dine-in and takeout. No coupon is needed.

Staples: Get a pound of documents shredded for free at Staples through April 21. Use this coupon

White Castle: Through Tuesday, get 15 percent off any in-restaurant White Castle purchase.

More on taxes and Tax Day:

7 celebrities who have ran into tax trouble 

Are you a victim of tax-related ID theft? Here’s what to do.

7 tips for procrastinating taxpayers before the deadline

6 tax mistakes procrastinators make and how to avoid them

The ultimate beginner’s guide for filing your taxes 

11 ways to reduce next year’s tax bill 

Comey interview transcript: Read what wasn’t aired on Sunday

ABC News has released part of the transcript of the interview with former FBI Director James Comey.

Most of the exchanges in the provided transcript between Comey and ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos were not aired Sunday. To see live updates of what was aired, click here.

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Comey talked about his reasoning in dealing with Hillary Clinton, about the investigation into White House attorney Vince Foster’s death during Bill Clinton’s first administration and his views on former Attorney General Loretta Lynch. 

Below is one of the exchanges, and here is a link to the entire transcript

George Stephanopoulos: “Doesn't that cast a cloud over the attorney general, an unjustified cloud over the attorney general?”

James Comey: “In a way, yeah. I mean, I like Loretta. As I said, I respect her even today. And so in a way, it's unfair to her. But when you're in the business of running a Justice Department institution, what people think matters. Public faith and confidence is everything to the Justice Department.

“And so whether or not it was true, the fact that it would be out there and allow people to argue that something terrible was going on in this investigation cut in favor of more transparency. I'm not saying it's true. But because it will undermine confidence in our work, the way to react to that is show people your work. And again, Justice Department policy allows for this. What made it different was the separation between the FBI and the Justice Department. Now, that-- of course, that material -- I'm talking about it carefully because it's still classified, that was just one brick in the load. The major brick in the load happened just before.”

 

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