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The Mueller report (Carlo Allegri/Reuters/Newscom)

Released

The U.S. Department of Justice released a redacted version of the long-awaited Mueller report to Congress in April. The first section of the report confirms that Mueller’s team found no collusion between Donald Trump’s campaign and the Russian government in 2016. The second section deals with the question of whether the president illegally obstructed the Mueller investigation. It includes 10 actions the president took—including firing FBI Director James Comey, asking White House lawyer Don McGahn to remove the special counsel, and encouraging witnesses not to cooperate with the investigation—and states that “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.” Attorney General William Barr said that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concluded the president did not obstruct justice because Trump “took no act that deprived the special counsel of the documents and witnesses necessary to complete the investigation.” Democrats called this conclusion “regrettably partisan” and called for Mueller to testify before Congress.


 

Lone: Thein Zaw/AP • Oo: The Pulitzer Prizes via AP

Wa Lone, left, and Kyaw Soe Oo (Lone: Thein Zaw/AP • Oo: The Pulitzer Prizes via AP)

Rejected

Myanmar’s Supreme Court rejected the final appeal of two journalists who reported on the military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in the country also known as Burma. The court upheld a seven-year prison sentence for Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, who, along with their colleagues at the Reuters news service, won a Pulitzer Prize earlier this month for their work. Prosecutors say the two journalists illegally possessed official documents, but they denied the charges and said they’d been framed. Authorities are holding them at a prison in Yangon. Their lawyer, Khin Maung Zaw, said they could still petition the president’s office or legislature for a reduced sentence, retrial, or release.

 


 

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Gov. Phil Murphy (Seth Wenig/AP)

Passed

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law a bill that allows doctors to give terminally ill adults assistance in ending their own lives. The law applies to adult patients expected to have six months or less to live and who have passed a psychological screening. New Jersey legislators have been attempting to pass a law of this kind since 2014, and the bill passed the Senate this year by a narrow margin. New Jersey is the eighth state, along with the District of Columbia, to allow assisted suicide.

 


 

Thmaes Water

Thmaes Water

Discovered

Engineers laying water pipes in Oxfordshire, England, have found the remains of a 3,000-year-old settlement. Archaeologists called to the site uncovered the skeletons of 26 people from the Iron Age and the years of Roman occupation, including victims of human sacrifice. One skeleton has its skull placed at its feet. Another, belonging to a woman, had its feet cut off and its hands tied behind its head. They also uncovered tools from various time periods placed in the pits. The archaeologists working the site told CNN they believed the new artifacts belonged to the same community that built a prehistoric chalk sculpture on a nearby hill, the Uffington White Horse.


 

Sued

A faith-based adoption agency based in Michigan is suing the state after being told it had to place children with same-sex couples. St. Vincent Catholic Charities filed the complaint after the state said last month it would end contracts with any agency that doesn’t work with homosexual couples that want to adopt children. St. Vincent is one of 90 private contractors that were affected by the state’s decision.