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 9:34 AM
Updated: Mar 31, 2018 9:36 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.)

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 601937

Reported Deaths: 9593
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Marion831111322
Lake44972678
Allen32498545
Hamilton29039315
St. Joseph27133380
Elkhart24291343
Vanderburgh19160246
Tippecanoe17799130
Johnson14871292
Porter14631167
Hendricks14188247
Madison10851219
Vigo10636178
Clark10520137
Monroe9299110
Delaware9055134
LaPorte8972160
Howard8134142
Kosciusko800382
Warrick665197
Hancock6575103
Bartholomew637999
Floyd6322109
Wayne6076161
Grant5937113
Dubois552578
Boone544967
Morgan530594
Henry503464
Marshall499884
Cass478663
Dearborn470745
Noble468357
Jackson420747
Shelby410781
Lawrence387478
Clinton370642
Gibson365559
DeKalb344264
Montgomery340754
Harrison340544
Knox333139
Miami317344
Steuben311545
Whitley301725
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Ripley296545
Putnam292049
Huntington288659
Jasper287634
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Greene238162
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Scott221838
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Randolph212148
Jennings195836
Sullivan190833
Spencer188019
Fountain182127
Washington182022
Starke174443
Jay166322
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Parke13018
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Blackford110522
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Brown86833
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Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 849704

Reported Deaths: 10518
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Franklin100046706
Cuyahoga845231068
Hamilton63092447
Montgomery42660405
Summit34405754
Lucas31041611
Butler30546229
Stark25443429
Warren19436140
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Mahoning17163337
Lake15882153
Clermont15697110
Delaware1422678
Licking13067137
Trumbull12680313
Fairfield1262180
Greene11915136
Medina11439167
Clark10802265
Wood10230158
Allen9774126
Portage9163107
Miami907373
Richland9035117
Marion7420113
Tuscarawas7280179
Columbiana7263124
Pickaway719550
Wayne6954169
Muskingum690741
Erie6090127
Hancock547590
Ross543487
Scioto533664
Geauga501155
Darke465591
Ashtabula449373
Lawrence447053
Union444928
Sandusky433062
Mercer432088
Huron423541
Seneca423465
Auglaize419662
Shelby419421
Jefferson415469
Belmont411240
Washington383340
Athens37379
Putnam372674
Madison349929
Knox347922
Ashland342538
Fulton335243
Defiance327782
Crawford319472
Preble318437
Brown307121
Logan304132
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Clinton286643
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Highland271818
Jackson261345
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Champaign249328
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Morrow23014
Perry228318
Holmes222864
Henry216849
Hardin210133
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Gallia194726
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